I think I am in the denial phase right now. I don't want to confront the fact that a lot of books that I care about either just ended (Ghosted) or are racing to its conclusion faster than I wound prefer (Mind MGMT, Sixth Gun, Fables). As I reflect on these series and Locke and Key, possibly my favorite series of all time, I wonder how much value is there having a defined beginning, middle, and end to a series. I think having a finite number of books in which to tell a story forces the creators to be more mindful with their decisions and efficient in their storytelling. While it is going to be hard to say goodbye to some friends this summer, at least we'll always have the memories. Hopefully some deluxe trades as well.
Pick of the Week:
Ghosted #20 - It is with mixed feelings that Ghosted came to an end this week. It felt right, made me feel happy for Jackson, and inspired me to revisit this series from its first issue. It also
concluded with a heartfelt letter from creator Joshua Williamson. It is
easy to assume that writers we look up to have an easy life and a dream
job. Who doesn't want to write comics for a living? Williamson pulled back the curtain on his own life and we learned
that Ghosted was a reflection of some demons he was dealing with in his
own life. I don't know if he had this conclusion figured out when he
originally pitched the story, but it seems fitting given the direction
Williamson appears to be headed in this industry. Close the door on a
story with a rough start, and begin a new journey with endless
possibilities. May Jackson Winters resist the temptation to abuse the
power of his new role and may Joshua Williamson continue to write
amazing stories for his new and larger audience. Congratulations on an
amazing run with Ghosted.
Mind MGMT #33 - Meru has her team assembled and just got the advice of a master strategist trained in the Mind MGMT ways. The final assault is here and it looks like Meru has a fighting chance. It was thrilling to read the squad break down different lines of defense, but the highlight was Meru seeing her foster parents one last time. Curse you Matt Kindt for putting something like this in a book that reads like a summer blockbuster. Speaking of which, when is the Mind MGMT coming out? I would watch it. It is both sad and thrilling to see this epic story work its way to the grand finale. I am worried Henry won't survive. I have good feelings about Meru.
Daredevil #15.1 - After discussing two amazing books that are ending soon, we move to a new leaping on point for Daredevil. Waid shares his storytelling role in this one-shot that includes a few stories from Daredevil's past. If you have been wanting to hop on the Daredevil bandwagon this would be a nice start. It provides a good retrospective of the man with no fear.
Skylanders #9 - The first major arc of this series reached it conclusion in a satisfactory manner. I am a big fan of redemption, particularly in books my son reads, and the notion that characters make mistakes and can be forgiven for past transgressions. That was the theme in this issue and I appreciate characters that have depth and serve as good talking points to kids. Not my favorite all-ages book, but one I highly recommend if your child plays Skylanders. If you are an adult who enjoys the game (I'm talking to you!) then you will enjoy this series as well.
POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.
2021 Hugo Award Winner: Best Fanzine / 2023 Ignyte Award Finalist: Critics Award
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