Captain Marvel Braver & Mightier #1: Another solid Captain Marvel first issue. I liked how it portrayed her as a down to earth person when she was interacting with the High School kids. It shows a sense of humanity in our superheroes. I actually loved the art too. I wasn’t sure I would like this series, since I am a fan of the Kelly Thompson Captain Marvel, but overall I think it was good! Could have used more info on the “new: aliens that Carol encountered though.
Buffy#2: I am in love with Buffy all over again in this new series. From her teen angst to her ever so relatable high school experiences. This issue introduced some new evils, but also a familiar face-I won’t spoil that one! I would be lying if I said Buffy’s weird dream scene wasn’t a little scary looking-Xander and Willow’s heads just hanging out and then Willow and her skinny, weird leg coming out of the locker? No thanks. Even Giles was creepy! I do hope that we get into more action here soon though, while I love learning back stories and seeing day to day life of characters, I just want to see some good old fashioned vampire slaying!
Daredevil #2: Hoollyyyy crap! Daredevil is being framed for murder and even Foggy doesn’t believe him. The cops, while they don’t trust Fisk, also don’t trust Daredevil-they too believe he did it. This is just another super solid issue by Chip Zdarsky and I couldn’t be happier with where this series is going! Twists, turns, and an ending that I definitely didn’t see coming. How did Matt not dodged that bullet? Is he really losing touch with his senses THAT much after his accident? I’m super stoked for #3 now.
Hex Wives #5: Finally!! They know about their powers!! Just in time for the big boss to show up too, to make sure everything seems “normal” and to see if the wives have discovered anything about their past. I love that this issue had a little element of suspense. The readers are obviously aware that the girls know they have some sort of powers, but also that the men are completely clueless…until they aren’t and all hell breaks loose. The ending is full of suspense too! What will they do to the men?!
Wyrd #2 – So far, so good. I’m curious to get Pitor’s full back story. This issue’s flashback shows he and his pregnant wife escaping Nazi Germany. The rest of the issue appears to be present day, where Pitor plays an immortal, no fucks, mercenary. I’m curious to see “who hurt him”.
Die Die Die 8 – When I started this series about triplets trained to be assassins, I was skeptical. Turns out, I don’t mind it. Just when you think they have George, the antagonist of the three, he slips away. Then you think the corrupt misogynistic, politician who hired George is finally paying for his actions. Only to be set free on his way to jail. It was super satisfying to watch him get his nose cut off though.
Hulkverines! – So, this was not what I expected. I picked this up thinking it was a Patch and Mr. Fix-It kind of vibe, like “Hulk and Wolverine, back at it again!”. Clayton Cortez wasn’t on my radar, making me think I need to go read Immortal Hulk. Anywho, The Leader uses his big ol’ brain to break out of prison. After infecting Cortez and turning him full mindless beast, Hulk absorbs his gamma radiation…and unfortunately the infection. Like they said, to be “clawtinued”!
Oliver #2 – I knew I would like these books after the preview Greg sent out. Oliver, based on Oliver Twist, is not raised by his parents. As the outcast/orphan boy he feels left out and that everyone dislikes him (very Naruto season one). This issue, he finds out that his parents’ union should not have happened and conceiving him should’ve been impossible. As a result, he is ‘superhuman’ abnormal strength, fast healing/regenerating, etc. After finding out the truth about his parents Oliver runs off feeling deceived, not knowing the powers at be have just been made aware of his existence are after him. Also, they did a nod to the famous “May I have some more please?” scene. Instead of a boy being for sale, it ended with Oliver overpowering a guard five times his size. That was pretty cool.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #2 – Enter every nerds crush in middle school, Spike! Oh, and also Cordelia. Solid second issue except the very end seemed weird and to come from nowhere? I dunno, maybe I just missed something.
Daredevil #2 – Detective Cole North gets to meet Wilson Fisk! What a swell guy. As for Matt Murdock, he’s really struggling with himself (again). Probably all that Catholic guilt. All he want’s to do is help the neighborhood but even the people he saves seem to be afraid of him. Also DD can’t seem to catch a break. First he gets hit by a truck and almost dies and now he gets SPOILERS. What a rough life.
