20 May

BEST OF 2017

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Best of 2017 Show

All my favorite comics and comic-related stuff from 2017.

01 – Favorite New Ongoing Comic Book Series (First issue released in 2017)

  1.   Winner: Superman (2017) #1
  2. Runner Up: Falcon (2017) #1

02 – Favorite Returning Ongoing Comic Book Series (First issue released PRE-2017)

  1.   Winner: Harrow County
  2. Runner Up: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

03 – Favorite Limited Series (Between 2-12 issues. First issue released in 2017)

  1. Winner: Victor LaValle’s Destroyer DC’s Doomsday Clock (2017) #1
  2. Runner Up: Blood Bowl: More Guts, More Glory! (2017) #1

04 – Favorite One-Shot Comic (Stand-alone one-and-done comic book – not part of a regular series – released in 2017)

  1. Winner: Batman/Elmer Fudd Special (2017) #1
  2. Runner Up: Hellboy: Krapusnacht (2017) #1

05 – Favorite Single Issue of a Comic (Your favorite single issue of a comic this year)

  1.  Winner: Robotech #1 (2017)
  2. Runner Up: Rebels TF&IS #7 “Brooklyn Heights”

06 – Favorite Original Graphic Novel (OGN) (An original story. First published in TPB/HC format. Not a reprint or collection)

Winner: Behind You (IDW)

Runner Up: Mr Higgins Comes Home (DH)

07 – Favorite Collected Edition (Your favorite TPB/HC collecting material originally published elsewhere. Collection released in 2017)

  1. Winner: Armies (Humanoids) 2017
  2. Runner Up: The Black Sinister (2017) HC vol. 01

08 – Favorite Writer (Name your favorite writer this year, and list examples of their work from 2017)

  1. Winner: Cullen Bunn (HARROW COUNTY)
  2. Runner Up: Ryan North (UBSG)

09 – Favorite Artist/Art Team (Name your favorite Artist/Team this year, and list examples of their work from 2017)

  1. Winner: Tyler Crooke
  2. Runner Up: Walt Simonson

10 – Favorite Publisher (Name your favorite Publisher of 2017 and say a little about why)

  1. Winner: DC
  2. Runner Up: Dark Horse

11 – Favorite Comic-Based Movie (Premiering in 2017)

Winner: Thor: Ragnarok

Runner Up: Logan

12 – Favorite New Comic-Based TV Show (Premiering in 2017)

  1. Winner: Defenders (Netflix)
  2. Runner Up: Punisher (Netflix)

13 – Favorite Returning Comic-Based TV Show (Returned for a 2nd (or higher) season in 2017)

  1. Winner: Agents of Shield (ABC)
  2. Runner Up: RWBY

14 – Favorite Cover

  1. Winner: Squirrel Girl #22 Ericka Henderson
  2. Runner Up: Harrow County #28 Tyler Crook
13 Oct

Previews -October 2015

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Comics.Community PREVIEWS Worksheet for October Previews.

Here are my picks for the show that never was in October:
Dark Horse
#1’s
1. Alabaster the Good the Bad & the Bird #1 (Dec 9th)
alabasterWriter: Kiernan, Caitlin R.
Artist: Warren Johnson, Daniel
Cover Artist: Ruth, Greg
A new evil haunts the sun-scorched back roads and ghost towns of the American South-murderous twins who command a legion of ghouls. Once again, Dancy Flammarion must face down demons: both those who walk the world unchallenged and those in her own shattered mind.

Returning
1. Rebels #9 (Dec 9th)
rebelsWriter: Wood, Brian
Artist: Mutti, Andrea
Cover Artist: Lotay, Tula
Before the Revolutionary War, across the Ohio River Valley, numerous forts were built to claim and hold valuable territory. Meet Stone Hoof, a young Native American who falls in with a crew of white settlers during the French and Indian War.

2. Harrow County #8 (Dec 9th)
harrowWriter: Bunn, Cullen
Artist: Crook, Tyler
Cover Artist: Crook, Tyler
Kammi has rallied the forsaken haints to her dark cause. Now Emmy may have to make a profound sacrifice if she hopes to protect her kith and kin at the heart of Harrow County.

