Marvel this week had a pretty good week. Both Extraordinary X-Men and Uncanny Inhumans came to a close this week. I felt that Uncanny Inhumans had the better ending, with Maximus creating terrigen and Medusa and Black Bolt getting back together, it just felt complete. Extraordinary X-Men had a unfulfilling ending in my opinion. They squeezed in one last mediocre adventure and then finished it up with a baseball game, weird right? Another comic that finished up this week was The Unworthy Thor. This was a comic that I thoroughly enjoyed, even though it was only a 5-shot miniseries. It had a very satisfying ending, with Thor finally realizing that even without his hammer he is worthy, as well as finally revealing what Nick Fury told Thor to make him unworthy, just three words: Gorr was right. This references Gorr the God Butcher, someone who committed countless heinous acts and declared all gods unworthy. On the opposite end of the spectrum the new Iron Fist comic started up. Just like the show, it was unexciting and boring, but it was only the first issue. Some comics that had strong outings this week were: Captain America: Steve Rogers, Elektra, Gamora, and Rocket Raccoon.
For DC this week, it seemed that they had a big reveal around every panel! In Action Comics we had they wrap-up of the Superman Reborn crossover, and what a finish it was. They finally solved the problem of the New 52 Superman and the Pre-New 52 Superman existing in the same universe with two different histories. Even though the New 52 Superman was dead, there were still the issues of the conflicting histories. In this conclusion, Superboy convinced the New 52 Superman and Lois that they were his parents and that they had to remember him. And when they did it merged the histories of both Supermen, creating a seamless timeline. In Detective Comics, Clayface gets destroyed, Batwoman gets stabbed, Orphan gets taken captive and the batcave gets invaded by Batman’s greatest foe: Ra’s Al Ghul! This is a big return for Ra’s Al Ghul as he was mostly absent from the main Batman comic in New 52. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps featured Kyle Rayner attempting to bring back hope to the galaxy, but it ultimately broke the white power ring into its individual colours, and the green ring of will picked Kyle! So Kyle Rayner is back with the Corps, which in my opinion means the Green Lanterns are finally whole again. Teen Titans featured Aqualad, a fan favourite from the hit-tv show Young Justice, and finally the biggest reveal of them all came in The Flash. In the last few pages it revealed the one and only Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash. Not just any Reverse-Flash though, but the one that was killed by Thomas Wayne in Flashpoint! He is back from the dead and is out for Batman’s blood. This sets up the Flash/Batman crossover called The Button. I am so excited for what is to come.
Round up for March 15th, 2017
DC had another solid outing, its business as usual for them. This weeks titles included: Batman, Superman, Nightwing and All-Star Batman. In my opinion the real all star this week was Trinity. Although Superman was also outstanding this week, with Mr. Mxyzptlk playing more games with Superman, and then finally Superman reverting back to the New 52 Superman, its still Trinity that takes the cake. This is because of one crucial thing for me: the villains. This week featured a team up of Circe, Ra’s al Ghul and Lex Luthor. They are harnessing the power of a new pit called the Pandora Pits. This is based off of the myth of Pandora’s box and the releasing of all evil into the world. Theses pits apparently house all evil that didn’t get released and it can be harnessed by defeating your greatest evil, in this case that is a Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman hybrid. They all needed to work together to defeat this hybrid, and this set up the unholy trinity of evil, not an official name but its pretty damn good I think. What I loved was just all these villains working together while constantly figuring out who will backstab who and for how long they will need each other. This makes for an interesting dynamic between the characters and that will play very well with our heroes.
Marvel this week was also back to the status quo of mediocrity, with one exception: The Amazing Spider-Man. This makes me very happy that Spider-Man was once again amazing this week. The credit goes to the new storyline they are embarking on which is reviving the best Spider-Man villain: Norman Osborn, The Green Goblin! This is very exciting because its been awhile since The Amazing Spider-Man has actually been amazing, but by bringing back an incredible villain they can change all of that. Norman Osborn is always a catalyst for destruction and death in Peter’s life. This is just the shake up this comic needs to get it back on its feet. If Norman lives up to his legacy, we readers are in for a treat. This comic also introduced Doc Ock in his new role as The Superior Octopus complete with his own octo-sense. This is something I am not a huge fan of but we will see how it pans out. Other comics that came out for Marvel this week include: Spider-Man, Uncanny Avengers, Daredevil and The Mighty Thor. Those were the best of what came out this week in my opinion.
