This Month In Comics – May 2016

In this month's segment, Steve Rogers makes terrible life decisions and Cyborg was actually enjoyable.

Hey All!

I am back again with the whole of my May pull list: 16 issues from 16 different comics. I refuse to call this Last Month In Comics because I wrote majority of it while we were still in May, and June starts on New Comic Book Day. Deal with it.

This (last) month, two of my favorite comics ended! Also, Steve Rogers came back as a White Supremacist, and I actually liked a Cyborg issue. Crazy month, this May was.

Let’s begin!

Archie (2015), #8

Variant Cover B.2 by Faith Erin Hicks (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

In this month’s issue, Mr. Lodge is running for Mayor of Riverdale, but he’s also trying to get rid of Archie. Mr. Andrews gets a big break, but it might also break up the crew. In Classic Archie, Archie and Jughead get in some exercise at Betty’s house.

So the trailer for Riverdale was leaked last week – then immediately taken down – and it really got me excited for the new show. However I noticed that this version of Betty is in the same position as the Classic Betty Cooper: just trying to get Archie to notice her.

I like Mark Waid’s Betty Cooper for a reason. She has had her time with Archie, they did not work out, and now they’re both moving. But they’re still friends. Cool. Fine. For us to return to the love triangle – that Betty continuously loses – is just nauseating.

I don’t want this for Betty, she deserves better.

So that had nothing to do with the comic, but I also don’t have much to say about #8 that doesn’t give the whole plot away. I liked it. It really speaks to Archie’s character that he goes from moping about Veronica to worrying about is dad. That’s the side of Archie Andrews that I love to see. He’s an absolute klutz, but he’s also good guy.

Also, I love how Betty’s boyfriend’s parents are apparently good enough friends with the Andrews to play cards with them, well before Betty introduces Sayid to Archie.

Black Panther (2016), #2

Cover by Brian Stelfreeze (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this month’s issue of Black Panther, there is so much stuff going on in Wakanda. The people are fighting; the Dora Milaje are fighting; T’Challa is fighting. Also, Shuri might still be alive.

It’s a lot, and I’m kinda confused, but I’m curious to see how this all plays out. The whole of Wakanda seems to rebelling because they think T’Challa is too weak. The Dora Milaje wants to protect the women of Wakanda, but the sudden appearance of a plan seems a bit suspicious to me.

I’m scared for T’Challa. In terms of readership, that’s a good thing.

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015), #9

Cover by Angel Unzueta (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue, STANDOFF is over, and Maria Hill wants to keep the crap from hitting the fan. Sam wonders about his place in life as Americans call for him to return the shield. And I’m side-eyeing the hell out of Steve Rogers.

Because this is Sam’s comic, I will save the Steve Rogers criticism, but I will say that it’s hard to see Steve as a real friend to Sam when one knows what’s coming.

I like Sam Wilson’s current run as Captain America. I didn’t read the Remender run, but I like what Nick Spencer has done with him. I liked that Sam Wilson was against government coverups and entirely for the people. I wish he had gone through with that thought here, but I liked how it played out.

I like that Maria Hill is one crafty bitch. Like, I really wish that MCU Maria Hill was this great, but it won’t happen for her.

I think it’s interesting to note how this issue was supposed to be a wrapup between Avengers Standoff and Civil War II, but it really just seems like Sam is going from one bad situation to an even worse one. And now Steve is apparently Hydra. This job just keeps getting worse and worse for Sam.

Then again, maybe this will make it better?

Also, who the hell are the Americops?

Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016), #1

Cover by Jesus Saiz (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue, Steve Rogers makes terrible decisions. He starts a secret tribunal to dismiss Maria Hill from her place as head of S.H.I.E.L.D., with his girlfriend, Sharon Carter, as the chosen replacement. His current team includes Rick Jones and Rick Flag, instead of Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson. He killed Rick Flag, and was apparently influenced by a White Supremacist to join HYDRA.

I’m telling you, this issue is just a stream of terrible decisions made for misguided intentions masking racist (seemingly) truths.

Originally, I didn’t plan to continue this series, but watching the fall of the iconic Steve Rogers is surprisingly interesting. People who take offense to the change, and care about my opinion, won’t be happy about my decision, but I’m seriously waiting to see what happens when Steve Rogers comes back to himself.

