Off The Rack #144

Monday, June 24, 2019

Happy St. Jean Baptiste Day. Civil servants who work across the Ottawa river have the day off. I was wondering why there were so many other boats out fishing with me this morning. I thought that I would have the lake all to my lonesome. No worries though, I still caught my share of nice fish.



War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #3 – Sean Ryan (writer) Nico Leon (art pages 1-15) Marco Failla (art pages 16-20) Carlos Lopez & Andrew Crossley (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). The patented “with great power…” message gets hammered into the conclusion to this mini. For the bad guys, it’s Kurses, foiled again.



Superman: Year One #1 – Frank Miller (writer) John Romita Jr. (pencils) Danny Miki (inks) Alex Sinclair (colours) John Workman (letters). This oversized $7.99 US mini starts off Superman’s familiar origin story with Krypton blowing up and Kal-El landing in Jonathan and Martha Kent’s farm field. I don’t know why they made him a toddler when Pa finds him but that tweak made me feel like this story wasn’t going to impress me. I did like seeing Clark’s first love develop and then how this issue ended with Clark leaving Smallville. It’s because of what Clark has decided to do after leaving home that is making me want to read the next one.



Sabrina The Teenage Witch #3 – Kelly Thompson (writer) Veronica Fish & Andy Fish (art) Jack Morelli (letters). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the snake monster and Sabrina’s hot new guy friend both look like they originate from South America. This is just my guess and not a spoiler.



War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #5 – The McElroys (writers) Andre Lima Araujo (art) Chris O’Halloran (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The conclusion of this 5-issue mini finds the team of babysitters with a new powerful ally. This War of the Realms tie-in was a lot of fun.



Daredevil #7 – Chip Zdarsky (writer) Lalit Kumar Sharma (pencils) Jay Leisten (inks) Java Tartaglia (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Matt Murdock retiring his red union suit isn’t the only major change happening in this book. Mayor Wilson Fisk also makes a big announcement this issue. I like the changes to these characters. Matt is still fighting crime but he’s doing it in a different way now.



Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 – Saladin Ahmed (writer) Ron Ackins (pencils pages 1-16) Dexter Vines (inks pages 1-5) Althea E. Martinez (inks pages 6-10) Vanesa R. Del Rey (inks pages 11-16) Javier Garron (art pages 17-20) David Curiel & Erick Arciniega (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Miles’s reunion with his Uncle Aaron did not go as I expected but I approve of the change made to the Prowler’s character. The team-up with Bombshell seemed gratuitous but it served to reintroduce her into Miles’s life. The last few pages really complicates things for Miles and I look forward to seeing what new villain threatens him now.



Guardians of the Galaxy #6 – Donny Cates (writer) Geoff Shaw (art) David Curiel (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). The Final Gauntlet part 6. The resurrection of Thanos story concludes with a definitive well explained ending. I like that. This new team was overly large for me but the last page fixed all that. There’s a great 2-page teaser concerning Frank Castle as the Cosmic Ghost Rider that will make you want to grab Avengers #22 when it hits the racks July 31. I can hardly wait.



Batman #73 – Tom King (writer) Mikel Janin (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). The Fall and the Fallen part 4. This book needed to turn some things around for me to want to keep reading and its done that a little. I’m not a fan of Thomas Wayne being around but the father of Bruce has a plan while he drags his son around. The destination was easy to figure out but why they’re going there surprised me. I thought they were hauling water in that box what with them being in the desert and all. Now that the Knightmare nonsense is behind us I want to see how Tom King wraps up his writing stint on this title.

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