Off The Rack #69

Monday, November 27, 2017

Snow in Ottawa made for a classic 2017 Grey Cup game where the Toronto Argonauts overcame the elements and a superior Calgary Stampeders team in the first half to win the CFL Championship last night with a supreme effort in the second half. The half time show with Shania Twain was more suited for Las Vegas than Canada’s capital. A Canada Goose parka and mukluks would have looked better. It’s not a lot of snow but just enough so that I should get out there and clean off the driveway so it will all melt tomorrow when the temperature goes above freezing.



Silver Sable and The Wild Pack #36 – Christa Faust (writer) Paulo Siqueira & Jose Luis (pencils) Cam Smith, Terry Pallot & Paulo Siqueira (inks) Rachelle Rosenberg (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). I liked the art in this one-shot a lot but the story is too comic booky for me. The injuries Silver sustains and yet can find a way to win in the end stretched my suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. I rate this higher than Shang-Chi but not by much.



The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 – Andrew Constant (writer) Brad Walker (pencils) Andrew Hennessy (inks) Chris Sotomayor (colours) Tom Napolitano (letters). Jason Blood is back on the racks and where he goes so does the Demon Etrigan. This new 6-part story is pretty straightforward. Someone is trying to open a portal to Hell and things won’t be good if that happens. One of my favourite things about the Demon is his speaking in rhymes. I was surprised that he doesn’t all the time but I’m glad for that too. It makes the poetry much more special. I am looking forward to the bad guy appearing.



Star Wars #39 – Kieron Gillen (writer) Salvador Larroca (art) Guru-eFX (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The Ashes of Jedha part 2. There’s a bit of tension between the local partisans and Leia’s group of rebels but trust is established and it’s time to thwart the Empire again. Can you believe the next Star Wars movie a just a few weeks away?



Doomsday Clock #1 – Geoff Johns (writer) Gary Frank (art) Brad Anderson (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). I read the original Watchmen 12-issue story as they hit the racks in 1986-1987 and was fascinated by the story that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons told. I rarely read a comic book story more than once but I did read the trade paperback collection of the Watchmen before the movie hit the theatres in 2009. The characters that Alan Moore created were new and interesting and the story drew me in. now DC has brought the Watchmen back in this new 12-issue story and I am curious to see what Geoff Johns intends to do with them. I’m not sure what universe this story takes place in because here we have Clark Kent and Lois Lane appearing so that makes me more invested in the story. This issue starts off as a sequel to the Watchmen and ends with Clark having a dream. I was a bit confused by the goings on but I really like Gary Frank’s art and will most likely follow this story to its conclusion.



Spider-Man Deadpool #24 – Robbie Thompson (writer) Chris Bachalo (pencils & colours) Tim Townsend, Wayne Faucher, Al Vey, Victor Olazaba & John Livesay (inks) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). Arms Race continues with the two buddies tracking down Fakepool in Tabula Rasa. Huh? Not to worry, the captions explain everything. This place is weird and perfect for Chris’s art. We find out who the real villain is and I was surprised.



Imaginary Fiends #1 – Tim Seeley (writer) Stephen Molnar (art) Quinton Winter (colours) Carlos M. Mangual (letters). I haven’t read anything by Tim Seeley in a while and the rest of the creative team is new to me but they did a fine job of starting this new Vertigo title off with nice art and creepy crawlies. Here we meet Melba Li a young woman with special sight. The story starts off with the murder of a girl and we discover how Melba is connected to it. She’s a great character and her sidekick is really cool. It’s kind of like X-Files with scary monsters. I liked this a lot.



Punisher: The Platoon #3 – Garth Ennis (writer) Goran Parlov (art) Jordie Bellaire (colours) Rob Steen (letters). I wondered where Frank got all the weapons he uses in his war on crime and now I know.



Action Comics #992 – Dan Jurgens (story) Rob Williams (script) Will Conrad (art) Hi-Fi (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Superman is still stumped by the mystery of Mr. Oz/Jor-El and his quest for answers leads him to the Flash’s treadmill. It’s time to time travel. I shouldn’t be surprised that the next issue will guest star another time traveler but this one might make the story fun to read.


Detective Comics #969 – James Tynion IV (writer) Joe Bennett (pencils) Sal Regla (inks) Jason Wright (colours) Sal Cipriano (letters). There’s a new mayor in Gotham City and he is not happy about this team that Batman has put together. The good guys have other worries on the horizon though as a team of bad guys gets ready to cause chaos in the city. This book is going to get crowded soon.



All-New Wolverine #27 – Tom Taylor (writer) Juann Cabal (art) Nolan Woodard (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Orphans of X part 3. Super hero comic books require a suspension of disbelief but it sure helps when a writer puts in the effort to make sense of the fantastic. Tom Taylor does that well. Daken’s actions make sense. The bad guys and their threat makes sense. This adds immensely to my enjoyment of this story. Add in beautiful art that makes me linger on every page and I’m in fanboy heaven. This is my favourite X-book right now.



Invincible Iron Man #594 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Stefano Caselli & Alex Maleev (art) Israel Silva & Alex Maleev (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). The Search for Tony Stark part 2. The Infamous Iron Man/Doctor Doom guest stars and his pages are drawn by Alex Maleev. I am assuming that Brian Michael Bendis will finish this story before he leaves Marvel and Tony will again be the Invincible Iron Man. I really hope Ironheart gets her own book with Stefano Caselli doing the art. If that’s the case I will read the first issue regardless of who they get to write it.


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