Off The Rack #136

Monday, April 29, 2019

I was at a birthday party for a 7-year-old on the weekend and while I was holding his baby brother I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of world will they be living in when they are my age. I worry about their future. The flooding in the National Capital Region is predicted to be worse than it was only two years ago when we had the highest water levels in a century. It’s going to exceed that when waters crest in the next couple of days. I can’t imagine what property owners are going through trying to save their homes and cottages. I don’t understand how some people can deny climate change when the evidence of the harm that we humans have had on the environment is smacking them right in the face. I’m afraid things are going to get worse without it getting any better.


War of the Realms #2 – Jason Aaron (writer) Russell Dauterman (art) Matthew Wilson (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). This issue has the first major death of a character. Not an A-lister but I will still mourn their passing.


Spider-Man: Life Story #2 The ’70s – Chip Zdarsky (writer) Mark Bagley (pencils) Drew Hennessy (inks) Frank D’Armata (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). Now I’m more than convinced that this is a series of what if stories. There are so many deviations from canon in this issue that it’s inconceivable that these events are “real”. I’m still going to keep reading because these changes are cool.


Naomi #4 – Brian Michael Bendis & David F. Walker (writers) Jamal Campbell (art) Wes Abbott (letters). Naomi’s origin story begins at last. She’s not an Earthling.


Daredevil #4 – Chip Zdarsky (writer) Marco Checchetto (art) Sunny Gho (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The Punisher and Daredevil have a debate about vigilantism. I like Frank’s arguments. Meanwhile, Mayor Kingpin tries to get his hooks into Detective North. I wonder if the bigger man will get to the big man. One thing that bothered me about this issue is that Matt left Frank tied up for the cops. Not very nice since Frank saved his ass from them.


Thor #12 – Jason Aaron (writer) Mike del Mundo (art) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). “The War of the Lokis” features Loki as he travels down the gullet of his father Laufey. Don’t tell me you didn’t read the last issue. Get thee hence and do so forthwith.


West Coast Avengers #10 – Kelly Thompson (writer) Moy R. (art) Triona Farrell (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). This is the last issue and that makes me have a sad face. I really liked this silly crazy team. If Kelly Thompson ever writes a Kid Omega/Quentin Quire and Gwenpool comic book I will definitely read it.


Avengers LGY #717: No Road Home #10 – Mark Waid, Jim Zub & Al Ewing (writers) Sean Izaakse (art) Marcio Menyz & Erick Arciniega (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). When this 10-issue weekly started it looked like this was an adventure for Hercules’s team of Avengers and it ultimately was. The end result is that the good guys win again and Nyx is defeated. Hercules wasn’t the hero of this story and schmaltzy as the way the actual hero wins, it still made me cheer. So all this was so Marvel could revamp the Gods of Olympus and Hercules’s costume. I chuckled when they revealed what that house was about. I thought that it was the House of Mystery but that belongs to the Distinguished Competition.


The Amazing Spider-Man #19.HU – Nick Spencer (writer) Chris Bachalo (pencils) Wayne Faucher, Livesay, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, Tim Townsend & Al Vey (inks) Erick Arciniega (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). The Lizard is featured in this “Hunted” tie-in. It’s nice to see Chris Bachalo’s art back on the racks.


Action Comics #1010 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Steve Epting (art) Brad Anderson (colours) Josh Reed (letters). Leviathan Rises part 4. I like this spy story. Lois and Clark go undercover as Chaz and Andi to find out what Leviathan is. There’s a great teaser for an old Checkmate story that had me going there. I would love to see that organisation again. Next issue promises Leviathan Revealed! I can’t wait.


The Avant-Guards #4 – Carly Usdin (writer) Noah Hayes (art) Rebecca Nalty (colours) Ed Dukeshire (letters). I like this rom-com centered around an arts college basketball team. It reminds me of a lighter “The L Word”.