Savage Sword Conan #2 – Boy oh boy, I sure do love reading these books. Conan and his shipmate go for a stroll and encounter some cultish hooligans. And what does Conan do? Well he gets real SAVAGE a beats the shit out of them with a BURNED SEVERED FOOT. After that, they journey to a town in search of that ol minds eye map and encounter a lady librarian that Conan will probably bang later because that’s how savage he is. All in all, another great issue of the worlds greatest barbarian.
Marvel Comics Presents #2 – Oooooweeee another month another anthology book. This month we have the second chapter in our demon hunting wolverine story, Mark Waid blesses us with another Fantastic Four story in which Reed Richards goes after some Russian spies during the cold war and is capped off with a rare Gorilla Man story that has Gorilla Man and Black Panther team up. And honestly, if we can get a comic that highlights characters like Gorilla Man, I’m stoked to see whatever else they decide to do short stories on.
Love Romances #1: Okay, so this was a little weird to jump headfirst into. Story one had a weird twist to it for sure. The whole time you’re thinking this dude is a robot sent to help this widow, when in fact the widow is the robot sent to help the human guy. Crazy!-but I liked it. Story two shows a man who lost his wife or girlfriend, and it’s almost as if he can see and feel her still around. He works through his feelings of loss and eventually packed up her things. I actually thought this story was adorable and the artwork was pretty cute too. The third story had awesome artwork too! Very Victorian feeling-I loved it. It was a typical Romeo and Juliet story though so kind of been there/done that, except in the end Brandon (Romeo) killed her father and saved her from a lifetime of misery being held captive in their house-her father just thought he was protecting her though. Number four was just strange. Humans switching into robot bodies to live/love forever, then getting dumped and sleeping for 200 years just to wake up in the middle of an alien invasion? Plot twist! The robot girl who dumped him is still around too, and she got so disfigured that her self esteem is low enough to take him back after 200 years. Even robots can have happy endings I guess. Overall, this whole issue was a roller coaster of strange things.
High Level #1: I loved, loved, loved the art in this issue!! Seriously stunning. I enjoyed the post-apocalyptic feel of the entire story-robots as sidekicks, drones as security. I love the carefree yet seriousness about Thirteen. She wants a life, and loves her home but she’s also a little badass who can take care of herself. She doesn’t believe in the fairytale crap that is High Level, and is an independent thinker. I could probably have lived without the creepy flesh purger though, he was a bit odd but did fit into the story I suppose. I look forward to finding out more about Minnow in the coming issues as well! Solid first issue in my opinion-a lot of back story but also a little mystery.
Black Widow #2: Natasha is back with a bang as the opening of this issue is literally her ripping the NRP watchers to shreds to save some of the girls they were with. She vows right there in the streets to track down anyone involved with No Restraints Play, even if they’re not involved in making it-paying to keep it open is a crime in her book as well. She has a hacker tracking down info on the site, which is proving that NRP is very careful about leaving any evidence behind. A strange old lady tracks Nat down and wants to show her something-it ends up being her daughter-the NRP guys had cut her hands off and now Nat is more pissed than EVER. I’m really enjoying this no-holds-back Natasha we’re seeing in this series so far. She even stated tearing through the guys gave her joy and she didn’t care what Cap would think. She’s turning Madripoor on its head, and I can’t wait to see who this chick at the end of this issue thinks she is trying to take out Black Widow.
Naomi #2: This issue starts off right in the feels where we left Naomi talking to Dee about the day she was adopted. I’m totally with her and I want to know exactly what that mechanic knows and why he knows it! Of course her adopted parents are a little upset when she starts asking these questions. I can understand why they would be, especially if they really are telling the truth and have no idea who Dee or her biological parents are. I’m really enjoying this story so far, Naomi is like a little detective-snooping around, finding info about people, and sneaking into the auto shop where she found a photo of what appears to be a woman and Dee. Is it her mother? Is Dee her father? Why was he in Iron Heights? I hate suspense! I hope there are more answers in the next issue, because I really dig this series!
