Off The Rack #53

Off The Rack #53

Monday, July 24, 2017

A rainy and windy morning here in Ottawa with thunder storms circling the area. I’m glad to be safe and snug here at home and not out on the lake. It’s been a wet summer so far but our garden has never looked better.


Star Wars: Darth Vader #3

Star Wars: Darth Vader #3 – Charles Soule (writer) Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils) Cam Smith (inks) David Curiel (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Vader sees a man about a light sabre but Master Kirak Infil’a won’t be giving it up that easily.



Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #9

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #9 – Kieron Gillen (writer) Kev Walker (pencils) Marc Deering (inks) Antonio Fabela (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). So now we know what the bad Doctor is going to do with that old Jedi A.I. That rascally Triple Zero has plans of his own though. The two deadly droids are my favourite Star Wars characters now.



Batwoman #5

Batwoman #5 – Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV (writers) Stephanie Hans (art & colours) Deron Bennett (letters). A flashback story about how Kate first came to Coryana. Very dramatic.



Invincible Iron Man #9

Invincible Iron Man #9 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Stefano Caselli (art) Marte Gracia with Israel Silva (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Big battle in Latveria with the super villain Lucia Von Bardas. It’s winner take all.



Astonishing X-Men #1

Astonishing X-Men #1 – Charles Soule (writer) Jim Cheung (pencils) Mark Morales, Guillermo Ortego & Walden Wong (inks) Richard Isanove & Rain Beredo (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The latest mutant team book to hit the racks gathers together Angel, Beast, Bishop, Fantomex, Gambit, Old Man Logan, Psylocke and Rogue to battle the Shadow King. Get ready to be astonished by the last page, although I saw that surprise twist coming 1.60934 kilometres away.



Aquaman #26

Aquaman #26 – Dan Abnett (writer) Stjepan Sejic (art & colours) Steve Wands (letters). I would recommend this book for the art alone but the royal court intrigues would keep me reading too. I’ll be drifting along until we find out who the new guy is at least.



Lazarus X+66 #1

Lazarus X+66 #1 – Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann (writers) Steve Lieber (art) Santi Arcas (colours) Jodi Wynne (letters). This 6-issue mini will feature secondary characters from the series. This issue has a soldier going through the process of becoming a member of an elite unit. She’s more than just a G. I. Jane.



Ms. Marvel #20

Ms. Marvel #20 – G. Willow Wilson (writer) Marco Failla (art) Ian Herring (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). This is a timely story about corrupt politicians. I hope that young readers will get the message about greed and community. The interrogation of Kamala’s brother made me wonder about the present state of the world.



Batman #27

Batman #27 – Tom King (writer) Clay Mann (pencils) Danny Miki, John Livesay & Clay Mann (inks) Gabe Eltaeb (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). We take a break from the War of Jokes and Riddles to meet Kite Man, the new bad guy with a gimmick, and see if he’s team Joker or team Riddler. I love the bad Bat guy names.



Bettie Page #1

Bettie Page #1 – David Avallone (writer) Colton Worley (art & colours) Taylor Esposito (letters). Colton Worley’s Bettie may not be as wow worthy as Dave Stevens’s but he did an adequate job in this new comic book about the raven haired beauty. I fell in love with Bettie Page when I saw that full page spread of her in the photographer’s studio in the Rocketeer comic book that hit the racks in 1982. I bought the t-shirt, action figures, bust and any copies of Bettie Pages I could find. Here we have a Bettie who goes to Hollywood in 1951 to escape the F.B.I. in New York City. Why the feds raided the studio isn’t explained but being in California means that Bettie can be featured scantily clad, which is what she was famous for. The story is campy and I wish the art was nicer but these guys did a pretty good job of portraying a spunky, independent woman who is full of life and ready to experience it all.



Generation Gone #1 – Ales Kot (writer) Andre Lima Araujo (art) Chris O’Halloran (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). This new book is about three millennials who hack into the computers at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and will get the surprise of their lives. I like Baldwin and Elena but Nick is a dick. A scientist at DARPA has written some code that can change the human body and these hackers are fed the code. This type of giving regular people super powers comic book has been done before but I like the art and the characters so far so I will see what happens next.



