Wondering what looks good from Marvel and DC this week? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
You know, I had read online that Clean Room #2 was messed up and that it was giving people nightmares. And since I often read comics before going to bed, I held off on reading it. But eventually there were no other new comics left, so I sucked it up and opened the book. Not only was it as messed up as I’d read, it did, in fact, give me a nightmare. This is all to say that Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt are killing it on this book and you should be reading it.
Yes, it’s the latest issue of the Justice League book that everyone should be reading, but nobody is. Travel Foreman returns to the art duties on this issue to help Jeff Parker tell a “trippy” story, so sayeth the solicitation. It’s going to be good, I know that much, because this series has been great since Parker, Foreman, and Pelletier took over.
Have I mentioned that I love this series? Because I love this series. I love the idea of the Martian Manhunter splitting himself up into multiple aspects of his personality in an effort to avoid basically doing what he was created to do. I love each version of him. I hope that they stick around even after he’s reformed. This is easily the best Martian Manhunter book I’ve ever read and, hey, he’s on TV now, too.
I’m really enjoying the “Robin War” so far, but it’s mostly written by Tim King and that dude can write. Last week’s issue of Grayson was just about perfect. I also really like the idea of someone new picking up the mantle of Nightwing, which is I think where this is all headed. I’m putting my money on Duke Thomas, but all the hints about Duke becoming Robin some day at least open up the idea of Damien making the switch, which would be interesting (the fact that he has his own book called “Robin” would put a wrinkle in that idea, though). Still, if they can stop talking about Tim Drake’s new origin and maybe, just maybe, get him a costume that isn’t completely ridiculous, we might have a winner here.
I decried Marvel’s use of time travel when it came to the X-Men a few weeks back. I said I felt it was unnecessary given the complexities of the core metaphor of the team. I still feel that way, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t really enjoy the first issue of this series. I like the new dynamics they’ve installed in the team. I mean, sure none of it makes a lick of sense if you really think about it with regards to time travel, but whatever. Given how incoherent the rest of the X-books are, it’s nice to have something like this.
This was another solid debut for a concept I’ve never been big on aka Thor, regardless of gender. But the balance between Jane Foster’s battle with cancer and her battle for respect as the new Thor is great. This is exactly the kind of Thor book for people who have never taken to Thor, which is probably why it happened. I realize that the old Thor will return at some point, but I’d rather he not. This is my Thor.
Everyone should be reading this. That’s all you need to know. Okay, fine, it’s a fun book with great art. There. Go buy it.
I am a sucker for the Squadron Supreme. This new version sound fantastic – taking the survivors from Marvel’s multiverse and putting them together on a team with mysterious and violent purposes. Works for me! Plus, Leonard Kirk is one of the most underrated artists doing superhero comics today.
Wait a minute…is that…FUN, I see?
“Two former Avengers with tremendous power – and almost zero life experience – are on their own, trying to find their place as HEROES, COSMIC ENTITIES and…COLLEGE STUDENTS? What meal plan will cover a cosmic metabolism? Can two all-powerful entities share a dorm room the size of roach motel? Can you safely teleport to Mars after partying all night long at your first kegger? Find out in Starbrand & Nightmask!”
While I enjoy the buddy superhero book, I will say this: can we see a female version of this sometime please?
Weirdworld was probably the best of the Secret Wars tie-ins (IS probably the best? Aren’t they still going?), in no small part because of the brilliant art from Mike Del Mundo. Sam Humphries is stepping in to the writing shoes of Jason Aaron, which is a big challenge, but he at least gets the benefit of the doubt.
Weirdworld Volume 0 Warzones TP, $16.99