NEW COMICS 4 THIS WEEK (07/26/23)
*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*
Amazing Spider-Man # 30
Avengers # 3
Danny Ketch: Ghost Rider # 3
Ghost Rider # 16
Incredible Hulk # 2
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers # 110
Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor # 1
What If…..? Dark: Spider-Gwen # 1
Amazing Spider-Man # 30– The conclusion of Spidey’s battle with Doc Ock shows that a battle between two adversaries can be both fresh and innovative when using past stories to build upon and I have to say that this is a fun arc that really does a great job in paying homage to the 1970s era of ASM and the fact that Spidey, Ock, and Norman Osborn were the main players in the arc show how much all three of them have grown but there are factors that anyone would enjoy such as Spidey using Ock’s old arms and slugging it out with Ock in a battle that only Ed McGuinness can deliver (It would have been messy if John Romita Jr. handled the art chores); The fact that Zeb Wells used some classic stories to help make this arc enjoyable is a credit to his creativity (The last few pages featuring Peter and Norman having a great reasonable chat come off as dynamic yet heartwarming) while creating another memorable run for this title that will be remembered for years to come.
Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor # 1– Lex Luthor is dying! Yes, this plot factor has been done before but with Mark Waid and Bryan Hitch and the helm, it’s a compelling read that Superman fans will get a kick out of. Superman finds himself at a crossroads as his greatest enemy is struck by a terminal illness caused by Kryptonite (It’s true) and Lex, being the master manipulator he is, finds a way to ask for help. The issue has a great back-and-forth routine when it comes to Superman and Lex making a trip to the Fortress of Solitude and eventually the Phantom Zone while taking a fresh look at Clark Kent’s budding friendship with Lex during their days in Smallville that I feel gives readers a perfect understanding of how they’ve developed as characters while peeling back the layers of their rivalry. Waid and Hitch have given us a Superman/Lex Luthor story that could stand the test of time but I’m hoping that we get more background of Lex’s last days rather than rushing ahead. Again- It’s Mark Waid and Bryan Hitch at their finest so let’s see what the next issue holds.
What If….? Dark: Spider-Gwen # 1– This issue answers the question, “What would happen if Spider-Man died instead of Gwen Stacy?” while showing Gwen come into her own as a hero even with the amount of grief that she’s going through. Most of the issue feels rushed to where he doesn’t get any character development nor do we get to see more of Gwen take on Peter’s mantle but it’s almost as if both Gerry Conway and Jody Houser did their best to get from Point A to Point B which in turn really hurts this installment of “What If…?” to where it feels like they took one of the all-time classic Spider-Man stories and reimaged it to no thrills which indeed is sad but I will say this, Ramon Bachs did not try to copy Gil Kane’s art which is the bright spot for this special. Spider-Gwen fans will love this “What If…?” while Spider-Man fans will go find solace by turning to their Marvel Masterworks after reading this. This could have been Amazing…. no pun intended.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.