Black Widow #4 – Jen & Sylvia Soska (writers) Flaviano (art) Veronica Gandini (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). There’s a double-cross that surprised me and a cliffhanger ending that makes waiting for the next issue torture. Appropriate for a story where Nat takes down an extremely violent website.


Doctor Strange #13 – Mark Waid (writer) Barry Kitson (pencils) Scott Koblish & Scott Hanna (inks) Brian Reber (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Herald Supreme part 2. I liked the surprise guest star.


Hulkverines #3 – Greg Pak (writer) Ario Anindito (art) Morry Hollowell (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Okay, this Hulkverine, Hulk and Wolverine team-up was fun but the end made me roll my eyes and groan big time. Ugh.


Ironheart #5 – Eve L. Ewing (writer) Luciano Vecchio (art) Geoffo (layouts) Matt Milla (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). This issue finishes the first story arc involving the super villain Midnight’s Fire. It was good enough that I enjoyed what I read but not good enough to make me keep this book on my “must read” list. I wish RiRi well. I was excited by an ad for a new Black Cat comic book coming out in June though.


Thanos #1 – Tini Howard (writer) Ariel Olivetti (art) Antonio Fabela (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). This 6-issue story will tell us how Gamora came to be adopted by Thanos. I only picked this up because I really like Ariel Olivetti’s art. I don’t care much for the two main characters so I might not continue with the rest. Fans of Thanos and Gamora will enjoy this I’m sure.


Runaways #20 – Rainbow Rowell (writer) Andres Genolet (art) Triona Farrell (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). I found this issue to be a big drag. The last page is too depressing for words. Plus the new artist didn’t wow me. Something needs to happen next issue for me to want to keep reading.


War of the Realms: The Punisher #1 – Gerry Duggan (writer) Marcelo Ferreira (pencils) Roberto Poggi (inks) Rachelle Rosenberg (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). It’s Frank versus Dark Elves and Frost Giants. They won’t know what hit them. This is typical Punisher fare for those into explosive action. Frank leads a band of ex-cons armed with swords through the Lincoln Tunnel to help evacuate a hospital to safety. I miss reading a good Punisher story so this is a welcome sight on the racks.


War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1 – This anthology book has four short stories all lettered by VC’s Joe Sabino.

“The God Without Fear part 1” by Jason Aaron (writer) Andrea Sorrentino (art) & Matthew Wilson (colours) features Daredevil fighting in Hell’s Kitchen.

“The Warriors Three (Or Four)” by Josh Trujillo (writer) Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (art) Felipe Sobreiro (colours) features Fandral, Hogun and Hildegarde filling in for the unconscious Volstagg teaming up with Cloak and Dagger.

“Nice Shot, Frank” by Ram V (writer) Cafu (art) Brian Reber (colours) has the Punisher and Wolverine doing what they do best.

“Waugh of the Realms” by Chip Zdarsky (writer) Joe Quinones (art) Joe Rivera (ink assist) Rico Renzi (colours) has Howard “The Duck” Duckson hired to find a lost dog. This last one was gross.

This is for fans who want to collect ALL the War of the Realms comic books. Otherwise you can probably give it a pass.


Batman #69 – Tom King (writer) Yanick Paquette (art) Nathan Fairbairn (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). Knightmares finale. This issue is called “The Last Dance” and I don’t know what song Batman and Catwoman are dancing to but I am singing the Etta James ballad “At Last” in my head. After many issues of dream sequences Batman is going to finally awaken. I did appreciate the explanation of how he got into his predicament. Now it’s time to deal with Bane and Bruce’s “father”.


Blossoms 666 #3 – Cullen Bunn (writer) Laura Braga (art) Matt Herms (colours) Jack Morelli (letters). One of the three Blossoms is going to become the anti-christ. Yeah, you heard me. Cheryl and Jason were born as triplets. Their older brother Julian was whisked away at birth by the Order of Abaddon. Ooo, scary.


