The P.O.W - 09/09/20 - THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN #1 / DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL: TRINITY CRISIS #1 / ICE CREAM MAN: QUARANTINE COMIX SPECIAL
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Sep, 9th, 2020:
- THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN #1: Japan’s biggest (and I mean biggest) hero returns with this new relaunch from the major minds of Marvel. Creating this bridge from east and west is Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom, serving up some serious stories from all sides of the Ultraman mythos. They start right from the beginning of Ultraman’s origin from 1966 to then time jump to the present following United Science Patrol cadet Kiki Fuji and wannabe cadet Shin Hayata as they track down invading Kaijus and protect the world from their threats. Higgins and Groom play around with the timeline as they jump to different points in it with mini stories fleshing out the world and mystery surrounding the monsters, Ultraman and the organization tying it all together. But, the highlight of the issue is the super star roster of artists they got to handle these main and mini stories. Francisco Manna, Ed McGuinness, Michael Cho, and Gurihiru are the picture-perfect crew to handle such a titanic task and really do a bang-up job, giving each story and splash a unique feel and form honoring both past and present of the ultimate super hero of Japan. For fans of Monsters, manga, and mystery check this one out.
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- DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL: TRINITY CRISIS #1: Scott Snyder teams ups with Francis Manapul for a high flying, raucous rundown as our heroes make their final stand trying to prevent a new crisis by revisiting the old ones in a last ditch effort to save existence. This issue plays fast and loose with the DC continuity of the last 40 some odd years and all of it comes into play as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, along with their rag tag group of heroes, begin their final push into stopping the Batman Who laughs and save all the universes who have fell under his dark gaze. Snyder knows how to have fun and keep you guessing as he throws a lot of action and motion at you in a race to beat the clock. This issue flies by with the stakes so high as he pits the trinity against insurmountable odds. With cameos from all over, this issue is sure to bring a smirk to even the most cold-hearted DC fan with all the changes, mix-ups, and retcons over the years. But the binding force of all of it lies on the shoulders of Manapul’s Art. Never one to disappoint, Manapul has the extreme pleasure of drawing these epic clashes with his watercolor pastiche of splashes and supers. This book is critical if you have been following the Death Metal line, and for fans of DC and any of the Crisis books you will find something for anyone who has waited to see all these heroes and villains clash in a cosmic convergence the likes of which we haven’t seen on this level quite before. For some astounding action grab this off the stands.
- ICE CREAM MAN; QUARANTINE COMIX SPECIAL: One to never turn a blind eye to the horror all around, W. Maxwell Prince has scooped up some devilish delights in this one-shot special to keep us occupied in our personal prisons waiting out the present pestilence passing through the planet. Regular Ice Cream Man artist Martin Morazzo handles the first half of the book, with smaller tales fleshing out the mini monstrosities Prince has whipped up just for the occasion. What’s fun about this book though is the second half is all guest creators letting loose their inner demons to show us the twisted fun house mirror to our reality. From Al Ewing to Christopher Cantwell, there are some spooky stories that make this special…well…just that…special. From Terrifying Trees, to an anxiety inducing animal crossing spoof that will make Nicholas Cage blush, this book has a lot to love even for all it’s frights. If you’ve been cooped up with cabin fever and can’t wait for Halloween, this quarantine special will surely take the edge off with sprinkles.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Aug, 5, 2020
- DEATH METAL: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHTS: This comic cavalcade from DC’s most celebrated creators shows Batman at his bloodcurdling worst in this gruesome one shot set to scratch that sinister itch if you’ve been keeping up with the Death Metal event. The book runs the gamut of lunacy and lunatics as it covers the origins of more Batmen turned bad in more terrifying ways than you could comprehend. From the B-Rex to the sentient Bat-mobile, that would give kit from Knight rider a run a for its money, there is something for any fan who likes their horror with a dash of comedy. And there is one twisted Batman concoction that opens the floodgates to what is possible in the DC Universe and how terrifyingly grim the future looks for our heroes. There are some great multiverse stories for any interested in the macabre, villains or the craziest mash-ups you’d never thought you’d see that DC is brave enough to publish with these creepy tales from under the cowl of the Batman who laughs.
- EMPYRE #4: Marvel’s big summer event takes a turn as all the power players and pieces begin to shift into a dire situation as the Chlorophyll infused cruelties of the Cotati comes into focus. Betrayals and back stabbing are a bound in this issue as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four have their backs against the wall with their alliances tested and ticking time bomb about to go off. Ewing and Slott’s story is starting to reach critical mass and the last page of the story will be a cool surprise with a moment that will leave fans of the Young Avengers gasping and cheering. Schiti’s art is on point as he draws the action and tension with flare and finesse that get all the little emotions and reactions of the power players spot on with style. Keep this event on your radar because it’s a bombastic blast with all your favorite characters teaming up for what is sure to be one epic conclusion that may tip the cosmic scales in the Marvel Universe.
- ICE CREAM MAN #20: Ya know, Just a little something for the kids in another fantastic, bone chilling issue this week from the masters of horror W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo. This issue does an incredible job of parodying your favorite children’s stories and turns them inside out for some disturbing nightmares to make your hair stand on end. From the works of Dr. Seuss to The Giving Tree, all bets are off when Prince grabs hold of these stories and makes them into twisted tales that will make nauseous and nervous until the final frame. Morazzo’s art is a pure tour deforce with his style changing from his traditional, Frank Quietly-esque pencils to a complete reproduction of the of the stories he riffs off of. This is what makes the issue so special, He takes you down a trip a trip on memory lane that you would never ever wanted to go on in the first place. And yet, you can’t look away. If you read ‘Legends of the Dark Knights’ and still can’t get enough terror in your reading then pick up this issue to fulfill your darkest childhood fears come to life.