Captain Marvel #1- Carol’s back yall! This issue starts with a bang as she and Spider-Woman get to beat up a gnarly space kraken. Carol is trying to settle back into her old life as an Avenger and pick up the pieces of her relationship with James Rhodes. Her life just started coming back together when Nuclear Man shows up and ruins everything. Even with the help of the Avengers, the situation goes from bad to worse for Captain Marvel. I’m not going to give anything away, but due to the turn of events, I am stoked for the next issue!
Gunning for Hits #1- Much like any other art industry, the music industry is 5% music, 95% business. And Martin Mills means business! As his record companies scout, he’s responsible for finding new talent to sign on. Cue Stunted Growth, a local band from Connecticut, ready to take on the world by storm. Between their negotiating of a record deal, Martin lays down the ins and outs of the 80’s music industry. By the end of this first issue, we see just why he’s so damn good at his job. Can’t wait to see where they take this series!
Web of Venom: Venom Unleashed #1- I’ll be honest, I picked up this comic because there was a cute Venom dog on the cover. That is exactly what this comic is about and it does not disappoint. With our good pup as the lead, there isn’t much dialogue in the issue. However, what it lacks in conversation, it makes up for in gory horror art.
Man Without Fear #2- I’m enjoying this miniseries of Dare Devil. The first issue dealt with Matt’s fear and pain and how they drive him to be Dare Devil and the reason to leave it behind for good. Being the Man Without Fear has led to the destruction of his body and the tragic endings of his relationships. However, even leaving the Dare Devil life behind, there is still an uphill battle for Matt; between the physical battle of recovering from his injuries, and processing the fear of just being a normal person again. Overall , this series is dope so far and I can’t wait for the next one.
Young Justice #1 – Let’s take a moment to welcome back the coolest teen superhero team ever! I’ve missed this series for years and this action-packed relaunch does not disappoint! Tim, Cassie, Bart, and Conner run into each other in the wake of a Gemworld invasion of Earth! The art is gorgeous and makes some of my favorite characters look even better. The dialogue is sharp, and the writing does a great job of introducing two new team members: Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern. A great start to a new era!
Captain Marvel #1 – Kelly Thompson has yet another incredible book on the shelves! She’s brought us a whole new Captain Marvel story full of the character and action that she’s so great with and she’s bringing in such a great ensemble. Spider-Woman, Iron Man, and Rhodey are among the many characters that appear, and the story is full of action and conflict that challenges Carol while still making her look like the badass that she is. Pick it up!
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 – So another new Spider-Man series has hit the shelves. This one was nice. That’s about all I can say right now. It’s nice. Whatever Tom Taylor is planning must be a slow burn. This issue sets up a story, but it doesn’t dangle anything juicy until the very end. The rest of the issue is pretty standard Spidey-being-a-great-guy kind of stuff.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 – On the other hand, we have Ahmed’s spectacular (heh) Miles book this week. Miles and the Rhino teamed up to find out what’s happening to some missing kids, and we get to see what Miles thinks and feels through Ahmed’s excellent internal narration. The Rhino gets a lot of development too, and we get to see a less aggressive side of him than we normally see. It’s pretty charming seeing these two very different characters working together.
Adventures of the Super Sons #6 – Jon and Damian have been all over the place in this adventure and they’re going even MORE places! They’re attacked by Rex Luthor, but quickly “rescued” by the bounty hunter Tommy Tomorrow! Can the Super Sons get themselves free? I’m sad this is only a 12-issue limited series, and I really hope to see these two team up once it ends!
Die #2 – The best D&D book on the shelves is back. This issue we get a little preview in how the character classes of “Die” work including a “Neo” which is a cyberpunk ninja with a fierce drug addiction. The artwork is still beautiful and each panel could easily blown up and framed in an art gallery. Gillen has taken classic D&D/Fantasy/RPG tropes and has twisted them in an incredibly creative way. The groups journey has officially kicked off with this issue and I can’t wait to see Gillen continues to surprise us with this wonderful world he’s cooked up.
Star Wars Age of Republic: Jango Fett – This is one of the better one shots so far simply because it ties into the prequel/SW mythos slightly instead of just being a random adventure (although still a random adventure). I’ll be more excited when they stop doing prequel era one shots and move on to Star Wars that actually matters
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 – Well what a fun team up issue. Rhino and Spidey bffs. Cute. I like that this series is very new reader friendly and the story is very basic and not some grandiose epic for the ages (at least for now). Good stuff!
The Green Lantern #3 – Earth is up for auction and the highest bidder is GOD HIMSELF! And now Hal Jordan must put him UNDER ARREST! If that doesn’t sell you on the book then I don’t know what else to say man, just like…do better i guess?
Man Without Fear #2 – Starting out with Matt in the hospital was a quick way to pull at the heartstrings, and to have Sam there believing everything was going to be fine while Matt was trying to shut it down was also super sad. When Kirsten shows up at the hospital, it kind of hints that while Matt is happy she’s there, he’s also hoping (or scared) that someone else may show up too. I loved that Matt exposes his vulnerability in this series by expressing these fears of not being Daredevil anymore to Foggy, I think it shows us that while he is and always will be Matt Murdock, he will also always be Daredevil, despite what he said to Sam about Daredevil being dead. In the end, Matt’s own fears appear to manifest as a person in his room, showing him all of his fears in the form of loved ones he has lost. I am super excited to get into the last couple of issues in this mini-series.
