off the rack #1149

off the rack #1149

Monday, January 30, 2017

It’s the Chinese Year of the Rooster folks and there’s a cock in the White House. We are living in interesting times indeed. I am trying my best not to get riled up by the d-bag but it’s difficult. The empathy I feel for others means I cannot ignore the affect the changes have on everybody. I just hope we all get through these difficult times relatively unscathed.

I’m going to have a fun Sunday on February 5. I’ll be at the Walkley Arena for the Capital Trade Show where my partner Chris and I will be flogging old comic books. Then it’s Super Bowl 51 with two gun slinging quarterbacks. I am cheering for a high scoring affair.

Civil War II: The Oath #1 – Nick Spencer (writer) Rod Reis, Raffaele Ienco, Szymon Kudranski & Dono Sanchez-Almara (art) VC’s Chris Eliopoulos (letters). Didn’t see that coming. While it makes sense to appoint Captain America as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (again) the surprise is that I don’t think it’s Steve Rogers under the mask. I don’t particularly like the new political landscape that the Marvel U is headed towards but it does make for some easy enemies for the good guys to fight with. Nick put in a lot of rah, rah patriotism in this book so it was a tough slog trying to get through it but the payoff at the end is worth it.

Kamandi Challenge #1 – Part One: Dan Didio (writer) Keith Giffen (pencils) Scott Koblish (inks) Hi-Fi (colours) Clem Robins (letters) Part Two: Dan Abnett (writer) Dale Eaglesham (art) Hi-Fi (colours) Clem Robins (letters). He’s the last boy on Earth and he’s going on a wild adventure to find his parents. One of Jack Kirby’s creations is getting a round robin of comic book creators to excite fans like never before. Each part of the story will be done by a different team that will end with a cliffhanger that the next team must find a way to resolve. I have a nagging feeling that this stunt has been done before but I can’t remember when so I’m going to tag along to see who does what. I’m not a fan of Kamandi but I want to see who all are going to be involved on the creative side.

Loose Ends #1 – Jason Latour (writer) Chris Brunner (art) Rico Renzi (colours). The cover says that this 4-issue mini is a southern crime romance. They got that right. We’re looking at a trailer dwelling war vet whose friend gets him mixed up in running drugs. You can expect that the vet and the friend get into a heap of trouble and they do. I like how Sonny and Rej each wind up where they do at the end of this first issue so you bet I’m going to keep reading. Not much romance so far but I’m sure Jason will get to that.

Star Wars #27 – Jason Aaron (writer) Salvador Larroca (art) Edgar Delgado (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Yay Yoda. Root for him I will.

Batgirl #7 – Hope Larson (writer) Chris Wildgoose (art) Mat Lopes (colours) Deron Bennett (letters). Part 1 of “Son of Penguin” introduces Ethan Cobblepot and I don’t care if there is no reference to him anywhere else in the DCU because he’s going to be a great adversary for Barbara Gordon. I like how Chris draws her older than Rafael Albuquerque did. This is going to be fun.

Briggs Land #6 – Brian Wood (writer) Mack Chater (art) Lee Loughridge & Jeremy Colwell (colours) Nate Piekos (letters). I really like Grace Briggs. The risks that she is taking will hopefully keep her people safe. Brian has crafted a story fit for cable TV.

Totally Awesome Hulk #15 – Greg Pak (writer) Mahmud Asrar (art) Nolan Woodward (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Greg continues to feature heroes of the Asian persuasion in this story about Amadeus hanging out with Jake Oh, Kamala Khan, Cindy Moon, Shang-Chi, and Jimmy Woo. It does play on some stereotypes but I think it’s okay because they’re true for these guys.

Odyssey of the Amazons #1 – Kevin Grevioux (writer) Ryan Benjamin (pencils) Richard Friend (inks) Tony Washington & Tony Avina (colours) Saida Temofonte (letters). This 6-issue mini has a lot of women but not a wonder one in sight. Kevin features Diana’s sister Amazons in a tale worthy of Homer. If you like classic sword and sorcery, you’ll like this.

Dead Inside #2 – John Arcudi (writer) Tony Fejzula (art) Andre May (colours) Joe Sabino (letters). The plot thickens like congealed blood and murder suspects start to emerge. Linda has plenty to deal with inside the prison but she’s surprised when she gets home after work by a sight I did not expect to see. This mystery is crazy good.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #3 – Charles Soule & Jeff Lemire (writer) Javier Garron (art) Andres Mossa & Jay David Ramos (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). There are three more issue to this mini but it seems to me that Charles and Jeff have already come up with a solution to the Terrigen cloud that would end the war. The mutant Forge has built a machine that can collect the Terrigen gas and compress it into a solid in this issue. Wouldn’t that solve the problem of the gas killing the mutants? Works for me.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6 – Joshua Williamson (writer) Howard Porter (art) Alex Sinclair (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). All is well that ends well. Both teams join forces to defeat Eclipso and Max Lord is at the mercy of Amanda Waller. Batman sees the light and gathers another team together to fight evil forces. Get ready for a new Justice League of America #1 hitting the racks on February 22. DC is sure spreading Bats pretty thin these days.

