|by Daryll Benjamin|
Green Lanterns Vol. 5: Out of Time by Sam Humphries, Carlo Barberi, Ronan Cliquet, Julio Ferreira, Scott Godlewski, Eduardo Pansica, Matt Santorelli, Ulises Areeola, Blond, Hi-Fi, Alex Sollazzo, Dave Sharpe & Tom Napolitano – If there was ever a TP title to describe me these days… anyway, Simon has lost his ring and him & Jessica lost the fight vs the Phantom Lantern. The punishment? They are literally flung through time back to the original first 7 Green Lanterns. Let’s just say things don’t go smoothly as the myth doesn’t quite match the reality. And oh yeah, the Phantom Lantern is there too! What does Jessica need to do to get her pancakes??? Student becomes teacher aspect of this run has been intriguing to watch develop.
Astro City 51 by Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson, Alex Ross, Peter Pantazis & John G Roshell of Comicraft – One more issue until this run as currently constituted ends and it going out with a bang as Miranda’s Group takes in a new member who, well, isn’t too keen on the host and the counseling. Things go pear shaped fast as the nature and shortcomings of Superpowered Event Survivor’s Remorse come to the fractured surface. Sneaky psychological journey by the crew here.
Black Lightning Cold Dead Hands 6 by Tony Isabella, Clayton Henry, Yvel Guichet, Pete Pantazis & Josh Reed – A “final” battle between Jefferson and Tobias where the planning and motivations of both men go far beyond the service. If you were expecting cardboard cut out, formulaic characters, this one isn’t for you. Three moves ahead you might say or “I play my enemies like a game of chess..”
Deathstroke 30 by Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, Jeromy Cox, Jason Paz & Willie Schubert – In recent years, DC has tied Slade Wilson more and more to the Bat-Universe across all of its platforms/media. Here, Mr. Priest gives it his best by having Deathstroke and Batman go head to head in a most personal way. One of the mercenary supreme’s biggest battles begins NOW.
Jetsons 6 by Jimmy Palmiotti, Pier Brito, Paul Mounts & Dave Sharpe – The final chapter. What happened to George and Rosie? Can the Earth be saved? What does the future’s future hold for The Jetsons? Can anyone rein in Jane if she wants to kick ass? Once again, this division of DC takes a classic property and made an awesome update with a universal feel.
Justice League 42 by Christopher Priest, Pete Woods & Willie Schu – Cyborg captured. Wonder Woman shot. The League is still caught in the midst of the Burmuda Civil War AND the immense red tape. The Red Lion is certainly devious AND the guest star (who we have seen before in this storyline) certainly knows a thing or 2 about pulling strings
Avengers 687 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Jesus Aburtov, Federico Blee & VC’s Cory Petit – Stop me if you heard this before: Things Get Worse! Knowing most of the situation hasn’t helped solve things. The Hulk’s return has only added to the chaos. But there’s a ray of hope: Quicksilver has seen the light. Literally.
Black Bolt 12 by Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward & VC’s Clayton Cowles – The last issue. The final battle vs The Jailer for Ahura & Blinky in Black Bolt’s mind spills out. Cue the chaos. Meanwhile, Titania and Lockjaw find strange happenings occurring at Creel’s grave. Character building continues even at the end for Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Ward. Brilliant work here elevating the former Inhuman King.
Marvel Two In One 5 by Chip Zdarsky, Valerio Schiti, Frank Martin & VC’s Frank Caramagna – Galact-Doom is approaching Earth. Can Ben and Johnny convince a reclusive Reed to get back to the forefront of the fight? But as we wonder this: what has become of Sue? And just just wait until you get a glimpse of Doom’s heralds….
Rise of Black Panther 4 by Evan Narcisse, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Javier Pina, Stephane Paitreau & VC’s Joe Sabino – Wakanda is now known to the rest of the world. It is time for T’Challa to make himself known to the superhero population. Sure he had those 4 Fantastic people from the west drop in and earn his trust BUT the rest of the Western superpowered people don’t have a clue…yet. It begins now
Spider-Man 239 by Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua, Brian Reber & VC’s Cory Petit– it is time for the Helicarrier Heist to go down. But what does that mean for Miles? What does that mean for Lana? As the Iron Spider’s Squad finds the traitor, things get much more stickier with the introduction of the buyer… Just after the Champions enter the fray. Free. For. All.