Martian Manhunter #2 – This issue showed us two story lines; one on J’onn J’onzz’ home planet and one on earth where J’onn was wearing the face of the human cop, John Jones . It started off showing J’onn with his wife admiring a far off planet and showing him express his dreams of traveling off-world one day. It then shows us the scene of a car accident on earth, where the face of John Jones has disappeared in the car fire. He is having flashbacks of his wife and child, while Diane is struggling to understand why the face of her friend is gone, and in his place is an alien form. She saves him from the fire, but before she gets her answers, we go back to J’onn’s home planet. I absolutely love that it shows him and his wife taking their child to the museum on their planet! It shows us how they are able to choose their dream flesh shape when they , which I thought was super neat! It then takes us back to the scene of the car fire, and right at the end as he is starting to retake the form of John Jones, he attempts to wipe Diane’s memory of seeing his true form, and she shoots him! Can’t wait to read the next issue and see what happens to J’onn and Diane.
Star Wars Age of Republic: Jango Fett #1 – Honestly, I was super apprehensive about this one, but Jango is kind of Star Wars’ coolest bounty hunter, so I gave it a shot. I was NOT disappointed, and it turned out to probably one of my favorite reads this week! Who doesn’t love to see a young Boba in training?!?! I also am a huge fan of the fact that it shows pre-clone planning and progress a couple of times throughout the issue. I also love that it showed us how Boba was trained and brought up. The parts with the other bounty hunter underestimating Boba, and believing Jango was leaving him for dead all over some credits was super satisfying for me. My only gripe is that this specific issue seemed (to me) to be more focused on Boba, when I thought I was reading about Jango. I’m not upset though, I was super into how Jango was so proud of Boba for the choices he made, and you can tell that he already knows his son’s reputation will equal his own, if not exceed it!
Gunning For Hits #1 – This music series is actually super cool to me. I loved the opening, showing the unrealistic demands from artists and their agents, and I was totally satisfied when those demands were met with cool, nonchalant confidence. You can tell the label scout is super savvy, and I love the hints at his dark past. I was a huge fan of the pages in the middle breaking down his thought process of the negotiations between himself and the band. I can’t wait for the next one, I am dying to know what this guy did in his old job!
Hex Wives #3 – WOA. I didn’t see any of that coming. Aaron Gabriel is willing to go to the extreme to keep not only his wife, but the whole neighborhood, under lock and key. The whole neighborhood is bugged with surveillance tech and an underground facility close by to keep an eye on these former witches. This issue really expands on how much control the Architects have on their slice of reality. However, it seems we’re getting closer and closer to the perfect patriarchy collapsing. I can’t wait to see it happen!
Heroes in Crisis #4 – This issue is focuses on relationships. The relationship between Batgirl and Harley; two characters always at odds, bond over the common ground of being disposable to their respectful leaders. Between Booster & Blue Beetle; they’ve always had each other in this grand scheme of super heroes, where neither of them belong. Batman and Superman’s relationship is a constant battle of morals and ethics between the two. It’s an interesting read that will pull on your heart strings.
Unnatural #6 – Leslie finally has a moment to catch her breath with her new found friends Carol & Kahl, and we get some answers about what is happening. So far, we know all the bad guys are connected and they want the mystical being living inside Leslie to be set free. Carol explains Leslie’s role in all of this and we learn what makes Kahl so special as well. But just as things seem to be picking up in pace, our protagonist is on the run again. Hopefully , the next issue has more answers.
Man Without Fear – Daredevil is taken out by a bus and is in a coma in the hospital. With Foggy keeping him company bedside, Matt is on a metaphorical journey. Whether it’s his subconscious on overdrive in the coma or an actual battle in between the realms of life and death, it isn’t really clear. It doesn’t even really matter. The underlying message is that Daredevil is a man with no fear, driven by pain. So, Pain and Fear pay him a visit in a physical form to keep him in the coma to save Matt Murdock. Overall, it’s a decent issue with some dope art. Check it out.
Batman Beyond #27 – The Joker is back, and with a vengeance! Yes, THE Joker is now in Batman Beyond. He’s mad about the Jokerz Gang and wiped most of them out, and wants to make Gotham the grimy, dark den of crime it once was. Terry’s the only one who can stop him now, and Matt is learning the hard way what it takes to be Robin. There is a lot of commentary here on what it takes to be a Robin, as both Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson argue over whether Matt can handle the job.
Champions #1 – The Champions relaunch with a much bigger cast. This series has become the new flagship teen superhero book for Marvel, and Jim Zub’s been doing a good job with the team and the character dynamics for a while. Now he has Ms. Marvel leading a global initiative of powered young heroes. There are a LOT of new characters here, so make sure to get the #1 so you know who these folks are later.
Mr & Mrs X #7 – Rogue and Gambit have been kidnapped by MOJO! Unaware of what’s happened, they go from show to show at Mojo’s whims. But when Rogue’s powers go out of control again, Mojo has to change the whole script. Kelly Thompson has been doing great with this series. Between this and West Coast Avengers, she’s gotta be one of my favorite Marvel writers right now.
Uncanny X-Men #8 – Hoo-boy, this series has a lot going on. Each issue is packed to the brim with STUFF HAPPENING. If you miss even one, you’ll miss a lot of story. We last left with the younger X-Men, led by Armor, getting trapped in the Age of Apocalypse, but soon we learn that it’s just a psychic construct created by Legion, and that they’re all trapped in Legion’s head. As Bishop and the others get ready to save the kids, they learn just how far X-Man’s powers truly reach.
