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.
When I started reading Young Terrorists #1, I was taken aback by how different a story it was. Black Mask is kind enough to send us advance copies of their books, and without fail, they have been extraordinary. They have also run the gamut of stories and styles. This one is by far the most violent and necessary of a mature readers label of any so far. Before I go much farther, I'll share the press release from Black Mask and then go into the review.Some preview pages, which we have black bar edited, follow the review.
I was hesitant to continue to review Empowered Vol. 9, but Adam Warren has really gone meta with this series. I'll get into the analysis of how it approaches the role of female characters in comics in a bit. First, we all need to recognize that the window dressing of Empowered hides a creator trying to do something more than draw lots of pictures of a scantily clad super-heroine in various states of bondage, despite that being the origin of the series from some 2004 commissions. Since then, Adam Warren has been striving to make the series something more than that.
I've been enjoying the mess out of Jem and the Holograms. Even if it wasn't a licensed property, I'd be buying it. Sophie Campbell's artwork is so gorgeous that every character is beautiful, even when they're being absolute monsters. Kelly Thompson is writing an absolutely wonderful story about two bands at war, yet is managing to work in a great love story or two. The blending of these two creators is so perfect, I worry about the recent solicitations without Sophie Campbell on the book, but from artist's Emma Vieceli's blog, it looks like just a guest spot. Whew! I was worried there for a second.