What's up guys? Last week I did not do a comic book review post. Instead I touched on the TellTale Batman game. If you haven't played that game, you should look into it. Well worth the two hours. Also, last week I put a lot of focus into getting shirts for the company up and running. Of course everyone from Nerd901 have been more than helpful too. If you want to purchase a shirt, then go to the online store. This week the comic book reviews are short. I will explain that in a moment. But know that it is only two DC comics this week. Sorry for the lack of books, but there is a reason.
Least to me there is a reason. As always I get my comics at 901 Comics in Midtown. Those guys are legit. Seriously, amazing people over there. Not only are they amazing to the people who come into the store, but they have in turn been incredible to us! They now have a stock of some Nerd901 tee shirts. So, if online shopping isn't your gig then pop into their store to get the shirts. Of course, support them too and buy some damn comics. When you get done reading the post and you have a comment, leave them at the bottom. You can even tweet @Nerd_901 or @WedHeadNick86 to discuss the comics you're into. All the best.
Marvel Civil War Delay
I mentioned how I am only reviewing two DC comics this week. The main reason behind that is Marvel has decided to delay the main Civil War II book. It was suppose to come out yesterday, but has been pushed back to September 14th. Brain Michael Bendis announced via his Tumblr page. He stated the reason for the delay was due to artist David Marquez having a baby in the middle of the on going series. As a new father myself, who am I to pass judgement on the delay. Matter of fact, I welcome it. This series has already become a bit frustrating. So, the last thing I want is the artist to not be at his very best. Therefore, the delay is one that I can get behind. Marquez can come back refreshed and continue his incredible art of the book. That being said, I have one more reason for the lack of Marvel books this week.
The tie-ins are starting to freaking kill me. I read the Civil War II tie-ins of both Spider-Man and Sam Wilson this week. While both books are fun. They seem to have nothing to do with the Civil War plot. They are continuations of how the books started. But as far as the Civil War matters at hand, they feel empty. The Spider-Man book continues his issue with Clash. If this book was a stand alone arc, then it would be fantastic. Though this book is suppose to be a tie-in?! Yeah, I can't buy into that. The same goes for Sam Wilson. The series has been a great story. The on going Americops problem feels a lot like the issue we are having in America with police brutality. These books have done a great job bringing to light a problem that most African Americans have dealt with for years. But in no way does it feel like it has to do with the struggle between heroes about an Inhuman that has visions of the future. Again, these books are great. Give them a stand alone series and Marvel could have a intriguing arc on their hands. Though when they slap the "Civil War II" banner across the top of the covers, there is a lot to be expected. An expectation that is ruining this summer arc for me.
At this point I may sound like a broken record about this series. Seriously, if you aren't reading this book, then you are doing yourself a disservice. As much as I showed my disappointment in Marvel above, it is the opposite how I feel about this DC comic. This comic has a bit of everything. A family acting as one, a scary villain, and now the moon! Who doesn't love stories about the moon?!
The Superman family has taking the fight away from Metropolis to help save lives. Now they are in a secret base that Batman created. On the moon! They are still dealing with the Eradicator and his quest to rid Jon of his human side. The deeper these issues get, the more Eradicator becomes a great villain to start the Rebirth process. Each issue he becomes more terrifying. This issue he has a hint of Terminator in him. Chasing down his prey with confidence, knowing he is about to complete his mission.
One of the best parts of this book had a Dragon Ball Z feel to it. Superman is rendered useless for a few pages. So, the supporting characters have to pick up the slack. Hell, Lois even throws on the Hellbat suit to help fend of the bad guy. If you're a DBZ fan, then this reminds you of the times Goku seems out for the count while fighters like Vegeta or Gohan have to take point. Of course, Superman is able to get back in the battle by the end of the issue. It looks like Superman is ready to end this fight once and for all in the next issue.
There was a lot to take in with this issue. A lot of puzzle pieces falling into place. Tom King and David Finch wrap up the opening story arc in this issue. While, showing us a glimpse of what the future holds for this series. It also shines a little light on Gotham Girl. Her characterization still has lack of development, but at least we see that King has some big plans for her in the future.
This issue gives us some information of how the brother and sister got their powers, and how long they can wield them. It's an interesting take on becoming an enhanced being. Basically, they have a time frame on the powers. And how much they use at once determines how long they live. Essentially, they traded their lives for their powers.
Gotham is pushed to the brink by Batman in this final showdown. The Justice League even gets involved in the fight. Gotham takes on Superman, Flash, and Cyborg. Defeating them all, but at the same time wasting his powers. This leads up to the tragic ending of Gotham, while foreshadowing the dark events in future issues. This series is certainly moving in the right direction. Between the art and the fantastic storytelling, this series is well worthy purchasing bi-monthly.