Sharkey The Bounty Hunter #1 – Probably the most substantial/plot heavy book Mark Millar has put out in awhile. Even though this is going to be a Netflix show, it doesn’t read like a paper thin elaborate story board movie/show pitch like some of his other books have. Can’t wait for the Netflix show!
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 – This series continues to be just a fun Spider-Man adventure series. No crazy events (so far) or tie ins (yet), but solid Spidey stories. This month we get a guest appearance of Captain America in a fun/weird Spider-Man/Cap/Rhino team-up. Who would have thought. I enjoy seeing Rhino attempting to be a good dude after years of being a stubborn russian who breaks stuff. Now he’s a stubborn russian who breaks stuff with a slowly growing heart. Hopefully that’s a narrative that gets picked up and elaborated on later.
Guardians of the Galaxy #2 – Solid second issue. Not real heavy on the action, but the exposition was entertaining to read. Donny Cates weaves great dialogue in the characters. Plus Starfox/Eros is doing his best Xavier impression with his lil hover chair. And it seems we have a rival group of….DARK GUARDIANS. Wowee, what will happen next
High Level #1 – In some alternate post apocalyptic Canadian future, we meet Thirteen who is just your average sewage worker who takes on odd jobs for some extra cash. After taking on one of these jobs, she gets sent to a warehouse for what she believes to be a routine pick up but ends up being some weird cyborg cult that attempts to use the flesh from her body for their own needs. After being conveniently saved by her former boyfriend who now works for the big bad security force, he asks her to take on ANOTHER job, only this one involves escorting a girl to HIGH LEVEL, a fabled place that people believe to be some sort of paradise or a place where you’re never heard from again. Enjoyable first issue with some wonderful art, if anyone is interested at a cyberpunk Lone Wolf and Cub, this book should be up your alley.
Captain Marvel #2: This issue resumes right where we left Carol in issue 1-on some crazy dystopian version of Roosevelt Island, seemingly beating the crap out of Nuclear Man. The tides turn, as they always do and he gets in a good punch, but out of nowhere Jessica, Hazmat, and Echo show up. It appears they’ve been sucked into this barrier around Roosevelt Island where time moves much faster and only women reside, with the exception of Nuclear Man, a dude named Som, and the men they assume are in the citadel where Nuclear Man resides. The girls who have been there longer have built an impressive base, but are constantly on defense against this crazy dystopian misogynist. I loved the little twists and turns this issue took up until the very end, where Carol *appears* to have been captured by one of Nuclear Man’s metal men and dubbed the bride. In comes She-Hulk to save the day, but in a pretty uneventful turn of events, she just fell to the ground and the issue ended. I loved the first issue, and this one wasn’t bad either, but I do look forward to getting more backstory on this island they’ve been taken to and why their powers seem to fade away here.
Hit-Girl #1: Kevin Smith writes this comic! So Hit-Girl is a little badass. She single handedly took out two crazy gunmen who were terrorizing a high-school and shooting innocent kids and teachers, all while reading a book about herself. She even made it through airport security with all of her weapons which is obviously a huge accomplishment by itself when normal people can’t make it through with just an iPad! She even managed to behead a dude on an airplane and walk off like it never happened. Now she’s off to Hollywood, on a trip I can only assume is so she can find out more about this movie that’s being made about her. Even though there were little to no words through this whole issue, I loved how the art told the entire story-no words needed to show how awesome she is!
Goddess Mode #3: Starting right off in the middle of Mary getting eaten by a Daemon, we see Cassandra try to take on Antimony and instead, learned a piece of her domain’s magic-she is pretty much able to stop time. With this, she was able to teleport the other oracles out of danger, and safely into her apartment. While on the walk to the Sad Dad, Mr. Benson made Mr. Brady force Cass’ telepresence into his office, but instead of being reprimanded, she was given her dad’s old job. Which is cool, except we obviously know what has happened to her father already-he’s a vegetable, so hopefully the same doesn’t happen to her. In the end, her father’s simulated cognition informs her to run. I am still absolutely in love with this artwork and story! I can’t wait to see and read more about the Oracles and Cassandra’s new job, I’m super stoked with how this series is going and I hope it continues on it’s strong path.
