Off The Rack #57

Off The Rack #57

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sorry about not posting last week. I went for my annual mini stay at Round Lake with Penny and did not read any of the comic books that I brought with me. This week’s off the rack is kind of sparse because we hosted our friend Ken Steacy from Victoria for a few days. Ken drew a lovely picture of Mary Jane Watson for me which thrilled me to no end (see attachment). All my geek friends are envious.


Batwoman #6

Batwoman #6 – Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV (writers) Renato Arlem (art) Adriano Lucas (colours) Deron Bennett (letters). This series goes in a whole new direction and will be a complete surprise to fans following Kate’s adventures. It’s the future and Gotham City has changed a lot. I can’t say that I like this new story but die hard Kate fans will be happy to see some familiar older faces show up.


The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #2 – John Ridley (writer) Georges Jeanty (pencils) John Livesay, Danny Miki & Paul Neary (inks) Nick Filardi (colours) Travis Lanham (letters). This story has more impact now because of what happened in Charlottesville, USA recently. It isn’t pretty, that’s for sure.



Invincible Iron Man #10

Invincible Iron Man #10 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Stefano Caselli (art) Marte Gracia & Israel Silva (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). That was fun. Riri’s Latverian adventure comes to an end and everybody lives happily ever after, but just in case you think that will last the last panel will send chills up and down your spine. I love this book.



Totally Awesome Hulk #22

Totally Awesome Hulk #22 – Greg Pak (writer) Robert Gill (art) Nolan Woodard (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). The conclusion of W.M.D. introduces Weapon H. He’s one hybrid that I think will be a big hit with fans. And if the near instant sell out is any indication, copies of this issue will be a collector’s item.



Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1

Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 – Tom Taylor (writer) Ramon Rosanas (art) Nolan Woodard (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). This was a good one. Logan and Laura fight a bunch of ninjas but it’s the emotional good-bye that got to me. It reminded me that Wolverine died. Well done Tom. It would be great if Ramon was the regular artist on Laura’s book.



Dark Nights: Metal #1

Dark Nights: Metal #1 – Scott Snyder (writer) Greg Capullo (pencils) Jonathan Glapion (inks) FCO Plascencia (colours) Steve Wands (letters). Ready or not here comes another major threat to all 52 universes of the DCUs. Remember Blackest Night? Bigger than that. You can’t get any bigger until the next big event. So Scott is going to weave this tale with every bit of DC material available including some surprising characters that I never would have associated with the good old Justice League. If you’re a big DC or Justice League fan you might get into this. Me, I’m going to pass just like it did with Marvel’s Secret Empire.



Genius: Cartel #1

Genius: Cartel #1 – Marc Bernardi & Adam Freeman (writers) Rosi Kampe (art) Brad Simpson (colours) Troy Peteri (letters). I remember reading the first Genius mini introducing Destiny Ajaye in 2014 and liking it but this new mini starts off too much like Nick Spencer’s Morning Glories to interest me enough to want to keep reading. If you want to see how a secret government military agency manipulates Destiny then have at it.


Star Wars #34


Star Wars #34 – Jason Aaron (writer) Salvador Larroca (art) Edgar Delgado (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). My favourite thing about these new Star Wars stories is how they are introducing cool new characters to the franchise. I love Doctor Aphra and her homicidal droids and now we have a solo adventure with Han’s “wife” Captain Sana Starros, the smuggler. The art technique that Salvador uses to make Lando and Han look like Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford is pretty neat.



Aquaman #27

Aquaman #27 – Dan Abnett (writer) Stjepan Sejic (art & colours) Steve Wands (letters). The secret of the mysterious guy who looks like Arthur is revealed. Meanwhile Mera is trying to find a way to get into Atlantis and enlists the help of Aqualad. Garth’s looking hip with the tattoos and goatee.



Luke Cage #4

Luke Cage #4 – David F. Walker (writer) Nelson Blake II (art) Marcio Menyz (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). This is turning out to be a journey of self discovery for Luke. There are a lot of bad guys to keep track of but that only makes the hero stand out more.



