Another great week this time. Lots of fun new tiles and old ones returning for new installments. The highlight of the week had to be the upcoming graphic novel by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones Jr. for which I managed to get a review copy. Long live NetGalley! And the graphic novel definitely delivered on its promise too, although there were a few things that I didn’t like so much.
With all the new series coming out, its definitely a good time to be in comics, and most of all if you have been a fan of certain series like Daredevil and Unity. I’m still behind on certain series though and there are a lot of comics that I am behind on, as I was painfully made aware this past week. And the pile is mounting every week. Just too many things to stay current with.
I’ve never really read any Deadpool. There was Deadpool vs Carnage #1 last week, or the week before that, but other than that I don’t recall reading any other comic where Deadpool had a starring role of some degree. Last year’s X-Men: Battle of the Atom obviously doesn’t count since Deadpool had a very, very small role in that event. Anyway, a few months ago Marvel announced that they were going to have Deadpool finally get hitched, that he would be getting married. Deadpool #27 is the issue where that was going to happen and the issue arrived this week.
For all the hype that this issue had, the reality is very different. This issue just doesn’t have the kind of grandiosity that the amazing world-record breaking cover by Scott Koblish and Val Staples has. Then, a lot of the stories in this anthology don’t quite click together, largely because I find Deadpool’s narrative skills and his monologue to be extremely distracting. Is he just that weird of a character or what? Getting into his head is really difficult, especially given how he wanders off into tangents all the time.
In contrast to the previous week, I didn’t get to read as many comics as I wanted to because my iPad wasn’t working properly and I had to resort to reading comics on my computer, which didn’t work out so well. Especially when I have to travel, and I was rather counting on getting through at least 3-4 more comics.
Still, I did manage to read a fair few, and I am now done with my read-through of Forever Evil: Blight which proved to be a very interesting event indeed, far better than the main event or two of the tie-ins ARGUS and Arkham War and just on par with Rogues Rebellion. The ending was definitely unexpected and awesome too, I think, so that is something there. No other graphic novels, which is a shame, but since I’m landlocked for the next two weeks, I’m hoping to move through a few, so we shall see.
Gail Simone and Walter Geovani’s current arc on Red Sonja is quite an interesting one. Red Sonja is on a quest to bring together six masters of their craft for a great festival that a King in a foreign land wants to organise. Her reward is the lives of a thousand slaves in thrall to said king. As such stories go, it plays on Sonja’s character very well and it provides some great hooks for the story as well. Gail and Walter’s first arc on the rebooted series was excellent and with the new one they seem to repeating that excellence.
In the new issue, Sonja travels to secure the services of a Beast Lord who puts on arena games involving animals and tells a tale of blood and violence. She has already secured the services of the world’s greatest cook and now it is the turn of this animal tamer. But things are not as smooth as before since she has a history with the man. With Gail’s trademark awesome humour and with Walter’s excellent pencils and Adriano Lucas’ perfect colours, this issue is one of the best the team has turned out thus far.
Knowing that The Movement is coming to a close next month doesn’t exactly fill me with joy. This is something I have touched on before, and it is still something that I cannot get over. A most unconventional series it has been, and I love it for that. But more than that, I love it because it has given me such awesome characters as the members of The Movement, each with a different personality and each with a different story that all comes together. Gail Simone and Freddie Williams and Chris Sotomayor and everyone else really do need to be commended for all their work on this title.
Sadly, The Movement #11 shows what this book really could have been like. Up until now we have seen the group tackle some pretty big challenges as they took on the entire Coral City Police Department and corruption in their city. They’ve been beaten black and blue and they have given as good as they got. And now, in the penultimate issue, we go back to a very personal story, something we’ve only seen glimpses of before. Stories like these are why I love Gail’s work, and I really wish that The Movement had at least twelve more issues in it.
If last week was an incredible week, then I don’t know what this week was! Probably the most comics I’ve read in a single week, to date. And pretty much across all genres too, so that’s something. I love a good reading week like this, especially when I manage to review as much as I did as well. Which is pretty freaking great.
At the moment, I’m working on catching up to Star Wars: Legacy II by Corinna Bechko and Garbriel Hardman while also finishing up my read-through of the entire Forever Evil: Blight event, which should be sometime tonight. And then after that, still lots of comics to catch up on, a hell of a lot. The lists keep getting longer and longer each week!
After reading Tomb Raider #1 last month, I finally got it in my head that I just had to go and play the game. I was fully into getting it, but that didn’t pan out like I planned. However, I did manage to play the game at my cousin’s for about a solid hour during my trip to India earlier this month, and you know what, it was pretty fun. Amazing visuals, really tension-packed story, and so on. And after reading Tomb Raider #2 just now, I gotta say that I am slowly beginning to understand the story of what is happening, though Gail is still holding a few cards close to her chest.
