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 😉