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This Week in Comics – October 22, 2015

Today's installation of 'This Week in Comics' includes comics that I am already subscribed to and comics that I am thinking about reading.

Beware, there’s a lot because I’m too lazy to cut this up into multiple posts. Today’s installation of ‘This Week in Comics’ includes comics that I am already subscribed to and comics that I am thinking about reading. I have decided to cut them up into three categories: those from My Pull List, those in a One Shot or Limited Series, and those in a Longer Ongoing. So, if you would like to skip around, be my guest.

My Pull List

Cover by Amanda Conner (Photo Credit: DC)

Starfire, #5

In this month’s issue, Kori finally gets a job. I have to wonder about her ability to learn languages by kissing people. Eventually that’s going to getting downright disgusting. I love Kori to death, but she doesn’t need to put her lips on every living creature. We also find out identity of the body-snatcher from issue #3 and, while he’s still a killer, I get the feeling that he used to be a good guy. Emphasis on used to.

I continue to love Starfire in all her ditzy goodness, but I do wonder how her flaming hair isn’t a hazard. Like I’d be quick to duck every time she does a hair flip. And if we could keep her skirts starting at her waist and not her pelvic bone, that’d be great too.

All things aside, I can’t wait for the next issue.

Cover by Daniel Acuna (Photo Credit: Marvel)

Captain America: Sam Wilson, #1 (2015)

This somehow ended up in my box at the comic book store, and my only explanation for it is that I support black comic book characters. That being said, I wish Sam Wilson had stayed the Falcon. I would have been perfectly happy with the Falcon getting his own ongoing comic. In fact, I had the limited Falcon series, but I sent it off to a friend of mine’s little brother because I really do believe that minority kids should see superheroes that look like them in the media. In any case, I’ve decided to give FalconCap a chance.

So apparently this is the issue that got the people over at Fox News up in arms. I get it, if you’re a conservative, you’re not about Captain America helping out illegal immigrants. Except, Captain America is a superhero that helps out people, and immigrants are still people. And wasn’t the original Captain America recently descended from Irish immigrants? There’s just so much going on there.

In this issue, Sam Wilson has cut ties with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the government, and does not have the financial backing that he used to have. He now runs around with Misty Knight and D-Man, fighting for the people. He even has hotline! *cue Drake’s “Hotline Bling”* However, being Captain America isn’t what it used to be, but Sam has learned to roll with the punches.

All previous hesitancy aside, I loved this issue. I can get down with FalconCap, and will be keeping him on my pull list. I love that Redwing is still around, and I love Misty Knight – even though I like her better with Iron Fist. I like Pastor Gideon Wilson, and I want to hear his story. I don’t like that Harlem has to bankroll their superhero, but I think that makes him more accountable for their continued safety (though I still think that one of the many rich former Avengers needs to go ahead and  write Sam a check).

In any case, if you’re about Sam Wilson, or just want to see Captain America get political, then this might be the comic for you. I think that this will definitely be a fun ride.

One Shots and Limited Series

Cover by Declan Shelvey (Photo Credit: Marvel)

50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Agent Carter, #1

I’m not sure why Marvel was doing a 50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. run, but I figured I’d bite when I saw that this particular comic was focused on Agent Carter. I absolutely love Hayley Atwell’s portrayal of her.

In this comic, Peggy is roped into testing Lady Sif as a potential S.H.I.E.L.D. candidate, only to find out that the person actually being tested is her. This comic was really an excuse to have Peggy and Lady Sif go on an adventure. I don’t think we learned anything new about her, except that her codename is Agent 13, but I’m probably one of the few comic book nerds who didn’t know that.

I guess if you’re a fan of comic book heroines going on adventures together, you’d get a kick out of this, but I think Agent May’s issue probably had more insight into her character. Other than that, it wasn’t bad. Also, I know it says #1, but I can’t see this being anything more than a one shot.