OGN
Sherlock Holmes Crime Alleys HC (Feb 3rd)
ripperWriter: Cordurie, Sylvain
Artist: Nespolino, Alessandro
Cover Artist: Toulhoat, Ronan
When members of England’s literati begin disappearing without ransom or a trace, Sherlock Holmes springs into action! But the mastermind behind the abductions may prove too cunning even for the great detective!
DC Comics
#1’s
1. Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 of 6 (Dec 9th)
BMTMNTWriter: TynionIV, James
Artist: Williams II, Freddie
Cover Artist: Williams II, Freddie
DC Comics and IDW team up for the crossover you never saw coming as two of the greatest entertainment icons meet for the first time! In Gotham City, a series of deadly raids leads Batman to believe he’s up against a group of highly trained ninjas known as the Foot Clan! Somehow, they’ve crossed over to another dimension and are determined to take advantage of the situation while looking to get back home. But they haven’t come alone: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are hot on their trail. Get ready for excitement as heroes and villains from both worlds clash and team up in an epic battle that threatens the very fabric of reality!

Returning
1. Dark Knight III Master Race #2 of 8 (Dec 23rd)
DK3Writer: Miller, Frank
Artist: Kubert, Andy
Cover Artist: Kubert, Andy
The unexpected finale to the Dark Knight saga continues as Carrie Kelly gets caught…that is, she finds herself…she gets into-well, you’re just going to have to read it yourself.

 

2. Black Canary (2015-) #7 (Dec 16th)
canaryWriter: Fletcher, Brendan
Artist: Wu, Annie
Cover Artist: Wu, Annie
It’s the deafening finale of the band’s debut tour! Dinah will have to scream louder than she ever has before

 

3. Gotham By Midnight #12 (Dec 23rd)
gothamWriter: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Ferreyra, Juan
Cover Artist: Sienkiewicz, Bill
The final battle for the soul of Gotham City begins, and The Spectre might be facing more than just the ancient spirit called Ikkondrid. What will Corrigan and the Midnight Shift do if they discover that The Spectre is on the wrong side of this fight after all?
IDW Publishing
#1’s
1. Judge Dredd (ongoing) #1 (Dec 16th)
dreddWriter: Farinas, Ulises
Artist: McDaid, Dan
Cover Artist: Farinas, Ulises
‘Mega-City Zero,’ part 1! Ushering in a brave new era, Judge Dredd awakens to find that Mega-City One has been sent back to the Stone Age, with city blocks overgrown and nary a citizen to be found. Witness as Dredd struggles to unravel the mystery as he copes with being just an ordinary Joe…

2. X-files X-mas Special Special #1 (Dec 23rd)
Writer: Harris, Joe
Artist: Smith, Matthew Dow
Cover Artist: Menton3,
Special Season 11 tie-in! Just in time for the holiday season, the Lone Gunmen learn of the impending arrival of some unwelcome visitors. But before they can raise the alarm, they receive some other unexpected guests…

Returning
1. Star Trek/Green Lantern #6 of 6 (Dec 9th)
STGLWriter: Johnson, Mike
Artist: Hernandez, Angel
Cover Artist: Mooney, Stephen
It’s the final chapter of the crossover event of 2015! The dead have risen. Heroes have fallen. The last survivors of Starfleet and the Lantern Corps join together to fight the greatest threat the galaxy has ever known. Who will be left standing? Don’t miss the shocking events that will change the future of both franchises forever!

2. Sherlock Holmes: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution #5 of 5 (Dec 2nd)
sevenpercentWriter: Tipton, Scott
Artist: Joseph, Ron
Cover Artist: Jones, Kelley
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution comes to an action-packed conclusion as Holmes, Watson and Freud race to prevent a world war, and Holmes’ darkest secret is revealed!

 

Image Comics
#1’s
1. Image 1sts -Reprints- for $1. (Dec 2nd)
Bitch Planet, Descender, ODY-C, Wayward,

Returning
1. Monstress #2 MR (Dec 2nd)
monstressWriter: Liu, Marjorie M.
Artist: Takeda, Sana
Cover Artist: Takeda, Sana
Maika fights to cross the wall.

