It’s a pretty quiet week for me in comic land.I’ve given up on Thor until they reveal her identity, and I’m feeling pretty good about that decision. So now I have some breathing room to catch up on books I should be caught up on, but am not, like Shutter, Alex + Ada, and Coffin Hill. Among many others.
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artists: Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Frank D’Armata (colors), Travis Lanham (letters)
Spider-Verse is over! Yay! This issue ties up what’s happening on Loom World with the other Jess Drew. Both Jess Drews look like Charisma Carpenter still, because Greg Land is still pretty awful. Also I seem to have missed a lot of action, which I suppose happens when you’re reading a tie-in but not the main book. But the point is, next issue we get a new outfit and a new artist, but get to keep Hopeless around. That’s a win-win in my book. Anyway, after Loom World is tied up (I honestly don’t care much, and Land’s art even made my favorite Spider-Ladies weird), Jess drags Carol to Avengers HQ, all the while bantering adorably (I ship it). Then they’re attacked by a space moon egg, I don’t know, but the point is Jess wants to help “regular” people. Now listen, I am a fan of Hopeless’ work on this comic, and I really like how he writes Jess in particularly. But the idea that Carol doesn’t know where to find “regular people” to help out is silly. Either it was a joke (and tbh it didn’t read like one) or Hopeless doesn’t know what happens in Carol’s book. Or something. It was just really strange, because the last half of the first run on Captain Marvel was all about Carol and regular people. Anyway, minor nitpick.
In case you can’t tell from my constant bemoaning of Land’s art, I am really excited for issue five.
Captain Marvel #12
Writers: Kelly Sue DeConnick & Warren Ellis
Artists: David Lopez, Lee Loughridge (colors), VC’s Joe Caramanga (letters)
Is this a Black Vortex tie-in? I don’t know. The cover doesn’t say, so I guess not, but there’s space stuff and mentions of Mr. Knife, and I know he’s the antagonist of Black Vortex. Anyway, Carol’s dropped off back in space by Lila Cheney, only to find that Chewie and Tic have been kidnapped by space pirates. Worst! The ship is also in bad shape, so she spends most of this issue in hobbled pursuit, deciding to take a “shortcut” through something called the Endless Envelope, because apparently she thinks something with the modifier “Endless” will be a shortcut. Well done, Carol. This is the start of a new arc, and I can’t help but think it’s going to at least brush up against Black Vortex. But you know me, I’m in it for the long haul.
Secret Six #2
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Ken Lashley (pencils), Lashley & Drew Geraci (inks), Jason Wright (colors), Carlos M. Mangual (letters), Dale Eaglesham w/Wright (cover)
Issue two! There are still six (plus puppet)! There’s still a secret (or more than one)! It’s the formation of the new Secret Six! Still! Actually, there are a lot of Catman flashbacks that are really creepy. They only bring up more questions, but that’s fine. It’s issue two. We also get to see a bunch of the Six in action (Black Alice was particularly revelatory). Strix is still my favorite. But by the end of the issue, they’re free of the underwater coffin and have become a team, insomuch as the Secret Six are ever super team like. They’re definitely my favorite anti-heroes in comics at the moment, and it’s always a joy to read Gail Simone write something she loves so much. I’m not sure this would be the comic for everyone, but it’s enjoyable and I have a feeling great things are in store. If it survives Convergence.
The Empty #1
Writer/Artist: Jimmie Robinson
So this is a comic sent in a fantasy, fictional sort of wasteland, although maybe it’s also Earth. The main character’s name is Tanoor, and she wears bandages that don’t cover her underbreast, and has really long arms. Everyone has really long arms. And light skin, despite living in a desert. Except the other people, who live in a green area and have very large eyes and long necks. Tanoor and her people live on the edge of the Empty, a big ol’ desert filled with poison things. One day, she finds Lila, who’s washed up ashore (it’s a sea, so I guess it’s not drinkable water) and has the ability to heal plants. I’m not… sure what this books is about, honestly? Tanoor and Lila make a trip through the desert to cure whatever is ruining food and water and air in the Empty, then Tanoor will bring her home. The art isn’t really a style I connect with, and the writing is sort of so-so.
Also on my radar: Coffin Hill #15, Shutter #9, Doctor Who 11th Doctor #8