NEW COMICS 4 THIS WEEK (05/24/23)
*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*
Action Comics # 1055
City Boy # 1
Daredevil & Echo # 1
Fury # 1
Green Arrow # 2
Invincible Iron Man # 1 (Facsimile Edition)
Justice Society of America # 4
Thor # 34
Unstoppable Doom Patrol # 3
Vanish # 7
City Boy # 1– DC’s “We Are Legends” line continues to get a strong build with the release of City Boy, who gets his own title after making several appearances in a few anthology series thanks in part to Greg Pak, he seems to be in good hands. The series gives a quick introduction to City Boy himself (real name Cameron Kim) who’s a street thief who has a supernatural connection to the cities that he inhabits (Currently he’s calling Metropolis his home); Throughout the issue, we get to see Cameron use his powers as he scavenged around several parts of Metropolis while shedding some light on his origin (It’s heartbreaking, to say the least) but he somehow manages to get the attention of some major villains (I won’t spoil their identities but let’s just say they’re been in several Superman titles); Pak’s script is energetic and intriguing but it also shows the pros and cons of Cameron’s powers while putting in smack dab in the DC Universe instead of putting him in his own world as the latter works well for the story that Pak is telling. The fact that this issue ends on a very dark and chilling note tells me that this series will take a lot of twists and turns that are sure to excite the readers while making him the next breed of hero to emerge within the DC Universe.
Daredevil & Echo # 1– With her upcoming series on Disney+ on the horizon as well as her prior appearance from Jason Aaron’s run on “Avengers” where she was possessed by the Pheonix Force, it’s only natural that Echo returns in her own series but sharing it co-star Daredevil (Marvel’s apparently playing it safe, probably because they don’t want to anger Kevin Feige); Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas fame is once again teaming up with collaborator B. Earl for this whimsical yet frightening tale that features the Demogoblin (One of the most obscure Spider-Man villains from the 90s) kidnapping children in Hell’s Kitchen but he also manages to release an ancient evil that’s been festering in H.K. for some time and yes, that sounds like something from a straight-to-video movie you would see on HBO or Cinemax. Taboo and B. Earl don’t exactly reinvent the wheel here as it looks like they’re taken the premise of “Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man” and stripped it down to make it a DD/Echo story since they’re probably going with Marvel’s directive to use any Goblin character at their disposal (I’m guessing The Hobgoblin was out of the question) but the chemistry between DD and Echo doesn’t feel natural nor fresh but the two of them quickly get thrown into chaos that leads into the next issue and it Marvel really wanted to do a DD/Echo series then this question definitely should’ve been brought up such as “Where’s David Mack when you need him?”
Fury # 1– Nick Fury, the famed agent and then director of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets the 60th-anniversary one-shot treatment written by Al Ewing that draws on the multiple eras of the character that brings with it the nostalgia factor that really helps in celebrating the legacy of Nick Fury while at the same time, putting the spotlight on Nick Fury Jr. who’s modeled after his MCU counterpart. The one-shot follows Fury doing his best to keep the Zodiac Key away from S.C.O.R.P.I.O. and this is where the one-shot finds its footing as we get to witness such classic eras from Fury such as the Jim Steranko-era and the World War II stories to where it sets up a confrontation between Fury Jr. and S.C.O.R.P.I.O. that could set the current Marvel Universe look more like the MCU. It’s clear that Ewing has a great appreciation for everything Marvel but this one-shot prefers style over substance which does more harm than good. Some of the current Marvel or MCU fans will enjoy this, But I would take the classic Steranko stories over this any day. Sorry, but it’s the truth.
Invincible Iron Man # 1 (Facsimile Edition) – After sharing a split title with Captain America in “Tales Of Suspense”, Iron Man graduated to his own series and yes, it’s as thrilling and captivating as it was when it came out in 1968 but it also highlights what an iconic storyteller Archie Goodwin is while being accompanied by such good art by Gene “The Dean” Colan. Marvel fans should definitely add this to their collection, Facsimile Edition or not.
Unstoppable Doom Patrol # 3– The latest issue of UDP finds Robotman and Negative Man coming to the aid of a metahuman who’s under the influence of a Starro but then things kick into overdrive when Green Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner are in pursuit. Yes, the battle between the Doom Patrol and the Green Lantern Corps (Gardner and Rayner representing them) has that vintage feel to it that anyone will appreciate while also being entertaining but would I love to see both Dennis Culver and Chris Burnham on a Green Lantern Corps book?! The answer to that is a solid YES!!
Well, that’s it for me. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.