 

 

2. Faster Than Light #4 (Dec 9th)
fasterthanlightWriter: Haberlin, Brian
Artist: Haberlin, Brian
Cover Artist: Haberlin, Brian
AUGMENTED REALITY ENHANCED Meet The Neighbors. What happens when you meet a highly advanced species to form a new alliance BUT you can’t even stand to look at them? Also, Forest must root out the truth when a collection of space vagabonds try to sell him their home planet.

3. Head Lopper #2 (Dec 9th)
lopperWriter: MacLean, Andrew
Artist: MacLean, Andrew
Cover Artist: MacLean, Andrew
Norgal and Agatha pass through a dark forest with a particularly grim history, where they meet a strange little creature named Gnym. Is he a friend? Or does he just want to see undead giants squish the Head Lopper to meat-jelly? All this… And more! MAJOR PLOT POINT Villain, Servin Lulach’s origin story is introduced.

OGN
Manhattan Projects Vol. 6 TP (Dec 16th)
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Pitarra, Nick
Cover Artist: Pitarra, Nick
The sixth volume of the award-winning Manhattan Projects. The Sun Beyond the Stars. Collects THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #1-4

Collection
Empty Zone Vol. 1: Conversations With the Dead TP MR (Dec 16th)
emptyzoneWriter: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Cover Artist: Alexander, Jason Shawn
Collects EMPTY ZONE #1-5

 

 

Marvel Comics
#1’s
1. A-force #1 (Dec 16th)
aforceWriter: Wilson, G. Willow
Artist: Molina, Jorge
Cover Artist: TBD,
A-FORCE, ASSEMBLE! From the ashes of Battleworld, Marvel’s newest hero SINGULARITY has risen and entered the Marvel Universe. But she didn’t make the journey alone. To combat the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse, Singularity will summon the world’s mightiest team of Avengers to her side: SHE-HULK. CAPTAIN MARVEL. DAZZLER. MEDUSA. NICO MINORU. Together, they are A FORCE to be reckoned with! Rated T+

2. Daredevil (2014-) #1 (Dec 2nd)
Writer: Soule, Charles
Artist: Garney, Ron
Cover Artist: Garney, Ron
Back in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney’s office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it’s a whole new chapter for our man without fear-including the arrival of the devil’s advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot. Rated T+

3. Squadron Supreme #1 (Dec 16th)
squadronWriter: Robinson, James
Artist: Kirk, Leonard
Cover Artist: Ross, Alex
They’re each the sole survivor of a lost Earth and they’ll do anything to protect this one, whether you like it or not. The Squadron Supreme — comprising Hyperion (Avengers), Nighthawk (Supreme Power), Dr. Spectrum (the Great Society), Blur (DP7) and Power Princess — are a team that doesn’t ask permission or what the rules are. To them all that matters is the safety of Earth and if you stand in the way…that’s your problem! Tell that to the Squadron’s first target — Namor, destroyer of Dr. Spectrum’s homeworld, who will have to pay for his crimes…but at what cost to the people of Atlantis. Rated T+

Returning
1. Captain America White #5 of 5 (Dec 30th)
CAWhiteWriter: Loeb, Jeph
Artist: Sale, Tim
Cover Artist: Sale, Tim
This is it! The long awaited finale to Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s epic Captain America story! Rated T+

 

2. All New Hawkeye #2 (Dec 9th)
Writer: Lemire, Jeff
Artist: Perez, Ramon K.
Cover Artist: Perez, Ramon K.
A reluctantly reunited team Hawkeye struggles to rebuild trust and rectify past mistakes. But they’re put through the ringer when their mission brings them face to face with The Mandarin! It’s a turbulent trip down memory lane in this exciting issue that takes Kate and Clint back to the future.
Boom Studios
#1’s
1. Jim Hensons Storyteller Dragons #1 (Dec 2nd)
hensonWriter: Bayliss, Daniel
Artist: Bayliss, Daniel
Cover Artist: Bayliss, Daniel
What’s to Love: We explored the many different myths and legends about witches in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, and we’re thrilled to rejoin the Storyteller and his faithful dog as they explore a whole new set of stories about dragons from talented creators with beautiful and unique styles. What It Is: Dragons have taken many different shapes in cultures across the world, from serpents and ‘worms’ to thunderbirds and the classic European firebreather. In this first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) bring us ‘Son of the Serpent,’ inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird.

