Last Month In Comics – June 2016

Rebirth and Civil War II recently started, so a lot of the comics on my list were noticeably affected. These things were neither good or bad; they just kind of worked, if only for the sake of continuity.

One of these days, I’m going to sort myself out about these Week/Month in Comics posts. But, as long as you’re still here with me, here’s the rundown for June. Please note that everything on this list is directly from my subscriptions, with no added titles. So if you’re looking for a review of Future Quest #2, it won’t be found here as I did not add it to my box.

Now, some of you might remember that Rebirth and Civil War II recently started, so a lot of the comics on my list were noticeably affected. These things were neither good or bad; they just kind of worked, if only for the sake of continuity.

Archie #9

Cover C by Andrew Robinson (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

In June’s issue of Archie, Veronica is told to do whatever she needs to make herself feel comfortable at the Andrews’ house. It gets out of hand quickly. For the flashback comic, Mark Waid pays tribute to Harry Lucey.

Even Mark Waid believes that Archie would drop Betty to be with Veronica. Admittedly, it is because of Mark Waid that I realized the futility of Betty’s role in the love triangle, but Archie Comics has been pretty persistent about Veronica’s supremacy. I’m actually afraid to read Life With Archie in case it shows a major disparity between his different lives.


Veronica is a terribly spoiled rich girl, but she tries when it comes to Archie. He’s terrible sometimes too, but there’s no denying how adorable that guy can be. I cannot wait for Riverdale to start, just so I can watch myself waffle between crushing on Archiekins, and screaming about how much of a horrible womanizer he is. I’m so ready.


I appreciated the Harry Lucey comic, and Mark Waid’s insistence on paying attention to each character’s particular body language really does pay off.


Aquaman: Rebirth, #1 + Aquaman, #1

So I’m particular about cataloguing my books, and I had to call up my comic book store (Bedrock City Comics) because I couldn’t understand which Aquaman #1 was supposed to be read first. Apparently, the titles that say “Rebirth” should be treated as Zero issues, and the ones that say “DC Universe Rebirth” are the actual number ones. I legitimately thought that my store had given me a second copy of the same issue, which is weird because they tend to know my comic book life much better than I do.


In Aquaman: Rebirth, we are introduced to Aquaman and his mission to bring his Atlantis onto the world’s stage without actually giving up it’s location. We are also introduced to Black Manta’s understanding of Arthur Curry, and Manta’s decision to destroy Arthur’s life completely. In Aquaman, #1, Aquaman unveils his first diplomatic mission. Black Manta then proceeds to ruin it.


My first introduction to Aquaman – as far as the comics – really came with Geoff Johns’ New 52 run. And, while I still have yet to finish that particular series, a lot of the characters transferred over so this new series is pretty easy to get into.


I like that Mera and Arthur are already together, and I love that Arthur is focused on Atlantis having a global presence. I really like the return of Black Manta, even though I don’t like that he’s so old looking. I have no problem admitting that I had a crush on the Black Manta from Young Justice.


All in all, I think that this run of Aquaman is going to be a good one, and I can’t wait to see what else they do.


Batman: Rebirth, #1

Cover by Mikel Janin (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

I’m going to be real with you: I only read this because my Comic Book Guy (from here on out known as CBG) is a big Batman fan. I am not a Batman fan, but I am a Robin fan and a Duke Thomas fan, so he made sure to press the fact that Duke makes an appearance in this run to get me to buy it. And I’m not mad that I did.


In the prelude to this new series, Calendar Man presents a new challenge to a newly restored (and pretty young-looking) Bruce Wayne. Duke Thomas is recruited to fill a psuedo-Robin type position, and Bruce apparently doesn’t care about dying. I continuously shake my head at my CBG’s ability to sell me on Batman.


I really should have bought the next issue, because I am honestly curious to see where this goes. Calendar Man sounds like a C-villain at best, so I don’t know if he’s always had these powers, but he seems super interesting right now. A guy who cycles through a life cycle as we change seasons, and is reborn as a new person with the same memories every spring? How is that not awesome? I’d be committing crimes every year simply because I know my fingerprints would change, and I’d only have to stay hidden for three months at most.


I am beyond interested in seeing where this new run is going.


Black Panther, #3

Cover by Brian Stelfreeze (Photo Credit: Marvel)

I get both confused and intrigued every time I open a Black Panther comic. That’s not to say that it’s a bad comic, I’m just waiting for stuff to go down.