Cover by Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson (Photo Credit: Image Comics)

Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl, #1 (of 6)

I’ve been dabbling in Image Comics for a while, mostly in trades though. The team behind Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl is also the same team behind The Wicked + The Divine, which I currently own, but have yet to read. All of that being said, I am both confused about this comic, and totally willing to continue reading it.

In this issue, a young girl makes a deal with a guy in the tv to live the life she wants in exchange for half of her personality. We are then introduced to witch covens where music is magic (which I can totally get down with). The author says that the preceding volumes of this series are standalone works, but I feel like I might need to read them to really catch on to what’s really going on here. Yet and still, I love the music commentary going on.

If you’re a fan of The Wicked + The Divine, love music, and just want to try something new, I think Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl could be something for you. It’s definitely looking like it could be something for me, that’s for sure.

Cover by Gabriel Hardman (Photo Credit: DC)

Justice League: Gods and Monsters – Superman, #1

I have never had a problem with Clark Kent. He’s iconic, and has handled the mantle of Superman quite well. But I won’t pretend that other versions of Superman aren’t more interesting than the original. I’m a fan of Calvin Ellis, but I’m also a fan of Hernan Guerra now, too.

This particular issue is supposed to be a prequel to the DC animated movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters. In it, we see a Mexican Superman who was adopted by migrant farmers. This Superman is especially sensitive to the plight of immigrants, and the injustices of the world. He is particularly close to his sister, Valentina, and his mother, Rosa.

I loved it. I was under the impression that this was an ongoing title since it was written because of the popularity of the movie, but I guess we’ll just have to see. Still, I like that this Superman has so much anger in him about the mistreatment of his (adopted) people. I love that he travels the world, but still goes back to Mexico in some semblance of reclaiming his culture. I love that he has a sibling!

If you love Superman in any form, always wanted a Hispanic Superman, or are just curious about what’s going on in Justice League: Gods & Monsters, then this one is for you. I definitely hope that the movie is just as good if not better than the comic.

Cover by Leinil Frances Yu (Photo Credit: Marvel)

Civil War, #1 (2015)

I don’t know how many times I can tell you that I absolutely love the revival of all of these great Marvel events in Secret Wars. Civil War was the one that brought me in, and just about every event that came after it was absolutely awesome.

In this version, the war never ends because the last battle turned way too deadly. Nobody knows who set off that self-destruct, but we do know that it did a lot of damage. In the aftermath, the country was split into two: The Iron and The Blue. (That rhymed, I know!)

So I didn’t realize that Iron Man and She-Hulk was a thing that happened, but I am not against it. I wonder about Spider-Man getting wings and spending six years away from his wife and child, but if it works for the narrative, who am I too complain? I do have a question though: where are the X-Men in all of this? In the original Civil War, most of the X-Men stayed out of it because the Avengers didn’t help them out when they needed it, but, if the war never ended, they would have eventually had to have gotten involved if it split up the whole country. And the mutants were never interested in being registered.

Even though I totally understand where Captain America is coming from, I like order and clean lines, so I’d probably live in The Iron. I probably wouldn’t have the X-gene or be exposed to anything that would give me powers, so I’d really only need to survive long enough for Tony Stark to start rebuilding cities. I could get a nice job and wait for the checks to start coming in. I’m a realist.

In any case, if you loved Civil War, or just liked the Battleworld, then this is definitely the comic for you. I cannot stress enough how great the Secret Wars event is turning out to be for people who don’t even read the main story.

Cover by W. Scott Forbes (Photo Credit: Marvel)

Siege, #1 (2015)

I really like how Secret Wars is taking the spirit of these Marvel events and turning them on their heads. The original Siege was about moving the floating city of Asgard off of American soil. Secret Wars’ Siege is about protecting the wall that guards the Northern Battleworlds from the Southern Battleworlds.

I know nothing about Abigail Brand; I honestly thought that she was Polaris. Still, I like her. I like that she has a reason to be on the wall, heading up S.H.I.E.L.D. I like that she immediately comes off as a badass.

