PICKS OF THE WEEK – Jan. 13, 2021:
- KING IN BLACK: THUNDERBOLTS #1: The Thunderbolts are back and just in time to save the world, or at least their benefactor, from certain doom. As Knull, God of the symbiotes, makes his assault on Earth, The Kingpin assembles a rag tag group of mischievous miscreants to recreate the Thunderbolts, to clear their names, become heroes, and do the bidding of the one and only, Wilson Fisk. Marvel’s answer to the Suicide Squad keeps pace as this rag tag group of wannabe heroes makes their way through sludge filled New York trying to meet their mission. Writer Matthew Rosenberg brings some gallows humor to the fray as Taskmaster leads the group, with Star as their powerhouse, and breakout character of the series, Mr. Fear, bringing up the rear as the wild car; giving the Joker himself a run for his money as comics’ murderous madman of the year. Artist Juan Ferreyra captures the macabre and sinister undertones of the book with red skies looming overhead and grim displays of Knull’s terror creeping though panel after panel. This mini-series is not be missed if you’ve been following the King in Black event and is a great off shoot to the epic storytelling going on in the main title. Hopefully this title survives not only the event but beyond to give us some dark humor going forward as these former villains find their way on the road to redemption…if they can survive the night.
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- FUTURE STATE: JUSTICE LEAGUE #1: It’s two for the price of one with this book as you get the new, improved Justice league for one half of the book and the remnants of the Justice League Dark in the back. It’s well worth the six-dollar price tag for a double dose of super heroics and twists abound in this star-studded title from DC’s new Future State line. Writer Joshua Williamson and Artist Robson Rocha tackle the first big team book featuring the new League and not only does it show them kicking ass but also them adjusting to the new rules of no fraternizing outside of missions with other members. Used for their own safety in case of a double cross, this added social hinderance adds a different dynamic to the team looking out for each other. But, never knowing who is under the mask, as well as their own desires to dig deeper with their fellow teammates adds complications and blurred lines. Rocha’s art pumps new blood into the league and when the action begins to square off he really shines. The end of this side of the story delivers a fantastic cliffhanger that will have you itching for the next issue with a call back to JLA lore you won’t see coming.
- As for the backup story, things look even bleaker right off the bat for the JLD as Zatanna and Detective Chimp are on the run in the desert as Merlin and his hordes have infiltrated and taken over the lands for his own nefarious needs. They seek out some supernatural safety with Etrigan and some other Power players of the JLD to make one last stand against this master of magic. Writer Ram V knows how to pace a story and keep it moving as the team moves to stay one step ahead from certain death. Marcio Takara’s Art mixed with Marcelo Maiolo’s colors add that sense of dread and despair to what the world has become extremely well. Dark isn’t in the title just for kicks, and they make sure of that as our heroes cast spell after spell to get out of Dodge fast. Familiar faces pop up with a great reveal at the end that helps make this whole issue something worth the double price tag and pays out in spades for satisfaction.
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- HAHA #1: Maxwell Prince has put another series on the map for image and it is everything and nothing of what you would expect from his twisted temperance, only this time with clowns. Set up as an anthology, much like Ice Cream Man, each issue is to be a stand-alone about the lives of clowns. This issue in particular takes place on the last day of clowning for the luckiest guy in the world, Bart, as the amusement park he works at shuts down and he is turned loose on the world with nothing in his pocket but dreams. But that won’t dampen his spirits, no sirree, no matter what bad things decide to uproot his life all at once. But that is Prince’s charm in all of this, to keep hammering the hits until you can’t take it anymore. But, he tries something new with all of this…hope, albeit even just a glimmer of it. We’ll see how long it goes for the rest of the series but there is a sort of strange silver lining running through the book. Vanesa Del Rey’s pencils combined with Chris O’Halloran’s pastel palette of colors bring the whole thing to life and shine. For fans of Prince’s other works or, the Todd Phillip’s Joker movie that came out last year, this is a perfect sort of companion piece if these types of media spoke to you and, if you just the type of person to laugh through all the tears, pick up HAHA before it’s gone.
