This Week in Comics – October 8, 2015

Anyone else like variant covers as much as I do?

The date should really say September 30th, but I found WestAllen fan fiction and my whole life changed. However, that did give me time to go to the comic book store again and pick up more titles to talk about. So, it worked out.

House of M (2015), #3

Cover by Kris Anka (Photo Credit: Marvel)

So I was very much correct in saying that this issue would be the major turning point in the series. Of course, I also still believe that this series will be a limited 5 issues at most.

What interests me about the House of Magnus is how the family is so disjointed. Wanda and Pietro may fight, but they tend to take each up for each other, which is understandable for twins. However, there doesn’t seem to be too much of a relationship between them and Lorna, despite the however long they’ve all had to get used to each other. Pietro and Wanda are quite happy to not be involved in governing, but Lorna seems to be the only one actually involved in the day to day running of the castle. Lorna’s the only one who seems to be loyal to Magneto, which is a pretty interesting piece of info.

House of M continues to be worth the read, so if you’re still on board, please continue.

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders, #2

(Photo Credit: Marvel)

As I’ve said before, I love the multi-verse. Have all of the stories been good? No, but I’ve really liked the variety of it.

For the most part, I have not been a fan of Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders. It’s not that the characters weren’t interesting, I just wasn’t familiar enough with them. Still, I figured I would continue reading just to see where the story went.

It ended in the second issue.

I don’t know if I can fully express how much that irks me. I don’t even feel like I’ve gotten to know these characters very well. And the resolution of it was just too neat. I’m not even sure if it was earned. And then to find out that it was just an experiment by Doom? Useless.

Archie (2015), #3

Andrew Robinson variant (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

And so, here comes the moment that we’ve all been waiting for: the introduction of Veronica Lodge. On a regular day, Ronnie is my absolute fave, but, in this issue, I just cannot be bothered.

Mark Waid, in his introduction of the bonus material, talks about how he wanted to do something different with the Betty/Archie/Veronica love triangle. He points out that Betty and Veronica’s tendency to flip back and forth between best friends and rivals was especially tricky. In this day and age, that just wouldn’t work out.

What I like though, is that this version of Archie isn’t quite in love with either girl. Like, obviously there’s love there for Betty because of how long they’ve known each other and been together, but he’s not in love. At least not as much as a teenager can be. Archie is very much attracted to Veronica, but there’s no love there in this issue. But who knows how long that will last.

Yet and still, I am forever a fan and continue to look forward to every new issue, if only to see what goes down. Also, I hear there maybe be a Jughead ongoing.

We Are Robin, #4

Cover by Lee Bermejo (Photo Credit: DC)

I was hurt by the ending of last month’s issue, so it was nice to revisit the subject this week. There was a special appearance by Batgirl, and we got to see how the Robin Collective (that’s how I refer to them) is viewed by someone from the Bat family.

I think what I liked the most about this comic was how it really gives you a sense of Gotham’s view of the Robin Collective. There’s a point made about how the city always seems to be accosted by some crime wave or another, but maybe having teenagers take care of it is doing more harm than good. There’s the running Instant Messaging commentary about the Robins by kids who are probably some of their classmates, and the “cape catching” trend on Periscope (which I have no idea about, because I’m already set in my social media ways). I loved all of it.

I am continuously a fan of this series and I can’t wait to see what else it can do.

Jughead (2015), #1

Robert Hack variant (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

I love Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Jughead has been a favorite of mine since the beginning. His absolutely nonchalant attitude appeals to my chill. His love of food is very relatable. Jughead ‘s newest iteration is quite possibly my favorite because of his “formerly a rich boy” back story.

And so, as I suspected, this new Jughead ongoing series is technically set in the same universe as Mark Waid and Fiona Staples’ new Archie. In this particular series, Betty is protesting the Lodge Industries acquisition of Fox Forest, and Jughead launches his own protest against the changes the new principal, Mr. Stanger, is implementing.

I like how the characters are drawn; Betty and Veronica have relatively average shapes which is a departure from the always skinny shapes that they usually get. I loved the Game of Thrones parody, Game of Jones, as well as the Home Ec scene. I especially like the use of Jughead’s dog, Hotdog, in this comic because of his being the first casualty in Afterlife with Archie.

I feel like Jughead will be pretty popular with people who’ve wanted to see the character go in a new direction. I, for one, am happy to see my favorite character get out and have his own fun.

Cyborg #3

Cover by Joe Prado & Ivan Reis (Photo Credit: DC)

At this point, I’m still here for Cyborg because he needs to have his own series. Even with reading the preview issue, I’m still not quite sure what’s going on.

In this issue, there seems to be an all-out war between the group that’s been giving people illegal android body parts, and the rest of humanity. Somehow this has to do with the people who killed Cyborg in the preview. Somehow this also has to do with Cyborg’s dad. I still don’t understand.

With that being said, this issue also had an appearance from the Metal Men. Wikipedia says that they’ve had some adventures with Cyborg during the New 52 era, but, since we’re past that, I don’t know what to do with them now. Like, what am I supposed to do with these six members of the periodic table? One of whom I know is not a metal.

Whatever, hopefully this will clear up as we go forward.

All-New All-Different Marvel Point One (2015), #1

David Marquez variant (Photo Credit: Newsarama)

So I picked this one up at the cash register at my local comic book store. My cashier told me that it was about the guy running the Contest of Champions looking for competitors. It also doubles as a preview for a few of the newer books that will be starting this fall/winter. I figured, why not?

I liked it. What interested me the most was that the Summoner (Contest of Champions) is a Hulk. I don’t know if he’s Bruce Banner, or some other guy, but the fact that he was a Hulk makes him interesting to me. I liked the characters that he was looking at even though I probably won’t be reading any of them.

Carnage looks terrifying. I don’t know if Cletus Kasady has always been Carnage, but just knowing he existed would cause me to leave the country. Daredevil’s new protege’, Samuel Cheung, is relatable to me, but I don’t know if he’s relatable enough to get me to read Daredevil. So the jury’s still out on that one. The story about the Terrigen mists sounds good, but I will not be reading All-New Inhumans or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on principle. You don’t replace the X-Men, and expect me to just accept it. I didn’t care about the Inhumans when it was just Blackbolt and his crew, and I definitely won’t care now. The jury’s still out on Rocket Raccoon and Groot. I really liked the Abnett and Lanning run of Gaurdians of the Galaxy, so these are characters that I am familiar with, but I’m not sure if I’m willing to commit to a series on them. However, of these six titles, Rocket Raccoon and Groot have the best chance.

If Marvel’s continuing to preview it’s new stuff like this, then I’m all for it. Eventually they’ll get me interested in someone.

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All images courtesy of Archie Comics, DC, and Marvel.

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