This Week: Archie vs Predator #1, Bloodshot – Reborn #1, Convergence – Aquaman #1, Convergence – Catwoman #1, Convergence – Green Arrow #1, Convergence – Shadow of the Bat #1, Convergence – Supergirl / Matrix #1, Convergence – Superman – Man of Steel #1, Ghosted #19, Hexed #9, Legendary Star-Lord #11, Loki – Agent of Asgard #13, Magneto #17, Ms. Marvel #14, Reyn #4, Runlovekill #1, S.H.I.E.L.D. #4, Thor #7, The Tithe #1, Uncanny X-Men #33, Unity #17
A demented idea drawn and written to perfection. This looks and feels like a classic Archie story that just so happens to have a Predator lurking in the background, and we even manage to get a few off panel fatalities. There’s also a fist fight between Betty and Veronica, and we learn that the gang is happiest in Riverdale. This is going to end well.
Kay survived! Yes! She’s way too interesting a character concept to let fall by the wayside after a single story-arc. Better still, we get a look at the weight that Bloodshot himself feels once he’s been robbed of his powers, but nothing happens in a vacuum; the Geomancer took his nanites away, yes, but those nanites had to go somewhere. The art perfectly captures the weight and shadows of a broken soul, and the writing hints at how good this will be.
That is the least frightening looking Deathblow I’ve ever seen. It’s weird, because the art everywhere else is pretty good, and the story hits some pretty interesting notes before veering off into the stupidity of the crossover event thing. I’d like to read more about this version of Aquaman. Such a shame it’s tied to Convergence.
Are all the Convergence comics going to focus on cramming as much exposition into their pages as possible? Is there any point to random Gotham characters being in Metropolis, or did someone think they were being clever? Is this the same or a different Selina than the one in Harley Quinn? There are no answers in this book, but there is witty dialogue.
I’m reading this because I like Arrow. It’s the best Batman show ever and we’ve talked about it on the site before. There’s a number one and I used to read the Green Arrow comics. And, again,we’re given an interesting set-up that goes nowhere and makes me care less about whatever this event is. The art is good and there’s a solid story here.
Ugh… so much nineties written like half-baked fan fiction. You know, scratch that, I’ve read fan fiction that’s much better paced and characterized than this, but I love good fanfic. This is not great. Bringing back Azrael-as-Batman and having him work with Batman is cool, but they did it. It was called Azrael – Agent of the Bat. This is sort of blech.
Wut. Okay. Um. Follow me on this: Lex Luthor cloned himself a young body, faked his death, implanted his mind into the clone, and made out with Supergirl, only Supergirl was a shapechanging alien and not a Kryptonian because nineties. It was better than it sounds. And part of a Luther-esque plan, which falls apart under the weight of Convergence. That said, this is pretty great.
Well, I’m going to have to track down the rest of this. Necromancy portrayed as not wholly bad? Death as a neutral force and not a villain? Yes, please. There’s a lot of things going on here that feel poignant and weighty and this is the first issue I’ve read, and it’s easy to follow along and get into these characters. I want more. This is great.
Hexed #9 – Top 5 Comics
Oh, gods, this comic. This is all about aftermath and endings and the simple horror that is nothing ever ending, not reall. Lucifer lost her dearest friend and everything changed. Lucifer always held back, always tried to be a good person, but the loss of Val drove her to abandon everything and drove her into the arms of the Harlot and her terrible, terrible fate. We learn a little bit about who the Harlot was and what happens to people that become the Keepers of Secrets, we learn what’s going on in the real world in the wake of Val’s death. We see what Raina the Necromancer is going to try and become now that her employer and closest friend are gone. And we see the tragedy that has become Lucifer herself, now simply the Thief. There’s horror here, horror and pathos and a ghostly cat vivisecting honest-to-hell demons, and it’s all Lucifer’s fault. Read this comic. Power always has a price.
Kitty hijacks her boyfriend’s book to give us narration and remind us of how great a character she is. Peter learns that looking in the Black Vortex will grant him everything he could be but will cost him everything he likes about himself, because sometimes power does that to people. You know who would be immune? Kitty. Because she doesn’t want it, and only intelligent people who don’t want power should have it. Sam Humphries is awesome.
