Comic Flash Reviews For 9/19/18!
This week I decided to do a series of mini reviews to make sure that there was something to say about the books I thought could use a little attention.
With every new issue of Doctor Strange, I feel myself falling in love with this series all over again. That was no different for Doctor Strange #5. If you love magic and superheroics, then there is no better book to invest in. Especially now that this creative team has taken that next step forward in changing our perception of magic. It started off as exploring the true meaning of magic for someone on Earth, and then took off to addressing the same on a galactic scale. A story of magic that only focuses on one form of it is discouraging when you have been exposed to so many forms it can take. The natural, dark, technological, the pure arcane, just to name a few and it all opens us up to a sense of wonder we don’t expect to experience from this series. Where Strange finds himself this time around was awesome when he has been given the opportunity to actually create his own spells, create his own objects of magic. That is cranking it up to the next level for the sorcerer supreme. The twist at the end of the issue definitely is not something to overlook either. We walk into this new volume of Doctor Strange and suddenly find ourselves questioning everything we thought we knew about this journey? I do hope those answers don’t melt our brains.
That aside, stunning artwork as usual. The excitement was in the unique design of everything that Strange was able to make in that workshop. From his new costume to the items he created, he looked like someone who leveled-up. The sleek textures, and stunning gradients made all the difference as well to show that difference.
Doctor Strange #5 – 8.6
When I heard that in The Life of Captain Marvel #3 that Carol’s origins would be updated a bit, I was unprepared for what that actually meant. For this series I was mostly expecting a lot of grounded storytelling for this hero, which is something that we seriously lack from some of our A-List heroes. Of course there would be action as well, but that held little importance than what it meant for Carol to better understand her family problems and the things she didn’t truly understand because of her age at the time. The hurdles that Carol and her mother go through came with perfect execution for the kind of bond most people wish they could have with a parent. The ability to lift each other up, to comfort each other, to remember that you can accomplish a lot when you let nothing come between you and the safety of the ones you love. That alone led to the big twist to her origins, and I have to say I was fully on board with it. Of course this to some extent takes away the “chance” that we knew made up the moment when Carol first became Ms. Marvel, but we are at a point where it doesn’t hurt to shake things up for those who maybe want a story more straightforward for her.
The Life of Captain Marvel #3 – 8.5
Immortal Hulk I have taken a serious interest in when we are given a Hulk who once again is more like he was when first created. Not a monster who can simply come out whenever he wants to, but one who has to wait till the night for his turn. I always loved that concept, even if it limits his usefulness as a hero. This approach creates more of a horror atmosphere, which is something we don’t get too much from the characters of his status. Immortal Hulk #6 did a solid job of once again establishing the new dynamic between Bruce and the Hulk. Making sure that we know what they are capable of, and what they are not right now. The few new things tossed in were a nice touch for further depth. Now the plot thickened this time around when we are introduced to the new enemy of the Hulk. It was a refreshing change from Ross or anyone else who was getting pretty stale in their methods. I enjoyed how this new guy was more willing to get his hands dirty and work around morality to get what he wants.
The confrontation that this was inevitably leading up to was worth the wait. Banner’s actions were not going to go ignored for too long, and some of the people he engaged with in that moment were a long time coming since his death.
Immortal Hulk #6 – 8.3
I can’t say that I haven’t been the most thrilled about the Return of Wolverine. When you are someone like me, you become numb to the idea of death when it comes to Logan. He comes, he goes, he’s there to get messy when others won’t. I suppose this was a time for me to see if anyone was ready for something different with this return. While there was definitely things I felt like I was missing since ignoring a lot of the stories leading up to the full return, I did enjoy the twist to his return. It wasn’t something as simple as what we were all theorizing before, and it wasn’t something overly complex that can’t be understood with the right explanation. What most might appreciate is the way that the memory loss was spun this time around. I think my biggest fear was how they would handle that, and I was impressed by the effort that went into making sure that this wasn’t just going back to square one.
Return of Wolverine #1 – 8.0
What book hasn’t stirred more conversation than Batman: Damned #1? Not just for the hype there was about this r-rated story, but for the visual of Batman’s privates that no one was prepared for. Honestly when I got to that part, I didn’t see the big deal. When you flip open a book like this, you kind of know what you are in store for. Plus what you saw was nothing with great clarity with the shadows in that particular setting. That aside, lets focus on the story itself for Batman: Damned. From the minute this story began, I felt captivated by the tone they set for this story. One where Joker is killed, Batman is knocked into a vulnerable positioning, and everything about that night coming into question. As the reader we find ourselves as thrown for a loop as Batman when there were forces working here which would take more than your average deduction. Not when working with elements that are out of the element of someone who needs logic to make sense of the unexplained. It helped to set a scene having this very gloomy narration to this story as well. An interesting choice of diction as well which makes you wonder whose perspective this is taken from. It also helped to have the brilliant pencils of Lee Bermejo. It has been some time since I picked up a book with this guy’s name on it. He is perfect for these kinds of stories, and really pulls you into these worlds through engaging renderings.
Batman: Damned – 8.3