Since it was announced, Grant Morrison's Klaus has been an intriguing book. The first looks at this book showed a Santa Claus that was built like a super-hero, and was decidedly less jolly than the Santa we've all come to know. However strong Grant Morrison's reputation is, this story's premise seemed unlike something that could actually work as a comic. Despite all of these doubts, Grant Morrison has written some of the best comics of the last twenty years. Will Klaus stand up next to Invisibles, All-Star Superman and Batman & Robin?
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.
This season of The Flash looks to be one with plenty of Easter eggs for comic book fans. Already two episodes in and we have had Atom Smasher, Jay Garrick and references to numerous other comic book characters. This week's episode "Flash of Two Worlds" was ripe with references to various comic book stories.
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. A void was in our hearts, but we remained patient. That patience is now 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.
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.
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.
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.
As I mentioned in our preview of Hellboy In Hell #7, Dark Horse has sent out review copies. Apparently, the effort is to drum up orders for the new story, "The Hounds of Pluto." Yes, I know it's hard to believe that Dark Horse needs to drum up orders for Hellboy, but from the preview pages, this looked to be the type of book that should be promoted in this way. Is it worth the hype, though? Comics don't fare too well with us when they're hyped up a lot by the publisher.