And we’re back! I haven’t been busy, per se, but I’ve been tired. Here we go.
LUCIFER #10: Black, Garbett, Fabela
This is another series I have to reread. That aside, the art is awesome, and I love Black’s storytelling. (I have loved it since The Spiderwick Chronicles, in fact.) Anyway, good stuff. I like where they’re going with this story arc, flipping everything upside down. It’s gonna be good. (8.7/10)
THE MIGHTY THOR #11: Aaron, Dauterman, Wilson
Like Hollingsworth below, Matt Wilson’s colors are fantastic in this issue (in every Thor issue, actually). And Dauterman’s art! When Roxxon’s island burns, the reveal panels at the end…he is the real deal. Ever since I read the end pages of the last issue I have been antsy for this one. Aaron delivered, obviously. It also looks like we’re getting a new arc about the origins of Mjolnir that looks really interesting. (9.7/10)
PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT! #10: Leth, Williams, Wilson
I 👏🏾 love 👏🏾 Hellcat 👏🏾. Honestly, every issue just makes me happy (except #8, which was depressing as all get out). This was another fun romp through the world(s) of Marvel’s “street heroes;” i.e., the ones who don’t get in the big fights, who choose not to fight with their friends… Anyway, some of Hellcat’s old boyfriends show up, she ends up in another dimension, fun ensues. It helps that Williams’ art and Wilson’s colors are so bright and optimistic. Everyone go read Hellcat, you’ll enjoy yourselves.(9.7/10)
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #8: Walker, Greene, Flaviano, Rauch
This series is average. (Is that too harsh? Oh well.) Marvel released a new Heroes for Hire series on the heels of the success of Jessica Jones, and I was pumped for a Luke Cage comic, a black hero…it’s fine. I like all of the Marvel “street heroes” comics, as I mentioned above, so it’s got that going for it. Also currently tackling the problems with predictive policing, prejudice against former criminals, so that also. Good art, good diversity. (7/10)
PUNISHER #5: Cloonan, Dillon, Martin
My friend Mary and I were big fans of the Punisher in his incarnation on Daredevil this year. This comic appropriately fills the void for me as we wait for the Punisher tv series to appear. (Reading the letters section of this issue, it seems Daredevil brought a lot of Frank fans to the comics party.) It’s action-packed, well-drawn, and suitably messed-up. This issue was kind of the end of the arc? Maybe? Either that, or the equivalent of a midseason finale. Cloonan does a great job with this series. I’m always very excited to get to the end and see what happens. However, the main antagonist’s name is Face, and he’s a very sadistic/gross dude, which is weird for me because of Face from the A-Team. Also I just realized that Frank’s hand is escaping his straitjacket on the cover, so watch out criminals everywhere. (8.7/10)
SEVEN TO ETERNITY #1: Remender, Opeña, Hollingsworth
Firstly, Matt Hollingsworth is on point here with his colors. Secondly, I’m not super sure why I decided to add this series to my list—I kept seeing the ad for it in the back of Tokyo Ghost and some other Image stuff, and it looked cool? I really enjoyed Ghost, as well. Suffice to say I’m glad I grabbed it, because this was awesome.
The worldbuilding alone is just incredible. Add Opeña’s art (I’ve never read a work illustrated by him, but I’m gonna be on the lookout now) and it looks like this is going to be a hit. I don’t really want to say anything and spoil the fun of seeing it yourselves, but some things I liked about the art was the use of light, the way Opeña drew Adam’s steed, and I loved Rus Wooton’s lettering. Writing-wise, this is like your favorite fantasy novel, but as a comic. And aside from the sci-fi bit, it’s a story about family, morals, manipulation, and honor maybe? Pick this one up. (9.87/10)
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE 1831AD: Gillen, Hans, Cowles
The Wicked + the Divine is the first comic series I started picking up on a regular basis. So basically I have been waiting impatiently ever since Kieron announced (a while ago, I feel like) that the team was doing one-shots with past pantheons. This did not disappoint! I had no idea Hans was doing the art for this one, so that was also a welcome surprise. Her variant cover for issue #3 of this same series is one of my favorites, and her work on Angela: Asgard’s Assassin is just so so so so good. This description is from the official solicit:
“Critically-acclaimed THE WICKED + THE DIVINE goes back to the nineteenth century, to see what became of the Romantic poets one infamous night on Lake Geneva…”
Basically, Mary & Percy Bysshe and co. were all part of a past pantheon, and the whole Lake Geneva thing was part of them spending their last days together. This was fabulous, as it always, always is. The only bad thing that I have to say about this issue is that Kieron didn’t have a commentary section. (Also Ananke, but whatever.) This made me laugh (spoilers, though). NONE MORE THOTH (10/10)
Soon: movie review, Bull pilot review (if my cable provider will come through), Empire premiere review, and a book review or two. Spread the word!