How's it going everybody!? I'm back with your favorite local comic book reviews. I missed out on last week. I want to take a moment to touch on those. I will add bullet points about them. I have to say, DC is killing it out there. The Rebirth process has turned out to be a brilliant idea. They are putting out better content than Marvel. Plus, at a lower price. You can't beat the value of that. I don't know what is going on with Marvel at the moment. But personally, it’s a let down. If you have any thoughts about what's going on with Marvel or anything comic book related, give me a shout @WebHeadNick86 or @Nerd_901 Here are the comics that I read last week.
· Wonder Woman- This story continues to build on the strengths of Wonder Woman. Everything from the dialogue to the art is a reason to keep picking up this series. Not to mention the story is developing beautifully.
· Flash- Barry Allen can't ever to seem to catch a break. The villain Godspeed continues to make his life a living hell. Artist, Carmine Di Giandomenico, does a great job of showing this. He shows Barry in the middle of growing a beard. It's small but it shows how much he is troubled by everything going on. The twist at the end of the book even caught me off guard.
· Doom Patrol- DC's Young Animal dropped this gem last week. I know this an older series. But, it's one I never made myself aware of until now. I think this series could possible sneak up on people. It's not your every day run of the mill comic book. The goofiness and odd ball sense of humor captured me. I am still not 100% sure what is going on in this book. I can say this though, I'm intrigued. And in the comic book world that is exactly how you want your readers.
· Black Panther- This is the only Marvel issue I picked up last week. From the looks of things I made the right choice. I can't possible waste my money on Civil War II tie-ins when the main book is bad (more on that in a minute). Thank God for this series. If it wasn't for this, The Punisher, and the Amazing Spider-Man books, I am not sure I would currently have a reason to read Marvel. This book continues to dig deeper into the civil unrest in Wakana. Writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates continues to focus on the political side of Black Panther. Coates does a fantastic job of getting into T'Challa's mind. As he continues to lose a grip on his country. I can't wait to see how Coates handles this story as we get closer to a climax.
This week the fifth issue of the Civil War II main book hit shelves. I snatched that up along with Amazing Spider-Man and two DC comics. Let's jump into those books.
Civil War II #5
I pushed back my reviews this week to give myself some time to think and sleep on this book. As I type this out, I still feel a tad loss for words. I know it's incredibly hard to write comics. It's clearly not for everyone. Brian Michael Bendis is arguably one of the best in the business. Yet, I am baffled by what Marvel put on our shelves this week. Maybe Bednis is stretched too thin at the moment. Maybe trying to follow up on one of the best Marvel story arcs of all time was too much pressure. Whatever the reason is, this is not what we should be getting out of the summer blockbuster arc from Marvel.
There is no selling point to this series so far. There doesn't seem to be a coherent story. This is a empty and hallow shell of a comic book. As readers we are suppose to choose a side. We're suppose to feel some emotion to the conflict at hand. How are we suppose to do that when the characters themselves seem to have chosen sides arbitrarily. Nothing feels genuine. It's like the creators got together and decided to put different popular heroes on each side for no reason. That way maybe the readers would be more down the middle. This series is failing, and quite quickly I might add.
If there is one shining moment from this series, it's without a question it's art. Artist, David Marquez was given extra time to work on this. He had a kid, so of course he needed the time to catch up. It shows that this man is passionate about his work. You don't miss a minute of what this guy puts down. This issue is jammed packed with action. Well, it's basically all action. Which is fine normally, but we need depth. Lucky for us Marquez helps add that depth with his art. It truly is a masterpiece.
The Amazing Spider-Man #18
This issue is a bit lesser than it's predecessors. It has a small problem with executing it's points. Though luckily Dan Slott has been writing ASM for a lengthy time now. Which helps even a lesser issue like this. Things that he planted years ago are starting to bloom. In this chapter of the story, it's the Doc Oct flowers that finally sprout. Oct is still alive in the form of a digital brain that he has installed himself in…well the Living Brain. We found this out back in issue #1. The way we get to our current place is a long one. That is where this issue suffers. It's a lot to make up and the pacing doesn't quite help out. Slott tires to use too much dialogue. Where sometimes that is helpful, with a comic as fast paced as ASM, it only bogs it down.
The great thing about Slott's Doc Oct is it's almost like one we have never seen. Matter of fact, that is the case with most villains Slott dives into. He seems to have this knack to pull out more depth of villains than most previous ASM writers. Slott made us think that once Otto made the ultimate sacrifice, that he had learned a lesson. Nope, not even close. Otto is still the self-centered, egomaniac that we have grown to love. His drive to always be the best is what fuels him. And he will be damned if Peter Parker is his superior. Let's see what happens when he uses the New U tech to "come back" to life.
Look, I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this comic. If you have been following me over the previous six, then you know how I feel about this one. Though, I will say issue 7 may be the best yet. Speaking of, this comic is the best thing I am reading. Period! I feel like I read a decent amount from each publishing company. Though by far this series is the best out of both brand. If you know me, this is quite the bold statement. I have always and will be a Marvel "guy". Hell, my twitter handle is @WebHeadNick86 for God's sake! It's no secret how I feel about Marvel. So, for me to say this is the best thing I am reading is pretty big to me.
In this issue there isn’t too much action compared to the previous six. I can dig that. We get to spend a day with the Kent family at a fair. It's phenomenal. It's one of those issues that help put more perspective in what writer Peter Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason are trying to do. They want us to care about the Kent family. Yes, this will be a Superman book at the end of the day. He will have to punch his way out of things. So, when we get an issue like this cherish it. This issue is heart warming to it's core. As a new father myself I look forward to days like this. A time out with the family without a care in the world. This series is everything Superman needed with the Rebirth process. It is bringing us back to the days of older Superman stories. We are becoming more invested than ever in these characters. I will continue to jump at these issues. I can't wait to see what is in store for the future.