Unnatural #6 – Man, this story is solid. In this issue we learn all about the origins of the Albino and how Leslie is connected to him. The stakes get higher and higher as Jones and his minions close in on Leslie and the resistance. Mirka Andolfo has nailed the storytelling all throughout this series. What started out as a metaphor has turned into a much deeper, more powerful story that is getting more exciting each page.
Wonder Woman #61 – If you’re a fan of Greek mythology and all the drama surrounding it, you need to read G Willow Wilson’s Wonder Woman. Due to Diana’s nature, her stories have always touched on Greek legends, but Wilson brought the full force of Olympian drama into Wonder Woman. Not only is Ares on the loose, but Aphrodite has appeared to make things more interesting. And while Diana and Steve are finally reunited, the war is not over. Ares is escalating, and it’s up to the couple to stop him — with Aphrodite’s help? I love all the myth and excitement wrapped up in this comic lately! I can’t wait for more!
Conan the Barbarian #1 – By Crom, what a great first issue. Jason Aaron was made to write Conan considering his early Thor had huge Conan vibes. Mahmud Asrar’s art is also perfectly suited to the book. Anyone who has never read a Conan book before will easily be able to jump in here regardless of the history of the character and old/lapsed readers will be able to jump right in and feel right at home. Conan the Barbarian is the greatest barbarian and hopefully with him being back home at Marvel, he’ll get more recognition and we can get a not completely shit new movie/tv show out of the whole thing.
Star Wars Age of Republic Obi-Wan – Anakin is still a little bitch, even in this one-shot. There are alien bird people. Obi-Wan has the patience of a saint.
Man Without Fear #1 – I’m assuming this takes place after Soules run on Daredevil which I read zero issues of, so what better than to read this mini series that will bridge the end of one run with the start of another. DD is in the hospital because I guess he got hit by a truck while saving a kid and this particular visit was I guess really traumatizing since he almost died on the operating table and is now suffering from some crazy coma fever dream battling his inner demons. Considering all everything DD has been though, that is a pretty weak ass reason to send him to the hospital but whatever, I don’t write these things. With that being said, the writing wasn’t bad. Art was good as well. I’ll be back to read the second issue because I like Daredevil.
Winter Soldier #2 – With a week that boasts new titles and continuation of the fantastic Heroes in Crisis, this book is my pick. The first issue was really good, but this makes it mark. Bucky fights a kid in the same outfit as the one he used to wear with Cap’, except this kid is killing everyone in his way . . . and he’s good at it. I’m not going to give too much away, but Bucky does the one thing I didn’t expect him to do. The writers clearly have the direction of the narrative and vision of the story in mind, which is why they can shift the action packed tone so drastically only the second book in and it work well! This is the mark of a great story. Take my word, this is going to be a top-tier book.
Heroes in Crisis #4 – Speaking of top-tier . . . Tom is the King of interpersonal stories of superheroes. Even when you figure out what happens, even when it clarifies and narrows in focus to be more coherent, it keeps throwing such believable curveballs at you to make you question everything. The overall quality of this book outmatches everything Marvel has put on shelves for years. DC really knows what it’s doing, and proves it.
Wolverine: The Long Night #1 – Based on the amazing podcast narrative, this is a non-canonical story of Logan, roaming the Northern countryside. He’s actually in this issue very little, but I doubt that remains the same from this issue on. Like any good mystery novel, they spend real quality time setting the tone and context of a murder. There’s a ton of dialogue in this, which makes sense since it was a podcast audiobook. They take their time establishing the side characters, the plot, how Logan works into all of this, and lots of fantastic world-building. This is the Windy River of Marvel’s books; great tone shift from the usual books.
Conan The Barbarian #1 – This is Jason Aaron’s crack at the longtime fantasy hero Conan. He is a prime candidate for a story like this, and he uses the great storytelling same style. He builds the lore and history of Conan, to build for a future one! This is just textbook writing from Aaron, I’m getting serious “Thor: God Butcher” vibes from this. This is practically two stories in one, worth the price of admission, and leaves you wanting more.
Aquaman #43– Our hero seems to have washed ashore on a remote island far from his home. He has no recollection of who he is or where he came from. So he’s just living the simple life within his fishing village. Things start getting weird for Andy after hauling in a huge haul of all rotten fish and a near drowning incident. It appears this village isn’t as quaint and quiet as we are led to believe. It’s an all new Aquaman written by the talented Kelly Sue DeConnick with a fantastic team of artist behind her. It’s a great start to a new run of a well known hero, I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Tank Girl Action Alley #1 -Martin and Parson are at it again with a new ongoing Tank Girl series! This series is supposed to lay the groundwork for the Tank Girl Universe and expand more on the several stories from “21st Century Tank Girl” book. If you’ve read a TG comic, you know it’s all debauchery, booze, and kangaroos in the outback of Australia; this issue is no different. Staying true to form, we follow the rag tag group of Tank Girl, Sub Girl, Jet Girl, Barney & Booga on another adventure across the wasteland for a well deserved vacation. Hijinks ensue in true TG form- shoot-outs, tanks & hilarious sub plots. If you’ve never read a TG book before, this is a great place to start.
