Far Sector #4 – This series continues to shine bright as Lantern Jo tries to deescalate a riot at the start of this new issue. How did the riot start? Oh, just city Everlasting officials firing upon innocent protestors who were asking for the right to feel emotions. As one of the organizers poignantly pointed out, they cannot even grieve for those who were killed. When Jo brings this up to the city council, they scoff at her pleas for non-violence. Apparently, this problem has come up before and ruthlessly stomping out those who oppose them has worked in the past. Sensing real world similarities yet? It’s going to be up to Lantern Jo to bring this future city to the present and I CANNOT wait to see how she does it.
Giant-Size Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1 – Dauterman does some heavy-lifting in the realm of art for this gorgeously illustrated book. After Storm crash lands on Krakoa, it’s up to Jean and Emma to dive inside her mind and see what’s wrong. They also do all this without dialogue. There’s a small lead-in at the beginning and a hook on the last page but otherwise we just get to goggle at Dauterman’s well-orchestrated sequences. Blues, purples and pinks swirl together to create an awe-inspiring African landscape complete with mind puzzles and barriers the two must band together to get through. You do not want to sleep on this one if you’ve ever held an X-book before: one of the best-looking ones in a while!
Hidden Society #1 – Oh hell yeah! A new magic team-up book complete with Albuquerque’s art? I’m in. The book opens with a gun-toting bad ass named Mercy who uses her magical prowess to suck the life force out of a low-life in Brooklyn. Then one by one, magical people are recruited by a mysterious old wizard named Ulloo. Each member brings a certain special something to the table: Laura is a blind woman who happens to wear a magical amulet that contains the essence of a daemon named Orcus and Jadoo is a famous child magician (fakey fake magic though) who will soon realize that his crazy grandfather was doing ACTUAL magic. Soon the team will learn why they were united and us too! Hopefully the big bad has a cool gimmick to go along with this eye-catching book.
Star Wars #3 – Seems like Leia’s Operation Starlight is working at least a little bit. The book opens to Commander Zahra blowing rebellion ships outta the space sky but we’re told they haven’t intercepted more messages. She then tells her new second-in-command why they don’t perform maintenance on their cruiser: it was battle-damaged in the destruction of the first Death Star which many on the ship are seeking vengeance for the deaths of their loved ones. Great…. but uh, fix your ship? Battle damage is cool, but it adds up. Luke, Leia and Lando land in Cloud City on a search for Lobot and Luke’s lightsaber. Things go south and add another layer to the already rich Star Wars tapestry: come check it out!
Folklords #4 – Ugly’s backstory finally revealed! Like most things have been, it’s unexpectedly sad and tied into fantasy logic. As a child, Ugly would try to kiss other people in order to “break the curse” and turn her beautiful. Trouble was, she wasn’t really cursed. So she set out and grew into her own skin, becoming a great adventurer and leaving her haters in her dust. Now she’s helping Ansel break into the Branch Library of Banned Books to help him on his quest to find Folklords. Also helping them out of nowhere is a rogue librarian fighting back against the library. Crack this one open to see the immensely weird and wonderful inner working of the Library.
X-Men #7 – Some classic X-stories find some wrap-up in this newest issue. Namely, the one where Scarlet Witch uttered those dreaded three words: “No more mutants.” The depowered mutants in the population suffered extreme psychological trauma and now with the power to resurrect, the Council of Krakoa was worried suicides would become prevalent in order to regain powers. So, they came up with a solution: Apocalypse will kill them gladiator style in a coliseum and then they would be resurrected with powers. It’s called the Crucible, it’s another gem in this expanding Krakoan story structure and you’ll have to read it for yourself in order to fully grasp its epicness.
Amethyst #1 – Amy is legit having the worst B-Day ever. It starts out OK as she celebrates with her Earth parents, who try to relate to their teenage daughter, who is also an interstellar princess. Which is why she has to cut out early, because today she is having her Homecoming Ceremony in the Gemworld. She says farewell to her parents and Earth as she portals to the Gemworld, but when she arrives something is terribly wrong. Her home of Amethyst is in ruins and her people are gone! She doesn’t understand what’s happened so she goes to the neighboring realm, Turquoise, to see her ally/BFF, Lady Turquoise. Her welcome is less than warm and Lady Turquoise has no answers for the wreckage or where her people might be. Even worse Lady Turquoise is a total jerk about it and doesn’t even tell Amethyst Happy Birthday! Something is wrong with all of this and Amethyst is going to get to the bottom of it. She has recruited an ally from the Turquoise Realm (no thanks to the over seeing Lady) and they are off to get answers!