The new issue, released today, picks up directly from where the last one left off. We met some of her supporting cast from the (new) video game in that issue, and now we get some more insight into others as well. Plus we see some more facets of the mystery surrounding why Jonah wanted to kill himself and get a whole load more development on Lara herself, all of which was near perfect. The art felt a bit off though this time, mostly in terms of facial expressions.
Thankfully, this past week was one of recovery. There were a lot of comics to get through and while I only got through about sixty percent or so f the ones that I wanted to, which is pretty much on par with me, I’m quite happy since I also managed to review most of them. The next two weeks are all going to be about getting back on track, before I leave for another 2 week trip to India and then things are going to head downwards unfortunately.
But still, some good comics this week. Pretty much all of the ones I read, I enjoyed, minus one or two here and there. Which is nice. I’m still pretty behind on the whole All-New Marvel Now thing because Marvel is putting out too many new #1s and I just can’t keep up. So that’s a struggle too. Although, surprisingly enough, I read more Marvel this past week than I did DC, largely because I’m behind on a few DC series at this point, and need to significantly catch-up.
Another month, and another issue of Batgirl! All is right with the world. Well, our world yes. Barbara’s world, not so much, since there is a crazy delusional guy out on the streets, trying to bring down the Bat family because he believes that the city’s protectors are its oppressors, vampires in disguise. Fun right? It is indeed fun for the new villain on the block, Silver, but Barbara is having a tough time of it. But like I said in the review for the previous issue, she does have an ally to help things through, so it is not as dire as it may seem.
In the previous issue we got introduced to the new villain, saw Barbara partner up with an old friend, make a tense alliance with an old enemy, and then go out in Gotham to do the right thing and bring back a kidnapped girl who happens to be mute as well. It is a bit of an emotional story and in the new issue Gail Simone takes things further and delivers two pretty big twists to the story towards the end that really shock and excite. And then there’s the wonderful art by the Fernando Pasarin/Jonathan Glapion duo, who continue to turn out one of the most beautiful books from DC.
Last week’s “Comics Picks For” didn’t go up in part because I was busy in the preparations for a cousin’s wedding in India and things have generally been pretty damn hectic for the last couple weeks or so. My reading has also taken a significant nose-dive in these 2 weeks and there is a mountain of comics and novels to catch up on.
But no matter, the next three weeks should be blissfully uneventful in that regard, before I have to head back to India for another 2-week stay. I’ve pretty much pared down my reading to the essentials, unless there is something else that caught my eye, as it has these past 2 weeks, with titles like EVE: True Stories and Kings Watch, which are both quite interesting. I ended up missing out on a few titles this past week, especially the new All-New Marvel NOW! launches, but that’s okay. I can wait to catch up!
Since my review of The Movement #9, it has come to my attention that the series is getting cancelled after issue #12, which will be in May. This is something that makes me really sad. Because it has been a series that dared to step out of the norms of superhero comics and do something radically different. It is an experiment that worked for a while, but unfortunately, due to various reasons, the series is now on the chopping block. With the new issue, the current 2-part arc comes to a close and after that we have two more issues to go. All we can hope for is that the series ends on a high-note.
In the previous issue Batgirl came to Coral City, hunting for a super-powered criminal. She ran afoul of The Movement though, and things ended up pretty bad though. And in the meantime, her target ran amok in the streets. This was the kind of the story that I really wanted to see on this title since its conception and Gail Simone delivered on it quite fantastically. It was a personal story, and that felt right at home for both Batgirl and the members of The Movement. And the art, headlined by penciller Freddie Williams II, was pretty decent as well.
My first ever experience with Tomb Raider was this one PC game demo that I got off a magazine CD. I remember it clearly because I just ran around the starting area with no clue as to what to do. I just couldn’t find a way out. Then years later, I saw the two movies featuring Angelina Jolie. They were good, decent, but hardly exciting fare. Then again years later, when I finally got a Nintendo DS in college, I bought a Tomb Raider game on a trip to San Francisco for a gaming convention. And it was fun. A lot of fun. I’ve still got it, even though I haven’t played it for like 4 years now.
Last year Dark Horse announced that they would be doing a new Tomb Raider comics series and that this was going to be set in the aftermath of the recently released video game with the rebooted continuity. I was excited. I hadn’t played the game but the comic was going to be written by one of my absolute favourites, Gail Simone, and that’s all that I wanted. This week, the first issue got released, and it was everything that I wanted out of it, and more. And the art was quite good as well. Very different to what I expected but good nonetheless.