You probably know by now that I absolutely love this series from Black Mask. The first issue surprised me so pleasantly that it got one of only two perfect scores from me (the other was the debut of Spider-Gwen), and the second issue wasn't far off. At this point, it's the leading contender for series of the year, and would have to screw up pretty major to ruin it chances. I'll tell you how good I think this series is, I get digital review copies and I'm seeking out the printed copies, which if your local comic shop or summer convention fails, you can always get at their online store. Enough talking about how much I loved the first two issues of this series, and let's see if the love holds true through the third.
[caption id="attachment_52554" align="alignright" width="150"] The Adam Hughes variant[/caption] Dark Horse is really putting the push behind the relaunch of Barb Wire. Their promotion for retailers to trade in Star Wars #1 variant covers in order to get a rare Adam Hughes variant cover of Barb Wire #1 ends tomorrow. If you are a retailer and still want in on getting a Barb Wire #1 variant, then overnight them bad boys to Dark Horse today, because if they don't arrive by tomorrow, then you're out of luck. Now, if all you know about Barb Wire comes from that movie with Pamela Anderson, then you need to stop, forget that the movie ever happened, and give the character another chance.
Two years ago, Les McClaine started a short story called 32 exposures about a private eye hired to find out if a guy's wife is cheating on him. This week, he published it on his web site. The detective is shaken by what he finds and the entire story is relayed by what he tells a bar full of people.
I really had not planned to review this issue. This is in the middle of the event, and it looks to me like most of the ancillary series kind of miss the mark on where this event is supposed to go, ultimately not really seeming to matter much in the end. However, after reading it, certain things happen and certain characters appear that really made me stop for a moment, give that internal squee of approval and decide that I had to write about this issue. A word of caution, although I'm going to try to not spoil anything, I can't guarantee that I won't in some way ruin a moment for you. You've been warned.
The New DC line-up is coming out this week, and with the commitment to the New 52 gone, we're free to see some comics that are not so tied into the hard-boiled, grim and gritty universe that replaced everything after Flashpoint. One of the first titles to catch everyone's eye and imagination is Bizarro, and geared more towards humor, it looked to be a breath of fresh air.
There comes a book once in a blue moon that will make you shed a tear or two and GI Joe A Real American Hero #214 did just that. This is the conclusion of the Death of Snake Eyes and IDW along with Larry Hama and artist SL Gallant delivered a fitting conclusion to a major story arc in the history of GI Joe.
I'm a sucker for science fiction comics. Although Marvel and DC seemed determined to keep publishing super-heroes, the smaller publishers like BOOM! are ready to take chances on stories with a good, catchy sci-fi premise. This week sees the latest new series from them, Broken World by Frank Barbiere and Christopher Peterson. BOOM! was nice enough to send us a review copy and provide preview pages for you.
The second issue of Infinite Loop came out from IDW this week, and the pressure was on to live up to not only the premiere issue, but to the hype that surrounds the series. Before reading this review, you can go check out my review of the first issue to see what I thought of that issue.
Archie caught hell for their Kickstarter last week, but it hasn't stopped them from continuing their Horror line, one of the best things to come out of Archie in recent years. The second book in that line, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, came for me after what I could only perceive as a lackluster week where only a handful of comics seemed to be worth the time it took to read them, much less the money being asked for in the cover price. I was ready for I book I have liked in the past to give me another installment of some enjoyable reading.
A few weeks ago we got a preview of this comic in our e-mail and I wanted to write this review then, but stuff got in the way, but luckily, enough hype for this issue kept its visibility high and looking toward this Wednesday's arrival in comic shops, I saw this was going to be showing up. So here's our review of Fight Club #1, written by the author of the original novel, which makes it unique among all of the comic book sequels to movies and television shows out there in comic shops.
Be warned, that this is a spoiler-filled review. If you do not want to know who the new Female Thor is, the stop right now. I'm serious, I do not want anyone sending angry e-mails that I ruined the book for them, but I'm going to talk about what this revelation means as much as I'm going to talk about this specific comic. Stop now if you don't want this issue spoiled for you. You have been warned.
I have loved this series, but it has really frustrated me in that the delay between issues has me forgetting precisely what has occurred previously. However, each issue has been set up to stand on its own and not be so serial that every issue has to be read in order at one sitting. Essentially, this series is written like a television show.