Loki – Agent of Asgard #13 – Top 5 Comics
The genius of this. The raw, unmitigated genius. Of course stories are lies. Mythology and everything that goes with it are how we exist, the tales we tell one another. All of our thoughts, all of our beliefs, everything we think is true is really just stories – a kind of lie, at the end of the day. Loki’s been trying to escape the stories of his past, but erasing a story isn’t really possible… but one can change the context, change the meaning, make it into something wholly new, and Loki is the God of Stories. I need this comic to continue, I need Al Ewing to keep writing it, I need everyone involved to keep doing this as long as they can, because there is nothing like this comic on the shelves now and there never was before and there likely never will be again. Easily the most
Magneto #17 – Top 5 Comics
Poor Erik. He’s so haunted by his past that other people pick up on it, and every time he tries to move into the light he casts those that are waiting there for him in shadows. He means well, he always does, but there’s a weight he carries with him and a complete inability to forgive himself for his many crimes. He’d never seek absolution – his faith keeps him from salvation and I doubt he’d believe redemption is ever truly in his grasp – but he tries anyway, because that’s all he can do. Here, one of his nightmares is made flesh, and all he needs to do to save the people he cares about is outright murder an innocent young mutant. The story isn’t about the event, but the weight of the decision and the person who is forced to carry it out. Both writing and art capture how broken Eric is. This is perfect.
Of course the boyfriend is evil. Of course he is. And of course he’s dumb enough to think this is the best way to woo Kamala Khan. I hope she stomps him flat. We also get some interesting ideas about integration and immigration, and how people mature as individuals and where they draw the strength to do so from. Outstanding, which is what we expect.
Picked this up as a recommendation. It’s an alien invasion story on a world that features both high technology and high magic, and humans using both to fight off an alien species called the Venn. Perfectly serviceable comics, with a good cast of characters and an interesting play on several tropes. Good enough that I’m going to continue reading it.
The art inside the comic is nothing like the cover, sadly. It is very similar to Aeon Flux, which is a good thing and plays to the low-end crime story and dealings that are going on here, a sort of underworld / espionage / smuggling thing that is entertaining enough. This issue is all setting, and it’s going to be interesting to see what follows.
That lovable Agent Coulson is at it again, that charming scamp. This time, he’s got Sue Richards rescuing the memory of a man who’s brother is funding a whole whack of Hydra projects. It’s the sort of mission that Sue is perfect for, because she’s one of the most powerful people in the Marvel Universe. Art is good, story is clever, this is great.
Thor #7 – Top 5 Comics
Yep, I was right. We get to see exactly what makes our favorite SHIELD agent worthy of the power of Thor, and it’s a pretty good reason. Jason Aaron shows us how awesome she was even before getting that power, and we even get to see how she found herself on the Blue Area of the moon and what led to her and the hammer finding each other. Then wee get to see Odin double down on his idiocy and how angry Mjolnr is about that. Mjolnr knows who is worthy and has chosen a Thor, and you’d think that would be enough, and it is for some – Odinson has put together a pretty good crew to support the hammer. Meanwhile, Malekith and Roxxon continue to cause trouble everywhere, and I need to see a bunch of Svartaflar take their horror show to Heven. That’s going to work out really well for everyone, to say nothing of the sort of terror Roxxon and Heven will cause one another. One of the best written and drawn comics being published today, and if you’re not reading this you are hurting yourself.
A hacker leads a group of thieves in Jesus masks. Their mission: to rob various mega-churches that are doing shady stuff with their donations, keeping enough to keep themselves going and donating the rest to charity. The art is decent, but the writing is very clever and is setting up several interesting character conflicts. A strong first issue.
I needed this comic. I’m a long time X-comic reader, old enough to remember when Inferno happened. I was there when Illyana and Kitty built their relationship, and this comic touches on everything they are and everything they’ve become and the distance between the two. There’s tragedy here, and pathos, and two very good old friends trying to find one another in the midst of the horror their lives have become. This is what Brian Michael Bendis does best, and the artwork captures every frayed nerve. Beautifully done.
Unity #17 – Top 5 Comics
We keep saying that Valiant does consequence better than anyone else, and this comic? This is proof of concept. Unity is a team book, usually focused on the big grand stories that you’d expect from earth’s mightiest heroes. Most of those characters have their own series or mini-series or a strong presence somewhere else; everyone except the leader. Livewire is the most powerful member of the group as far as a “knowledge is power” concept goes, but by that same token she’s completely unable to lead anything resembling a normal life. See, she’s got the power of telemechanics; she can speak with and use machines the same way most of us breath. This means she’s connected to the internet, so any question she has is answered instantly, all the time. Passwords and firewalls are like gossamar to her. No one can hide anywhere online from her. And this single issue? This gives us insight into what her days are like. It’s powerful stuff, because nigh-omniscience has a cost.