Jennika #1 – There is a new turtle in town trained by Master Splinter, and her name is Jennika. They haven’t explained how she transformed from human to turtle, but we do get glimpses into her old life. We know Jennika finds passion in keeping the streets safe. Still, apart of her misses being human especially the dating aspects. She is helping a fellow mutant stay out of trouble when she runs into an ex who says he has found a cure for the mutant gene! The only problem is he needs Jennika’s help to get it. Hopefully her longing for her old life won’t jeopardize her new one.
Batman: Curse of the White #7 – Woah. So I hope by now we’ve all read The White Knight, where we see Joker turn Gotham upside down. Well I guess it was Jack Napier who did it. A lucid Joker was able to finally do what Joker wanted, destroy Batman. It’s more complicated than that, but that’s what brings us here. In a Gotham that distrust Batman, Bruce decides it’s time to tell Gotham his secret. He tells the world he The Bat is Bruce Wayne, and asks for forgiveness as he feels as though he has let them down recently. He says goodbye and announces this is the last time he will don the cowl and serve Gotham to finally take down Azreal. Will Batman break his only rule save Gotham?
Tomorrow #1 – I’ve been keeping up with the DCeased run, so the idea of a computer virus effecting humans isn’t out of my realm of possibilities. Here we have a computer virus that mutated and is infecting humans. Unlike DCeased they aren’t turning to zombies but just straight up dying (ok this is a Dark Horse book, I’ll stop talking about DC). So this outbreak begins and the body count is like none before. They call in Trevon Treacy, a cyber security agent, to help control this epidemic, because this plague virus isn’t something medical professionals can cure. Treacy receives a call from the man who created the virus, he wishes to help and is working on an antidote. Mid call the programmer who can fix it all is kidnapped by who knows and Treacy is back to square one. They have to rescue/find this programmer or Treacy will have to crack this code alone. He is draw away from fixing this issue after he finds out his wife has passed from this fast acting plague, and his children are missing!
Falcon and Winter Soldier #1 – A new comic that may have connections to the upcoming series on Disney +. Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are Falcon and Winter Soldier, and they are out to stop whomever is murdering members of an agency that specializes in identifying terrorist training camps around the country. The two have different approaches to how they handle justice but where they don’t differ is their love for animals. Bucky has a furry white cat to whom he likes to speak while Sam flies around with a Falcon as his sidekick. The read itself was OK, but the story doesn’t really grab you in any meaningful way. The best part was a fight between Bucky, Sam, and someone referred to as The Natural. If you are a fan of these characters, then pick this up in support of their new comic, but if not, it might not be the book for you.
Ravencroft #2 – The twisted journey into the reconstruction of the Ravencroft institute continues. As Wilson Fisk deals with the task of running a criminal asylum, he is also forced to deal with the Unwanted, a group of mutated patients who were locked away under Ravencroft. The Unwanted don’t want a new institute built, but that would look bad for the mayor of the city to not care about the criminally insane, right? The events happening within the institute may be too much to handle making for a less than grand reopening. As the story continues, you’ll find that there are even more strange happenings occurring at Ravencroft and the only way you are going to get answers is to keep reading.
Avengers of the Wasteland #2 – After surviving an attack by Doom and his forces, Dani Cage, Bruce Banner Jr., and Dwight team up with a Captain America that showed up to help them. We are given a look into how this Captain America came to be – let’s just say this guy is lucky. After the backstory, the group runs into some trouble and they get to witness how this new Captain America operates. The path they are on leads them to a town where a battle has occurred resulting in them coming face to face with horrible creatures of the night. The thing I liked the most reading this comic was the backstory for the Captain America, and I hope he is used more in the story because his character is by far the most interesting.
Ghost Rider #5 – First off, if you are reading this series and haven’t read Ghost Rider: Mother Of Demons #1 pick that up so you can see what Lilith was doing leading up to this issue. When you start reading this issue you are going to have a problem paying attention to, or doing anything else in your life. This issue had Ghost Rider, Wolverine, The Punisher and a couple other guest spots that are sure to get people hype for what’s to come. The next issue is setting up to be a real treat. Start reading Ghost Rider now!
