This week we read: All-New Invaders #7, All-New X-Men #29, Amazing X-Men #9, Armor Hunters #2, Batgirl #33, Batman Eternal #14, Captain Marvel #5, Coffin Hill #9, Death Vigil #1, Grayson #1, Magnus – Robot Fighter #0, Magnus – Robot Fighter #5, Original Sin – Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm #1, Rai #3, Spider-Man 2099 #1, Thanos Infinity Revelation, Turok – Dinosaur Hunter #5, Wynter #3, X #15
God Of Comics
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That’s a preview, though, and there’s times we don’t pick up the things we were looking for or end up picking up things we didn’t talk about. So, here’s what comics we got this week and what we think about ‘em after the reading.
We rate these things on a five symbol scale. The first two symbols are for art, the second two for story, and the last is based on whether we think this is a gateway comic – is this something we would lend to friends to get them into this series? This last one is a tricky thing, but if we think it is, then the comic gets this symbol.
Symbols can be broken down into quarters and look like this from quarter to whole: , , , and . Two symbols is a good comic, three symbols is worth taking the time to hunt down and look at. Anything at four or more symbols is of the highest possible quality.
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Wow. Okay, so the mob is making a play to retake control of Gotham City from the likes of the Penguin, Batman, and Jim Gordon. To that end, mob boss Falcone framed Gordon for causing the biggest disaster in Gotham’s recent history, or someone did and Falcone took advantage of it. Regardless, Falcone then moved into Gotham and replaced the police commissioner and mayor with his own choices, and has been hunting down Batman since. Here, his police commissioner gets outplayed and some of his men go to prison. Also, Jim’s psychopathic homicidal son comes to pay him a visit in prison and talks about morality, and the emptiness thereof. Also, Steph Brown and her dad put in an appearance. It’s a busy and very good issue that ramps everything up and moves the whole story forward.
There’s stories that Big Trouble in Little China was supposed to kick off a TV series. I would have killed to have seen that. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that this comic is kind of like what we would have got, and if that’s the case I’m glad we get to see it now. Jack Burton and Egg Shen head off on a road trip through the darkest parts of Chinese mythology to free the souls of the Three Storms because one of their living buddies stole Wang. The writing and art perfectly capture the look and feel of the movie, which is kind of incredible. Watch the movie before reading this, though – it’ll give you some understanding of what you’re getting into.
Natasha is hired to snatch a suitcase from a train in Russia, a mission she manages to accomplish quickly and quietly. Then the Winter Soldier shows up, followed by a whole pack of mercenaries that are also after the briefcase. Bucky and Nat manage to escape and hole up in a house and terrible things happen. Meanwhile, Nat’s lawyer is kidnapped. This is Nathan Edmondson at his best, taking the time to carefully craft and pace an engaging story; there’s a sense of minimalism in the characters that fits in perfectly with what’s going on. Phil Noto’s art, of course, is breathtaking. This is one of the best comics that Marvel is publishing right now.
We don’t even know the name of the next Dresden book, but I’m willing to bet it will feature the Fomor. See, the Red Court has been destroyed in the books. Harry did that. This comic takes place before that happens, so we know at least two of the characters are going to survive – the trick the writer faces here is making us care about the survival of the other characters. The first issue failed in this, but this comic fixes a lot of that while introducing the actual threat of the story; these books are known for raising the stakes midway through, and we certainly get that here. I’d recommend reading the books before picking this up, but I’d recommend reading the books anyway because they’re great.
This sort of feels rushed. It’s not bad, per se, and I get that it’s supposed to be an introduction to Rocket and Groot, but this comic feels like it’s just kind of there instead of accomplishing anything. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this comic, exactly, but there’s a better version of this story with the same characters this week (see Rocket Raccoon, below), and I’d recommend grabbing that instead.
