Each week, I will be posting the newly released comics I have read and why you, gentle reader, should be reading them and why I loved/hated them and to justify buying them. The comics will vary from various publishers and will span genres and will never give away spoilers.
Green Arrow issue 1 / Benjamin Percy (writer), Otto Schmidt (art)
I dropped Green Arrow when Felicity Smoak temporarily joined the team. I don’t care for her character in her TV form, so when it was announced she would be joining Team Arrow it made me drop the comic. After DC announced that they would be teaming Ollie up with his former love Dinah Lance/Black Canary, I was ecstatic. It was the one thing from the New 52 that I felt was missing. Of course I appreciated that DC was willing to try new things and pair them up with other characters, but they were the dream team.
So I picked up Green Arrow: Rebirth. I loved the art and wanted to see where Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt would take Ollie and Dinah in this new run. Would they remember what happened before Flashpoint? Would they start anew? Rebirth made me want to keep up with the story, especially if Dinah keeps making appearances.
I’m happy with the final result. Percy acknowledges Dinah’s journey from her solo series but makes her rougher around the edges for a good reason–guys like Ollie don’t impress her, and she’s willing to point out shit that Ollie ignores. She keeps him in line, even when he’s trying to show his point of view (which is kind of skewed). Schmidt continues to keeps the art detailed and loose, which fits for a guy who has to bounce around with a bow and arrow and a girl who screams A LOT. Dinah remains in similar duds created by Annie Wu and Schmidt continues to draw her without sexualizing her and still makes her urbanized and classic at the same time.
I count my lucky comic stars that he’s a series regular. It’s without a doubt a keeper on any pull list, and thankfully it will see a twice a month.
Spider-Gwen issue 9 / Jason Latour (writer), Robbi Rodiguez (art)
Like the rest of the world, I fell head over heels with Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 when her Spider-Woman design was made public. She was streamline with a FUCKING HOODIE and her colour scheme just made me happy because no superhero has the perfect combination of white, black, fuchsia in the inner hoodie and teal/black converse. Gwen was relatable to me because I’m not preppy, longhaired or into music that isn’t rock/alternative. Gwen isn’t like any female superhero I’ve read about. She suffers. She wanted to live lightly so that she doesn’t negatively impact her loved ones. She just wants to do some damn good.
Then a bunch of Marvel stuff happened. Gwen was given a new series and she’s determined to make her life worth something. Now after the events of the Spider-Women Alpha/Omega events, out bombshell is without her powers and is trying to decide if she should give up her mantle or if she can really live with knowing what’s out there. And finally, FINALLY, the Mary Janes (Gwen’s band) play a bigger and more crucial part. They know nothing yet they know something is off with Gwen. She’s an emotional mess. She hides behind her wise cracks. Oh and Frank Castle is hunting her. We finally get to see Gwen the young woman rather than the wise cracking heroine Spider-Woman, and she now has to decide who she is with and without the mask.
The art on this series is always sharp. I always feel more apart of Gwen’s world than any other because the colour pallet is bright, bold with rock n’ roll flair. The lines are edgy with your eyes following each point. When it comes to writing, no one can write Gwen like Latour. He always makes Gwen a fabulous character to follow. Her world is dark and serious but her wise cracks and depth give a beautiful sense of balance that even Amazing Spider-man can’t pull off. She has a huge ensemble cast and while we got to see her work with the other heroes, we finally get to see her truly interact with her band. Their relationships are developing and are molding Gwen further into the hero she could become.
If you’re not reading it, you should. It’s one of Marvel’s best books out there and will always make it to the top of my pull list and at the bottom of the to-read list. After all, save the best for last, right?
Civil War II issue 2 / Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Marquez (art)
In the original Civil War storyline, it was easy to side with Captain America. I had zero desire for my heroes to out themselves to the public and constantly have their loved ones targeted each issue. That–obviously–can get boring and repetitive. Part of the fun is that they struggle with two different lives!
So as you can imagine, I couldn’t sympathize with Tony Stark/Iron Man and his mission for his allies outing themselves to the public. Because of that, I haven’t liked his character since.
Civil War II has proven to be a different beast. After the first issue, I found myself sympathizing with Tony after the death of a friend and wondering if for once he was right–if knowing the future would really do more harm than good if a vision of a friend was involved. Of course it’s not all black and white. It’s easy to relate to Carol Danvers as well; if we can prevent the suffering of others, why wouldn’t we use that power for good?
I absolutely loved this book. It breaks things down further and makes you want everyone to come out a winner. Brian Michael Bendis writes it so that Tony’s actions–while brash as he delves into inhuman territory–have good intentions behind them. He kidnaps Ulysses to understand powers he himself has yet to understand and wants to put an explanation to the actions that led to an ally’s death. He knows everyone will chase after him, but he does it anyway because he desperately wants those answers–even if it puts him at odds with everyone else. Marquez’s art is always on point. Beautiful, and emotional.
What was on your reading list for June 16th?