Off The Rack #90

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ottawa ComicCon was on over the weekend but I didn’t attend. I had a chance to work there, one of which was helping artist Neal Adams at his table. My nerd credentials have been revoked. I went fishing instead. My buddy Shane, who caught the biggest pike he ever caught last year, caught an even bigger one yesterday. It was 36 inches long and weighed almost 9 pounds. The feeling of excitement and joy that I felt after we got that monster into the boat reminded me of how much fun fishing is for me. What a way to start off the season.



Hunt for Wolverine: The Adamantium Agenda #1 – Tom Taylor (writer) R. B. Silva (pencils) Adriano Di Benedetto with R. B. Silva (inks) Jesus Aburtov (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). The second team to look for Logan hits the racks in their 4-issue mini and it’s a nice mix of powers. Iron Man, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Amazing Spider-Man start their search by attending a black market auction. Someone’s DNA is up for sale but the shocker is who the DNA belongs to. Tom Taylor gave me the rare “last page satisfied chuckle” when I got to the end of this issue. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.



Justice League: No Justice #1 – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson (writers) Francis Manapul (art) Hi-Fi (colours) AndWorld Design (letters). The Justice League and Marvel’s Avengers are the two major super hero teams that I grew up with. Their stories have always seemed to be very similar to me. They both confront huge threats to the universe on an annual basis and this year is no different. This 4-issue mini follows in the aftermath of the Source Wall being breached. I don’t know how that happened but trust me it’s s big deal. This event triggers the return of godlike beings that have come to destroy planets. One of those planets is Colu, the home planet of the super villain Brainiac. He needs the help of the Justice League, the Suicide Squad, the Teen Titans and the Titans to save his planet. Brainiac has a plan but Amanda Waller throws a monkey wrench in it. If I were a big DC fan this story would be a must read as it involves a whole passel of heroes including the Green Lantern Corps. Throw in some super villains too and this story will have you glued to the racks every week.



Domino #2 – Gail Simone (writer) David Baldeon (art) Jesus Aburtov (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Killer Instinct part 2. Phew, that was close. Domino’s plummet of death is halted by a lucky passerby. This issue explains who the bad guys are and why they’re out to get Domino and her friends. It’s not healthy being Domino’s friends these days.



Detective Comics #980 – James Tynion IV (writer) Scot Eaton (pencils) Wayne Faucher (inks) John Kalisz & Allen Passalaqua (colours) Sal Cipriano (letters). Batmen Eternal part 5. See if you can keep up here. Future Tim Drake is Batman but he has infected himself with Brother Eye nanotech. He’s got an army of OMACs and is looking for more recruits so that he can save Gotham City. He’s also teamed up with Ulysses Armstrong who is controlling everything from the Belfry. Bruce/Batman, Batwoman, Spoiler and Orphan are trying to save the day. You won’t believe who comes through in the crunch.



Runaways #9 – Rainbow Rowell (writer) Kris Anka (pencils) Craig Yeung (inks) Kris Anka (inks page 20) Triona Farrell (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Best Friends Forever part 3. Molly struggles with the decision to stay forever thirteen and her new BFF’s bullying isn’t helping. The surprise twist at the end of this issue makes me can’t wait for the next. I like Chase and Doctor Doom teaming up to fix Victor Mancha a lot.



Incredible Hulk #716 – Greg Pak (writer) Marco Lorenzana (pencils) Juan Vlasco (inks) Frank D’Armata (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). World War Hulk II part 3. Bad Hulk retains control and he has figured out how to stay that way. It doesn’t look good for Amadeus. The story concludes next issue and I want to see how the good guys win.



Darth Vader #16 – Charles Soule (writer) Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils) Daniele Orlandini (inks) Java Tartaglia & Guru-eFX (colours) VC’s Joe Caramagna (letters). Burning Seas part 4. A very unexpected and clever trick is pulled out of Jedi Ferren Barr’s sleeve when he is cornered by Darth Vader’s Inquisitors. It makes “these aren’t the droids we’re looking for” seem like a Padawan ploy.

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