Brienne of Tarth gives evidence; two jerks head into space; the Ninth
Doctor and Rose end up all at sea; the X-Men aren't as astonishing as
they think they are; and, Riri Williams experiences future shock.
to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Captain Phasma #1
time Marvel did one of these Journey To... series it wasn't
what you'd call the most relevant comic they ever did. It was
basically the story of how Poe Dameron's parents met. Okay, the
details of The Force Awakens were super, super secret so what
Marvel could do was rather limited and I didn't go into this thinking
much had changed.
this issue (and probably the whole arc) forms an extended epilogue to
The Force Awakens as Captain
Phasma narrates a not entirely frank account of how Starkiller Base
came to meet its end. The dialogue is minimal, as suits the
character, Marco Checchetto's art carries the bulk of the
storytelling duties. If there's one thing that's clear from how the
creators are treating the character its that they, and perhaps
Disney's licensing department, view Phasma as being more the “new
Darth Vader” than Kylo Ren is.
I'm with them on that one.
issue doesn't shed any more light on Phasma's character than her
appearances in the Poe Dameron ongoing have. She's still pretty much
just a very efficient, very cold storm trooper in particularly cool
armour. The writing captures her voice well and the art makes her
look all kinds of badass in a way the film singularly failed to so
I'm more than willing to pick up the next issue to see if things get
Hero part 5: Constellation of Fear
reunion of the original Hard-Travelling Heroes! I was pleased as
punch when some throwaway dialogue early in this arc referred back to
the original Green Lantern/Green Arrow series because that's one of
my favourite classic comics and here we get to see how the two
Rebirth versions of the characters work together!
As it turns
out they've mellowed towards one another and that's good because this
issue the exact opposite of what the original Hard-Travelling Heroes
was about: this is Ollie needing to get out into space, high above
the people he's trying to save instead of convincing Hal to keep his
feet on the ground and notice the little people. There's a lot of
nice scenes where we get to see the two Greens be jers to one another
in that way that people can be when they're totally comfortable with
We drop in,
briefly, on Star City and Dinah and Emi's ongoing investigation into
whatever happened to the secretary Ollie is meant to have murdered.
Honestly, I wish there was more to that plot because I like Dinah and
Emi together and this brief scene is one of only a few rare snapshots
we get of the two women being superheroes together.
Who: The Ninth Doctor Special one-shot
Dimension part 2
So, is it
all starting to tie together yet? Well, no. This issue does exactly
what it says on the cover. After the Alpha one-shot set up events all
across the modern series continuity (and the Fifth Doctor era) this
one hones in on the Ninth Doctor and Rose. It follows up briefly on
the Jack and Tara subplot from Alpha but in the main this is a
standalone that has Nine and Rose running into Madame Vastra and
Jenny Flint on the high sees. Its exactly as fun as it sounds as a
one-off, though at times it does feel more like a second prologue to
interestingly Vastra and Jenny already know the Doctor which opens up
the comics to do so much more with the Paternoster Gang in the
future. There's more distrust between Vastra and Nine than she had
with Eleven and Twelve, though Nine just isn't as trustworthy as his
successors (unless you're Rose). Now that the series has long
abandoned Vastra and Jenny (and Strax) I'd love to see Titan revisit
the characters in depth.
as the comics seem a lot less shy about Jenny and Vastra making heart
eyes at each other than the TV show was.
Life of X part 3
to wonder about this different artist on every issue angle. Its a
nice idea in theory but it doesn't seem to be contributing much to
the overall experience. I can see how it could but even with most of
the series so far taking place on the astral plane there hasn't been
the sort of stretching of artistic muscles you'd assume would be
art comes courtesy of Ed McGuinness, an artist I really like. For the
most part he's called on to draw Old Man Logan wandering through
various scenarios built by the Shadow King to sucker him into
believing its all real and putting him under the King's control. So
far to good.
Its not that
its badly drawn, its just there's nothing about the scenario that
merges with McGuinness' art style to create the sort of amazing
showcase that a series with a different artist on every issue should
be offering. Nothing here is bad, its just that this was sold, as
most series of Astonishing
are, as a series os especial specialness.
I'm not feeling it.
Iron Man and Ironheart one-shot
I'm feeling. This issue has a whole list of pencillers, inkers and
colourists that should make it unwieldy and confused but just adds to
the experience as different artists hand in art that matches the
different moods and sense of confusion Riri goes through in this
issue, art gaining definition as she comes to understand what's going
on around her. This issue also marks the first time one of the
younger characters going through the Generations thing has been sent
to the future, which I guess makes sense since the story being teased
at the end of the issue is the return of Tony Stark.
is in the far-flung future we've been teased with a few times, the
one where Tony Stark is the Sorcerer Supreme and those kid Avengers
from that one cartoon turn up because that can't just be left to lie
dead in the dust where it belongs. The two bond about futurism and
its interesting to see because for the first time this is a pairing
where both characters know each other. True, there's a gap of
experience between the two because this Tony knows Riri far better
than she knows him but no one is ignorant of the situation.
else this really makes me want to see more interaction between Riri
and the real Tony Stark rather than the increasingly dodgy AI