If you’re reading this, I survived going through 3 weeks of comics last week without handing Getch my resignation! The show must go on, after all. Now that I’m nice and caught up (mostly) we can get back to the regular weekly schedule. This week has a bunch of #1’s, although I only picked up a couple. The stand out is of course Thor #1, with Odinson having regained the mantle after the bullshit end of The Mighty Thor. Let’s jump in!
Detective Comics #982
Dang what the fuck? The story arc is over for like 5 seconds and they throw in a weird one. The issue seems to be a one-shot dealing with a villain called Blackfire. Batman remarks that he’s never been sure if Blackfire is an actual ghost or a metahuman who believes himself to be one. He gains power from people believing in him, and he’s used the city’s homeless population to capture a child for an evil plot. Batman has to track down the kid, fighting through possessed homeless people and Blackfire’s evil influence on his own mind. It’s a super weird issue that has an almost Hellboy vibe to it. The art is appropriately dark and spooky, with nightmare creatures, ,hooded figures, and one very angry ghost/meta. It’s nice to see the short cases sometimes, since so often the story focuses on big world changing stuff. Batman saves people from smaller threats as well, and that’s reflected here. He wants to save a child’s life. Not the city, not the multiverse. Just a kid. That unwillingness to abandon anyone in need in Gotham that he can help is core to the character, and revisiting that in the wake of the drama within the Bat-family is sorely needed.
Old Man Logan #41
A more interesting arc for Old Man Logan has started, which is cool. Kraven the Hunter, usually a Spider-Man villain, has decided to hunt Logan. He claims to have always wanted to hunt Wolverine and considered him the ultimate prey. Now that Logan is the only option, Kraven sees him as a sick and weak animal that needs to be put down before he “sullies his legacy further.” Dude hunting another dude arcs can be pretty cool, and this one takes place in the Savage Land so there’s bonus dinosaurs and dire wolves. This issue used a lot of space for Logan getting captured and Kraven monologuing, so I fully expect the next issue to be a lot of fun.
Odinson is back in town! The issue features a main story and a side story, with the former setting the stage for the ongoing series and the latter allowing another glimpse into the far future Thor. Starting with the main story, Thor is back on the job but without a proper hammer. Since Asgardia exploded, all of the magical weapons in Odin’s vault are all over Earth and somebody needs to stop them from being disasters. Lucky Thor. The story is pretty fun, feels like the beginning of an RPG. It’s obvious by the end of the issue that won’t stay the focus; the War of the Realms is still raging and the only reason Thor isn’t in the middle of it is because the Bifrost was destroyed. The whole Mangog saga distracted from the actually interesting story of the War, especially since they wasted it by not actually killing Jane. I promise I’m not going to rant about that every month. Maybe.
Regardless, I’m happy to jump back into some proper mythological warfare rather than Thor as a superhero which doesn’t particularly interest me. The second story is also cool, since I literally always want more of far future Thor. Plus it opens with Thor and his granddaughters taming a space shark and naming it Death Mouth. It stays pretty solidly fuckin’ weird, ending with perhaps the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. I won’t spoil it, and the far future story isn’t coming back til issue #5 so if you want to know more go read this issue. Thor is definitely on track to be as good or better than it has been, at least in my opinion.
By Night #1
Here’s a series I grabbed cuz it’s cute and has creative people from Giant Days on it.
Thanks to my coworker for repeatedly showing me things I end up spending money on. Anyway, the book.
It’s a cute and fun mystery! An old friend arrives at our protagonist Heather’s place of work and asks to hang out. Clearly they have some sort of complicated history. Lots of mystery and intrigue follow. There’s an abandoned factory, the founder of which went on a fact finding mission and never returned. He set up a trust fund to pay for security, and that trust just ran out. Naturally the two friends decide to do some urban exploration. It gets weird. There’s a neato scifi element that sneaks in there and I assume will be the driving force behind the story. It’s way cute and a limited series so it’ll be a fun little story to get into. Thanks for always delivering Boom!
Coda turns up the weirdness a bit, with our hero Hum finding himself exiled from the town he was in,endingup in an insane wizard’s tower. The problem being that all magic died in whatever weird apocalypse called “The Quench” happened, meaning a wizard has to be truly fucking wacky to still exist. His daughter arrives and explains that the 85 year old wizard is too senile to accept the reality of the world since being a court mage is all he’s ever known. The tower is full of weak illusion spells so he can live out his last days in peace and ignorance. It’s pretty sad, and really only the beginning of the book. Hum and Notch (wizard’s daughter) go hunting and chat a bit, setting up for some serious action in the issues to come. There’s some really rad design in this one, with cool creatures (mutant scorpion!) and a really amazing moving town thing that shows up and will most likely be important later. The comic is just fuckin’ fun, taking its declaration that “fantasy is dead” as an opportunity to really dive into the absurd. It’s always refreshing when a post-apocalypse isn’t all grimdark, although obviously things aren’t going well for everyone. It’s probably obvious at this point that I go for books with cool world building most of all, so this one is something I can really dive into.
That’s it for this week, a week that feels light in comparison but actually had a good chunk of books. My pull list has changed slightly, with Action Comics abandoned due to Bendis but a bi-monthly Justice League to take its place among a few other changes. If things start to get slow I’ll come up with a solution, but for now we’ll see how things go. Thanks for reading, and feel free to harass me on the Skill Floor Discord.
Comic Wolf Post-Credit
As promised, I have a cool OGN this week. For those unfamiliar, an OGN or Original Graphic Novel is basically just a story that was written as a volume. It was never released as individual floppy issues, it just came out all at once as a book. The one I recently picked up was Persephone, because it looked cute and rad.
The story is a modern retelling of the story of Persephone, Demeter, and Hades from Greek myth. It’s quite different in a lot of ways, but manages to be everything I could possibly want from a new interpretation of a myth. Persephone is the adopted daughter of the powerful mage Demeter. Demeter brought her back from Hades, which in this story is an underground land as well as its ruler, after fighting in a war between the above (Eleusis) and below (Hades). There had been peace between the two until Hades (the person, king of the underground realm) entered Tartarus to seek forbidden magic. The forces of Hades were defeated and the portal between the two locked down. Things change when Persephone is kidnapped, brought underground, and forced to eat a cursed fruit that prevents her from being able to return to the surface. The rest of the story unfolds from there, and it’s really charming. It has plenty of resemblance to the original story, but is still very different. I absolutely love this version. The art is absolutely the strongest part of the book, it’s absolutely gorgeous on every single page. The writing is also quite good, although it was originally in French and there are a few translation errors that are pretty apparent. Overall there is nothing I don’t love about the story. It has the energy of a Studio Ghibli film, and I would compare it to The Secret World of Arietty being a different version of The Borrowers. I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone, the Boom! Archaia line of graphic novels has a lot of quality stuff and this is among the top things I’ve read recently.
That’s it for the post-credit. Thanks for hanging out and reading! I’m sure next week I’ll have something fun as well, so stay tuned!