Gods, but I’ve missed this comic. For those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to be reading this comic, Lazarus is a future dystopia story set in a corporate monarchy, where the corporate families hold all the power. The largest and most powerful of these families is the Carlyle Group, protected by their gene-engineered death machine, Forever Carlyle. This issue rounds off the end of the second story arc, and features a sad few people swearing to serve the Carlyle group in exchange for a life of relative luxury. We’ve been following a group of people on their way towards being tested, and they get their chance here. We’ve also been following a terrorist who plans to blow everything up, and we get to see his efforts come to their conclusion here. This is one of the best written comics on the shelves right now, and the washed out art is expressive and perfectly in tune with this story. If you like sci-fi, read this comic.
Well, that was dark. There’s a SHIELD agent who should not have anything to do with Magneto for reasons of trauma currently working with him. I can only assume that this is because SHIELD is largely incompetent now. Anyways, the lady with a grudge hands Magneto all the information on the Marauders, who were a group of assassin mutants genetically programmed to obey Mr. Sinister. He once had them commit murder on a mass scale, destroying the Morlocks and very nearly the X-Men, so Magneto goes all Jason Voorhees on them and hunts them down, crippling or killing them… the trick is that the Marauders were cloned into immortality by Sinister. Magneto now has access to the technology that programs and resurrects them, meaning the Marauders just became the new Brotherhood. This comic is harrowing and harsh and utterly perfect. Cullen Bunn’s writing is spot on and really digs into Magneto’s thoughts, and Javier Fernandez and Dan Brown’s art really captures the horrors that Magento is capable of and the toll it takes on him. This is fantastic comics.
Someone clearly saw the Raid, or possibly Dredd… alright, follow me on this. A soldier of fortune is possessed by a fourfold Egyptian deity who has a thing for protecting travelers at night. A bunch of goons kidnap a girl at night due to what her father does. Both the deity and the soldier have an issue with this, so Moon Knight walks in through the front door and ruins everybody’s day. The artwork and Moon Knight’s new costume go a long way towards giving him an ethereal feel in a mortal world, and it lends this comic a haunted feel. There’s a lot of cool going on here, and this run of Moon Knight themed one-shots have been incredible thus far. This issue is no exception.
We frequently call Jason Aaron Marvel’s resident master of the epic. This comic here is exactly why. The Watcher is dead, and we’ve just learned that Nick Fury has been faking everything for pretty much ever. See, he’s been manning the wall – protecting earth from alien threats on a level that no one could have possibly guessed at. This comic works all of this seamlessly into existing canon, simply adding hidden layers of depth and complexity to an existing character and the Marvel universe as a whole. That’s what epics in this medium do, and Jason Aaron does it better than anyone else we’ve seen, at least at present.
Frank Castle is a human force of nature. He’s a one dimensional character, a thing that doesn’t change or grow, and he doesn’t need to. Things don’t happen to Frank Castle; he happens to them. This series has followed him out west, where he happened to a drug cartel and a street gang and pretty much wiped them off the map. Sadly, he also ran into trouble when some people came gunning for him – and he might have still killed them all if he hadn’t run into some soldiers and decided to team up with them. This comic ends with Crossbones taking Frank away, but we know Frank will escape to kill again; that’s what Frank does. We end with the soldier, instead, and it’s a pretty good story with pretty good art. Frank can be a difficult character to write well, but Nathan Edmondson gets him; here’s hoping we’ll see more of him on this title, and maybe a return of the soldiers that Frank surrendered to save.
I don’t even. Wut. Okay, so clearly the fine folks at Valiant are well aware of how much of a bastard Thomas Edison was, and how we’re all glad that he’s now dead in real life. In the comics, we find out he’s alive and well, how he’s alive and well, and what he’s been up to. Quantum and Woody basically fluke their way to victory – again – by being the worst superheroes ever. It’s weird, because individually they’re highly competent people, but together they get in one another’s way. It shouldn’t work but it does because of some rather sharp and funny writing, to say nothing of the expressive art. If you like Deadpool but think Marvel has kind of jumped the shark with him, give this title a shake.
