Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Morning Superhero

Quite the roller coaster week for Marvel. You have the bizarre story about its new editor-in-chief, C.B. Cebulski, admitting to writing under a Japanese name for over a year. Cebulski, or Akira Yoshida as it were, wrote several story lines and made up stories of seeing Yoshida in the office to cover his tracks.  Follow that up with the new trailer for Infinity War complete with Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet, and a gaggle of superheros. The week after Thanksgiving is historically light, but at least we are gifted a gem from Gabriel Rodriguez and another fun entry into the Star Wars Adventures line.

Pick of the Week:

Sword of Ages #1 - Having seen a lot of images teased by Gabriel Rodriguez on social media I was still absolutely surprised by this book. Avalon is a child who was brought to the red planet by way of the stars and raised by tigers. Her mother wishes the best for her, and allows her to train with a mysterious old man and his bird, Nikola. The story opens with her leaving her family with the strange old man to train at the White Monks' Citadel. Mixing elements of science fiction and fantasy, Rodriguez does a great job of introducing us to the world he has created. We meet some of the elder gods and other inhabitants on this planet, and I cannot wait to learn what role they all play. Rogriguez delivers absolutely stunning art per usual as this book is extremely easy on the eyes. The coloring by Lovern Kindzierski and letting from Robbie Robins combine to make this book the complete package. I had high expectations for this series, and am pleased to report that so far it has exceeded my expectations. We just need more sword in the next issue!

The Rest:
Star Wars Adventures #4 - While not my favorite issue in this series, it remains a comic that all children should be reading. The first short story is going to continue into the next issue and features a standard Star Wars style diplomacy gone wrong. What I enjoyed was how Luke soaked up the compliments about his odds defying shot that took out the Death Star. The other story was a cute story involving a bully and some tough farm kids/aliens. Definitely a fun series with one of the cutest letter sections I have ever read.

Rick and Morty #32 - I've been reading this series to fill the old Rick and Morty void until next season, but didn't particularly enjoy this one. Summer embarks on a relationship with a spaceship and a lot of female stereotypes in what felt like a bunch of cheap gags. Written by Pamela Ribon, who also wrote the screenplay for Moana and is co-writing Wreck it Ralph 2, the book lacked that keeps me connected to the television series. I am sure a lot of Rick and Morty fans will enjoy this one, but it wasn't my cup of tea.

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