Comics Reviews and Recommendations

Last Month in Comics – August 2016

It took a while, but I finally got around to finishing up August.

Hey all, I’m finally back on the scene with the last bit of my August list. The good thing about it is that I also have most of my September comics as well. The bad part? These posts are almost as exhausting as setting up the queue for my music blog. In a good way, though!

So, without further ado, here’s last month in comics:

Archie, #11

Cover by Veronica Fish (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)
Cover by Veronica Fish (Photo Credit: Archie Comics)

Mark Waid gains some new additions to his creative team, as Betty and Veronica gear up for a battle of the bands. In last month’s Classic Archie, we also got to find out how much of dork Mark Waid is, and how much of a fangirl Betty Cooper is. So nothing new there.

I feel like people don’t get my love for Archie comics. I know that the old ones are corny, they’ve always been corny. You don’t get to be 75 without making some corn. However, there’s probably only 4 comics in my entire stack that has me screeching with laughter every issue, and 2 of them are from the New Riverdale line.  I don’t understand how more people aren’t reading this.

I feel like I say this every month, but I think it really does bear repeating: Archie chose Veronica. Like, there is no Veronica or Betty, Archie very much chose Veronica time and time again for some misogynist ass reasons. Why does this continue to be a point of interest? I honestly think that Archie’s rejection (but still enduring friendship) of Betty is just a truth of life: even nice girls lose out.

I am not surprised that Betty’s issues with Archie and Veronica will become a problem with Sayid (who really should have made the jump to Betty & Veronica). I understand that Sayid is technically the rebound in this situation, but he still deserves to be paid attention to. He’s cute, stable, and currently not curving Betty for some other chick.

I’m just saying, don’t let go of a sure thing.

Captain America: Steve Rogers, #4

Cover by Aaron Kruder and Tamra Bonvillain (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)
Cover by Aaron Kruder and Tamra Bonvillain (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

If I didn’t like Nick Spencer, I wouldn’t care about this comic.

In this issue, Steve makes a point about the state of the Avengers, and then tells us his plans for Hydra. Mrs. Rogers finds out the truth about her new friend, and Kobik is doing her damnedest to make sure her current situation doesn’t change.

I don’t know what the hell I’m supposed to think about Steve Rogers these days. He’s Hydra, but not really, but he’s being played by the Red Skull and Kobik, but he’s playing the Red Skull and not tripping about Kobik. It’s a lot, maybe too much. I really need Marvel to figure themselves out here. Like, I like Nick Spencer, but he’s going to write himself into a box with this one.

I do think it’s interesting that Kobik has been living with Bucky Barnes and the Thunderbolts this whole time, but I’m not sure if I want to protect her, or let her get caught up. I mean, she’s not really a child, but she is a pawn of the Red Skull. She can also alter realities almost as well as, if not better than, Wanda Maximoff.

I don’t know, the jury’s still out on whether I want to care for her safety or not.

Cap’s assessment of the Avengers is pretty on point. They’re all too caught up in warring with each other to pay attention to him. So Steve Rogers is back? The supers have all got bigger fish to fry. It’s honestly the perfect excuse to do, and get away with, some really out-of-character actions.

I have every belief that Steve will power through this Hydra moment and come out on top of it. However, I also want someone to beat him up real quick. Just once. A good punch in the mouth might do him good.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, #10

Cover by Amy Reeder (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)
Cover by Amy Reeder (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

Lunella didn’t ask for any of this. Also, sometimes I have to remind myself that how she reacts is relatively normal for a child her age.

In this issue, Kamala Khan stops by to stop a fight between Lunella and Kid Kree. Mel-Varr’s parents finally notice that he’s missing, and Lunella just wants to be recognized by her idol – even if she’s oblivious to the recognition she’s getting from her own family and peers.

The problem with perceiving yourself as a an outcast for so long is that you tend to ignore signs of inclusion, and I’m convinced that that’s what’s going on with Lunella.

I know that people didn’t really like the idea of Young Avengers, but Xavier had a school for a reason. There’s no point in having teenage super heroes if you don’t have policies in place to train, mentor, and protect them. Otherwise, what was the whole point of the first Civil War?

It’s nice that Kamala bothered to reach out to Lunella – it’s nice that the teen Avengers bother to even talk to each other – but leaving a genius, elementary school kid with a dinosaur and a wannabe Kree bounty hunter is a recipe for disaster. Lunella needs children that are enough like her to remind her that she is, ultimately, a regular child who needs age-appropriate companionship. She’s not going to get that if the teen Avengers are actual Avengers who feel the need to babysit her every now and then, and there are no other super-powered fifth graders on the block.

Marvel needs to figure themselves out. Or at least bring back the Powers and Richards families. Lunella needs playmates who don’t have ancient grudges.

Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat!, #9

Cover by Brittney L. Williams (Photo Credit" Marvel Comics)
Cover by Brittney L. Williams (Photo Credit” Marvel Comics)

Hedy Wolfe is a bitch. No two ways about it.