Wonder Woman Dead Earth #2 – It’s weird that this distinction must be made but this is now officially my favorite post-apocalyptic story to come out of DC’s Black Label. We first see an alternate tale told by Hippolyta as to Wonder Woman’s creation: apparently Hippolyta threw a rager on Olympus and when all the gods were passed out she cut their palms and stole their blood. WW is an amalgamation of magic and the entire Greek pantheon. Righteous. Diana starts to lead her band of human survivors to Themyscira where she believes her sisters will help them. Along the way, they fight more of the rampaging, mutated beasts which turn out to have a lot to do with WW herself…come for the mayhem, stay for Johnson’s brilliant artwork.
Guardians of the Galaxy #2 – Yeah, this one’s cemented itself in my pull list now. Turns out the energy reading at the center of the dimension-hopping temple was none other than Hercules himself. Please, please, please make him a mainstay Guardian for this run. As Marvel Boy and Moondragon lead him to safety, Quill makes his way with the bomb to the power core only to be caught in a trap between Artemis and Hephaestus. Turns out the automatons the godsmith was siccing on them were once humans. Pretty dark stuff. Meanwhile, Moondragon augments her wife Phyla’s movements so she can battle Zeus and it’s bad ass af. The Guardians are gonna be pressed to make it out of there against these gods; greatly anticipating the next issue of this one.
Red Mother #3 – The pacing of this one gets even better as Daisy begins working on the mysterious Victorian heart puzzle sent to her in the mail. It’s the happiest we’ve seen her since the incident and she even agrees to a night out with her friend, Pari. Unfortunately, the gnarly red vision kept popping up there as well. When see brings this up with her eye doctor, he explains that it’s normal for someone who’s lost an eye to see things as their brain processes less input. Sure, that’ll cause demons. Eventually Daisy solves the heart and finds inside it a slip of paper with a name and a number. What else can you do but give it a call? Pick this one up and the past issues if you need a good creeping scare.
Wolverine #1 – Who has two thumbs, six claws, and amnesia yet again? You guessed it, Logan. This book contains two stories: one jump-starting his new storyline and the other bringing back everyone’s favorite mutant adversary: vampires! The first story opens with him having killed all his teammates on X-Force and no memory of how, why, where or who he is. Days before on Krakoa, he received a report from Captain Pryde that some of the drugs being transported are trickling off the Hellfire ships and being made into a street drug called Pollen. Thus X-Force goes out investigatin’ while the CIA believes that mutant nation is directly responsible. The follow up story involves Omega Red popping up and Wolvie killing vamps in Paris. How did it get to there? Pick up the issue and see for yourself!
Canopus #1 – Man, lots of amnesia going around these days but in the case of this book, it makes for an excellent beginning. Helen wakes up on an unfamiliar planet with an in-suit nav system that helps her find her place. When she returns to her spaceship, she finds a robot who looks like a cartoon advertisement for marshmallows and claims that Helen is its mother. The two search around and find a crater full of discarded toys, one of which being one from her childhood which initiates a wave of memories. Then the two are chased by a toothy, plant demon as snippets of thought rush through Helen’s consciousness. A trippy, think piece for anyone looking for a sci-fi adventure outside of the box.
Marauders #8 – The moment we were all waiting for: the entirety of the Marauders team now knows Captain Kate was double-crossed and drowned. Their reactions are varied and honestly, somewhat unexpected from some. Emma Frost breaks down as she telepathically tells everyone and takes the blame on herself, something she’s not known to do at all. Iceman heads back to Madripoor with a furious rage and shows off why he’s an Omega-level mutant. Full-on ices and entire ship and starts breaking off people’s limbs. Real brutal for Bobby. Anyone looking for a fight between the White Queen and Storm should look elsewhere though, there’s one blow but all-in-all it’s a very touching moment from two mutants who are usually at each other’s throats. Another great one in a great X-series!
On The Stump #1 – Politics are handled a little differently in this universe. The issue opens with two Senators battling it out on The Stump. This is their senate floor/octagon where CSPAN meets UFC. The two up are Senator Jack Hammer and Senator Sweet Jack Shaw. Shaw is a sure thing, besides Hammer’s losing streak, he took money to throw the fight! Fights equal bills and if you want legislation to pass, you have to get win. Politicians take bribes (which isn’t too different), but in such a tough political climate, no one seems to care. Well, except for the people who paid Hammer to lose, and they do what you expect a bookie to do. Even the media isn’t safe when reporting on politicians, but it looks like Hammer is teaming up with the FBI to fight for what he believes in!