In June’s issue of Black Panther, T’challa speaks to his mother and Shuri speaks to a griot. The rogue Dora Milaje realize that they need an army, while Black Panther realizes that he needs more than the White Panthers to stop this new issue. And Wakanda continues to press on with its numerous, but somehow still separate, fights.


Sometimes I feel like I’m not woke enough for this comic, even though I can’t see myself giving it up anytime soon. T’challa is being painted as a weak king, and, if he doesn’t take out this new guy soon, it’ll be hard for me to not think of him as overwhelmed, at the very least. I’m still not sure if Shuri is legitimately dead or not, but I’m also not sure how she can return if she isn’t. I am not fully here for what’s going on with the Dora Milaje: I get what they’re doing, but I honestly just want them to get back into formation.


All in all, Black Panther isn’t as confusing as The Discipline, so I’m very much still here for the long run. I think Ta-Nehesi Coates is doing good work, and I’ll be perfectly fine with his run as long as he’s never switched out for David F. Walker.


I will throw all of the fits if David F. Walker is ever put on Black Panther. He doesn’t deserve it.


Captain America: Sam Wilson, #10

Cover by Daniel Acuna (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

Say what you want about Captain America, the brand, but this particular Sam Wilson run has been pretty damn good. Especially when one considers the political climate in the Marvel Universe and in the real world. The commentary is very much on point.


In this issue, we deal with the death of War Machine, James Rhodes. Marvel confirms that all of the black superheroes (the older ones, anyway) regularly get together for whatever reason, this time being a funeral. The Americops are formally introduced, and Rage makes an appearance.


I loved everything about this issue. From the political commentary to the Sam’s eulogy, everything was excellent. Say what you want about what Nick Spencer is doing to Steve Rogers, he’s doing great things with Sam Wilson.


I like that Sam talked about how Rhodey’s run as Iron Man kind of influenced Sam’s run as Captain America. I feel like that comparison was necessary. I love that Misty was their to bolster Sam’s resolve to do the eulogy. Every part of my heart still wants for Misty to get back with Danny Rand, but I can’t pretend that having a strong black woman encourage a strong black man is not moving.


I still refuse to ship Sam and Misty.  


Captain America: Steve Rogers, #2

Cover by Jesus Saiz (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue, the Red Skull recaps the plan and reminds us all why children are terrible.


Basically, I was right.


Cyborg, #12

Cover by Jonboy Meyers (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

OMG, it’s finally over! I never thought I would see this day. I stuck with this series for twelve straight issues, and I am signed up to continue into the next run, but I have never been so happy to be done.

Bernie Mac + Praise God

In June’s issue of Cyborg, Victor is finally out of the pod with a clean bill of health. A set of siblings manage to break into S.T.A.R. Labs and “accidentally” kill a guard. Then things get interesting.


I feel like the whole point of this issue was to get Victor to appreciate his dad more. And that’s fine, because it at least ties it back to the first issue, when Vic felt like he was just his dad’s science experiment. Then he meets with a couple of kids whose dad couldn’t correctly make his way through the Scientific Method, and suddenly Silas Stone is Father of the Year.


It was a nice way to end the series, but it also gave you a little bit to be interested in for the next run.  Hopefully the new run will be better than this one.


The Discipline, #4

Cover by Leandro Fernandez (Photo Credit: Image Comics)

Why do I still read this series? Honestly, the only good thing about this issue – preread – is that it’s one issue closer to to me being able to give up on this comic in good conscience. I’ll have given it five issues to get itself together, and I can replace with in my subscription box with Insexts.


In June’s issue of The Discipline, Melissa realizes that her best friend has been taken over by the Stalker. It does not end well. Andrew, the husband, doesn’t know what to do with his wife, and Orlando, Melissa’s mentor, is found to be lacking in the training department. So Melissa gets a new mentor, and a slightly expedited mission.


Can I count this as the end of the first arc, and just exit here? Melissa just killed her best friend, and The Discipline thought that switching out her current mentor with the most vilest of sex perverts was a good idea. And I don’t understand why Andrew’s still here; he was already an absent husband, but his wife almost killed him, so now he cares if she’s cheating? And they still keep talking about replacing Melissa with her sister. Why? What is the connection?


You know what I hate about this book? I don’t get it, but I really want to know why the sister is a viable replacement, so I’m continuing to read until I figure it out. I keep saying I’ll give them one more issue, but I know they’ll get me to stay with that reveal.


I am too done with this comic.


Jughead, #7

Variant Cover C by Cully Hammer (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

I’ll never be able to fully express my love of Archie comics, especially for this New Riverdale line. I will cry if Chip Zdarsky leaves Jughead; his stories are really funny and true to the history of the characters.


