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.
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.
This week DC’s The Button continued in The Flash #21, and it was awesome! This week not only featured more fantastic artwork, but also had a story rich and with substance. It had the Flash and Batman investigating the attack on the Batcave and the mysterious button. I won’t go into spoilers, but there are so many cool easter eggs in this issue that elude to so many eras throughout DC’s history. The story is capped off with an epic twist that sent me reeling with theories! I cannot wait to see how this is all wrapped up in the next couple issues. Other DC comics to read this week are: Action Comics, Batgirl, Batman and the Shadow, Detective Comics, Justice League of America and Wonder Woman.
Once again Marvel was all about the X-Men this week, and that is not a bad thing! This week saw the release of X-Men Gold #2, X-Men Blue #2 and Weapon X #2. All these comics are the fresh start that the X-Men needed. To me, these comics all feature a classic X-Men vibe; even the Weapon-X comic has a X-Force type feel to it. These comics make me remember when X-Men comics were good, when I would read old X-Men comics and actually enjoy them, and I am happy to have that feeling back. Marvel comics you should also read this week are: Old Man Logan, Elektra, Darth Maul, Infamous Iron man, Thanos and Rocket Raccoon. A final note is about Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider. Ben Reilly is a beloved character in the Spider-Man Universe, and this first issue did not do him justice. His costume looked bad and was corny; I mean he stole it from a cosplayer, just c’mon. The story lacked originality and felt like a Deadpool comic, but not a good one. I hope it gets better, but I do not have high hopes.
This week kicked off a new big story for DC with Batman #21 starting the new storyline: The Button. This is a team up story for Batman and the Flash and they are investigating the Comedian’s button, which landed in the Batcave when Wally West tried to reach out to Batman. This first issue kicks off with a glorious display of Jason Fabok’s artwork. The colours explode off the page, as Batman engages in breathtaking action. This first issue intrigues me beyond belief as it has been being built up since the reboot of the DC universe. I won’t go into too many details so I wont spoil anything, but this looks like the beginning of an arc that will be remembered along with greats such as Killing Joke and Death in the Family. This week also featured great comics such as: Nightwing, Super Sons, Superman, Trinity, All-Star Batman and Batwoman.
Marvel also kicked off a Secret Empire with Captain America: Steve Rogers #16 and Secret Empire #0. I have been enjoying Captain America for its whole run, this comic is full of twist and turns that keep me intrigued and keep the comic fresh. Secret Empire #0 put Steve Roger’s Hydra takeover in full swing with tactics of a man who has been planning this for decades, once again I wont go into spoilers because for those who read it I want it to be unspoiled. But this event has the potential to be really incredible, it seems fresh and exciting and will definitely mix up the status quo of the Marvel universe, which is exactly what it needs. Marvel also had a few other goodies this week with: Daredevil, Doctor Strange, The Punisher, Royals and Star-Lord.
DC had a regular week this week. No big reveal or mind blowing teases, but a solid week all together. The top comics were: Detective Comics, JLA, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Titans and Action Comics. The one that stood out to me was Action Comics, and this was due to the fact that they were dealing with the aftermath of Superman Reborn. Superman knows something has changed and goes to the fortress in order to relive his life in a virtual reality to see if there is anything out of place. This makes for an emotional rollercoaster for Kal-El. He has to witness his parents give him up, and see the pain in their eyes as they do. He gets to see the Kents find him and the joy they feel when they do. I like this because we get to relive his past in a whole new light, and I’m just a sucker for nostalgia.
This week was another big week for Marvel’s ResurrXion with the release of X-Men Blue, Weapon X, as well as the kick off for a big arc in Old Man Logan where he is reliving his past. The most interesting of the lot to me was Weapon X. It was interesting because I like to see diverse personalities working together. So seeing all the different Weapon X members is really cool to me. The real treat is going to be seeing Logan and Sabretooth working with each other. We got a small taste of it in issue #1 but I look forward to a lot more of it. For this comic to be really good it will definitely need some explicitly violent scenes! X-Men Blue was surprisingly good for me, I really hate the time displaced X-Men, but this managed to make me hate them slightly less. By introducing Magneto as their leader definitely adds a interesting factor that will keep me reading. As well as introducing the ultimate Wolverine, both of these things will bring me back for issue #2.
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.
Roundup for March 29th
This week will be focusing mostly on Marvel, this is because DC didn’t release many mainline comics this week, but a ton of Hanna-Barbara team up comics, which I know some people really enjoy, but aren’t exactly my cup of tea. Marvel was business as usual though. With the release of X-Men Prime #1, and Inhumans Prime #1 they are getting prepared for their big ResurrXion relaunch. Both comics were great in my opinion! X-Men brought back fan favourite Kitty Pryde and set her up to lead a new team, as well as doing a good job of setting up for the Weapon X comic and X-Men Blue comic. This comic, to me, felt more like a classic X-Men comic than anything else from this latest run. Inhumans Prime was also good, establishing a new status quo for their society as well as dealing with Maximus once and for all. The big question remains is what about the terrigen? And this should make for an interesting next run of comics. Other good comics that Marvel put out this week were: Old man Logan, Star-Lord, Infamous Iron Man and Thanos. To me these comics have solid writing and are paired with great artwork, which can make or break a comic for me. One comic that needs to make significant improvement if it is to survive is Ghost Rider. The first arc has been playful and full of side characters that get more attention than Ghost Rider himself, and if there is one thing Ghost Rider isn’t, its playful. The art style is good, but the writing needs some improvement.
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