Hardcore #1 – This comic took me by surprise. The name and cover are a bit, well, played out. But, I picked it up because I like most things Image puts out and a brand new series is always fun. Honestly, it’s a really cool concept for a spy/ action comic. The government has a secret program called “Hardcore”. Basically, they can discreetly shoot nanobots into anyone, have them take over their nervous system undetected . Highly trained assassins then enter some chamber? and can take over their nervous system remotely to carry out dangerous missions. The only drawback is if the host person dies, the controller also dies. Agent Drake is the best in the game, but after an unexpected turn of events, he’s stuck in his host body with only 72 hrs to figure out how to get back. It’s a really fun read and I’m excited for the next issue.
Middlewest #2 – This comic is SO GOOD. We still don’t really know what’s going on with Abel; he doesn’t really have a direction or understanding of who he is or where he came from. He’s just traveling across the land with his talking fox with no name. After a run in with some train dwelling cannibals, he’s saved by an old traveler who offers to give him a place to sleep for the night. On their journey to the traveler’s home, we get to see a little bit more of this fantastical world. The art for this series is just delightful and seeing some great 2 page spreads is always appreciated. Again, we’re left with more questions than answers at the end of this issue, but this series is so charming and mysterious, you won’t mind sticking around.
Klaus #1 – What a great Klaus story! Klaus has always been a fun and exciting take on Santa, and this continues Morrison’s unique vision on the lovable holiday character. In this one-shot story, Klaus and co have to save Earth from Ragnarok, but Klaus saves a lost soul along the way. It’s got everything you could want from a story about Santa. Action, adventure, strange creatures, an alien invasion, and a heartfelt resolution with a hopeful message. Add Dan Mora’s brilliant artwork and you have a perfect package. Don’t miss it!
Spider-Geddon #5 – So that was a solid end to a story that got a little messy and confusing. With at least four titles and new parts of the story weekly, the Spider-Geddon event has been intense. I’m glad to see it’s over, but in a good way. The ending is much more satisfying than a lot of Marvel events and stories recently. All the threads get tied together and it all clicks together in the end. My only major gripe is that video game Spider-Man didn’t get to say goodbye to Spider-Cop. Ah well… Make sure to read this because it is a strong ending to the Spider-Geddon story!
Teen Titans #25 – Crush’s background revealed! Well, partially. She takes Djinn on a road trip to upstate New York. Along the way we learn what Crush’s life on Earth was like, and she and Djinn grow closer as friends. It’s a good story that still leaves plenty to be revealed later. We also get to see what happened to Roundhouse during the time between sending the bomb to space and showing up at his front door. Personally, I like the Crush story better, but she’s a more interesting character to me than Roundhouse.
eXtermination #5 – This week is all about story conclusions! The long-awaited eXtermination story comes to a close and we get to see the original five FINALLY go back to their own time. This was another solid ending, and I kind of liked what Jean did to save the day in the end. There’s something at the end that I can’t explain here because spoilers, but you’re either going to love or hate the reveal.
Life of Captain Marvel #5 – This mini-series has been a great ride from start to finish. It really opens up a lot of Carol’s character and shows us more of who she is. Even without the expanded origin story, I feel like this is a deep and thoughtful look into how Carol thinks, processes things, and connects to others from Captain Mar-Vell to her mother to her own Kree heritage. If you haven’t read this series, you are missing out!
Freedom Fighters #1 – This is pretty cool. Fifty years after the fall of the original Freedom Fighters, some new ones rise in their place. There’s not a lot here except for some world/setting building, but it’ll be crucial to the rest of this book. I do particularly enjoy seeing Nazis blown up (which happens here) so I’m hoping to see a lot more of that in the rest of the series.
Hardcore #1 – So I initially thought this book was going to be meh based solely on the title and cover because I’m an uppity judgemental fuck. But after actually reading the issue, it seems like it has some potential. I mean, I should have assumed it would be decent because Andy Diggle is writing and he’s a pretty competent writer, but you never know ya know? Anywho, Drake works for the spooky government in a super advanced drone department, with “drone” being actual human hosts. The only thing is, Markus, the original guy that created the program, has a big ol’ grudge against the government for stealing his program and drake for being just the best at it/taking his place in the drone hot seat. But when Markus sabotages things at mission control, Drake is now stuck in the current host body and has 72 hours to somehow find a way out or else that’s the end of him. Talk about HARDCORE ;)!
Firefly #2 – Another solid issue that clips a long at a good pace. If any of you are Firefly fans, I strongly encourage you to check out this series. It feels like a direct continuation of the series and you’ll feel right at home.
Freedom Fighters #1 – The Nazis have won and America has been taken over and incorporated into the fatherland and it’s up to Uncle Sam and his Freedom Fighters to take it back. Come for Plastic Men SS Soldiers, stay for giant Nazi Sentinels. My only complaint is everyone says “Ratzis” far too often. Also baseball is a crime in future Nazi America because it was America’s pastime when really baseball should be a crime because it’s a boring sport.
Middlewest #2 – Another fanciful chapter in our hero’s journey where he meets a cannibal bird person and a middle aged wizard! I really enjoy that this series is becoming the fantasy midwestern child wizard hero’s journey. In a crowded magical/wizard market in terms of storytelling, making a fantastical midwest is definitely something that hasn’t been done and makes it feel fresh. Plus the artwork is still dope.
Dead Man Logan #2 – With the help of today’s Hawkeye, Logan is on a tirade, and the very things he fights to stop, he sets into motion. Old Man Logan is a stubborn old dude that won’t give up, so he feels like he has to kill Mysterio. What I love about the series so far, is that this obviously isn’t the same world that Logan comes from. He still thinks the world is going to play out like it did in his, but the pieces on the chessboard don’t all look the same as they did. I’m really looking forward to see how Mysterio’s part in this really plays out.