Returning
1. Wilds End Enemy Within #4 of 4 (Dec 23rd)
wildsendWriter: Abnett, Dan
Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
Cover Artist: Culbard, I.N.J.
Synopsis: Fawkes and Alph discover the alien crash site from weeks earlier.

 

2. Klaus #2 (Dec 2nd)
klausWriter: Morrison, Grant
Artist: Mora, Dan
Cover Artist: Mora, Dan
Synopsis: As the downtrodden people of Grimsvig struggle under totalitarian rule, Klaus stealthily evades the guard and slips magical, living toys into the poorest of homes to lift their spirits.

OGN –
Collection –
Escape From New York Vol. 1 TP (Dec 9th)
escapeWriter: Sebela, Christopher
Artist: Barreto, Diego
Cover Artist: Bradstreet, Tim
What’s to Love: ‘I thought you were dead.’ ‘Call me Plissken!’ We could seriously quote John Carpenter’s gritty cult classic all day. Expanding Carpenter’s world of Big Trouble in Little China in comics has been a dream, and now we’re diving into the war-torn ‘future’ of Escape from New York with the most reluctant anti-hero in action flicks, Snake Plissken! What It Is: Snake Plissken is back! Picking up right at the end of the cult classic film, Snake heads south to get away from it all, but trouble follows him to Florida where a militant family leads an attempted secession from the rest of the U.S.! Collects issues #1-4.

Misc Indie Titles

1. Glance Backward HC -Magnetic Press- (Dec 2nd)
glanceWriter: Paquet, Pierre
Artist: Sandoval, Tony
Cover Artist: Sandoval, Tony
Eleven-year-old Pepe’s world turns inside out when he finds himself pulled inside the walls of his own home, seemingly trapped in a strange and surreal place. As he searches for a way out, he discovers a myriad of strange, intriguing, and frightening characters, who ultimately lead him to complete the greatest journey of them all: growing up. A powerful coming of age tale everyone can identify with.

2. Resistance: Orbital (Vol. 6) Paperback -Cinebook– (December 7, 2015)
orbitalby Sylvain Runberg (Author),
Serge Pellé (Illustrator)
The Confederation is on the brink of civil war! After fleeing Confederate space, Caleb and Mezoke are hiding among a community of exiles disgusted by the corruption and violence infecting the galactic government. Caleb is recovering slowly, just as Angus, the living ship, is doing on a different world. But a powerful, dangerous psychic link seems to exist between them, and all are actively hunted by both the authorities and a terrorist group. When running ceases to be the answer, the only option left is resistance…

3. Providence #6 of 12 -Avatar- (Dec 30th)
Writer: Moore, Alan
Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Cover Artist: Burrows, Jacen
Fans and critics alike are hailing Alan Moore’s Providence as the horror event of the year! Mild mannered newsman Robert Black is uncovering a mysterious undercurrent of fear as the pieces of the Lovecraftian puzzle slowly begin to make a coherent picture. The dramatic tension is building with each incredible ad-free 40 page issue and this issue begins the big unveils. The work has been researched and developed by Moore and Burrows over the course of several years. And the end result is an amazing tome of Lovecraftian influenced nightmares where Moore has written every cover, every single page, and every nuance of this work to create his most fully-realized vision to date.Fans of Moore’s immersive style and meticulous grasp of storytelling will be thrilled to add this essential piece of comics history to their collections! Available with Regular, Pantheon, Portrait, Dreamscape Wraparound, Women of HPL, and a special Ancient Tome Incentive cover, all by collaborator Jacen Burrows.

Misc Merchandise
1. DC Business card cases -Flash & WW- (Jan 6th)
Let your clients know their assignments will be done in a flash, with The Flash Business Card Case! Featuring a glossy finish and emblazoned with Barry Allen’s iconic sigil, this PREVIEWS Exclusive card case will let everyone know that you may be the fastest man alive!

