Off The Rack #65

Off The Rack #65

Monday, October 23, 2017

The back door lock on my X-Trail wasn’t working so I had to drop it off this morning at Japan Auto to see if they can fix it. Then it was off to Costco to stock up an a few necessities. It’s so nice and warm here in Ottawa that I will be able to read Charles de Lint‘s new book The Wind in His Heart outside.


Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #1

Deadpool vs. Old Man Logan #1 – Declan Shalvey (writer) Mike Henderson (art) Lee Loughridge (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). This 5-issue mini has the two stabby heroes with healing factors teaming up to keep a new mutant from being captured by bad guys. Sure, it’s a story that’s already been told many times but Declan does a good job of keeping the fun factor up so I will keep reading.


Batman: The Drowned #1

Batman: The Drowned #1 – Dan Abnett (writer) Philip Tan & Tyler Kirkman (art) Dean White & Arif Prianto (colours) Tom Napolitano (letters). There’s a gender swap in this Dark Nights Metal tie-in where a woman named Bryce Wayne transforms herself into an evil version of Aquaman’s wife Mera. That was unexpected. I like how this issue clarifies why the bad Batpersons are doing what they’re doing. It’s a basic motivation and not anything new so there’s still a chance that I might stop caring about this story and stop reading.


Kid Lobotomy #1

Kid Lobotomy #1 – Peter Milligan (writer) Tess Fowler (art) Lee Loughridge (colours) Aditya Bidikar (letters). If I had looked at the credits before picking this book off the racks to read I should have expected the extreme weirdness in this comic book written by Peter Milligan. I remember his stint on Shade the Changing Man and what a psychedelic ride that was. This book is loopy too and it was the art that helped me power through to the last page. If you enjoy exploring odd mindscapes you’ll like this.


Thor #700

Thor #700 – Jason Aaron (writer) Walt Simonson & Matthew Wilson, Russell Dauterman & Matthew Wilson, Daniel Acuna, James Harren & Dave Stewart, Becky Cloonan & Dave Stewart, Das Pastoras, Chris Burnham & Ive Svorcina, Andrew MacLean & Dave Stewart, Jill Thompson, Mike del Mundo, and Olivier Coipel & Dave Stewart (art) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). This 50-page epic features Part 1 of “The Death of Thor”, but which Thor? There’s a lot of them. If you’ve never read a Thor comic book this is a great place to start. You can tell that Jason Aaron is having so much fun writing these adventures and I am one very appreciative fan. Buy this book.


Aquaman #29

Aquaman #29 – Dan Abnett (writer) Stjepan Sejic (art & colours) Steve Wands (letters). Okay, things are starting to go the good guys’ way. Evil King Rath is going to get what for.


Maestros #1

Maestros #1 – Steve Skroce (writer & art) Dave Stewart (colours) Fonografiks (letters). Yay, Steve Skroce is back on the racks and this time he’s writing his own book. I loved “We Stand On Guard” and was hoping we’d see Steve’s art again soon. This fantasy book is about a young wizard who inherits the title of big kahuna wizard after his Dad is killed. I thought that Geof Darrow did the art for this after turning the first page, but nope, it’s Steve just painstakingly drawing up a storm. This new comic book gets added to my “must read” list.


Champions #13

Champions #13 – Mark Waid (writer) Humberto Ramos (pencils) Victor Olazaba (inks) Edgar Delgado (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Part 2 of “Worlds Collide” has the Champions teaming up with the Avengers to stop the High Evolutionary from destroying the planet. Four groups scatter around the world to save lives but even though they keep the world’s tallest buildings from disaster there’s still plenty of danger ahead. The story continues in Avengers #673 which hits the racks on November 1.


Batman #33

Batman #33 – Tom King (writer) Joelle Jones (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) Clayton Cowles (letters). You gotta read this. Do you guys have a good chuckle when you get to the last page of a really good comic book because you feel happily amused and think, man I can’t wait to read the rest of this story? I do. Few writers can make me do that and Tom King just got added to the list of writers that do. Some fans might not like what’s going on with Batman’s love life but I think it’s great. Part 1 of “Rules of Engagement” has the Bat visiting an old flame and boy, is he going to get burned. Joelle “Lady Killer” Jones did a wonderful job showing the men folk back at the mansion and made my heart swoon with her rendition of Selina. I wish the word balloon person hadn’t screwed up on the last page, otherwise this issue was a perfect read.


Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil #1 – Jeff Lemire (writer) David Rubin (art, colours & letters). This spin-ff of Black Hammer is worth checking out if you like that mystery about a team of old super heroes. This story focuses on their super villain enemies and follows Black Hammer’s daughter as she goes searching for her father. Jeff Lemire is every bit as clever as Alan Moore at creating neat super characters when Alan was doing America’s Best Comics.


Ms. Marvel #23

Ms. Marvel #23 – G. Willow Wilson (writer) Diego Olortegui (art) Ian Herring (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Remember the time when Kamala went to Karachi and had a team up with a hero there? Guess who’s in Jersey City and attending her high school now? I’m glad Willow did the conversion to metric on the runaway train’s speed. I didn’t have a sense of what 25 miles per hour feels like. 40 kilometres per hour I get. This was a great way to have the two heroes commiserate while the train rolls along.


Wonder Woman #32

Wonder Woman #32 – James Robinson (writer) Sergio Davila (pencils) Scott Hanna & Mark Morales (inks) Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). I found the writing in this issue was as stilted as a bad soap opera script. I don’t like how the relationship between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor is portrayed. I hate that he calls her “angel”. I will read the next issue to find out more about Diana’s “brother” Jason and to see Emanuela Lupacchino drawing her first issue of this series.


Groo: Play of the Gods #4

Groo: Play of the Gods #4 – Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier (writers) Sergio Aragones (art) John Ercek & Tom Luth (colours) Stan Sakai (letters). And so another great Groo mini ends. This time the last laugh was on the gods.


Superman #33

Superman #33 – Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason (writer) Doug Mahnke (pencils) Jaime Mendoza (inks) Wil Quintana (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). “Imperius Lex” starts here. With baby Darkseid missing, Apokalips needs a new ruler and it has chosen Lex Luthor. But Lex is a good guy now, right? Maybe he’ll find a way to change the Parademons into minions. I like that Lois and Jon are in this story too.


Incredible Hulk #709

Incredible Hulk #709 – Greg Pak (writer) Greg Land (pencils) Jay Leisten (inks) Frank D’Armata (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). “Return To Planet Hulk” starts here. Not to worry, they haven’t resurrected Bruce Banner (yet). This time it’s Amadeus “The Totally Awesome Hulk” Cho crash landing on the planet. There’s no holding back when the kid unleashes the junk in the trunk as he battles a tribe of bad guys. All hail the Green Scar. This is a refreshing change of pace.


Super Sons #9

Super Sons #9 – Peter J. Tomasi (writer) Jorge Jimenez & Carmine Di Giandomenico (art) Alejandro Sanchez & Ivan Plascencia (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). “Planet of the Capes” ends here. I much preferred the art of Jorge Jimenez over that of Carmine Di Giandomenico. Carmine’s kids don’t look like kids.


Wonder Woman Conan #2

Wonder Woman Conan #2 – Gail Simone (writer) Aaron Lopresti (pencils) Matt Ryan (inks) Wendy Broome (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). There’s a #MeToo moment in this issue that I found was unnecessary that made me feel disappointed because this is written by a woman. The crew threatening Diana that way wasn’t needed for Conan to be any more protective than he already was. I wondered if it was put in just to titillate male readers or to point out that most men are scum. I did like how the crow girls dealt with the wine besotted pervert in the stands though.


Invincible Iron Man #593

Invincible Iron Man #593 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Stefano Caselli & Alex Maleev (art) Marte Gracia &  Alex Maleev (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). “The Search for Tony Stark” starts here. Get everything you need to know to start reading this series. It’s the rebirth of one of Marvel’s iconic super heroes so join us long time shellhead fans and buckle up for a wild ride.






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