Hey there fellow nerds!
Now I call this a review, but I'm not sure it can really be considered that. This is just me talking about comics that are on my pull list! Don't look for scores or anything like that, I love comics and talking about comics. Come love comics with me! Anyways, what an amazing week for comics it was! Bat and Cat, Darth Vader waking up to see he is… Darth Vader, and Kate Bishop reminding us that finger guns are the best guns. We also got a very exciting new title in Babyteeth. Some bitter sweet endings to titles like Bullseye, and teams like Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo with Doctor Strange, as well as Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness with Spider-Man/Deadpool.
*WARNING* There are some SPOILERS ahead… so don’t rage out on me after reading this ok? We good? Did you read everything you wanted to before you read reviews? You sure? Ok, good, let do this!
*DISCLAIMER* I am a human being that does have to work a normal person 9-5 as well as spend time with my beautiful wife (not to mention my bank account having a limited amount of funds), so as much as I may want to, I can’t read ALL the books. If I missed something you think I should jump into, let me know in the comments!
Let’s start with my top 4 of the week! (It was top 3... and then I read Doctor Strange #20. So, Bonus!)
Now let’s check out the rest of Marvel!
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 By Gerry Duggan / Artist: Frazer Irving
All-New Guardians took a bit of a turn from the first 2 issues. Issue #3 is slowed down a bit and we get more into Gomora and what she is hiding. It goes deeper into Gomora’s hate for Thanos and what is driving her in this new series. Duggan is a master of making you double over from laughter one issue and making you think and appreciate a real human emotion the next issue (or more likely in the same issue. Screw it, Gerry Duggan is great. Period.) I’m excited to see this story unfold
Black Bolt #2 By Saladin Ahmed / Artist: Christian Ward
I will start by saying, I know very little about The Inhumans, and do have a hard time getting into the books. I do really enjoy this arc. I think Black Bolt is a very interesting character with a pretty messed up history. The concept of this prison where you are killed over and over until you don’t come back is very exciting to me (Niska from Firefly anyone?). It does rehash some plot point which tends to slow the story down a bit for me, but all in all I like it so far. I hope the excitement level ramps up in the next few issues and that the jailer doesn’t end up being Black Bolt himself… or Medusa.
Daredevil #21 By Charles Soule / Artist: Goran Sudzuka
Running with the Devil is over for DD. We now know that Purple Man (more specifically the Purple Kids) are the reason no one knows Matt Murdock is Daredevil (not even Foggy). Matt has a new plan to eliminate crime in New York once and for all, and it looks like it includes The Defenders! This is a good set up issue to what looks to be a very interesting story. Matt gets the help of Luke Cage and Echo (because Daredevil isn’t allowed to hit anyone or his case is worthless) to take down the Munition Militia. There some pretty awesome Luke Cage moments, and DD using Echo as his proxy so he doesn’t “Lay a finger on them” is pretty genius. The issue ends with DD taking the stand and being sworn in. Not sure how this will all play out, but I’m excited.
Darth Vader #1 By Charles Soule / Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS STORY TO BE TOLD!!! Another Charles Soule title, so that makes me very excited as well. This new arc takes place after the 3rd Prequel movie that shall not be named. Darth Sidious has fitted Vader with his new armor, and that’s what Vader wakes up to. His wife is dead. He should be dead. He is now more machine than man. And he is pissed! He actually throws his master around using the force which is pretty awesome, and then Sidious reminds him of his place with some force lightning. The Jedi are dead, and while at a ceremony where they are destroying the slain Jedi’s sabers, Sidious tells Vader why the Sith use red sabers and more about the Kyber Crystals. Vader must now prove himself to be worthy by taking a Saber and making it worthy of a Sith Lord… and also get his ship. When he finds who stole his ship… well just read and see the awesome power of Vader.
Also, the little one shot No Good Deed is really funny. Nice little pallet cleanser after the main story.