Someone likes Bill Watterson. You can tell from the art style of this comic, which echoes that mad creativity. This comic feels like Spaceman Spiff starring a terrible hyper-intelligent Raccoon. Rocket saves a princess, takes her on a date (to a wrestling match), gets chased by bounty hunters, escapes the bounty hunters, then turns himself over to the police. Also, Groot is in this comic. So is Star Lord and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but the rest of them are busy with their own troubles and can’t come help Rocket with his. Forced into a corner, Rocket decides to surrender – though you can tell he’s up to something. This is good, because what he doesn’t know is that he’s been framed for multiple counts of murder, who framed him, or who else is out to get him. This comic is a lot of fun, and if you liked the Raccoon in the trailer for the movie and want to know more about him, this comic is your ticket.
Just the sense of heat in this book. The overwhelming sense that everyone and everything is melting, the constant reds and yellows dominating everything. The ease and acceptance of corruption, and the sense of truth that goes a long with it. This book is a brutal read, the sort of grimness that DC likes to think they’re striving for but fail at. Yes, there’s violence in here, terrible violence, but it moves a story forward and serves a purpose; there’s nothing gratuitous, everything has weight and consequence. And when this book finally moves into shades other than red and black it falls into shadows, and, ye gods, the shadows…! You need to read this book to understand, and we cannot urge you to do so enough.
I guess Marvel has decided to give the individual Guardians of the Galaxy their own mini-series to being everyone up to speed on the characters? I’m not complaining; I’m really looking forward to what they do with Drax and Gamorra if this turns out to be the case. Star Lord cuts back and forth between Peter as a child, back when his dad had left him and his mom had died, and where he is now – having broken the empire that his father had so carefully crafted. He’s out to protect the same orphanage that raised him, but he’s still very much the outlaw scoundrel and that comes across perfectly. Like Rocket Raccoon, this is a great way to learn about the character for those who don’t know him. It also features Kitty Pryde in bed, and only a fool is going to complain about that. I am not that fool.
Last issue, people killed Redmond’s family. You might remember that he’s been trying to save and protect them since issue one, so to say that he takes this death badly is an understatement. We also learn how deadly the world’s best thief can be when he decides to be an assassin instead. The real trick is going to see how he takes it when he learns he’s been conned. I imagine the proper response will be “poorly,” followed by a lot of people being outright destroyed – Redmond is not the sort of person to leave loose ends that aren’t family, and now that his family is dead he’s not likely to leave anyone left standing.
Alright, so Roxxon bought the area around Broxton and bankrupted all the local businesses, then polluted the town to the point no one could live in it, then turned on the PR and faux news and managed to blame Thor and Asgard for everything. Asgard, home of the Aesir, retreats from the atrocities that Roxxon has committed, which only spurs the CEO of Roxxon to turn his attention to the other Nine Realms. Jane Foster is also appointed the Midgardian liaison to the Council of Worlds by the All-Mother, Freya, so that should be interesting. The art, writing, and impact of this series is the sort of thing that can’t be oversold; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – they should be teaching this comic in schools.
Ye gods, this comic. This is a hell of a way to wrap things up this week… in this comic, a normal high school gets transported to an alien world by persons or powers unknown. No one knows what’s going on, though the outcast loner seems to have figured out something and had gone looking for it with a small band of misfits. We don’t know if he’s onto something or not, but he seems confident of being right. Those with him are probably better off than those back at the school, where the Phys Ed Teacher has taken over, using the principal to enforce martial law over the students and enact a terrible power fantasy that’s going to put everyone in danger. A much more pragmatic approach was proposed by the Student Council President, who has been locked away on the corrupt and idiotic facility’s say-so. Revolution is coming, and it needs to – it’s the only way anyone is going to survive. This comic is another one that’s absolutely great, a sort of sci-fi retelling of Lord of the Flies. It was also the first comic I read this week, and I’ve read it a few times as of this writing. You should be reading it, too.
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This Week: All-New X-Men #26, Amazing Spider-Man #1, Batgirl Annual #2, Batman Beyond Universe #9, Batman Eternal #4, Batwoman Annual #1, Clockwork Angels #2, Flash Annual #3, Ghostbusters #15, Grimm Fairy Tales – Wonderland Asylum #4, Hacktivist #4, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #12, Hulk #2, Origins II #5, Rai #1, Seekers of the Weird #4, Shadowman – End Times #1, Silver Surfer #2, Southern Bastards #1, Wynter #2