DC this week was killing it! Between Dark Nights Metal and Action Comics finally revealing Oz’s identity it was a huge week. Dark Nights Metal is heating up so fast and it might be one of the coolest events ever! Between all the different DC characters that are popping up, mixed with the Dark Multiverse versions of Batman, it is just a spectacular comic. Scott Synder and Greg Capullo working together again is a dream come true. Synder is an incredible writer and with Metal he is able to convey a serious story with just kickass fun tagged along with it. Capullo is then able to take all the kickass stuff and make it even better with incredible artwork. I cannot wait for the rest of this event. Now in Action Comics, they have been slowly building up this character of Mr. Oz, and they finally revealed his identity, and his name is…SPOILERS…Jor-El. Yes that’s right folks, the Jor-El! How he survived or why he is evil is beyond me, but I’m curious to see how it turns out.
This week for Marvel is an improvement in my opinion. It seems like a lot of the comics are getting back to their roots, which is great, especially Deadpool killing again! But one thing that still upsets me is Secret Empire. This ended last week and oh boy was it a disappointment. This week released Secret Empire: Omega and it did not help to ease this disappointment. Once again Marvel was able to create a cool premise for an event and finish it off with a boring and predictable ending that changes nothing. Everything is reset to the status quo and for the most part it is like the event didn’t even happen.
This week will be focusing entirely on DC. To kick it off we will talk about Batman #29. This issue once again proves that Tom King is one of the best in the business. This issue is all about a dinner set up by Bruce Wayne to make peace between Joker and Riddler, and it is magnificent! The way that Riddler cuts to the heart of who the Joker is stuns me! He determines that Joker has no true pain in his life that made him how he was, but is just the way he is because he wants to be. This is echoed by the way Joker just doesn’t care; cause all he wants is to kill Batman. This issue has Bruce Wayne acting as a mediator and promising 1 billion dollars to the person he deems can kill the bat. This is actually how Batman decides who he will support in this war. What makes Tom Kings words really pop is the artwork by Mikel Janin. This is breathtaking, he has a few two-page spreads that made me stop and marvel at them, they were just so amazing! This issue is once again one of the most amazing Batman issues I have read.
Now moving onto Dark Nights: Metal, DC’s latest crossover event. This kicked off this week with its first main issue and it is a doozy! This issue features a megazord made up of the Justice League robots. It has the return of Red tornado, Hawkgirl (without her wings), the Blackhawks, and The Challengers of the Unknown, Multiversity and Sandman. This issue is so jammed packed full of DC comics hints and easter eggs that it hits you like a storm. This is without evening touching the great story that this is weaving. It is something that we have never seen before and will be establishing a new status quo for DC for the next 50 years. It is hard to tell if Batman is the hero of the villain, but I can tell that things are about to go very bad for everyone.
This week’s big surprise in DC comes from Detective Comics. The vicious AI, Ascalon, after his defeat at the hands of Jean-Paul Valley (back in a very cool Batman Azrael suit) reveals to Batman that Tim Drake is still alive! Now we all know that now the Batman has this knowledge he won’t stop until he brings him back. If you look at the way he hunted for a way to bring Damien back, imagine what he will do for someone who isn’t even actually dead. Tim Drake will be coming back soon and that is good to hear cause with the events of Dark Nights: Metal coming up, Batman is gonna need his anchor very soon. Also check out: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, The Flash, Justice League of America, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, and of course check out Tom King’s Mister Miracle!
In Marvel, something happened that I have just been waiting for 30 issues. In Amazing Spider-Man Peter Parker was fighting the new and improved Doc Ock and ended up sacrificing his entire company to keep Doc Ock from taking over. I have been waiting for this because it returns Spider-Man to who he is suppose to be: a down on his luck guy who always fights the good fight, even when his entire life is down in the dumps. I have never liked him as the business mogul and tony stark type character, so I’m happy that is done. Also check out: Secret Empire, Defenders, Generations: Phoenix/Jean Grey, Old Man Logan and Inhumans: Once and Future Kings.
