Hey all! Hope your week has been good. Mine’s been crazy, which is why I’m only just getting to comics on Friday. But I’ve got a few All New All Marvel books on my plate, which is exciting. Let’s get to it!
Totally Awesome Hulk #1
Writer: Greg Pak
Artists: Frank Cho, Sonia Oback (colors), VC’s Cory Petit (letters), Cho w/David Curiel (cover)
Well, this is not the book for me! It’s not bad, but it really comes across like a teenaged boy’s power fantasy, and I’m not particularly interested in reading that at this point in my life. The story is that Amadeus Cho, one of Marvel’s super geniuses, has become the Hulk, a few months after Bruce Banner abosrbed too much bad radiation or something. I don’t really read any Hulk-related books, unless they’re She-Hulk, so I don’t know if that’s a storyline I missed, or how Cho got the gamma radiation, or whether that’ll all be explained in flashback later. The art is good, bright and crisp, in a style I like, though for some reason Amadeus’ sixteen year old sister looks thirty five. But Amadeus spends the bulk of the issue flirting with women or talking about how hot women are, or getting angry at his sister for calling him on his behavior. Pass. Even when he meets She-Hulk, the first thing he does is point out that he’s NOT flirting because she’s “like forty.” Hard pass. I like Pak a lot, I think his work on Superman is some of the best Superman stuff that’s happened in years. I don’t know if this is in character for Cho, because I haven’t read a ton of stuff with him. I was disappointed by the tone and content of this, but it’s not necessarily a bad book? I think it’s just not a book I care to read.
Writer: Charles Soule
Artists: Ron Garney, Matt Milla (colors), VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters)
Okay! I gave this book a shot for three reasons. First: Charles Soule. Loves him on She-Hulk, and I love that a lawyer writes lawyers. It adds a certain something that I, as a recover lawyer, really appreciate when I read comics that revolve around the law (sidenote: my dream job is still writing a Kate Spencer book for DC Comics, so if you’re reading this and can do something about that, email me). Second: I loved the Netflix Daredevil series, and even though I know comics =/= TV, it still makes me interested. Third: I took a look at the art and really like the gritty, Miller-esque look. I wasn’t disappointed in the book. Matt Murdock is back in New York from San Francisco, and has become a prosecutor (which doesn’t really happen a lot, it usually goes the other way). Daredevil is in his cool black suit, though he’s got the silly DD on the front still. And he’s involved, both in his day job and night job, with something called the Ten Fingers Game. There’s also a character called Blindspot, who has tech-based invisibility. This was a good re-intro issue, and I found myself wanting to read more before I even got to the last page, which had a good reveal on it. I like this book a lot! It’s the first Daredevil ongoing I’ve read (I’ve read other DD stuff, but in collected editions) so it’s something new for me.
Rocket Girl #7
Writer: Brandon Montclare
Artist: Amy Reeder
Rocket Girl is back! Yay! The title of this arc is “What now?” for some reason I can’t remember because I didn’t re-read all the issues leading up to this one and it’s been awhile. But that’s okay, I get the gist. Dayoung is still in the eighties, and even though the initial threat has passed, strange stuff is still afoot. She wants her rocket suit back (spoiler, the book is called Rocket Girl) and in the future, her ex-Commissioner is still trying to figure out WTF is going on and why the big corporation the pays for the cops is so shady. This book is worth it for Reeder’s art alone. I wish a little more would happen in each issue, but also I wish issues would come out more often.
Writer: Mark Russell
Artists: Ben Caldwell (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Jeremy Lawson (colors), Travis Lanham (letters)
Gosh Prez is so good. I thought I’d write it up as its first arc comes to a close, with Beth Ross firmly ensconced as twitter-elected President of the United States. There’s a cat flu epidemic and her approval ratings are in the tank, her bodyguards keep getting killed, and the corporations that control the Congress are still awful corporations that control congress. But Beth is good at her job, who knew! And this issue is like panel after panel of biting commentary on modern American politics and laws. Seriously, throw in talk of guns and I’d think it was written yesterday. (I will be interested to see if/how they tackle guns, terrorism, or abortion.) This book is a wonderful combination of smart and funny and, honestly, the only reason you wouldn’t like it is if you have a different political ideology than the one that Russell puts into this book.
Also on my radar: Batman and Robin Eternal #9, Gotham by Midnight #11, James Bond 007 #2, Midnighter #7, Paper Girls #3