Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New Comics Day

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

- EVENT LEVIATHAN #6 (OF 6) - The shocking conclusion!

- HAWKMAN #18 - Carter Hall vs. the Sky Tyrant!

- HISTORY OF MARVEL UNIVERSE #5 (OF 6) - The Secret Invasion!

- SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #11 - A new tale by Thomas and Davis!

- SUPERMAN #17 - The Fortress of Solitude is missing!

- USAGI YOJIMBO #6 - 35 years of Usagi!

- X-MEN #2 - An island of horrors!

    And I received review copies of:

- BANJAX TP VOL. 1 - Collecting the story of a dying hero's fight against crime!

- BLACK STARS ABOVE #1 - Lost in a winter wilderness with a cosmic threat!

- DOCTOR MIRAGE #4 (OF 5) - Danger around every corner!

- DOCTOR WHO 13TH HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 - A holiday special!


- LIFE IS STRANGE #10 - A new challenge!

- PSI-LORDS #6 - Science fiction action and mystery!

- RIVERS OF LONDON TP VOL 07 ACTION AT A DISTANCE - Facing a serial killer with occult powers!

- ROBOTECH REMIX #2 - Trying to find a place in the cosmos!

- ULTIMATE SKY DOLL HC - Collecting the stories of artificial creatures with no rights!


     And that's it!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

New Mutants #1

   Not to be left out of the "bringing back young teams" category (see DC's Legion of Super-Heroes), Marvel revives yet another X-book: the fondly remembered New Mutants.

   The genius of the new status quo for the mutant books is that it gives everyone a fresh start (I'm including the reader in that equation) - so past misdeeds, deaths and disasters are washed away, and we're getting the return of the team at its peak.

   They're not quite kids anymore - they're more like young adults here - but it's great to see the return of characters like Karma, Wolfsbane, Cypher, Mirage, Sunspot, Chamber and Magik (I have to admit I don't remember the Mondo character).

   Just for the lovely nostalgic buzz, this issue gets high marks. There's a slight markdown because, while they're a lighthearted bunch, they don't exactly behave as smart, experienced heroes here (and neither does their "friend" Corsair).

   But the art is lovely and the dialogue is crisp, so fans of the original series will probably enjoy this return to greatness.

Grade: B+



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

 As a fan of this series since the early 1960s, I'm glad to see return of the team from the future.

   And this appears to be a clean reboot for the Legion of Super-Heroes, with a new look for the characters, some new faces added and a new "look" for the world of the future.

   We see it though the eyes and experiences of Superboy - but instead of the young Clark Kent, this is the "modern day" Superboy - Jon Kent, the son of Clark and Lois, making his first trip to the 31st Century.

   That's a clever way of bringing us up to speed without completely overwhelming us. We get some action, a few mysteries to solve, and more superheroes than the average maxi-series could contain - but they're rolling out the introductions slowly.

   The artwork by Ryan Sook is terrific, giving us an "updated" view of the future, the costumes and characters involved. 

   So far, I'm very optimistic. This series has failed in the past, largely crushed under the weight of so many characters and so much history (not to mention thematic changes in style). 

   With a fresh start, the future looks bright for the Legion!

Grade: A



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

New Comics Day

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

- FANTASTIC FOUR #16 - A world where the FF are the bad guys?

- GREEN LANTERN BLACKSTARS #1 (OF 3) - A new sheriff in town!

- GRENDEL: DEVIL'S ODYSSEY #2 (of 8) - Where no Grendel has gone before!

- JUSTICE LEAGUE #35 - Lex Luthor wins!

- LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 - Welcome to the 31st Century!

- NEW MUTANTS #1 - The next generation!

- SAVAGE AVENGERS #7 - Conan makes a new friend. Sorta.

- YOUNG JUSTICE #10 - Welcome Naomi!

     And I received these review copies:

- AMALGAMA SPACE ZOMBIE #2 - A killing machine on the loose!

- GOING TO THE CHAPEL #3 (OF 4) - That is one dysfunctional wedding party!