I’m not going to get into why it’s a terrible idea for a character created by Jewish comic creators to suddenly be retconned into a Nazi. I will however point out that making him a White Supremacist, Hydra agent – because Nick Spencer went out of his way to point that out – completely destroys the image that Marvel has built for Steve Rogers. And I would say that it destroys the fanbase, but nobody who actually reads Captain America comics could be surprised by this – if they were actually reading Captain America comics.

Now, I will be the first to say that I was originally not interested in Steve becoming Captain America again, but Nick Spencer had written Steve’s return in such a way that I felt it would have been an interesting to see what Steve as Captain America did in contrast to Sam as Captain America. I didn’t even blink at the Hydra switch because the MCU had done a lot to downplay the Nazi ties in the movies, and I just don’t care to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, once it was brought to my attention, even I had to wonder what the hell Marvel was thinking.

I can already tell you how this will play out: Steve Rogers is not really Hydra, or a White Supremacist. The big issue in Avengers Standoff was that Maria Hill had created a prison masquerading as a town full of seemingly nice people who were really brainwashed super villains put there without a trial or consent. The person doing the brainwashing was the same person who made Steve Rogers young. There is no reason that we should not believe that in returning Steve Rogers to his younger self, Kobik (the brainwasher, also a cosmic cube masquerading as a child) created a past for Steve that involved him being influenced by a White Supremacist to become a Hydra Agent.

Is it good reason to ruin Steve Rogers’ image and the intent of his creators? No, but it’s the one Marvel chose, so they’re going to have to live with it. As for me? I’ll continue to read both Captain America runs because Sam’s was pretty good, and the same guy is writing Steve’s.

It sucks what they’ve done to Steve, but I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t going to read it.

Cyborg (2015), #11

Cover by Jonboy Meyers (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

For the first time in eleven issues, I have liked a Cyborg comic. Thank you, Marv Wolfman.

In this issue, Cyborg gets a tune up and stops a tragedy.

I was surprised when I found myself fully pulled into a Cyborg story in a way that I hadn’t been almost the entire run. I was excited about his adventure, I questioned his motivations, and I was even happy to see that it worked out for him in the end. I am so happy to not end a Cyborg comic confused and frustrated for the first time in forever.

I am all about supporting black characters and black writers, but what’s the point if the story’s bad? And it might have just been that I just didn’t get it, but I really felt like there was no love between the writer and this character. Like, why write the book if you don’t care? Well, I know why, but surely DC could have given David F. Walker a character he cared about so that he could have written a story that he loved. I, personally, would have appreciated a new Icon or Static Shock run.

In any case, I’m excited to see what the next issue will be about.

DC Universe: Rebirth (2016), #1

Cover by Gary Frank (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

I could have lived my life without OG Wally West, but Geoff Johns decided that I needed him, so I listened and agreed. If DC decided that they wanted to rewrite Flashpoint, it is only fitting that the man who originally wrote it be the one to revise it.

What do I mean? In DC Universe: Rebirth, OG Wally West (because there’s two now) finds himself trapped in the Speed Force. While there, he uncovers a secret that ten years has been missing from everyone’s memory because of a tear in the timeline after the events of Flashpoint. The only way that Wally can fix it is if he can get out of the Speed Force. The only way that Wally can get out of the Speed Force is by finding someone that remembers him.

I’m not going to lie, Rebirth #1 was a bit heart wrenching. Quite a few people forgot Wally, and his scene with Barry almost had me in tears. As a teaser for the new DC Universe, I think this book was very well done and I can’t wait to see what new things come out of it.

The Discipline (2016), #3

Cover by Leandro Fernandez (Photo Credit: Image Comics)

In this month’s issue, Melissa survives her final initiation test. She also kills her dog.

Honestly, I’m just happy I didn’t waste two issues getting used to a character that would be immediately killed off. This issue finally gave us a better understanding of what’s going on with the Discipline. While the organization does a lot of it’s “saving” through sex, I am still left to wonder what’s it’s purpose is.

We find also find out that Melissa was chosen because of her husband’s connections, but that doesn’t explain why they thought her sister was also a viable candidate. However, Melissa is not amendable to this idea, and decided she needed a break from everything.

