Best Comics of the Week
This article contains SPOILERS.
The Realm #1
The post-apocalyptic world may seem a bit played out by Image Comics, but The Realm is one you want to get in early on.
The world created by Peck has a realness to it that combined with it being overrun with mythical monsters adds a layer of excitement.
The first issue was a fantastic setup, however it reveals very little about the characters, the world around them, leaving plenty of questions to be answered. There are many fascinating scenes, but they don’t explain what is happening or why, but there’s only so much information that can be inserted into one issue.
Mister Miracle #2
I feared the first issue was a fluke, a different story that drew people in only to immediately let them down thereafter. That’s not the case with Mister Miracle.
Tom King may be the hottest writer in the industry right now, turning relatively boring characters (Kiteman, Mister Miracle, Vision) into interesting characters that leave reader wanting more. His nonverbal dialogue is better than most active writer’s verbal dialogue. The colors establish the mood of the book throughout.
The dark, emotional story continues as Mister Miracle is deep into war with Apokolips on New Genesis and it’s clearly wearing on him. The war takes a turn for the worse as he’s used as a pawn in the political realm of the war.
What to Read
Deadpool seems to be the only traitor from the Secret Empire arc who’s remorseful over his siding with Hydra. The other turncoats either blame others for their treason or pretend it never happen. Deadpool is the only one who’s getting heat for his treason (aside from Rogue upset with Wanda), even though he realized his errors before Hydra was clearly going to be defeated and supported the rebels against Hydra.
Issue #36 was spent with Deadpool attempting to recompense for his errors, while berating himself and by others. In order to amend for one killing, Deadpool is set on a task to kill another ally.
I haven’t been a fan of Deadpool as of late, but this issue is a good transition story, going from the goofy try-hard to having to become a villain once more. All the while his pain is well illustrated which was surprisingly touching for him.
Redlands has quickly become a must-read for fans of Image Comics or horror stories. Redlands #2, even more so than the first issue, kept you fearful of turning each page.
Issue #2 is set in modern day; years after the witches took over the town as police detectives. They’re being harassed by an unknown antagonist who knows of the witch’s true identity. Bellaire and Del Ray end the issue with a great gut-wrenching twist just moments after breathing a sigh of relief.
Dark Nights: Metal #2
Unlike many series that slowly build up the storyline and bore you in the process, Metal has been wasted little time through the suspenseful first two issues. Many of the biggest heroes in the DC Universe made an appearance as the chase to find Batman commences, which added to the intrigue of the book. Then the issue slows down before the conclusion, which would have been super cool if we hadn’t already seen the page in promos the past few months. Still, the series looks to be headed in the right direction. And unlike with Marvel crossover events, readers won’t be overloaded with several tie-ins each month.
Teen Titans #12 – Dark Nights: Metal Tie-In
The first Metal issue after revealing the newly formed villains was a solid issue. There was some really good, detailed artwork that will leave you staring at the page, appreciating the artwork that reveals detailed descriptions of the page. The story sets up well as Damian enters the Riddler’s maze of horror alone. He meets up with the Green Arrow and then with Harley Quinn and Killer Croc. The four of them solve the maze and take down the Riddler.
The issue was solid, with quality horror, but lacked true suspense. The characters were rushed to complete the maze with little added to the plot as the story progressed. The other Teen Titans were barely involved in the issue and were instead replaced with a curiously assembled team to take on the Riddler. The tie-in moves the story forward and it should be read if you’re going to read the entire series.
Generations: Captain Marvel/Captain Mar-Vell
I’ve only recently got into Captain Mar-Vell, rereading some of his old series and I was surprised how much I liked him as a character despite his cheesy jumpsuit. His story is truly one that any new comic book fan should go back and read. I’ve also always liked Danvers, even as Marvel has turned her into a vanilla character aside from her nutty CWII escapades. So regardless, I was looking forward to this issue.
This issue however, was a bit of a letdown. Immediately, the poor quality of the artwork strikes you as if there was very little effort or care taken with this issue. Then, as you read through it, the boring storyline makes you question if this was simply a book they felt they had to publish and paid little care for it. The story was anti-climactic and heavily predictable.
Mar-Vell’s narration of his origin and Annihilus was an interesting read. However, unlike the other Generation’s issues, there was little intimate dialogue between the two characters and Captain Marvel walked away without learning anything new about Mar-Vell, herself, or the world around her, which was supposed to be the point of these issues.
Sacred Creatures #3
After the first two fast-paced issues that were packed with action and intrigue, the latest issue slowed down as most of the issue was focused on Josh and Julia first meeting and Julia’s unapprovingly mother (which has been reiterated constantly throughout the first three issues). There was very little climatic storyline with the rest of the issue. Even the ending failed to grasp the reader as, after reading the rest of the series, it was just a setup to another event to take place.
However, I’m not too worried about the series. The story is good and this is likely to be a needed telling of the story to setup for future issues.