Last Afro-Book Review of the Year
Holiday Season for most means more time for me to read. I have 2 weeks worth of books to go through and a little time window to do it.
The race to stop Ruin before he emerges starts...and ends in Axcend #3 by Shane Davis. To say worst case scenario is an understatement for our heroes. Especially when you take into account his origin/backstory. This is going to get complicated AND bloody in a hurry...
The last surviving heroes of different worlds unite to complete a task of revenge in Squadron Supreme #1 by James Robinson and Leonard Kirk. A city and its hero suffer and no one has thought about the bigger question about who else may be on the hit list? I hope the Illuminati is ready.
We Are Robin #7 by Lee Bermejo and Carmine Di Giandomenico sees various Robins captured by the Court in this segment of Robin War. We get Duke locked up with a certain bratty Robin. We have two other Robins in a death brawl. We have Dick Grayson and Jim Gordon having a heart to heart...wait. What?!?
Certainly the team is shooting big in The Ultimates #2 by Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort taking on "The Galactus Problem". And they are choosing air the confrontation, like, around the world? Interesting premise and if you are a fan of T'Challa, I cannot express enough that you will need to pick up this book... unless I have a megaphone. Then I would express it louder!!!
An exposition. An ending. A love letter to Ultimate Universe fans in Ultimate End #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. Similar to Ultimate Spider-Man #200 and Uncanny X-Men #600, Bendis tries to get everyone some screen time here as Miles Morales tries to stop the superhero war. You see what I said above about The Ultimates #2? Well if you are a Miles Morales fan, don't miss this one as it also sets up his February series with a MAJOR shift... besides him now being in the regular Marvel Universe that is.
Ms. Marvel #2 by G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa has Kamala in serious trouble as the Hope Yards situation starts heating up. Crisis of faith, confidence, and image pale in comparison to meeting the gal her brother likes a lot for the first time. And what exactly is that Purple Drank stuff anyway?
Clean Room #3 by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt has me literally recoiling in horror with that last page. The SECOND issue in a row to do so as we possibly see the true threat behind the creation of the room and our two female protagonists angle for the upper hand.
The hero/champion visits a weird city that kicks off Autumnlands #8 by Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey. Busiek continues his world building as we get not just one but two new tribes introduced. And they might not be too friendly. Every issue, the mystery gets more intriguing and fascinating...
The mystery and dangers grow deeper while Lilith is keeping secrets in Titans Hunt #3 by Dan Abnett, Paulo Siqueira, Geraldo Borges, & Jackson Herbert. I mean, I pretty much have the threat pegged being a longtime Titans Fan, but to say I am not intrigued by this re-imagining is an understatement.
Bloodshot Reborn #9 by Jeff Lemire and Butch Guice sees the titular hero finally face off against the last obstacle in his way to regaining all of his nanites. But what does he do when those nanites are within the body of a little boy? Lemire forcing his readers to question the nature of heroism once again.
The Serpent Society extends its corporate reach while Sam deals with the strangeness of his lupine situation in Sam Wilson Captain America #4 by Nick Spencer and Paul Renaud. Updated enemies, old allies, and a very current update to the nature of villainy makes this one a deeper read than you think...and then you have Rosario Dawson walk in....
Victor finds an inventive solution to the "war" in Cyborg #6 by David F Walker, Ivan Reis, Felipe Watanabe, Daniel Hdr, & Cliff Richards. A change to his status quo that hasn't been seen since The Technis Imperative and apparently unintentional consequences to all those around him ensue.
Who exactly has who trapped is the question in Darth Vader #14 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca. The Rebels are getting ripped apart and Princess Leia has only option left. And Vader WANTS this?!?!?!? I credit Gillen here because I never saw this option coming....
Conclusion of the alien child story in Astro City #30 by Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross, and Brent Anderson had me tearing up a little. Disillusionment and misinformation are always prey vs a child's innocence as they can see right through that with the right information. And the mini friendship is made more relevant with some of the ignorant stupidity in real life news.
Somehow I missed Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Hacktivist, and Avatar The Last Airbender. Sigh. I am totally losing it...
Folks. It may not be much to me but Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanzaa to you and yours. I type these to keep myself sane all year but I never for a second under-appreciate y'all reading and feedback. I have 5 days to weed out my best of the year for the final blog of the year.
(Yeah. I'm screwed.)
Until Next Time, Keep Fantasizing!