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PICKS OF THE WEEK - May 27, 2020
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #45: The Spectre deals out his special brand of justice as the League falls under his spell and is pitted against each other, seeing friend as foe. Vendetti Does great job of finding a scenario in which the League must confront their worst fears and enemies…Themselves. He sets the conflict up nicely and gives different shades of how each character really views their teammates when their masks of manners are stripped away. Eddie Barrows takes on of artistic duties and is clearly having a whole lot of fun with the League throwing their dirtiest tricks at one another trying to tear each other apart. Pick this up if you ever wondered what an all-out brawl between DC’s best and brightest would like, and stay to see them have to tackle what looks to be their biggest challenge yet.
- AVENGERS #33: Moon Knight makes his glorious debut into Jason Aaron’s stellar run on the Avengers and he pulls no punches right out the gate with this one. Moon Knight is tracking down heroes and confronting them for something big…really big. Aaron is really sharp here and uses Moon knight in a rare way. He’s always been vague, mysterious and open to interpretation depending one who’s writing him, but, Aaron shoots for the moon and makes him more dangerous than you could have ever thought. Javier Garron’s art in this issue is kinetic and bold. He must be having the time of his life getting to draw every kind of super hero scenario and it’s all jam packed into this one issue. This is a great place to jump on as it’s the start of a new arc, and by the looks of It, its gonna be full, bright and leaving you howling for more.
- VENOM #25: Venom Gets vulnerable in this epic conclusion to the Venom Island story line from the bad boy of comics himself, Donny Cates. Eddie Brock digs deep, looking inward and questioning, who is Venom and what him makes a hero, as he tries to save the day, and himself, from his nightmarish nemesis. Mark Bagley, the literal Ultimate Spider-Man artist, hits a strong point in this issue with some awesome splashes showing Venom doing what he does best; as well as a frightening glimpse of the future of what’s to come. There’s also A back up story by David Michelinie and Ron Lim that has Venom serving up some classic, cold justice as they tell a one-off story from his past. This issue is for fans of Venom old and new, which honors his origins and shows the true test of a man fighting for redemption in the darkest parts of the Marvel universe, which makes this story and series shine that much brighter against the shadows of the symbiotes.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - May 13, 2020
- HARLEY QUINN #72: This issue of Harley Quinn takes the cake for best team-up you never knew you wanted. Riding hot off the tails of ‘Heroes in Crisis’ Harley and Booster Gold are back at it again and this time, thanks to writer Sam Humphries, we get to see two of DC’s biggest personalities mesh. Humphries makes them funny and frenzied as the duo try to solve a crime in our home turf of Los Angeles and he really plays up the LA stereotypes in humorous ways as they bounce around neighborhoods. Abel’s art is as charming as Hi-Fi’s coloring is bright. They add a sense of whimsy and softness that offset the wacky violence that always ensues when Harley Quinn is on the loose. Check this out if you’re a fan of the greatest hero you’ve never heard of Booster gold, or want to see Harley rough things up in the city of angels.
- JUSTICE LEAGUE #44: This Issue of Justice league sets off a new run and creative team with Writer Robert Venditti and artist Xermanico steering this ship. They Waste absolutely no time as the story starts off with the League answering a distress call from Aquaman at the south pole. From there, the action ramps up as the League is pummeled by Monsters of myth from all sides. Bendetti does some great action on a grand scale by throwing a lot of elements in at once, while Xermanico’s art give the book a sense of speed and space detailing that action and motion into something both cinematic and daring. For fans of the Justice League this is a great jumping on point with a new story that by issues end will have them teaming up against a chilling cameo that will leave you captivated and craving the next issue.
- SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN TP: If you haven’t already, now is the time to grab the complete collection of this soon to be paramount tale of the Man of steel by Gene Yuen Yang and artist Gurihiru. Brother and sister Tommy and Roberta Lee team up with superman and Lois Lane as they take on the KKK while they learn about growing up and what it means to be a true hero. Don’t let this this book’s bright and bubbly animated art style fool you. DC is pulling no punches when it comes to talking about issues of race, othering, and confronting your community with this book that should be read by people of all ages. And what’s great about this creative team is they strive and achieve just that. If truth, justice, and creating a better American way is your jam grab this one hot off the shelf.
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