Twelve columns! Woot! Not too shabby if I say so myself. Big week with some amazing books. A couple of new ones that are, well they are awesome. One suggested by the lovely Martha Waltz. I am the luckiest man alive!
Anyway, let's get down to it.
GREEN ARROW #21
First Green Arrow has been defeated and now the team of villains that did it are after Seattle. They want to make it Star City. Juan Ferreya's artwork for this is breathtaking. It looks painted. Oliver is going to have a rough time of it and this new story arc starts off with a magnificent bang. I hope Green is ready for an uphill battle. One of them took down a skyscraper with his bare hands!!!
We finally learn the secret of Deep Water. It's...yeah, buy the book. It is really a cool concept and might have a positive aspect for Atlantis in the long run. And while Aquaman is trying to save the damn world, people in Atlantis are being petty. Same old same old, but this new revelation of Deep Water is a game changer. Okay, I'll tell you...it's...Nah, you really need to read this one.
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #10
When last we left the rebel tribesmen, they were about to make a fatal mistake with the queen's daughter. Now they have an angry mother along with more than one Kong to deal with. This book is such a delight every month.. The artwork is magnificent and the storyline pulls you in over and over again. People who loved the film would love this.
COADY AND THE CREEPIES #2
The band is on the road to get the last pin in the Pinmageddon tour. Something evil wants to stop them, but luckily friends you make on the road tend to turn up when it will do the most good. I would love it if they made actual pins like they show in the book. I'd buy them.
SKULL ISLAND THE BIRTH OF KONG #1
I know what you're thinking. Didn't you just review the Kong book up a ways? Yup, that was BOOM!'s licensed historical book of Kong. This is released by Legendary under their Monsterverse Imprint. I am excited that there is a book imprint called Monsterverse. Maybe some Godzilla next? Anyway, this fills in some blanks after the film and is set in the future with a new team headed to Skull Island. Not a good plan. Maybe they didn;t watch the movie and realize the place is filled with monsters? Anyway, if you had told me when I was a kid and huge Kong geek that there would be two Kong comic books I would have laughed in disbelief. A really good looking book.
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #6
When last we left he Pussycats they were being arrested for plagiarism. Yeah, about that. It seems that Alexander Cabot thought his sister was still mad at Josie so he drags them to his Antarctic palace to judge them. This was a one and done that is funny and shows how much money the Cabot family actually has. Great book.
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #7
Cave saves Superman after he is weakened by Kryptonite and attacked by a crystal monster. But that wa the past and when he wakes up his cybernetic eye is still missing and there is a huge monster in the sky. Um, what? I love this book because half the time I have no idea what is going on. Can't have it all laid out for us, can we?
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE #1
I have been waiting for this book for a long time. Tarzan is visited by Jason Gridley about an interstellar fleet that captured him and forced him to make a weapon. He escaped and now feels they need to find the rest of his research that could aid the invaders. Tarzan assembles a team that boggles the mind. Here's a few; Korak, son of Tarzan, Billy Byrne, The Mucker, Townsend Harper from Monster Men and Barney Custer, sometime King of Lutha. That's right it's a mash of all of Edgar Rice Burroughs' characters and they have some pretty deep cuts here. It's a set up issue, but they waste no time to leap into battle. This is a dream come true and I love what they are doing with the cast. There are so many I hope it doesn't become too unwieldy. We shall see because I am not missing an issue.
This is the one Martha picked and it is amazing. In 1958 something happened that took all the modern conveniences of life away from us. An alternative came along in that every person on the planet got their own god that could learn to do things. People would trade services depending on what their god could do. And, the people with no god could shape the gods and make modification to them for a fee. This is the story of Ennay a master shaper, but he might be more than that. This is such a fun concept and the artwork is really well done. A new book to add to the list and I think it can only continue to get great.
I promised no negative reviews here. This is a tie in to a event called Secret Empire. I am not buying that book and have forsaken all recent books with Captain America in the title. Not interested and all that. So, with that being said, the book has this really cool part with Squirrel Girl and Red Hulk vs Arthur Nagan King of the Gorilla Men! That part was excellent.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
NICK FURY #1
So, yeah, this is the Nick Fury that more recognizable from the films. Nick Fury Jr. in the Marvel Universe since Nick Fury Sr. is The Watcher now. (It's complicated) Anyway, this book reminds me of the old spy comics of Nick Fury with that amazing Steranko art. It captures that feel and also the art. James Robinson writes this excellent tale and ACO does the penciling while Hugo Petrus does the inking. I do want to mention Rachelle Rosenberg as the colorist because the wild color motif is what makes this book. And, it does something I haven't seen in a very long time. The book is a page turner. It makes you turn the pages as fast as possible. It's like a printed car chase in a kick ass action film. You can't stop. You need to find out what happens next. I read it twice so fast I forced myself to slow down and appreciate the artwork. It still went fast. This book is super fast. So, very good and it made me smile and nostalgic all at the same time. Great book.
So another week and three new books. Sure, I still miss Jonesy. I asked both of the creators why, but neither of them have bothered to deem me worthy for a response. That Nick Fury book makes me extremely happy.
Seeya next week.