Wonder Twins #1: This issue was my very first Wonder Comics read, so I went into it not knowing what to expect, and it was awesome. Zan is your typical high school dude, loads of confidence and a big ego, but realistically he’s just a super awkward kid. Jayna got suckered into reading the morning announcements because her teacher thought it would bring her out of her shell, it seems she could care less though. The humor of this issue is amazing, right down to Batman and Superman’s stories from their high school days and how awkward they were. Ultimately, the two kids wound up nonchalantly defeating the villain without the help of the “adults” at all and even used their “useless” supercomputer to get the job done. What a fun little read! I look forward to learning more about the Wonder Twins as this series continues.
Avengers No Road Home 1 – This is a breath of fresh air in the Marvel universe! Join this team of mostly B-list Avengers as they come together to fend off an eternal night affecting not only Earth, but several nearby solar systems as well. I am digging this largely because Marvel is giving us a nice break from the usual here. It’s a bunch of characters we don’t see much of and they finally get a story of their own without riding the coattails of the bigger Avengers. I’m excited for the rest of this series, and I think it will bring out the best in all characters involved. Plus, Paco Medina’s art is on point AND there are no ads breaking up the story!
Goddess Mode 3 – Cyberpunk meets magical girls. This series is still going strong. Now we get to see Cassie’s powers emerge. She’s still not sure what’s going on, but the story is unfolding at the perfect pace. This is one hell of a page-turner as Cassie and her friends follow the leads to try and find out what is causing the daemons and where Antimony comes from.
Wonder Twins 1 – If you’re looking for a light-hearted, offbeat series, this is the one for you. The Wonder Twins have rarely been a dark or serious title, and this first issue is full of tongue-in-cheek writing and humor. Everything’s here from Mr. Mxyzptlk to a phenomenon known as “thunderlust” (it’s exactly what it sounds like). Pick it up. The art’s bright and colorful, and the playful writing makes a refreshing change of pace from most superhero stories.
Justice League Dark 8 – Every time I think this series is going to slow down, Tynion kicks it up into a higher gear. Zatanna and Wonder Woman are tracking down anything that will help them fend off the Otherkind. Bobo, Etrigan, and Swamp Thing try to figure out a backup plan, and Kirk delves deep into magic to free the man in the vase. But no matter what they do, the fact that Dr. Fate himself has turned against magic could mean the end for all magic in the DC Universe. Tynion is one of my favorite DC writers and he’s seriously knocking it out of the park with Justice League: Dark.
Hawkman 9 – The story arc’s flying at full speed toward its epic climax. Carter returns to Xanadu to make sense of all he’s seen over the last few issues, but the Deathbringers come calling. Carter’s the only one that can stand in their way, and it may not be enough. This series has been a treat to read so far. It’s refreshing to see all of Hawkman’s past lives tied together finally. The character has had one of the most sporadic and confusing histories in comics, and that’s saying something! So I’m glad DC gave Venditti a chance to pull it all together.
NeXt-Gen 1 – The next mini-series for the Age of X-Man is here! As you may know from Marvelous X-Men, this utopian society is not as perfect as it seems. Mindwipes and some sort of secret police force abound. Only certain characters are in the know. This series focuses on the kids, most of whom are from the Academy X/New X-Men generation. You’ll get a look at school life in this world of mutant perfection, and then things go grossly wrong. This alternate universe is fascinating, and you can bet I’m going to read every single title.
Savage Sword of Conan #1 – Some people would say we are in the “darkest timeline”, but I would disagree because the “darkest timeline” would not allow TWO CONAN SERIES A MONTH! Seriously, what a time to be alive. Everyone’s favorite barbarian has been in a shipwreck and found by slavers floating in the waters. Will Conan become a slave in the Stygian wastes? Will he forever live out his days chained down by the man? The answer is no, because Conan wasn’t born on the battlefield for nothing. He does find a treasure map with his MIND’S EYE though. Now we’ll have to read 4 more issues to find out what happens. AND YOU SHOULD BE READING BECAUSE CONAN IS THE BEST.
