I Love Comics (Blah, Blah, Blah…)

*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*

Action Comics # 1045
Amazing Spider-Man # 6
Captain America: Symbol Of Truth # 3
Detective Comics # 1062
Gambit # 1
Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel # 1
Radiant Black # 16
Superman: Space Age # 1
Venom # 9

Amazing Spider-Man # 6– This series has officially hit number 900… that’s right- 900 ISSUES OF ASM!! and this really kicks things off with a bang as Spidey goes up against The Super-Adaptoid, now christened as The Sinister Adaptoid, and what makes this version deadly?!?- It has the powers of all members of The Sinister Six! I really enjoyed the connection that the Apatoid had with The Living Brain (One of the most bizarre Spider-Man villains ever, first appearing in Amazing Spider-Man # 8 back in 1963); From Peter Parker’s birthday being celebrated to Spidey teaming up with the actual Sinister Six to defeat the Apatoid; Everything about this story felt like a classic Spider-Man story- Facing the odds and overcoming them while making sure his loved one is protected. Ed McGuinness is truly the MVP here as his artwork really made this truly special as he always had that gift of balancing the action with the more personal moments. This 900th issue also comes jam-packed with three stories. First off, Daniel Kibblesmith and David Lopez spin a yarn about Peter Parker’s trip to the library, apparently, the library waives late fees but Peter finds up with a hefty fine and gets out of it in the most comical way ever (**NO SPOILERS**); Then, Jeff Loveness and Todd Nauck deliver a story in which Spidey meets…..waaaaait for it……JIMMY KIMMEL! Can’t go wrong with Nauck’s artwork and the banter between Spidey and Kimmel is entertaining, but I feel like Marvel should curb their love for inserting celebrities in their comics; The final story, which reunites Dan Slott and Marcos Martin is just a short story of Peter breaking yet another date with Betty Brant due to him going into action as Spider-Man. It’s alright but doesn’t exactly have that ‘WOW’ factor; ASM # 900 lives up to be a landmark issue that will excite any Spider-Man fan, the only thing is that Marvel should try to cut some fat when they reach # 1000.

Detective Comics # 1062– The new creative team of Ram V (Who’s been on a hot streak since hitting the scene) and Rafael Albuquerque come aboard to deliver a very unique yet welcome presence to Detective as we’re introduced to a moody street opera in which Batman has to contend with actual demons while dealing with an ancient melody that bewilders him; I really love this new direction for this title, it blends the noir with the opera elements to perfection all while giving the readers a Batman story that’s never been told before but keeping the dark and introspective aspects alive and well. This issue also kicks off a Jim Gordon story by Simon Spurrier and Dani. The story’s alright but sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Dani’s artwork looks like a modern-day version of Frank Miller’s art. Batman fans will definitely get invested in this new era of Detective because of the quaint yet engrossing story that unfolds before our eyes that once again showing how Detective is one of DC’s most iconic titles.

Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel # 1– Peter David returns to the character, Genis-Vell, the son of Mar-Vell the original Captain Marvel, and yes when I first heard the news I began cheering with joy as I own every issue of PAD’s Captain Marvel run but for this series, illustrated by Juanan Ramirez, reunites Genis with Rick Jones as the two of them have to figure out a way to keep from being erased from existence all while finding Rick’s wife, Marlo Chandler. Seeing PAD back on Cap is just wonderful as he picks up like time hasn’t passed by, and the thought of Rick and Marlo back together is something that any fan is looking forward to. Nobody can write Genis-Vell quite like Peter David and this opening issue is living proof of that. Can’t wait for the rest of the story to unravel.

Superman: Space Age # 1– This is a fresh yet contemporary retelling of Superman’s origin set behind the backdrop of the historical events from the 1960s; Mark Russell does a great job of fleshing out this story that puts a new spin on the Silver Age but for the most part certain factors from this particular issue tend to drag but once you get past them, the story once began to show some signs of life which I feel helps it more than anything. Mike Allred, accompanied by his Laura Allred, elevates the story and to me, the DC Universe never looked better in the hands of the Allreds; The thought of the world possibly coming to an end while Superman himself comes out as the first superhero of the Space Age is a brilliant concept that brings such familiar factors such as Pariah (of Crisis On Infinite Earths fame) and Coast City being destroyed to light from a new perspective that many DC fans might appreciate. Superman: Space Age explores the aspects of heroism with much fanfare while wondering if a hero (Or many heroes since this issue shows the formation of The Justice League) can save a world that could be destroyed at a moment’s notice.

Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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