Star Wars 46 by Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca, GURU-eFX & VC’s Clayton Cowles– I did say that the Rebellion has a plan in the last blog. I also said that it wasn’t a very good plan. Annnd well in this issue, we see the wheels and gears turning. The “asset” is a bit of a maverick and rebels are getting grouchy.
Mech Cadet Yu 8 by Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa, Triona Farrell & Simon Bowland – The Cadet Class has broken ranks and are rushing to meet the Kragg threat. The General sends his daughter to apprehend them. The service crew, including Stanford’s Mom, takes a stand. Action everywhere, which also means TROUBLE everywhere.
Demi-God 1 by Ron Marz, Andy Smith, Michael Atiyeh, Steve Dutro & BART Sears – Let’s take a lot of the stuff that is associated with mythic folks like Hercules and update it for readers today. You’re a slacker with no real motivation or goal. You live a mundane life until, BOOM! You hit the mystic/genetic lottery. How would you use your powers? Say hello to Jason McAndros, all around slacker and this is now his world.
Malika Warrior Queen Pt2 by Roye Okupe, Chima Kalu, Raphael Kazeem, & Bode Joseph – Betrayal most foul. A loss most dear. A kingdom usurped. Malika thought bringing harmony to the nations was hard? Now she has to rescue them all, on her own! Okupe turns up the drama quotient AND does something that he promised to AfroNerd listeners a long time ago. What? Well you have to pick up this trade to find out! *EVIL LAUGHTER*
New SuperMan & The Justice League of China 22 by Gene Luen Yang, Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, Hi-Fi & Dave Sharpe – The Aqua-Man of North Korea concludes with not 1, not 2 but 3 different sides vying for him/his power. Enter the Lanterns. Enter The KING. And yep, our heroes are in a more complex world now than yesterday.
Scooby Apocalypse 24 by Keith Giffen, J M DeMatteis, Patrick Olliffe, Tom Nguyen, Andy Owens, Hi-Fi & Travis Lanham Story 2 Giffen, DeMatteis, Kelsey Shannon & Lanham – Sure. As long as the gang stay quiet and out of sight they will be safe. This will be easy for a group of inquisitive young adults in America. Angst and stubbornness abound. Throw in an obvious question about the nature of their development and this book just got a lil weirder. In the backup story, the Mole shows that he’s more than just a pretty face just as the master mind reveals itself to the gang.
Titans 22 by Dan Abnett, Paul Pelletier, Adriano Lucas, Andrew Hennessy & Carlos M. Mangual – Focus on Donna Troy as we catch up to the heroine under House Arrest in the watchtower. Natural disasters pop up around the world which spread the JL thin. Troy wants to help but unknown to her, an old enemy is making moves. While this is going on, Roy and Dick try to move on after last issue’s confrontation. Just as Roy dives into one with Cheshire.
Avengers 688 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Kim Jacinto, Stefano Caselli, David Curiel & VC’s Cory Petit; Avengers 689 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, Pepe Larraz, David Curiel & VC’s Cory Petit – A betrayal has turned the “game” into a struggle to save the Earth (as if this needed to be said). The Challenger has made his play, forcing Citizen V and the team to raise their game. Avengers fight this one on 2 fronts: Stop him. And stop the huge world killing machine he’s unleashed. Problem is, after facing the Black Order, Lethal Legion, Immortal Hulk & Challenger himself, the Avengers are gassed and not near their best…
Captain America 700 by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Matthew Wilson & VC’s Joe Caramagna; Story 2 by Waid, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia, Wilson, Fernandez Delgado, Artie Simek & Sam Rosen – One last gasp to save the America. One last gasp to rally the rebellion but is Steve personally ready to do everything needed to win the day? Back To The Future got nothing on this.
