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.
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