Apologies to those looking out for a post last week. I was out having fun in San Francisco on a non comic related conference (I know, unthinkable, right?). This week I’ll talk about the best from the comic book world from the last two weeks!
1872‘s Secret Wars run came to an end last week with a boom, a Deadpool cameo, and a promise of more from the Avengers of the West. 1872 has been brilliant so far in showing how some of the people with powers are still superheroes without powers. That looks like it might end after Doc Banner‘s formula is used to blow up a dam. The most interesting development I see is how Red Wolf steps in neatly to fill Steven Rogers’ shoes. Everyone seems to look to him, and he takes the mantle as leader without hesitation. It will be good to see how this will progress, and how his backstory will evolve.
Astonishing Ant-Man issue 1 dropped last week, and Scott Lang is juggling his growing business and being a secret father. He has decided that his daughter would be safer without him around, but he shrinks down to go to her basketball games etc. She is not happy with this decision. Of course, the Hench app is still around, and Scott gets into a fight in front of his daughter’s stepfather. Things do not go well as he loses a client he really needed to impress. We’ll have to wait and see as to how he recovers from this.
DC’s truly awesome Prez series continued this week. Prez tells the story of a teenage girl named Beth Ross, who ends up as President of the United States in the first US Social Media elections. The version of the US in this comic is darkly satirical, and highly exaggerated, but terrifyingly possible. The first issues of the comic covered the election and the how a girl who was a meme became President. This latest issue focuses on her first foreign tour, and a war drone that has achieved sentience and names itself Tina. If that’s not enough to get you to read this, then I don’t know what is!
Angela – Queen of Hel‘s first issue arrived this week to tell us how Angela, in an effort to save Sera, the woman she loves, from Hel, ends up in charge of Hel, and poised to behead Hela, the former queen. Angela fights her way towards Sera, because that’s what Angela does. The problem is, Sera isn’t quite as thankful as Angela expects. The clue is in how Sera knocks Angela out with a punch. This will be a good one to follow!
Superman is a little less Super than usual, these days. His identity was revealed to everyone by Lois Lane, and he lost most of his powers. Now, he has to figure out who took his power, and how to get it back. He starts off trying to locate Hordr_Root, and ends up in a fight where he has to be much more inventive than usual. This is where I admit I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman – he always wins because he’s overpowered. This version of him is much more likeable because there’s a risk he can lose. I’ll be following this storyline carefully. Of course, the fact that he gets involved in an underground fighting ring also helps to dirty up his character a bit.
Speaking of the blasphemy I just committed above (at least in the eyes of Superman fans), which popular heroes do you not like? Let me know in the comments, and I may or may not agree 😉
Dear G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Ian Herring, Sana Amanat, and Alan Fine. Thank you. While I really want to yell at you for making a grown man cry… Thank you. Ms Marvel‘s final comic (pre Secret Wars) was everything the last panel of the last issue promised; sweet, funny, emotional, powerful, and more than anything else, human. There are no battles in this comic, just a lot of Kamala Khan proving how much she’s grown up, and how much growing up she still has to do. Ms Marvel’s success in the Marvel multiverse has been great to see, and I’m now looking forward to her next adventures.
The A-Force’s run in the Secret Wars comes to a close as they face off against an army of zombies. Ms Marvel, Spider Gwen, Monica Rambeau, Mockingbird, Black Widow, and even Elektra get in on the action. It’s a veritable who’s who of all the women in the Marvel universe! When everything seems lost for Nico Minoru, Singularity swoops in to save the day. It’s a great comic, and the whole series is worth a read, especially as A-Force will return.
Marvel Zombies finishes its Battleworld tale with Elsa Bloodstone going up against a zombie version of her father, while under attack from a bunch of other zombies, and trying to protect her companion, while also trying to deal with the fact that her father is trying to kill her, and has killed many different versions of her. Elsa really needs a cup of tea. What she gets instead, however, is her father biting off her hand and infecting her. He’s really not a nice guy. Of course, the kid, who isn’t who she appears to be, saves the day. How? Well you’ll just have to read to find out!
I was going to cover the Green Lantern / Star Trek crossover this week, but there’s only one issue of that left so I’ll wait until that drops before talking about it. If you haven’t been following it, go read it!
There were many other comics released this week, and a few hints as to the ending of the Secret Wars. Let me know if you have any theories in the comments. I’ll save my own theories for a special post in a couple of weeks.
If you’re looking for the latest from the Secret Wars, this is the place. The Secret Wars aren’t over, but some of the post Secret Wars comics have been released, so now, every week, Drawn Dispatches will bring you the best from the comic book world, and not focused solely on one event or even one comic book company.
This week, we’re going to start with the Secret Wars, and issue six of the main story. Doom has Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight of the Cabal captured. Mr. Fantastic and The Maker are working together to find a way to defeat Doom, and trying to determine what will happen if he’s defeated. Meanwhile Valeria, searching for Doom’s power source, runs into both Spideys as they search for the same thing – Molecule Man. No spoilers, but there’s an eight year old burger, a prophet, and Doom’s version of the Fantastic Four‘s origin involved. A must read!
Over in the DC world of the Darkseid War, Telos from the Convergence series gets his own comic. Telos starts this comic where we left him in Convergence; hunting for Brainiac in an effort to find his family. He finds Brainiac and there is a suitably epic battle. When he wins, Brainiac offers him a deal. The thing is, Brainiac had a deal with someone else, and maybe he just let Telos win… This is one that will be worth following.
