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This week in the comic book DC continues to roll out their Rebirth titles. Including, wrapping up their "Night of the Monster Men" crossover between Batman titles. The second issue of Doom Patrol hit shelves this week. And no there wasn't a sticker on the front cover this time. Over at Marvel brand new books were released to continue the Marvel NOW process. Books like, Solo, Mosaic, The Great Lake Avengers, and the Spider-man mini series The Clone Conspiracy. Naturally, I will cover some of these titles. If you want to check out the other ones head over to our friends at 901 Comics. While you are over there ask them about our cool Nerd901 tee shirt. Or go to our online store and grab one there. If you are into other comic book that you don't see here, give me a shout @WebHeadNick86 or @Nerd_901. Okay, enough chit-chat let's jump into my books for this week.
Doom Patrol #2
In my last review for this, I'm not sure if I stressed the weird factor of this book. But, believe me if you like your comic books on the weird side, then Doom Patrol will not let you down. Writer Gerald Way continues where he left off from the first issue. The dorkiness of EMT Casey continues to shine through everything that is going on in this book. She has this uncanny ability to take everything weird in her life with stride. Where this stuff may effect normal people, Casey doesn't seem to miss a beat. She truly is a fun protagonist. I think the man who should get a lot of praise too is the artist. Nick Derington has the talent to carry this book. Sure maybe his art style is simple. I think that works perfectly for a series like this. It's simple humor and doesn’t need a ton of eye popping art to tell it's story. This book helps cut into the series tone of all the other comic books out there. Do yourself a favor and start reading this book.
Okay, I will be honest. If you have been keeping up with my reviews I have been lacking on the Flash reviews. That has nothing to do with me not reading them. I still read them. Though other things have seemed either a little more important to touch on, or that week the comic wasn't released. I am touching on this one because it ended the beginning arc of this new Rebirth Flash. If you have been keeping up the villain is named Godspeed. Which I think is a pretty cool name, not to mention his costume is pretty cool. In issue #6 we find out the identity of Godspeed. I won't ruin it here, but it felt pretty obvious. Though that doesn’t mean it was disappointing. This issue served more to set up Barry training the new Wally West. That was evident by Wally helping Barry take out Godspeed. I think I am going to like this partnership between Flash and the "new" Kid Flash. I wouldn't say they are doing this because of the current TV series. Though, I wouldn't be surprised either. I look forward to see the relationship between the two heroes grow.
The Clone Conspiracy #1
This Spider-Man mini-series is the third of Dan Slott's current run as Spidey's head writer. He was in charge during Spider-Island and Spider-Verse. Both were a lot of fun in their own right. This event kicks off following the tragic death from Amazing Spider-Man #19. That leads Peter Parker to look more into the New U tech. Parker wasn't sure about the company and as he dug deeper he found out why. He goes deep into the New U building only to discover that his old yet familiar foe The Jackal is behind all of it. This is followed by Spider-Man having to fight off Rhino and the new Electro…or Electra? She is a woman, so I don't know if Marvel plans to rename or not. Or if it really even matters. Either way as Peter fights off these minions, he discovers someone from his past. One that stops him dead in his tracks. This is enough for the now reincarnated Dr. Oct to snatch Spider-Man up.
Here is the thing about this issue. It does very little to address the main issue at hand. It doesn't do the best of jobs to explain to readers what the central conflict of the mini-series is. I know that there will be other tie-ins to this story. Maybe there some plots will be fleshed out. But, for now it seems as the conflict could possible reflect Spider-Island. If that is the case I will be a bit disappointed. I am putting full faith in Slott and his team to deliver a great clone story. In the past many other writers have tried to brings us one. Unfortunately, a majority of those stories have failed. Slott has little time to work with to get the point across. Hopefully it is not like the current Civil War II arc, that has yet to uncover the full potential of the story. Again, I trust Slott to deliver us a fantastic Spider-Man story. I don't feel like he has let us down in the past, and to give up hope this quickly would be unfair. I will have to see what the future issues and tie-ins bring before I cast any stones.
Side note: That cover is pretty sweet though!
Great Lake Avengers #1
Before you judge a book by it's cover. And believe me with this cover it's pretty easy to do that. One has to take the moment to appreciate what Marvel is trying to do with this series. Hell, this isn't Marvel's first stab and thinking outside the box and bringing us wacky characters. Over the past couple of years readers have been treated to titles like Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck, and basically anything Deadpool. Well move over, because the Great Lake Avengers are here to help add to the odd side of Marvel. Something the aforementioned characters get to take advantage of are earlier blockbuster arcs they have been featured in, or larger media like movies. The Great Lake Avengers are the literal definition of D-list heroes. Over the years I haven't seen these heroes in any form of media across Marvel. Perhaps the success of Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck gave Marvel execs all the confidence they needed to move forward with this title. I must say that I am happy they did. This book was not only quite humorous, but made me laugh out loud/ I enjoyed every page of this book. Doorman and Flatman are perhaps my favorite characters so far. Though Big Bertha is an extremely close second. Trust me when I say, if you enjoy the wackier side of Marvel you need to pick this one up.