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Mike Rapin

  • Imperium #12
  • Martian Manhunter #8
  • The Legacy of Luthor Strode #4
  • Wolf #5

Small week, what gives? I think next week is going to be massive… That’s why.

Either way, Imperium is a book I simply need to catch up on. Period. I don’t know what’s happening in the series right now, but I am incredibly behind.

Wolf disappeared for a short while there–the last issue came out in October–which made me worried that we weren’t going to see the rest of the iceberg on this series. Kot laid some serious groundwork with the first arc, so I’m really curious to see how deep into the weird supernatural world he decides to go.

Martian Manhunter is losing me. This may be my last issue. #7 was interesting, but ultimately bland. I’m really not digging this “high stakes” and “action packed” story that Williams has given to us. I was really hoping for more introspection of Martian Manhunter rather than nonstop explosions and violence. Maybe we’ll get that in the long run? I can’t be certain, so we’ll see how this month’s issue goes.

Zander

  • Legacy of Luther Strode #4
  • Ms Marvel #3

I have to say that I’m really liking Ms Marvel.  I admit that the end of the previous series threw me for a loop with the encroachment of Secret Wars. But having the universe event be the backdrop for the events of the last arc made for a much more involved story as far as the characters were concerned.  G. Willow Wilson continues to weave fantastic stories with the cast of characters she’s created and I’ve come to adore.  And the artwork in this new series by Takeshi Miyazawa perfectly captures the emotions of characters and the ever important facial expressions that are an extension of Kamala Khan in a way unlike many other super heroes.

Luther Strode continues to be a fantastic if sporadic read. The issues are few and far between, but the story is not so complex that you can’t pick it up after the months long breaks.  On the outset, the series is all about fights and punching. But it was the mythology of the world Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore have created that really drew me to the series.  Now four issues into this, the final series following Luther Strode, little has been done to shed light on the mysteries behind Luther’s Talent and we’ve only been given hints at the history of the Hercules Method.  This last series opening on a brief scene with Samson, another apparent possessor of The Talent, had me craving more history and mythology, and it’s seeming now that readers won’t get more as far as this series is concerned.  Moore has said that this ends the story of Luther Strode, so maybe there will be another series in the future that will deliver more of what I had hoped for in the series. But I will still wait patiently for the conclusion of Strode’s story.

Kate Skocelas

  • Clean Room #4
  • Red Thorn #3
  • Captain Marvel #1

I’m excited this week for the release of Captain Marvel #1 written by Marvel’s Agent Carter Executive Producers and Showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters.  In this iteration, Carol Danvers is leader of the all-new Alpha Flight space program, earth’s first line of defense against extraterrestrial threats.  The preview art by Kris Anka looks fantastic, and I’m loving the more militaristic character redesign.

I’ll also be picking up Clean Room and Red Thorn.   Even though neither of these series has really hit their stride yet, I’ve decided to give them each one full arc before deciding whether or not to cut them from my pull list.  The story concepts are too cool to easily give up on.

Scott Gregson

  • Patsy Walker aka Hellcat #2
  • Red Sonja #1

I know, I know, Red Sonja came out last week, but I forgot it, ok? Sue me. I have to say I’m pumped for the redesign and I hope the writing grabs me a little more than the previous volume did. I tried it out but I only got one issue in (sorry Gail Simone!). Fantasy usually isn’t my cup of tea, so I’m hoping this works out.

Patsy Walker aka Hellcat (from here just “Hellcat”) issue 1 was great. One of the funniest books I’ve read. Full stop. Plus the art’s cute and I just want to spend all my time with these characters who are good, and helpful and caring, and aren’t just punching things (though there’s sure to be plenty of that too). I think a lot of people expected this book to be about a character more like Trish from the Jessica Jones Netflix series, and were confused by the powers, the magic and the lack of angst. But deep down the characters of Trish and Patsy are the same, doing good for others with the tools they have available, each escaping a past they’d rather forget. I’m in love with Patsy Walker AND Trish Walker, so I absolutely cannot wait.

Nick White

  • Batman #48
  • Dr. Fate #8
  • Imperium #12
  • Nowhere Men #7
  • Simpsons Comics #225
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #3

So, last week I wrote about Batman.  And, in the course of said scribblings, I mentioned that I would not write about Batman this week.  TOO BAD.  Scott Snyder, iconoclastic doer of all things impossible-like, has gone and swept aside all the nasty nasty things I have to say about comic book arcs that find themselves hovering around the seven or eight issue mark.  Superheavy is the real deal, and not one of its issues has felt like stalling tactics or artificial padding.  None of its plot lines feel like the “weakest link,” or the one that gives your eyes an unspoken acknowledgement to glaze over it.  DC claims that “Bruce Wayne meets a mysterious stranger who could start a chain of events no one can stop.”  While I’m pretty certain what they’re referencing happened at the end of Batman #47, color me interested.

I still haven’t read the arc-ending issue of Dr. Fate, so I’m not going to speculate on how the second arc begins.

I have not enjoyed this arc of Imperium, and that’s probably because it’s a knock-out brawl between two factions (Harada and his goons and The Vine) I couldn’t care less about.  Of course, next month Harada goes to war with the Livewire-led H.A.R.D. Corps, so…damn you Valiant.  You sure know how to keep your readership.

Nowhere Men, that brainy meditative book of weird science is returning!  It really is!  Now if only I could remember just how the last arc ended…

Finally, the third issue of Wrath of the Eternal Warrior comes out this week.  While there’s a sneaking suspicion that this book will simply turn into Gilad hacking and slashing his way through (and, more importantly, out of) Hell, I can’t help but hope it’s more nuanced than that.  I keep waiting to see what Valiant titles are slowly making inroads towards this summer’s 4001 A.D. event, and I can’t help but wonder if Gilad Anni-Padda will be one of them.  After all (aside from an Ivar cameo), he’s the only Valiant protagonist to appear in RAI’s timeline.

About The Author

Mike is currently the Editor-in-Chief at DestroyTheCyborg! as well as a full time web developer for Comixology in New York. He's a die-hard X-Men fan whose love of Gambit will stand the test of time.

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