Hawkeye #7 By Kelly Thompson / Artist: Leonardo Romero
Kate Bishop is all of us! I love this title so much. It is probably the most fun I have while reading any Marvel title, if not just comics in general. Kate is lured into a trap with a necklace her mother use to wear. This issue give a lot of backstory for Kate and her relationship with her parents. This issue does force Kate to be a bit more serious than in previous issues (especially the issues with Jessica Jones), but she still manages to make you laugh using finger guns and being all around adorable. When she goes into the trap, it is bad ass Hawkeye time; and she is very bad ass. We should all be more like Kate Bishop. MORE PLEASE!
Jessica Jones #9 By Brian Michael Bendis / Artist: Michael Gaydos
I am really enjoying Jessica Jones so far. You can never be 100% sure as to where the story may turn and that makes it very exciting. Jessica’s… charm… is in full display in this issue. The bantering, the sarcasm, dry humor. It’s exactly what you want when you read Jessica Jones. The story that Bendis is telling of Jessica’s relationship with Luke and their baby is so grounded and real, you can’t help but get sucked in and feel really sad and equally frustrated with all of them. The artwork by Gaydos is incredible. I could honestly just look at the panels and see a whole story from the art alone. It looks like the next issue will tie in with Secret Empire a bit, so I am excited!
Rocket #2 By Al Ewing / Artist: David Mack
Holy shit this was hilarious. So many references. Did you catch the Doctor Who reference in there? Jelly Baby? Also, I had to stop reading and catch my breath when Rocket’s lawyers just turn out to be an alien version of Nelson & Murdock. His main council Froggy and his partner (who got hit with a chemical that killed the “Echo-sense” that all Echomelian have and gave him weird scars on top of his head that instead allow him to see expressions instead of hearing a heartbeat) Murd Blurdock! Only Murd and the mysterious Seeing Being have the weird abnormality that allow them to see. The part that made me lose it completely? A Echomelian wearing an Elektra outfit, holding a Sai in one hand and a sign that says, “Come Fight Ninjas” in the other. Totally lost it. Too funny. The story itself is super fun and fast paced. Whether you are a fan of the Guardian books, or just the movie (I mean who could blame you, they are awesome) this is exactly what you want out of a Rocket story! All the fun!
Secret Empire #1 Various
I don’t want to talk bad about a book, because just because it didn’t connect with me, doesn’t mean it won’t with other people. I have finally come around to the whole Hydra Cap and Secret Empire (I binged a bunch of issues last weekend), but his one just didn’t draw me in. This is 3 different stories, each spotlighting a different character (Namor, Giant Man, Gwen Pool). The Gwen Pool story made me laugh, but it wasn’t enough to make me rush out to get #2.
Spider-Man #17 By Brian Michael Bendis / Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
This issue centers mostly around Bombshell. A fun introduction to the character, but she gets pretty messed up by Hammerhead and then is in a hospital bed. The interesting thing about this issue, is Miles’s line of protecting and simply fucking people up out of anger is blurring. There is a rage inside him. Bendis almost lost me on Miles during Civil War II just because most of his issues were rehashes and reprinting panels from other books. I felt cheated during Civil War. But now Miles is getting a little more dimension to him and I’m back in! Can’t wait to see how this progresses.
The Amazing Spider-Man #28 By Dan Slott / Artist: Stuart Immonen
Spidey always finds a way! The Osborn Identity has been one of my favorite arcs as of late. Bringing back Silver Sable, Norman is crazy as ever, Harry dealing with former last name and trying to move on from it. Spidey’s quips are cheesy and great as always, but the best comes from his observations of what’s going on like when Silver Sable rally’s the troops. This was the perfect ending to this arc. Norman taking away Spidey’s powers and turning his own outfit tech against him. It is Peter Parker vs. Norman Osborn. Parker (as always) finds a way to win, but Norman gets away. The b story of this issue is also great! Silver Sable in an awesome sword fight (although I wish I saw more of this), Mockingbird saving the town by dismantling a missile that is plunging towards its targets, and then Aunt May and Harry on site to help the people recover. Basically the women save the city like the bad ass ladies they are. Looks like Gobbie is coming back soon! But first Superior Oc?! Yes please!