Wonder Twins #1 – What a delightfully enjoyable read. I chuckled on more than a few occasions. I was curious as to how this Wonder Twins book would be like and I’m glad they are not making it super serious, re-invention of the characters. The only thing missing from the book is their monkey Gleek, but there’s always issue 2. But this debut did give us the concept of “Thunderlust” which is a wonderful thing and the Wonder Twins are fun again.
Star Wars Age of Republic Count Dooku – Everyone’s favorite Sith grandpa is back in a new adventure. Dooku partners up with a space tiger Jedi for a fun romp through Sullust. Spoiler: it does not end well for one of them. I’d also like to reiterate how much the “Rule of Two” is stupid.
Young Justice #2 – This issue mostly revolved around Wonder Girl, which is fine I guess. I’m more interested in getting to know Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern but whatever, I guess I’ll just have to be patient. But seriously though, this issue just serves as mostly Wonder Girl exposition. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the whole gem world plot only gets touched on in the very beginning and the very end. Still a solid series all around even though I feel like I’m reading some weird Steven Universe crossover.
God of War #4 – This is the final issue in the 2018’s amazing God of War video game. Here at the end I’ve finally figured out why I really love this book. While it lacks REAL story depth and reason behind it, it does an amazing job at two things: First, they dive into Kratos’ inner thoughts of controlling his rage and the kind of beast it turns him into. But even better than that is when he does lose his rage, the action sequences and panels are amazing! For real, there’s not much to this story except the fighting. This isn’t a bad thing. In a comic era of deep intellectual bad guys, and complex stories with unforeseen plot twists, this is actually just what the doctor ordered.
The Flash #64 – The Price of Innocence, part 2 is fantastic. These Batman and Flash crossovers are always really awesome. The Gotham duo is surprisingly deep in their development for being such simple characters with simple motivations. Bane had disappeared after ruining Batman’s wedding, and his venom is playing a part in the bigger role here. Probably my favorite thing about Tom King’s stories is that everything that happens, always happens for a reason! This is so epic, and what the very best comic book writers do. When stories unfold as they do, it’s almost as if we find out a year later that it all was meant to happen to lead to this place here. I honestly would never guess that these very different type of story writing could come from the same person. For example, I love how in the same moment of mutual respect, you can see how different their minds are. While King did not write this story, you can tell that he and Williamson clearly are sharing the same vision and end goal. These two writers should team up more often!
Winter Soldier #3 – Last time we saw these two, Bucky had just saved this young killer from a life under the grips of being controlled by a shady organization. Bucky now helps normal people trying to get out of a life of deep crime in organizations like Hydra. In this issue there’s a lot of deep dive into RJ’s psyche with Doc Samson giving him therapy. It certainly sheds some narrative light into some of the events that take place in this book. The new guy is definitely coming into his own in this story. I love the new dynamic he and Bucky have working together. It’s almost like Cap and Bucky used to be in the war! Great delivery of the main plots and twist, perfect art for the story, it really doesn’t get much better than this. I just wish it appeared more than once a month.
Avengers: No Road Home #1 – This is very reminiscent of the weekly story “No Surrender” from last year. Obviously it’s the same characters, since it’s an Avengers title, but it’s clearly a sequel. I actually really like how it starts this with exploring dynamics between a lot of the Avengers personalities, like the back and forth between Grecian style Hercules and rude killer Rocket. Amazing job building context of the characters in the story! The world is going dark, and it’s up to the Avengers to figure it out and vanquish evil once again. But this time, It’s in OLYMPUS! It’s also of no consequence for this story if you haven’t kept up on the main Avengers title (like me!). This is definitely worth the pickup, especially if you thought the last “Infinity Wars” crossover event was as lackluster as I did. Already WAY better than that!
Daredevil #1: I was super excited to pick this up following the Man Without Fear 5-part miniseries. I feel like Chip Zdarsky did Matt Murdock’s story justice. It was an easy transition from the previous series into this one, picking up after the hospital and putting Matt back into the Daredevil costume. He’s back in the streets as one of our favorite vigilantes, but it’s made very clear that he’s struggling. The injuries he sustained from the last accident, on top of the past few years of crime fighting has taken a toll on his body making him slower, and less responsive to attacks. Overall, I enjoyed this first issue, but I definitely still can’t stand Fisk.