Amazing Spider-Man issue 1 hit with a huge issue packed with hilarity, and a bunch of prequels for a whole new raft of Spiderverse themed comics. Parker Industries, and our favourite web-head, have gone worldwide, starting in Singapore with a car chase, Mockingbird, auto-tune, and more epic one-liners that should be allowed in one comic! The most interesting part of this issue is in the prequels, however: Spider-Man 2099, Silk, Web Warriors, a pregnant Spider-Woman, and that Miles Morales will be joining Peter Parker in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man. That last bit worries me a little. I think a shared comic is a bad idea – Miles Morales is a great character, and I think that the writers would have more freedom if he had his own title. He might still get one, though, but I haven’t heard anything about that…
What’s exciting you about comics this week? Let me know in the comments!
Welcome to the twenty-second week of the Secret Wars! This week, at least in this post, the Battleworld is sharing the limelight with another special event: S.H.I.E.L.D’s 50th Anniversary, and the first comic appearance of a character created solely for the MCU: The Cavalry herself, Agent Melinda May! The story here is about her time training new agents. In comics, she seems no different from the show. There are references to the episode that showed her back story, as well as some very “Agent May” moments. The art captures her perfectly, her stoicism is portrayed well, as is her crazy ability to figure out the best way to win a fight. It’s a fantastic comic, and while I’m pretty sure there’s no chance of an issue 2, I’d love to read more from The Cavalry 😀
The Inferno storyline comes to an end after an impressive battle, many deaths, and a focus on Madeline Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey created by Mr. Sinister). Now, Maddie is a little off balance; that is to say she’s stark raving mad and full of anger. Illyana and Piotr finally have their battle, and after the winner wins (no spoilers here), Mad Maddie gets a boatload of power, which really can’t be a good thing!
The M.O.D.O.K. Assassin story, where M.O.D.O.K. is in love with Angela, comes to a conclusion as well, and begins with the revelation that Baron Mordo is behind Angela’s separation from her hammer, and all of the attempts to kill her. He wanted to do it to attract the attention of Doctor Strange, so that he could kill Strange and become the new Sheriff. The biggest question of the series; whether M.O.D.O.K. and Angela get together… Well, you guys will have to read it to find out. I, personally, loved the ending.
Now you know what I’ve been reading in this week’s comics, tell me what you’ve been reading, and which comics you love!
This week’s round-up of the Battleworld begins with 1872. When we last visited Timely, Steve Rogers had been killed by Bullseye, and fed to pigs by Wilson Fisk. It was not pretty. This week, Carol Danvers leads a march demanding women’s rights in Timely, Red Wolf goes after Wilson Fisk to avenge Steve, and Bruce Banner goes with Natasha Barnes to try to blow up the dam that’s depriving Red Wolf’s tribe of water. Some things go to plan, but others don’t. Tony Stark has to step in to save Red Wolf after he shoots Bullseye in his bullseye, and everything descends into pandemonium. Of course, Bruce and Natasha’s mission isn’t going too well either, but I won’t spoil that for you.
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps vs. Thors is really what’s happening in this one. Carol and the Banshees, along with Rhodey, ran away after a botched test flight, only to be chased by the Thors for questioning the word of Doom. After a dogfight, Carol goes up against former Banshee turned Thor, Kit. Twists and turns, a few punches, some ducking, and an escape later, Kit helps Carol and the Banshees reach for the stars. The story ends with them flying ever upward to punch a hole in the sky. It’s a sweet story, and while this side story has now ended, I hope we’ll see the Banshees appear in upcoming stories.
The Runaways story comes to a close with our runaways defeated in a battle that cost Delphyne her arm and now dragged back to their school. Valeria von Doom tries to convince Amadeus Cho to come back into the fold, despite what he and the other Runaways have seen, which is when Cloak and Dagger start their broadcast of the truth to the entire school. Valeria sends Bucky to try to stop them. Of course, before Bucky gets too far, the truth is out and the riot starts. After some fighting, some kissing, and some awesome one-liners… Damn. Just read this one. Seriously. The ending is not something I’m going to spoil.
Join me next week for more from the Battleworld!
Oh my, my, my… Twenty weeks!
Kicking off this week’s roundup with the Secret Wars Journal. This is a collection of short tales from around the Battleworld. I’m highlighting this one because the first tale covers a particularly interesting variation on Linda Carter, also known as Night Nurse. In this particular version, she’s a healer, an occult practitioner, and a friggin’ demon hunter! Yes, she “heals” demons right to death. Sadly, there’s a big hint in there that the character won’t progress much further in the Marvel universe.
This week also sees the return of Guardians of Knowhere, with a post Black Vortex Gamora arguing with a Mjolnir-wielding Angela about the Godliness of Doom while fighting a Kree warrior who manages to kill a Nova Corps team featuring a Captain Marvel and an Iron Man. Yes, it’s that crazy. Angela asks Gamora why she doesn’t believe in Doom, and it’s because she remembers Peter Quill. Guess who shows up next? The Peter Quill from the life raft. This is part of a set-up for the finale. Should be a blast!
The Infinity Gauntlet tale brings back the family of young Nova Anwen, duped by Thanos into searching for the Infinity Stones. Their quest has led them and a set of the Guardians of the Galaxy to a city ruled by Adam Warlock, who has the Mind Stone. Battle, of course, ensues (this is the Battleworld, after all). Thanos’ duplicity is revealed after Adam is defeated, and Anwen is left to mourn her mother as Thanos, armed with five of the six stones, prepares to kill everyone. He starts with Drax.
The Secret Wars are starting to build up to a finale that I hope is suitably epic. More next week!