Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday Morning Superhero

Looks like I am going to have to be careful not to say "I don't know" or "water" during my annual trip to San Diego Comic Con as Nickelodeon is bringing back a nostalgic treat for older fans.  I am particularly interested in checking out Legends of the Hidden Temple and Double Dare.  Fans will be able to us virtual reality to step into the world of Legends of the Hidden Temple and interact with King Olmec, Keeper of the Temple.  In addition there is a rumor that they will be taping an episode of Double Dare that may involve attendees and that has me ready for a physical challenge.  Marc Summers is even supposed to be hosting!   Day one of SDCC is only two weeks away and I am looking forward to another great con.

Pick of the Week:
Paper Girls #7 - Erin and her crew are still trapped in 2016 and are trying to find KJ.  KJ appears to have been possessed by the aliens, or was an alien all along, and is trying to appease some being in the sky who brought along some other creatures.  There is something incredibly empowering to see a comic led by a group of strong young women who are inspired traveling forward in time to see that a woman is running for president.  This book is a throwback to great films like the Lost Boys, Goonies, and other classic 80's flicks, but with time travel, strong female leads, and mysterious aliens that have yet to reveal their true purpose.  Brian K. Vaughan creates such amazing worlds and has once again done it through the eyes of a group of newspaper delivery girls.  Even the letters section is a treat to read and makes me yearn for a simpler time.  I will admit that I felt a bit ashamed reading this book in its digital format as Rita Pearl the Papergirl called out people for staring at glowing screens in response to a letter.   I will do better next time Rita.

The Rest:
The Walking Dead #156 - Oh Negan.  You never cease to amaze and surprise me.  I must hand it to Robert Kirkman for making me appreciate Negan for protecting someone when nobody else would.  Negan, who has done vile things, was actually pretty endearing for this issue.  He is attempting to assimilate with the Whisperers, the tribe who wears zombie skins and poses the biggest threat to Rick and company.  It was someone humbling to see Negan work his way into the group and to attempt to be accepted as one of them.  Negan making references to erections and little Negan didn't help, but he gave it the old college try and it may not bode well for Rick for Negan to gain influence with his biggest rival.  Kirkman is the king of ending each issue with a twist, and I didn't see this one coming from a mile away and have no idea what the implications will be.  I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next issue.  Well played sir.

Batman #2 - Rebirth continues and this time it appears that Bruce Wayne might be prepping two new superheroes to take over when he has to retire from fighting crime.  Gotham and Gotham girl are Superman-esque superheroes who have appeared in Gotham and helped out in other Rebirth titles that I haven't read.  There is the threat of the "monster men" coming to Gotham and all we are teased with is that it might have to do with Professor Hugo Strange.  Slow start to the series, but I am still willing to see the first arc through and see where Tom King takes the caped crusader.  I will add that David Finch, Matt Banning, Danny Miki, Jordie Bellaire, and John Workman are crushing the art and have done a nice job evolving the series after the work of the great Greg Capullo.

Nailbiter #23 - Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, Adam Guzowski, and John J. Hill are tearing this book up right now.  When the action ventured away from Buckaroo I felt that the series slowed down a bit, but it returned to Buckaroo at a dead sprint.  Alice just learned that the Nailbiter is her dad, and Warren (the Nailbiter) is taking her on a journey through his childhood and how he became to be one of the Buckaroo Butchers.  She is dealing with this as she copes with the violent flashes she has been having and the fear she will one day be a killer herself.  Williamson only gives us tiny morsels at a time and it is painful to try and guess what we will learn about the town next, but seeing flashbacks of a young Warren and how seemingly close we appear to be to the mystery, I am truly chomping at the bits for more.  This is the best horror book that is currently on the market and one that you should all check out.  Hoping to learn more about this series from Image at SDCC.

POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.