What happened this week in comics, part EVIL.
Forever evil continues this week while the BLIGHT saga is about to happen in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #25 and Steve Trevor risks his soul in order to find Diana… and, you know… getting Obama into a tesseract, in this month’s issue of A.R.G.U.S. #2.
Constantine faces Swamp Thing for something that was pretty obvious… all that John needed to do to get his help was to ask, it’s the green interest to get the sun back. But they have to face this new menace called BLIGHT first.
Steve and Etta’s adventures are anecdotal right now… but come back next month, maybe something really interesting might happen.
What happened this week in comics, part 3.ZERO
These our the ZERO YEAR tie-ins for CATWOMAN #25 and THE FLASH #25.
It is particularly strange that everything originates around Batman instead of Superman in this new universe, and it is a logical conclusion, after all, Batman started earlier. In many of these tie-ins BIG EVENTS happen to the characters lives (except for, you know, the bat-family itself).
Selina finds her call to adventure in commiting crimes for good causes and Barry meets Iris while trying to help civilians against a new drug in Gotham. Both characters are not yet who they are now, so these are origin stories.
This is also the last story for The Flash team, since they’ll be moving into Detective Comics.
What happened this week in comics, part 2.1
Why stop with the strange numbering.NOW?
Jonah Hex and John Constantine fight against demons in issue #25 of ALL-STAR WESTERN. Constantine leads Jonah into Swampy’s hands in order for him to find a way into the house of secrets and use chronomagic to send him back to his time. This title used to focus on other characters before, remember?… well… I think that Jonah is more than enough to lead this title. But we can only hope that someone might eventually create or remake another character to star in this book.
Things get furrier in LARFLEEZE #5, when the resurrected orange lanterns try to enslave Larfleeze and he finds out that his memories might not be what he got used to tell others. I love every character in this book except for Larfleeze… that’s kind of… strange.
Guy Gardner leads the RED LANTERNS in issue 25, trying to face a new menace in our space sector (this book keeps changing status and I think that DC has no clue on what should happen in it).
In the final chapter of Geoff Johns’ AQUAMAN, issue 25, Arthur comes back to Atlantis to prevent a new cataclysm provoked by the original king. He then, becomes the new king of Atlantis and is his mission to recover his grip on the seven seas. (But this opens a new storyline, of course).
What happened this week in comics, part 1.NOW
Yeah, cause strange numbering is cool, deal with it.
It’s a new phase for the original five in ALL-NEW X-MEN #19, trying to rescue a fugitive mutant, Cyclops discovers that things are… not very different than in their time.
Fortunato is the main protagonist in issue 35 of MORNING GLORIES. We get flashbacks on his recruitment and his special powers. I would say that this is one of those issues that makes you want to re-read the entire series, but I would have to say that for every issue that comes out. This isn’t a very good chapter in Fortunato’s life, unless this is all an illusion.
A slow-paced story arc is finally approaching a new climax in chapter sixteen of SAGA. While the writer that inspired the whole story conspires to make Hazel’s parents to find a new job. The prince and the freelancers are finally getting to Quietus and our characters will have to either escape or stand there and fight. I feel that a new status quo is coming.
An All Out War explodes in issue 117 of THE WALKING DEAD. Negan finds himself imprisoned in his own factory, by herds of Zombies while Michonne goes back to the town to protect the citizens. We also get a chance to see that Negan is definitively not the Governor.
THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #22 is the first encounter between Venom (Flash) and Spider-Man… which would be fine if Spider-Man were just Peter Parker. Now Otto is ready to face Venom. Also, this new Spider-Man is finally raising too many eyebrows and many people is willing to expose him as a supervillain… this can only get better.
Still in Quietus, Alana is faced with the uncertainty of their future as fugitives. Meanwhile, The Will is tempted to retire as a result of a mysterious fruit that could end up being his very end at the hands of Sophie.
I think that the famous Vaughan Cliffhangers are still there but the story is very slow compared to other of his works. It is tough, the strangest of his works.
