Monday, October 9, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving to all you Canuckleheads out there. I am thankful every day for the blessed life that I have but today is extra special because Penny is roasting a turkey for us. I love roast turkey and turkey leftovers. Went out to the lake this morning with my buddy Shane for the last fishing trip of the year and was lucky enough to land some nice fish. One of my catches was a pike that put up a good fight. Unfortunately, it took a strong run when I got it close to the boat which broke my line. There went one of my favourite lures. Stupid pike.
Punisher: The Platoon #1 – Garth Ennis (writer) Goran Parlov (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) Rob Steen (letters). My patience has been rewarded. Garth Ennis is back writing a Punisher story. We are going back to Frank’s first command in Viet Nam in this prequel as a writer interviews four of Frank’s fellow soldiers. This story gives us a look at a younger Frank Castle and I am looking forward to more insights into one of my favourite Marvel characters.
Batman #32 – Tom King (writer) Mikel Janin (art) June Chung (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). “The War of Jokes & Riddles” concludes in this must read issue. This story supplants “The Court of Owls” as my favourite Batman story because there’s the added depth of emotion that’s given to both Bruce and Batman. I don’t remember either saying those three little words before, but this admission to Selina/Catwoman I will always remember. This changes a lot of stuff.
Paper Girls #16 – Brian K. Vaughn (writer) Cliff Chiang (art) Matt Wilson (colours) Jared K. Fletcher (letters). And they’re back on the racks again after a 3 month hiatus. This time the girls pop into the year 2000 where the Y2K computer glitch is a reality. This is a rare time travelling story that I like.
Spirits of Vengeance #1 – Victor Gischler (writer) David Baldeon (art) Andres Mossa (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). With a title like that you know the Ghost Rider is going to be in this new comic book, but which one? I’m not a big fan of any of these four Spirits of Vengeance but Victor and David did a good job of making me want to know what happens next so I will keep reading. It helps that we have yet to meet one last member of this fatal four.
Batman: White Knight #1 – Sean Murphy (writer & art) Matt Hollingsworth (colours) Todd Klein (letters). This is a new take on the Batman versus Joker story. I was surprised by who the White Knight is and how he came to be. There is also a little teaser concerning Alfred that makes me want to read more of this 8-issue series. Sean has a knack for making old characters look fresh so let’s see what the punch line will be.
Rat Queens Special: Orc Dave #1 – Kurtis J. Wiebe (writer) Max Dunbar (art) Tamra Bonvillain (colours) Micah Myers (letters). Get to know more about one of the Rat Queens’s friends in this beautifully illustrated special. Dave is not one of those nasty Lord of the Rings Orcs.
Jessica Jones #13 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Michael Gaydos (art) Matt Hollingsworth (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). It’s part 1 of “Return of the Purple Man”. Didn’t they kill off this villain on Netflix?
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 – Sam Humphries (writer) Ethan Van Sciver (art) Jason Wright (colours) Tom Napolitano (letters). Welcome to Earth-32 where a Green Lantern ring finds a traumatized Bruce Wayne instead of Hal Jordan and bestows upon him vast powers. Thus is born the darkest knight. I was enjoying this immensely until the cheesy Dawnbreaker oath. Boy did that stink. Ethan’s art made this as pretty as the break of dawn though, so all is forgiven.
The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #3 – John Ridley (writer) Georges Jeanty (pencils) John Livesay (inks) Nick Filardi (colours) Travis Lanham (letters). Every revolution has its hot heads and this one is no different. Politics brings out the worst of humanity it seems.
Avengers #672 – Mark Waid (writer) Jesus Saiz (art) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). I figured it was a good time to jump back onto the Avengers bandwagon here with part 1 of a 6-part crossover with the Champions called “Worlds Collide” where the younguns help to prevent a major disaster. Mark writes both books and I have been enjoying what he’s been doing on the Champions. This Avengers team consists of Nadia Pym/Wasp, Jane Foster/Thor, Sam Wilson/Falcon, Vision, Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Hercules. The interrelationship between the heroes is what I find most entertaining.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #29 – Robert Venditti (writer) Rafa Sandoval (pencils) Jordi Tarragona (inks) Tomeu Morey (colours) Dave Sharpe (letters). “Fall of the Gods” concludes with Hal and the Corps saving Orion and High Father’s lives. Now the New Gods owe the Corps one.
Astonishing X-Men #4 – Charles Soule (writer) Carlos Pacheco (pencils) Rafael Fonteriz (inks) Rain Beredo (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The Shadow King controlled Old Man Logan does what he does best in London while Fantomex, Mystique, Rogue and Gambit whoop it up in the Astral Plane. One of those four falls to the bad guy. The suspense is killing me.
Spider-Man/Deadpool #22 – Elliott Kalan (writer) Todd Nauck (art) Rachelle Rosenberg (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). And Arcade loses again. This here is one book that I can read with my brain turned off. There’s no deep thinking involved and I need that sometimes.
Nick Fury #6 – James Robinson (writer) Aco (pencils) Hugo Petrus (inks) Rachelle Rosenberg (colours) Travis Lanham (letters). That’s it for now folks. 6 issues and 6 missions of the most colourful adventures of Nick Fury Jr. I hope to see these creative people back on the racks soon.
Darth Vader #6 – Charles Soule (writer) Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils) Cam Smith (inks) David Curiel (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). A fresh new Darth Vader emerges from the battle with the Jedi that he got his new Kyber crystal for his lightsaber from after Vader does some DYI repairs to his armour. Now he’s ready for Palpatine’s next mission. This time he’s heading a team of Jedi killers so there is bound to be conflict.
Spider-Man #21 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Nico Leon (art) Justin Ponsor & Jason Keith (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Miles’ sojourn in Japan ends with a bang. The mystery man that helps him out is a mystery no longer. Next up, a new Sinister Six, which means there will be plenty of action.