With The Force Awakens nigh, the interest in all things Star Wars is increasing. In case you didn't notice among all of the trailers, toys, novels and fan theories, Marvel is producing a regular series set firmly between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Written by Jason Aaron, known for his work on Southern Bastards and Thor, among many other comics, the book sits firmly near the top of the sales charts every month. However, how does the latest issue hold up?
The latest offering from Dark Circle is The Hangman #1. Because the Dark Circle line hasn't been entirely successful in getting noticed among all of the events being put out by the larger superhero publishers, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.
The Eighth Doctor, as portrayed by Paul McGann, is almost entirely unknown to Doctor Who fans that haven't indulged in non-television portrayals of the Doctor. Titan Comics helps remedy that a little with a new series featuring the Eighth Doctor. Since so much of this regeneration's adventures are left open, a new comic series of his adventures should be able to pleasantly entertain. Does it succeed? How does it stack up to other adventures of the Doctor? There's only one way to find out.
The Paybacks from Dark Horse has all the earmarks of an enjoyable series, with a premise rooted behind the scenes of the suspension of disbelief required by the super-hero genre. How do super-heroes get such cutting-edge technology? The most logical answer is that they need to take out a loan, which means inevitably, someone will be unable to pay back and have to undergo repossession. This series is based in that premise and when the repossession of physical property isn't enough, then indentured servitude as a super-human repo man becomes the next logical step. Once you get past the logic, it seems a little absurd, so naturally humor is the result.
Spider-Gwen Volume 2 is the title we here at Needless Essentials have been waiting through the summer for. Secret Wars temporarily ended the first series, leaving a void in our hearts, but we remained patient, and now that patience is rewarded. If you were worried the time away would take the magic off of the best alternate version of Spider-Man to ever come down the pike, then you worried for nothing.
Reviewing the last issue of a series, especially one like Day Men, is hard to do. Obviously, there's the reluctance to give anything that could be construed a spoiler. There's also the reluctance to say goodbye to a series and characters that I really enjoyed, cared about, and want to see go on indefinitely. I'll get more into these elements in our review of Day Men #8.
Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1 comes on the heels of Force Friday and the first big push towards the release of Episode VII. The Star Wars fan inside me was shouting down the cynical comics fan in reading this comic. The cynic was warning that it's just an attempt to publish as many Star Wars stories as possible while the buzz is out there. The Star Wars fan was shouting that it's the story of what happened after Endor! Both were right, and both were wrong.
In my first review for this new Minimum Wage series, I likened this new series to rediscovering an old friend. Now we are getting to the part where we watch our old friend make decisions that we know are bad for him, but we're helpless to stop him. Most of us know someone that has been in this situation, and in the best of cases, they come out of it learning a valuable lesson. In the worst, they find themselves back in a bad situation, afraid to move out of it again.
Danger Girl is one of those series that helped define creator-driven comics in the late 1990s. J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell set out to tell a better spy story than had been done with comics ever.
I chose to give Ragnarok #6 a read due to the reputation of Walt Simonson's run on Thor. Not certain of what to find in his telling of the Norse pantheon after all the Norse Gods are killed, I went in fresh. Does it measure up to that legendary work? What did I find? Well if you tuned in to see if this is one of those masterpieces by a legendary creator, keep reading. I won't spoil everything more than the rating already has done.
This is one of those comics that I look forward to every issue. Since receiving the first issue, I have touted this series to whomever will listen. This week sees the fourth issue with a preview that promises the relationship between Maddy and Duncan will go to a different level. That being said, there may be spoilers ahead.
Archie #2 is out this week, and while I really liked the first issue, I was still hesitant about the series as a whole. Could the tone and the elements that made me like the first issue be maintained? How will Veronica's introduction into Riverdale be handled? Needless to say, there may be spoilers.