Batman's first day as an engaged man ends in massive bisexual orgy
(for someone else); Gwen Stacy finally gets to experience the sort of
grimdark reinvention she missed out on in the Eighties by being dead;
Thor provides some fanservice for French readers; Cable indulges in
some unexpectedly appreciated artistic nostalgia; and, Iron Man
undergoes a merger.
Engagement part 1
though, the colourist could remember to give Talia dark skin but not
Damian? For real this is a thing that happened. On another note, the
art does a terrible job of distinguishing the Robins, relying on you
remembering who is wearing what colour shirt rather than making any
real distinction of hair, height or facial structure.
instance, that one of the Robins is of Arab descent.
is another of those issues that shows how well Tom King writes for
the serial format. The issue has two threads: Batman and Catwoman
travelling across the desert in search of something with the Tiger
King of Kandahar and Alfred gathering the Robins and Duke to tell
them of this utterly insane thing Bruce has done (and also that he's
in the desert). Aside from the aforementioned problems of keeping
track of which Robin is which the b-plot is a good showcase for the
family dynamic including a rare chance to see Duke in the group
without Bruce. The desert plot is a whole lot of walking and talking
and people being mysterious at each other which is great and
atmospheric (including the decision to just skip an entire fight
scene) but really needed the Wayne Manor stuff to keep the attention.
And it all
ends with the revelation that what Talia has been doing since we last
saw her is enjoying a comfortable retirement with her harem of twenty
or thirty men and women and a very large bed. Nice work if you can
I admit to
finding it slightly odd that this got a Legacy storyline. I
know Gwen herself has existed for half a century but Spider-Gwen is
such a different (read: superior) character to the original I tend to
forget that. Anyway, so now she has the Venom symbiote and never has
Robbi Rodriguez's art been a better fit for an idea. His jagged lines
and flowing shapes are perfect for this, its amazing.
its exactly the story you'd expect it to be with Gwen hunting down
the man who put her father in a coma and laying out a more savage
than usual beating to the man. This might sound like a bad thing,
predictability usually is, but it works and taking only a single
issue to get Gwen to the place she is at the end of this one likely
means the plot will go to more innovative places very soon.
The Death of
the Mighty Thor part 1
usually one to equate horrific permadeath with a good story, in fact I
find the idea that the only good closure for a character is
ruthlessly slaughtering them for shock value to be incredibly
immature, but if they brought back Throg only to satisfy the “[a]
Thor will die” promise of this arc I will be pissed.
this issue was a big tour of various Thors who have existed over the
years including the young and old versions Jason Aaron introduced
earlier in his run. The Throg bit is really fun, actually, and I hope
we get to see more of the little fellow somewhere. The only downside
really is that since Jane is only one Thor among many she gets rather
the short end of the stick storywise. The Odinson gets to fight
Malekith's army for the fate of the Norns; his past and future selves
have nice little mini-adventures; Loki has a short side story with
his biological (?) father Laufey; whilst Jane is left fighting
Jennifer Walters in full-on PTSD episode Hulk mode. As even the
narration notes, that's a story that''s been told again and again
just with a different Thor and Hulk this time and not much more to
say about it than that.
stupid, Jane's on her way out as Thor whether she survives her cancer
or not, that's just what this whole Legacy business is about, I just
don't like seeing her sidelined like this even for an anniversary
that's about the larger concept of Thor than just her incarnation.
Mutants chapter 1
me how much nostalgia Jon Malin's art inspires in me. I grew up
during the bad times of comics, aka the last time they were a
profitable industry, and so the Rob Leifeld house style was basically
the look of comics to me for oh too many years. I've not read
anything of Malin's before so I don't know if he's consciously aping
the style for this one gig or if this is how he normally works but it
definitely scratches an itch of nostalgia I'm almost guilty to admit
sure why Blink and X-23 look as stoned as they do on the cover,
issue goes all-out on the Leifeld nostalgia with Cable reuniting with
Shatterstar to investigate the mysterious death of Candra, one of
the immortal Externals, in the distant past of 2004. Longshot and
Doop are also there with others promised by the cover down the line.
Like a lot of the nostalgia the Legacy imprint is trading on how well
it connects with the reader is 100% tied to whether it was a thing
for you first time round. I was never big on X-Force in the Leifeld
era (the local newsagent didn't carry it) and I only know Candra from
one random Gambit-centric X-Men arc. I seem to recall Cannonball was
an External or might have been one or was one and then it got
retconned or something... oh, the continuity! Anyway, the long and
the short of it is that James Robinson is off the title now, there's
a new writer and a plot I don't care for particularly so this series
has one more issue to prove itself interesting enough to keep or its
culled off the list.
Iron Man #593
Search for Tony Stark part 1
of all, I had forgotten how cool the classic Iron Man logo is. I
adore the rivets. Painting Warhammer 40,000 miniatures you tend to
hate rivets but when they're a design element you don't have to pick
out in Boltgun Metal they actually look really, really cool.
here on out it seems that Invincible
and Infamous Iron Man
are merging into one series complete with the Doom and The Thing part
of this issue keeping the art style from Infamous.
Its jarring, to say the least. Still, there is one upside to Infamous
Iron Man ending (if it is
ending) because that means there might be an opportunity for an
Ironheart ongoing once Tony Stark is again fully installed as the
straight white cisgender male Iron Man that fanboy retailers have
been humping their pillows at night hoping to see return (along with
every other straight white cisgender male protagonist who took some
time off recently).
I'm resigned to losing Jane as Thor, let's not lose Riri as well,