– by Daryll Benjamin –
3 weeks of comic quick shots. Daryll is burnt folks . . .
Jetsons 1 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Pier Brito & Alex Sinclair – The heir apparent to The Flintstones Takes it’s place on the scene. Meet the family of the future folks! Get a glimpse of what happened to the world before, something the cartoon didn’t really touch on. First issue is a great setup for their world and what Elroy and the new character stumbles upon may have dire tidings for the future.
The Wild Storm 9 by Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt & Steve Buccellato – Jackie King is making moves in an effort to corral the rogue CATs and eliminate Jacob Marlowe for I.O. As that is going on, he’s getting Angela accustomed to their new situation. Now we begin to get a sense of how deep the rabbit hole goes as John Colt returns . . .
Scooby Apocalypse 19 by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, Dale Eaglesham & Hi-Fi; 2nd Story by Giffen, DeMatteis, Andy Kuhn & Hi-Fi – The aftermath of the battle has left scars on the group, something that I would never think to say about Scooby-Doo & Company but to me, it another great analysis on how trauma affects all differently. May be more than what people see/read into it though. Anyway, some are WAY more damaged they appear… In the backup story, the mission goes wrong and Secret Squirrel may never be the same again. Time for a loyal figure from the past to enter the scene.
Champions 14 by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado & Victor Olazaba – Last Avengers issue saw big changes to Viv at the hands of The High Evolutionary. Now we see the fallout, and also learn the fact that both Earths have a much shorter lifespan than we thought. Now can the heroes get past enmities to save 2 worlds?
Defenders 7 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez & Justin Ponsor – A.K.A Elektra vs Everyone. A dream fight happens. A confusing relationship is explored. A special guest star makes his presence felt. (On this note I hope y’all paid attention to Jessica’s moves the issue prior…) While I focus here, Diamondback continues to make his power moves in the NY Underground as the book starts to mimic the Netflix series’.
Secret Warriors 8 by Matthew Rosenberg, Javier Garron, Will Robson & Israel Silva – Who’s playing Who here? Sinister and his team continues to “recruit”. The team is still trying to find a cohesion. One thing that is true is that folks continually have underestimated Lunella. That will begin to change here but will their be a team left?
Spider-Men II 4 by Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli & Justin Ponsor – The origin of 616’s Miles Morales comes full circle as we see what happened prior & during issue 1 from his perspective. We also see the 2 Spider Men conversation that was very problematic to me as I began this trip. Motivations revealed but I am still blah folks.
Bloodshot Salvation 3 by Jeff Lemire, Lewis LaRosa, Mico Suayan, Diego Rodriguez & Brian Reber – Seems Garrison has plans in place for Magic’s Daddy. But that’s in the future… Present time, Magic takes the kid to the doctor, Garrison has a tete y tete with Daddy and just when you thought they were gone, Project Rising Spirit affects this whole situation in a method G isn’t ready for.
Incidentals 4 by Joe Casey, Larry Stroman & Rob Stull – The team finally gets set as members fall in by choice and reluctantly. Some get taken, and through it all, the guys and gals come to the realization that their powers alone might not be enough to even survive. The first phase is just about done and no one is safe.
Mech Cadet Yu 4 by Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa & Triona Farrell – The War that the Cadets are training for, the one that might never happen, has found them. Machinations from the first 3 issues come to a head here and Stanford shows he might not be a simple hick. The stunt he pulls in the middle of the mall fight is pure genius BTW.
Astro City 49 by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Alex Ross & Peter Pantazis – We readers have dealt with a lot of unusual yet familiar heroes in the history of Astro City. Just wait until you see Resistor. Best way I can describe him/her/it/them is imagine a Wonder Man/Aquarian mix through the lens of Captain Planet meets Captain Universe. Already I see some of you rolling your eyes BUT once again Busiek & Anderson makes it work. How does it factor to a father/daughter relationship though? Perfect lead in to #50 and the sequel to “The Nearness of You”
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows 13 by Jody Houser, Nick Roche & Ruth Redmond – It is 8 years later and Annie is a teenager. Which means Peter & MJ now have to deal with a lot more emotions from her. Can you say uncharted territory? On top of that, Annie to say the least is a unique person for Peter to connect to. Good Luck Dad!