The Unstoppable Wasp #6 By Jeremy Whitley / Artist: Elsa Charretier
This has been such a fun series! I want more Nadia in my life! No matter how crappy of a day I’m having, seeing Nadia interact with Jarvis or Murdock (Mr. Modok) just makes me happy. A very good end to this recent arc. Seeing all the ladies of G.I.R.L. using their brains to win while Nadia stalled for time. YAY SCIENCE! Shay’s enthusiasm to stick her hand is people’s heads with her Vision gloves makes me laugh really hard. I love the team they have built and I can’t wait to see where they go next. I’m hoping to get more Mother, because I love Sciencey battles!
And now, the rest of DC!
Aquaman #24 By Dan Abnett / Artist: Scot Eaton
This is the story I have been waiting for! Aquaman started off strong for me, but lost me a little bit during the Deadwater arc. This new arc is everything I wanted. Arthur is overthrown and Atlantis is headed back to the dark ages. I love the way that Abnett is showing how the Atlantians fear the progress that Arthur is attempting to achieve by working with the surface. It’s very… human. I am excited to see how this story plays out over the next few issues. With Arthur plummeting back to Atlantis, what will Mera do? Will Tula and Mera team up for an awesome rescue mission? Will Murk have a change of conscious and help Arthur, or will his duty be what leads him? Did the whales make it out before the Crown of Thornes closed?! Can’t wait for #25!
Bane Conquest #2 By Doug Moench / Artist: Graham Nolan
In a word… meh. I love the character of Bane. With arcs like I am Suicide and I am Bane (my favorite Bane arc since Knightfall) by Tom King, I was expecting a lot going into Bane Conquest, which may be the problem. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not one I think I will continue. The story itself jumps around and feels a bit clunky. I find myself having to go back a few pages or panels to try and figure out how we got to where we are in the story. The artwork is fun, but again, I have been reading Bane stories where David Finch is the artist, so I may have gone into this with different expectations. I’m not 100% sure about the Bruce and Bane teaming up. I’m ok with Bruce teaming up with his rogues from time to time, but there doesn’t seem to be any reluctance from Bruce, or Bane for that matter. Like they are old drinking buddies almost. I think this book came out too early or too late, but with how good I am Suicide and I am Bane were, it’s hard not to compare them to Conquest. I will (like I do with all titles before I drop them) read through issue #3 and decide if this stays on my pull list, but something big would need to happen.
Deathstroke#20 By Christopher Priest / Artist: Carlo Pagulayan
I want to like this title so bad! I really really want to like it, but I just can’t get into it. I started reading the first arc and made it about 5 or 6 issues in before I finally had to drop it from my pull list. The artwork is great, but it is just soooo slow, and I just don’t give a crap about Slade, which is sad because I normally love him! What’s not to love?! I picked up #20 partly to see what would become of Slade after the Lazarus Contract, as well as hoping that I could get back into this title. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in both respects. I know this title gets a lot of praise, and I think people should read it and decide for themselves, but I’m putting a hard pass on this title for a while.
Green Arrow #24 By Benjamin Percy / Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Seattle has crumbled. Ollie is still dead in the eyes of the public, and the 9th circle’s plans are in motion. At first glance, I will admit that I was…cautious. I like splash pages to emphasize something, or to show a big battle, but I do feel like they can be abused and it looked like that may be the case with this issue, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The artwork by Ferreyra has always been something that puts this title towards the top of my list every week it comes out. Percy seems to know Ollie and Green Arrow as well as anyone working for DC right now and he is bringing back a love for the character that the CW show Arrow killed for me. Ollie finds out some more about his family history and it drives him more to fight for his city, but not as Green Arrow. The city is ran by people with masks and now Ollie must be the champion for the people. It did make me laugh that he gets arrested immediately after saying he is going to get his company back. Very excited to see how this all plays out.
