I Love Comics (Blah, Blah, Blah…)

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

Amazing Spider-Man # 93
Astro City: That Was Then… # 1
Batman: Beyond The White Knight # 1
Ghost Rider # 2
Hulk # 5
Hulk: Grand Design # 1
Radiant Black # 13
Silver Surfer Rebirth # 3
Something Is Killing The Children # 13

Amazing Spider-Man # 93– The Beyond era comes to a striking end that may or may not bring any closure to anyone who’s been following this arc since late last year. Yes, the action is fast-paced and things look to be turning back to normal for Peter Parker but I felt as if Ben Reilly got the short end of the stick so to speak because even though his time as Spider-Man has come to an end he embarks on a new yet dark road (**NO SPOILERS**) that should be explored down the road indefinitely. I can say that the Beyond era brought some good elements to the forefront but there were a few bad points that turned fans away, but what I enjoy the most was Ben Reilly’s return as Spider-Man, and even if it was shortlived it’s ten times better than his 90s adventure….and that’s saying a lot.

Batman: Beyond The White Knight # 1– Sean Murphy returns to the “White Knight” world that he made famous, but this time around, he adds a new detail into the mix- and that’s taking the concept of “Batman Beyond” and blending it into this new chapter. This series is set ten years after the events of “Curse of the White Knight” where Derek Powers, who use the Wayne Foundation to turn Gotham into the ultimate police state, enlists Terry McGinnis to steal a prototype bat suit that he puts on and quickly takes to the mantle which sees Bruce Wayne breaking out of prison to put an end to the mantle of Batman. A straightforward story that takes gives us a new and refreshing take on Neo-Gotham but while it’s great that Terry McGinnis is shown such tremendous love in this opening issue, I think it would have been best to see more of McGinnis but I also understand that this is Bruce Wayne story. Murphy once again succeeds in expanding the White Knight world all while breathing new life into the futuristic and exciting world of Batman Beyond.

Hulk: Grand Design # 1– Following in the footsteps of The Fantastic Four and The X-Men, it’s The Incredible Hulk’s turn to get the “Grand Design” treatment, courtesy of famed cartoonist Jim Rugg. Right off the bat, Rugg delivers a flat-out admiration for the Green Goliath as the first issue covers his origin all the way until his banishment from the earth by Doctor Strange after reverting to his savage side back in Incredible Hulk # 300; Paying homage to the works of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Marie Severin, Steve Englehart, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Herb Trimpe, Len Wein, Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, Hulk: Grand Design is without a doubt an astonishing love letter to one of Marvel’s most misunderstood but powerful characters that are done in a unique and abstract way which will delight Hulk fans all over.

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

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