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.
DC and Tom King crushed it this week with yet another incredible issue of Batman! There will be spoilers ahead, but if you haven’t read Batman yet, stop reading this and go read that, then come back to this. This week was one of the most emotional comics I have ever read and the perfect end to Tom Kings first year on Batman. This comic highlights what it truly is to be Batman, it doesn’t mean not fearing anything, but being scared and pushing through it. It doesn’t mean wanting to live a life of solitude and sadness, but doing it because its what Gotham needs. The conversation between Batman and Gotham Girl was a moment of pure honesty that, for once, let Batman be human. And as great as all that is, it pales in comparison to the final pages. In these pages you see Batman and Catwoman on a rooftop, and Batman tells her that he bought the diamond that she tried to steal when they first met, and then with that diamond Batman asks her to marry him! Both Brandon and I became misty-eyed reading this, and it shows the true depths of these characters and their effect on people. Batman #24 will no doubt go down in history. Also check out: Superman, Nightwing, Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor, Justice League and Green Lanterns.
Marvel this week introduced their new Darth Vader comic into their lineup. This series will be focusing on the events that took place directly after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. In this first issue they made some big changes in the Star Wars canon by changing the way that Sith lightsaber crystals are made. Instead of them being made through alchemy, it is now you take a normal Kyber crystal and pour into it all your hate and malice until the crystal ‘bleeds’. This is an interesting change to make and pair it with excellent artwork, this comic looks like it will be another hit in a long line of successes for Marvel Star Wars. Also check out: Amazing Spider-Man, Black Bolt, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, X-Men Gold and Avengers.
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