Middlewest #2 – Skottie Young has done a good job with writing this oddworld story. It starts off in the first issue, making you think it’s just the normal Midwest with a few fantasy touches (like the talking fox), but grows even more wild as the story goes on. The boy clearly has never been outside of his little farm town, but Young does such a great job at showing it all to you as the reader at the same time as the boy learns about the world he really lives in. He takes pieces of what a boring and dull life, living in the bland fly-over country, and turns them into meaningful and magical pieces of this story. I like this a lot, but I’m still not sure where this is going.
Klaus: Winter Special – The Snowman cries when it’s dying! I think it’s just melting dude. So, unlike previous entries in the series, Klaus has been Santa Claus for a lot longer than a few years! He’s clearly a grizzled vet, with many years of giving gifts and kicking butt. It also introduces new characters of the series, like Jack Frost and Belsnickel (Office fans will get it), and explains how they are Santa Claus different parts of the world, fighting frosty tree demons and staving off Ragnarok. It’s extra long, and worth picking up this Christmas season!
Spider-Geddon #5 – The conclusion to the series has arrived! Not to get too spoiler-y, They do a good job at wrapping up all of the tie-ins together. All-in-all, it’s a good homage to Spider-Verse. It’s not quite as long or deeply interwoven with all of the different universes, but Dan Slott’s commitment to wrapping up his run in Spider-Man is a valiant effort. About what you expect to happen does, but it’s a little more clever in the solution. If nothing else, I hope we get to see more Superior Spider-Man out of this!
Goddess Mode #1 – This comic is so beautiful. From the dingy LA neighborhood to the stark white office space scenes, artists Robbi Rodriguez slays. He really gets to flex his talents as the plot unravels. In this dystopian future, technology is hardwired into everything and is controlled by a mega corporation . They control everything from air quality to ads they project into your mind. The protagonist, Cassandra Price, works for that cooperation as some small fry, but is quickly “promoted” after hacking into god-like A.I., Azoth. She is now running errands for the Chief Security Officer when she literally stumbles into the AI. In an instant, Cassandra drops into the AI world of bright colors, crazy forms, monsters, and bad bitches to fight ’em. This comic has a slow start, but by the end I can’t wait to get my hands on the next issue.
Cthu-Louise: I picked up this comic because it has a cute little Cthulu on the front. Then within the first few pages, I was hit in the gut with the tragic life of Louise. Born from her “monster” father and human mother, she’s part tentacle monster. Her father, now a deadbeat alcoholic, and her mother, the frigid, broken, breadwinner, don’t really seem to care much for their daughter. It only gets worse as she goes off to school, to be ogled by strangers on the street and bullied by the other kids at school. Louise reaches her breaking point, and runs off to accept guidance from her sewer dwelling grandfather. There’s a few twists and turn along the way, but overall, it’s a cute comic with a feel-good ending.
Bitter Root #2– This second issue picks up right where we left off in issue one, Berg & Cullen fighting a “Jinoo” that seems to be way out of their league. We find out the masked man in Mississippi is also part of the Sangeyre family, but has a more permanent approach when dealing with the supernatural. And it seems Dr. Sylvester and MS. Knightsdale seem to have some evil scheme up their sleeve. Even though it’s only issue two, I have some high hopes for this series. The art is beautiful, the story is unique and the creators always leave you wanting more.
Batman Who Laughs #1- Although the art is fantastic, the plot to this is a little wonky. So, due to the Joker’s heart containing some type of Joker toxin, the idea of the Joker can never die. Once the Joker is dead and the toxin is released, whoever is near him will become as crazy as he is. This is how the Batman Who Laughs was created. He’s a Batman with no moral code, nothing to prove and nothing to gain. He’s a killing machine with no motive. This maniac Batman is from another dimension that somehow ended up in regular Gotham with the good Batman. Bats, Alfred & the Commissioner have no idea what this maniac wants or why he’s here. Therefore, they turn to the only person who truly understands this type of crazy, The Joker. Even if this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, Jock’s artwork saves the story from its own pitfalls.
Titans #31 – KYLE RAYNER JOINS THE TEAM! Titans has always been one of my favorite Rebirth books but it’s skyrocketed to #1 because Kyle Rayner is BY FAR my favorite superhero in existence. And now he’s officially joined the team, brought them safely home, and is traveling to Unearth with them to stop the Blood Cult! This issue neatly bridges the gap between the Titans getting stranded in Drowned Earth and their next story. It also ties in a lot of what the Titans have encountered since the Source Wall broke, so it looks like this arc is on the way to getting neatly wrapped up.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 – I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Nobody writes a character’s inner narrative like Saladin Ahmed. Now that he’s writing Miles, we get a new look into the younger Spider-Man, his thoughts, feelings, and his perception of the world. Miles is in his last year of high school now, and he’s still trying to figure out his life, both as Miles and as Spider-Man. The art is gorgeous and the story is both introspective and compelling. I’ve never liked Miles more and I’m really excited to see where Ahmed takes the character.
Magic the Gathering: Chandra #1 – Anyone who is or ever has been a fan of Magic NEEDS to read this. You see a lot of the characters in the card art and fiction, but nothing brings them to life like this comic. You’ll meet not only Chandra, but other characters like Ajani and Tibalt in a way that really fleshes out their characters, makes them more vivid and more real. Even if you’re not a Magic fan, this is a great introduction to a story of spellcasters, dimensional travel, and adventure!
