What's up guys!? Last week I took a different approach on my weekly comic book reviews. San Diego Comic Con had ended. I thought it would be best to cover that a bit. Even a week later trailers and stories are still fresh in our minds. Also, last week Adam and I were guest on a local podcast. Ernie and Derek from Pixel and Papers had us on, to discuss Nerd901 and SDCC. You can check it out here on their Facebook page. It was a lot of fun to sit down with those guys. Speaking of Facebook pages, as always I get my comics from 901 Comics. Go in there and say hello!
This week was a slow week for the books I follow from Marvel. There was only one. Of course, there were a couple of Civil War II tie-ins, but nothing that caught my eye. Though I was able to snag three DC comics this week. Funny how the Suicide Squad Rebirth comic comes out the same week as the movie. That's marketing at it's best folks. Question, is can this comic book make us want to see the movie more? Well, I guess you'll have to wait to find out. To wrap up, nothing out of the ordinary here. Give me a shout at @WebHeadNick86 or @Nerd_901 to let me know what you're reading. All the best!
The Punisher #4
I have said several times. This series is turning into one of my favorite on-going series in the Marvel catalog. It's gritty and dark. Yet, there is plenty of beautiful colors to go around. I think that is the perfect contrast between writer Becky Cloonan and artist Steve Dillon. Cloonan has an outstanding pulse on how a Punisher series should be told. She never really let's the reader inside Frank Castle's head. As the reader we only see how Castle thinks by his limited dialogue and violent actions. Dillon is able to help tell these stories with his wonderful art and color. One would think that with a gritty story, would come dark color tonesand gritty art. That is not the case is this series. The colors fly off the page. Each drop of blood is precisely placed to show the readers where the action is taking place.
The story continues to unfold with the main villain, Face, disregarding all rules in order to kill The Punisher. This issue relies heavy on an all out car chase, with bullets and explosions. The panels the readers are put in could be seen in an action movie to date. The story takes a turn when the D.E.A get involved too. It seems like a certain D.E.A agent is about to play a big part in Castle's life. Least by the end of the issue we can all breathe easy knowing that the little girl is save.
I think at this point in the Rebirth process, this is the book you should be reading. It it's every note a comic book should. It has gorgeous art, tremendous storytelling, and fantastic emotion value. How about that for adjectives!? If you think I am joking, then pick up an issue! This series does something that most books won't do, and it's better for it. It wears it's heart on it's sleeve. The deeper this issue gets, the more I fall in love with the Superman Family. Believe me, its hard not too. Of course, that has a lot to do with Jon, Superman's son. He makes each issue special. Writer Peter Tomasi does a nice job when it comes to Clark Kent and Jon interacting with one another. Nothing is forced, it feel 100% organic.
As far as the story goes, it too gets better with each issue. The Eradicator's appearance in the previous issue seemed weird. Though as that issue unfolded, the reader discovered the reason for it's mission. It was to…well….eradicate Jon. The fact that he was half human and half Krytonian meant only sickness to the machine. In this issue it was fun to see Superman and Jon take on the villain. Matter of fact, two whole pages of pure glory is dedicated to Superman and Job taking on the machine. It was fantastic! Eradicator reached a level of defeat that all the souls he has taking started to flee from his body. As he tried to retrieve them all back into his being, he was also chasing the Superman Family. The souls speak to Superman, they make decision that gives them enough time to escape the villain. It was a solid sacrifice. The more this story develops the more I fall in love with the series. I cannot wait for later this month when the next issue comes out.
The sudden leap in this issue from the previous one, felt a bit off. I guess, like most comics the reader is somewhat responsible to fill in some blanks. Those blanks being what the hell happened to the 27 dead soldiers? Who was responsible for this massacre? We see a crying Gotham Girl alone in the room with all these dead men. Where is Gotham? We quickly find out where. On top of a roof trying to stop a man from blowing up another building. It doesn't work. The man blows the whole damn place apart. Something has happened to the two new heroes. It seemed that as the last issue was closing, Hugo Strange was able to get control of the heroes. And of course, bad things happened. Batman has Gotham Girl taking to his Batcave, while he confronts Gotham. At this moment Gotham has quite the fragile state of mind. The more he tries to help the worse he makes it.
This shouldn't be a surprise to most people who know anything about the city of Gotham. The city tends to chew people up and spit them out. There are not a lot of people like Batman, who are strong enough mentally to take on the city. This is exactly what this story has become. It was once a story about Batman taking two, young heroes under his wing and training them. Now it's about Batman trying to save two troubled heroes from being completely torn apart by Gotham. It's a strong story concept. Writer Tom King seems to have a handle on how to explore what being a hero in such a helpless city would be like. The only complaint I could have, is I wish he could find a way to highlight Gotham Girl more. Again, she is merely an afterthought compared to her bigger brother. Otherwise, the story has been tons of fun. In the last few pages Gotham has crossed a line that may be one that he can't return from in Batman's eyes. We will have to wait to see how Batman deals with this new threat later this month.
Suicide Squad Rebirth #1
How do you target new readers for a series? You ship out the first issue of the comic the same week it's movie counterpart is debuting in theaters. Does it always work? No, not always. Though, I think this could be a shot worth taking by DC. I haven't seen the movie yet (I am tonight), but this first issue seems to focus on the people the movie will focus on as well. It highlights four characters. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and Rick Flag. The issue starts off in a fun way. Amanda Waller is in the oval office with Obama having her ass chewed out. The writer Rob Williams, slightly hints at previous squads from the past. The president has decided to shut down Task Force X. He feels that the USA can no longer have known criminals running around playing hero. Waller is quick to jump on the fact that there are certain missions out there that the Justice League can not preform. That Task Force X is their only option. Waller is able to convince the president that Colonial Rick Flag can take lead of the squad.
The highlighted characters I spoke about earlier certainly shine in this issue. Harley Quinn is everything we want in her character. She is fun and charming, yet simply crazy. Boomerang is sleezy and full on dirt bag. Even to go as far as to sacrifice a life of another man to complete the mission. Deadshot's dark sense of humor shows up a few times in the issue. Including a line asking Waller to detonate the bomb in his head to get away from the banter of Quinn and Boomerang. I found myself chuckling a few times at the writing in this issue. While this may not be a new incarnation of the Suicide Squad, it may certainly be a lot of fun in the upcoming issues. Depending on how the movie does, it may be the escape that DC movie goers need. If anything this book has the opportunity to bring better days to the franchise.