3 out of 5 Space Monkeys
Why?: Because I was jazzed to see Fraction taking over what Hickman started in Infinity, and then a bit disappointed he was going to be replaced.
So I figured I’ll grab my Fraction/Inhuman fix wherever I can (it’s understandable though, Fraction has a lot on his plate, and his replacement,Charles Soule is no slouch in the imagination department either). Centering around Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans; twice widowed by the same man, now that Black Bolt is presumed dead. This issue is a good setting of the current “status quo” of not only the Inhumans, but the Marvel Universe as a whole, dealing with the ramifications of Blackbolt’s final actions in his stan off with Thanos.
Attilan lies in ruins amidst Manhattan, futuristic tech just lying around for anyone just to scoop up. The whole nation of Inhumans teleported around the globe, hidden by their king from Thanos’ murderous rage. And last but definitely not least… Black Bolt’s detonation of a Terrigen Bomb, spreading the mutating Terrigen Mists around the world. Now random humans are finding themelves trapped within cocoons, slowly turning into something…..Inhuman.
People, especially the Government have some questions, and they send the perfect person to ask them of the Inhuman Queen, good ol’ Captain America. While plans are made to help with the clean up, an exiled Inhuman king from the past returns, and seems to be carving out a new kingdom for himself, and scientists from AIM learn first hand what a warrior Queen of the Inhumans is, when Medusa herself leads a strike force to take back stolen cocoons. Bradshaw, keeping with his Art Adams riffing, is perfect for this issue, his style well suited to the action and cool designs Fraction’s story possesses in abundance. The scenes with her hair are beautiful to look at, and it looks like Bradshaw had fun playing around with the concept.
5 out of 5 Stars
Why?: Because I’m pretty sure me and Rick Remender grew up reading exactly the same comics. He touches on concepts from all over the late 80’s early 90’s, (stuff I loved and collected first hand!) both popularly known stuff like Age of Apocalypse and Onslaught, as well as more esoteric things like the Infinity Watch, Exitar the Celestial and Ultimate Nullifiers. He blends it all in perfectly with current continuity for a slam bang over the top action epic.
For Instance, the first page…. Immortus has gathered the Inifinity Watch in the year 3193. It looks like an ad-hoc Guardians of the Galaxy, with classic representations of Yondu, Starhawk and Martinex, buttttt…. the other members are a Phoenix-empowered Vision, an Abnett and Lanning era Adam Warlock, a slightly tarnished Silver Surfer and Captain Marvel in the classic Starlin look, but original green and white coloring. I could have closed the cover and been happy with spending $3.99 just to see that page, and having McNiven draw it is icing on the cake.
That team was waiting in reserve to go back in time to aid the Uncanny Avengers in stopping Kang’s Apocalypse twins crazy plan to end all time. Only problem is the Tachyon Dam set up by Eimin and Uriel prevents time travel to and from this era. Without Immortus’ help, Exitar the Celestial will judge humanity for it’s role in the death of a celestial, a crime blamed on humanity but committed by the twins. With the deaths of Scarlet Witch, Wonderman, and Rogue (yes… that all happened) it’s up to Cap, Thor and the Wasp to stop the Apocalypse Twins, and keep Exitar from wiping out humanity for all time.
4 out of 5
Why? Uhm..duh..hmm…sorry, still stunned by this issues revelation of Earth2’s new Batman. Bat-fans need this book. If you’ve been following Earth2 and have been wondering who he is… your wrong… prepare to be surprised. Ya’ see folks, on Earth2, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman died turning back Darkseid’s invasion, with Supergirl and Robin being transported to our earth. You know them better as Powergirl and Huntress over in World’s Finest. When the world was threatened again, new heroes like Alan Scott, the Green Lantern, Jay Garrick, the Flash, Hawkwoman, and Dr. Fate rose to battle them as a new Age of Wonders was born.
Then Batman came back. It definitely wasn’t Bruce Wayne under that cape and cowl. But there was something familiar about him, and he definitely had a link to the previous Batman. There we’re little clues here and there, his age and enhanced strength among them, but they lead you in the wrong direction. Remember, this is Earth2…. expect the unexpected.
