PICKS OF THE WEEK - Aug, 12, 2020
- GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE Vol. 2: The long-awaited sequel to 2018’s first volume is finally here and very much worth the wait as the green guardian slings his ring once more to save the galaxy from utter destruction. Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman do a lot of heavy lifting in a short amount of time, catching us up with Hal and the Corps and usher in the arrival of the yellow lanterns and what they bring to the cosmos. Hardman’s art is detailed and stark depicting Earth, space and all the other worldly creatures in between as grounded in reality which adds a gravity to the story for this reimagining of the Corps. This is for fans of the first volume but also for lovers of general Sci-fi as well. Because this book isn’t completely bogged down by the crazy continuity of the mainstream title it offers a lot of explanation and accessibility for those looking to jump right in for a one and done quick read. These takes on the Emerald Knight are like watching the best film adaptation of GL you wish the studios would make. The book encapsulates what is so great about these stories while offering a total revision of what has come before.
- STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #4: Vader heads back to Naboo and leaves disaster and despair in his wake as writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco lead the Sith lord to confront his past as he approaches the final resting place of his only love. This series is on absolute fire, bringing in characters, moments and confrontations from all over the galaxy and continuity. This issue has a bit of everything for fans of Star Wars and comics in general; giant Monsters, amazing action, emotional catharsis and even a few surprises will leave you wanting the next issue immediately. Ienco’s art pulls all this off and more as Vader cuts down anything and everything that stands in the way of his goal. Pak is riding high with this series and you will have high hopes for where he goes after this. This issue is what makes these comics maybe even superior to the films. Don’t believe it? Pick up this issue to see all the Star Wars goodness you’re sadly missing.
- SEVEN SECRETS #1: Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo’s newest series is a mix between James Bond and the Avengers with they burst onto the scene with guns blazing new #1 from Boom Studios. The book follows a secret society protecting the seven secrets of the world that change it for better or worse. Our main characters are keepers of one of these secrets, and when their forbidden love goes too far, tough choices must be made as the course of history is changed forever. Tom Tylor has a lot of cards up his sleeve with this one and lays a lot of groundwork that will keep you on your toes as a reader for what these secrets are and the power they hold in forth coming issues. Di Nicuolo’s art is a kinetic frenzy which dazzles the page with speed and force as the action ramps up with each new turn of the page and plot. This series promises a lot of reveals and secrets to be uncovered, so if you want to learn them all then be sure to pick up this series so it’s secrets can be shared.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - June 24, 2020
- GREEN LANTERN 80th ANNIVERSARY: This anniversary issue shines bright beyond belief and stands as the best of the oversized birthday issues DC has published this year. Right off the bat, Gary Frank’s astonishing art will allure your eye to keep that page turning with a touching story of the first Green Guardian, Alan Scott and the hits just keep on comin’. Each Lantern gets a highlight in the book and shows off their best qualities of why the ring chose them in the first place. Guy Gardner may actually make you shed a tear and they will keep flowing as you read the late Dennis O’Neil’s final Green lantern/ Green Arrow story. This a must for any fan of the Emerald Knight, past and present, to take a trip down memory lane, or to even introduce anyone to Oa and the rest of the corps as to what makes these characters so cosmically captivating even after all this time.
- POWER RANGERS #50: The kinetic finale to the MMPR’s ‘Necessary Evil’ storyline lives up to the hype with a final showdown flare only the Power Rangers could do. Ryan Parrot spares no expense of hi-ya kicks and tricks to wrap up this story with the Power Rangers, Omega Rangers and an all-out action-packed brawl for the ages. Daniele Di Nicuolo is quick and nimble in making the art of the issue seem like an anime, frenzied and frantic as the titanic teens race to beat the clock saving the Earth and another world all at once. This issue is like a pivotal episode of Dragonball where something finally happens and the fists just start flying. if you’ve been reading since this beginning up to this point the double page cliffhanger will have you slack jawed for more.
- THAT TEXAS BLOOD #1: This premiere issue from newbie Chris Condon and Jacob Philips is a weird little tale they’re beginning to weave about time, death, duty, and terror. If you like Criminal, The Walking Dead, Southern Bastards or Moonshine; you’ll be locked and loaded for a new series to read if monsters and meaning are more your speed. Condon sets up the story with the focus on Joe Coates, an almost retiring but not quite ready Texas Sheriff, wandering around on his 75th birthday browsing about his beat. Of course, everything seems to turn on its head, and our hero is left to clean up a mess that looks to be huge and haunting as a noir-ish ghost story set in the barren landscape of today. Check this out if you got room for doom in your pull.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - May 6, 2020
- HAWKMAN #23: This issue of our favorite winged warrior finds him flying back in time to a past life in Plague ridden Spain. Author Robert Venditti serves up some serious drama in this issue with Carter Hal’s past life facing persecution for trying to help the people of a past pandemic. Fernando Pasarin and Marcio Takara do a great job of dropping you into the period especially with the plague doctor twist on Hawkman’s Costume. Seeing Hawkman and Hawkwoman find each other in different points in time never gets old and is always interesting to find how they get themselves out of trouble depending on the circumstance. This one is no different, and is a timely story for today in an issue soars above the rest.
