Family Day Comic Haul Review
No big blog because of Jessica Jones Binge Watching! So here are some snippets from thought of my books these two weeks before it got absorbed by the Netflix/Marvel infernal plot to give us great TV:
Astro City #29 by Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross, and Brent Anderson takes a look at a hostile invading army through the eyes of a child. Spotlight an alien planet whose regime are enemies of The Furst Family. So when said regime captures someone near and dear to the Fursts, it prompts a response. Quite amazing to see this familiar trope be viewed from an innocent
I have heard some with negativity about Captain America #3 by Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna, and Mike Choi, however I took this wacky "Cap-Wolf" tale to the stuff young Daryll loved like the Bloodstone Saga or the original CapWolf adventure. A much needed diversion from previous heavier fair....
I can't say the same about Earth 2 Society #6 by Daniel H. Wilson and Alisson Borges though. I still don't understand the motivations behind Mr. Impossible's betrayal and his alliance with Johnny Sorrow and Anarky. To say nothing of ANOTHER main character switching sides by the end...
Ms Marvel #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Adrian Alphona takes place a couple of weeks, maybe a month after the "disaster that never happened". Kamala's life has shifted in several ways ESPECIALLY in terms of Bruno. Teenagers and love? What a complication...and this is without factoring in superpowers....
Bloodshot Reborn #8 by Jeff Lemire and Butch Guice sees the nanites causing a hell lot of more damage and taking refuge in probably the one host 'Shot can't hurt in good conscience. Ha! Conscience.. in this book? What am I thinking?!?!?! Lemire keeps our hero and Magic falling down the rabbit hole...
All out color war breaks out in Star Trek/Green Lantern #5 by Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez. Now the first question is who's going to survive it?!?!? The other question is when you beam down onto Blackest Night Vulcan and no one's wearing a redshirt, who's gonna bite the big one??? Yep I totally geeked out over there..lol
Titans Hunt #2 by Dan Abnett and Stephen Segovia sees some of the Titans experience muscle memory of their forgotten heroic past although with current climates being what it is, Roy is a moron. Meanwhile, Dick and Garth have a "meeting" on the beach. Yeah. This is not going to go well. And what is up with Gnarrk????
Star Wars #12 by Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen wraps up the storyline of Hutts, Jedis, and lightsabers??? Yeah Aaron and Immonen give us more than one "Holy S***! Why aren't they writing for the movie??" moments in this issue that you have probably seen the images to around the net. Chewie doublefisting lightsabers beats ANYTHING you have got this week...
...until Aaron decides to up the ante in SW: Vader Down #1 by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato by having Darth Vader go up against the Rebels alone. ALONE and dangerous... Marvel's first Star Wars crossover couldn't have gotten off to a better start. This story builds off what has come before in both the Darth Vader and Star Wars books, but you can come in cold and jump right in.
Clean Room #2 by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt introduces us to said room, sets up the major rivalry/crux that the series hinges upon, and I'll never look at monkeys the same way again. The Chloe/Astrid tug of war position will produce an interesting clash of wits as this series go. Now are the demons real?
A lull in the action as Rachel Rising #37 by Terry Moore positions all the players around the town/field/neighborhood for the upcoming battle. I love the dilemma that the heroes have about getting rid of an evil that can't die. How exactly does one do that? It is the Jason/Freddy Kruger paradox all over again. And can we really trust Lilith?
So what does a hero with a one track mind do when his main goal is unavailable and he has a bunch of down time? We find out the answer in Drax #1 by CM Punk, Cullen Bunn, and Scott Hepburn. Bunn and Punk continue the action-comedy from Guardians of the Galaxy here and it'll be interesting where they take the character ESPECIALLY with the throwdown for next issue teased on the last page.
Hacktivist #5 by Alyssa Milano, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Marcus To reveals that a very long game has been played and everything you thought you knew can be thrown out the window. Good guys and "bad" guys are both left wondering who can they really trust as something sets off a "Purge" type situation. Yeah. One issue left writers, I gotta know how you are going to put this genie back into the bottle?
Remember that situation that the Robins were in? We Are Robin #6 by Lee Bermejo and Jorge Corona shows that the situation could get worse. Much, MUCH worse. So how do 3 regular teenagers fight a possible superhuman with a high pain threshold? Yeah. I did say Much, MUCH worse folks....
SHIELD #12 by Mark Waid and Joe Bennett features an assassination, several moments that fulfill the fantasies of many a geek and proof that even Fitz can be a badass! Well, maybe the last statement was a bit of hyperbole but still another fun issue by Waid, who leaves big shoes to fill for the next creative team. And oh yeah, Asgard. This issue has Asgard.
Archie #4 by Mark Waid and Annie Wu finally reveals the lipstick incident that drove a wedge between him and Betty. Certainly not what I expected it to be BUT it totally falls in line with Archie's history and genre. And oh yeah pt 2, a famous Riverdale resident makes their first appearance.
That's a lot of books. Throw in that my trade paperback/hardcover order of Marvel's Infinity, Damage Control Complete Collection, and Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man Complete Collection Vol.3, Image's Shaft: A Complicated Man, Welcome To Tranquility Vol 1&2 and Dark Horse's Leaving Megalopolis are still in my reading stack. Yeahhhh not many are going to see me this weekend.
On AfroNerd Radio this weekend you know we'll hit the Captain America Civil War trailer hard and how exactly we coped with superhero TV withdrawal this week. I hope everyone enjoyed their family day/weekend and didn't go too crazy on Black Friday.
Thanks For Reading and Until Next Time, Keep Fantasizing!