Taylor continues to make this book his own, showing a deep knowledge of D.C.’s characters and brings all the excitement and action he had over in Inustice: Gods Among Us over to the revamped Justice Society with all the skills for pacing and character progression that made that book a success beyond being a video game tie in.
5 out of 5 Space Monkeys
Why?: Because this book was awesome out of the gate, and lasted this long for a non-superhero book due to its creative team churning out consistently good stories month after month. I never thought a Western title stood a chance in today’s climate, but this book defied the odds.
Due to the machinations of Booster Gold, Jonah has found himself in current time, running into some expected familiar faces like Batman, John Constantine and Swamp Thing, all while robbing banks, escaping from asylums, going to Burning Man concerts and adjusting to modern life with the help of his new girl, Gina. This issue though, The Man with The Face meets the Man of Steel. The banter between these two is amazing, I don’t know who is the “voice” of Jonah Hex, Palmiotti or Gray, but either way it’s an amazingly accurate portrayal of an old west bounty hunting cowboy. After meeting Superman and taking in all of his powers and abilities, Hex comes to a conclusion about Superman that only Hex (and my editor!) would dare make about the world’s greatest superhero. I’m not going to quote it here, but I will say this, Hex isn’t wrong…. about Superman or who he compares him to. Plus Jonah’s girl takes him on a date she thinks is going to blow his mind, a Museum exhibit dedicated to our very own Western All-Star, Jonah Hex. Until he see something that makes him blow his stack! If you haven’t read this book yet, go an grab the first trade, bet you order the second one faster than a spinning barrel on a smoking colt!
4 out of 5 Space Monkeys
Why?: Because, besides being a Comic Nerd, I’m also just. Regular ol’ nerd who likes science, fact or fiction. This book is pure sci-fi fun.
Grant McKay and his Anarchist League of Scientists, have done the impossible. Constructing a device, called the Pillar, that is able to transport them to Alternate Dimensions, the group, including Grant’s children and his boss Kadir, now find themselves trapped due to sabotage. The world they are stuck in is in the middle of a reverse Manifest Destiny, a nation of technologically advanced Native Americans are invading Europe, decimating the WWI Era armed forces with their cybernetically enhanced calvary and massive hovering warships. And trust me folks, Matteo Scalera makes it even coooler looking then it could possibly sound. I kissed enough Remender-ass in my Uncanny Avengers review, but it all stands here as well, so believe me, the guys a talent! So instead I’ll rave about Scalera’s brilliant layouts, dynamic actions sequences, and darkly intense designs. These two guys together are a forced to be reckoned with, my closest comparison would be to the stuff Snyder and Murphy are doing with Wake. Certain artists just gel with certain writers, one augmenting the other in storytelling, and that is what’s happening on this book.
I highly recommend this book, it’s only three issues in, so get it now before it gets away from you and all your friends will be like ” You don’t read Black Science???” and shun you!
Last Week’s Surprise Pick
Hacktivist #1 ( of 4 )
w. Alyssa Milano (see below)
& Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
a. Marcus To
3 out of 5 Space Monkeys
Why? Because like every straight American male between the age of 25 and 45, I make the same creepy giggle we all do whenever anyone mentions her name. I mean some people know her as the hot sister on Charmed, or Earl’s ex-girlfriend on My name is Earl. But to us older folk we remember her as the cute little girl from Who’s the Boss and Commando, who we had posters from TigerBeat of on our walls, and fell in love with as we watched her grow up….. to become a bi-sexual Vampire seductress in Embrace of The Vampire! (look it up guys)
Anyway, it turns out she does all this volunteer work for Unicef and in her travels began noticing the effect social media has had on various issues around the world,fro political uprisings, to the Anonymous Movement, and wikiLeaks. Being freinds with Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, Alyssa used him as a model for the two social media darlings Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft, the young, rich creators of Your Life, and secret hackers by night. The story was rather engaging, and the art was nice and clean. If your a fan of Homeland or socio political thrillers in general, this books for you. The subject matter is literally “ripped from the headlines” and has an air of believabilty about it. Worth checking out, and I was impressed with learning of Alyssa Milano’s work with Unicef and other volunteer organizations. Kudos for the good work and a good comic.
See Ya Next Week Folks!