Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday Morning Superhero

Not much on my pull list, but I am excited to revisit the world of Scarlet by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. The original story had a big impact on my perception of comics when it was published in 2010. It was right around the time I got back into comic books and was happy to discover something new thanks to a friend who recommended it.

Pick of the Week:
Scarlet #1 - The new arc in Scarlet takes place after a violent protest has shut down the city of Portland. It seems the Portland police department is corrupt and Scarlet didn't take too kindly being left for dead after her boyfriend was murdered by a detective. After she recovered she filmed herself exposing the corruption within the department and the city rioted in solidarity. This books picks up with the city essentially under martial law and with no power. Told from Scarlet's perspective, we get insight into what she is experiencing in terms of hero worship and the pressure that comes from being the mastermind behind the current plan. Drawing on current and past political corruption, this series is reemerging at a time that is likely to make it a bit divisive.  Bendis and Maleev do an amazing job recapturing the feel of the original and I am excited to see where they are taking this series.

The Rest:
Rick and Morty and Dungeons and Dragons #1 - I can't think of a more appropriate duo to write a series that merges Rick and Morty and Dungeons and Dragons than Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub. As someone who is looking to get into D&D myself, I identified with Morty as he was a bit intimated as he was checking it out. While my motivation is a bit different from his, it was a lot of fun to watch Rick take him on a journey that ultimately led to them in a virtual world playing as their D&D characters. Complete with a charactersheet of Alkazaar the Magnificent (Rick's character), this was a lot of fun.

Star Wars Adventures #13 - In this issue I learned that Max Rebo has a brother named Azool who is quite the scoundrel. There is something magical about a short story that centers around everyone's favorite elephant looking, keyboard playing alien. I cannot recommend this series enough for Star Wars fans looking for an all-ages title. As an old Star Wars fan it has been fun to revisit a diverse cast of characters for some light reading.

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