Off The Rack #41

Monday, March 27, 2017

Woke up to our little part of the world covered in ice. Man I hate freezing rain. Hope I don’t fall and break a hip walking to work later.


 Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17 – Robert Venditti (writer) Ethan Van Sciver (art) Jason Wright (colours) Dave Sharpe (letters). Ganthet and Sayd attempt to resurrect something using Kyle’s white ring and Saint Walker’s blue ring. It felt very much like a religious experience. That’s why I was surprised by the low key outcome.


 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 – Gerry Conway (writer) Nathan Stockman (art) Jesus Aburtov (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). I liked the new artist but he made the kids look a few years younger than the last artist. This version of Sandman with the Yogi Berra language fowl-ups was a hoot.


Action Comics #976

Action Comics #976 – Dan Jurgens (writer) Doug Mahnke (pencils) Jaime Mendoza, Christian Alamy & Trevor Scott (inks) Wil Quintana (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Doug draws a pretty creepy Mxyzptlk too. There’s mention of a malevolent super powerful entity this issue but we’ll have to wait to see what that is. I’m glad that we wind up with just the one version of Lois, Clark and Jonathan after all was said and done.


Iron Fist #1

Iron Fist #1 – Ed Brisson (writer) Mike Perkins (art) Andy Troy (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). Jeez, ripping off Bruce Lee much? From the “Game of Death” costume redesign to the “Enter the Dragon” tournament this new book was so full of kung-fu clich├ęs that I rolled my eyes several times. If the Netflix TV series is as bad as this I don’t think I’ll watch it. I’ve been a fan of Iron Fist since his first appearance in Marvel Premiere #15 back in 1974. I can still see the panel drawn by Gil Kane where the wolves attack Daniel’s mother and she sacrifices herself to save her son. This started promising enough with Danny looking for his lost power but then things deteriorated. I liked the lighter Danny Rand in the Power Man and Iron Fist series. This guy is depressing. If you’ve never seen a Bruce Lee movie and like dark brooding heroes beating up bad guys then knock yourself out.


 Wonder Woman #19

Wonder Woman #19 – Greg Rucka (writer) Liam Sharp (art) Laura Martin (colours) Jodi Wynne (letters). In part 3 of “The Truth” the institutionalised Diana finally comes to her senses and learns the truth. The last panel will shock you.


Elektra #2

Elektra #2 – Matt Owens (writer) Juann Cabal (art) Antonio Fabela (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Here’s another Marvel character whose personality has changed. Elektra used to be the strong silent type, now she could be a girl’s BFF. This turns out to be a straightforward surviving Arcade’s Murderworld plot but with the super villain Screwball added to spice things up. Elektra versus Screwball might be fun to see.


Detective Comics # 953

Detective Comics # 953 – James Tynion IV (writer) Christian Duce & Fernando Blanco (art) Alex Sinclair with Allen Passalaqua (colours) Sal Cipriano (letters). If you think Lady Shiva is the main big bad of this story then part 3 of “League of Shadows” will make you think again. Even though Shiva isn’t the main villain, I like her a lot more than who shows up on the last page.


Star Wars: Darth Maul #2

Star Wars: Darth Maul #2 – Cullen Bunn (writer) Luke Ross (art) Nolan Woodard (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Here’s what I don’t get; what the heck are the bad guys going to do with that item being auctioned off? I’ll find out eventually I hope.


Spider-Gwen #18

Spider-Gwen #18 – Jason Latour (writer) Robbi Rodriguez (art) Rico Renzi (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Will they or won’t they? I’ve been following this little love story to see if Miles and Gwen get together in the end and I’m happy to report that this conclusion to “Sitting in a Tree” was very satisfying. Seeing Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham was a bonus.


 Unworthy Thor #5

Unworthy Thor #5 – Jason Aaron (writer) Olivier Coipel, Kim Jacinto & Pascal Alixe (art) Mat Lopes & Jay David Ramos (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). What an amazing final issue to this mini. We finally find out what Nick Fury whispered to Thor to make him unworthy of wielding Mjolnir and we get teased by a new Thor. I hope we don’t have long to wait to find out who War Thor is. I’ve loved this hero since the Lee/Kirby days. Walt Simonson rejuvenated the character in the eighties and Jason Aaron has made him his own now, and I am loving Thor even more.


Hulk #4

Hulk #4 – Mariko Tamaki (writer) Nico Leon (art) Matt Milla (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). She-Hulk fans who are looking for her to smash stuff may be disappointed by this book so far but I am loving it. My favourite thing about this character is Jen’s civilian identity as a lawyer. Here we have Jen desperately trying to save a client but there’s only so much she can do legally. Those other fans may enjoy the next issue because it looks like Jen’s alter ego will have to help.


Invincible Iron Man #5

Invincible Iron Man #5 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Stefano Caselli (art) Marte Gracia (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). This was a very pleasant team-up with Pepper Potts/ Rescue, with the good guys winning the day. I would love to see Riri join The Champions.






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