It has been an awesome week for both Marvel and DC! So many good comics this week its hard to decide what to read first! In this case though we will talk about DC first! This week had Green Arrow, Green Lanterns, Justice League, Aquaman, Nightwing, Superman and Batman, and its those last two I want to focus on. In Superman we saw Clark, Lois and Jonathan return to being the Kent family, which was awesome to see and made everything feel right in the DC universe. This issue had the Kent family being visited by Batman and Robin and as usual Batman came with grim news. The grimness is what makes Batman fun though in a Superman comic. There was a scene in this issue where Batman and Superman were sitting at the kitchen table together in full costume with their sons, and it seemed funny to see this because its something that has been missing for so many years, and that was fun mixed in with a serious story. Batman told Superman that Jonathan should be way more powerful that he is at this point in his life and that something on the farm must be holing him back, Superman refuses to believe this so Batman investigates without him. He discovers that the milk that Jonathan constantly drinks is not from a normal cow, and now Batman is caught in a trap. Speaking of Batman (I think I am always speaking of Batman) this week was a landmark issue for him with the final showdown of him and Bane finally taking place. Let me start this by saying that Tom King writing is pure genius and is easily one of the best writers to touch Batman in the 21st century and when his story telling is paired with David Finch’s artwork it is magic. This week felt like the pinnacle of all 20 issues that have come out so far, and it did not disappoint. Batman was reunited with his mother, (sort of) and realized that being Batman isn’t about finding a honourable death, but it is about helping people and always has been. It was both emotional and absolutely had some of the most badass Batman lines in awhile.
Marvel this week was all about Captain America: Steve Rogers, Royals and X-Men Gold. Captain America is slowly but steadily working up to Secret Empire and this week took a huge step. With Steve going to see the Red Skull after he escaped from the Uncanny Avengers (see this weeks Uncanny Avengers) we finally see what the writers have been working up to, which is the death of the Red Skull and the rise of the new Hydra. Steve tosses the Red Skull off a waterfall and then all his Hydra allies gather together in order to prepare. This was a heart-pounding issue that has me excited for Secret Empire. Royals was the new Inhumans series following the events of IvX. This was a bit of a win/loss because although the writing seems to be taking the story in a really interesting direction, the artwork fails to capture my interest with a very cartoony look. In this new series, the ex-Royal family is traveling through space to the destroyed Kree home world in order to save the inhuman race, it is also revealed that Medusa’s hair is falling out and she is dying, cool right? Unfortunately the artwork really distracts and takes away from this comic for me and makes it difficult for me to continue with the series. Finally onto the big one, the one I have been looking forward to for weeks: X-Men Gold. This comic needed to be good, it needed to show people that the X-Men still have a place in this world, it needed to demonstrate a new gold standard (pun intended), and it succeeded. This first issues felt classic. With the school being back on Earth finally and the formation of a classic team, it felt complete. Seeing Kitty Pryde finally leading a team was very rewarding, plus she is so amazing! She phased an entire building! It was also awesome to see the X-Men focusing on being superheroes and not just political plot points for Marvel to use, it definitely is the direction they need to continue on. If this comic continues on this path it might quickly become one of my favourite Marvel comics.
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