In this issue, Jubilee gets settled in, and Patsy worries about keeping her business and building open. Hedy Wolfe continues to be the absolute worst.

I said before that four of the comics I subscribe to our guaranteed to have my laughing or put me in a good mood. Those four are New Riverdale’s Archie and Jughead, and Marvel’s Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! and Power Man and Iron Fist. They are feel good comics to me, and I’m almost always guaranteed one good laughs per issue. I love having them in my stack because they’re always worth the read.

Never have I ever thought that I would feel that way about anything that David F. Walker wrote.

In any case, Hedy needs to go away. Or, you know, show up in the next season of AKA Jessica Jones because why not? I would live for a Hedy vs. Jessica throw down. I know Jessica would make sure that there was no Hedy to speak of.

I am so done with her!

I would be here for Patsy’s exes if they weren’t currently trying to kill her. So we’ll see what’s up on next month’s issue.

Power Man and Iron Fist, #8

Cover by Sanford Greene (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)
Cover by Sanford Greene (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

Carol Danvers can get these hands.

In this issue, Luke and Danny reflect on what prison means to them. Luke tries to form a plan, Danny tries to gain some understanding, and Carol needs to get knocked down one good time.

I don’t know if it’s the grief talking, or if Carol’s just always been this way, but she can legitimately get these hands. Like, I was enjoying this issue just fine until she showed up. I legit don’t understand why she has so many people following her lead.

This is madness!

Whoever thought that it was a good idea to make use of older Marvel characters needs a raise. I’m all for making new characters, especially diverse ones, but don’t forget the ones you already had. Somebody was too racist/sexit/misogynist/ whatever, give em a revamp and a small part in a better character’s new series. Seriously, make use of the thousands of characters that you’re not doing anything with in the midst of introducing new ones.

Origin stories don’t have be nearly as convoluted as most people think.  

Spider-Man (2016), #7

Cover by Sarah Pichelli and Jason Keith (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)
Cover by Sarah Pichelli and Jason Keith (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

Miles can stay, and be great, but Bendis needs to go.

In this issue, Miles has a nightmare about the future. Miles’s parents have a conversation, and the Jones-Cages pay Miles a visit.

I don’t have the words to describe how BS this issue is when you consider who is writing it. It’s like Bendis is talking about his detractors, but not bothering to take his own advice.

Why does Miles need to be in this fight? Why do any of these teenagers need to be in this fight? Why does this fight need to happen? Why couldn’t you just bring me back my X-Men, or use one those random Inhumans to reboot the universe?

It’s time for another “_______ Kills the Marvel Universe”, except this time it needs to be permanent so that we can start the hell over.

I’m too done.

On another note, I need Bendis to settle one who he really wants Miles to be with because this child seems to be shipped with everybody. He’s fifteen, Bendis. Settle on someone age-appropriate, and let it run it’s course.

Titans (2016), #2

Cover by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)
Cover by Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, and Andrew Dalhouse (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)

You know how I know DC is BS? Because in the four days since I started this post (Saturday the 24th), they’ve taken pains to change the gallery icon and banner for the Titans #2 page. Mind you, this comic has been out for almost a month before I picked it up. The original banner was the cover of Teen Titans #2, but now it’s the correct cover with the wrong caption. I couldn’t even tell you where the original gallery icon was from because it didn’t even match. This isn’t even the first time that that’s happened.

In this issue, Kadabra reveals some clones. Linda comes on the scene, and Garth may or may not be dead.

Have I spoiled that for you? Oh well, this comic should have been bimonthly.

I really don’t like how DC is putting their title pages in the back. I should have to go all the way to the back of the book to figure out who did the cover. That’s almost as bad as having to search through the individual pages. Is it really that hard to put the credits on the front page? The title doesn’t need to be a secret.

Kaldur for life.

I like that they’ve gotten to fight their younger selves, but I’m legit already over this part of the storyline. Get to the part where Wally and Linda hook up. Put Dick back with Kori. Just fix it.

Wonder Woman (2016), #5

Cover B by Frank Cho and Nei Ruffino (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)
Cover B by Frank Cho and Nei Ruffino (Photo Credit: Midtown Comics)

You know, I didn’t originally like this storyline, but it’s really beginning to grow on me.

In this issue, Wonder Woman finally finds the cave. Etta Candy has a conversation with her superior, and Steve Trevor might be a feminist.

“The Lies” is starting to make a little bit more sense to me, in that I’m getting the feeling that Wonder Woman really shouldn’t have been allowed to go back to Themiscyra as much as she apparently has been. Also the fact that she’s no longer immortal is news to me. Has someone done a death of Wonder Woman yet?

But yes, there’s something up here and I’m finally jumping on board with it.

Whoever is drawing Steve Trevor needs to keep up the good work, because I am definitely about it.

We are finally done with August! Now onto September, which might or might not be done before the end of the week. Possibly in it’s entirety. Who knows?

Thanks again for reading!

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