Skybourne #3 – Frank Cho (writer & artist) Marcio Menyz (colours) Ed Dukeshire (letters). The identity of the bad guy was a nice surprise. I like Frank’s comic books because they’re simple stories about good versus evil that are beautifully drawn.

Hulk #2 – Mariko Tamaki (writer) Nico Leon & Dalibor Talajic (art) Matt Milla (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Waiting for Jennifer to Hulk out is one of the things I like about the new book. She has a lot more self control than I have. The scary thing about the eventuality of her losing control is that this new Hulk will be an uncontrollable creature of rage but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Until then I’m enjoying Jen’s life so far.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #13 – Robert Venditti (writer) V Ken Marion (pencils) Paul Neary & Dexter Vines (inks) Alex Sollazzo (colours) Dave Sharpe (letters). Now that the planet Xudar has been saved, what now? It’s time for a bedtime story that’s what. This is a nice interlude issue before we launch into the next story. I’ve been enjoying this team book now that my loyalty to the Avengers has waned. We’ll see if Robert can keep me hooked with his next adventure.

Saga #42 – Brian K. Vaughn (writer) Fiona Staples (art) Fonografiks (letters). And fade to black. No, really. It’s hiatus time again but this issue didn’t leaving me screaming profanities about the long wait until the next issue hits the racks. There is a new character introduced who I will be very interested to find out more about.

Doctor Strange #16 – Jason Aaron (writer) Chris Bachalo with Cory Smith (art) Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, &  Tim Townsend (inks) Antonio Fabela & Java Tartaglia with Chris Bachalo (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). Dormammu is finally going to get his chance to kill Doctor Strange after he has been weakened by his fight with the Empirikul. Jason does find a neat way to save Stephen however. The next bit of nastiness involves someone close to the Doc. Oboy.

Wonder Woman #15 – Greg Rucka (writer) Liam Sharp (art) Laura Martin (colours) Jodi Wynne (letters). Part 1 of “The Truth” finds Diana in a mental hospital. How she got there has yet to be explained but I’m sure I can handle it.

Punisher #8 – Becky Cloonan (writer) Laura Braga with Iolanda Zanfardino (art) Frank Martin (colours) VC’s Cory Petit (letters). That little old lady toting the double barrelled shotgun from last issue is named Ethel. She looks scary but she’s not what you think. The change in art took some getting used to but it isn’t bad enough to make me bench this book. I do have a couple of complaints though. If you’re going to call a motorcycle a Harley, don’t show what looks like a BMW logo on the gas tank. Also, draw the bad guy from the chest up when Frank says that he opened up his guts, not a full body shot that clearly shows an abdomen without any wounds at all. I don’t know if the art had to be rushed after Steve Dillon passed away unexpectedly but that’s just shoddy editing.

Action Comics #972 – Dan Jurgens (writer) Stephen Segovia (pencils) Art Thibert (inks) Ulises Arreola (colours) Rob Leigh (letters). Trust Dan to come up with a non-violent way to stop Lex from being executed by the bad guys. It also served to show what possible futures are in store for this new Superman. DC has managed to revive my interest in this iconic character.

Daredevil #16 – Charles Soule (writer) Goran Sudzuka (art) Matt Milla (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). We find out why Daredevil put out a hit on himself to lure out Bullseye. There’s some soul searching this issue which leads into the next storyline. I liked how Charles sets it up.

Detective Comics #949 – James Tynion IV & Marguerite Bennett (writers) Ben Oliver & Szymon Kudranski (art) Ben Oliver, Gabe Eltaeb & Hi-Fi (colours) Marilyn Patrizio (letters). The finale of “Batwoman Begins” is a very good prelude to Batwoman’s solo book which hits the racks on February 15. It looks like James and Marguerite are going to have a Raymond Reddington and Agent Keen thing going on between Kate and her dad. That’s got me interested.

Infamous Iron Man #4 – Brian Michael Bendis (writer) Alex Maleev (art) Matt Hollingsworth (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Brian must have a thing for mother and son stories. He did it in International Iron Man where he introduced Tony’s biological mother. Now he’s showing us Victor’s mom. I really do believe that Doom has reformed and I hope he stays a good guy.

Spider-Man/Deadpool: Monsters Unleashed – Joshua Corin (writer) Tigh Walker (art) Rachelle Rosenberg (colours) VC’s Joe Sabino (letters). The boys save Toronto eh.

Thanos #3 – Jeff Lemire (writer) Mike Deodato (art) Frank Martin (colours) VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). It’s the Imperial Guard of the Shi’ar versus Thanos. A perfect opportunity to give a history lesson on the life of the Mad Titan.

Spider-Woman #15 – Dennis Hopeless (writer) Veronica Fish (art) Rachelle Rosenberg (colours) VC’s Travis Lanham (letters). Jessica subdues the new Porcupine and finds out who put the hit out on her friend Roger. Now she’s gunning for the Hobgoblin but he’s protected by an army of super villains. I hope little Gerry doesn’t become an orphan.