Black Panther 167 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk, Laura Martin, Matt Milla & Marc Deering – Interesting issue of reveals. I have to say I guessed about 80% of this one. One thing I have to give the Coates run: all the answers to the Wakandan troubles were right in front of us. If that doesn’t please some out there, oh well, different strokes. Anyway, Klaw machinations laid bare as Shuri fills in what we readers didn’t know and another glimpse into Wakanda’s “stellar” future.
Luke Cage 167 by David F. Walker, Guillermo Sanna & Marcio Menyz – Luke Wakes up to find himself back behind bars. Wait. Isn’t he pardoned? Seems to be the week of mystery’s as a longtime Marvel Villain has taken up a new occupation which will cause Cage more than a couple of headaches in future issues.
Moon Girl Devil Dinosaur 25 by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos & Tamra Bonvillain – It is the Fantastic Three as Lunella meets Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm. Still reeling from the breakup with Devil, is this the boost that Moon Girl needs? Her malaise is really affecting her civilian side. Too bad a rash of seemingly “Fantastic” robberies are going to have their attention for a minute.
Star Wars 39 by Kieren Gillen, Salvador Larroca & GURU-eFX – Negotiations with the followers/partners of Sal Gerrera aren’t going smooth for our favorite rebels to say the least. That is until the Empire’s plan/weapon is revealed. Funny how potential world wrecking things bring everyone to the table huh? Also, things get a little “dark” for Luke. O-Oh . . .
Motor Girl 10 by Terry Moore – Once again, seeing “Final Issue” on the cover of any Terry Moore book gets me emotional. The story of Sam and aliens comes to a possible end as it is evil military corporation vs aliens with Sam and her friends/allies caught in-between. A funny, sad, crazy and fitting send off for this desert story . . .
WE3 by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely & Jamie Grant – Picked up this tragic story of 3 cuddly pets only trying to get home on a whim. Sounds cute right? Not if the three pets have been augmented into military killing machines
America 9 by Gabby Rivera, Flaviano & Jordan Gibson – The turmoil on Sotomayor University continues. America is captured and her allies scattered…or are they? The connections established in the first act come to light as The Exterminatrix readies her next move for our hero.
Secret Warriors 9 by Matthew Rosenberg, Javier Garron, Will Robson & Israel Silva – Secrets and fractures come to light as the team now have a bunch of Inhuman children to get back home. Meanwhile, Karnak continues his big business plans. However, if you think Sinister and Dark Beast are going to just stop, you’re delusional.
Kino 1 by Joe Casey, Jefte Palo & Chris Sotomayor – Take all the Superman archetypes you can think of and keep them in mind. Now take the insanely creative mind of Joe Casey and strain those ideas through it. You will get this story of one of the astronauts from The Catalyst Event who has been missing. Where is he? Well, that would be telling and also with Casey, nothing is ever as it seems.
John Wick 1 by Greg Pak, Giovanni Valletta, David Curiel & Inlight Studios – Greg Pak takes on the killer/assassin for Dynamite Entertainment as he has a new target. And if you’ve seen the movies this means 2 things: a lot of violence and nothing is clear cut. Enter the mob…of several countries. Only question I have is when this adventure is happening…?
Animosity Volume 2: The Dragon by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael De LaTorre & Rob Schwager – When I last left Jesse and Sandor, their journey had just begun to search out her brother and in the process they had befriended other animals on their journey. What is The Dragon? And why is he/she a huge turning point in the duo’s relationship? When the whole world goes to heck, how can you expect anyone, animal & human alike, to remain innocent?
Surviving Megalopolis by Gail Simone, Jim Calafiore & Jason Wright – When you escape Hell and have your heroes turn against you, why would you even return to it? The survivors from “Leaving” return to Megalopolis to face their deranged heroes on a rescue mission. But, just who are they rescuing? And as with everything in this series, who can you trust when everything is tainted?
Phew! Thx for reading all! I hope you discovered something that piqued your curiosity. I have more than a couple of blogs backloaded. So you’ll be seeing more from me in the final weeks of the year.
Until Then, Keep Fantasizing!