There’s a lot of books this week, so let’s skip the pretense and just get right to them!
Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (DC Comics)
(w) Brian Michael Bendis (a) Ryan Sook, Travis Moore
I still can’t tell how I feel about this series, so I plan on reading a few more to figure out how I feel. But damn, Sook’s art is gorgeous! — Jason
“You knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!) Also, meet the new Legionnaires as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across the DC Universe for months to come! All this, and Monster Boy is on the loose!”
Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #7 (DC Comics)
(w) Matt Fraction (a) Steve Lieber
Not much needs to be said other than I’ve enjoyed every issue so far. — Jason
I’d expect at least an Eisner nom for this series, so read it — Dan
“The doctor will see you now, Jimmy…and you, Jimmy, and you, and you, annnd you, too, Jimmy! How can there be five different Jimmy’s, and how will our Jimmy handle keep the other four Jimmy’s together without bursting into smithereens? Well, to answer that, Jimmy will first have to us about your mother. And what about your brother Jamie and sister Janey? Ah, yes, but how does that make you feel, Jimmy?”
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (DC Comics)
(w) Jeff Lemire (a) Bill Sienkiewicz, Denys Cowan
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage is another comic I’m at odds with. I love the 80’s series and was hoping this one would give me the same feeling, yet the first issue didn’t. Let’s hope this issue changes my mind. — Jason
“In modern-day Hub City, Vic Sage died. And then he woke up. In Hub City…in the 1800s! The legend of the Man with No Face rides across the Old West, discovering a shocking connection running through history all the way to the day he died…and pointing to more carnage yet to come!”
Green Lantern: Legacy TP (DC Comics)
(w) Minh Lê (a) Andie Tong
Originally the costume made me want to read Legacy, but after looking into it more it seems pretty fun. I might even read it to the Nieces/Nephews. — Jason
“Twelve-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother’s store, where his bedroom is crammed with sketchpads and comic books. But not even his most imaginative drawings could compare to the colorful adventure he’s about to embark on.
When Tai inherits his grandmother’s jade ring, he soon finds out it’s more than it appears. Suddenly he’s being inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns. Meanwhile, his neighborhood is being overrun by some racist bullies, and every time he puts pen to paper, he’s forced to realize that he might not be creative enough or strong enough to uphold the legacy of his ba.
Now Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: Will he learn to soar above his insecurities, or will the past keep him grounded?
From award-winning author Minh Lê (Drawn Together) and artist Andie Tong comes the tale of a brand-new hero, the latest in the Green Lantern lineage!”
Second Coming #6 (Ahoy Comics)
(w) Mark Russell (a) Leonard Kirk, Richard Pace
I mean, it’s Mark Russell. — Jason
“Extra-sized first season finale, featuring 30 pages of story!
Sunstar and Shiela leave Jesus in charge as they go off on their honeymoon. Satan tempts Jesus one last time.
Plus! Illustrated prose fiction, humor, and/or poems, and an exclusive preview of writer/creator Mark Russell’s brand new Ahoy title, debuting soon!”
Undiscovered Country #3 (Image Comics)
(W) Charles Soule, Scott Snyder (A) Daniele Orlandini (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
The second installment of this dystopian comic series was a major step up from the first issue. Soule and Snyder are slowly peeling back at the history of this world – with a dose of biting social commentary – while at the same time giving proper attention to the characters and their development. — Dan
“The expedition undertakes a desperate attempt to rescue a member of the team from the Destiny Man’s strange caravan city. Success or certain doom hinges on Americana expert Ace Kenyatta, PhD-what he knows about the new lands…and what he doesn’t.”
Hellboy Winter Special 2019 (Dark Horse)
(W) Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie (A) Mark Laszlo, Leila Del Duca, Andrea Mutti (CA) Mike Mignola
Sure, it’s a tad late, but the holidays aren’t over until we get our annual dose of Hellboy. Of course, having Mike Mignola once again visit this wonderful world is reason enough to pick this up. — Dan
“Celebrate the season in true Hellboy fashion!
Meet a ghostly miser in an alternate reality, fear the Boogam of rural New York, and embrace the wrath of St. Hagan in this trio of occult winter tales! The familiar faces of Hellboy, Sarah Jewell, and the legendary Knights of St. Hagan will help you ring in the new year with all the shivers you can take-and not all of them from the cold!”
Hellmouth #4 (of 5) (BOOM! Studios)
(W) Jordie Bellaire, Jeremy Lambert (A) Eleonora Carlini (CA) Jenny Frison
While the “event of the year” billing of the solicit may be overselling it a tad, BOOM! Studios has done a surprisingly good job handling the Buffy property, and this story has surprised – especially its character-driven plot. — Dan
“The Penultimate Issue Of The Event Of The Year! Buffy and Angel come face to face with the secret enemy behind the evil that has overwhelmed Sunnydale – but the deadliest secrets may be the ones they’re hiding from each other! And nothing will ever be the same!”
The Strange Ones OGN
(W/A) Jeremy Jusay
Honestly, I have no idea what to expect, but I’m always down of a slice-of-life story – especially from independent creators. — Dan
“Anjeline walks with an open heart, but alone, through a world that consistently rejects her; Franck, another loner, never smiles. After the hand of fate literally shoves them together in the roiling mosh pit at a Midtown rock concert, they bond over the long commute back to Staten Island, and begin a friendship that makes the world a little better for them both. Together, this strange pair turns the sharp-edged, gloomy New York City into their playground… even as pain and heartbreak await around the corner.”