Pick of the Week:
Mister Miracle No. 1 impressed me with how the absurd scenes like Big Barda in full armor gear weeping over Scott in an ER waiting room somehow made sense and worked. It gave us a true sense of the burden that Scott still carries from his traumatic childhood and his destiny. Orion came off as every dudebro jock from all those 80’s teen comedies.
Doctor Aphra No. 11 felt like a Guy Ritchie film with how Aphra’s scheme went so pear-shaped in such an epic manner. I am going to miss the Immortal Rur because seeing how Vader is around until the end of the original trilogy. The outcome of his encounter with Rur is set in stone.
Inhumans: Once and Future Kings No. 7 had a serious Shakespeare meets Game of Thrones vibe. I am curious to find out who “Ron Howard” is and what are his plans for the princes?
Jean Grey No. 5 had vampire mole-men and zombie ninjas so you can’t go wrong with that.
All-New Wolverine No. 23 employed the classic Wolvie vs Brood trope. Parts of me felt that it needed a guest appearance from Broo.
The Flash No. 28 gave us a glimpse of destructive the Negative Speed Force is and I wonder how cool it would be if a Flash had access to both Speed Forces. Shrapnel seemed like a more lethal version of Nitro.
Sacred Creatures No. 2 reminded me of a mix of Prophecy and Fullmetal Alchemist with the Nephilims and supernatural beings identifying with the seven deadly sins.
Youngblood No. 4 found this re-branding of this franchise to be entertaining. Part of me hoped that we would have a heroic version of Chapel.
Justice League of America No. 12 made me chuckle with the alien dive bar being located in New Jersey. Is everything located in New Jersy? I also found it cool to see Forethought from Midnighter show up. I’m not sure why I thought he was dead.
Supergirl No. 12 introduced an interesting iteration of the Fatal Five and made me wonder if a variation of All Star Superman happened to Kara.
Ms. Marvel No. 21 illustrated how is it for “good people” to commit or be willing to commit horrible acts in the name of justice.
Detective Comics No. 962 concluded the Azrael arc. As a fan of “Knightfall,” I am glad to see Jean Paul back and redeemed.
First Strike No. 1 surprised me that Starscream is actually respected and obeyed.
The Burn Pile:
Many books were extra meh but nothing worth burning or mentioning.
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