Off The Rack #134

Monday, April 8, 2019

They are forecasting more snow this week here on Ottawa. You can’t tell me that climate change is a myth during this seemingly endless winter weather. We were lucky it stayed dry yesterday and Jee-Riz had another good day at the Capital Trade Show.

If you’re in Vancouver’s east side keep your eyes open for NIFTY KEEN STUFF, a new comic book store set to open soon on East Broadway.



Avengers LGY #715: No Road Home #8 – Jim Zub, Mark Waid & Al Ewing (writers) Carlo Barberi (art) Jesus Aburtov (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). Nyx acquires the second shard. One more and the Goddess of Darkness will be at full strength and it’s lights out for the universe. Can you believe this whole story is just to bring Conan the Barbarian into modern times? I kid you not. Watch out for Savage Avengers to hit the racks in May.



Immortal Hulk #16 – Al Ewing (writer) Joe Bennett (pencils) Ruy Jose (inks) Paul Mounts (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Al Ewing is doing a great job of making an old character seem new. We’re about to see Rick Jones resurrected again. Wasn’t he a Blue Hulk? It looks like Betty Ross has gone through a metamorphous too. Wasn’t she a Red Hulk? If you thought that Bruce has finished changing hold on to your hats folks, more fun is on the way. Plus someone dies.



War of the Realms #1 – Jason Aaron (writer) Russell Dauterman (art) Matthew Wilson (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). What I said about last week’s Detective Comics #1000 goes for this week’s stellar start to Marvel’s most recent big crossover event. This latest war is pretty simple really. Malekith the dark elf has conquered most of the Ten Realms and has come to Midgard with his armies to take over our humble realm. Every major Marvel super hero and Asgardian god is going to defend us. The art is so spectacular that I would consider owning a copy of this. Grab one before they’re sold out.



Marvel Team-Up #1 – Eve L. Ewing (writer) Joey Vazquez (art) Felipe Sobreiro (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). I was 16 in 1972 when Marvel Team-Up #1 hit the racks. Now I’m 63 for this title’s relaunch and I felt like a teenager again while reading it. This story has Spider-Man teaming up with Ms. Marvel to stop the theft of a high tech device. I liked the flip-book format used to start the story from both Peter Parker’s and Kamala Khan’s perspective. If you’ve seen the movie Freaky Friday, you’ll know what happens to our heroes in the end. This debut was good enough to make me want to read the next issue.



Domino: Hotshots #2 – Gail Simone (writer) David Baldeon (art) Jim Charalampidis (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Deadpool guest stars. I like him when Gail Simone writes him. Retrieving the Celestial device just got harder due to some competition.



Conan the Barbarian #5 – Jason Aaron (writer) Mahmud Asrar (art) Matthew Wilson (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). A tale of Conan the pirate. Only one thing wrong. His hair is brown. I didn’t like that.



Young Justice #4 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Patrick Gleason & John Timms (art) Alejandro Sanchez & Alex Sinclair (colours) Wes Abbott (letters). The cover blurb says “No Escape from Lord Opal”. Wrong. They escape. Now it’s time to kick Opal butt.



The Amazing Spider-Man #18.HU – Nick Spencer (writer) Ken Lashley (art) Erick Arciniega (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). You can skip this issue unless you’re a completist. If you are a completist, please be advised that there isn’t an issue #17.HU. The Gibbon is a minor Spider-Man villain and this is his origin story. It’s well written and drawn but it doesn’t add to the overall story. I was disappointed about that.

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