Female Furies #1: Coming into this issue with no background on the Furies at all, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I love seeing the strength from the girls when they are faced with blatant disregard to their skills and abilities, and the fact that they stood up for themselves. I thought the story overall though, was a little been there, done that. Girls are faced with misogynist crap, girls prove they’re better, boys don’t agree, girl cuts off guys head when he tries to do the job she was tasked with. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt though, and continue reading the series.
Girl in the Bay #1: I felt like this was a pretty solid first issue! Katherine, while on acid, fell for some random guys’ charm at a bar and decided to leave with him. She’s a high school kid so I feel like that should have been a red flag for her, but it happened. As most stories like this go, he was a bad dude and in all honesty she should have died, but now she emerged from the water thinking she survived and it was still 1969. Wrong-50 years has passed and its 2019. The weird twist is that she was actually alive the whole time and is now a grandmother. I love the mystery behind this kind of story, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of this.
Old Man Quill #1: Peter Quill is as old as a grandfather in this one, and he probably would be a grandfather by now if 50 years ago his family hadn’t died at the hands of the Universal Church of Truth. He led an attack on the church and left his planet unguarded, which allowed it to be destroyed. Now, the Guardians have come to get him back into the action after 50 years of living on his own mourning his family and he’s resistant. I can’t blame him though, nobody came to help him when he called for aid. I thought this was a good first issue, even if it is a little weird to think of a much older, grey haired Star Lord. I’m curious to see where they take this story.
Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men #1 – The world’s premier X-Men team gets called out to stop a massive forest fire threatening Los Angeles! This issue shows how, in this utopian society, the X-Men function as a well-oiled machine, each cog doing its part to safely protect civilians. Everything’s going great until Laura has a flashback to something she can’t understand. Suddenly, the cracks in this cult-like society start to show. This issue does a marvelous job of establishing life and the X-Men in this Age of X-Man world. It’s a stark contrast to the Age of Apocalypse — shiny and polished on the surface to mask the flaws beneath. I love these quick dives into alternate universes and I’m eager to see where the rest of these books go.
Oberon #1 – Oh now this book is awesome. I love classic fey legends, where the fairies are amoral and often terrifying. Oberon hits ALL the right notes for me. The King of the Fairies is a devilish wheeler and dealer, a master manipulator who is determined to get back on top of the fairy world at any cost. If you like Labyrinth, Sandman, or even just classic fairy mythology, pick this book up. The spite and drama is real in this play of magic and wonder.
The Girl in the Bay #1 – Kathy Sartori thought she was murdered in 1969. Fast forward to 2019 and she climbs out of the Brooklyn Bay, alive and well. Drama ensues as she struggles to find out what happened to her family and figure out why she’s alive again fifty years later. This story reminds me of Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House. It seems like a volatile family drama with supernatural trappings. In this case it seems like magic or something rather than ghosts, but the vibe feels similar. If you enjoy dramas, give this a try.
Female Furies #1 – If you liked Mr. Miracle, you might want to try a story involving his wife, Big Barda. The horror-world of Apokolips is apparently super misogynist. Granny Goodness’ Furies are never given enough credit for their skill or abilities. After suffering one abuse and humiliation after another, their leader finally decides she’s had enough and starts taking matters into her own hands. Part satire, part superhero story, this is very much a girl power kind of book.
Daredevil #1 – Zdarsky’s new Daredevil series brings a strong, quiet new start to the man without fear. In the wake of his recovery, Matt is trying to get back on his feet. Unfortunately, he’s being hampered by Mayor Fisk’s order to arrest all heroes on sight. After a close call with the law, Daredevil is still free. For now. Zdarsky is a great writer whose work effortlessly covers so many genres. I’m excited to see his take on Matt Murdock, especially now that his Spider-Man run is over. So far this seems like a natural fit, as Zdarsky perfectly captures the introspective side of Daredevil’s character, his faith, and his mission. Don’t miss it!
