Oh boy is it a good week to be a comic book fan! For the first time in awhile I’ve been able to find DC Comics, Indie Comics and Marvel Comics to review all in one week. With superhero films starting to line-up ready to fight for the title of summer blockbuster the comic industry is firing on all cylinders in an attempt to find meet demand. With so much great content on the shelves this week it’s going to be tough to choose a BearSleuth Pick Of The Week, but I guess I’ll find some way to separate the best from the rest!
All images, unless otherwise stated are screenshots taken for the Marvel and DC Comics app [Accessed: 18/03/2016]
All-New X-Men Issue Six By Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley
The X-Men have changed a lot in recent years as Marvel have begun to shift them towards the periphery, since Secret Wars their part of the Marvel Universe has become almost unrecognisable. However, for those readers who know what the X-Men are meant to be at heart there is this fantastic series, All-New X-Men looks at a group of teenagers dealing with world-changing powers. Hopeless has managed to squeeze in discussions about faith, religion and childhood within this book and it’s nothing short of a miracle. Other books on the shelves this week have a slightly less eclectic tone but this is certainly one that comes with the highest recommendation!
Deadpool and The Mercs For Money Issue Two By Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin
Deadpool really didn’t need another series, it’s so weird to me that the merc with a mouth is now part of more teams than any of the Wolverines or X-Men. When Deadpool first popped up he was a rare treat that lightened things up after all the grim dark of super heroics but now his approach is becoming the norm. I’m just worried for Cullen Bunn and company as there will come a day when they exhaust all the jokes Wade Wilson can make. However we’re not at that point yet. Mercs for Money is a fun concept and with Espin’s unique artistic approach it’s a nice extra fix for any and all Deadpool fans out there.
Extraordinary X-Men Issue Eight By Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
While I was lamenting the loss of the X-Men’s core identity, Jeff Lemire is working hard to reinvent Marvels most uncanny team. This issue marks the start of the Apocalypse Wars arc whilst also giving us a B-story that is sure to give fans a kick. I really don’t want to ruin anything here but suffice to say the X-Men have never looked or sounded so bad ass. Ramos’ brings the thunder in the art department as well, keeping each X-Men character unique and fun to read in each panel. I would recommend this series to all X-Men fans!
Huck Issue Five By Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
I was worried about where Huck was going at first this week. The series to date has been extremely original and refreshing and the place this issue starts seemed a little generic. However, Mark Millar does it again and pulls a one-two punch on readers making Huck Issue Five one of the most interesting reads of the series. This is a great title to read if you’re into superpowers but not superheroes. Add in Rafael Albuquerque’s unique art style and it’s obvious that this piece will stand the test of time, go buy it while it’s hot!
Poison Ivy Cycle Of Life And Death Issue Three By Amy Chu and Clay Mann
Ivy might be one of the most interesting anti-heroes I’ve read about. She isn’t evil, she simply sees plants as equal to, if not greater than, humans. This alternative code of ethics is pretty compelling and fun to examine from a philosophical stand point but it also serves to tell s good story. Amy Chu has managed to weave Ivy’s ideals into a fast paced story about science and ethics which I’m thoroughly enjoying. The piece could go a little deeper and there are some subplots that are unnecessary but, for the most part, this mini series is well worth a read, especially if you’re interested in Ivy as a character.
Power Man and Iron Fist Issue Two By David Walker and Sanford Greene
If you haven’t seen the teaser trailer for Luke Cage give it a watch then go out and buy this comic book! I watched the teaser last night and immediately re-read this issue. David Walker has a brilliant handle on how Luke Cage and Iron Fist should sound in this series without falling into old troupes and stereotypes. These are two characters fans have been clamouring for more from and finally we have a series for them that’s not just good but great! There is a lot of banter between the two friends which will keep you smiling between action scenes and when Greene’s art is thrown into he mix the combo is irresistible. I have to recommend this book to anyone interested in the current Netflix series and this is where it’s all heading!
Scarlet Witch Issue Four By James Robinson and Chris Visions
Every time I see this book on the rack my face lights up with childish glee. I don’t know whose idea it was to throw in a new artist every issue but it works so well on this series. I have to buy the next issue because I have to see what the next artist’s take on Wanda and her world is going to be like. It’s fascinating and James Robinson’s story works well to tie together many disparate elements presented in the various art styles into something that should be on your pull lists every week. I would easily recommend this for any fans of magic in comics or of the Scarlet Witch herself.
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Superman American Alien Issue Five By Max Landis and Francis Manapul
I’m getting so sick of loving Max Landis’ work on this series, I want to hate to so much, I want rile about how much I dislike the man’s work but every time I try Max throws me a new curve ball. American Alien Issue Five sees Clark Kent edging closer and closer to becoming the Man Of Steel. It examines questions about Kent’s moral code and what he wants to represent for the people of metropolis. The issue even throws in a few exchanges between Superman and Lex Luthor which set up a lot of the issues in their underlying relationship. Francis Manapul was the perfect artist for this issue as the plot is light and optimistic, fitting well into Manapul’s remit. I don’t care what your feelings are are comic books, you need to pick this one up.
…That was this week’s Bear Sleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle!!! Check back tomorrow for another guest article from the Precarious Writer herself, Ivy Miller!!!