In this issue, Jughead is forced to get out of the house, either to find a job or just hang out with friends. He manages to get Archie to go camping with him, only to run into the Mantle family reunion. Then they get lost.


Derek Charm is the guest artist this summer, and, while I’m not too keen on Jughead’s look, he had Reggie and the rest of the Mantle clan looking pretty nice. I also appreciated Archie’s look: it’s very red-headed, All-American everyman. I love it.


What I love about the New Riverdale line, and Archie Comics overall, is that these characters are still in line with who they’ve always been, but they’re not stale. I love the running jokes about Kevin’s relationship with his dad, Archie being girl-crazy, and Reggie’s jerkiness being a family trait. I love that Jughead is pretty funny, but it still has an actual – and pretty good – storyline. I love that Uncle Herman got a shoutout in the main story, instead of just the throwbacks. I’ve been wanting him to make an appearance in the current continuity since he was introduced to me six issues ago.


I just really like this Jughead comic, and I want it to run for years. I can’t wait to see how Jughead and Archie make it out of the woods.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, #8

Cover by Amy Reeder (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Lunella has to deal with body-swapping with a giant dinosaur. Lord knows how that is supposed to work out.


I could not be Lunella’s parents; every time you look up this girl is getting into something.  They probably have the principle’s number stored in their phones. It just looks like a lot. Like, her behavior is extra, but her peers are acting like it was too good of a week for nothing to not have happened with Lunella. And they’re not wrong.


What’s up with her powers though? Does the body-swapping only work with Devil Dinosaur? Does she need a strong emotional link for it to happen? Did Moon Boy also have this power? Does Lunella have any more powers? How does it even work?


I have so many questions, but I also have to wonder if Lunella is even remotely going to get caught up in any of the CIvil War II stuff? Like, not even a PSA? I feel like it’ll take place in the middle of New York, like always.


Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, #7

Cover by Brittney Williams (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

I never expected to love Patsy Walker as much as I do. Trish from Jessica Jones was interesting, but I never thought that I would be so thoroughly entertained.


In this issue, Jessica Jones jumps on the case, and the Cage family makes an adorable appearance. Heidy doesn’t seem to care that she’s ruining Patsy’s life, but maybe she should have paid better attention to those contracts.


I think I gave away the story with my summary. Oh well.


I think that this version of Danny Cage is quite possible the most adorable, which is saying a lot since I felt like Secret Wars: Secret Love could not be topped. I also think it’s hilarious that one of the panels showed Luke browsing a printed Power Man and Iron Fist slash fic. Seriously, this book is hilarious.


I do think it’s interesting to see Patsy and Jessica interact as a little bit less than acquaintances after being so used to Jessica and Trish acting like they were sisters. It’s a bit weird, but it also makes me even more excited for season two of Jessica Jones. I just want Trish to be great.


Power Man and Iron Fist, #5

Cover by Khary Randolph and Sanford Greene (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

I have things to say about Power Man and Iron Fist. Not bad things, but things nonetheless.


In this issue, Power Man and Iron Fist get into it with Manslaughter Marsdale. There are several different accounts of this one story, including video.


I legitimately think #PWAH and #PMIF are the funniest comics coming out of Marvel right now. There might be others, but these are the only two that I read, and I am particularly entertained by both the artwork and the story on each. It also helps that they somewhat seem to run concurrently.  


I do have a question though: is #PMIF just not allowed to use Misty and Colleen right now? So, in the letters section, quite a few people have suggested or asked about a Misty Knight appearance, but David F. Walker seems to entirely avoid those parts in his answers. However he does somewhat entertain the person who suggested other non-Misty love interests for Iron Fist. Now from what I can tell, Misty is playing around with Sam Wilson, but it’s not clear whether it’s serious, or if they just wanted Sam to have a love interest without creating a new character. I love that Marvel is making use of a lot of their older characters, but Misty and Colleen seemed to have been a bit of a package deal. And while Misty seems to be able to run on her own, I’m beginning to wonder if it comes at the price of dropping Colleen.


Who knows? I’m probably reaching. Personally, I blame Jeremy Whitley for getting me to so firmly ship Danny with Misty. I’m also going to blame both Sanford Greene and Flaviano for making Iron Fist look like a scruffy, blonde Matthew McConnaughey.


Spider-Man, #5

Cover by Sara Pichelli (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue, Black Cat and Hammerhead get their hands on Miles, while Fabio and Ganke have a chat. Jefferson Davis apparently has a secret that involves Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D., and Miles’ grandma makes a call to Jessica Jones. Also, there’s a good chance that Bendis threw shade at DC about Rebirth, but I can’t be sure.


