Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New Comics Today

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

ARCHIE #30 - Who's going to the prom? And with whom?

AVENGERS #690 - Finally, an ending!

DOCTOR STRANGE #389 - A Damnation tie-in.

DOOM PATROL #11 - Dada, Mama and Nada!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #599 - Hey, it's Tony!

SAGA #51 - The scoop of the century!

- THE TERRIFICS #3 - The return of the War Wheel!

MIGHTY THOR #706 - At death's door!

      And I received these copies for review:

BLACK AF: WIDOWS & ORPHANS #1 - Human trafficking!

BLOODBORNE #3 (OF 4) - A dangerous quest in an ancient city.

DOCTOR WHO 11TH VOL. 1 AFTER LIFE - A strange new life with The Doctor.

DOLLFACE #14 - Hunting for a missing crystal.

FACTORY #2 - Life on a dystopian planet!

FOREVER FREE #1 - Escape to the future!

PRISONER #1 - The classic TV show returns!

SHADOWMAN #2 - Claiming the legacy!

SHRUGGED VOL 3 #3 (OF 6) - The Earth is falling apart!

SUBSPECIES #2 - The most evil of foes!

WILDS #2 - Something scary is happening out there.

X-O MANOWAR #14 - Prelude to Harbinger Wars II!

     And that's it!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Wonderful World of Tank Girl #4

   You can count on Tank Girl's adventures to be rude and raucous, and the Wonderful World of Tank Girl is no exception.

   This issue takes her and her entourage on a bit of a throwback adventure, as they take a wild trip (in the '60s, psychedelic sense of the word).

   Throw in a Dungeons and Dragons-style battle and more than a few drug references, and you have an over-the-top romp.

   It's not for kids, of course, but those of us who fondly remember the '60s (even if we weren't old enough to enjoy its excesses), this issue is a heck of a lot of fun.

Grade: B


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe #4 (of 4)

   This issue wraps up this Valiant series that is, somewhat oddly, not set in the Valiant Universe.

   Instead, Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe is set in the new cinematic world starring some familiar faces.

   It follows a blackmail effort against Ninjak, as he's forced to steal the Book of the Geomancer - which sets all the other heroes against him, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, the Eternal Warrior, Archer, Armstrong and other former allies from Unity.

   So can he fight his friends (without killing them), save the innocents kidnapped by his deadly enemy, and somehow keep the book out of the hands of Master Darque?

   It's a tall order. 

   The story is quick and entertaining, though it feels just a bit constrained by the fact that it has to work in a real-world setting.

   Still, it's a fun warmup for the live action antics of these heroes.

Grade: B


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mister Miracle #8 (of 12)

   This series continues to be the damnedest thing. 

    Mister Miracle almost defies description, as it bounces (seemingly) between two realities. 

   One has Scott Free and his wife, Big Barda, fighting the down-to-Earth struggle to raise their infant son (who apparently doesn't sleep much).

   The other has Scott leading the armies of the New Gods against the forces of Darkseid - and it's a bloody, brutal affair. 

   But there's a sense of unreality to both settings, and as yet we don't know which - if either - is actually happening.

   It only has a passing connection to the original Jack Kirby creation - but it often feels like a loving homage to that work. But at other times it almost feels like it's sacrilegious.

   Writer Tom King is crafting a truly different story here, working with the unique and vivid art by Mitch Gerads.

   I have no idea where it's going, but I'm anxious to see what happens next.

Grade: A


Friday, April 20, 2018

Infinity Countdown #2

     Obviously the Infinity Countdown series is here as a warmup act for the Infinity Stone-based event that's coming up soon.

   I picked it up mostly because it features the long-awaited return of Adam Warlock, one of my all-time favorite characters - at least when he was being written by Jim Starlin.

   Few creators have been able to match Starlin's cosmic touch with Warlock - and this issue doesn't offer anything different.

   In his half of this adventure, Warlock travels to a distant planet in search of the Soul Gem - the Infinity Stone he was bonded with - but he finds it in the possession of a powerful creature who has no soul of his own. 

   There's not much here to make Warlock anything more than just another superhero - I'd hoped for more depth to the character. Perhaps future issues will fill out that side of the character.

   The other half of the issue belongs to the Guardians of the Galaxy, as they fight a war to protect another Infinity Stone.

   This issue almost works - there are some nice moments, and the potential for some long-standing questions to be answered, and problems to be sorted out.

   But so far, it's just potential. 

Grade: B



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Action Comics #1000

   The Man of Steel hit an impressive milestone this week, as he reached the 80th Anniversary since his first appearance in Action Comics #1 - and the title hit its 1000th issue at the same time!

   (And yes, I know there are disputes about the numbering system DC used - but what the heck, I'm going with it.)

   For such a prestigious event, you would expect a huge, raucous, extravaganza. Instead, they give us a more gentle tale, dedicated to honoring the legend. (But it is huge.)

   Which is fine - but I think I'd have preferred the epic.

   It's an issue loaded with talented artists, including some classics like Curt Swan (though the omission of John Byrne is surprising).

   Most of the focus is on the final story written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Jim Lee. It promises some shocking changes to Superman's legacy, but only delivers a small one (at least so far).

   It's a solid issue, and certainly Superman deserves our love and admiration. He stands at the peak of the comic universe - and he's also the strong foundation the entire industry was built on.

   May Superman continue to live and thrive!

Grade: A-



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Comics Day

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

-  ACTION COMICS #1000 - Big anniversary issue! (I got the Steranko cover!)

-  AVENGERS #689 - Still not surrendering.

-  BRAVE & THE BOLD BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN #3 (OF 6) - The death of a god!

-  DAREDEVIL #601 - The plan fails.

-  INCREDIBLE HULK #715 - World War Hulk II roll on!

-  INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2 (OF 5) - The search for the stones.

-  MISTER MIRACLE #8 (OF 12)  - Back to the war!

-  MAGE HERO DENIED #8 (OF 15) - Disaster on all fronts!

-  USAGI YOJIMBO #2 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN - A murder conspiracy!

     And I received these review copies:

-  ATHENA VOLTAIRE 2018 ONGOING #3 - Fighting Nazis!

-  BABY BADASS #3  - How to save civilization!

-  BLACK BETTY #3 - Taking on a new job!

-  DAN DARE EARTH STEALERS HC - Reprinting two classic stories!

-  GHOUL SCOUTS TWEENAGE WEREWOLF #2 - The attacks continue!

-  GRAVETRANCERS #3 - A fate worse than death!

-  JIRNI VOLUME 3 #2 - The fall of the Djinn!

-  JUPITER JET #5 - The final battle!

-  MOORCOCK LIB EREKOSE HC VOL 01 - The Eternal Champion returns!

-  NINJAK VS Valiant Universe #4 (OF 4) - The explosive finale.

-  PENNY DREADFUL #9 - Continuing the TV series.

-  QUANTUM & WOODY #5 - Meeting with Dad!

-  SHERLOCK THE GREAT GAME TP - Adaptation of the TV series!

-  SURVIVAL FETISH #1 - Snipers in Honolulu!

-  WONDERFUL WORLD OF TANK GIRL #4  - An old friend returns!

-  ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #46 - Can a zombie die?

     And that's it! Whew!