Spider-Man #1: J.J. Abrams and son writing a Marvel comic? Bonkers. This is a Spidey story in the greatest of “elseworlds” traditions. Spider-Man as a single dad, and his son has inherited the family power set. Beautifully drawn by Sarah Pichelli, this is a must for those of you who dug Spider-Man: Life Story or just love some Spider-Man comics. A+
Inferior 5 #1: Jeff Lemire and Keith Giffen teaming up to write a DC Comic is the formula for a really entertaining take on the DCU. It almost feels like New Frontier, but set in the 80’s. Lots of nostalgia and love for the superhero genre with a very “Stranger Things” feel. Plus, Lemire writes and draws a 5 page back-up story in each issue – win!
Once & Future #2 – We watched as Duncan McGuire had his life turned upside down last issue, when he finds out his Grandmother used to be a monster hunter! Looks like she is stepping out of retirement and bringing her grandson with her (against his wishes). She tells him of a prophecy and the hunt for the sword Excalibur. Duncan can’t believe the things he is hearing, but before he can catch a breathe they are headed into King Arthur’s tomb. They run into a bit of trouble and a familiar face once there, now they have to figure out how they are going to put an end to all this.
Steeple #1- Tredregyn Parish has always had a bad reputation. That’s why Billie was excited to do her Priest training their. All she wants to do is give back and help those in need, but she has no clue what she is getting herself into. As soon as she crosses city limits her car breaks down (great sign, right?) and she has to hitch a ride in on the back of a local bartenders bike. She seems nice enough and Billie even goes to visit her at the bar later, but she might not be as kind as we think. That first night Billie sees first hand some of the horrors this town holds, as the head priest fights to keep the church safe. Billie isn’t scared though, and plans on finishing her training. Tredregyn isn’t going to get rid of her that easy!
We Are Obsolete #1 – If you weren’t super creeped-out by the cover, just wait until you read. Lyla Wilton is a journalist who recently decided to do a story on a unique group of kids on the island of Muhu. She received an email, from whom she assumed was their teacher, in regards to these amazing children and their revolution. As soon as Lyla arrives, she can tell something is off about everyone she comes across in this town. She goes to the local pub, but even in a laid back place like a bar, everyone seemed to be on edge. Every adult in this town is scared, and they are scared of the children. We gather the adults here are being controlled by the kids, at least to the degree that if they act undesirably, there will be repercussions. It also seems regardless of what they do, everyone dies on their 40th birthday. Next issue we get to see what the children have to say for themselves.
Napoleon Dynamite #1– I was on the fence about this comic since they pretty much nailed the movie. I still ended up really enjoying this cult classic continuation. Here we find all our beloved characters, uniquely drawn, but still undeniable them. I even found myself reading the dialogue in their voices. Napoleon is still by Pedro’s side, but this is post school election and Pedro’s win is being questioned. This jerk face in a stupid cat sweater calls for a recount of the ballad! So now Pedro might lose his seat as class president (I’m sure our gang will set things straight in the most awkward fashion). Napoleon is still feeding Tina not llama food, Kip is away (so Granny has room for boarders), RexKwonDo is out and Lt. Brock Montana is in, oh and Uncle Rico might be a murderer 🤷🏾♀️. I’ll definitely update you guys on issue two!
JJ Abrams Spider-Man #1 – This was more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Spidey fights some new made up bad dude who looks pretty cool called Cadaverous and his robo-xenomorph horde. A thing happens that I won’t ruin and we flash forward to Peter and MJ’s son who’s in high school and acting a fool. Pete ain’t Spider-Man no more and lil’ Ben seems to be going through a specific puberty spurt. It all makes for a good debut issue and pretty interesting premise which is nice in the sea of spider-man comics that are out. Who would of that there would be room for yet another wrinkle in the spidey-verse. The only real disappointing thing about this book is the lack of the JJ Abrams classic lens flare.
House of X #5 – YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO this issue just changed the literal game in so many ways. I can’t contain myself with how much I enjoyed this issue on so many levels. All your questions to the history of X-Resurrection will now be made clear. Hickman is a goddamn comics writing god and has the best understanding for any superhero book he writes. I don’t know how he does it, but I am so looking forward to his run of books after House/Powers of X is finished and we still have three more chapters left.
Once and Future #2 – The King has returned and he’s a zombie and doesn’t seem to be very nice. He also is not a fan of that Anglo-Saxon blood. Duncan is also discovering his grandma is wayyyyy more of a badass and just generally “more” than he ever thought. Still gotta finish reading The Once and Future King just in case they bring in Morgana,
Agents of Wakanda #1 – I like my odd ball team books and this one is pretty odd. Ka-zar, Gorilla Man, Man Wolf, Fat Cobra among others. More or less, Black Panther is running a back up Avengers squad because Black Panther is the leader we need. Standard first issue stuffs happen with decent art. But there is a lil surprise at the end that is kind of exciting when thinking about the ramifications that could happen from this…thing. Can’t quite remember when the last time time I saw this person either so this should be interesting.