Batman Who Laughs #1 – This is it! This is what we’ve all been waiting for. A showdown between the Batman Who Laughs and the Batman Who, well, doesn’t. What do you do against a person so terrifying even the Joker himself is scared? This issue revolves around Bruce not only realizing the Batman Who Laughs is back, but desperately trying to piece together the villain’s plan. And to win, Bruce has to enlist the aid of his long-time nemesis, the Joker. This story is off to a solid start, and it ends with a bang. Literally. Check it out!
Goddess Mode #1 – Wow, there is a LOT going on and it’s all good. This is part cyberpunk dystopia, part mystery/thriller, and part magical girl series. Cassie works as junior tech support for the Azoth company. She’s way smarter than her position demands, but she’s doing it anyway to help her comatose father. When Azoth experiences a major data breach, Cassie finds herself in the middle of some very unexpected circumstances. This is a really intriguing story. The art reminds me a bit of Sean Murphy, but more colorful, and there are a LOT of seeds being planted in this first issue.
Magic Order #5 – This series has been great from the start but the climax is a twist I didn’t see coming. Coipel does great art and this is definitely one of Millar’s best comics. The siblings get ready to take the fight to Madame Albany, but things are not as they seem. This is going to be a great TV show when it finally hits Netflix.
Star Wars Age of Republic Darth Maul – Darth Maul does a secret mission that he planned himself! Then he meets up with his wonderful mentor Darth Sidious who puts yet another test on him to prove his evil sithy-ness. Maul also discovers a taste for ash. MmMmMm
Magic the Gathering Chandra #1 – Fun Fact: I got an official MTG Chandra Pin when I went to PAX East for the first time like 6 years ago.
Now with that out of the way, I can tell you that if you play Magic the Gathering and have always wanted more lore behind the cards and the planeswalkers than you don’t have many options but to read this book. So read it or else be forever known in your MTG circles as an MTG Poser.
Alien 3 The Unproduced Screenplay #2 – Remember that scene in Jurassic Park where the cartoon DNA tour guide says “Dino-DNA”? Well imagine that but less cartoon DNA tour guide and more Alien DNA mixed with human DNA analysis. That all sounds very boring, but this is the second issue of a screenplay adaptation so it’s going to have to dip at some point. There’s only so many people on this space station and not all of them can die at once. Either way, each issue retcons what I remember of Alien 3 the movie and replaces it with Alien 3 the comic of the movie that never was but should have been.
Miles Morales Spider-Man #1 – Let me start off by saying that Miles Morales is the new best Spider-Man. I could be biased because we’re both Puerto Rican, but I also despise the fact that it’s almost 2019 and Aunt May is still alive. LET’S MOVE ON PEOPLE. But this was a fun lil intro to the world of Miles Morales. I like that the hook is a very simple premise of stolen robo kids and not some grandiose “the entire world/all of new york” is in peril, at least for the first arc. Really eases you in. Miles Morales forever!
The Batman Who Laughs #1 – I can’t help but gush over Jock’s awesome and unique art. I think he should have been on one of the direct tie-ins to Dark Knights: Metal, but I guess this will have to do. His creepy art (please read Wytches), and Snyder’s dark writing are always a perfect fit. If you even remotely like this new evil Joker/Batman cross-up, this is absolutely for you. Another great mystery, another great must-read story in the making.
Batman: Damned #2 – The second issue to this crazy dark-arts mashup of Azzarello’s writing and Bermejo’s art continues the story of the Joker’s death and Batman’s team-up with Constantine, Deadman, and a new surprise guest Etrigan. They actually give a great fresh take of the rhyming cool demon-dude, with a new kind of look. The art is so good, I feel like every page has all this hidden detail. I spend more time looking at the art than I do actually reading the book. The story is great, too.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 – With the long-time writer and creator of Miles, Brian Michael Bendis, now with DC writing Superman stories, a new series writer and artist has begun. I haven’t ever heard of these guys, but they do a great job. They do an excellent job at allowing Miles to monologue and direct the story by giving him a convenient journal he writes in. They dive pretty heavily into his personal life, outside of swinging around NYC. I wish they would have waited a month or two, at least, before they picked up the story right after Spider-Geddon. Marvel is pretty well known for doing this, though. Solid start for the new creative team
Hellboy: Winter Special 2018 – Last year’s Krampus issue was epic! This year, they decided to take a multi-storied approach. Each one showcases a new story at different points in time, and they do a good job at giving you everything you want, more Hellboy! Even the less action-packed stories still have all the sarcastic charm needed to make this single-issue worth it.
God of War #2 – God of War’s gaming success (game of the year!) has become a great platform for a short series. This predates the video game, so if you’re afraid of spoilers you absolutely shouldn’t be. There’s more BOI, more hand crushing and axe cleaving, and more growing bond between Kratos and Atreus. It’s a new journey with about what you would expect from a God of War story.
Special Guest Review From Antowan! @localbrainiac
Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.
– Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
Self Made is Mat Groom’s and Eduardo Ferigato new masterpiece that is a must have for any pull list.
Premise – Self Made follows our main protagonist Amala who is a soldier for the kingdom of Arcadia. However, things are not as they seem, especially when Amala who was so assured of her death survives. Soon after she meets and reluctantly teams up with Prince Brycemere. Who is a pompous, arrogant fool who refused to listen and Tomlin. Who seems to have the more level head of the two adventurers. They leave in pursuit of Teronak a dark wizard who returns every thousand years to try to control the ultimate power of Arcadia, The contradiction. It all leads up to a finale that has already solidified this comic as a must have for all comic fans.