Jessica Jones is putting in work outside of her husband’s comic. As a #PMIF reader, I’ve heard the complaints about her being a nagging wife, but I have personally enjoyed it. I know what Jessica Jones is capable of, and I know that David F. Walker doesn’t plan to leave her at home with the baby, but women can be wives, mothers, Private Investigators, and superheroes all at the same time. Jessica will get her turn in #PMIF, but for now I’m good with seeing her be awesome while visiting other comics.


So does one have to have been an Avenger to be considered for Civil War II? Because Patsy and Lunella don’t seem to be apart of it, despite the inclusion of She-Hulk in #PWAH. However, Sam, Miles, Luke, Danny, and Amadeus all seem to be joining the fight, even though I’m pretty sure that new Hulk has yet to have received his Avengers ID. I’m just saying, how is everyone not being affected by this?


Also, I understand that this Miles is technically from an entirely different universe, but how does this child not have any records? How did they get him registered for school?


I’m going to have to read my Ultimate Spider-Man trades now. Thanks, Marvel.


Titans: Rebirth, #1

Titans: Rebirth Cover A by Norm Rapmund and Brett Booth (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)

So I think I picked the wrong Titans group, but I’ll follow Dick Grayson anywhere. Also, I made sure to subscribe to Teen Titans, because Koriand’r deserves my loyalty.


In this prelude to Titans, Wally manages to zap all of his old friends into remembering him. Literally.


If this was the original Teen Titan crew, I am not surprised that  I don’t know them. I legitimately don’t care for anyone not named Dick Grayson, and I am honestly curious as to how Wally will figure out his Linda problem if Lilith is also around. This is not my first go round with Donna Troy, but I do think it’s telling that none of the Wonder Girls ever made it onto Teen Titans or Young Justice.


Roy’s hat hurts my heart, but I’m very curious to see where his child went.


I’ll give this five issues.


The Totally Awesome Hulk, #7

Cover by Alan Davis (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

Listen, I’m only going to say this once: Fuck Bruce Banner.


In this issue, Bruce Banner begins life after the Hulk.


When I tell you that I give not one care about Bruce Banner and his crap, I mean it. I do not care for this man. It’s great that he gets to live this life where he can express his emotions freely, but he’s been such a jerk to the Hulk that I’ve pretty much separated the two. Bruce Banner can go die in a ditch, and I would not care.


I totally wanted him to punch out Tony Stark, though. Seriously, Tony’s solution to every Hulk problem seems to be to just get rid of him. Tony can be such trash.


Please understand that I am super salty about Rhodey having to be the one to die. Tony needs to be giving me a Demon in a Bottle performance over that.


That being said, I’ve always wondered how Rick Jones felt about not being the new Hulk with the good control. Doesn’t that just grind his gears? I hope it does. I hate him too.


Wonder Woman: Rebirth, #1 + Wonder Woman, #1

I didn’t like Wonder Woman during Injustice, and the idea of her with Superman, to me, is ultimately demeaning because she will always be secondary to Lois Lane. Diana is her own superhero, with no known weaknesses, and she needs to have her own love interests. So rebooting her was always a great idea in my eyes.


In Wonder Woman: Rebirth, Diana realizes that someone has been messing with her story and goes to look for the truth. In Wonder Woman #1, Diana begins one version of her search that leads her to a country where Steve Trevor also happens to be. Wonder what that’s about.


From what is being said in Wonder Woman: Rebirth, this current run is going to deal with two alternate Wonder Woman stories. She’s apparently supposed to be settling both her present and her past, which seems to be necessary since the girl can’t seem to settle on her own origin. Seriously, how are there three origin stories for Wonder Woman? What is the truth?


I’m not big on Wonder Woman lore, but I feel like she has her own version of Amanda Waller in Etta Candy. I’m digging the detail put in on Etta’s design, and I also really like Steve Trevor’s face. That’s a guy you can put on Army recruiting posters.


I’m going to go ahead and throw my lot in with Wonder Woman, simply because I want to see how this plays out. I want to know what her truth is, and I also want to know what happened between her and Steve Trevor. This is the first time that I will ever bother to really care about Wonder Woman, so I hope it works out.



That’s it for June! I hope July goes a bit better as far as trying some new comics that aren’t in my box. There’s also more Rebirth titles and Civil War II tie-ins to work through, but it’s looking to be a good summer all things considered.

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