Writer: John Carpenter/Eric Powell Art: Brian Churilla/Michael Garland
If you’re a fan of the 80s movie (and if you’re not, get off my site right now!) this comic is a perfect continuation. Powell gets the humor just right (I love that the demon, yes that demon from the end of the movie, has been wearing the same shirt for 4 issues that says, “Buy Me A Drink and I’ll Tell You I’m 18”). And this issue even saw the return of the big bads from the movie, after ol’ Jack succeeded in his mission. I’ll be sad if this comic ends. It’s a fun little book each month.
And has me excited for more Snake Plissken!
Writer: Alan Moore Art: Rick Veitch/John Ridgway/Steve Oliff
Back-Up Reprint: Mick Anglo
Well…that was all kind of weird to type out. So, another issue from the “Original Writer” (please don’t place a voodoo curse on me, Mr. Moore). We get development on poor Johnny Bates, there are clearly other powers at play in the ongoing Miracleman transformative universe, and Miracleman’s daughter is a Miraclebaby.
This is what I always heard it was. I feel the chaos and destruction train a coming…
Writer: Nick Spencer Art: Steve Lieber/Rachelle Rosenberg
I’m going to miss this comic so hard when it’s gone. I love Shocker (I don’t know why, I blame the 90s Spider-Man cartoon). I love Tombstone (ditto). I love Silvermane (hmmm…noticing a theme). And Hammerhead rules. I love super-villains not always being cackling megalomaniacal geniuses that want to ruin the world, “because EVIL!” I like seeing some crooks as just poor shlubs that really can’t do any better.
But more importantly, I just realized Nick Spencer must have loved the 90s Spider-Man cartoon!
If only Rhino could show up…
Writer: Kieron Gillen Art: Daniel Gete/Digikore Studios
I’ve been enjoying the series from the start. And in this issue, Kieron gives the first substantial Allied victory, a reason why the Axis powers are doing so well as well as teases us with the Manhattan Projects.
And Uberverse Manhattan Projects is exactly what I’ve been waiting for!
Writer: Brian Wood Art: Greg Smallwood/Jordie Bellaire
Brian Wood’s first issue following Warren Ellis’ six issue stint. And it’s clearly that they are going to use Ellis as a launching pad. Much of the tone and characterization that Ellis introduced is continuing to be used. As well, Greg Smallwood is his own artist, but he is reminiscent enough of Shalvey that this feels like the same title.
And it’s a nice little issue of Moon Knight pursuing a soldier with some advanced hardware across New York. But that last page is where the book shifts. As it is made apparent these are not going to be done in ones anymore and we’re back to standard trade writing Marvel.
So, we’ll see how that goes.
Writer: Skottie Young Art: Skottie Young/Jean-Francois Beaulieu
A bit more rough and tumble from Rocket, showing why he’s as dangerous as he is. And even though it seems to have taken 4 issues, it looks like Rocket is going to face his evil doppelganger finally. Still not sure if I’m on board for the long run, but I haven’t regretted these first few issues.
It’s coming down to the wire, friends. Whether there will be many more adventures of Cthulhu Holmes or whether he will just be another ancient one, forgotten on the ocean floor to his eternal slumber. And not that I’m going for the hard sell or anything, but I’m just going to leave a little quote here, followed a link to the FundAnything campaign.
“Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love to get stoned watching, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever.”