Plunge #1 – When a distress beacon is activated on a wrecked ship, the best divers are gathered. Boats sink, beacons are turned on, and help is sent, nothing unusual there. The weird part is this vessel has been missing since 1983! A storm hit these waters recently and they believe the rocky waters turned the boat, and it’s solar panels upward, sending the signal. The crew arrives at the site and decide to camp on a near by island before taking the plunge, but they might not be alone on this island.
Canopus #1 – Dr. Helen Sterling wakes up on the surface of a planet 300 light years from Earth and to make matters worse, she doesn’t know how she got there! She enters a near by station searching for answers, luckily this is her space station and she is able to communicate with it’s systems. Good news is instantly followed by bad news, when she finds out the ship isn’t launch ready and communications with Earth are down, but there is hope! There are materials on the planet that can be used to mend the ship, so Helen sets out to find them. Before Helen can leave she finds out there is another crew member on board. It’s a non human looking creature who says he is her son. Things only get weirder from here as the two set out to forage for materials. They are met by strange items from Helen’s youth, things that have no business being 300 light years from Earth. Amnesias might not be only thing afflicting Helen, and hopefully next issue has more answers.
Wolverine #1 – Well this was a jam packed issue (I couldn’t resist picking up the Party Boy Wolverine variant). Wolverine is sent to help Kitty Pride on a Marauder’s mission. Turns out someone has been stealing Krakoan flower petals and turning them into a drug! This would probably be cool if it didn’t turn you in to a psycho and then kill you. They need to figure out who is taking the drugs and they put Wolverine’s nose on the case. Unfortunately for our X pals, Wolverine might get a taste of this deadly drug called ‘Pollen’. Although Logan is starting to enjoy Krakoa, he’s not the type to let his guard down. When the council decides to let Red Omega live on the island, Wolverine refuses to let it go. Then Magneto pulls a “dad’s out of town so I’m in charge” while Professor X is on a diplomatic trip, so Wolverine decides to see what Omega has been up to. Turns out it involves vampires and betrayal (so Wolverine was half right). Will this new mutant drug be the end of Krakoa’s good standings or will none of this matter because mutant vampires are forming an army? Makes you wanna read more Wolverine, huh?
Canopus #1 – This was my first time reading a SCOUT comic, and it most certainly will not be the last if this is what I can expect. The comic centers around a woman who awakens light-years away from Earth on a planet that orbits the star Canopus with no memory of how she got there, or her purpose for being there. She experiences her journey into the unknown with a robot named Arther and the two of them discover some pretty mysterious things. One of those things being what could be described as a combination of the Joker and Poison Ivy. The story is interesting while the artwork is captivating. If you are a fan of Sci-Fi, then this should be right up your alley.
Godkillers #1 – You want to know why this comic is published by AFTERSHOCK? Because you’re not ready for it. What was turning out to be a book centered around a spec ops group quickly went from them fighting terrorists to them encountering something truly horrifying. Reading this book’s first 18 pages is so misleading. Only the last two pages really give you the proper introduction into what you’re going to get. If you’re a person who enjoys the supernatural as well as a story involving a Damaged protagonist, then this is for you.
Machine Man 2020 #1 – It was recommended in the beginning of this book that I read previous issues of iron man 2020 to get the full story up to this issue. I did not do that, so this review is purely my experience with no knowledge of the plot. That said It wasn’t like I couldn’t understand anything that was going on. The issue does a good job at giving you enough information to where you can get a sense of what has been happening so far. It’s a tale of robot revolution with the robots questioning their humanity and trying to obtain free will. Machine Man himself is a cool character, and he just reminds me of Inspector Gadget which isn’t a negative. If you’re reading the 2020 story line then you won’t want to miss this one, as even not having knowledge of what happens in this book seems as though it could have big implications going forward.
On the Stump #1 – This was just pure bliss. I have often thought about what it would be like if we lived in a world that was similar to the one in this book, and this book is the closest thing I’ve experienced that encapsulates my thoughts and ideas on the subject. Imagine if all the political decisions made in this country hinged on the results of a wrestling match that is more akin to a gladiatorial contest. Wouldn’t that make for some interesting political debates? A pure unadulterated good time that delivers an interesting take on the current political landscape. If you are looking for something new to read I highly recommend this book.
