When your comics come around, You Must Read them!
What’s on YOUR Pull List?
- Extraordinary X-Men #15
- Flash #9
- Future Quest #6
- Hellblazer #3
- Jughead #10
- Outcast #22
- Renato Jones: The One Percent #5
- Saga #39
- Seven To Eternity #2
- Star Wars Poe Dameron #7
I’m incredibly excited this week for Seven to Eternity. It was my pick on the podcast this week and I cannot wait to see more of Opena’s art. It’s going to be beautifully intricate, mind-bending, and terrifying.
Outcast beats its slow drum continuously. The last few issues have been weird, and without being spoiler-y, they feel… cheap. I’m not knocking the story so much as I’m curious to know if there’s a much bigger storyline actually being delivered by this book.
Extraordinary X-Men has finally become a book I’ve warmed up to–despite taking 14 issues to get there. The current story of Storm and Magick traversing multiple dimensions has been a fun study into the back and forth of these characters, which is something I didn’t expect to get from this book. I mostly am partial to Storm interacting with anyone, because she’s fantastic.
Hellblazer feels a lot like the beginning of the short-lived Constantine series that ran mid-way through the New 52; lots of weirdness and pacing problems. But maybe I need to immerse myself more in this book. I think that Mortiat’s art is working well for this story and the writing isn’t bad, but there isn’t a clear goal. And maybe that’s just how Hellblazer stories go: John Constantine sort of stumbling through the pages, fixing (or damning) things as he goes.
- Vision #12
- Civil War 2 #6 (of 7)
- The Skeptics #1
The final issue of Vision is out this week. Since it began last November, it has consistently been the best book out each month (yes, I will fight you on this). I’m sad that it’s ending, but I’m also glad that it will always be one perfectly executed story. It will never get bloated or fizzle out; it wont get a new creative team that misses the boat. It was conceived of as a 12-issue story arc, and it was expertly plotted and paced as such. I really appreciate Tom King negotiating with DC to let him finish it, and can’t wait to reread it all as a completed work. Now where’s my hardcover deluxe omnibus edition Marvel?!
To fill the hole in my pull left by Vision ending, I’m trying out The Skeptics, a new series by Black Mask. It’s being billed as “a pre-punk period piece, a sort of honest, unfuzzy, non-nostalgic look at the Cold War in DC.” The basic premise is that the Russians have a pair of people with super powers, so the US goes looking for their own. In response, an illusionist trains two teens to trick everyone (Americans and Russians alike) into believing that they are dangerous psychics.
The Skeptics is being written by Tini Howard, the winner of the Top Cow Talent Hunt in 2014. On art and colors is Devaki Neogi, who was academically trained as a Fashion Designer and worked in the apparel industry before moving to illustration and comics (a career path that has done wonders for comic art in the past). Kudos to Black Mask for having a diverse, all-female creative team!
- Detective Comics #943
- Future Quest #6
- Judge Dredd #11
- Wonder Woman #9
FULL CONFESSION: I am about 3 weeks behind on my weekly comics. So, I plan on buying these fine periodicals this week, but I have absolutely no idea when I will actually get around to reading them though. It’s weird when your hobbies start feeling like chores, huh?
- Birthright #20
- Bloodshot U.S.A. #1
- Descender #16
- Dr. Fate #17
- Future Quest #6
I’ll level with ya…Birthright is on the ropes. Remember how annoying it got when Star Wars furthered its “it’s a small world” syndrome, as you began to realize that everyone was related to everyone else? As you began to wonder if it’d be possible that some of the characters didn’t have some back history with others? Well, Birthright has the same problem, it’s just that “everybody’s magic.” And related. And has some analogue in the magic realm on top of ours. Sometimes I’ll let a book just wrap things for old time’s sake…but we’re closing in on two years.
Call it Bloodshot U.S.A. #1 or effectively Bloodshot Reborn #19 or whatever you want (unless, after this miniseries, they return to the old numbering, in which case, don’t label this the nineteenth issue), just know that this’ll be the base of operations for those desperately seeking the adventures of an amnesiac albino antihero. Since NYC is Valiant Entertainment’s home, perhaps its fitting that they chose to have Project Rising Spirit infect the Big Apple with a contagious dispersion of nanites. Yeah…that will probably play out the way it sounds. As in, bad. Also….Doug Braithwaite on art? Yss pls.
Okay, so the “Singularities” arc of Descender finally wraps this week. Or, as I have impartially deemed them, the “90% flashback, 10% forward progress” arc. This book was ramping up so fast….and then decided to info dump for a hundred pages or so. And look, it’s Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, and they’re making it as interesting and beautiful as anybody could. But that doesn’t ignore what it is.
Second to last issue of Dr. Fate, The beautiful, unique, “not stellar, but still thoroughly underrated” book from DC Comics. The most amazing thing about a book like this, is that it has most of the qualities of a DC title that doesn’t survive its first arc. Chances are, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Finally, there’s Future Quest. This title is a beautiful zany mishmash of characters and shows and plots and adventures…not unlike the smorgasbord of action figures we’d throw together as children. Trade should be rolling out relatively soon, and you owe it to yourself to check it out.