Art – Along with a fantastic story Self Made has an equally talented artist team behind it. Eduardo Ferigato heads the team with his amazing pencilling work. His use of heavy and extreme details are brought to life by the vibrant and life-like coloring of Marcelo Costa. The artistic style pays homage to a more classic time when technology wasn’t as advanced while still maintaining a modern and digitized aesthetic. The art team is to be admire for the masterful way they bring Amala’s journey to life.
Conclusion –Self Made combines complex masterful storytelling with deep hard hitting questions in order to drag the readers into a perplexing world of fantasy and lies as our strong female character tries to make sense of it. It is for this reason that I recommend any and all comic book readers give the first issue a try to delve deep into the world of Arcadia.
10/10 must buy!
Die #1 – Oh my goodness, this comic is amazing! Starting off back in the 90’s, a group of young nerds gather around to play a dice game in the vein of D&D. Next thing they know, they get sucked into the game and fantasy world they created. Flash-forward two years, the group is found on the side of the road with one of them still missing. The story actually takes place now, roughly 25 years after they were spit out; none of the friends talk anymore, nobody is willing to discuss what they saw or did in their fantasy game, and nobody knows where their friend actually is. After an ominous gift is given to one of the players, they decide to meet up again and figure out just what happened to them and their friend. Not only is the series about D&D Jumanji, but the art is absolutely beautiful. With Stephanie Hans behind the art, this dark fantasy comic really comes to life.
Self-Made #1– Amalia Citlali ,from the kingdom of Arcadia, is not your average warrior/commoner woman. She has a knack for defying the odds. After meeting Prince Brycemere and his loyal firemancer, the three of them are off to kill Teronak, the awful wizard responsible for destruction of her people and land. Along their journey, the comic starts to glitch; scenes are repeated but choices are changed, and nobody in the story seems to notice. It gets weirder towards the end of the issue as Amalia and Brycemere take turns killing each other a bunch of times with only Brycemere realizing the loop. The end of this issue explains what is happening, but it also opens up the whole realm of possibilities for the future. I’m really excited to see where this series goes!
Laguardia #1– As the cover suggests, it is a very modern story about immigration. Sometime in the future, aliens will be fighting for equal citizenship on Earth. There are few intergalactic airports and countries on Earth that are accepting of the alien visitors. With the main focus on Nigeria as the world’s largest intergalactic airport and the point of first contact with aliens, the story starts here with Professor Nwabara running into a protest on his way to work. We come to find out his girlfriend/wife/significant other(?) Future has skipped town and is heading for New York to stay with her grandmother. Not only is she pregnant, but she also manages to cross the border with an illegal immigrant with her, a little plant called Letme Live. The narrative parallels what is going on in US in terms of the immigration policies. However, it doesn’t feel like other politically charged, social commentary that tend to go overboard on the metaphors and parallels. It does a good job balancing critique and plot.
Martian ManHunter #1– John Jones (J’onn J’onnz) is a Martian, disguised on Earth as a normal police detective , investigating murders around Colorado with his partner Diane. While investigating a crime scene, we see some of John’s abilities come through; he’s able to pick up what he calls “emotional residue” which is a combination of feelings and visuals of what happened at the crime scene. We get a bit more of background on John as well as the story cuts back and forth between his previous life on Mars and his present time on Earth. The art is fantastically done to make these cuts back and forth seem smooth and effortless, especially as his past comes back to haunt him. Regardless if you have read anything on Martian Manhunter before, you should read this.
West Coast Avengers #5 – This book has been nothing short of phenomenal every issue. It’s the perfect mix of hilarity and action. Kelly Thompson has nailed the characters and writes incredible interaction between this team of misfits. And there’s a reality film crew too! Now the team is caught in a creepy amusement park and Fuse’s sister (who has started dating America Chavez, by the way) is caught up in the action. The dialogue is sharp, the stories engrossing, and the art spectacular. This series is a must-read!
Martian Manhunter #1 – Oh man, I’ve been waiting for this and it lives up to all the hype. We get a closer look at parts of J’onn’s life on Mars and his life pretending to be a human on Earth. We see what goes on in his head, how deeply he connects to his work, the humans and Martians around, and how that empathy affects his life. DC couldn’t have picked a better writer than Steve Orlando for a Martian Manhunter story. He really nails J’onn’s voice and creates a deep and intense story about empathy, loss, and family.
Shazam #1 – It’s about time Shazam is back in comics considering he’s got a movie coming soon! This relaunch not only comes at a great time, but it’s already a great story. Billy’s a little older and he’s got his foster family involved. Those of you who read the New 52 Shazam will recognize these kids! This story promises to explore the origins of not only Billy himself, but the other kids’ powers as well, as they get ready to explore the Magiclands! I’m looking forward to this. It seems like a good story for both new and old fans of the character and the franchise. I don’t know if it will tie into the movie but it’s good to have Billy in panels again.
Self/Made #1 – This was SO COOL. You’ll meet the warrior Amala Citali as she joins part of a quest to take down an evil wizard. But strange things start happening. Time resets, periodically and something about this world is not as it seems and the story changes each time the world jumps back. You’ll get a glimpse of what’s really going on at the end and it promises to make the story even COOLER. This is a really exciting take on this kind of story. The last couple pages gave me chills and I am HOOKED.