Super Sons #7

Super Sons #7 – Peter J. Tomasi (writer) Jorge Jimenez (art) Alejandro Sanchez (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Superboy helps the Teen Titans restore Robin to his old self again. You’ll get the joke if you read the 2-part “Planet of the Capes” story. It was nice seeing Starfire again.



The Mighty Thor #22

The Mighty Thor #22 – Jason Aaron (writer) Russell Dauterman & Valerio Schiti (art) Matthew Wilson, Veronica Gandini & Rain Beredo (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). Sindr, the Queen of Muspelheim reminds us that the War of the Realms is still ongoing as Malekith and Loki pay a visit. The meeting is interrupted by War Thor and a fearsome battle ensues. I must say that I prefer the hotness of Sindr to her dad Surtur.



Wonder Woman #28

Wonder Woman #28 – Shea Fontana (writer) David Messina (art) Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). David Messina is a new name that I’ve just added to the artists list and he did a good job on part 3 of “Heart of the Amazon”. A bounty has been put on Diana and bad guys are coming out of the woodwork to collect it.



Spider-Men II #2

Spider-Men II #2 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Sara Pichelli (art) Elisabetta D’Amico (inking assistant) Justin Ponsor (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). We find out who hired Taskmaster and the answer will surprise fans all the way from here to Manhattan. I love when Peter and Miles team up.



Superman #29

Superman #29 – Keith Champagne (writer) Doug Mahnke (pencils) Jaime Mendoza with Scott Hanna & Rob Hunter (inks) Wil Quintana & Tony Avina (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Part 1 of “A Minute Longer” brings back a couple of super villains who we haven’t seen in a long time. Don’t think too hard about how they’ve returned, just enjoy the art and super conflict that Clark has to face. Could see Hal Jordan popping in this story.



Astonishing X-Men #2

Astonishing X-Men #2 – Charles Soule (writer) Mike Deodato Jr. (art) Frank Martin (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The five team members sent to the astral plane to defeat the Shadow King are in grave peril. One of them is not who we think he is. I’m thinking that person will make a big difference when the battle is joined.


Batman #29

Batman #29 – Tom King (writer) Mikel Janin (pencils) Hugo Petrus & Mikel Janin (inks) June Chung (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). This is the most intense dinner party ever depicted in a comic book. Tom is killing it with this story. Mikel’s Joker is grim and his Riddler is a far cry from the cackling Frank Gorshin on TV. “The War of Jokes & Riddles” is still keeping me guessing and coming back for more.



Archie #23

Archie #23 – Mark Waid (writer) Audrey Mok (art) Kelly Fitzpatrick (colours) Jack Morelli (letters). Riverdale responds to the accident that has devastating consequences for one of the major characters. I’m not fond of Archie as a bumbler but Mark shows us that his heart is in the right place.



Plastic #5

Plastic #5 – Doug Wagner (writer) Daniel Hillyard (art) Laura Martin (colours) Ed Dukeshire (letters). This will probably be the weirdest comic book story that I will read this year. The “hero” is a mentally unstable guy who is in love with an inflatable sex doll. I liked the art and the ending was satisfying. It’s a straight up revenge story that will make you cringe.



Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1

Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 – Jason Aaron (writer) Mahmud Asrar (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). These Generations one shots are definitely worth reading if you’re a fan of the characters featured. This may just be a simple case of the two Thors fighting Apocalypse but Mighty learns a lesson from a young Unworthy here.


Batman/Shadow #5

Batman/Shadow #5 – Scott Snyder & Steve Orlando (writers) Riley Rossmo (art) Ivan Plascencia (colours) Clem Robins (letters). Uh oh. Batman’s dying and the villain is destroying any chance of saving him. The Shadow doesn’t know what to do now. Insert maniacal laughter here.


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8 – Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer) Robert Hack (art & colours) Jack Morelli (letters). Sabrina has a steep price to pay for bringing her boyfriend back from the dead and we find out what it is on the last page. Waiting two months for the next issue is going to kill me.








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