Yeah, it seems weird to review a collection of previously published comics. However, The Boys is probably the hottest comics-related TV show right now. I went into this book relatively uninformed of the story, as I suspect a lot of new readers of The Boys will be on the heels of the Amazon Prime series.
It's been talked about and now it's here. Jonathan Hickman's X-Men has started. House of X #1 hit shops and we start to get a lot of answers to questions we've had. We just don't get all of them. The first issue leaves as many questions as it answers.
It looks like the comic that's really making waves with the speculators this week is Captain Marvel #8. Seriously, it looks like if you want to read it, you'll need to do so digitally. It's the first appearance of a new hero named Star, but it also really captures the political climate we're currently in. It's not planned that way, because it's impossible to make happen. Sometimes synchronicity just happens.
The previous volume of Vampirella really started off well, in my opinion. I liked it and felt like it did a lot of things right. It took the character back to her thematic roots. When I saw a new volume starting and saw all of the various variant covers, I became skeptical. I didn't see the Free Comic Book Day issue, so I have nothing else to go on. However, Dynamite earned a measure of consideration with that last series. I'll give it a shot.
The comics world was shocked this week by the surprising final issue of The Walking Dead. While I'm not a fan of the series, I can appreciate it. I'm not of a fan because of anything inherently bad with the comic. I just don't care for zombies.
It's refreshing to see a book that I follow shows up in the solicitations for the next week. It seems like the past couple of weeks have been light on comics that I really rave about. I've said many times before that there's nothing to be gained from writing a negative review just for the sake of a negative review. That brings us to the latest issue of Giant Days. Esther de Groot left in the previous issue for a job interview in London. Given that Esther is the member of the cast that things kind of work out for, it wasn't clear how this would affect the series as a whole.
I'll be the first to admit that I can't read everything. There are weeks where there's too much that I want to read. Then there are weeks like we've had lately.
I've been reading Doomsday Clock primarily because I feel like I have to, for this web site. With Before Watchmen, I felt like it was an unnecessary cash grab from DC Comics. There were some fine creators that tried to the best that they can with it. However, I'm unclear on the reasons for Doomsday Clock except to fix problems from DC's biggest marketing scheme of the past decade, the New 52. Watchmen is being rolled into it for some indiscernible reason.
I spent a week of looking at the week's releases for something good worth reviewing, I was thrilled to see Giant Days #51 coming out next week. The last issue left on a very serious cliffhanger, so I was really eager to read this issue.
I went through the review copies sent to us by the publishers. After a pretty lackluster week, I was chomping at the bit to review something. I was almost ready to give up when I saw a cover by Paul Pope. In this day and age, that doesn't mean the same artist on the inside, but if someone chooses Paul Pope to do a cover, then they might just produce the type of comic that I like. So I opened up Faithless #2, ready to be entertained.
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.
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.