I don’t know what the real time span of Secret Wars is, but all of the Battleworlds consider Doom’s rule as absolute. I never realized how much time could have passed until I read Abigail’s story. She was made a refugee at nine, but they were already under Doom’s rule at the time. So how long has Doom been in charge?

I really need to read Secret Wars.

In any case, Siege is for those who love a good “defend or die” story. It’s for those who like the original Siege, and for those who just like these Secret Wars spin-offs. Personally, I think anyone would enjoy it.

Longer Ongoings

Cover (B) by Amancay Nahuelpan (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)

Boy 1, #1

Boy 1 is my first foray into IDW comics. The only thing I know about these people is an old joke from The Gutters – but they joke about everyone in the comics industry, so what does it matter?

Boy 1, is about a scientist who is the genius heir to his father’s genetics company in a time where everyone is trying to make the next big breakthrough. The scientist, Jadas Reizner, is in the process of his own breakthrough when he comes across a clue about his father’s disappearance. It does not end in his favor.

I like these futuristic comics. I like the idea of trying to create our own societal commentary against the backdrop of some future possibility. But you know what I like better? Conspiracy theories. I want to know why Jadas Reizner is on prescription pills, and what his bosses are trying to cover up. While I cannot say that this will be added to my pull list, I am definitely interested in reading the next issue.

If you like things that I like, plus androids, holograms, and genetics, then this is definitely a comic that you’ll want to check out.

Cover (2nd Printing) by Matt Taylor (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)

Wolf, #1

I love a good story, and Wolf seems like a good one.

In the opening issue, the main character, Antoine Wolfe, seems to be a cross between a phoenix and a werewolf. The book describes him as a paranormal detective, but he seems to also be the neighborhood peacekeeper at times. Antoine is a veteran currently in the employ of a very shady character for reasons that most certainly have to do with family. He is about to embark on what will surely be a career defining case.

The whole thing starts with Antoine talking about myths, which seem to not only be stories, but people too. I guess if you seem to have powers that look like they’ve come from folklore or fairytales, then you probably fall into the Myth category. Then you have the prerequisite mobsters; I’m always happy to know that the mob’s still a factor in both modern and future fantasy. They always make things interesting. Next is the Cthulu-monster best friend, whom I want to like despite the fact that face tentacles freak me out. And lastly, the possible messiah/anti-christ.

Honestly I’m here for all of it.

If you like mythical creatures and detective novels, this story if for you. If you just want to see a war vet do good by his community, this one might be for you too. Either way, I think Wolf will be fun.

Cover by Tim Sale (Photo Credit: Marvel)

Captain America: White, #1 and #2

I’m a Bucky Barnes fan, which sort of makes me a Captain America fan, because you can’t talk about Bucky Barnes without talking about his pal, Captain America.

All BS aside, I came into Captain America: White thinking it was a brand new story. Technically, it is, but it’s so much inspired by the older stories that you just have to appreciate it for what it is: a tribute. This particular tribute, or these particular issues, talk a lot about Captain America and Bucky’s partnership. And I’m not talking about MCU, best friend since childhood, Bucky Barnes, I’m talking about O.G., teenaged side-kick, Bucky Barnes. He’s the reason I could never love Rick Jones.

I will never so much as like Rick Jones. He sucks.

The relationship between Steve and Bucky has always been that of a friendship that extended into a brotherhood, and I think that that’s what drew a lot of fangirls into the Stucky camp (Captain America: The Winter Soldier not withstanding). There’s no doubting that Bucky stayed around the army camps as a way to replace the family that he had lost, but we never get the impression that Steve is trying to be his father. I like the fact that Captain America: White is going to take the time to explore the depths of their bond.

This comic may not end up running long enough to justify putting it on my pull list, but I full intend to continue reading it until it ends. If you’re a fan of old school Captain America, or just think that the artwork is particularly iconic, then this book is for you. Or, if you’re like me and a total Bucky Barnes fan, this book is definitely for you.

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