Off The Rack #73

Monday, December 25, 2017

Hey look, it’s Christmas day. We got more snow than you can shake a reindeer tail at outside and the fireplace channel on the flat screen complete with popping and hissing noises. Wish they still played Christmas music though. I got an embarrassing pile of presents proving once again that being naughty doesn’t just get you a lump of coal. My nice must have balanced out my bad behaviour. We’ll be spending the evening with family later and eating our faces off. Be careful out there and I wish you all a Happy Holiday.



Marvel Two-In-One #1 – Chip Zdarsky (writer) Jim Cheung (pencils) John Dell with Walden Wong (inks) Frank Martin (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Hey, what happened to the Legacy numbering? Picky fans like me want to know. Regardless of that insignificant annoyance, this is a fantastic relaunch (pretty clever what I did there for old Fantastic Four fans eh?). Benjamin J. Grimm has always been one of my favourite Marvel super heroes and I used to love reading the old Marvel Two-in-Ones. I am starting to enjoy Chip’s writing more. I’ve put Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man book on to my must read list and this title is going on that list too. I really hope this leads to the reunion of the original four even though Reed and Sue are “dead” now. If not, Victor would be a good replacement and She-Hulk is still around.



Super Sons #11 – Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason (writers) Ryan Benjamin (pencils) Richard Friend (inks) Gabe Eltaeb (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Super Sons of Tomorrow part 2. Ugh, another time travel story and this one crosses over with Teen Titans #15. I don’t like future Tim Drake/Batman and his appearance in Detective Comics bugged me. If this weren’t a time travel story I would consider reading the next instalment in Teen Titans but I think I’ll just get the next issue of Super Sons to see what Jon and Damian are getting up to next.



Hellboy: Krampusnacht – Mike Mignola (writer) Adam Hughes (art) Clem Robins (letters). There is not a lot to this one shot but it sure was fun to read. It’s almost an All Ages book but I wouldn’t let really little ones read it.



Champions #15 – Mark Waid (writer) Humberto Ramos (pencils) Victor Olazaba (inks) Edgar Delgado (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Well that “death” didn’t last very long. My favourite Champion is back among the living but with a neat twist. It feels like Freaky Friday.



Batman #37 – Tom King (writer) Clay Mann (pencils & inks special thanks to Seth Mann) Jordie Bellaire (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). Super Friends part 2. Bruce and Selina and Clark and Lois go on a double date. Some fans are going to complain that nothing happens and they are wrong. What we see here are four adults getting to know each other and bonding. I like that. My favourite comic books are about characters interacting and not just punching bad guys. Tom’s writing is making this title climb the charts.



Wonder Woman Conan #4 – Gail Simone (writer) Aaron Lopresti (pencils) Matt Ryan (inks) Wendy Broome (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). Those tricksy crow girls are schemers alright.



Incredible Hulk #711– Greg Pak (writer) Greg Land (pencils) Jay Leisten (inks) Frank D’Armata (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Return To Planet Hulk part 3. If you’ve seen the Thor Ragnarok movie you will get a chuckle out of the last page.


Aquaman #31 – Dan Abnett (writer) Riccardo Federici (art) Sunny Gho (colours) Steve Wands (letters). The Crown Comes Down part 1. The revolution begins right here. I started reading this title again because Stjepan Sejic was the artist and I thought I might abandon ship again if he left the book. I’m happy that Riccardo Federici managed to keep it afloat for me.



Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #298 – Chip Zdarsky (writer) & Juan Frigeri (art) Jason Keith (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). I hate misleading covers. Showing Black Panther above an unconscious Spider-Man on a building ledge wearing a torn costume when that scene isn’t even in this issue bugs me. Then there’s the matter of Peter webbing up the partition of a cab after the cab driver looks right at him so that he can change into Spider-Man annoyed me even more. Who edits this book, a ten-year-old? Even a kid would realize that the cab driver could figure out Spider-Man’s secret identity. I drop books because of dumb mistakes like that.



Superman #37 – Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason (writers) Jorge Jimenez (art) Alejandro Sanchez (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Super Sons of Tomorrow part 1. I should have read this before reading Super Sons #11. No worries though. It’s mostly Tim Drake Batman fighting Bruce Wayne Batman and then fighting Superman. Lots of punching and the bad guy explaining why he’s being a jerk for those fans who like that kind of thing.



Defenders #8 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) David Marquez & Michael Avon Oeming (art) Justin Ponsor (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). The list of villains vying to be the next Kingpin of Crime in New York continues to grow as a new contender makes an appearance. I loved the Deadpool guest shot.



Mighty Thor #702 – Jason Aaron (writer) Russell Dauterman (art) Matthew Wilson (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). That Jane Foster sure is feisty. She’s not shuffling off this mortal coil quietly. Meanwhile, Mangog is a-knock knock knocking on Asgardia’s door. The last page would make an awesome poster.


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