This was not a good idea.

Oh well, I’ve already decided to give this comic five issues to get me on board. I’m still pretty lost, but I’m a lot less confused.

Future Quest (2016), #1

Cover by Evan “Doc” Shaner (Photo Credit: DC)

In this comic, Space Force Unit 90 gets eradicated. Johnny and Hadji Quest go on an adventure that leads to them being shot out of the sky. Dr. Quest tracks some meteors that are falling to earth. And Space Ghost makes an appearance.

I didn’t need much to get me to read this book. I saw Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, and Birdman on the cover, and immediately felt like this was a comic I needed to check out. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on here, but I like that Johnny and Hadji made a new friend.

I don’t know all of the Hannah Barbera characters, so Ray Randall and Deva Sumarti are new to me. However, I am intrigued as to where this book could go.

Jughead (2015), #6

Cover B by Cliff Chiang (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

In this issue, we conclude the Principle Stanger saga. The Super Teens are able to defeat Iron Mantle. And Jughead does a thankless job. Also, Dilton Dooley’s dancing skills are now canon.

I am so happy to be done with Stanger, because I legit didn’t think that would be able to hold more than five issues. Like, brainwashing teenagers is cool, but I was more interested in Juggie’s daydreams. I did appreciate that moment with Moose and Midge at the end. Afterlife with Archie made me a bit wary of them, but they’re very much about each other in the New Riverdale.

Speaking of Riverdale, I know I’ve talked about it already, but I’m actually starting to get used to Cole Sprouse as Jughead. I’m still skeptical, but he fits the build well enough.

I guess we’ll just have to wait until 2017.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015), #7

Cover by Amy Reeder (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this month’s issue, Lunella finally breaks out of terrigenesis only to find herself largely unchanged. Mel-Vorr decides that picking on Lunella would be a quick way to gain glory. And a sort of Freaky Friday situation happens.

So now we’ve gone from a Lunella who was afraid of the change the Terrigen mists would bring, to a Lunella who desperately searches to find a change in her, if there’s any. Lunella and Devil Dinosaur continue to fight crime, but, as Mel-Vorr finds, Lunella is basically completely devoid of any special abilities.

I liked this issue; I thought it was cute. Mel-Vorr is, of course, going to be an issue, but maybe he’ll learn something from this. It’s quite possible that he won’t but, you know, hope springs eternal.

Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! (2015), #6

Cover by Britney L. Williams (Photo Credit: Marvel)

In this issue, Patsy and crew go to Coney Island. A villain named Arcade decides to turn it into his very own Murderland. And Jessica Jones pops up again.

So I entirely missed the artist change. Natasha Allegri was the guest artist for this issue, but the cover was done by Britney L. Williams, so I just assumed that it was business as usual. What I was treated to, however, was a kind of 60s/70s anime style comic, a la Speed Racer or Kikaider. I loved it of course.

I need a She-Hulk show, stat. I never knew how much I could like Jennifer Walters until I was subjected to different artists’ renderings of her. And I’m here for it. I also love the fact that she chooses not to run around without Green skin. You go, Jen. Be the prettiest, smartest, downright awesome Hulk that you are.

Does she have a comic?

Other than that, Hellcat was cute and funny as usual. And I can’t say enough how much I love to see Marvel make use of it’s older villains and minor characters whilst still incorporating new people. I love it. Let Marvel be great.

Power Man and Iron Fist (2016), #4

Cover by Sanford Greene (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue, we conclude the soul stone saga. Jennie Royce’s story is recapped for clarity. Black Maria shows herself to be a good friend. And Luke kinda admits that he and Danny are back together.


David F. Walker must really love this comic; it’s much better than his run on Cyborg. I’m intrigued about Luke and Danny’s lives. I’m interested in their villains. I’m hoping that he brings back Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, specifically so that I can see Danny and Misty be a thing again.

I don’t think that that’s the last we’ll see of the super soul stone though. That is a powerful bit of magic, that I don’t think people will be so quick to forget about. Also, this is hopefully not the last we’ve seen of Jennie and Mariah.

Spider-Man (2016), #4

Cover by Sara Pichelli (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue, Ganke violates the bro code. Fabio Medina turns out to be pretty cool. Miles gets chased by heat-seeking missiles. And Hammerhead gets serious.