This week was a relaxed week for DC. The biggest thing that happened was in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps when The Sinestro Corp broke off from the Green Lanterns. Don’t worry though; Sinestro also came back to life again. Although those main seem sarcastic I do really enjoy that comic and its artwork. But overall this week was just an easy week, with no big reveals or huge events. Make sure to check out: The Flash, Wonder Woman, Action Comics, Detective Comics, Suicide Squad and Teen Titans.
Marvel had a little more going on. Secret Empire upped the anti this week with issue #7. They had some older storylines from Civil War II come to fruition and they finally attempted to do something about Captain America. There was also a major loss in the form of…SPOILERS… Black Widow. She got in between Captain America and Miles Morales and Captain America snapped her neck with his shield. This is a big loss for the good guys as she was leading the assassination attempt against Steve Rogers. It will definitely play a huge part in the aftermath of the series. Also check out: Cable, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Iceman, X-Men Blue, and Infamous Iron Man.
For DC this week I will once again be talking about, big surprise, Batman. I know, I know it seems like I always write about him, but is it really my fault if Tom King is just killing it on Batman? This week was an interlude issue in the War of Jokes and Riddles and focused on a Z-listed Batman villain, Kite-Man. Kite-Man has been an ongoing joke for Tom King and he has appeared a couple times in the series already. This issue developed his origin and turned him from a just another person with a stupid gimmick (remember Condiment King?) to a villain with a tragic backstory and reasoning behind his villainy. This issue might have succeeded from moving Kite-Man up to at least a C-listed Batman villain. Also check out: Superman, Nightwing, Super Sons, Batwoman, Justice League, Trinity and Aquaman.
The X-Men take the spotlight for Marvel this week with the New Astonishing X-Men series, written by Charles Soule. This first issue was a knockout in my opinion! It features a great new team of: Psylocke, Rouge, Fantomex, Gambit, Archangel, Mystique, Bishop and Old Man Logan. This is coupled with them facing off versus one of the most powerful X-Men villains in the Shadow King. This comic featured a huge twist that has me hooked right off the start. If this first issue is any indication, we are in for a treat! Also check out: Daredevil, Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Secret Empire, X-Men Gold, Royals, Invincible Iron Man, and Poe Dameron.
DC had a big week as Dark Days: The Casting the second prequel to Dark Nights: Metal came out. This was chalk full of secrets, and a twist to Batman’s origin by the looks of it. Duke is a meta, the Joker actually seems semi sane and Batman appears to be willing to do anything to get to the bottom of the secret of the Nth Metal. There is no doubt that Dark Nights: Metal will forever change the DC universe and Batman specifically. It appears that everything will be changed for Batman and his allies. Also check out: Action Comics, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Suicide Squad and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.
Marvel had a solid week. My favourite from this week would have to be Darth Vader. This series is so interesting to me because it really is the final quest of Vader becoming Vader. This issue was incredible because of the artwork done by Giuseppe Camuncoli, it was intense and really ramped up Darth Vader’s battle against the Jedi he encountered. The best scene was when Vader was being drown and all the water exploded away from him while Vader’s costume was being torn up. This imagery was so powerful to see, and once again reminded me of how powerful Darth Vader is. Also check out: Defenders, Old Man Logan, Rocket, Jean Grey, X-Men: Blue and Doctor Aphra.
The flagship for DC this week was Batman as the story of The War of Jokes and Riddles continues. Tom King consistently is able to write an amazing comic that captures all aspects of the characters and who they really are. He is also so perfectly able to write a Batman comic that almost has no Batman in it. This arc is quickly adding to the Batman mythos in an incredible way. This arc is original and it really helps to elevate Batman and his stories to a next level. Also check out: Deathstroke, Nightwing, Justice League, Superman, Green Arrow and Green Lanterns.
Marvel doesn’t have one comic that stands out above the rest this week, but overall it was a better week for Marvel. Titles that are continually good like: Daredevil, All-New Wolverine, X-Men Gold and Star Wars help keep me reading Marvel. When you have a few strong books, it really helps to strengthen the rest I find. Also check out: Iron Fist, Avengers, Black Bolt, and Jessica Jones.
