Monday, September 16, 2019

Event Leviathan #4 (of 6)

   What fun to see an honest-to-goodness mystery taking center stage!

   Event Leviathan gives us a mysterious leader for an organization that has (apparently) destroyed every covert organization in the DC Universe.

   The group has even been able to stand up to Superman, thanks to a remarkable bit of technology at their command - so a team of the world's greatest detectives (and Plastic Man) are trying to uncover the identity of the person behind it and what his or her motives might be.

   The plot is wonderfully twisty and just when you think you have it sorted, the rug shoots out from under you again.

   The art by Alex Maleev is terrific - moody and crackling with power, a perfect match for Brian Michael Bendis' story.

   Can't wait to see how this all wraps up!

Grade: A


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Powers of X #4 (of 6)

   Jonathan Hickman's revamping of the X-Men continues to demand attention (and quite a bit of contemplation) as events to continue to shed light on the past, present and future of the mutant race.

   This issue divides its focus between the past - showing how Magneto and Professor X laid plans to protect the future of the race, and how the intelligent island / mutant Krakoa was brought into the mix - and the future, where very strange things are happening.

   As always, it's an intelligent, thoughtful mix of science fiction and super-hero concepts, and it continues to lay the foundation for present-day adventures aplenty.

   With great art by R.B. Silva and color art by Matte Garcia, this is a powerful series, tightly entwined with the House of X series - not to be missed!

Grade: A


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

New Comics Day

    Here's what I picked up at the comics shop today:

- DOCTOR STRANGE #19 - The moment that changed his life!

- EVENT LEVIATHAN #4 (OF 6) - Batman vs. Superman?

- HAWKMAN #16 - Teaming up with the Shade!

- INVISIBLE WOMAN #3 (OF 5) - A life is at stake!

- KING THOR #1 (OF 4) - Into the far-flung future!

- POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) - The end of the future!

- YOUNG JUSTICE #8 - Evil alien lookalikes!

    And I received these comics for review:

- BANJAX #4 - One bold move can end it all!

- CHAINSAW REINDEER ONE SHOT - The title says it all.

- DOCTOR WHO 13TH #12 - Joining forces with the Corsair!

- LIVEWIRE #10 - Fighting to clear her name.

- ROBOTECH #24 - What is on the other side of the Event Horizon?

     And that's it!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Going to the Chapel #1

   Who doesn't enjoy a love story?

   (Quiet, you.)

   But despite appearances, Going to the Chapel isn't exactly a romantic experience.

   It focuses on a reluctant bride, her horrible family, the nice guy she's supposed to marry, and a ceremony that goes to the dogs when robbers turn up to disrupt the proceedings.

   It's a clever idea (and feels like the beginning of a fun Saturday night movie), and has a few solid twists along the way - but it's difficult to find someone likable to cheer for in there.

   There's some adult language on display, so this isn't a book for kids - but if you're looking for something different from the usual tights-and-fights type stuff, here you go.

Grade: B


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Doomsday Clock #11 (of 12)

   My feelings about Doomsday Clock continue to be... ambivalent.

   The art and the execution are, as always, exceptional. As an homage to the original Watchmen series, it works really well.

   But I can't help but feel that it's damaging to the DC Universe.

   It's a dark tale that drags down DC's icons - Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman - and makes the villains even more dark and terrifying.

   It builds nicely and finally gives us the confrontation we've been waiting for since this series began - and I'm certainly anxious to see where the story goes from here.

   But it feels like a step backward for the company - back into the "grim and gritty" days of yore.

   I'm probably being overly critical - and certainly the next issue (whenever it arrives) will tell the tale.

Grade: B+



Thursday, September 5, 2019

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 (of 2)

   As a fan of the classic Legion of Super-heroes, I'm certainly glad to hear the team is returning in a new series under the guidance of writer Brian Michael Bendis (who is covering lots of ground at DC these days).

   The setup for the new series can be found in this two-issue series, Millennium, that offers a behind the scenes look at how we got from the modern day to the world of the Legion in the future.

   Our guide (of sorts) is a hero (well, sort of a hero) who you might not expect to end up being immortal - but life is full of surprises!

   This issue is made up of vignettes, each placed in a different epoch in DC's "future history" - and not all of them make sense (although there are several nifty cameos along the way), and there are some nice shout-outs to past, classic stories. 

   The biggest problem with the issue is that the Legion only appears on the cover. But the story is certainly setting the stage for a long-awaited return.

Grade: B+


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

New Comics Day

   Today at the comics shop I picked up:

- CONAN THE BARBARIAN #9 - Enemies from the past return!

- DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11 (OF 12) - The truth behind Rebirth!

- FANTASTIC FOUR #14 - Point of origin!

- GREEN LANTERN #11 - Alternate worlds and Star Sapphire!

- HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) - Xavier's dream turns deadly!

- JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 - Searching for allies in the past and future!

- LEGION OF SUPER HEROES MILLENNIUM #1 (OF 2) - Back to the future!

- SAVAGE AVENGERS #5 - Facing the Marrow God!

- SECTION ZERO #6 (OF 6) - The finale!

- USAGI YOJIMBO #4 - Playing bodyguard to a writer with a jealous husband!

    And I received these comics for review:

- FALLEN WORLD #5 (OF 5) - Rai versus the forces of the Bloodfather!

- GOING TO THE CHAPEL #1 (OF 4) - The wedding from hell!


- LOLA XOXO #2 - Mayhem in the wastreland!

- MS. TREE TP VOL. 1 - Collected adventures of the Private Eye!

- ROBOTECH ARCHIVES SENTINELS TP VOL. 1 - Collecting the original tales.

- SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON GN - A beach full of magical creatures.

- VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #4 - A tale of two Katies!

- VORACIOUS APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #4 (OF 5) - The fate of two worlds at stake!

  And that's it!