I was worried when it was brought to my attention how interesting it was that a white man was writing a black teenager, but Brian Michael Bendis has been doing pretty good work with Miles Morales. I do wonder about why Miles has his mother’s last name and not his father’s, but it’s whatever.

I like that Ganke looks up to Fabio as a fat guy who gets to be great, but I wonder at him feeling like Miles doesn’t “get it”. Also, the decision to have Ganke out Miles to Fabio was pretty rude. He had good intentions, but it was ultimately not Ganke’s place to do that.

Now, the question of Ganke being gay brings back a memory of when Miles was first introduced. He was supposed to be black, Hispanic, and gay. I figured Marvel ditched that idea at some point, but I definitely wouldn’t mind a bisexual Miles Morales. Nor would I protest a Miles/ Kamala Khan relationship. Either way, I’ll read it.

I’m interested in what’s coming, both with Miles and Ganke’s reconciliation, and finding out why it is that Hammerhead needed to send heat-seeking missiles after Miles. I know he’s a superhuman, but I really hate to see teenagers be hit in the head. Even Inhumans still need to develop right.

Starfire (2015), #12

Cover by Amanda Conner (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

In this issue, Starfire says goodbye. Also, Superman visits.

This issue was both underwhelming and heartbreaking. Underwhelming because Starfire didn’t end with a bang. Heartbreaking because Starfire ended. How dare DC rob me of my favorite character having an awesomely great moment? But, as the end note said, no end is forever in comics.

This issue was very much a goodbye. Starfire wrapped up all of her loose ends and just made her peace with Key West. She also took the time to let Sol know she was okay with sharing him with Rae, but he said that that would have been too much for him. As a Starfire fan, I didn’t appreciate that moment. Kori needs someone just for her.

Superman’s appearance was entirely unnecessary, but I guess someone had to bring Star back into the fold.

All in all, I am thankful for the Starfire run that we did get. It wasn’t the best, but it was definitely enjoyable. Hopefully, when someone else decides to try Starfire again, it will be even better.

The Totally Awesome Hulk (2015), #6

Cover by Frank Cho (Photo Credit: Marvel)

In this issue, Amadeus has to deal with the repercussions of tangling with Amora. Thor comes to visit, and Amadeus and Maddy deal with some family issues.

I have no interest in New Thor. Like, at all. I barely have interest in Thor, but I’ll probably check out Loki. Still it gave Amadeus a bit of depth to have him talk about what happened to his parents with Maddy. So for that, Amora and Thor can get a pass. Otherwise, I could have done without them.

I don’t really understand having a magical dwarf post in a human world, but I won’t knock it. They technically had good reason.

I don’t have much else to say about this issue, but apparently Bruce Banner makes an appearance in the June comic. I am both here for it, and not here for it.

We Are Robin (2015), #12

Cover by Lee Bermejo (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

Here is the thing that tears my heart to pieces. The best comic to ever come out of the Batverse, and DC as a whole, in 2015.

In this issue, one of the Robins has to make a difficult choice, so the others decide to save him. Also, Alfred Pennyworth.

I love that you can see the New York in these Robins. I love that these characters have relatable life issues. I love that the cast was so diverse. I am dying on the inside that this is over. There needs to be a another We Are Robin run, or a Robin, Inc. I need more of these kids!

As much as this comic focused on a specific set of Robins, I hated that the Robin War essentially shut down the movement. I loved the idea of a city-wide network of teenagers just trying to do the right thing. They were basically Teens Next Door: Gotham. There’s no need for a Teen Titans of Gotham because We Are Robin covered that – no super powers needed.


It was not a bad ending; it was very much in line with the whole series, and it was much better than Starfire’s last issue. I like that it started and ended with Duke. I don’t like that Duke seems to be the only one that gets to go on to the great Batverse, but I won’t pretend that I didn’t come here for him.

Still and again, I wish this series had kept going. Gotham needed the We Are Robin movement. The older Robins made a promise to those kids, and they should have followed through with it.

The places this comic could have went were far and wondrous, but I am thankful for the time I did get with it.

Wow, that was a lot. The sad part is that I doubled my number of DC books with Rebirth, so I know that the number of comics I cover will get bigger. Pray for me.

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