This week DC had just an overall solid week. No one comic stood out above the rest, but they were all great by my standards. This is due to the amazing formally that DC has developed with Rebirth. The formula of tradition. DC has learned to honor the things that have made them the powerhouse they are while still moving ahead and making new incredible stories for these characters. It also helps that DC builds an overall narrative into all their comics, an overarching story that leaves little clues and easter eggs all over the DC universe. In my opinion this is a great way to keep readers interested in the universe. Make sure to check out: Action Comics, Detective Comics, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League of America, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman/Elmer Fudd and Suicide Squad.
Marvel to me had a very mediocre week…again. Secret Empire was decent, it revealed that Bruce Banner is still alive somehow, but besides that nothing stands out to me. Unlike DC, Marvel has forgotten their history, and continues to churn out mediocrity and constantly rebranding their comics like TV seasons. They have just announced their latest rebranding called Legacy, but nevertheless it looks the same, a cosmetic change with no real substance behind it. Frankly its insulting as a reader, the fact they think that as long as they dress it up like it is honoring the past that we will think it actually is, but the readers can tell, it’s the same old same old for Marvel.
DC delivered big time with another knockout Batman issue from Tom King. This week kicked off The War of Jokes and Riddles, which takes place in the beginning off Batman’s career. The storyline pits the Joker and Riddler against each other and exposes Batman’s biggest untold regret. This issue mostly focused on the villains, and this is what I really love about Kings writing. Tom King understands and portrays the psyche of Batman and his villains like very few. In one issue King cuts to the core of who both the Joker and Riddler are, as well as why they do what they do. It is something so integral to the characters and really helps set up the rest of the story. Also check out: Superman, Trinity, Super Sons, Nightwing, Aquaman and Batwoman.
Marvel was pretty good this week. The comic that stood out to me was Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. Although the Amazing Spider Man has been good, it didn’t always feel like a Spider-man comic, but more like an Iron Man comic. This issue felt like more of a return to the traditional Spider-Man, which I believe is what it was suppose to do. Between the artwork and classic banter it really felt like the beginning of a new great chapter for Spider-Man. It also dropped the bombshell of Peter’s sister returning, after her first and only appearance in 2014’s Spider-Man: Family Business, and I am excited to see where this leads. Also check out: Secret Empire: Brace New World, Royals, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, X-Men Gold, and The Mighty Thor.
The outstanding comic this week for Marvel was Secret Empire #4. This issue, although didn’t do a whole lot to build the event, was an amazing contained story about Hank Pym and the Avengers as a whole. Hank Pym, who is now merged with Ultron, captured all the Avengers (both Tony and Captain Americas Team) and had a nice sit down dinner with them. In this dinner Hank wanted to have everyone get along and pointed out to them that they spend more time fighting each other than anyone else. He also says that Ultron isn’t trying to attack them because they will just wipe each other out. Unfortunately drunk A.I Tony Stark tells Hank to shove it and that the whole reason things fell apart and that he was never treated respect because he domestically assaulted Janet Van Dyne. So then they all escaped, but if a psycho killer is telling you that the infighting is bad, you better listen. Also check out: Uncanny Avengers, Star Wars, Old Man Logan, Defenders, and All-New Wolverine.
DC crushed it this week the Dark Days: The Forge, the prelude to the Dark Nights: Metal event that starts in August. This event is going to introduce us the something called the Dark Multiverse as well as a ton of ‘evil Batmen’. This first prelude comic created a hundred questions and gave no answers. They brought back too big characters and they are….SPOILERS….Joker and Plastic Man. Both are being kept in different batcaves by Batman, also since when does Batman keep prisoners? This issue was incredibly written by Scott Synder and James Tynion IV, and beautiful drawn by Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita Jr. This issues left me wanting to know all of the secrets it had, which is exactly what a prelude issue should do. Make sure to also check out: Justice League of America, Action Comics, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Detective comics and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.
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