2. New Ships for Star Wars X-Wing based on Rebels cartoon (Dec 23rd)
The Ghost, Imperial Assault Carrier, inquisitor’s Tie Fighter,

3. Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 Trivial Pursuit (Nov 18th)
Test your knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 300 questions from the first 10 films! Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 1 Trivial Pursuit features: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor, and Captain America.

28 Jan

The Full List 01-28-2015

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New year, new list of comic books I bought this week. Now that the holidays are over with it’s time to get back at it here on Zebu Nation. Look for new podcasts, features and a year in review special coming very soon.

-Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome Nowhere TP (Image)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Scalera, Matteo
Cover Artist: Scalera, Matteo
The Anarchist League of Scientists has lost their leader, the most recent victim of the Pillar’s violently random jumps through the Eververse…but are they really random? As the survivors fight their way through a world where magic and science are one and the same, the secrets of their predicament slowly come to light…and illuminate a terrible truth. Collects BLACK SCIENCE #7-11

-Gotham By Midnight #3 (DC)
Writer: Fawkes, Ray
Artist: Templesmith, Ben
Cover Artist: Templesmith, Ben
There’s a dark secret in Gotham General Hospital – a supernatural menace that could infect the whole city! But Detective Lisa Drake of the Midnight Shift has a dark secret of her own

-Multiversity Guidebook (DC)
Writer: Morrison, Grant
Artist: Scott, Nicola
Cover Artist: Hughes, Rian
The guidebook to the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here! With a detailed concordance featuring each of the 52 worlds in the Multiverse, a complete history of DC Comics’ universe-shattering ‘Crisis’ events, a map of all known existence, AND an action-packed dual adventure starring Kamandi of Earth-51 alongside the post-apocalyptic Atomic Knight Batman of Earth-17 and chibi Batman of Earth-42, this 80-page mountain of MULTIVERSITY madness cannot be missed! The MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK contains everything you ever wanted to know about DC’s parallel worlds and their super-heroic inhabitants. Meet the Agents of W.O.N.D.E.R. The Light Brigade, the Super-Americans and the Love Syndicate! Meet the Accelerated Man, Aquaflash, BiOmac and more! Overflowing with today’s top artists and completely written by Grant Morrison himself, readers of the DC Universe can’t afford to pass up this oversized, sixth chapter of MULTIVERSITY!

-Predator Fire and Stone #4 (of 4) (Dark Horse)
Writer: Williamson, Joshua
Artist: Mooneyham, Chris
Cover Artist: Brown, Dan
As the Predator sets out on his greatest hunt, Galgo must decide if atoning for his past sins is worth the ultimate sacrifice!

-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #4 of 4 (IDW)
Writer: Burnham, Erik
Artist: Schoening, Dan
Cover Artist: Atkins, Robert
The supernaturally awesome conclusion to the blockbuster crossover is here! Ghostly forces converge on the Ghostbusters HQ, and the Turtles’ opportunity to get back home is fast dwindling! The two teams’ last-ditch efforts may come too late!

-Thor (2014-) #4 (Marvel)
Writer: Aaron, Jason
Artist: Dauterman, Russell
Cover Artist: Dauterman, Russell
* The Odinson is back. And he clearly doesn’t like that someone else is holding his hammer. You know what that means, right?
* THOR VS. THOR!!!

 

03 Oct

Graphic Details 10-03-2014

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Warning! Here there be Spoilers!

Below are my full and detailed thoughts and reviews of various graphic novels and trades that I’ve read. Reading this is a good way for you to get caught up on what’s going on in comic books today, but it also contains major spoilers for some of today’s most popular books. So don’t say I didn’t warn you that Graphic Details begins, now!

Captain America Volume 4: The Iron Nail (Marvel Now)
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Alixe, Pascal/Klein, Nic
Cover Artist: Klein, Nic
Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #16-21.

So, this is where it ends for Steve Rogers. Not the end as in his death, but something worse. Writer Rick Remender is famous for running his protagonists through the wringer and he’s been torturing Cap for three volumes now. The pain inflicted on Cap was all fun and games while he was traipsing through the fantastical “Dimension Z”, but now that he’s is back in the 616 Remenders’ penchant for unrelenting misery is wearing a bit thin, at least with me.