Prodigy #1 – Professor Edison may just be the perfect man. He’s beyond genius, he can do anything, and can come up with solutions to the most complex problems with little effort, all while playing chess against ten people at once. When a mysterious phenomenon starts popping up around the world, Edison suspects an invasion… only to be approached by a CIA agent who tells him he’s right. And with the CIA involved, you know this story is going to have a lot of intrigue and deception.
Die #1 – OH MAN THIS IS SO GOOD!!! I don’t think “goth Jumanji” did it justice. It’s more like the old D&D cartoon except shit went really bad for the players. Like really bad. I want this, all of this, right now!
Die #1 – Holy crap, what an amazing first issue. I’ve never wanted a second issue to be immediately in my hands as soon as I finished the first like I have with this series. Kieron Gillen gives us the adult Jumanji story for the Dungeons & Dragons crowd that we didn’t know we needed or wanted until now. Six friends all decided to play a form of D&D way back in ’91 during a birthday party. Then they disappear for two years and when they return none of them are the same. The first issue weaves between past, present and fantasy world with FANTASTIC art by Stephanie Hans the whole way through. Each era seems to have it’s own unique “look”. The past section seems to have a lot of browns/dark colors, present seems to use a lot of greys and whites with piercing reds in certain panels, with the fantasy world, for the moment using a lot of reds/desert browns. It’s all great and this book is going to be the best. All hail before master storyteller Kieron Gillen.
Prodigy #1 – Woo! Mark Millar’s latest story boarded tv show…i mean comic! Edison Crane is a PRODIGY child who can do all sorts stuff that all of us normies can’t do like play chess with 8 people at once and jump off of a ramp across the grand canyon on a motorbike into a wooden barrel of water. He has also discovered some sort of invasion by people from an alternate earth or something. I’m sure it will be a great show on Netflix. Great art by Rafael Albuquerque. It’s Mark Millar, so I feel like at this point you should know what you’re getting into by this point.
Wizard Beach #1 – Hexley Daggert Ragbottom is a young Wizard who is upset with his father’s reluctance to solve the decline of their magic in the wizarding world so he takes it upon himself and go meet his uncle, the great and magnificent Wizard Salazar Ragbottom only to find out that Salazar, or “Sally” as he now goes by, is only the greatest at being the most lazy Wizard. He has a cohort of wizard friends like Barry Wonder, a wizard who is actually dead but his wand bring him back to life every once in awhile when it’s not flirting with other pieces of wood. Needless to say, Hex’s idea of the wizard knowledge he was planning to obtain to protect his home is slowly thrown out the window and replaced by tips on handling spice demons and grooming beards. If any of this sounds appealing to you, there is much more to chuckle at in this not so serious magical tell that I’m sure will have a heartwarming ending.
The Green Lantern #2 – Morrison continues to weave a bizarre lantern tale and this issue has a Lantern who has a Volcano for a head and a great bit, with im assuming, a very old villain named “Evil Star”. I wish Morrison’s New X-Men run was as fun as this Lantern run is so far because his New X-Men is trash. TRASH. So this review of “The Green Lantern #2” was also a hot take critique of his New X-Men. WHAT A TWIST!
Doomsday Clock #8 – this is the craziest, most insane issue yet! Almost every major DC crossover you read almost never has long lasting effects on anything. This may not, but I think that this is the spawn of a new universe that will have an impact on every other universe as well! The way they go about showing the real dangers of super-people and their actions is incredible and is sure to influence writers forever! I was pretty cool on this series at the beginning, but I’m all warmed up and ready to read more. This is a perfect time to jump onto the series.
Rick and Morty: D&D #3 – With the next season of R+M just over the horizon, this book does everything it can to satisfy that itch. As usual, Morty and the family asks for more than they should, Rick bites off more than he can chew, Jerry is hilariously incompetent even when he’s useful, breaking the 4th wall, and they figure out an incredibly creative way to work through it. This issue leans far heavier on the D&D aspect and it just makes it better! This is a perfect crossover of the two franchises and it has all the charm of both. I only wish it came out more often, there needs to be more comedy based, books coming out. With the world the way it is, it could definitely use more humor like this.
Winter Soldier #1 – I’ve always appreciated Bucky Barnes because he very rarely ever fits the mold that traditional Supes do. He’s not quite an anti-hero, but he definitely doesn’t play by the same rules as everyone else. Even when he was Captain America, he used a gun (and I’m pretty sure he killed people). He’s always kept to himself and been super covert ops kind of guy with a heavy emphasis on internal monologue (a lot like Snyder’s Batman). Kinda hard to miss a guy with a huge metal arm, though. This art style for his new title is ridiculously perfect for the story. Helping dirty cops get clean, kicking butts, taking names, etc. This first issue feels more like a major Marvel story arc, or even a new awesome IMAGE title, than a start to an ongoing series. Keep your eye on this ball, I think it may end up a home-run!
Shazam #1– the pre-teen superhero is back, just in time for major movie hype hits the public! If you’re not super familiar with Captain Marvel’s backstory, this is the perfect jumping-on point. It shows brief origin of Billy, and context to all the important why’s and how’s of the super foster team. They have a great dynamic; they act just like if the Stranger Things kids got super powers! They find out more about where their powers come from and all the cool benefits of living in a dead wizard’s home. This is a very light hearted book, and I’m looking forward to the rest.