Excelsior! No wait, that’s probably trademarked. Anyways, we find ourselves again on that greatest geeky day of the week, New Comic Day! Here’s what is on the pull list for this week.
Batman has franchised himself in an effort to fight off the evil known as Leviathian. Who it was revealed is Talia Al Ghul. This issue delves into her backstory, and her more than complicated relationship with both Batman and her father Ra’s Al Ghul. It is interesting to see the interplay of her complicated childhood crossed with how she raised Damian.
I’ve really been enjoying this story, each issue has it’s own unique feel, but it all does connect to form a coherent whole. Morrison’s writing and Burnham’s art deliver to make this issue a stand out among DC’s mixed bag of New 52.
This begins the second story arc. This is an incredibly dense tale, in the best possible way. This is a story that is meant to be read multiple times, both on it’s own and as part of the larger story. The mixture of Lovecraftian demon cults and noirish tropes is an interesting blend.
This issue moves the story from the 50’s to the 70’s, and borrows elements from real life crimes like the Wonderland murders and the Manson family horrors.
You are doing yourself a disservice if you are not reading this one. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Jonathan Hickman’s alternate history tale of the men behind the atomic bomb is a dark, twisted and utterly enjoyable tale. This time around we are exploring Einstein’s creation on actual Einstein/Rosen Bridge, but there is much more to it than that.
This is a refreshing read, truly original, darkly funny and completely compelling. I just can’t wait for the next issue to see what kind of new craziness is going to open up. I can’t wait to see where else this title goes.
Everything about this story says it should be terrible. It should be a ridiculous forced story that sucks all the fun and interest out of both. However, it is the complete opposite. In reading this, I found all the adventure and fun of a classic Star Trek: TNG episode. The art even captures the classic Riker smirk.
The first half is a long lost TNG episode, and the second half is when the crew of the Enterprise meets The Doctor, Amy & Rory. The Doctor is written with all of the great Matt Smith charm. It seems there is more going on than just the TARDIS landing on the Enterprise. The Doctor seems to know that something is not right with the universe, but the problems extend far beyond the ship, and much more is at stake.
Boba Fett has been killed in an ambush, and someone is killing his killers. What’s a planet full of Imperials, Darth Vader, and a Mandalorian hit squad against the Fett’s vengeance?
However, things are about to become much more complicated for those who have managed to get close to Fett.
Three words sum up this issue. Three words that as a TMNT fan for years, I have waited to hear or see. Three simple words. Splinter. Kicking. Ass.
Splinter proves why he is the master, holding his own against the whole of the Foot Clan.
Not only is the action great, and many of the things we have waited for years to finally see in a proper TMNT story, but the writing is great as well. Not enough good things can be said about this TMNT current run. I have gushed endlessly about it before, and I’m sure I will continue with each issue that comes out.
The story of the Children of the Future draws to a close here. The Ultimates endgame plan is put into motion, but Reed Richards has his own plans. Now, we shall see if Reed Richards can stand up to the most powerful thing in the Marvel Universe, Tony Stark’s ego.
If anything, this issue is worth the price of admission for Giant serum infused Hulk and a self aware malignant tumor. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up. Of course, if I could I would have a job at Marvel.
This all wraps up with an old player returning to the story and becoming a part of the next chapter for the Ultimates.