In this fourth volume we find Cap on a knife’s edge since returning from the world of Zola. Having lost his love, Agent Carter, and his adopted son, Ian, in the process of freeing himself from his arch-enemy’s clutches The Captain is now wracked with guilt and self-doubt. He’s losing faith in his own ideals of right and wrong and the surrogate daughter he brought back from Dimension Z, Jet Zola, isn’t helping matters by constantly telling him how might makes right in most circumstance.

All this anguish and introspection has left the man behind the shield a distant and unfocused hero who feels unworthy to carry on the fight even as he does so almost autonomously. He perseveres out of pure heroic instincts and it’s at once compelling and repelling to this long time Cap fan.

This is a Cap who pops up every few years when a new writer comes on board and wants to shake things up. Maybe Remender feels Cap is too boring or too perfect, or maybe this is just Remender being Remender, but I’ve seen this Cap before and I’m not a fan.

Ok, enough character dissection. Let’s actually discuss the story now. In Captain America Vol. 3: Loose Nuke, a top secret SHIELD facility was destroyed. In this volume we discover that the facility housed something called The Weapon Minus Program, a project designed to counter both the Weapon-X program that spawned Wolverine, and the Super-Soldier program that created Cap. This counter agent is now loose on the world in the form of the wholly preposterous Dr. Mindbubble.

Dr. Mindbubble is a dapper gent with a spigot in his forehead that produces bubbles of altered reality that encase his victims in a prison of their greatest wishes for peace and happiness, before killing them. He’s a true weapon of peace, and I have to admit he’s a fascinating foil for Cap. Mindbubble was created by the ill-advised combination of the super-soldier serum and LSD. This concoction created a psycho 60’s super hippy whose mantra is to force peace on the world at all costs.

Mindbubble was freed by a Chinese super villain known as The Iron Nail. The two of them have a history together, but that history is not well explained. Iron Nail and his group are bent on the destruction of SHIELD as a world watchdog organization and they need Mindbubble to further that goal and to defeat Captain America.

This anti-SHIELD, anti-American Imperialism, plot feels a bit worn to me after going through many of the same conceits during Civil War, the Agents of SHIELD TV show, and the latest Captain America movie, Winter Soldier. I’ve even seen very similar plots in other sources, such as IDW’s G.I. JOE comic book. It’s getting a little old and I hope Marvel comes to grips with who and what they want SHIELD to be as soon as possible because I’m getting a little tired of them constantly building SHIELD up just to tear it down again, time after time.

Eventually Cap, Jet Black, and the Falcon move in because Dr. Mindbubble and his crew have used his, uh, mind bubbles to compromise SHIELD and take control of their… wait for it… Super Secret Ultra Death Hellicarrier. Just like the movie version of Winter Soldier.

Now, I don’t want to pile on Remender here because, honestly, he’s one of my favorite comic book writers. I loved Fear Agent, The End League, and Gigantic. I’m reading Black Science right now. I even liked the Dimension Z storyline. However… Well, I’ve dumped on this book enough so let’s move on. Let’s move on WITHOUT mentioning that the Super Secret Ultra Death Hellicarrier transforms (transforms, I said) into a giant robot. A giant robot with a giant sword. Let’s NOT mention that. Remender being Remender, folks.

The ultimate confrontation sees Cap taking down Mindbubble with a shield to the spigot, before facing off with The Iron Nail in a last ditch effort to stop the Super Secret Ultra Death Hellicarrier Robot from destroying a small country. During the battle, Cap & Iron Nail spar over America’s place in the world as global oppressor until one final shield throw saves the day but places Cap at his enemy’s mercy.

Iron Nail somehow manages to suck the Super Soldier Serum out of Cap’s bloodstream using magic tendrils coming out of his chest. Fortunately, the Falcon swoops in to finish off Iron Nail before he kills Cap, but the damage is done nonetheless. This sets the stage for yet another “Who is the next Cap” story arc which is playing out this week in Cap #25.