The Sandman overture #1
I have a couple of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman’s books waiting for me to read them… but I never find the time to do so. This new book, overture, implies to be some kind of a prequel, so I decided to read it. I’m sure that a regular reader of this character would be fascinated with this story, but introductions weren’t exactly made in this issue. Nevertheless, the narrative is unusual for a comic-book, It really feels like an illustrated book. And I’m saying this as a good thing. So the first issue wasn’t that impressive (even though it had impressive art and writing), and the fact that I have to wait til february to continue the story is kind of a let down. But I will give this book a chance.
The Walking Dead Tyreese special
For those who forgot how Tyreese joined the team, this is optional reading. It doesn’t add vital information about the character, and we are talking about a long dead character by the way. It is strange though, to see our group of survivors still moving with the RV, with right hands and eyes and everything :p
The X-Files Season 10 #4-5
Continuing the first story arc about a cult that wants to find William, Scully and Mulder must face them against illusions.
They also get to come back to the FBI!!!
This is just the beginning.
The Wake #2-5
It’s the end of the first part of this miniseries. These ancestral beings are finally freed and our main characters face their inevitable fates while deducing what’s this all about.
I actually think that there very few horror comics these days, at least, non-gore horror comic books. The Wake accomplished that. It has a perfect horror-story structure that could be easily translated to cable tv or a very strange movie.
I give these issues 9 out of 10 points.
The Superior Spider-Man Annual #1
Isn’t it cute that Marvel is now using three digits on their numberings? most of their collections end in two-digits. Anyway…
The Peter/Otto story arc keeps getting better and better. Otto is forced to torture a villain in order to protect his alter ego and his family and friends. But in doing this, he keeps pushing loved ones away. The quality of this series are immaculate and the switcheroo has proven to be worthy of infinite stories.
On the other hand, on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #8, this agonizing series keeps getting worst every month. Actually, it started last month. It seems like Giffen was keeping these characters interesting and the new writer just wants to tell a story. But… in doing so, he forgot to reinforce the dialogues, which were pretty good under Giffen’s run. The result: Only Teela has a personality. The art is horrible for my taste.
Forever Evil Tie-Ins
Rogues Rebellion #2 continues the story of this month’s Forever Evil, now in Metropolis against the Parasite and Archer. They end up in Poison Ivy’s garden. Not a very interesting series, but could be fun if you like rogues’ dynamics.
Pandora #5 moves the story a little further into the next crossover with Justice League Dark. It’s a good issue and gives me hope that this title want die once the crossover is over.
Batman and Two Face #25 continues Two-Face origin and the connection between Gilda’s killer and Bruce Wayne. This story just got a bit more personal for Bruce Wayne.
I think that between Zero Year and this story, the villains are more related to Bruce/Batman’s story than pre-flashpoint and I think this is a good narrative choice. It gives more meaning to the villains.
I give this book 8 out of 10 points.
Zero Year Tie-ins
Batwoman #25 makes really clear the connection between Bruce, Kate and Bette, something that was implied in zero year but wasn’t that clear until now. I applaud this and I think is a wise choice, now Batman has real family (that casually happens to be Bat-related). This is also the first meeting between Kate and Maggie, but it is a subtle meeting.
Birds of Prey #25 is the origin of Black Canary and how she got involved in Team 7. I don’t like this title but the issue seemed necessary.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 keeps giving the spotlight to Jason in his first encounter with Talia and Joker. Talia seems to be pretty merciful in this issue, a bit unlikely. And also, everything seems a little forced.
Animal Man #25 was a great episode. Buddy and Ellen fight the red against the manipulations of Brother Blood with perfectly timed comedy in between.
Wonder Woman #25 was a very intense episode. Strife is planning on avenging War and it will more than probably involve Zeke. Also, the return of Orion.
Green Lantern: New Guardians #25 reunites Carol with Kyle in a new planet that seems to be paradisiacal, but every heaven has a cost.
Harley Quinn #0 is a non-episode. They just put some dialogue on the art. Only the last couple of pages have some kind of story.
Of all this, Wonder Woman and Animal Man were really good. New Guardians was interesting, but not that awesome.
Harley Quinn on the other hand… I would just jump into issue #1.
The Witching hour
In this Vertigo anthology, there are 9 stories about witches, and I say about, because some of them are more supernatural than “witching”.
I particularly liked “Mars to stay”, “Legs” and “Little Witch”. My least favorite was “Run ragged” but I never enjoyed the dead boy detectives before.