Trees: Three Fates – Warren Ellis once again brings a well-paced and engrossing story to the table with crisp art from Jason Howard. The story starts off with Klara Voranova kicking a dickhead ex out of her place, only to see a Tree gloriously land of his head. Flash forward 11 years and Klara is a small-time Sarge in a Russian town who early one morning must investigate the mysterious death of an outsider. Helping her are her two underlings and their big, ol’ science bot who collect samples of the crime scene who must overcome their somewhat humble limitations. The pacing is fantastic but what really pulls you in are the engrossing small-town characters, some of whom are not what they seem. I’m excited to see the parts of this investigation unfold!
Powers of X #4 – This issue, though not as monumental as HoX #4, creates the best damn version of Mr. Sinister I’ve ever read. This is a Mr. Sinister who has an entire court full of clones of himself, executes them on mere comedic whims and fantasizes over capes so much that in the midst of a conversation with Magneto and Xavier, a caped Sinister kills the lead Sinister and assumes command. Fucking brilliant. The year 10 story goes on to show Cypher meeting Krakoa for the first time and gives an all-new origin for the mutant island. There’s a lot of breadcrumbs that seem to be leading more to the upcoming X-books. The year 1000 part, unfortunately, feels separated from the rest of the book. It’s not bad but honestly could be tacked into any storyline and be claimed as the future. Another great book in a legendary run.
Reaver #3 – Our suicide squad once more treks farther into enemy territory. This time they need to go on a stealth mission. Mahan and Styrian are tasked with getting the head of an Esk officer because gross and Rekala must secretly obtain documents of passage so they can venture on. Things go rather well: Mahan brutally decapitates a dude who orders a prostitute, Rekala nabs the papers after some choice one-liners and Styrian turns out to be the repugnant piece of filth we thought him to be. Seriously, fuck this dude in all the seven hells. Meanwhile back at their camp, a little more of Breaker’s deal is revealed and he seems to be more than just muscles and killing. Really like how this story is shaking out and how it keeps up this excellent fantasy narrative.
Silver Surfer Black #4 – When I die, bury me in Tradd Moore’s artwork. I mean, damn. Norrin has discovered the source of Ego’s pain: the incubation chamber of his old master, Galactus, destined to become a force of death throughout the universe. As begins to slowly drift it into a local star, Uatu appears. Instead of his big dumb baby head we’ve all become used to, Moore has transformed him into a being of terror and light. As usual with Uatu, the Surfer just ignores him. The image really is something to see. To skip a bunch of exposition regarding Galactus’s origin, the being known as Galan who survived his universe’s destruction and is slowly being turned into a monster greets Norrin inside the cube. After a talk about the perils of destroying darkness with darkness, the Surfer spares him but not with gaining insight: he now has a plan to take down Knull.
Sword Master #3 – The last issue ended with a mystery woman swooping in and saving Lin’s butt. Her timing was great, but Lin was even more amazed when she began wielding the sword. After the baddie was beat, she gave Lin answers, but her delivery was intense to say the least. This issue is focus around the ancestral lore of the defeat of the God of War by the Yellow King. Stories of old that parents tell their children when they want to teach them a lesson or send them to bed peacefully. Lin is getting the real story today, and he gets to be there!
Chastity #1 – Chastity is just your average girl trying to make it in the big city. She works as a go-go dancer, but her dream is to be an actress! Oh, and she is part vampire, that’s probably the most important part. Since she is have human she shares some vampire qualities, but doesn’t have the same stipulations. For example, other vampires just sense her as just another human, she uses this to her advantage when doing her hunts. This issue she is being hunted, not as a vampire, but as a woman because that literally happens in the real world all the time (*see news for human trafficking stats). Chastity goes for an audition and all the girls get drugged and taken away! What they don’t know is they basically just kidnapped lady Blade so they are in for a surprise.
Gotham City Monsters #1 – This issue was pretty jam packed. They introduced all the ‘monsters’ and gave a bit of back story. This issue was a bit disjointed because they wanted everyone to get to know more about the gang, but I’m optimistic about the next issue. The cover says there will be “Six Montrous Heroes” but so far we’ve met five Andrew Bennett , Killer Croc, Frankenstein’s monster (but I guess I’ll call him Frankenstein), Grace Balin (Orca), and Sondra Fuller (Lady Clay). So far only Bennett and Frankenstein have run into each other, but all of our monsters are being drawn to the same place. This first issue sends with human sacrifices and a pretty big baddie. Who knows what’s next?