- GREEN LANTERN: SEASON 2 #3: Grant Morrison continues his second season with this issue pitting Hal in a race against time, with only his will and wits to aid him, as he goes on a rescue mission to another dimension without the safety of the ring. This issue is a great one-off and self-contained sci-fi story. But what sets this tale apart and elevates it is, hands down, the art work of Liam Sharp. He tries some new techniques with the coloring and the result is stunning. This book looks like is a cover to a paperback, sci-fi, smut novel from the 80s and it is all the better because of it. It sets the tone for how ludicrous this issue is and adds a heap of nostalgia for cheesy sci-fi stories ripped from like Inner Space or Dune. If that sort of combo revs your engine then pick up this issue for some sci-fi super heroics on steroids.
- STAR WARS- DOCTOR APHRA #1: Doctor Aphra is back in this new relaunch in Marvel’s Star Wars line. The break out character from ‘Darth Vader’, who spawned her own series, is on the run and at odds with the empire, as she goes hunting for rare and powerful artifacts hidden around the galaxy. This book is a lot of fun and basically combines George Lucas’ two major franchises, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Alyssa Wong delivers the goods in this first issue that does a lot of heavy lifting in setting up the conflict and characters in an action packed, fast paced way. Artist Mariko Cresta shines with visuals that really match the aesthetics of the films with her designs and composition of characters and locations that are unique to the galaxy. If you read the first series or want to jump aboard now’s a great time to get in class with Doctor Aphra.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Mar. 25, 2020
- GIANT- SIZE X-MEN: NIGHTCRAWLER: The next installment of the Giant-size one shots Bamfs into stores this week with a quick hit mission that sends Nightcrawler and some of the new mutants to see what is haunting the X-mansion now that all the mutants have migrated to their own nation. Hickman is sure to be planting some crazy Krakoan seeds with this issue and the reveal at the end with the status of the X-mansion feels like they’ll be some remodeling needed down the road. Alan Davis’s art has a Mark Bagley quality to it and works well when he gets to give some great glory shots of the mutants flexing their powers when the actions starts to heat up. If you’re keeping up with the X-titles this is one to pick up, and if you’re a fan of Kurt Wagner or Magik then grab this off the stands because you won’t want to miss it.
- FAR SECTOR #5: Dc’s Newest Green Lantern Sojourner Mullein may be the best and brightest of the Corps with this standout issue from N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell. This issue delves deep in to the origins of far flung space cop and the struggles she’s had to endure to get to where she is slinging the power ring. Jemisin’s writing is current and nuanced, and gives you some weighty backbone to the story and character of Jo; while Campbell’s art is stunning and crisp, flowing from past to present, earth and afar with great detail. If you haven’t already, try to track down earlier issues to get involved in this great GL story, but if you want more information as to what makes this new lantern tick pick up this issue to have many of your questions finally answered.
- HELLIONS #1: Out of the whole new slew of X books that have come out since House and Powers concluded, this is the edgy dark title that may even make X-Force blush. ‘Hellions’ takes some the more on edgy mutants and tries to rehabilitate them….by giving in to their craven desires. The concept may seem a bit out of left field and is darker and more dangerous than you might expect but, then again, if it is a team being led by Mr. Sinister than you know you’re not going to be on the road to Oz. Zeb Wells is asking some big questions here which should pique any fan’s interest that wants to delve into the more harsher psychological issues the mutants need to address if they are going to build and maintain a utopia. Stephen Segovia’s art is super solid and David Curiel’s coloring plays well with contrast that is stripped from a sunset. And the reveal at the end will have eagerly waiting to see how deep into hell they’re willing to…maybe even literally.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Feb. 12, 2020
- ALIENATED #1: This new series from Boom! Studios by Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose will catch you off guard with its deep, relevant themes and a story that will have you going down the rabbit hole wanting to know more. When three teens meet up walking to school, they have an otherworldly encounter that leaves them with the ability to read each other’s thoughts. Spurrier gives these main characters some real depth and their issues seem intriguing by taking some clichés and totally turning them on their heads. He creates a world that feels real and lived in with the help of Wildgoose’s art, which is lively and impressive, almost like you’re watching some really good animation. Also, Andre May’s coloring makes the whole thing come together and pop with purpose and wonder. Don’t let this title slide off your radar. It really lays a lot of ground with something bright and shiny that will hook you by the end.
- GREEN LANTERN SEASON 2 #1: Grant Morrison is back behind the helm of the Emerald knight as he slings his power ring for a brand-new season. Since Hal Jordan saved the universe…AGAIN, things look bright for the lanterns. His ring gets a power upgrade with the help of new, younger Guardians of the universe being born to help usher in a new era for Oa and the corps. Hal is sent to their creator and, of course, calamity ensues. Liam Sharp’s art work is always stunning and here he shows no signs of slowing down. He is the perfect person to let their imagination run wild bringing you the craziest concoctions of the cosmos that erupt from Grant’s mind. Morrison plays up the 80s, sci-fi, loner beat cop motif in this season and if Road House, Dune, and Starman are your flight of fancy then Pick this up immediately.
- GWEN STACY #1: Spider-man’s first love takes center stage for this new mini-series introducing us to Gwen before her and peter are even a thing. The book shows us what she’s made of and fleshes out some her backstory in ways Stan lee never got a chance to. What writer Christos Gage does great is fill in the blanks of what makes Gwen tick and why she is compelled to act to help her father and friends then just being Spidey’s girl on the side. Add in Todd Nauck’s art with a young, fresh quick style that helps add to her bright-eyed aesthetic. If Gwen Stacy had your heart over MJ than pick this up to see there was much more to be seen for her below the surface.