Off The Rack #59

Off The Rack #59

Monday, September 11, 2017

Took my brand new tackle box and assortment of lures to the lake this morning to try and catch some fish. I had a blast. I landed a bunch and missed another bunch. Having barbless hooks mean fish can escape easier and it takes more skill and patience to get them in the boat.


Secret Empire #1

Secret Empire #1 – Nick Spencer (writer) Steve McNiven (pencils) Jay Leisten (inks) Matthew Wilson (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #2

Secret Empire #2, 3 – Nick Spencer (writer) Andrea Sorrentino with Rod Reis (art) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #4

Secret Empire #4 – Nick Spencer (writer) Leinil Francis Yu (pencils) Gerry Alanguilan (inks) Sunny Gho (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #5

Secret Empire #5 – Nick Spencer (writer) Andrea Sorrentino with Rod Reis, Joshua Cassara & Rachelle Rosenberg (art) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #6

Secret Empire #6 – Nick Spencer (writer) Leinil Francis Yu (pencils) Gerry Alanguilan with Leinil Francis Yu (inks) Rod Reis, Joshua Cassara & Rachelle Rosenberg (additional art) Sunny Gho with Java Tartaglia (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #7

Secret Empire #7 – Nick Spencer (writer) Andrea Sorrentino (art) Rod Reis, Joshua Cassara & Rachelle Rosenberg (additional art) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #8

Secret Empire #8 – Nick Spencer (writer) Daniel Acuna (art) Rod Reis, Sean Izaakse & Java Tartaglia (additional art) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #9

Secret Empire #9 – Nick Spencer (writer) Leinil Francis Yu with Joe Bennett (pencils) Gerry Alanguilan with Leinil Francis Yu & Joe Pimentel (inks) Rod Reis (additional art) Sunny Gho with Dono Sanchez Almara (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).


Secret Empire #10

Secret Empire #10 – Nick Spencer (writer) Steve McNiven (pencils) Jay Leisten (inks) Matthew Wilson (colours) Rod Reis, David Marquez, Peco Medina, Juan Vlasco & Jesus Aburtov, Ron Lim (additional art) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters).

Thanks to long time customer and friend Doug Stafford for lending his copies of this Marvel event for me to read. I didn’t read them as they hit the racks because I was tired of these big multi-crossover stories that ultimately don’t mean much. I realised as soon as I found out that evil Captain America was created by a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik, who appears as a little girl, that everything would be back to “normal” at the end and I was right. I’ve read a lot of good versus evil stories and I needed something different to keep me engaged and there wasn’t much here that did that. Yes, I read the whole thing but that’s the completist in me. I cannot put aside something that I start without finishing it and so I stuck with this to find out how evil Steve was defeated. My favourite character was Ant-Man and I think I would enjoy a solo Ant-Man book written by Nick Spencer. The art in issue #1 was nice but it looked like Steve McNiven (pencils) and Jay Leisten (inks) were tired doing issue #10. The in between issues had art that varied from acceptable to hard on my eyes. This is worth reading if you like to spot Marvel heroes and villains but otherwise it’s not that important in the grand scheme of things in the Marvel U.


Champions #12

Champions #12 – Mark Waid (writer) Humberto Ramos (pencils) Victor Olazaba (inks) Edgar Delgado (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). This is a good old fashioned super heroes versus super villain fight as Psycho-Man pays a visit from the Microverse. He’s got a simple power so there’s no need to explain everything about him to new fans who have never heard of the Micronauts. What Mark does to make these stories far more interesting is how he lets us see these heroes interact as friends and team mates. I love this young heroes book.


Jessica Jones #12

Jessica Jones #12 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Michael Gaydos & Javier Pulido (art) Matt Hollingsworth & Javier Pulido (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Jessica closes the case for Maria Hill and the person who put out the hit on Maria is revealed. It’s not just good enough to find out who the bad guy is but Brian lets us in on why Maria was targeted and it’s a really good twist. The on deck villain will make the next story arc super tense.


Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart #1

Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart #1 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Marco Rudy, Szymon Kudranski & Nico Leon (pencils) Szymon Kudranski, Will Sliney, Scott Koblish & Nico Leon (inks) Marco Rudy, Dean White & Paul Mounts (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). It’s Riri Williams’ turn to have an adventure with her progenitor to warm up potential new fans for her comic book. There are teasers in this story that may sway fans to give the Invincible Iron Man series a try. The stable of artists used in this one shot may not appeal to some but the writing is solid.


Dastardly & Muttley #1

Dastardly & Muttley #1 – Garth Ennis (writer) Mauricet (art) John Kalisz (colours) Rob Steen (letters). The art in this new 6-issue mini is really good for this updated comic book adaptation of an old Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon show. I bet you a lot of folks will not have a clue about the two aviators and I barely twigged to the title until I started reading. I can still hear Muttley’s muffled laugh in my head but here he has a voice. It’s nice to see Garth’s humorous side back on the racks in a book that isn’t only for mature readers. If you liked the Flintstones comic book, you’ll like this too.


Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1

Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 – Rob Williams (writer) Simon Fraser (art) Gary Caldwell (colours) Peter Doherty (letters). There’s a new Kingsman movie coming out later this month and this new 6-issue mini should get you primed for it. We are introduced to Eggsy, the young British super spy and the new villain the Red Diamond. I liked the recent Nick Fury mini and this one is just as good. Pick it up for some over the top escapism.


Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma #1 – Kelly Thompson (writer) Marco Checchetto (art) Andres Mossa (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). I don’t get why this Storm Trooper is getting a 4-issue mini since she was only in The Force Awakens briefly. Maybe there’s more to her story and they’ll reveal it here before The Last Jedi hits the screens. I’m not a big fan of faceless characters, Darth Vader notwithstanding, and her chasing a traitor to the Empire isn’t enough to keep me reading, but I’m sure true blue Star Wars fans will like this a lot.


Batman #30

Batman #30 – Tom King (writer) Clay Mann (pencils) Seth Mann (inks) Jordie Bellaire (colours)  Clayton Cowles (letters). It’s part 2 of “The Ballad of Kite Man”. It’s a really depressing song but it shows us how “The War of Jokes and Riddles” is going.


Lark's Killer #2

Lark’s Killer #2 – Bill Willingham (writer) Mark Dos Santos (art) Salvatore Aiala (colours) Thomas Mauer (letters). I don’t need Bill’s plea to spread the word to old Fables fans to buy his new book because I like it so much I would gladly recommend it to anyone. It’s a cool mix of modern and medieval. Lark provides the modern and the land of Hyperborea is the sword and sorcery setting. Please give this a try.


Spider-Man/Deadpool #21

Spider-Man/Deadpool #21 – Elliott Kalan (writer) Todd Nauck (art) Rachelle Rosenberg (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). Here we go again with a Murderworld story as Spidey and Deadpool try to outsmart Arcade and not get killed. Elektra managed to beat the bad guy and I know these buddies will too. It’s fun to see what kind of death traps creative teams come up with.


Superman #30

Superman #30 – Keith Champagne (writer) Ed Benes, Tyler Kirkman & Philip Tan (art) Danei Ribeiro, Tomeu Morey & Sunny Gho (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). The 2-parter with Sinestro and Parallax concludes with the bad guys losing once again. This one had a nice message to it.


Astonishing X-Men #3

Astonishing X-Men #3 – Charles Soule (writer) Ed McGuinness (pencils) Mark Morales (inks) Jason Keith (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). I liked the Wolverine evolution cover because it features prominently in this issue. The team’s sojourn into the astral plane to defeat the Shadow King continues with this Old Man Logan solo adventure. I think the good guys just made a big mistake.


Darth Vader #5

Darth Vader #5 – Charles Soule (writer) Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils) Cam Smith (inks) David Curiel (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). I didn’t know what a Kyber crystal was until now. There’s a very well done sequence that made me think that Vader’s path was going to change course, but alas it was not to be. An interesting premise though.


Spider-Man #20

Spider-Man #20 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Nico Leon (art) Justin Ponsor (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). We got a new regular customer at Comet Comics who is a big Miles Morales fan and the two of us geek out over how much we love reading this title when he comes in to pick up the latest issue off the racks. That infectious joy is why I love my job. Miles makes a big life change starting this issue and lands in hot water right from the get go. This book is never boring.








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