Daredevil #1 – My main man Chip is on DD and considering I didn’t read any of Charles Soule’s run, I didn’t feel lost. DD seems to be on this cyclical nature of being brought back down to earth/verge of death/having the shit kicked out of him at the start of every creators run it seems which is fine because it makes it easy to get into as long as you know the base tenants of daredevil-dom. Anywho, Zdarsky seems to have a good grasp on the character coming into the book and the art is solid. Daredevil is one of my preferred street level Marvel characters and he’s had pretty consistent writing for while now so I’m curious/excited to see where he takes the character.
Die #3 – Now we’ve reached the middle part of the arc where things slow down and some exposition is made. But the artwork is still beautiful! And the book is still great!
Conan the Barbarian #3 – Jason Aaron continues to SLAY with this book. These fever dream flashback stories have been a great way of getting done in one stories while also connecting them to the arc set up in the first issue. The art by Asrar continues to be wonderful to look at as well. Conan the Barbarian is the best book about barbarians on the shelf and may the dark god Set take your miserable life.
Oberon #1 – Well that was a neat twist on a classic fairy tale trope. Bonnie is a young girl being home schooled. When she is permitted to go out one evening, she encounters a strange monster and is saved by a faerie lord named Oberon. Only Oberon seems to have some serious ulterior motives for Bonnie. Even though the book seems like a story we’ve heard a million times before, it’s told pretty heavily through narrative dialogue from Oberon himself. So if anyone has watched movies like The Labyrinth and wondered what Jareth the Goblin King was thinking the whole time, this book is for you.
Batman #64 – This is the first real tie-in to the fantastic major crossover “Heroes in Crisis.” Batman and the Flash have to work together, but how can they when there’s so much secrecy and mistrust between them. Not only are they distrusting of each other, but they are worn down from the constant fighting and problems at home, with the Justice League, and now the sanctuary. These two have been some of the best friends over the years, and this is probably the most strained their relationship has ever been. With Wally dying in “Heroes,” they both have heavy guilt weighing on them. This is written with as much care and humanity as anything Tom King writes, but the very best part of this is how it all ties together, from the beginning!
Uncanny X-Men #11 – I was not a fan for a long time what they had turned Cyclops into. He went from the fearless leader of the X-Men, to anarchist tyrant and murderer of his mentor. It seems that, by returning the young X-Men back to their timeline, it has affected Scott Summers as much as returning to life did. They did a pretty good job explaining how he returned in the Annual issue, but what does he do now that the X-Men have vanished (presumed dead) and nowhere and no one to turn to? In my opinion, the best thing they could have done to breathe life into this dead franchise is bring back the two most iconic X-Men at the same exact time. They deal with grief, pain, and loneliness so differently. But in the end, they always end up right back together. Unfortunately, I don’t know that it’s going to be a good thing . . . but it will be for the series! If you fell off, this is the perfect time to jump back on with the trio (Jean, Scott, Logan) back alive again!
Daredevil #1 – The regular scheduled series is back, baby! Ol’ Matt Murdock is going through some kind of midlife crisis, much like he did in the excellent third season of the Netflix series (based on Born Again). Whatever he does during the day, he will always feel the need to return to the “Devil” at night. After going through such pain and suffering, then recovering, he’s certainly not as finesse as he was. He asks a really good question that I wish more comics would ask of their heroes: “How much longer can I do this?” It’s not just the rust and recovery that is affecting his ability. Is the past enough of a motivator for the coming fights in the future? With Fisk still the mayor of New York, he needs to be extra careful and it’s costing him a lot more than just a few bruises. With a new detective in New York hunting him down, there’s bound to be a lot more crisis.
Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men – In a Mutant Utopian future, the X-Men are the perfect heroes. They fight to protect everyone, and they receive praises like never before. They live in their perfect homes, where they spend their days enjoying life to its fullest . . . or so they thought. In all this perfection, the one most important thing missing is love. They no longer procreate as people do, mutant babies are grown in pods, and they live together but so separate from emotional care they need. They talk about what they have given up to achieve the great life they now have, but is that enough? As they find out, it certainly isn’t for everyone. Names from the past arise and a new threat to their utopia arise. Let’s find out who is on the winning side in this story! Excellent concept, great execution. While the X-Men stories may be lagging behind the rest of Marvel, this breathes some new life into it.