Monday, August 17, 2015

Six Comics

I didn't get to DC Comics Bombshells, yet, but here's what I did read this week.

Gotham Academy 9
Such a charming comic, with appeal for teens and adults. The wolfman mystery is solved, but the mystery surrounding Olive just gets more mysterious, thanks to a mysterious note from Olive's mother that mysteriously appears. Much fun, with a real sense of danger.

Red Hood/Arsenal 3
If it weren't for Roy Harper, I wouldn't be reading this. Actually, this isn't even the same Roy from Red Hood and the Outlaws. It's not even quite the same Roy Lobdell wrote during his run on RHATO. Roy has always had an ego and been a bit of an idiot, but the Roy in this book is rather irresponsible, with the impulse control of a two-year-old. This Roy spends all the money he and Jason earn on gadgets rather than on the rent. He also put an ad online for clients, which we all know is never a good thing. I used to enjoy Lobdell's writing, but lately, his work has felt lazy and cliched. I'm not sure how long I'll stick with this. Medri's art is nice, though.

Starfire 3
Once you get past the fact that this is a Kory recently arrived on Earth and very confused over American idioms, it's a fun little book. But this isn't the Kory who broke up with Roy Harper recently. This Kory feels more innocent than alien, which is fine when you want a nice, light, fun comic to read. Sure, there's danger, but it's coated with a generous helping of fluff. Best, though, is the return of Atlee (Terra from Conner and Palmiotti's writing stint on the pre-nu52 Power Girl book).

Descender 6
We're talking serious science fiction here as the first story arc ends, but of course, it's just the beginning of this saga about AIs and the anti-AI movement in a dystopian, space-faring future. Jeff Lemire has a big story here to tell and Dustin Nguyen's art really sells it. In this issue, we learn more about Tim-21, who built him, and maybe, more about the Harvesters. Maybe.

Shutter 14
This fantasy/horror/I have no idea what story about Kate Kristopher and her wacky/dangerous family continues to provide surprises. Not much actually happens in each issue, but we finally, maybe, find out just how many siblings Kate really has. This is one weird comic and I'm surprised I'm enjoying it because it isn't my usual reading fare.

Velvet 11
The first part of the final arc of the first story (I think I got that right) of this 1970s spy story begins. Ed Brubaker is at the top of his game here and the art by Steve Epting is amazingly realistic. Velvet gets a step closer to finding out who killed agent X-14 and then framed her for all sorts of things when she started her own investigation. The clues get all twisty as this is one comic that forces you to pay attention if you don't want to be lost. It's one of my favorite comics being published right now and I would love for it to be adapted for a movie someday.


  1. Wait... Atlee shows up in Starfire? I love Atlee!

    1. Yeah, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner have been teasing that for a while now in interviews.