Last Week in Comics – 1st Week of August 2016

Here's an update for you Aquaman and Nightwing fans before you pick up this weeks solicitations.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s not the first week of August. However, these comics that I’m about to write about were definitely put on sale and bought during the week of August 3rd, so I’m going to talk about them in that context.

Also, two of the comics I’m writing about are bi-monthly. So reading this post before you pick up this week’s comics will probably help you out a bit.  

Aquaman (2016), #4

Cover B by Joshua Middleton (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)
Cover B by Joshua Middleton (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)

You know how I say that Marvel is getting political? DC is getting vaguely political as well. At least in this issue anyway. Marvel is blatant with it though, but they’re also heavily based in the real world. DC, on the other, is just political enough for the fanboys to still be comfortable in their escapism.

In fourth issue of Aquaman, Arthur Curry spends some time in a holding cell. Atlantis makes an attempt to stay calm that does not end well. Mera gets tired of waiting.

I liked this issue. From the joke Arthur made about how people think of him, to the way the Secretary of State tried Mera, and even to Black Manta’s inability to be impressed with Black Jack and N.E.M.O. Honestly the whole thing was entertaining.

I too am tired of these acronymed agencies, that have to come out to some cool name whilst still explaining their mission. I figure you should just pick a cool name and go with it. Whatever hough, Black Manta needs something to do while he’s not killing Aquaman.

Also, I think it’s hilarious that I always manage to end up with the Joshua Middleton cover. Is he the designated variant artist over at DC? Or maybe just for Aquaman, because that’s what it feels like.

The Discipline (2016), #6

Cover by Leandro Fernandez and Chris Peter (Photo Credit: Image Comics)
Cover by Leandro Fernandez and Chris Peter (Photo Credit: Image Comics)

I’ve never been so happy to be done with something. I haven’t even started reading this issue, but the simple fact that I know that it’s the end of the first arc – and therefore the end of my subscription – makes me happy. I am so ready to be done with this.

In this sixth issue of The Discipline, Melissa finally takes out the Stalker. However, Swinburne also begins to move on to the younger Peake sister.  

So I still don’t know why the sister is an option, but I no longer care to know. I’m glad that Melissa finally came into her own as a Discipline, but the way that they were ready to drop her just makes me mad.

It’s all for the best, I guess. I’m done with this series.

You know what? No. I have to explain what I got from this.

As I understand it, two different entities are using sex to fight for their control. Of what, exactly? I’m not sure, and that’s what I hate about it. What are they controlling? And why? Also, why do they need to try the most outlandish of sexual acts? Why is that pervert, Swinburne, a better master than Orlando? Why is Melissa Peake’s sister a good replacement?

I am confused! And I don’t want to read more, because I’m not down with how they’re going about it. I think that the council of The Discipine is terrible, and Melissa doesn’t deserve this mistreatment.


Because I am done.

Jughead (2016), #8

Cover C by Walt Simonson (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)
Cover C by Walt Simonson (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

I can honestly say that my favorite book in the New Riverdale Series is Jughead, and it will stay that way for the time being. Also, I don’t get how my copy is cover C, but it’s the second cover listed in the back of the book. I guess someone wasn’t paying attention when they were doing the layout.

In the eighth issue of Jughead, Archie and Jughead find themselves rescued by Mr. Weatherbee, only to run into their longtime principal’s former bully. The series also begins to vaguely relate to the current run of Archie. This month’s classic Jughead takes a look at Juggie’s fantasies.

So I love everything about the New Riverdale line, but I’ll be the first to tell you that they don’t always seem to match up. What happens in Archie doesn’t transfer over to Jughead and seems to have very little bearing in Betty & Veronica. And vice versa.

While I’ve begun to assume that the timeline for some of these runs are just starting a few behind each other, this is probably the first time that I’ve ever seen them even begin to reference each other. Like when Jughead had principal Stanger, Archie didn’t seem to reflect it. Also, Archie’s cast of background characters is a lot more diverse than Jughead (although, I was very surprised to find out that Principal Weatherbee’s wife is black). Betty & Veronica just started, but it has to be at least a year after the beginning of Archie, because Betty and Veronica are actually friends in this run. Whereas Jughead is finally recognizing the change in Archie since Veronica’s arrival in Riverdale.

Like, I understand that you don’t want three different comics to be telling the same story, but it’d be nice if some of the changes were reflected across the board. Otherwise, it looks a bit confusing.

I do like that Jughead is calling out Archie’s girl craziness. I feel like the current state of Archie Comics is to talk about realities of their characters, whereas they used to gloss over it back in the day. How the All-American teen has been getting away with polygamy for almost 75 years is something that I will never understand. .

Also, I love Derek Charm’s version of the Mantle family. Like, I’m already into his interpretation of Reggie, but the arms on Ted Mantle are giving me life. No hate to Erica Henderson, but I’ll miss Derek Charm when he leaves the book.

Nightwing (2016), #2

Cover by Javier Fernandez and Chris Sotomayor (Photo Credit: DC Comics)
Cover by Javier Fernandez and Chris Sotomayor (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

You ever just feel like there are too many Batman titles? Like, not even Bat family titles, or Gotham-adjacent titles, but legitimately Batman titles. Who needs all of these? Just tell me which one Duke Thomas is in, so I know which one to subscribe to. Bring back We Are Robin, so that the movement can be great again. DC needs to remember that they are not just Detective Comics anymore.

In the second issue of Nightwing, Dick finds himself with a new partner. Dick also finds himself a little in over his head.

I like this Raptor guy, but I think I’d like him a little more if I actually knew about him. Like who is he really? What is his endgame with the Parliament of Owls? Is he good for Nightwing?

Stuff like that.

Also, I abhor the idea of Dick and Babs getting back together. I don’t see it for them, I don’t care for it. If Dick’s not going back to Starfire, I don’t want to hear about him having a relationship.

The next issue should be out on Wednesday, though.

I feel so weird with this short review post. I’m so used to writing about twelve pages worth of words, but here I am ending on three. Here’s to hoping the next August post won’t be too terribly long.

Who am I kidding, though? I know it will be.

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

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