It’s not hard to tell that I wasn’t happy with this story arc, but as a diehard Steve Rogers fan I might not be the most unbiased judge of such things. I will say that I think Remender was going for an homage to classic Jack Kirby tales from the 70’s with both his say-what-you-mean dialogue and trippy-strange plot & characters. The art in the second half of the book, by Nic Klein, was also vaguely Kirbyesque. Maybe not in the exact lines of the art, but certainly in the action and energy of it.

Overall Score: Unhappy but resigned to the fact… sigh.

 

02 Oct

Graphic Details – October 2014

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Every Friday I’m going to offer up my full and detailed thoughts and reviews of various graphic novels and trades that I’ve read. Reading this will be a good way for you to get caught up on what’s going on in comic books today, and also hear me rant and rave about comic book minutiae. What fun!

I’m covering the following books this month in Graphic Detail:

Captain America Volume 4: The Iron Nail (Marvel Now) -Oct 3rd
Writer: Remender, Rick
Artist: Alixe, Pascal
Cover Artist: Klein, Nic

The Weapon Minus Program has been reopened, and Captain America has become unhinged thanks to the mad machinations of the twisted Dr. Mindbubble! Jet Black, daughter of criminal mastermind Arnim Zola, allies with the Falcon – but when the mysterious and powerful Iron Nail begins assassinating the heads of the world’s five largest corporations, they must make a terrible choice! Meanwhile, can Captain America put a lid on Dr. Mindbubble, or will the villain shatter Cap’s already-fragile psyche? And what happens when S.H.I.E.L.D.’s greatest secrets are revealed to the world’s most dangerous man? Captain America lays a final sacrifice on the altar of freedom as he takes on the Iron Nail – and is broken! This is the day when it all changes; this is the beginning of the end for Steve Rogers. Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #16-21.

Avengers, Vol. 3: Prelude to Infinity (Marvel Now) -Oct 10th
Writer: Hickman, Jonathan
Artist: Deodato, Mike
Cover Artist: Yu, Leinil Francis

The buildup to the biggest cosmic event of all! Hyperion and Captain Universe begin the godlike education of the transformed Savage Land children. But when the High Evolutionary stakes his claim on the Children of the Sun, Hyperion learns the true cost of the decisions he’s made – and the techno-titan Terminus returns! Then, the prelude to Infinity begins as all of Earth’s Origin Sites go active – and the planet begins communicating with something much more ancient than humans. And when alien races fleeing an intergalactic terror crash to Earth, Captain Universe and Manifold must take a trip across the universe. But whatever happened to Ex Nihilo, Abyss, Starbrand and Nightmask? As the Avengers recruit more members to deal with the mounting threat, the Builders enter the Marvel Universe – and INFINITY is upon us. Collecting AVENGERS (2012) #12-17.

All-New X-Men Volume 5: One Down (Marvel Now) -Oct 17th
By: Bendis, Brian Michael
Collects All-New X-Men #25-30.

The future Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, last seen in “Battle of the Atom,” are back – and they’re still gunning for yesterday’s X-Men! But even as the Brotherhood take their next devastating step against the time-tossed teens, the mysteries surrounding Jean Grey begin to unfold! Jean came back from her Shi’ar trial…different. What does this mean for her future…for the past of the woman she’s supposed to become…and for the rest of the X-Men? Past, present and future collide as the Future Brotherhood exact their final judgment on the All-New X-Men!

Justice League Vol. 5: Forever Heroes (The New 52) -Oct 24th
Writer: Johns, Geoff
Artist: Reis, Ivan
Cover Artist: Reis, Ivan

In these tales from JUSTICE LEAGUE #24-29, the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes foolish enough to challenge them – including Dick Grayson! But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing…and Ultraman, too! Also, Cyborg is one of the last Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly find a way to defeat them? Who can he turn to? Two words: Metal Men!

Revival Vol. 4: Escape to Wisconsin (Image) -Oct 31st
Writer: Seeley, Tim
Artist: Norton, Mike
Cover Artist: Norton, Mike

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. Now, as Dana closes in on the bizarre murderer of her Reviver sister, she’s swept up in a conspiracy that will bring her from rural Wisconsin to New York City! The sell-out hit series created by New York Times Bestselling writer TIM SEELEY and Eisner-winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material! Collects REVIVAL #18-23 & CHEW/REVIVAL #1