Alienated #1 – If Simon Spurrier’s name is at the top of a book, I just have to pick it up. That’s a good instinct these days if this book is any indication. Samuel, Samantha and Samir are three different levels of outcast as the book begins. The three Sams walk into the woods on their way to high school pushed into the path by the same right-wing, homophobic bully. They all three discover a blue, glowing egg-like thingie and once they touch it their minds merge. For the rest of the day, the three of them share each other’s thoughts much to their chagrin. When they meet up after school, the ball starts to roll in a big way. Witty dialogue backed-up with great visuals from Wildgoose make this one a great pick-up.
Nebula #1 – Everyone’s favorite asshole assassin finally has her time to shine in this limited series. After bursting her way through a space station, Nebula injects a little girl with explosive nanites in order to have some leverage over a research scientist. The scientist in question has developed the All-Seer, tech that allows its user to see a variety of outcomes in order to make it through situations. Nebula forces his hand in order to install it into herself. She gets to test it out sooner than she’d like with the arrival of the galaxy balancer, Devos. This issue was really fun until the introduction of one of my least favorite story tropes: amnesia. Hopefully issue 2 takes this development into an interesting direction at least.
Tartarus #1 – Alright, the art and just pure sequencing of this book are absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, sci-fi jargon filler and a convoluted plot kinda bog this one down. On Tartarus, a bad ass gang leader named Surka is imprisoned deep within an underground prison and fights her way to the top in some amazing scenes. She’s killed protecting her baby and then time jumps ahead. Her daughter Tilde grows up and trains to enter as a soldier of the army that killed her mother. The army finds out who her mother was, asks her to commit suicide and gives her a sword which she uses to kill the main commander. Honestly, how all these events transpired was extremely confusing but damn if didn’t look hecka cool as it happened.
Thor #3 – Holy freaking hell, this series keeps ramping itself up so well. Cates begins this issue by regaling his audience with a story of how for 200 years straight Thor did battle with a legion of fantasy monsters without stopping for a second and doesn’t remember though the events of this issue will stay in the Thunder God’s mind until his last breath. Metal af. Beta Ray Bill meets up after Galactus has consumed the planet from last issue. Horseface can’t believe that his brother Thor is helping the monster responsible for eating Bill’s planet. Then the two unleash all fury at each other in the grand way of “superhero misunderstanding”. It’s epic, it’s beautiful thanks to Nic Klein and it’s a damn fine time to jump into this great series.
Green Lantern Season Two #1 – So I know up above I mentioned sci-fi filler jargon. This one takes that and ups the ante with cosmic, inter-dimensional filler jargon. Wowzers. After the events of Blackstars, Hal Jordan finds himself receiving the ultimate accolade the Guardians can provide: a souped-up lantern that gives him the ability to shrink things and turn back time. Yup. Unfortunately, the Guardians must leave known time and space in order to fight in an inter-dimensional conflict known as the Ultrawar. Yup.
So Hal and an anthropomorphic slab of salt must go to the planet where Guardians are created to form a new council. Yup. This book is weird as all hell thanks to Grant Morrison but looks beautiful thanks to expert panel by Liam Sharp. A definite pick up for anyone going full cosmic brain.
X-Men #6 – Hickman can’t be stopped. It seems like an impossibility that he will write a boring X-book now. Picking up a little where House of X left off, it turns out that Mystique was able to plant a Krakoan gate on the Orchis’s Mercurial space station before she was jettisoned into oblivion. She goes back through it to see their dastardly plans and it seems the mission was unsuccessful: they’re still creating a Nimrod. She doesn’t kill the primary scientist though, much to the condemnation of Xavier and Magneto. She knows though that the carrot they’re dangling in front of her will never happen through them: the resurrection of her lover, the prophetic Destiny. Oooooo things are getting so good!!!
Alienated #1 – After a series of annoying events, three kids named Sam cross paths in the woods. They all attend the same school, but they either don’t want to or have a hard time making friends. Things go from awkward to weird when the Sams come across a glowing pod on their walk to school. They decided to take a closer look and all of a sudden it’s as if they can read each other’s thoughts! They shake it off and hurry to school, but all through the day the three of them are able to communicate telepathically. After school, the Sams head back to the woods to try and figure what this pod is…or who!
Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1 – Harley has gotten herself in a heap of trouble. After a vacation with Ivy gets unexpectedly extended. Harley returns to New York to find her hotel burnt to the ground, and her crew of Harleys homeless. Harley had miss a payment or two on her loan for the place and let’s just say she didn’t get this loan from the most stand up guys. When they came to destroy the hotel, Harley wasn’t around so they gave her beat down to her pal Tony. Harley is furious and wants revenge, but that means returning to Gotham. Harley Quinn isn’t good about keeping a low profile, and the loan shark knows she is on the way. Harley has a few other enemies eager for her return, but good thing for her, she has a couple friends too!
Undone By Blood/ The Shadow of a Wanted Man #1 – Ethel is taking us along on her road to revenge. We also get a two-fer with this series because the book Ethel reads on her trip is illustrated too! So it’s 1971 and Ethel is off the find the person who killed her family. Apparently years before, her family was murdered in a local hotel and she was the only one to escape alive. She starts questioning locals at a bar and they don’t take kindly to it. Next thing you know three adults are kicking the shit out of Ethel and stealing her stuff (the dust bowl in ‘71 sounds pretty shitty)! Ethel isn’t going to let this get in the way of her sweet revenge, but it looks like she might’ve drawn too much attention to herself. Don’t forget, this whole time we are also following the story of badass cowboy, Solomon Eaton. There is even a kickass epilogue that spells out what happens if you mess with Sol!
KISS 2 Meets the Phantom in the Park #1 – Come in and get impressed by our small press! We all know Kiss, the face painted sex symbols of rock, but this comic nails silly satire. The issue opens with the band getting awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for saving a Six Flags over run with rogue animatronics. They may be heroes, but they are rockers first and have to get back to their music when they are done saving the day. The gang starts jamming out, but Gene isn’t feeling it. Next thing they know the police arrive to arrest Gene for killing Cat Man! I mean, he totally did, but he makes such a cute ghost you aren’t even sad. We will see how this showdown ends next issue!!
Gwen Stacy #1 – There may not be anything standard about Gwen Stacy, but her first issue story introduction is just that. A story about a child who only has one parent, and that parent gets accused of something they didn’t do, so the child sets out to prove their parent’s innocence. Even with that being the case the story was enjoyable. There are more Spider- Man characters other than Gwen Stacy and that’s what makes it interesting. You don’t get to see Spider-Man, but there are some Spider-Man villains that are up to no good, so maybe the wall-crawler will make an appearance. I wasn’t expecting much from reading this but the ending had me wanting to know more about what was happening, so I’m going to give it till the 2nd issue to see where this is heading.
Superman Heroes #1 – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Its…. Clark Kent!? That’s right folks, the Buffest Boy Scout in America was none other than the Smallville farm boy turned journalist for the Daily Planet. In the issue Superman reveals his identity to the world and in doing so no longer has to worry about the threat of people finding out he is Clark Kent. He calls upon all the Justice League to hear how they feel about his decision, to varying responses. Wonder Woman meets with Batman and they discuss Superman’s decision. The issue ends with a serious issue that will need to be made regarding the lives of Superman and the ones he cares about. If “The future of the DC universe begins here” then just what will be in store for the Heroes of DC?
Dr. Strange Surgeon Supreme #3 – The Surgeon Supreme uses his mystical arts to battle a threat from the second dimension. A tip to those who think receiving a tattoo from a random man in an alley would be wise, it isn’t. After a patient’s rapid aging is attributed to the tattoo, Dr. Strange uses his abilities to enter another dimension to find the source draining the patient’s life. The search brings him face to face with an entity that has been harvesting the souls of people from our dimension. After some good old villain monologue, Strange does his thing to get out of an unfavorable situation. The good doctor was able to defeat the threat, but in the process learns of something that is truly troubling. This felt like a filler issue where there was only a tad bit of string connecting the last issues but was still a good read none the less.
Tartarus #1 – This was an awesome read. It was a new series that I wasn’t aware of, but I’m glad that I picked it up. It went from an intense prison break set in a futuristic space setting to a story about a woman discovering her origins. This book had some awesome art in it as well. From the front cover to the last page the artwork had me hooked along with the plot. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I dig it. I was very satisfied with this book and will be eagerly awaiting the next issue. Do yourself a favor and give it a shot!