Totally Awesome Hulk #21

Totally Awesome Hulk #21 – Greg Pak (writer) Robert Gill (art) Nolan Woodard (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Part 4 of WMD has the bad guys going ahead with creating a Hulk-like super soldier and the good guys deciding how to deal with the bad guys. For fans of such things there’s a cool fight between the Totally Awesome Hulk and Sabretooth.



Super Sons #6

Super Sons #6 – Peter J. Tomasi (writer) Jorge Jimenez (art) Alejandro Sanchez (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). “Planet of the Capes” starts here when Damian and his Teen Titans run into trouble fighting a new team of super villains. Jorge Jimenez’s Starfire is hot.



Archie #22

Archie #22 – Mark Waid (writer) Pete Woods (art & colours) Jack Morelli (letters). I was on the verge of tears throughout this issue. I can’t imagine feeling those emotions if even Dan DeCarlo drew this since his classic style, as pretty as it was, might not have conveyed the sadness inherent in this issue. Pete Woods did an excellent job here. I’ve loved Betty Cooper longer than I have loved Bettie Page, so seeing what happens to her affected me deeply. I don’t hate Mark Waid for what he’s done. I look forward to seeing what comes next.



The Mighty Thor #21

The Mighty Thor #21 – Jason Aaron (writer) Valerio Schiti (art) Veronica Gandini (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). This issue features War Thor. Old Volstagg never looked so lean. The last caption made me scream NOOOOOO!



Dark Days: The Casting #1

Dark Days: The Casting #1 – Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV (writers) Jim Lee, Andy Kubert & John Romita Jr. (pencils) Scott Williams, Klaus Janson & Danny Miki (inks) Alex Sinclair & Jeremiah Skipper (colours) Steve Wands (letters). Holy mackerel there’s a lot of blah, blah, blah in this comic book. I think I got the point in the first few pages with Carter Hall. I didn’t need to see Batman’s quest or Green Lantern and Duke/Robin’s blah blah with the Joker to get that a Dark Crisis is a-coming and it’s all sooooo mysterious and uber dangerosus. Let’s get on with the story shall we?



Royal City #5

Royal City #5 – Jeff Lemire (writer art & colours) Steve Wands (letters). This issue shows Tommy interacting with all of his family. It’s cool how each member sees him differently.



Luke Cage #3

Luke Cage #3 – David F. Walker (writer) Nelson Blake II (art) Marcio Menyz (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). This issue proves once again that nobody stays dead in a comic book.



Superman #27

Superman #27 – Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason (writers) Scott Godlewski (art) Gabe Eltaeb (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). It’s too bad this issue didn’t hit the racks before the July 4th holiday. There’s a lot of rah rah American patriotism but it’s the family bonding Peter and Patrick put in their stories that’s the reason I like this book so much.



Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #2

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #2 – Chip Zdarsky (writer) Adam Kubert (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). Chip almost lost me in the first three pages with the dumb captions. Maybe he thinks they’re cute but I think they’re juvenile and annoying. If his Peter Parker gets any more goofier I’m outta here.



Wild Storm #6

Wild Storm #6 – Warren Ellis (writer) Jon Davis-Hunt (art) Steve Buccellato & John Kalisz (colours) Simon Bowland (letters). Six issues in and we’ve met many characters. It starts off with an action-packed sequence featuring Deathblow. The Force is strong in that one. Then Warren spells out what the different factions are all about. It clears things up considerably so that the rest of the series should be more fun times and less who the heck are these people?



Defenders #3

Defenders #3 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) David Marquez (art) Justin Ponsor (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Holy fornication the last panel will wake you up. Everything leading up to that shocker was sorta casual, even the fight with Frank the Punisher Castle. Two comic books that I read this week ended the same way and both shocked me but each one shocked me differently. Each shocking thing happened to characters that I cared about for a very very long time. I don’t know what’s going to happen next but I can’t wait to find out.







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