Monday, October 30, 2017
Today’s a perfect day to sit inside and read what with all the rain we’re having here in Ottawa. I hope it lets up by tomorrow evening for the trick or treaters.
Hulk #11 – Mariko Tamaki (writer) Bachan (art) Frederico Blee (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). The cartoony art suits this cartoony story where Jen breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the reader. It’s kind of a neat feature that John Byrne used to do back in the day but I hope Mariko doesn’t use it too often. This issue was fun for having it in there though. It also hints at a new threat to Jennifer and her gray alter ego. I love the LBD and pearls that artist John Tyler Christopher put Jen in on the cover.
Punisher: The Platoon #2 – Garth Ennis (writer) Goran Parlov (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) Rob Steen (letters). I can’t imagine what it would be like to fight in a war. This comic book showed me in explicit detail. I know we can all be reduced to our baser instincts when our lives are threatened. I hope my life or the lives of the ones I love are never threatened.
Wonder Woman #33 – James Robinson (writer) Emanuela Lupacchino (pencils) Ray McCarthy (inks) Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colours). I don’t know who lettered this issue. They sure had a lot of work with ‘Lil Darkseid getting older and ordering his murderous daughter Grail around. Wonder Woman only appears in this issue as images on a TV screen. I suppose that was to let fans know that they are actually reading a Wonder Woman comic book. That’s a low opinion of the intelligence of their fan base. I feel a little insulted. If it wasn’t for Ema’s art, I’d consider benching this book.
Saga #48 – Brian K. Vaughn (writer) Fiona Staples (art & colours) Fonografiks (letters). Hazel and Sir Robot’s son are much older now. This is the issue before their regularly scheduled hiatus. I’m glad it didn’t end in a cliffhanger but I still can’t wait until February when the next issue hits the racks.
Amazing Spider-Man #790 – Dan Slott & Christos Gage (writers) Stuart Immonen (pencils) Wade von Grawbadger (inks) Marte Gracia (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Sometimes the hardest thing to do is the right thing. Peter is trying his best but when the fall of Parker Industries threatens to fell the Baxter Building it’s up to an unlikely team up to prevent disaster. This issue spells out the plight of Peter Parker very well.
Batman: The Merciless #1 – Peter J. Tomasi (writer) Francis Manapul (art & colours) Tom Napolitano (letters). It’s Wonder Woman’s turn to get mashed up with Batman. There is a neat twist about the death of the Earth-12 Diana that created the Merciless. That made this comic book worth reading.
Wild Storm #8 – Warren Ellis (writer) John Davis-Hunt (art) Steve Buccellato (colours) Simon Bowland (letters). Brace yourself to meet a whole new slew of characters as this story expands. It was cool for me to see these familiar names re-imagined by Warren and John.
All-New Wolverine #26 – Tom Taylor (writer) Juann Cabal (art) Nolan Woodard (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). All you folks not reading this book, you don’t know what you’re missing. Laura and Daken meet face to face and the mystery of why Daken was being tortured is revealed. Juann’s art is so nice to look at.
Action Comics #990 – Dan Jurgens (writer & breakdown art) Viktor Bogdanovic (pencils) Viktor Bogdanovic, Trevor Scott & Scott Hanna (inks) Mike Spicer (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). It looks like grandpa Jor-El has brainwashed young Jon in part 4 of “The Oz Effect”. I keep wondering what the big threat is that’s coming.
Weapon X #10 – Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writer) Marc Borstel & Ibraim Roberson (art) Frank D’Armata (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Hulkverine meets his step-mom and she is one nasty witch. I saw some hope there for the big gray galoot when he didn’t kill on command but Doctor Alba figured out a workaround. It means it’s uh-oh time for the good guys again. The art in this issue is wonderful.
Detective Comics #967 – James Tynion IV (writer) Alvaro Martinez (pencils) Raul Fernandez (inks) Tomeu Morey & Jean Francois Beaulieu (colours) Sal Cipriano (letters). Part 3 of “A Lonely Place of Living” features the return of young Tim Drake/Red Robin. I’m more interested in what old Tim Drake/Batman is going to do in this timeline.