We get plenty of press releases and we really try not to just regurgitate them. Quite frankly, it's a symptom of the sorry state of comics journalism that my Google News feed is about six of the exact same article, written by the publisher. However, when I saw this one come across, I had to open it. Once I opened it, I had to share it.
Things get a little ahead of you when you have a lot going on. I first read Bettie Page #4 a week ago and intended to write up a review of it, but other things got in the way. This week, I was going through the new releases, trying to see what I want to review and noticed this book. I decided that I have to make this the first comic this week that I needed to review.
Oni Press is merging with Lion Forge. The announcement makes it seem that Lion Forge's parent company, Polarity, is purchasing Oni Press, but the move is being marketed as a merger. I'm still trying to determine what this news means.
This week, I was all set to write a review of Uncanny X-Men #17 when the news broke that there was controversy around it. The issue depicts the death of Wolfsbane in flashback as Wolverine goes to exact his preferred form of vengeance and justice on her killers. Unfortunately, Rosenberg apparently made several mistakes that likened the attack to violence against trans women.I'm a little late to the party on this topic, but I feel like I need to go over it, given my support of Matthew Rosenberg in the past. I hope I haven't stepped all over this topic in exploring it.
In a continued push to offer more reviews of new comics, this week I'm looking over one of my favorite series from BOOM! Studios, Giant Days. I'm going to try to do this without spoiling anything. I think I succeeded since this review is brief, but as always, be warned.
In 1983, Ray Palmer was a hero without direction. If it hadn't been for his role in the JLA, he wouldn't even have been published. This was a time for change, though. The industry was seeing a rise in creativity, although the great British invasion had not yet occurred. The reasons for this rise in creativity need to be explored on their own, so we'll stick a pin in it.
I've been ignoring Heroes In Crisis. I've read the occasional review, but the gist I gathered was a bunch of D-List heroes and a few b-listers like Arsenal, Wally West and Poison Ivy were killed. The whole concept was that the heroes had created a place where they could talk through their problems and deal with them. To be honest, it didn't appeal to me. However, the latest issue begged for my attention, and worked me up a little. That's right, it's one of those reviews. Also, there's spoilers ahead.
I was feeling guilty that I hadn't done an Independent comic in Reviews Of Old Comics. Among the new comic series that I regularly review, Savage Dragon sits on that list. It has evolved over the years, often taking a swift change in direction. One of the first was Dragon leaving the police to join Special Operations Strikeforce. The second major change came in the issue I'm going to review right now. Of course, this drastic turn came with some exploration of a classic time travel conundrum. The question always is, "If you could go back in time and kill Baby Hitler, would you?" Unfortunately, the paradox comes in eliminating all of Hitler's evil deeds, there is now no reason for you to travel back and kill Hitler. This was the first time that Dragon learned that good deeds can have horrible consequences.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't going to pick up Batman #69. The entire Knightmares story really seemed a little contrived to me, and I wasn't sure if I really cared to read another case of a Batman foe messing with his mind. I opened it up and saw the artwork of Yahick Paquette. I loved his work on Wonder Woman: Earth One, so I gave it a try.
I don't use my digital memberships for these articles as much as I should. In the past couple of weeks, I've been taking advantage of my DC Universe and Marvel Unlimited subscriptions. I have been on the lookout for issues to review here. It was the latest episode of the Legion of Substitute Heroes podcast that I was reminded of Paul Smith's great run on Uncanny X-Men. Some might view this time as a period where the title began to drop in story quality, but I think that part came shortly afterwards. Here we saw the development of the team after Cyclops leaves for good, but still get to see his path twist back around into his old team's lives. We also got the introduction to the Morlocks, the addition of Rogue, and huge developments for Wolverine. These are some great issues and I chose to review the issue that has one of the best splash pages in X-Men history.
Matthew Rosenberg's writing works on a level that I find relatable. Based on coverage I see, I'm not the only one. He's also demonstrated that he's not afraid to throw in those "Oh, Damn," moments. Of course, he's also getting known for picking up dropped plot threads and making them work. His X-Men team is practically a collection of mutants left behind from the big event, and he works it extremely well. Of course, I'm getting ahead of myself.
It seems like forever since I reviewed a new comic, much less read a new batman comic. It seems like I only show up in Gotham when something big is happening. However, this issue caught my eye because it's an Amanda Conner one. The preview pages had the feeling that Tom King was giving her a script that suited her talents and were much like the work that she and her husband Jimmy Palmiotti have come to be known for. While I like the creators behind this issue, I really dislike the way Batman has been treated in recent years.