Off The Rack #109

Off The Rack #109

Monday, October 15, 2018

Jee-Riz had another successful Capital Trade Show at the Walkley Arena on Sunday. In other words we paid our expenses and each pocketed a bit of cash for our efforts. All of the credit for our success goes to my partner Chris since all I do is move stuff and watch that stuff doesn’t get stolen. I even brought my own comfy chair to sit on this time. I would also like to thank Penny for the added security at the end of the day.

One of the things that makes attending the monthly shows fun for me is seeing old Silver Snail Ottawa customers dropping by. I met two yesterday and Travis said he started shopping there when he was 10 years old. I saw another nearly forgotten face that surprised me. Arthur of the infamous Arthur’s Place was also in attendance. It took a while for him to remember me, which made me wonder how many other Chinese guys wearing a headband does he know.

Jee-Riz will be setting up at the inaugural Capital Comic Book Convention at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel on Sunday, October 28. We are hoping to see many new faces and old ones too.



X-23 #5 – Mariko Tamaki (writer) Juann Cabal & Marcio Fiorito (art) Nolan Woodard (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Two Birthdays and Three Funerals part 5. Read this finale to find out if the Cuckoos get clocked. Evil Esme is about to get even more powerful but her psychic sisters may be having second thoughts about resurrecting her. Marcio’s art isn’t quite as pretty as Juann’s but it’s not so different that it ruined this issue for me.



Catwoman #4 – Joelle Jones (writer) Fernando Blanco (past art) Joelle Jones (present art) John Kalisz (past colours) Laura Allred (present colours) Josh Reed (letters). Copycats part 4. One reason Selina left Gotham City is to visit her sister Magdalene. Maggie is in a catatonic state due to a catastrophic trauma that she suffered in the past at the hands of the villain Black Mask. I like these glimpses into a character’s past that show us events that go into shaping them. Maggie has another unexpected visitor at the end of this issue that gives Selina cause for concern. I can’t wait for the next issue to hit the racks.



Domino #7 – Gail Simone (writer) David Baldeon (art) Jesus Aburtov (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Loved the cover by Gang Hyuk Lim and the Alphonse Mucha tribute pin-up page by David Baldeon to start off this new story. Domino and her posse are hired to find and retrieve a box. Who’s in the box is a big surprise. I haven’t seen this character in a while and I’m curious to see what’s going to happen next.



Superman #4 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Ivan Reis (pencils) Joe Prado (inks pages 1-9) Oclair Albert (inks pages 10-22) Alex Sinclair (colours) Josh Reed (letters). The Unity Saga part 4. Yay, the Earth is saved from the Phantom Zone with a little help from The Justice League. There is also a hint to how Superman can defeat the villain Rogol Zaar (again). This is as good a time as any to bench this book. I have not been impressed with what Brian has been doing and he has other more worthy books on the racks that I can keep up with. So it’s up, up and away for me.



The Immortal Hulk #7/LGY #714 – Al Ewing (writer) Joe Bennett (pencils) Ruy Jose (inks) Paul Mounts (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Lots of big sound effects as the Hulk battles the Avengers. I liked how they had to use the ultimate weapon to stop the big green galoot. The last page was a real shocker which left me wondering if all the king’s men can put Hulk back together again. Is Doctor Frankenstein in the house?



Amazing Spider-Man #7/LGY #808 – Nick Spencer (writer) Humberto Ramos (pencils) Victor Olazaba (inks) Edgar Delgado (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). It’s a free for all as Peter and Boomerang try to survive being attacked by all the super villains in the Bar With No Name after the Kingpin of Crime sticks his big fat fingers into the festivities. If you think a crook couldn’t get away with being the mayor of a major American city then you have not been following the sorry excuse for leadership happening in the US right now. We are seeing how absolute power corrupts absolutely and I keep wondering how long this fiasco is going to go on. Getting back to the fictional world of comic books, a new villain appears at the end of this issue to exert some pressure on Wilson Fisk. I don’t remember who this bad guy with the big creepy crawly is but he sure has an iron fist wrapped around the fat man. I’m going to bench this book too. This story about Peter and Boomerang being room mates reminds me of the one where Peter hired the bad guy Clayton Cole/Clash to work for Parker Industries and I already know how that turned out.



Avengers #9/LGY #699 – Jason Aaron (writer) David Marquez (art) Justin Ponsor (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Get ready to meet the Defenders of the Deep. Namor has had it up to here (again) with the surface dwellers defiling the oceans. Marvel is making another good guy into a bad guy and I can foresee how long this conflict will get drawn out just by comparing this book to Jason Aaron’s Thor where the War of the Realms has been going on for a while now. Here are two things that bothered me about this issue. First of all, why is Tiger Shark robbing people on a cruise ship? What does he need money for? Secondly, how come Captain Marvel and She-Hulk don’t need breathing apparatuses under water? I get that Thor can get away without one because he’s an Asgardian God but I don’t get how the ladies don’t. Namor recruits Tiger Shark to be one of the Defenders of the Deep and I see that Orka has a new costume but I don’t know who the other villains are. And where is Attuma? I do dig Namor’s new threads though, so I think I’ll see how the Mighty Avengers deal with Atlantis rising up again.

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