How's it going everyone!? It's Thursday, so you know what that means. New comics!! DC was pretty light this week. They mostly shipped out reprints from first issue Rebirths. Nothing that I am currently reading from DC. That means it's all Marvel this week folks. I am sure the next couple of weeks that means I will be up to my eyeballs in DC comics. Marvel brought us this week the second issue to the internet-crashing Captain America: Steve Rogers comic, and of course more Civil War II tie-ins. If you still haven't stopped by 901 comics, swing by there. They are really starting to come into their own. Plus, they have a bunch of dope collector's items too. As always let me know what you think and what comics you are currently reading. Tweet @Nerd_901 to give us your thoughts too. All the best.
This issue was a bit different then the previous five. It was written by a guest, Scott Aukerman, from Comedy Bang Bang. He delivered a funny and amusing "filler" issue. This issue had nothing to do with the current story line at all. While normally that can be a pain in the ass, it worked. Mainly, because it is two of Marvel's comic relief character. So, all the jokes and quips worked out well. The best thing Aukerman did was poke fun at the mainstream monster that superhero movies have become over the pass few years. Moments where Spidey and DP are on a Hollywood set and many references were made. Including why X-men characters are looked down on by the other Marvel characters, name dropping Ryan Reynolds playing the on-screen Deadpool, and even has going so far to mock BvS. Including, a tag line that read "Dawn of Boredom". Sure this issue did not thicken the plot, but it was still very entertaining.
Captain Marvel #6
Now it may seem weird that I'm writing up something that is in it's sixth issue. But of course this is where the Civil War II tie-in comes into play. It was a little disappointing that since Carol is one of the title character in this arc, that we didn’t see more of the conflict in this issue. That being said I enjoyed the first half of the issue. It help give some weight to the pending fate of James Rhodes, aka War Machine. It shows the romantic relationship the two of them had before shit hit the fan. It was good to see how Carol Danvers is look up to by her Alpha Flight team. They really see her as the true leader of that group and how well she has done. Again, being able to see how much Rhodes truly meant to Danvers really hits home when you know his fate. It was actually pretty moving. The rest of the issue had nothing to do with Civil War it felt like. Fighting a villain that seems pointless to the story line. That felt forced and thrown into the issue to have some "action" included. Overall, not a bad issue, but I hope to see more important Civil War depth in the future issues.
Black Panther #3
Man, this series continues to keep getting better. It is truly hitting on all cylinders right now. Marvel did a great job having writer Ta-Neshisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze tackle the storyof Black Panther. It's funny to think that while Marvel is rolling out the new Civil War, that the true civil war story is happening inside the pages of Black Panther. Coates does a great job of being even with the turmoil in Wakanda. By that I mean, with the civil war escalating no one side appears to be the villain. I view that has an accomplishment and a testament to his writing. Black Panther not even being the hero in his own book is a ton of fun. The dynamic of all the characters doesn't make the reader rest on either side of the fence. As far as the art, Stelfreeze is killing it. Each page and each panel brings probably the best art in comics right now. The lay out of the scenery and characters could not be more gorgeous. Even with the storytelling this is one of the reason why I keep coming back to this series. I will venture to say that this could be one of the best comics to come to stands in 2016.
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2
The first issue brought the internet it's knees. Captain America uttered the words we would never think he even had in his vocabulary. Yeah, Steve Rogers spoke those two evil words. Hail Hydra! We all thought the same thing. Why!? How!? It can't be! Not the First Avenger. Not the man that stands for justice and the innocent. Even MCU Captain America, Chris Evans felt so moved that he sent out a tweet as well. Et tu Captain? Et tu? I know it seems like I am spending a lot of time on this, but think about it people. That's some serious shit. Not to mention how long would we have to wait to find out answers. Would this be a slow burn to the truth? How many issues would we have to sit through and read to find out the one true thing we wanted to know. Well luckily for us we didn't have to wait long. We got answers in the second issue. Thank God!
That answer was of course…Red Skull. That slimy bastard did something awful to our precious Captain America. Damn him! Damn him straight to the Nazi hell! This issue connected all the dots. Remember this cosmic cube from the movies. That was the answer. Somewhere recently in Marvel's mini series "Standoff", the cube became a young girl named Kobik. No more older than 12 years old. She remembers the time she spent with Red Skull as the cube. She loved him and wanted to be reunited with him. I know, it all sounds weird. How can a cube love someone? I don't have the answers, it's a comic book folks. Who has time to try and solve comic book logic anyways? Events led up to Cap speaking the words of evil. As most of us knew Cap lost his powers. He became the old man he was suppose to be. He blessed Falcon with the mantle of Captain America. Over the years he worked with S.H.IE.LD as Steve Rogers. Now the cosmic cube/girl arrived and returned Rogers his powers in a fight with Crossbones. But, it wasn't because she wanted to do so. No, it was Red Skull all along. He found out that she has not only mind control powers, but the powers to rewrite peoples memory. So alas, when she gave Steve his powers back, she made him think that his whole life he was an agent of Hydra. Add that in the fact that Skull has absorbed the mind of Charles Xavier (yes, Professor X…different story for a different day), now he can control Cap's every move. I don’t know about you, but that is one hell of a scary world.
Writer Nick Spencer knows exactly what he is doing with this story. Marvel took a risk to move forward with this story line, and for now I think it works. It's a nice fresh take in the lure of Captain America story lines. Cap was getting worn out with vanilla villains and the same ole' stories. It was nice to see that the twist ending of the first issue was not for shock value, and they are sticking with these plans. I can't wait to keep deeper and deeper into this new story.