How's it going everyone!? After my last reviews I had to take a step back for a bit. It wasn't that I was getting burned out on comics or anything like that. But I had to take a moment to direct where my focus was going to be in the upcoming weeks. Marvel is still trying to get through Civil War II, but that hasn't stopped them from launching their Marvel Now line up this month. The only problem with that is they follow the aftermath of Civil War II. Which if you follow comics closely, still has two more main issues to dish out. So, I'm going to have to be careful with what I dive into now. DC is now digging deeper into the Rebirth. My adding crossovers like He-Man/Thundercats, and doing tie-ins with each different Batman titles. For now I won't be able to follow along with what's going on in Batman's world. As it covers four different comics now. Though I will do what I can in the future. If you follow along with me or have some thoughts about comics give me a shout @WebHeadNick86 or @Nerd_901. And remember folks go check out 901 Comics. They are ever growing and the place to be right now. This Monday they are having a great Columbus day sale. Check them out! Let's get into the reviews for this week.
The Amazing Spider-Man #19
This issue packs in a little bit more than the last issue. Still a limit on action, but the story is incredible. Once again the "Parker Luck" strikes in this issue. For a while it seemed like things were goin Peter's way. Matter of fact, I heard rumblings of how this almost didn't feel like a true Spider-Man story. Mainly, because Peter's bad luck hasn't come into play much. That all changes with this issue. We've seen in past stories of the years once bad luck hits, it's all downhill from there. His day starts off with stopping a small robbery. He stops the robber, but also ends up webbing the shop owners son. It's from there that the writing on the wall should start to be obvious with how this issue is going to end. Dan Slott hits us right in the gut with this one. The death that happens at the end issue plays on the readers emotion. You can almost feel the same grief as the characters in the book. Slott can impressively flip the switch from optimistic to dark and despair in a matter of minutes. One of Slott's finer qualities as the ASM writer. There will be an interesting aftermath from this issue leading into next weeks Clone Conspiracy arc. I feel like this arc could be a game changer for our favorite Wall-Crawler.
What do you get when the young heroes of the Marvel world are fed up with the adults? A new series based on a select few of younger heroes going off on their own. These heroes seem fed up with how the older ones have been acting over the years. So many Marvel blockbuster arcs have put one group of heroes against another ever since the success of the original Civil War. This has tired out some of the readers, and now it looks like the younger heroes are starting to feel the same way. They are sick and tired of heroes that seemed to have failed at being heroes. Or making the world a safer and batter place.
The great thing about this book is the ability to avoid any spoilers to the current Civil War II story line. Especially since this new book is a direct response to the events of Civil War II. It seems this team has determined there isn't a winning side to that fight. They have broken free from being a part of the Avengers team. It seems this team of young heroes want to venture out on their own. They want to show the world that being a hero is still a symbol of hope and idealism. That being said, their interaction with vets like Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor, and Vision at the moment seem to be an important piece to the story.
This first issue does it's job to charm readers into getting to know these characters a bit better. The charm of this issue goes a long way. The points are obvious, but not too preachy. Writer, Mark Waid does a tremendous job on showing the depth and strong dynamic with this team. Tack that on with the wonderful art of Humberto Ramos, it's seems to me that this is the fresh breath of air that Marvel needed.
As I said in the opening, it is going to take a bit for me to put together something about what is going on in Batman right now. Therefore, I will focus on Superman and any other books that don't seem to spread across multiple titles. This week's Superman tightens up on the bond between Superman and Jon. The opening arc was extremely enjoyable. Sure maybe a bit long, but terrific nonetheless. Now it is nice to see that this arc may be a bit more scaled down to Supes and Jon. Oh and their family dog, Krypto. They are transported to a dinosaur filled island adventure. The action picks up quick. Fighting off giant fish and terrifying flying monsters. It seems this series goal is to have Clark train his son a bit more of his powers. Jon hasn't mastered all of them yet. That includes flying or honing his eye beams. It should be tons of fun to watch father and son fight their way off this crazy island. The art drawn by Doug Mahnke is captivating throughout the whole issue. It helps add to the element od scary dinosaurs running wild. There is no doubt in my mind that I am reading one of the best comic books out on shelves right now.