Publisher: DC Writer: Grant Morrison Art: Ivan Reis/Joe Prado/Neil Ruffino Rating: 3.4/5
Multiversity is Grant Morrison’s Crisis epic. Much like the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, some awful threat is ripping through the Multiverse and devouring worlds. And it’s fun. He’s getting to set down the road map of the New 52’s multiverse, and naturally is pulling from all kinds of Silver Age stories and characters as well as his own and others. For instance, much of the first issue has to do with music, which was a theme he used with Superman during his Final Crisis story, which itself hearkens back to all realities sharing one physical space while vibrating at different frequencies. Which is what allowed Barry Allen to travel between realities way back when.
So for any kind of serious DC fan, old or new, this is a great book.
That being said. It also falls into the trap that a lot of Geoff Johns more recent work tends to. If you’re not a heavy DC fan, if you don’t know about Flash vibrating between realities or who Captain Carrot is or what Lord Havok’s world is supposed to represent; a lot of this first issue is going to fall on deaf ears. I’m probably a fair weather DC fan at best, but for other reasons tend to know about a lot of the ideas and concepts they’ve used over the years. But to someone that has only read a single earth DC universe which only had an Anti-Monitor and no Monitors, why does Nix Uotan matter? To someone that doesn’t know the origins of Superboy Prime, how much sense does the young man living on a “normal” Earth devoid of superhumans make?
It’s not impenetrable by any means but I’m just getting to the point in my reading where I like my books to rely less and less on nostalgia.
Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Let’s take a look at the Celestial Madonna, Mantis!
Publisher: Marvel Writer: Peter David Art: Will Sliney/Antonio Fabela Rating: 3.6/5
When I was a kid, I got exactly one issue of Spider-Man 2099. The last issue. And I only picked it up because I loved Spidey at the time and wondered who this guy was. Since then, I’ve read about half of the original 90s series in collected form. And as a fan of Peter David, I was super excited for Miguel to return.
Mr. David has not let me down. This issue saw Miguel deal with two of the women in his new past life. The super for his building and his boss, the infamous Liz Allen. And I’m still about as surprised and confused about what Liz did as ol’ Miggy.
Spider-Man 2099. The only Spidey book I’m currently reading.
I intended, and still intend, to do a long post regarding this situation. But I have this to say:
If you’re a 2nd amendment person that firmly believes it is right and healthy to fear the government coming to take your guns and you’re not ready to march on Ferguson, MO?
You’re a hypocrite or a coward.
This is why we need to vote. This is why we need to take control of the political process and not be controlled by it. This is why we need to hold police accountable to their actions. This is why good cops need to hold shitty cops accountable for their actions.
Publisher: Marvel Writer: Jason Aaron Art: Mike Deodato/Frank Martin Rating: 3.3/5
Old Man Fury fights the Avengers, using some of their secrets against them. Including some buried memory that suddenly makes Thor unworthy to wield Mjolnir. Meanwhile, Orb is gaining some of the power cosmic juice that the Watcher used to have and is transforming into a Watcher like being, I can only presume.
And we still don’t know who killed the Watcher.
At this point, I’m glad there’s only an issue left. It’s been up and down as far as my enjoyment, but with Aaron milking the mystery for the full length of the series, I’m going to be a little let down in the end.
The best mysteries have somewhere to go AFTER the big reveal. Or many more miles to go before it.
Publisher: BOOM Story: John Carpenter/Eric Powell Art: Brian Churilla Rating: 3.6/5
I love Eric Powell. I love his sensibilities, I love the way he can mix action with comedy. I love how he is twisted. I love Brian Churilla’s style. A slight more cartoony Mignola without being a clone. And that is exactly what you need on this book. Because it’s just fun from front to back, every issue. I can’t recommend this book enough, it’s obviously the true successor to the movie.
Above is a link to Youtube for the second video I’ve done in support of the FundAnything campaign for the first comic book featuring Cthulhu Holmes. For those keeping track at home, you can find the actual campaign (which has already raised 1/3 of its goal in just a few short days) here.
Publisher: Dark Horse Writer: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown Rating – 3.1/5
Massive is coming to an end, it seems. And it seems about time. The Sahara arc was great, but overall it’s gone no where in particular. And part of that is that Wood tends to make his metaphors literal. As in, Massive is about what we as human beings are doing to our environment. And he explores that by literally having the environment turn on us. Which can still be good…but he fixates on that more than actually telling stories.
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