Wilson Fisk goes the full Trump; Weapon X clings on to my pull list
by the skin of its satire; everyone in the Runaways needs a hug;
Mister Miracle gets considerably more than a hug (the lucky goit);
and, Booster Gold gets some measure of satisfaction from saying “I
told you do” to the man who told him he wasn't responsible enough
to wear a cape.
Soule continues to be as wonderfully unsubtle with the whole Mayor
Fisk angle as I'd hoped. After last issue's confrontation between
Daredevil and Fisk the entire NYPD is let loose on the city in an
attempt to bring the superhero who “attacked” the mayor to
justice. I'm sure this has nothing to do with, oh for instance, the
current US president's relationship with ICE, not at all, guv. On a
less snarky note this whole arc rather vindicates Soule's decision to
put the genie back in the bottle as concerns Matt's secret identity
since this storyline just couldn't work with people knowing who he
issue cliffhanger is a fantastic twist that makes me hope the Mayor
Fisk angle continues beyond this arc.
has to be said: I was rapidly going off this series. The initial arc
didn't thrill me but I kept at it because I liked the choice of
characters for the team and then Amadeus Cho rocked up to lend a
hand. Now we're out of the Reverend Stryker-shaped woods and I'm
hoping this next arc follows through on the promise I saw in the
concept when it was announced.
don't get me wrong, this is better. Weapon X get a call from some
South American guy who apparently appeared in the first arc and I
forgot that a militia with US flags tattooed on their faces is
rounding up and killing mutants on the orders of the local dictator.
Turns out they have those flags tattooed there because they're a rip
off of Nuke, a mad as bag of frogs Captain America knock-off a couple
Weapon Plus generations behind Logan and Sabretooth. I sort of
remember the character from a Wolverine: Origins
arc and I suppose I shall go back and read that to get myself up to
continued interest in this series basically hinges on how well Greg
Pak addresses the politics of this arc. He has a South American
dictator using “American technology” (read: knock-off super
soldiers as substitute for ex-US army hardware proliferation) to kill
his own people. This is not an unknown situation in developing
nations across the world. I trust Pak on this, he's a clever writer
and I'm hoping the subtle as a brick attitude to satire Marvel has
going right now continues.
this odd trend in superhero comics that comes from their long, often
decade-spanning histories, where a new writer will come in and make a
thing about an old inconsistency. Sometimes its dumb but sometimes
its the key to a fantastic new angle on the whole thing. I hope
Rainbow Rowell has hit on the latter because, good grief, did I not
notice a staggeringly strange plot point of the original Brian K.
parents have the same mutant power. The exact same mutant power. That
only happens with siblings and it is, frankly, a bizarre coincidence
even for a comicbook universe otherwise (or very, very icky but let's
not go there). Now we discover that Molly's grandmother is a
geneticist who took Molly's father in when he was a kid. I hope this
is going somewhere awesome.
on the level that makes me feel less like a relentless geek, Gert
continues to work through her issues with how everyone has grown and
moved on since her death. She distrusts Molly's grandmother on sight,
refusing food and drink from her on principle. Its consistent with
where the character was when she died and actually throws into sharp
relief how bitter Gert and most of the rest of the team was in the
damn it, can someone just give Nico a hug.
so this was actually a pretty straight forward issue of a series that
has previously gloried in not making a lick of sense. Plus, Big Barda
spends quite a few pages with not many clothes on and therefore
enough guns out to stock a frigate. Which was nice...
less lascivious terms Mister Miracle is spending a day with Barda
before he gets executed for... I'm still not quite clear on what but
this whole series has a “just go with it” vibe going. Anyway,
they spent time around LA, they sit on the beach and Scott monologues
about Descartes and Kant and the origins of “I think therefore I
am”. There is light bondage and Barda... wow. There is also a PR
man who keeps harping on about how executing Scott is going to make
the New Gods unpopular so he wants Scott to really, really consider
making it look like suicide to soften the blow which is pretty much
the only part of the issue that feels as trippy as the rest of the
series has been. I wonder of the lack of mad is a blip for this issue
(Scott's impending doom sharpening his perceptions) or the beginning
of a shift that'll lead us to the conclusion.
the moment when Scott and Barda listen to “their song” is all
kinds of wrong and wonderful.
have missed Booster Gold. I'm not 100% clear on whether this is meant
to be the Booster from Jurgens' pre-Flashpoint
series or the Booster who appeared in the New 52 Justice
League International but its
nice to see Jurgens back on the character regardless. On the one hand
he seems to be a time cop as he was pre-Flashpoint
but he also cares about his fame, which pre-Flashpoint
Booster had basically given up on as vapid and immature.
after the whole Mister Oz business, Superman has travelled back to
Krypton just before it was destroyed but things go strange and he
ends up on what seems like either a Krypton that was never destroyed
or a Krypton from another timeline. There's one of those trippy
hypertime segments featuring what look like glimpses of the New
Krypton storyline and Cir-El,
the future Supergirl from more than a decade ago. Booster is
travelling to find Superman before history gets completely screwed,
which may or may not already have happened since... well, check out
the earlier parts of this paragraph.
also some business in the present setting up the Rebirth status of
General Sam Lane, a character I have never cared for and, judging by
the way he's spoken of here, never will. Still, it promises
interesting developments for Jon and Lois which is something. In all
honesty not much happens in this issue and the main pleasure is
seeing Dan Jurgens writing Booster again and that's more than enough.