Ascender #1 – Jeff Lemire (writer) Dustin Nguyen (art) Steve Wands (letters). I never did finish reading Descender so I don’t know if this is a sequel but it really looked familiar. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in this new story and I liked the mix of magic and technology. The villain reminded me of Emperor Palpatine but her empire is all based on magic. The hero is a spunky girl named Mila and I want to see where she goes from here.


Guardians of the Galaxy #4 – Donny Cates (writer) Geoff Shaw (art) David Curiel (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). The good guys find Gamora, followed by the bad guys. Expect to see a big battle. The main reason I’m reading this book again is because Groot is talking in whole sentences now.


Detective Comics #1002 – Peter J. Tomasi (writer) Brad Walker (pencils) Andrew Hennessy (inks) Nathan Fairbairn (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Don’t believe the hype. It’s not a “duel to the death with Arkham Knight” but it is a pretty good fight. I was happy to see Damian play a bigger role in this issue. I’m sticking around for the bad guy’s origin story.


Fantastic Four #9 – Dan Slott (writer) Aaron Kuder, Stefano Caselli & Paco Medina (art) Erick Arciniega (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). The FF escape, Galactus is freed and Doctor Doom’s power mad plans are thwarted. Boy that was fun. I hope they don’t leave Aunt Petunia’s before telling us about Franklin’s new friend Wendy.


Dial H for Hero #2 – Sam Humphries (writer) Joe Quinones (art) Jordan Gibson (colours) Dave Sharpe (letters). Seems like the H-Dial is a drug with lots of addicts looking for a fix. The potential for zany super powers is huge. I liked how they introduced the good versus evil theme in this issue.


Avengers #18/LGY #718 – Jason Aaron (writer) Ed McGuinness (pencils) Mark Morales (inks) Justin Ponsor (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Not an Avenger in sight this whole issue but you’ve got an Agent Coulson controlled Squadron Supreme instead. What made me groan a little was the big villain reveal at the end. I hope it’s not a convenient deus ex machina.


Heroes in Crisis #8 – Tom King (writer) Mitch Gerads (art pages 1, 6-20) Ryan Sook (art pages 2-5) Mitch Gerads (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). I still don’t see the ;point of this story with one issue left. I think the killer confesses here but I’m not sure. I’m waiting for the consequences to hit the fan and hope something is resolved in the last issue.


The Amazing Spider-Man #20 – Nick Spencer (writer) Humberto Ramos (pencils) Victor Olazaba (inks) Edgar Delgado & Erick Arciniega (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Hunted part 4. A surprise twist turns the tables giving Spider-Man even more incentive to confront Kraven. Meanwhile the son turns on the father as Kraven’s son joins the hunt.


The Superior Spider-Man #5 – Christos Gage (writer) Mike Hawthorne (pencils) Wade von Grawbadger & Andy Owens (inks) Jordie Bellaire (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). I don’t know who created the super villain Master Pandemonium but they must have been on crack. This guy has demons for arms and a hole in his stomach that’s a gateway to hell. Time for Doctor Octopus to call in a consult. The team-up with Doctor Strange is a clash of science and magic. Let’s see who’s the better doctor.


Miles Morales: Spider-Man #5 – Saladin Ahmed (writer) Javier Garron (art) David Curiel (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Speculator alert! It’s the first appearance of a new super hero.  Too bad they’re named after unwelcome guests to our bird feeders. It’s gang wars across Brooklyn and Miles is trying to prevent the death of innocent victims. The surprise appearance  happens when Miles goes to confront Tombstone about his incursions into other gangs’ territories. I noticed some changes in Miles this issue that didn’t appeal to me. I think he’s acting way too confident and macho now. His maturing has happened way too fast and might turn me off the character. If the art wasn’t so impressive I might bench this book now.


Spider-Man City at War #2 – Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (writer) Michele Bandini (art) David Curiel (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). I get a kick from noting the differences between these Gamerverse versions and the MU versions. This issue features Miles Morales and I prefer this Miles to the one in the comic book that I just finished. Peter and Miles meet for the first time but it’s not in a friendly neighbourhood.


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