Welcome back for another rousing edition of What Looks Good: The Big Two! Hey, is that really the end of Secret Wars I see down there??
Gotham Academy #14, $2.99
Karl Kerschl is a big loss, but Gotham Academy seems to be handling it in a unique way: jam issues! This is the first of a four part story called “Yearbook” and features a variety of writers and artists. It actually sounds really awesome to me and should give us a chance to get to know more about the individual characters. This book can sometimes run at a break neck pace, so a little slow down is needed.
Green Lantern Corps Edge Of Oblivion #1 (Of 6)(Ethan Van Sciver Regular Cover), $2.99
I actually really enjoyed the Green Lantern family of books after Geoff Johns left. While everything about the New Gods seemed wrong to me, the story was fairly epic and I always enjoy anything that makes Kyle Rayner cooler than Hal Jordan. But at some point the books lost steam and, it would seem, readers, as the family of titles keeps getting overhauled. Legion Lost made me a sucker for books about heroes lost in space, so this at least has potential.
Legend Of Wonder Woman #1 (Of 9)(Renae De Liz Regular Cover), $3.99
A SECOND Wonder Woman book! I know nothing of Renae De Liz or her work, but I do know that the current Wonder Woman title does nothing for me. I also know that I’d love to see someone dig into the New 52 version of Wonder Woman, as her origins haven’t been fleshed out as much as you would think. This is worth a look, at the very least.
Robin War #2 (Of 2)(Khary Randolph Regular Cover), $4.99
This site’s review of Robin War #1 notwithstanding, this has been a decent crossover, albeit one that is, like most events, longer than it needs to be. And not to beat a dead horse, but I just don’t see how you resolve this in any other way but dissolving the We Are Robin group.
Starfire #8 (Amanda Conner Regular Cover), $2.99
Are you reading this book? Why aren’t you reading this book? You should really be reading this book. Come on, now, Palmiotti and Conner have managed to merge all the variations of Starfire into one, totally natural character. They’ve told fun stories with amazing art from Emanuela Lupacchino. And now they’ve brought Dick Grayson in! This book is great, probably one of the top 3 comics DC is producing these days.
All-New All-Different Avengers #3 (Alex Ross Regular Cover), $3.99
I really, really want to like this book. I like Ms. Marvel and I like Miles Morales and I even like the new Nova. Yes, it’s weird that a bunch of adults would be totally cool with a bunch of teenagers hanging out on a superhero team with them, but I’ll look past it. But so far this book has been a bust. The stories have been uninspired, the pop culture references forced, and the whole thing has been kind of boring. This could be my last issue, unless something crazy happens.
All-New X-Men #3 (Mark Bagley Regular Cover), $3.99
The first issue of this series was great, a real surprise. The second issue was a hot mess. Can the third issue return to the winning ways? Is this going to be an every odd number kind of thing? Because I don’t think I could handle that. This book has lots of potential, particularly if you consider that the adult versions of all of these characters are more or less scenery in the rest of the X-verse these days.
Daredevil Epic Collection Volume 13 A Touch Of Typhoid TP, $39.99
You should already own these stories in some capacity. If you don’t, you have made a grievous oversight in your comic book reading life. Yeah, yeah, Frank Miller, blah blah blah, give me Daredevil by Nocenti and Romita, Jr. Give me that all damn day long. I spent most of my childhood convinced that everyone in New York looked like a JR, Jr. drawing. It’s gritty in a way that people don’t understand when they call something “gritty.” It’s intense and it’s brutal and it’s the best run of Daredevil there has ever been (sorry Frank Miller, Mark Waid, and Chris Samnee).
Mighty Thor #3 (Russell Dauterman Regular Cover), $3.99
I mentioned this before, but kudos to Aaron and Dauterman for making me care about a character named Thor. I really like the split between Jane Foster the mortal and Jane Foster the god of thunder. I’m also a big fan of the exploration of the politics of the Nine Realms that we’re seeing. Here’s hoping the Odinson stays away for a while.
Scarlet Witch #2 (David Aja Regular Cover), $3.99
The first issue of this series had a solid story from James Robinson with some fantastic art by Vanessa Del Rey, which wa smore than enough for me to come back for another dose. It seems like this series is going to delve into Marvel’s magical past, which would be great.
Secret Wars #9 (Of 9)(Alex Ross Regular Cover), $4.99
Man, if all of this was for another Reed/Doom face off… I don’t know. Marvel keeps claiming that there are still surprises to come even though nearly every new book will have launched by the time that this comes out. It’s Marvel, so that could be hot air, but I guess we’ll find out.
Silk #3 (Helen Chen Regular Cover), $3.99
While not a big fan of Dan Slott’s run on the Spider-man books, there’s one aspect I liked a lot: the Goblin Nation. I mean, why not, right? There have been so many variations on the Green Goblin, why not mobilize? This is an enjoyable, if not ground breaking, book, and I’m looking forward to getting more on the mystery involving Silk’s parents.