Here's Another Roundup for this weeks comics in Marvel and DC.
Marvel had a good week this week in my opinion, and I for one am excited by this. Although I am a DC fan boy at heart, I have desperately wanted Marvel to start putting out enjoyable comics again. With comics such as All-New Wolverine, Captain America: Steve Rogers, Old Man Logan and the finale to Inhumans vs X-Men, Marvel had an enjoyable reading lineup this week. Inhumans vs X-Men is the one that excites me the most though. This is not necessarily because it was a great event, but because of what it means for the future. Inhumans vs X-Men was a series with a good series with a great storyline. Following the events of Death of X, the X-Men discover that the terrigen cloud, which makes Inhumans and kills X-Men, is about to burst and make the earth uninhabitable for mutants. This causes the X-Men to strike out at the Inhumans. In this issue, the Inhumans find out that the cloud is about to burst and decide to destroy it in order to save the mutants. This isn’t enough for Emma Frost though and she attacks both mutants and inhuman kind with her army of upgraded sentinels. This ends in her defeat and her retreat back to the Hellfire Club. The reason this excites me is because it is now time for the X-Men to regroup and reorganize. This will be done in Marvel’s ResurrXion reboot. This will be giving us a classic X-Men Gold team, featuring Old Man Logan, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Rachel Grey. And a newer X-Men Blue team, featuring Young Jean Grey, Young Cyclops, Young Beast, Young Iceman and Young Angel. The final team is a newly announced Astonishing X-Men team, which features Archangel, Old Man Logan, Fantomex, Bishop, Mystique, Rouge, Psylocke and Gambit. These comics make me hopefully for the future of the X-Men and give me hope that they are back on track.
DC had yet another fantastic week. With Detective Comics, Red Hood & The Outlaws, Batgirl & the Birds of Prey and Action Comics they made a strong showing. The best this week was definitely Action Comics, this was because they brought back a classic Superman villain, Mr. Mxyzptlk. It turns out that the other Clark Kent was Mr. Mxyzptlk the whole time! He was the one who stole Jonathan Kent because Superman forgot about him. This is awesome because its starting to merge old and new continuities by bringing old characters into the new world. This is what makes Rebirth so great, they are getting to bring back all the things we loved about the DC Universe, while still maintain the new status quo. A comic that didn’t work so well this week was Justice League of America. This was due to a rather boring plot. They focused on politics instead of the dynamic team, which in my opinion is what will make this comic successful. It just left me feeling like I the story didn’t progress at all in this issue. I do still hope it improves, after all its only issue #2.
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This week we will start out with DC! A strong week for DC this week, with flagship titles like Batman, Superman and Justice League. While Batman battles Bane and Superman and the Justice League battle time its self, the one comic that really stood out was Nightwing. This issue of Nightwing was all kinds of fun, mixed with some sweet action. This issue felt very classic and had some great nostalgia moments between Damien and Dick. Finally it also made us feel like Dick was growing up. When he finds out that Shawn is pregnant he realizes that he is an adult and that this might not be a problem, but a happy moment. This is touching because it shows progression that we rarely see from comic book heroes. Unfortunately one comic that really isn't doing well for DC is Cyborg. This comic has been bombing since issue #1. The problem is that Cyborg is just not a strong enough hero on his own to keep his own comic going. He doesn't have the rouges gallery or the emotional depth to have solo success. A prime example of this is from this weeks comic. The villain they introduced was the Lord of Rats, a overweight drug dealer who controlled rats. I feel like that really says all there is too say about Cyborg.
Marvel was another average week. Comics like Deadpool and Doctor Strange were good, while comics like Avengers and Clone Conspiracy struggled. Deadpool kicked off its crossover event on a good note with having monsters getting ready to invade New York, and showing classic monsters like Frankenstein and Invisible Man. It ended strongly by introducing Blade into the crossover, which has me looking forward to the rest of the crossover. Doctor Strange was an exciting read due to the interesting team up with Thor. This added a new dynamic by having Thor combine her medical and magical knowledge. The issued finished by setting up for a big finale that will feature Doctor Strange preforming an exorcism. On the downside, Avengers is still suffering from a convoluted time travel plot, as well as boring storytelling that lulls me to sleep while I read it. Clone Conspiracy: Omega was also another mediocre wrap up for the event that just went over the finale again, for the third time, really not adding a lot to it. I really hope Marvel comics start to pick up soon and that the Secret Empire event will be their version of Rebirth.
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