This week’s comics had some ups and downs. Don’t worry if I did not cover it, it does not mean it sucks just that I was tired of typing.
New Mutants 29 (Fear Itself tie-in)
OK to start I am really getting tired of these books coming out twice a month. Poo poo were marvel if you want to pay 2.99 for a book you better expect two a month so you have to pay 6.00 a month. ~rant mostly done. On to the book. So Nate Grey is a part of the team and apparently the whole losing his powers thing had made him regress to a chip on the shoulder teenager again because he is quite irritable. This book has us going back to Dani’s Norse connections (I know, I know, just when you thought it was safe to stop thinking about the supernatural New Mutants go and do it again) with Hela. It honestly has an Army of Darkness feel to it with some of the joking dialogue and Doug’s little incantation snafu. All in all, it was an enjoyable read.
Concluding Thoughts: Rant aside, New Mutants seems to be one of the overworked 2.99 books that is holding its own. The stories do seem somewhat short and incomplete though. If you like the characters, give it a try. Otherwise, I would probably steer clear until Marvel gets its head on straight.
Amazing Spider-man 667 (Spider Island)
It felt like too much of this issue was spoiled already via the Daily Bugle teaser book, however, I am willing to forgive Marvel that if it means that we get an epic spider-man story the live on in the annals of Spider-Man lore. We start with Peter’s girlfriend Carlie revealing that she has spider powers. She has never been my favorite character but I really enjoyed her reaction to gaining the powers because it felt so true to how the common person would respond. The Jackal has revealed himself in full, gathering any person of the criminal persuasion who has obtained spider powers and forming his own gang. Giving them various spider-man costumes, he sends them out to besmirch Peter’s good name and separate him from his allies, because who can tell who is looking at them from behind the mask.
Concluding Thoughts: The first issue of Spider Island is over and while I thought it was a mediocre issue in general, it was a reasonable first issue to a prolonged storyline. Pick this up so we can ride the Spider Island train together.
Spider Island Deadly Foes (SI tie-in)
In general a good tie-in with some important story facts. To start, apparently this issue takes place after ASM 667 and Peter has revealed himself as one of the people in the city who has gained spider powers. I knew they paid him the big bucks in that glorified think tank for something. Also, Randy Robertson has fallen off the spider power tree and hit every branch on the way down. Taking on Hobgoblin and barely winning, he discovers Norah Winter’s true priorities and leaves her to be scooped up by Phil Urich. The Second story within this issue focuses on Warren Miles aka the Jackal and insanities pre spider island. Deciding to give Kaine another chance, he digs Kaine’s corpse up just after it was interred and does that voodoo the Jackal does so well turning him into some sort of tarantula man monstrosity. Poor Kaine, I had such high hopes for him. Being blessed with not having followed most of the clone storyline, I was still able to follow its basics thanks to reasonable recapping. The issue ends with Miles getting a new batch of Peter’s blood and the idea for Spider Island from a mysterious benefactor.
Concluding Thoughts: I would venture to say that this issue is a better quality that ASM 667. However, that leaves me worried about how many tie-ins the reader will have to collect to follow the storyline appropriately. Time will tell, and in the meantime pick this one up spider fans.
Spider Island Cloak and Dagger
I will be the first to admit that I have never been a huge follower of Cloak and Dagger. That said, I really thought this was a nice book. The writer captured the point of view for the characters really well and the art is spot on. This book considers Spider Island as an afterthought and I am perfectly OK with that. Really, it seems like a story to catch Cloak and Dagger up from all the crap they have been through in other books and land them into some sort of stability. I almost find myself hoping for a Cloak and Dagger book to come out after all this Spider Island Jazz. One last thought: I look forward to seeing how Mister Negatives interact with the powers of light and darkness. Don’t let me down writers.
Concluding Thoughts: This is not required reading for Spider Island followers but obviously is for any Cloak and Dagger or Mister Negative fans. I think it is going to be a good story and I cannot help but recommend following it.
Red Robin 26
The concluding issue of Red Robin ends like it started, with Tim Drake proving that he is every bit the Batman’s heir in intelligence, martial skills, forethought, and obsession. He also proves that he may not have inherited his adoptive father’s moral compass. With the last issue we pinch off a storyline that has been plaguing Tim Drake for years, the murder of his father by Captain Boomerang. Laying out an intricate mousetrap for Digger, Red Robin almost leads him to his own demise. Unable to follow through with murder, through another’s hand or by his own, Red Robin sends Captain Boomerang back to prison. This leads me us to a situation that points out the main difference between Dick Grayson Batman and Bruce Wayne Batman. Without knowing more about the situation, Dick accepts the best out of Tim and offers sympathy. Bruce, waiting in the shadows, knows the situation better and takes Tim to task for plotting out the situation that could very well have led to Captain Boomerang’s demise. As perhaps is fitting, Red Robin is left with a question of who he is and what he is willing to sacrifice to make things the way he feels they should be.
Concluding Thoughts: If you appreciated the first year of Red Robin, tune in for the last issue. It is definitely worth it.
Booster Gold 47
The Flashpoint storyline for Booster Gold is wrapped up and I find myself thinking it is an irony that the book about a time traveler did not take enough time to tell the story. The pacing of this book felt rushed and it ends with more questions than it started with, or at the very least the same questions. It feels like lazy writing at the end because at the end the relaunch will sweep all these questions under the carpet. I love Booster and I enjoyed this issue but its lazy enough writing that I feel apt in being lazy about spoilers given.
Concluding Thoughts: Where the fuck is Skeets?
Flashpoint Deadman and the Flying Graysons 3
This book has gotten better with each issue and its conclusion holds true. The cover puts us in the mood and once we open it we are hip deep in the action. One by one heroes are picked off as the Amazons, led by Starfire, attempt to take the Helm of Nabu. Finally, when only Boston Brand and Dick remain, fate happens and Boston Brand is struck down. This is the kicker though. He is truly Deadman now, but we have seen such selfish and egotistical sides from him, can he swallow it all and be the better man in death than he was in life once again. The answer is obvious and with Deadman’s help, Dick gets the Helm to safety and declares himself the new Dr. Fate.
Concluding Thoughts: I was really sure that Dick or Boston would put on the Helm within the book but alas, it was not to be. My suspicion is that this was a purposeful call to keep somewhat normal people fulfilling an extraordinary task. The embodiment of who and what Dick Grayson is. If I have to tell you to buy it now, then you have obviously had your head up your ass the last few months.
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