I Love Comics (Blah, Blah, Blah…)

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

Avengers # 10
Daredevil: Gang War # 3
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return # 1
The Sensational She-Hulk # 5
Thanos # 3
Thundercats # 1
Wolverine: Madripoor Nights # 1

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Return # 1– Amy Jo Johnson and co-writer Matt Hotson debut their Power Rangers series that has that moody “Dark Knight Returns” feel to it more than anything but takes its time in adding new life to this already amazing franchise; In an alternate universe, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers finally defeated Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, but In the wake of tragedy, the team went their separate ways.
Now 22 years later, the long-disbanded team reunites to mourn the losses of their beloved friends, Zack and Billy, however, have some unexpected information to share, the Red Ranger has been operating as a lone vigilante and has since disappeared. Johnson and Hotson deliver the goods in this opening issue as their ability to make changes within the core characters has seen them grow and possibly change with the times but they always manage to find each other. Kimberly is by far the character that carries a ton of emotional baggage but her road to tragedy makes for a compelling story that will move forward with time; Johnson and Hotson are not rushing anything just for the sake of things which I feel makes this an excellent read and the fact that these characters that many of us grew up with are older is done brilliantly under the direction of Johnson and Hotson. This issue carries plenty of twists and turns but it’s a series that will keep your attention until the end.

Thundercats # 1– THUNDERCATS HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!…..Okay, I couldn’t help myself but it’s great to see the Cats back in print courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment and the creative team of Declan Shalvey and Drew Moss; The series itself lines up perfectly with the original cartoon, such as the dynamic chemistry between Lion-O and Panthro while the former takes on the role of a leader following the death of Jaga (Moments like these will have anyone geek out); There are certain moments where the dialogue feels cumbersome but the action makes up for it and the fan service is in full effect in this issue but it’s the two huge plot twists that will leave anyone reeling (**NO SPOILERS**) and I like how Shalvey is exploring the title’s many themes to move things forward, but I also feel that his writing comes off strong to where he never makes the characters feel like lifeless and after reading this, I have a powerful feeling that things are looking up for the Thundercats.

Wolverine: Madripoor Knights # 1– Chris Claremont returns to pen a follow-up to one of his most iconic stories which is Uncanny X-Men # 268. This series takes place after that issue but Claremont does a perfect job of getting the readers up to speed (Logan’s healing factor is failing him but Psylocke and Jubilee are along for the ride etc.) Seeing Captain America and Black Widow teaming up with Logan screams nostalgia and the fight sequences are just flat-out exciting; While the dialogue itself is rather cheesy (Claremont isn’t exactly a miracle worker, y’know) the story itself feels like a true spiritual sequel of UXM # 268 while showing the readers that retro stories such as this one works even with the occasional goofiness but it’s a Wolverine story so expect some blood within the next few issues or so.

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

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