Reaver #3 – So our band of baddies are off on the first leg of their mission. Styrian and Mahan head into Raelish, a small town that holds a key to what awaits in Anvil. The rest of the gang stays behind as to not draw attention to themselves, but we find out later, their presence will be not be unnoticed. While the boys try to blend in with the townsfolk, Rekala, our skin eating wildcard, is doing super sneaky stealth stuff. They get what they were sent for, and we see Mahan has some connections in Raelish and plans of his own (…some pedophilia? I said it was a bad of baddies!). We can’t forget our troupe has no choice in this matter, any order they refuse would result in an inevitable death! I’m excited to see the other members use their unique skills to fight for their lives in the next issue!!
Pandemica #1 – Bio-terrorism is being carried out that’s targeting various ethnic groups across the country and only a man named Dr. Katz has the foresight to stop it. Pretty cool premise/concept that’s not too off the mark from being a thing that could actually happen. Enough intrigue is sprinkled throughout the issue to make you one to come back and we get a little glimpse of the future and things may not turn out so well for everyone. Surprise book of the week.
Silver Surfer Black #4 – I need Tradd Moore to do more psychedelic space comics. If he were to do some New Gods series I would die. Once this gets collected, I think a little micro dosing and a journey through these pages are in order. Donny Cates’ writing is cool too, but goddamn that Tradd Moore art, man.
Powers of X #4 – After all the action of the last two House of X issues, it’s time to slow things down again and do some more exposition and language learning skills. We get a glimpse of Xavier taking a young Cypher to Krakoa and learning a tree/earth language, what fun! Also Mr. Sinister makes some appearances and is portrayed a little more goofy than I remember. We also get some of those sweet sweet data info pages that have been missing the last few chapters. God I love those things. I’ll gladly read a book filled with X-men history just using those things alone.
Reaver #1-3 – well i just binge read the first three issues of this series and they were all good. It’s the Dirty (half) Dozen in a mythical/fantastical version of America circa post revolutionary war as opposed to the countless pseudo English fantasy worlds we’re given. The art is great and Justin Jordan really nails the pacing for each issue. Excited to see how his world building expands as the series progresses. Any and all fantasy fans should def check this series out.
Pretty Deadly: The Rat #1 – After what feels like half a decade, the mythic adventures of Death-Faced Ginny are back! Bone Bunny begins his tale to Butterfly once more, this time about half a century ahead of the last. In old Hollywood, the body of Clara Fields is discovered by police just on the outskirts of town. Two detectives go to inform her next of kin, the Conjure-Man. He’s an old school spiritualist with all the tricks to keep the clients paying. Once he hears the news, he goes to Clara’s apartment to clean out her things and discovers a film reel for the shadow puppet silent film she was working on. That’s where things start to become surreal and gorgeous thanks to art by Emma Rios. Come watch this creative team kill it once again with gorgeous visuals and poetry.
Doom Patrol Weight of the Worlds #3 – Holy hell, this was such a fun read. This one comes straight out of the year 2034 y’all. The Doom Patrol is trapped in a reality they’re only some what familiar with but one thing is certain: a lot has happened and you, glorious reader, haven’t kept up. There are editor’s notes for issues that haven’t come out yet but hopefully will in the next decade. Rita is stuck in an alien form, Lucius is a hot badass, Crazy Jane and Casey are now Jasey, and Robotman is a hardhittin’ gumshoe who’s following the breadcrumbs laid out by pulp novels with a very odd narration. Old and new members of the team show up as well, all trying to figure out why they’re there. Don’t miss out on more high-class, well-done weird!
Something Is Killing the Children #1 – Horror isn’t normally my bag but Tynion IV has dragged me there and made me like this. The title would more accurately be “Something Is Killing the Children and Throwing Their Guts Around Like A Meat Party” but it’s definitely not as catchy. James is having a sleepover with his friends and playing truth or dare. After a dare to go to the ravine gone wrong, James is the only one not to come back in little pieces. Those boys are 7-9 of kids being brutally murdered in the woods while the authorities but the blame on a rabid bear. Right. Luckily a lone bad ass who looks punk af drifts into town to assumedly take out the monster trash. A solid, gory read from start-to-finish.
