Okay I promise this is the last time I will mention this but it does upset me that we have three issues of The New Avengers and are seeing the final issues of Hail Hydra and Silver Surfer. It is more than just a single month overlap and it is hard to appreciate a new universe when the old one is very much still being finished. Perhaps this is the reason why I struggle to recommend New Avengers because I just haven’t let go of the previous incarnation. Ewing is a great writer and will certainly make progress on this book, but there are times where he can revert to average story writing. I do expect the Hulking story to be good but Sandoval’s art is pretty but just not my preferred aesthetic. Silver Surfer ended in a rather strange esoteric way and I just did not like it. There was a ending to the sins of your past theme but it became to convoluted and I lost interest. I expect outside of Secret Wars it will continue to excel. Black Magick was released and I quite enjoyed it but there just was not enough of it, and not enough happened. I felt like I wanted more when the book finished, which reminds me of Lazarus and my indifference to that comic. Although it must be said that Nicola Scott’s art is simply gorgeous. Let us get to the elephant in the room…
DKIII has had some reasonable reviews about its progressive and current content. I liked that is had nods to the current political climate, especially with police race relations. I liked that Bruce was not Batman but it did not feel like it was set in the Miller universe. I was also angered that Bruce was the focus of this book and that seems to be the DC mantra. Even when someone else is Bats, it rarely lasts for long and what will happen to Grayson will probably happen to Gordon. Most upsetting is that we saw Batman battered and beaten quite significantly, which is such a rare event, and he was a woman. Not only that but the only question being asked of her was where has Bruce gotten too. You give with one hand and firmly take with the other. It is not good enough. There were other issues but those pale in comparison.
Secret Wars: Last days of Silver Surfer #15 – THMVC6FVJJZC
The New Avengers #3 – THMSXLJBY2P6
Venom: Space Knight #1 – THMRWBH85RZC
Silk #1 – THM84PEWQJKR
I shall be reviewing this later in the week!
This comic was impressive this week as Stephen Mooney was drawing it and he has been a favourite of mine for a long time now. The story was particularly impressive as it harks back to Incorporated but was also delivered in a unique way with the villain recounting his own backstory.
Secret Wars: Hail Hydra #4 – THMJ6KVEINN2
This ending was by far the most interesting and surprising. It is testament to a story that to try and fail is no poor thing but I cannot think of a time where that could be acceptable in a comic except for a tie in where everything is destroyed. A genuinely surprising tie in to Secret Wars.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 – THM11WT50Q45
What a beautiful comic. Such a sweet and lovely story about a young girl who doesn’t fit in at school and is about to bring misadventures galore. It fits in with the Gotham Academy and Ms Marvel themes and is a delight to read with Bustos drawing with quirk and warmth.
the unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 – THMP2YN5YTR7
The resource for this book seems to be Wikipedia and in that they do a time travel issue, you can imagine the hilarity this book brings! I only wish Ryan North was writing Squirrel Girl everywhere because he is such a funny writer and no one draws her better than Erica Henderson. Also I love the Iron Man jabs throughout.
I have harked on about the perfection of the trio of creators for a long time, but this issue really saw progress with the whodunnit plot and some devastating twists. The atmosphere is so tense and you honestly feel like you are walking through a dark room with them.
Similar to above the tension in this book is so intense that the violent tos and fros are agonising. All credit to Azaceta but Kirkman is amazing at bearing the consequences of the demonic possession to our central character and sadly his family.
It is interesting how the change in storytelling, from a direct narrative, to a character based issue is slowly revealing the final plot. Not only that we are seeing how all the loose threads are slowly being brought together. Plus a tale about Mr Savoy is always worth trying to understand.
This was a brilliant issue and the Sungazing is such a great event to base a crime mystery around. The plots becomes more and more intricate as you would have come to expect and as we hit the end of the arc, the reveals slowly come our way. Greenwood’s art is stellar, especially in the dark.
This book gets me excited every time to read it. As we once saw McBride’s rise to power, we now see the corruption set in as Mia remains out eyes into the deceit. The modern day events are more interesting in how they fit the back story. The art is simply fantastic.