Justice League #22 By Shea Fontana / Philippe Briones
A very fun one shot. I’ve gone back and forth with JL since it came out. Team titles can become a little all over the place, and JL did start that way, but with Endless and this one shot, I think they have found their footing and I’m very excited to see where they go. Jessica is big part of this issue (big week for Jess) and this time it isn’t just to go on a date with Barry (not a fan of this relationship). The training between Wonder Woman and the Lanterns is a lot of fun. The interaction between Jon and… well everyone else is very honest (I mean who wouldn’t run to give Cyborg a high 5 on the Watchtower?) My favorite part of this issue though, is the small back and forth between Lois Lane and Batman, where Lois reminds the world’s greatest detective, that she is one of the world’s greatest journalists. Can’t wait for the new arc to start with #23!
Nightwing #22 By Tim Seeley / Artist: Miguel Mendonca
FINALLY, WE GET SOME BLOCKBUSTER!!!!...sort of. This is a nice start to this new arc, and true to the Seeley writing style, he is letting this arc breath, which I love. We get to see this new Blockbuster (brother of the old Blockbuster) as an enforcer in a Casino in the Blud. When he catches a guy counting cards, we get to see his ruthless boss, Tigershark. I have a soft spot in my heart for ridiculous villains and ridiculous costumes. Tigershark fits both. First off he looks like Danny Rand (or Matt Murdock in the early days of DD) if he was a pimp. I want that jacket. There, I said it. We see the card counter chained up and thrown into Tigershark’s shark tank and then a Tiger comes and nuzzles up on Tigershark while they watch the counter get devoured. YES PLEASE! His office looks like Kraven the Hunter’s wet dream and it fills me with so much joy. Speaking of wet dream; Holy Skinamax scene (minus the good part... is there a good part of skinamax? Aaanyways) Batman! Look, I have a little crush on Shawn Tsang and my wife is cool with it, so don’t judge me. The scene between her and Dick is great (aside from the filth that was going on in my brain juices). Dick came to the Blud after his time with Raptor so that he could figure out who Dick Grayson was without Nightwing, without the Bat, without Gotham, but he was forced (was he though) to be the protector of Bludhaven. Shawn has been a needed support system for Dick to remind him that he is not just Nightwing. A flash back to Babs on the roof helps reinforce to Dick what he must do, aside from finding a job that pays before his Spiral checks run out. The main story of this seems pretty simple, which excites me because it looks like Seeley will be diving into the mind state of Grayson, and this may be a bit of a turning point for him. It continues to be one of my favorite lines. My only request is that we see MORE Grayson and Wally team ups in the future (see Nightwing #21)!
Superman #24 By Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi / Artist: Patrick Gleason and Doug Mahnke
I’ve been going back and forth on this issue. We’ll start with what I liked. This arc has been very exciting so far. We are finally seeing where the people of Hamilton county come from (this town feels like the Black Hammer town, only reversed) and we get Manchester Black! Black does the stereotype villain thing and gives Sups ALL the info about how he got back to earth and what his plan is, but there is a lot of action in this issue as well. The artwork is beautiful and it sucks you in to every panel. Seeing Jon taken over by Black is also a bit terrifying, seeing as how even Bats knows that Jon’s powers can be more than we predict. Sups gets some back up that is sure to make the finale of this arc (#25) an explosive one. The thing that worries me is that Jon is only going to be used as a plot device the same way that Lois has been used in the past, as someone who needs rescuing… a lot. He has become the Carl Grimes of the Superman line. I like Jon much more in Super Sons because we get to see him go to work as Superboy, and I hope we get a stronger Jon as an effect of this arc. Superman has been (and continues to be) one of the best titles in the DC line up, and I’m excited to see where they go, I just can’t help but wish that Jon becomes a likeable character and not just a reason for Sups to go fight a villain.
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