Hey, look, it’s my 100th post! I actually meant to do that this weekend, for a rather bigger article, but… eh.
Ms Marvel #10- Marvel
Finally. It took forever for this one to come out. Ms Marvel has been consistently good so far, if a little slow at times. They’re really pushing the action forwards, though, with the conclusion of this arc approaching next issue. Lockjaw has really solidified the cast in this comic- he’s a great character, but one that can be very easily misused. (*Cough* Pet Avengers *Cough*). Kamala Khan is rapidly turning into one of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe, and she’s really starting to find her footing and self-confidence, as well as a very sarcastic, cynical sense of humor that just clicks for her character. The art remains awesomely quirky, which makes me really happy. Marvel has really loosened up on their cookie cutter art direction lately, with this book, Hawkeye, and a few others. It’s not to say they even remotely approach Image’s diversity, but they’re moving in that direction.
The Sandman: Overture #4- Vertigo
Yes, it’s THAT Sandman. And no, it’s not a Before Watchmen-style cash-in, it’s actually written by Neil Gaiman. It’s a 6-part miniseries, set before Dream’s imprisonment that began the whole series back in the day. The publishing schedule has been very, very slow, but I’m not complaining very much about the months between each issue, since the art is absolutely top notch, and you can really see how much Gaiman’s writing has matured. Also, you get to see the father of the Endless! How cool is that? Seriously, if you’re a fan of Sandman at all, you need to be reading this.
Manifest Destiny #12- Image
Manifest Destiny is good, but it’s a series I do have some qualms over, mainly due to historical quibbles. York is one character I feel is getting the short side of the stick. In real life, York was William Clark’s slave, and played a significant part in the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition- he turned out to be very important in fostering relations with the Native Americans, and was one of the best scouts on the mission. In the comic… well, he pops up in the background on occasion, and has a line every now and then. Sacagawea gets a much better treatment- she’s a complete badass in the comic. The art remains consistently good, and the writing fits it very well. Overall, definitely worth a shot.
Multiversity #5: Thunderworld Adventures- DC
After all the unending grit and grimdark of Multiversity so far, Thunderworld Adventures is… well, refreshingly cheerful. It’s just Captain Marvel (better known as Shazam these days) and friends battling evil villains, giant monsters, and time travel. No betrayal, suicides, existential ennui, horrifying murders, or anything like that (at least mostly not). That’s not to say it’s dumb, by any means- there is still a lot going on under the surface here that we probably won’t even get until Multiversity concludes. I’ve heard this issue described as a palate cleanser- and I absolutely agree. Despite being a callback to the simpler Fawcett era, or more likely because of it, this feels like one of the best Multiversity universes- and issues- yet.
Scarlet Spiders #2- Marvel
The second issue in a three part Spiderverse tie-in, I only picked it up because it featured Kaine Parker, the main Marvel Universe’s Scarlet Spider. I haven’t read any other Spiderverse yet, so I’m a little lost by some of the goings-on, but generally it’s a pretty self-contained little story featuring Kaine Parker, an alternate universe Ben Reilley (The original clone of Spider-Man), and Jessica Drew (Ultimate Marvel clone of Spider-Man, is now the newest Ultimate Black widow, blah blah blah, I’m not a huge fan of most of the Ultimate Marvel universe.) I won’t go too in depth to the Spiderverse storyline, especially since I’m not too familiar with it, but it does involve the three invading a planet ruled by an army of clones. The art is good, the action is good, the writing isn’t bad- but those narration boxes. They. Are. So. Very. 1994. Argh. Seriously unnecessary. Not a must buy miniseries, but fun.
Intersect #2- Image
Have I mentioned this series is nuts so far? Two of the main characters share a body and the third is growing out of the back of a coma victim. The art is gorgeous, albeit bewildering at times. Also, apparently the city it is set in, the one filled with all these twisted, deformed, half-melted people? It’s Detroit, apparently, so this is more of a contemporary crime thriller than a twisted horror comic. (Aw, yeah, Detroit jokes, super original on my part. Now watch me sink a dig at New Jersey like a pro.) In actuality, this comic is genuinely, truly bizarre in the best sort of way- it approaches Bulletproof Coffin levels of weirdness. If you’re into that sort of thing, definitely check this one out.
Drifter #2- Image
I’m still holding out judgement on Drifter. It’s passed a major turning point for me- if I’m going to drop a series, issue 2 is the usual spot, and I’m going to keep going for now. The art is absolutely stellar- hell, it’s some of the best in my pull right now. The thing that has me conflicted right now is the storytelling style. It’s not bad so much as.. unsettled? I fell like they’re not entirely sure how they want to present the story yet. I also haven’t really bonded with any characters yet. I love the art, the setting, the worldbuilding, the mystery- but that weird, bouncing storytelling is just kinda hard to chew right now.