NEW COMICS 4 THIS WEEK (05/31/23)
*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*
Amazing Spider-Man # 26
Captain America: Symbol of Truth # 13
Deadpool # 7
Detective Comics # 1072
Power Girl Special # 1
The Rocketeer # 1
The Savage Strength of Starstorm # 1
Venom: Lethal Protector II # 3
Amazing Spider-Man # 26– Well, we finally get to see the “most important death since Gwen Stacy” and I have to say…….it wasn’t all that impactful! I feel Marvel will do just about ANYTHING to make this a key issue and the person who’s no longer around was barely in this title (**NO SPOILERS**- Yes I know most people have already figured out who died but for the sake of all that’s holy, I’ll refrain from spoiling it); I’m sure Zeb Wells wanted to go the more gut-wrenching route and choose someone for Spidey’s supporting cast but I’m guessing that current SM editor Nick Lowe would have easily had a giant conniption at the thought of either Mary Jane, Aunt May or even J. Jonah Jameson gets sacrificed. While the ending hits hard, the conclusion felt rushed as if Wells needed to clear everything off the table to get to the real tragedy at hand which is an absolute shame seeing as how the story itself had so much potential but faltered at the end. This could have been a milestone event but the outcome not being so engaging hurt this issue and this will be talked about for years to come, but for all the wrong reasons. Too bad!
The Rocketeer # 1– IDW celebrates the Rocketeer in a new one-shot with three stories that bring the nostalgia factor up a notch. Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo team up with Adam Hughes (Who continues to produce such beautiful artwork) to deliver a tale about Cliff Secord’s admiration for Amelia Earhart that’s heartwarming but serves as a loving tribute to one of the most enduring aviators, and yes I should mention that Hughes can do no wrong with his art! Had to say it. The second store, by Kevin Mao and Craig Cermak, centers on Cliff and Betty coming in contact with a certain adventurer/archaeologist (He doesn’t like to be called “Junior”); Finally, Robert Windom and Jae Lee tell a story about The Rocketeer fighting a Japanese Zero in the South Pacific. These stories serve as the perfect reminder of the impact The Rocketeer has in Pop Culture and Dave Stevens himself will be proud of how his creation is still going strong after all of these years.
The Savage Strength of Starstorm # 1– This series is basically a love letter to the comics from the 80s (The best era of comics I can be honest and the 90s (Which is looked at with disgust); The title’s main character, Grant Garrison, an orphan who suffers from amnesia finds himself as a new school (Cleverly called “Kirby High School”) to where he navigates the usual cliches and elements one has to endure when it comes to being in H.S.; Things quickly escalate when a meteor comes crashing down with Grant coming in contact with an artifact that bonds with him, where it gives him powers and soon, Grant has his own trial by fire when he faces off against a monster. The creative team of Drew Craig and Jason Finestone manage to take every familiar troupe one would find in a comic book origin and manages to make it enjoyable even though some of it can be familiar yet predictable (It’s basically Green Lantern and Blue Beetle meet Invincible but throw in a Jim Starlin plot and this is the result); Yes most of the issue goes for more splash and style and this series does look like it came straight out of the early days of Image Comics but in the end, it’s still a great superhero story that has lost of promise but it also shows the readers that yes, every now and then Image can still stumble upon a superhero story that captivates the audience while trusting that the creative team and deliver the goods.
Well, that’s it for me this week, Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.