I’ll go ahead and get it out in the open: I don’t get to the comic shop every week. There it is! I’ve said it!
Now that that’s cleared up, here’s the last load of comics I’ve brought in, and favorite panel of the issue:
Lazarus #8 – We are approaching the “Lift” selection and Forever is on her way to stop a terrorist bomb from going off. I say terrorist but that’s only in relation to the Carlyles. The Waste would probably view it as overdue. The series has been a slightly slow burn after the first arc but I think this arc will wrap up with a bang, or will it be a boom?
All-New X-Factor #9 – This title by Peter David and Carmine Di Giadomenico is getting better and better. I think this recent arc has elevated it in my rankings from the verge of dropping to remaining for the near future. The team interaction is picking up and I’m loving it. A running joke through this issue is how Cypher is not getting any love from Georgia for getting her out of her situation with her father. It’s subtly hilarious. Nice side Gambit story as well. Oh the drama.
Cyclops #2 – This issue built on a nice foundation from #1. Very well I might add. I’m a fan of Greg Rucka, as you can see from my reading his Lazarus title. Young Scott is adjusting pretty well to his new surroundings, considering he’s in the future and in space and travel companion to his Dad he thought to be dead. He did this pretty cool thing with his optic blasts (I included the panel with my fave of the issue). I don’t recall seeing him do that before. I enjoyed the Senex scene. And does Scott have his first space crush? How much do you think whatever meds Corsair bought cost? And who is tracking them? Is it just some bounty hunter or is it something more personal?
Batman #31 – Zero Year is winding down. Two more installments and this massive arc will wrap up. The cover is great. It’s like Bat-Arrow or Batman Hood. He doesn’t even have an arrow in the issue though. What a let down. I’m a big fan of The Riddler. I enjoy that he tests Batman’s mind and makes him use his wits over his brawn. It brings out the detective part of The Dark Knight. I think that helps with this new origin story. Bruce is needing to think and learn not to just rush in to things and have a fallback. Job well done Misters Snyder and Capullo.
Thor: God of Thunder #22 – I have been on board with the tone, the art, absolutely everything about Thor: God of Thunder since Marvel Now! I must admit the end of this book gave me tingles. And I thoroughly enjoy Thor’s granddaughters. TGoT is Jason Aaron’s best overall book, in my opinion. Give me time on Original Sin.
Ten Grand #9 – So Joe has been chosen by the reps of Hell to carry fallen angels and demons up into heaven so they can bypass some eternal hurdle keeping them from getting up there. Very different. We are at the last 3 issues of the first volume for this series (I’m not sure of future plans). I’m going to have to reread the first 9 before they come out so I can properly assess the series. It started out as what Constantine should be and it has wavered to a slow rolling moss gathering stone. I think we are in for a treat now that all of the plans are in place and the stuff is out about to fly.
Iron Fist #3 – The life of Danny Rand took a very strange turn in his childhood. He emerged from it “alive” but dead inside and seeking out revenge. In this issue we learn to not mess with anyone that matters to him because he will destroy you. At least until the other guy from K’un Lun gives him a Ryu-Street Fighter style punch out of this Otherworld and back to the real world. I am still diggin’ the effect to the flashbacks and I am interested in learning more about the character.
Original Sin #1 – The Watcher’s eyes have been taken. By whom? No idea yet. I thoroughly enjoyed the first scene with Cap, Black Widow, Old Nick Fury and Wolverine in a cafe. I love banter and asides that were included i the dialogue here. I’m interested to see how the story progresses. I always thought growing up that the bald guy in the toga was a weird character.
Moon Knight #4 – These stories are so weird. Like really weird. But really cool, and intriguing. Moon Knight is a fantastical, mystical version of Batman, I’d say. A detective of mysticism and the supernatural. Just read this issue. You will understand.
MK Side Note: Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey are leaving after the first 6 issues. This will be the second title (see Amazing X-Men) where the team that got me on the comic is departing. Not sure if I like it. I see good reviews of the new team on Amazing but I just can’t add more titles to read without eliminating. I have two kids to raise. I hear good things of the team coming in. I hope they live up to the hype.
Guardians of the Galaxy #15 – Sooooooo this is one of the most interesting issues I’ve seen in a while of a comic because the big feature character on the cover isn’t even in the issue. Maybe off page on this last panel but I’m glad this issue is part of my subscription and I didn’t buy it, kinda like that issue of Batman that everyone regrets buying a few months ago. I am not the biggest fan of Nick Bradshaw’s art. His noses are weird, it’s just an odd styling. I mean he’s good enough to work for Marvel but I didn’t really like his Wolverine and the X-Men stuff either. Anybody know how long he’ll be on the title? The story here doesn’t move forward that much either. We just get an update on where all the Guardians ended up after their disbanding. There wasn’t any story movement until the last panel.