CBU Quick Shot Reviews: Superb, Astro City and more!

Comic Book Underground’s Quick Shot Reviews

 – by Daryll Benjamin –


Harbinger Renegade #6 by Rafer Roberts, Juan Jose Ryp & Andrew Dalhouse – A flashback to medieval times with dark omens on the Harbinger future. One thing is for sure with this series: there are no throwaway stories. But in this tale of power and valor, who does it portend to exactly?

Astro City #46 by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross & Peter Pantazis – The longest running mystery ever in Astro City’s run is solved(?) here as we finally get who the Fractured Man is. Kind of. When dealing with him, nothing’s ever that simple. And the darkness within Astro City once again cannot accurately be described by me.

ROM #12 by Chris Ryall, Christos Gage, David Messina, Michele Pasta & Alessandra Alexakis; 2nd Story Art by Guy Dorian Sr. & Sal Buscema – When we last left Rom and Livia they were being pulled into the depths by a Wraith Squid-like creature. Seems that the infection that the other Spaceknights were fearful of has spread deep into our planet. And with that, yeah we all in trouble. Meanwhile in the second story, there is always a price to pay for great power and our Spaceknights might not like it.

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #10 by Gerry Conway, Ryan Stegman & Jesus Aburtov – Hey! Hey! It is little Normie’s birthday but instead of celebrating, the little robber baron is focused on something else. And he’s a bastard. In other news, Spider-Man and Spiderling try to take down the Lizards. Yep it’s plural. *Gulp!*

Black Panther & The Crew #5 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Butch Guice, Mack Chater, Stephen Thompson, Scott Hanna, Paul Mounts & Dan Brown – The last piece falls into place with the entrance of Manifold. Harlem’s secret super history lies bare in front of our heroes and yeah, it has Hydra’s prints all over it. And hey look! The Americops are back.

Luke Cage #4 by David F. Walker, Nelson Blake III & Marcio Menyz – So where exactly has Doc Burstein been all this time? What does that have to do with the street gang, crime family AND Luke Cage? Is all this question asking going to drive Cage nuts? What you think? RUMBLE!

Spider-Men II #2 by Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor – An unexpected development has impacted Peter Parker’s search for Miles Morales. No, not the one in the darker Spidey outfit! The one native to the 616 universe. No he hasn’t always been here. Anyway. Enter the Taskmaster and a huge plate of crow I have to eat for a miscue I made last review.

Star Wars #34 by Jason Aaron, Salvador Larocca & Edgar Delgado – Well this one has Sana and Lando together for a caper of Usual Suspects levels. The Empire. The Huts. Bounty Hunters. Guns. Bloody Credits. Double Crosses. Who’s swerving who here???

Ultimates #100 by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, Scott Hanna, Matt Yackey & Dan Brown – Yet another beloved book of mine bites the dust with Ultimates vs Ultimates vs The Maker and all reality up for grabs. Thx to Al Ewing and team for making this book truly cosmic in action, scope and stakes.

Superb #2 by Dr. Sheena Howard, David F. Walker, Ray-Anthony Height, Le Beau L. Underwood & Veronica Gandini – Our hero is deep in it as the Corporation’s forces surround him, Cosmosis has to find refuge. Enter Kayla and from this point on, there will be no safe harbor for anyone as the search for a hero starts….along with a super-powered arms race that the town is not going to be ready for.

Motor Girl #8 by Terry Moore – Escalation was always going to be a fear as The Marines are called in for alien hunting. A character has a major change of heart. AND just when you thought Sam’s backstory to the explosion couldn’t get darker, it does in possibly the worst way imagined for a soldier.

Thanks For Reading & Until Next Time, Keep Fantasizing!

Daryll Benjamin
Daryll Benjamin

Blerd. Irritant. Blogger. Podcaster at afronerd.com. Daryll was a quiet, insecure person for years, then an incident blew Daryll’s mind to the point where he couldn’t keep it inside anymore. Now that the rage is released, EVERYONE will receive his words. Read Daryll’s CBU Column: One Man /// Riot

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