- HEIST HOW TO STEAL A PLANET #1 - Ocean's 11 in space!

- KILLERS #5 (OF 5) - Superpowered ninjas vs. murderous commandos!

- LIFE IS STRANGE TP VOL. 2 - Collecting the comics!

- LIVEWIRE #12 - The endgame!

- MINIONS VOL. 4 #1 - Back for more mischief!

- RIVERS OF LONDON FEY & THE FURIOUS #1 - Fast cars and fairy queens!

-  RYUKO TP VOL. 2 - A tribute to gangster cinema!

-  WASTED SPACE #11 - An intergalactic spa?

- ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #65 - When in Rome...

     And that's it!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Undiscovered Country #1

   Here's a welcome break from the profusion of super-heroes in comics - The Undiscovered Country takes us instead into a science fiction tale of the near future.

   (Or perhaps we should hope that it's "just" science fiction.)

   It gives us a world that is racked by turmoil and disease - and the United States has become an enigma.

   The country's response to worldwide disaster was to cut itself off - literally - from the rest of the world. The conditions there are a mystery to everyone else on Earth - and to the reader.

   Now, with extinction threatening the world's population, the U.S. has finally opened its door to visitors - or has it?

   Several scientists are sent to the U.S., but their welcome is not at all what they might expect - and what they find is... well, that would be telling.

   The series is a collaboration between powerhouse writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, and artists Giuseppe Camuncoli and Daniele Orlandini, with color art by Matt Wilson. 

   The art is stunning, with towering vistas, delights and terrors aplenty, along with great character designs. 

    The story manages to keep the surprises cranking along hot and heavy, along with characters you care about and some concepts that will challenge you and - best of all - make you think.

   I have no idea where this story is going, but I'm looking forward to the ride as we explore this new vision of America - a land of dreams and nightmares aplenty!

Grade: A


Friday, November 1, 2019

Excalibur #1

   Lest you think that all the new X-Men-related comics are a home run, Excalibur brings things back to Earth.

   Not that it's a bad comic - it's good to see this team back in action and they manage to carve out a unique section of the X-Universe - but it's kind of an odd mix on display.

   The story starts with Captain Britain and his sister Betsy (Psylocke) going their separate ways, as she moves to the mutant nation of Krakoa - but they're soon together again and facing a mystic ambush.

   Meanwhile, a mystery faces Apocalypse, and he starts gathering the team to sort it out - including Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee and Trinary (who?). 

   Perhaps it's odd to have a team led by Apocalypse, or perhaps it's just the usual first-issue-so-let's-get-the-team-together syndrome, but there's not much chemistry in evidence here, especially since the team has a lot of history already.

   There's still plenty of time to sort it out, but it's a bit of a shaky start here.

Grade: B


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New Comics Day

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

- CONAN THE BARBARIAN #10 - The death of Conan! (This time for sure!)

- DOCTOR STRANGE ANNUAL #1 - Facing a death trap in his Sanctum!

- EXCALIBUR #1 - A new beginning!

- INVISIBLE WOMAN #4 (OF 5) - On the run in a distant land!

- SAVAGE AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 - Unexpected team-ups!

     And I received these review copies:

- ASSASSINS CREED TP VOL. 1 FALL & CHAIN - Assassins in 19th Century Russia!

- BLOODSHOT #2 - His enemies are closing in!

- MALL #3 - Warfare spreads through the mall!

- NECROMANCERS MAP #3 - Heroes must stand together or fall!

- PLOT #2 - Secrets in the Blaine family!

- QUEEN OF BAD DREAMS #5 (OF 5) - Facing the final nightmare!

- RELICS OF YOUTH #2 - Protecting the last drop of magic.

- ROKU #1 (OF 4) - How many lives will the assassin take?

- SHADES OF MAGIC TP VOL 02 NIGHT OF KNIVES - The exiled Prince enters the Night of Knives!

- TEST #5 - Joining forces with an impossible ally.

    And that's it!