Monday, November 13, 2017

My sister Amy and I asked our Dad about his life in China and Hong Kong during my weekly Thursday visit last week and he told us about some very interesting experiences. Dad’s mother died in 1945 when he was 12-years-old. His father and older brother were in the Chinese Army fighting the Japanese and he went off to work for the army as a sort of houseboy. He did laundry and served meals. He didn’t see any fighting but did see Peking, Shanghai and Canton while traveling with the troops. It made me think again how lucky I am to even be here.



Wonder Woman #34 – James Robinson (writer) Sergio Davila (pencils) Scott Hanna, Mick Gray & Eber Ferreira (inks) Romulo Fajardo Jr. (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). Diana meets her long lost brother Jason for the first time and the two of them play catch up. That’s why almost every page is crammed with word balloons. I don’t like the fact that Diana has a brother and not even the twist at the end with the bad guy made me want to keep reading this comic book. I’m so disappointed since I really liked James Robinson’s Scarlet Witch. I’m benching this title for now.



Ms. Marvel #24 – G. Willow Wilson (writer) Diego Olortegui (art) Ian Herring (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). The slow runaway train adventure makes its final stop this issue and I am glad. Some of the things that Kamala does didn’t make sense but hey, it’s a comic book. The problem I have is if you’re going to use real science to solve your problem later then don’t do impossible science before that. This story almost turned me off of this book but it looks like we’re in for a change next issue so I will pick it up to see what’s what.



Detective Comics #968 – James Tynion IV (writer) Alvaro Martinez (pencils) Raul Fernandez (inks) Tomeu Morey (colours) Sal Cipriano (letters). The conclusion of “A Lonely Place of Living” has Tim returning completely to the fold. A bad guy is brought back into play as well and that should make things interesting for the team and us readers in the future.




Master of Kung Fu #126 – CM Punk (writer) Dalibor Talajic (art) Erick Arciniega (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). Way to let this super Shang-Chi fan down Marvel. The only good thing that I can say about this Legacy one shot is that I liked the art even though Dalibor is no Paul Gulacy. CM Punk, whoever he is he’s definitely no Doug Moench. Okay, I just Googled CM Punk and he’s a 39-year-old mixed martial artist and comic book writer. He’s got the imagination of a ten-year-old though. This works as a parody but I wasn’t expecting one so unless you’re looking for some juvenile shenanigans, give this a pass.



She-Hulk #159 – Mariko Tamaki (writer) Jahnoy Lindsay (art) Frederico Blee & Chris Sotomayor (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). These Legacy books have been hit and miss but I’m happy to report that this is a hit. I’m glad they put the She back in this title. Never understood why they didn’t when they brought Jen back to the racks. They also brought back an old Hulk super villain in this issue and I am looking forward to seeing what they’re going to do to our Ms. Walters. I like attention to details in comic books and Jahnoy Lindsay gets extra marks for the foot chase scene. What Jen did makes a lot of sense.



Daredevil #595 – Charles Soule (writer) Stefano Landini (art) Matt Milla (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Here’s another Legacy hit. Big changes for this book and I like them. Wilson Fisk is one of the better DD villains and now he’s in a position of power and can really screw with Matt’s life again. I’m putting this title back on to my “must read” list.



Moon Knight #188 – Max Bemis (writer) Jacen Barrows (art) Mat Lopes (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). This Legacy book has also lured me back to reading this title again. It’s still focusing on the psychological problems that Marc Spector has but it’s less weird than what Jeff Lemire was doing when I benched Moon Knight before. It also helps that the art is more to my liking. Jacen was stellar working with Alan Moore on Providence and I’m glad he’s on this book now.



Batman Lost #1 – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson (writer) Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette & Jorge Jimenez (pencils) Jaime Mendoza, Yanick Paquette & Jorge Jimenez (inks) Wil Quintana, Nathan Fairbairn & Alejandro Sanchez (colours) Tom Napolitano (letters). Well they lost me with this issue. It’s all too confusing for me and I don’t care if Baphomet, or whatever the evil entity is, destroys the multiverse or how the good guy wins in the end. I just don’t care anymore. Batman is my favourite DC hero and the three writers have done comic books that I have raved about, but this story has way too many shifts in time and space that makes it too hard to keep track of what’s going on when and where. Dark Night Metal can rust on the racks for all I care.



Jessica Jones #14 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Michael Gaydos (art) Matt Hollingsworth (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The return of the Purple Man/Killgrave really ratchets up the intensity of this story. I find myself trying to think of how Jessica is going to beat this guy while reading each page. I also feel like there is a finality to events taking place with the announcement that Brian is leaving Marvel and going to work for DC. I am going to be very sad that I won’t be able to read his stories about this wonderful P.I.