Monday, December 4, 2017

The fifth Wednesday of November didn’t offer a whole heck of a lot of new comic books to read but I managed to enjoy most of what I pulled off the rack.



Mystik U #1 – Alisa Kwitney (writer) Mike Norton (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) Deron Bennett (letters). DC’s mystical heroes have never really clicked with me but I am a big fan of Zatanna so seeing her on the cover made me pick this off the rack. This 3-issue mini starts off in a present where a malevolent creature has destroyed the world and all the magic wielders have been defeated. All except Zatanna and Doctor Occult/Psychic. In order to prevent disaster we travel back in time to when Zatanna’s powers first manifest and she goes to Mystic University to learn magic. Yes, it’s basically Hogwarts. If you liked the Harry Potter books you might like this but this first issue didn’t offer anything new and interesting. The mystery of who turns out to be the Malevolence isn’t enough to make me want to find out more.



Sword of Ages #1 – Gabriel Rodriguez (writer & art) Lovern Kindzierski (colours) Robbie Robbins (letters). This new sci-fi fantasy series is by the creator of Locke & Key, the horror series that I heard good things about but didn’t read. This reminds me of the stuff that Moebius did in Heavy Metal magazine with even more detailed art. I do like Avalon, the woman holding the sword on the cover, and the art is gorgeous. I look forward to finding out more about her quest.



Batman: Creature of the Night #1 – Kurt Busiek (writer) John Paul Leon (art& colours) Todd Klein (letters). This new 4-issue mini by the writer of Astro City casts Bruce Wayne as an eight-year-old in Boston whose parents are killed in the same circumstances as the comic book character. Bruce is a big Batman fan and after the tragedy he has a hard time adjusting to his new life as an orphan. I don’t know if the creature of the night that appears is a figment of Bruce’s imagination but its effect on Boston’s criminal element seems real enough. I love the touches of reality that Kurt puts into his super hero stories and I can’t wait to read the next issue.



Moon Knight #189 – Max Bemis (writer) Jacen Burrows (pencils) Jacen Burrows (inks pages 1-9) Guillermo Ortego (inks pages 10-20) Mat Lopes (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). I am really liking this version of Moon Knight. Having Khonshu narrate is enlightening. I can’t wait for the face to face between our white knight and the radiant bad guy.



Aquaman Annual #1 – Phillip Kennedy Johnson (writer) Max Fiumara (art) Dave Stewart (colours) Deron Bennett (letters). I have a fascination with the ocean and all its creatures. At one point in my youth I seriously thought of studying marine biology in university. Here we have a look at a future where Aquaman and Mera continue to fight insurgents in Atlantis. I like the cool twist on the Justice League and the emotional ending.



Batman Annual #2 – Tom King (writer) Lee Weeks (art pages 1-30) Michael Lark (art pages 31-38) Elizabeth Breitweiser (colours pages 1-30) June Chung (colours pages 31-38) Deron Bennett (letters). Here’s another glimpse of a possible future for Batman and Catwoman. This ties in nicely with the current storyline. I have to admit I got a little teary-eyed at the end.



Super Sons Annual #1 – Peter J. Tomasi (writer) Paul Pelletier (pencils) Cam Smith (inks) Hi-Fi (colours) Carlos M. Mangual & Travis Lanham (letters). This is a quick “read” since most of the story features the Super Pets: Flexi the plastic bird (parrot actually, I guess the Rubber Chicken was busy), Bat-Hound, Krypto, Bat-Cow and Streaky. What about Clay Critter? You don’t want to know. The animals can’t talk so credit goes to Paul and Cam for making the animals so expressive. This is a really fun story that all you pet owners will enjoy.