Monday, July 31, 2017
So it’s good-bye July and so long to Kumo and Long-Ma of the amazing La Machine street theatre shows. They were truly remarkable and so were the crowds that thronged to see them. We watched the dragon horse go by at the War Memorial Saturday evening and then went down to the park across from The National Library and Archives with a great elevated view to see both behemoths walk by Sunday afternoon. We parked way the hoot out by Percy and Gladstone and I bet we got home faster than all the folks that parked closer to Wellington. We walked back to our car a lot faster than the people driving down Percy Street.
Plastic #4 – Doug Wagner (writer) Daniel Hillyard (art) Laura Martin (colours) Ed Dukeshire (letters). This issue leads up to Edwyn’s showdown with the bad guy and his goons. I want Marvel to hire Daniel Hillyard to draw the Punisher.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #25 – Robert Venditti (writer) Ethan Van Sciver (art) Jason Wright (colours) Dave Sharpe (letters). I knew the alliance between Green and Yellow Lanterns wouldn’t last.
Wonder Woman #27 – Shea Fontana (writer) Mirka Andolfo (art) Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). These filler issues before the next big arc will be a little disappointing if you’re looking for nuance. Diana fights a crazed scientist here.
Weapon X #6 – Greg Pak (writer) Marc Borstel & Ibraim Roberson (art) Frank D’Armata (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Part 5 of WMD sees the ultimate mutant killer hatching from its vat. It’s going to take the whole team to take this creature down.
Detective Comics #961 – James Tynion IV (writer) Alvaro Martinez (pencils) Raul Fernandez (inks) Brad Anderson (colours) Sal Cipriano (letters). Part 4 of “Intelligence” sets up the standard snatching victory from the jaws of defeat scenario for the good guys. The question of whether Jean-Paul can be saved remains however.
Your Pal Archie #1 – Ty Templeton (writer & inks) Dan Parent (pencils) Andre Szymanowicz (colours) Jack Morelli (letters). They’re calling this All-New “Classic” Archie which to me means just like every Archie story that I read growing up. The two new stories in this issue have a sense of familiarity to them. You’ll notice that feeling when you read the reprint Betty & Veronica short about finding a genie in a bottle. It’s an all ages book so it’s safe for kids, but this grown-up’s eyes glazed over because of the sheer silliness. I didn’t like how they made Jughead a bit of a jerk either. Unlike Classic Coke and New Coke, I much prefer the new Archie over this attempt at making new classic stories. This just wasn’t meant for me.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 – Kieron Gillen (writer) Kev Walker (pencils) Marc Deering (inks) Antonio Fabela (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Is it just me or are these things hitting the racks faster than once a month? Aphra’s a pretty smart cookie so I don’t know why she surrounded herself with a lot of potential enemies. I think I know how she’s going to get out of this mess and I can’t wait to find out if I’m right.
Saga #45 – Brian K. Vaughn (writer) Fiona Staples (art & colours) Fonografiks (letters). Another excellent issue as Hazel and her parents go looking for help in all the wrong places.