Roundup of May 24th, 2017
Starting with Marvel this week, the comic I want to focus on is Captain America: Steve Rogers. This has been a controversial comic since issue #1 due to the fact it made Steve Rogers an agent of Hydra, but I believe this issue can outdo it as far as most controversial. This issue is a journalist interviewing Captain America, but if you read between the lines it is a social commentary on the government of the United States. It is obvious that the election of President Trump has stirred up the US, people don’t trust their government, they don’t trust the media, and for some members of the society they live in fear of the fact that the government is coming for them. I will admit that I’m no expert on American politics, being a Canadian, but this comic focuses on all those issues. It is so incredibly well written, it talks about media censorship, it talks about getting rid of immigrants and keeping them in their own space in the form of the Inhumans and mutants, and talks about how even though the country is on edge, the government is boosting that they are safer and more economically sound then ever. It paints a picture of “fake news” and that the media has brainwashed the public to believe whatever they tell them. This issue resonated with me because it wasn’t afraid to make some big points about society, but did it in a way that it benefited the story. Finally the journalist asked about something she wasn’t supposed to, and they arrested her for it. This is eerily similar to what happened to a American journalist who was arrested for “willful disruption of governmental process” because he was continually asking about the American Healthcare to a cabinet member. I think this was the best issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers yet purely because it is a creative way to bring forward serious issue that make us question how the government is being run.
The big news for DC this week comes out of Deathstroke and the Lazarus Contract. Deathstroke has stolen both Wally’s speed force energy in an attempt to bring his son, Grant, back from the dead. This results in Kid Flash losing his connection to the speed force altogether and Flash having to seek the help of Deathstroke’s other son Jericho in order to learn how to defeat him. This issue ended in a touching final panel where Deathstroke ran back in time, found Grant and immediately embraced him. You should also check out: Justice League of America, Detective Comics, Action Comics, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman.
DC just finished up The Button crossover this week in The Flash #22. This conclusion cleared up a lot of theories we had about the state of the DC Universe, with more revealed about Dr. Manhattan and SPOILERS… the return of Jay Garrick this was a big week. Although this story felt like a very middle portion of the a bigger story it was definitely changed the people and relationships of those involved. Batman is contemplating his life as Batman, which is something that is rarely seen, and Barry and Bruce are both trying to figure out how to move forward with this great mystery of the who changed the DC Universe. This will all come to an end in the new event Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns and I for one am looking forward to it. Also check out: Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Nightwing, Teen Titans, Batwoman and Trinity.
Marvel continued with Secret Empire this week, which had quite a few surprises. This issue was spent recovering from the destruction of Las Vegas and the execution of Rick Jones. This issue introduced the two major plot lines of Secret Empire as well as many hints on how it will all wrap up. The issue concluded with SPOILERS… another Steve Rogers appearing, so who knows what that is about. I think Secret Empire is one of the better things that Marvel has done recently and hopefully it has an epic story. Also check out: Daredevil, Mighty Thor, Royals, Luke Cage, Star Wars, Punisher, and X-Men Gold.
DC had a good week this week. This week wasn’t a very crazy week. Just one big reveal. The one thing that did happen was the beginning of the Lazarus Contract in Titans #11. There will be spoilers ahead so be warned… Deathstroke is trying to access the speed force in order to travel back in time to resurrect his son, Grant. BOOM! Bombshell dropped. Deathstroke has captured both Wally West’s in order to get them to go back. This is the beginning of a very strong crossover and a fitting homage to the original Judas Contract. This crossover will continue in Teen Titans, Deathstroke and a one shot Lazarus Contract issue. Other great comics to read this week are: Detective Comics, Action Comics, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Wonder Woman and All-Star Batman.
Marvel also had a decent week. Nothing groundbreaking but a strong week, nonetheless. Many strong issues came out this week. The majority of them were the X-Men comics from this week, such as: X-Men Blue, Weapon X and All-New Wolverine. These are all well drawn and well written issues that make the X-Men relevant again. The comic I want to talk about is the start of the new Star Wars crossover: The Screaming Citadel. I love Star Wars, it is a defining part of my childhood, so being able to see the new universe expanding is awesome. This issue wasn’t crazy but fantastic artwork helped push this issue to the next level. I am excited to see how this crossover can push Luke Skywalker to better himself and how it expands the rest of the universe. Also check out: Old Man Logan, Rocket, Secret Warriors, Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and Deadpool.
This week was an emotional week for DC. After many years, Batman got to talk to his father again, who is also Batman. This issue filled me with sadness for both father and son, seeing them together again was so heartfelt and intense. For Bruce to tell his dad that he has a son, and that he is a grandfather. Then for Thomas to tell his son not to be Batman, but to be a father and find happiness in life. To not be Batman for his parents anymore, but to leave it behind and just be a Dad. Couple that with Bruce having to watch his father die again was just too much, it legitimately brought tears to my eyes. Other great comics to check out this week include: Superman, Nightwing, Green Lanterns, Aquaman, and Green Arrow.
This week for Marvel the comic that touched me the most was Star Wars: Poe Dameron. This issue was a tribute to Carrie Fisher. One of Black Squadron had died in battle and they were at the funeral. Poe gives a speech about how no matter if people are gone, they will still illuminate our lives. Later on Leia says that she may be only an illumination very soon. This comic hit hard, Leia is an icon and so is Carrie Fisher and this comic was an incredibly touching send off by the writer. Other comics to check out are: X-Men Gold, Secret Empire, Jean Grey, Jessica Jones, Black Bolt and All-New Guardians of the Galaxy.
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