What I’m Reading Today: 10/21/2015

Hey, happy Back to the Future II day! Strap on your self-lacing shoes, because I’m going to spend at least one more sentence making BttF II jokes. Like about hoverboards and stuff.

Anyway, comics! Sorry for my silence last week, my dog has been sick (she’s okay), and I actually did not read last week’s comics until yesterday. Also I seem to be reading more weekly comics than I expected, and I’m not really sure how I feel about that. Except I love Batman stories without Batman (Bruce is fine), so Batman & Robin Eternal has been really enjoyable. Also Shattered Empire! How ’bout that The Force Awakens trailer, amirite?

So let’s get to it.

Marvel Comics

Journey to Star Wars: Shattered Empire #4 (of 4)

Writer: Greg Rucka

Artists: Marco Checchetto, Andres Mossa (colors), VC’s Joe Caramanga (letters)

I hadn’t realized that this was a weekly series, so I fell behind on it. But! I’ve heard such good things that I decided to catch up today so I could read the finale. And it’s… abrupt! The story itself is good, and it’s clearly meant to lead up to a certain thing that I imagine will come up in The Force Awakens, but… abrupt! It seemed like there was more story to tell, and suddenly it just cuts to a happy ending for Bey and Dameron. I’ve enjoyed the series as a whole, particularly Checchetto’s character work, but I definitely think it peaked on issue three, with the battle over Naboo. I would have loved some more stuff there. Anyway, Rucka is a great writer, I just wish he got more plot to work with here. That said, as the first canonical bridge between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, it’s an interesting and fun read. 

Favorite panels:

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Doomed #5

Writer: Scott Lobdell

Artists: Javier Fernandez, Ulises Arreola (colors), Corey Breen (letters)

I know that Doomed is, er, doomed… and not as well received as things like Omega Men and stuff, but I’ve been enjoying the book and it’ll be a shame to see it end before it really gets off its feet. It strikes me as one of those slow burn books, that has the potential for some interesting stories, but that doesn’t get a chance to get going. You know, it’s not the most amazing superhero (er, anti-hero) book that’s ever been made, but it’s been a good run. In this issue, Clark comes to give Reiser a choice: go with him to S.T.A.R. labs and try to get cured, or, you know. Smashy. But Alpha Centurion (the… god? inhabiting Reiser’s best friend Roman’s body) has a different plan. So there’s smashy anyway! I always like seeing less-powered Supes wandering around doing things, and this is no different. I think there is one issue left of Doomed, maybe two, and I will see it to its end.

Favorite panel:

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Vertigo

Clean Room #1

Writer: Gail Simone

Artists: John Davis-Hunt (art & colors), Todd Klein (letters), Jenny Frisson (cover)

I don’t really have much of an idea about what’s happening in Clean Room just yet. I get the broad strokes: there’s a cult(ish) leader who suffered a trauma as a child, and demon(ish) things that are visible by some people, including her, and a reporter whose fiancé followed the cult(ish) leader and committed suicide, so the reporter Wants Answers. As an introductory issue, it certainly starts with a bang (and a crash?) and I’m definitely intrigued. What are these visible demons? Who gets to see them? Are they actually demons? Simone refers to them as nightmares in interviews, but from where/whom? Also what’s up with the interesting use of pink? I can’t wait to read more!

Favorite panel:

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Also on my radar: Batman & Robin Eternal #3, Dr. Fate #5, Secret Six #7, Superman/Wonder Woman #22, Black Canary #5

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