Champions 19 by Jim Zub, Sean Izaaske, Marcia Menyz & VC’s Clayton Cowles – A new day. New teammates. New headquarters. Brand new problems as the team heads to investigate something strange. And not all will get through unscathed.
Domino 1 by Gail Simone, David Baldeón, Jesus Aburtov & VC’s Clayton Cowles – This is supposed to be a fun time for Domino. She’s in charge of her own destiny for once. The mercenary for hire business is great and she’s celebrating with friends in Vegas. So why is this where everything starts going wrong? Madame Simone and Mister Baldeón throw us into the fire right away…
Exiles 1 by Saladin Ahmed, Javier Rodríguez, Alvaro López, Jordi Bellaire & VC’s Joe Caramagna – Clarice has earned her happy ending many times over but unfortunately a “new” player has a tallus and needs her for a new mission with a new team. An old staple of the Marvel Universe returns as The Exiles are reborn. And just wait for inter dimensional craziness. If you haven’t read Mr. Ahmed’s Black Bolt or Abbott, Exiles Fans, you are in for a treat.
Falcon 7 by Rodney Barnes, Joshua Cassara, Rachelle Rosenberg & VC’s Joe Caramagna – One date interrupted. Another going to be really, REALLY delayed because of vampires. Enter Blade as Deacon Frost has captured Patriot and now Sam and Misty are on rescue duty. Yes you read that right….
Thrawn 3 by Jody Houser, Luke Ross, Nolan Woodward & VC’s Clayton Cowles – Thrawn has a new person interested in him as the focus of this issue shifts to **REDACTED**. You see the chess games within The Empire and within the governments of these planets have only just begun. And Thrawn LOVES a dramatic challenge.
Bloodshot Salvation 8 by Jeff Lemire, Renato Guedes & Simon Bowland – With his daughter’s life on the line, Garrison has come to the deadlands to bargain. However, there is always a price and it is always high! As this goes down, Magic is hanging to sanity by a thread. And how exactly did Rampage agree to work for Wide Awake?
Astonisher 6 by Alex de Campi, Al Barrionuevo, Pop Mhan, Bryan Valenza & AW’s Tom Napolitano – Screw up after screw up, betrayals and the gravity of the situation have finally made our “hero” snap. Seems the enemy has took a measure of him and found him wanting. Now can he put aside all of that bravado, swallow a bitter pill and work with his friends…um those he has left that is?
Action Comics 1000 by Just about a lot of notables that have written and drawn Superman over the last 25 years. I not kidding. This book is a cool look at Mr. Kent in various iterations and times. I got three stories to highlight:
- “Never-Ending Battle” by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Alejandro Sanchez & Tom Napolitano – A tale that allows events of Superman’s 80 year history to ALL be in continuity AND matter.
- “The Car” by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner, Oliver Coipel, Alejandro Sanchez & Tom Napolitano – We all know the picture. We all know it like Superman’s history. But we never got the story of the dude driving it or Superman’s interaction with him…until now.
- “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet” by Brad Meltzer, John Cassaday, Laura Martin & Chris Eliopoulos – A hostage standoff. Superman racing to get there before a gun goes off. Truly for Superman fans that have to continually have to explain to people why he means so much to them.
Three stories but I could have put them all on here. A very satisfying tribute to Big Blue!
Justice League 43 by Christopher Priest, Pete Woods & Willie Schu – The Finale. The last gasp. And enter Deathstroke. Wonder Woman is out of it. The Fan is now out of the equation but the team is still stuck in the midst of a war fomented by the Red Lion. How do they get out of this one? Well they are the Justice League. There’s a reason they are the best….
John Wick 2 by Greg Pak, Giovanni Valletta, David Curiel w/Inlight Studios & Tom Napolitano – Attacks not withstanding, John has been hired by a friend/rival to discover what’s going out. Problem is it may not just be one group. If you loved the movies for the action, Pak doesn’t lose that manic energy at all.