So finally getting some peace and quiet in the household to gobble a smorgasbord of the past two weeks’ releases…
Batman 16…whoa, mama, King is turning up the juice. Superman, I too was disappointed in the Multiversity arc, but glad it was so short, because it had all the reeking of a Spiderverse ripoff. HATED the Crisis nod in this issue and I’ll shut up there. Action’s “Men of Steel” line was much more satisfying. Nightwing, satisfying conclusion, though I thought this story would go longer…WTF about the last panel? I will hang around a little longer and pray this book doesn’t go down the crapper after starting off like gangbusters. Aquaman…Mr. Abnett, may your tenure last forever on this book. This one’s unbeatable, even by Wonder Woman, which is still strong and still vibrant, but I’m feeling a small bit of leeriness as to its future path(s). Flash, I really loved # 15 and this clash with the new Rogues. I feel like the series had stalled just a smidge, but this looks to be mega. Maybe not “Flashpoint” mega, but I’m liking it so far.
Black Panther…OMG, I can’t wait for the next issue. I hate politics, but Coates is so masterful a writer I’ve been intrigued by every single stinking panel and all this long build-up appears to finally be hitting the fan. As I mentioned, Moon Knight is equally masterful. I’m so proud to be MK fan all these years. Hawkeye, I’m having fun with this new direction for Kate. It’s peppy, witty and fresh. Mark Waid’s Avengers.1 books…WOW!!! I love what he’s doing with having Quicksilver, Wanda and classic Hawkeye stumble as a team nobody believes in. Even better than the “Spidey” retro series. Please, Marvel, MORE of this classic, old-school style.
Star Wars, digging the Yoda arc, very cool. Darth Maul # 1…so-so. I’m glad he’s getting his own book and it’s a very good-looking book. The angst is correct. I’m not sure it’ll be as brilliant as Vader’s solo run, but we’ll see. The back story in Maul was supposed to be cute comedy relief, but nuh-uh, no more, thanks. It was obviously dropped in there as filled to justify charging $4.99 for the debut issue.
Vampi # 0 for a quarter is a steal, not just for the price, but the intro story is great. I’m not so sure what to feel how the series will take off from here. Been going back to the Warren mags and the “Masters” trades just to get my fix after the annoying Hollywood-steampunk Vampi which I’m glad to see is done. Kiss: The Demon really grabbed me. I can relate to the lead having been in a band that failed and thrust into the corporate world to a life where my passion has been worked on gradually in my spare time. It’s thus far better than Chu’s other Kiss book, though I salute her being able to do something really neat with “The Elder” album. WW 77/Bionic Woman continues to be cool.
Naturally, Reborn # 4 was insane. I’ll hit my thoughts on that thread. And Saga # 42…what a beautiful stunner of an ending, like a few issues ago.