House of X #4 – WHY, HICKMAN, WHY?? WHY MUST YOU HURT ME AS I PRAISE YOU FOR DOING IT?? I CAN’T….this week’s HoX sees our favorite mutants going toe-to-toe with the genocidal forces of humankind aboard a Mother Mold circling Mercury. After the racist sacrifice one of the humans makes to stop their ship, a lot of the X-Men are down with little time left to stop its initiation protocol and have the Earth overrun with Sentinels. They separate into smaller teams to start disassembling it and so much goes down…It was amazing to read and I can’t say much more than this: the end of the issue had an extremely powerful message and cements this story-line as one of the greatest X-books of all time. Read it.
Lois Lane #3 – Not too many stones get turned over in this one but it’s a pretty funny one to lighten up the events of last issue. Superman flies all the way to Chicago to make sure Lois is all right after a gunman assassinates the congressman she was due to meet in a restaurant. Unfortunately, Supes totally blows up her spot hovering over the crime scene while LL makes her way out. Her and the Question breakaway from the crowd so Lois can tell off the big guy for making a scene. Turns out he was doing this to send a message to the shooter: don’t mess with Lois Lane. Meanwhile, the Question tracks a lead to a parking garage only to find…the Question? Tune in next month for the answer hopefully. *buh dum tiss*
Die #7 – Oh boy! This month’s issue follows hopefully everyone’s least favorite character, Chuck. After throwing Izzy’s journal in a puddle of piss because reasons, she curses him through the powers of the Mistress of Woe for him to have bad luck. This backfires somewhat because his powerset in the game is luck based so a bunch of weird things began to happen as he goes off drinking with dwarves. His bouts of bad luck turn good and vice-versa through a series of events until he ends up defeating a Titan and discussing his ex-wives with an elf queen. That’s where things take an unpleasant turn for him and the rest as their plan to escape Ashe’s influence seems to have put them under someone else’s.
Something Is Killing Children #1 – How could you pass up on such a hopeful title? As promised, they come in real hot with the youth murder. This small town has no leads on the disappearance of these children. As course for bumbling police forces, they are blaming it on a rabid bear, but someone knows exactly what’s going on. There is a monster feasting on this town, and she is here to kill it.
Web of Black Widow #1 – Natasha Romanoff’s moral compass has always been a little off. Who knew the clone they implanted with her memories after her death would go rogue 🤔🙋🏾♀️. Black Widow 2.0 is out to right the wrongs she once did. Ironman tries to reason with her, remind her she is an Avenger now. We all know Black Widows crimson ledger
Triage #1 – Evelyn Pierce lives a pretty ordinary life. She is a labor and delivery nurse, and the most difficult decision she has at the moment is how to break up with her girlfriend. One day Evelyn has the strangest dream where she meets alternate reality versions of herself. She wakes up and chalks it up to a stress, but it wasn’t a dream. Now there are three Evelyns in her reality (and her apartments). Evelyn still has more to learn about her role in all this, and I’m pretty curious myself. (Also, if I found out there was another reality where I was a superhero and in mine I’m a nurse, I’d be pretty pissed.)
Savage Avengers #5 – Our misfit gang defeats Kulan Gath’s monster and save the day. The end…or so they think but Kulan has more tricks up his sleeves. After eluding to a more sinister plan, mic dropping, and portaling out like a badass Kulan is gone once again. The gang decides to split up. Doctor Voodoo, Elektra, and Venom head off to see if they can foil Kulan’s next plan to destroy the world. Frank Castle decides to take a long peaceful walk and carry his families dead bodies back to their final resting place. Conan goes with him because he is a nice barbarian and carrying three coffins is hard, even for the Punisher. Next issue I’m sure there will be more fun hi-jinks, like watching Castle rebury his family and Venom might turn into a gooey centaur!!
House of X #4 – Well goddamn, what an issue. And that’s all I can really say without giving away them precious deets but I’m super excited to see how this second half plays out.
Battlepug #1 – this comic holds a special place in my heart because of how silly it is and that it’s just another form of Conan who is also a beast mage. You don’t really need to know too much about the previous series to get into this new one, but I encourage everyone does. It’s just a great and silly book about a barbarian who rides a giant pug and is on a quest for vengeance more or less against Santa. We need more fun comics like this.
Berserker Unbound #2 – the other barbarian comic to come out this week that isn’t Conan continues and our barbaric hero learns what it’s like to be a hobo and eat in a soup kitchen. I’m still entertained by it, but for a mini series that’s 2 issues deep with only 3 to go, things are going to have to speed up a bit.
Something is Killing the Children #1 – I think this is my favorite horror debut of the year. Poor jack just wanted to have some friends over for a sleep over but his made up spooky ghost story ended up becoming all too real and now there are a lot of dead kids. He’s become kind of a pariah around town but luckily he meets a woman with a large sword who may be able to help. Great art and premise and everyone should read since October is around the corner.