How's it going everybody!? Whew. It's been a couple of weeks since I have written about comics. I sure do miss. Let me apologize to the people that follow this part of the site for the absent comic book post. The past two weeks some important video game business had to be handled. The news of the Nintendo Switch and the third episode of the TellTale Batman series. Both of those needed to be handled in a timely manner. But, I'm back with a few comics to review for you lovely folks. This week DC continued their amazing run with Superman. This week they even sprinkled some Batman into the story. Over at Marvel we have a new headline Avengers team. Plus, the story of the young heroes of Marvel continued with the second issue of Champions. Sorry, I'm short on comics this week. Though, I'm sure I will find a way to make up for it. As always you can give me a shout on twitter @WebHeadNick86 or @Nerd_901. I'm always down to talk comics. All the best!
Like I said above, DC continues to boost the best thing in comics right now, with this Superman run. In this issue writer, Peter Tomasi pairs Superboy, Jon Kent, and Robin, Damian Wayne together. It turns out to be a fantastic pairing. The two boys work perfectly off of one another. From Damian's over the top arrogance to Jon's wide-eyed, bushy tail attitude. It makes for an issue that is a tremendous amounts of fun. Add the fact that when the two kids are butting heads, their fathers are always in the back ground. Turns into a formula for success. It was great to see the looming shadows of Superman and Batman. Knowing they were watching every move the boys made. This is hands down one of the most charming comics I have read in quite some time. I'm sure this team up will venture into it's own spin-off some time next year.
The Avengers #1
Let's start with the part of the comic that made me pick up this issue in the first place. The artwork! Holy crap! It's incredible. Normally, the cover art and the art in the pages are different. I think if you're a comic book fan this isn't news to you. However, in this issue that it's a whole new ballgame. The artwork inside the pages of this issue matches the artwork of the cover. What a great decision by Marvel. It's a damn cool idea. Artist, Mike Del Mundo, makes the pages jump right out at you. Check it out for yourself. The art is undeniably striking.
As far as the story itself. I'm a little loss here. I have never been a big fan of the villain, Kang. In the past, he has always been hard for me to buy into. I couldn’t get pass someone who can manipulate time like he does, but always falls short. Of course, I get it. It's a comic book. The heroes have to find a way to win. So, when this issue billed Kang as the villain, I wasn’t too excited about it. But, as I read through the issue, I was starting to get a bit more into him. I think the main reason is the different versions of him throughout time have tagged along for this story. He seems to be a more formidable foe.
I like the team of Avengers that writer, Mark Waid has..ummm…assembled. Yeah, sorry for that. But it's true. It looks this could be a strong team. Matter of fact, if you take Spider-Man out of it, the line up almost resembles the Avenger teams of old. Of course, as a Spider-Man fan I always welcome his presences. He will help add some humor in this series. Speaking of the team, I think there could be a good argument that possibly Vision could be a small villain in this series. His actions of kidnapping an infant Kang is frowned upon by the rest of the group. I am thinking that his actions could send some bad mojo through the team. I will stick with this series a bit longer to figure that out. If not for nothing the jaw-dropping art.
The before mention writer, Mark Waid, is pulling double duty over at Marvel. He gets the task of dealing with the all-adult Avengers team, as well the younger heroes in Champions. In this issue he decides to take the team on a camping trip to help strengthen their bond. As one could imagine, childish shenanigans come into play. An optic blast here, a nova punch there and the group doesn't seem to be taking this bonding thing seriously. Luckily, Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel, is there to play leader and get the group back on track. It's a light-hearted issue that breaks the serious tone of most Marvel books going on currently. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am starting to fall in love with each character in this series. Speaking of falling in love, it seems like there is some romance going on between team members. Waid does a fantastic job of not forcing young love. It all feels organic. I have a feeling that with Mark Waid at helm for both Avenger series, that those two teams will meet up in the future.