After Realm Quarterly #1 – Oeming returns with an interesting take on Ragnarok in his new book. As Loki rides his child-wolf Fenris to destroy the world, the elves flee to an unreachable part of Elfheim and seal themselves away from the impending doom. Oona, the queen’s daughter, must abandon her friend Pikki in order to flee with her people. Trapped in their own section of Elfheim, Oona longs to see Pikki once more and escape the safety of peace because…LOVE. Loki was vanquished by the bad ass Grimhildr and her team of rangers (a team Oona was booted from) and imprisoned Loki in crystal jail. Unfortunately, he can slip in Oona’s head and whisper a way for them to leave Elfheim. Trickster god gonna trick. A good origin story but I’m more excited for what comes next outta this one.
Star Wars Darth Vader #1 – Pak takes the reins of the most iconic villain ever and does a damn good job. Placed just after the events of Empire (as is the current Star Wars run) Vader ghosts a call from the Emperor as he heads to Tatooine with an information droid in tow. He’s got it in his head that Luke has been made weak by those who raised him and shield him from the Empire’s gaze so Vader wants to take some good, ol’ fashioned vengeance. Unfortunately for him, “his” Empire already did most of the job. *editor’s note: see the burning corpses of Luke’s aunt and uncle in A New Hope* He goes to track who gave him away to them and encounters a HELLUVA surprise. Bound to change SW lore if this shakes out.
Batman #88 – The new run on Batman continues to deliver for fans of the pulp superhero action. Catwoman makes a quick call to Riddler as she tries to un-bury a grave site she and other Gotham rogues filled years ago. As Eddie points out, it’s not something Batman knows yet and Selina struggles with the thought of telling him. Meanwhile, Batman himself is playing catch up after the Penguin kidnaps all the assassins the caped crusader had just thrown into the clink. Bruce arrives just in time to see the tables turned on Cobblepot because locking up the world’s greatest assassins together is just a dumb idea. The mystery of The Designer deepens in a satisfying way with this issue.
Ant-Man #1 – This book delivers hard for both light-hearted fun and small-sized action. It begins with Ant-Man and his daughter, Stinger, taking down a group of hapless A.I.M. lackeys in the Florida everglades. They’re easily dispatched but unfortunately for Scott, there’s no pay day for his heroics. All the superheroing has left his bank account empty and he has to crash inside an ant-hill. Lucky for him though, the take-down of A.I.M. brought recognition to his hero-for-hire status and brought a customer. It seems all of Florida’s bees are missing so the Florida State Beekeeping Association wants to know why. Seriously funny stuff. It only gets better from there as this issue took me by surprise with its awesomeness.
The Man Who F#&%ed Up Time #1 – An interesting start to a time travel book and a definite must read for people attuned to sci-fi action. Sean Bennett is a lab assistant at a physics lab after being fucked over by his dick of a roommate who now happens to be a researcher there. The lab makes a remarkable discovery of a machine that allows them to time travel. While Bennett reflects on his life sadly at a bar, a future version of himself shows up with a way to course-correct all that went wrong. Sean uses the machine to travel back a week and give the team the formula to make the machine work. For whatever reason, this causes the world to be ruled by Lincoln’s authoritative descendant and have a secret-police of samurai riding dinosaurs. Hey, still better than our world. Looking forward to more zaniness from this one.
Marauders #7 – After the gut-wrenching events at the end of last issue, this one gives us a look at what the other shipmates of the Marauder and the Hellfire Trading Company are up to. Emma recruits Callisto, former model and Morlock to join her side as her White Knight. There’s a big meeting going down that causes everyone to meet up and Bishop becomes suspicious as to why Captain Kate’s not there already and decides to head back to Madripoor to see what’s up. Shaw’s big dastardly plan seems to about to blow up even more as Verendi begins to sell snapshots of Krakoan information to Russia. Here’s hoping it blows up in his face big time and he spends some quality time with Sabretooth.
The Man Who F#&%ed Up Time #1 – We all know timey whimey things can get a bit complicated. Lab assistant Sean Bennett is learning that first hand. After a version of himself from the future gives him the idea, Sean decides to go back one week to redo somethings. Why not trust it, it was his own idea! Turns out it was a terrible idea, and the time police are pretty pissed at him. After a couple of robo cops rough him up, they inform him he has two days to fix this time line or they’ll erase him from time. Now Sean not only has to figure out this new world, he has to fix it!
