PICKS OF THE WEEK - July 15, 2020
- EMPYRE #1: Marvel’s big event for 2020 has finally arrived and kicks off with all the forces from the prelude issues converging into one big smack down. Marvel’s been planting seeds with this for a while now and finally we get to see some of them come into bloom. There are some cool character moments, with a shout out to super heroics of Ghost Rider and Iron Man. And the twist at the end of the issue will definitely change things going forward as it should be exciting to see how all the power players on the board react and respond to it. If you make yours Marvel then this is a no brainer, but if you’re curious, try to pick up the 3 prelude issues and dive in head first for some marvelous marvel mayhem.
- STRANGE ADVENTURES #3: Tom King keeps turning up the heat in this third issue of family, fame and falsehoods. King, Shaner, and Gerard’s work flow effortlessly on the page. They weave a dual story of past and present to paint a picture of Adam Strange’s psyche and partnerships. You see what how he sacrifices to get where he and his wife Alanna are now. But it’s an interesting take on the space age hero, especially in the context of today, how he pulls the media into the investigation fronted by Mr. Terrific and how public perception can be shifted towards certain narratives pertaining to any hero. The plot thickens and with each issue you can feel the stakes rise right down to the final frame.
- GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: MAGNETO: The next big focus in the Giant Size one shots is the master of magnetism himself, Magneto. If you’ve been following the X-men relaunch then you know the last spotlight issue, focusing on Jean Grey, Emma Frost and Storm was a doozy. You may expect this one to follow suit in similar fashion but Jonathan Hickman takes the story down a totally different road into much deeper depths…literally. This issue, like the last, is a lot of set-up. There is no waxing poetic about ideology or struggle but Hickman shows how Magneto gets things done, all on his own. A special mutant makes a surprise appearance and though we are left with a lot more questions than answers, this issue seems pivotal or things to come. It adds to the air of foreboding and dread of what Magneto and some of the Mutants have planned behind the scenes. And with each issue and twist in the plot seems that there is something looming on the horizon much, much larger than we could have ever imagined.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Mar. 4, 2020
- THE FLASH #750: For Fans of the flash you will find this feature is the finest firmament of fiction. That with each familiar founder forging the fables of the fastest man alive make this fabulous fragment feel fast, fun, and fantastic. Each team captures the tone of what makes the scarlet speedster so endearing. Heck, even a rogue gets a spotlight to show they have heart. There’s also some stellar talent on the art side of things and an appearance by a famed fan favorite that will light up your face, excited to see where they’ll pop up next. DC put a lot of love into this one so, pick it up as fast as you can.
- STRANGE ADVENTURES #1: Tom king and Mitch Gerards knock it out of the park again with this new sci-fi tale of Space, sacrifice, media and morals with this dynamite relaunch of ‘Strange Adventures’ starring the Hero of Rann himself, Adam Strange. His past and present are juxtaposed as Adam’s heroics on Rann are majestic and merciless, while his fame and fortune on earth are not on such stable standing as, he and his wife Alanna, present it to be. If you liked any of King or Gerards’ previous collaborations then this is a no brainer, but if you’re unfamiliar and looking for some cape and cowl stories with extra baggage then check this one out. There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to these two creators and this one seems likes its gonna be personal and poignant and have you already wishing it to be a new HBO miniseries.
- STRANGE ACADEMY #1: Its heroes meet Hogwarts in this high-flying magical mania for Marvel’s newest mystics. Skottie Young’s puts down the pencil and picks up the pen as he writes this book with Humberto Ramos taking on the visuals. This book is a lot of fun, for any fans of YA books looking for something to scratch a magic school itch. The book has call outs from all over the magical side of the marvel universe. Tensions will flare when you see the meeting of the new cast of characters and Young knows exactly what sore spots to hit, like when sons of Asgard meet a son of the dark dimension. The lighter tone of this book is welcome and the main cast is intriguing and endearing so much, that you look forward to seeing how they all mesh together, quirks and all. Skottie young does well when he has his wits about him and takes you on a journey with the kid you are at heart. Ramos’s art really syncs with the lighter tone and plays the action with cool and crazy perspective that makes the book come alive with a lot of catastrophic charm.