Back Track #1 – Let’s add another time traveling, indie comic to the list! Levy was the best get away driver in the business. After the death of her boyfriend, she gave up driving and took up depressed drinking. While indulging in her new hobby at a bar, a stranger propositions her. He wants Levy to compete in a race, and first place is the ability to go back in time and change the present. Levy is skeptical, but that’s when she gets a video message from her dead boyfriend! She’s not sure if any of this will work, but Levy knows she has to try. Levy and the other racers gear up and the race begins. Next thing they know, they are teleported to prehistoric times! With such a high stakes rewards, did they really think it would be as easy as a couple times around the block?
Darth Vader #1 – Here we follow Darth Vader after the events of Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back. They also tie in flash backs of Episodes II & III. He is pretty pissed that Luke won’t come over to the dark side. Vader told Luke he was his dad whilst maiming him, but for some reason Luke wasn’t down for a game of catch. Next logical step? Find all the jerks that turned your son into a loser. First stop, Tatooine, where they go to murder Luke’s adopted parents. Lucky for them, they were already dead, killed in a Farmer v. Tusken Raider turf war. Vader and his droid companion even try to find the burial plots (I can only assume so that Vader could take a crap on their graves). A couple of ‘no names’ see the Imperial Shuttle they flew in on and think they are about to get the jump on some lame-o Storm Troopers. Instead they walk up on Darth Vader with “blue balls in his blood eye”, and they receive his wrath. So Tatooine was a bust, time to head to Coruscant to deface the memorial of beloved Senator and former lover Padme. He does just that, but he finds something he surprising in the process.
Power Rangers/ Ninja Turtles #3 – The Rangers are finally able to find Tommy’s location when his suit is activated. Worried about their friend, they rush over without a plan. Unfortunately, this is a total trap and when they arrive Shredder is wearing the Ranger suit. The others try and Morph, but for some reason their power coins aren’t working. They end up fleeing back to their hideout to figure out how to fix this. To make matters worse shortly after Shredder screwed up their powers, Rita Repulsa starts attacking the city. It’s a good thing the Turtles stayed behind on the Shredder mission, now they can go fight Rita. The issue ends with them gearing up, power coins in hand! I’m pumped up for issue 4 when we get to see Mutant Morphin Ninja Power Turtles!!
Ant-Man #1 – The size altering Dr. Doolittle of insects is teaming with his daughter Cassie, Aka Stinger, to take down AIM goons in the Florida Everglades. All of this while trying to find work as an unemployed hero. Things have been rough for Scott Lang since his time with the Guardians of The Galaxy. His security business went under,= and it turns out heroes aren’t necessarily collecting checks for all their good deeds. This man must (literally) resort to living in an ant hill. Things don’t get much better when the only work he can get is from the beekeeper’s association which leads Scott into a very sticky situation.
Doctor Doom #5 – Would Doctor Doom really give it all up to be a family man? That’s the choice he’s trying to make. Plagued by visions of a different life in which he is married and expecting children, Doom searches for a woman named Fruzsina to make that a reality. While Doom conducts research into Fruzsina, two different teams end up finding out about the woman Doom is fascinated with and use her as bait to catch up with him. Doom finds Fruzsina and they discuss the visions he has been having until Doom is forced into battle. Wherever Doom goes, trouble follows, making it difficult to be the man these visions portray him to be. Doom reaffirms to the world that he is indeed Doom, but with a Black hole forming on the dark side of the moon he might want to get to it.
Batman #88 – Lucius Fox comes up with the coolest gadgets for the Dark Knight. A device that can override the Wayne tech in vehicles and coat them in a holographic shell that displays the Batmobile over the actual vehicle. While Batman’s going GTA through the streets, Catwoman is playing gravedigger, and what she excavates is no laughing matter. Penguin has all the assassins locked up in a cliché meat locker and lets them know how things are going to go. Batman goes all Kool-Aid man with a fake Batmobile and crashes through a wall where all these villains are. Batman is faced with a choice…save a life or let the assassins escape. Unfortunately for Batman, the threat is not vanquished and the next target in the assassin’s path hits close to home.
Atlantis Attacks #1 – IMPERIUS REX! Namor the Submariner is prepared to go balls to the wall in order to retrieve a dragon that was stolen from Atlantis. The dragon is the power source for the portal city of Pan, and until a new source of power can be found that’s where it will stay. If there is anything this issue makes clear, it’s that you do not want to @$#% around with people who can control the world’s oceans. Not a smart move. The city of Pan shows off some of their muscle and it’s enough to buy them a little time to appease Namor. By returning the dragon they avoid conflict that would bring the Wrath of Atlantis to the shores of Pan.