Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 4/23/22
I think I’m running out of comics. I’m dropping more titles than I’m picking up, resulting in some pretty sparse review columns each week! I should read more…but man, some of the major comics coming out just aren’t my cup of tea. I’m stuck enjoying some truly stupendous comics like Nightwing and Power Rangers.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Nightwing #91 for another delightful team up between Nightwing and the Flash. I’m glad to see that all that Wally West madness has been straightened out and he can just be the Flash without any baggage.
Meanwhile, I beat Horizon Forbidden West and had a blast! That game was everything I wanted it to be, so I’m very pleased. Now I just need to wait a week to get that Horizon LEGO set. I also saw Everything Everywhere All At Once and that movie was absolutely phenomenal! Early contender for movie of the year! Do yourself a favor and go find and watch that movie!
Comic Reviews: Nightwing #91 and Power Rangers #18.
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Geraldo Borges
Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Nightwing is the most fun to be had in superhero comics these days.
Nightwing and the Flash defeat KGBeast and steal his cell phone, which Babs uses to pinpoint the home base of La Agent Funebre, the most mysterious assassin person/network in the world. Nightwing and Flash head on out and defeat La Agent Funebre, and Nightwing hacks into her assassin network in order to set up a bunch of assassins to get ambushed by superheroes. Taking down this network earns Dick Grayson a pass in the world of assassins, and Lady Shiva herself tells Blockbuster that nobody will take on the Grayson job anymore.
Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.
Allow me to dispatch with one nitpick before we begin. I never like it when a bunch of hype is poured on a new bad guy. La Agent Funebre is so mysterious that Batman doesn’t believe they exist? Seriously? Batman? And yet Nightwing, Batgirl and the Flash are able to find her in an afternoon, defeat her in a fight and take down her entire network just like that? Why did you have to throw in that line about her being so mysterious that not even Batman believes she exists? Ruined the whole thing. Other than that tidbit, La Agent Funebre worked fine as a bad guy and our heroes took her down in a fun and creative way.
As always with Tom Taylor’s Nightwing, this is just a really fun comic. At its heart, it’s about Nightwing taking down a bad guy. And he’s teaming up with his best friend and his girlfriend to do it! Every part of this comic was fun. From Dick and Wally just shooting the breeze about life, to them doing superhero stuff, to Dick taking on and defeating a “so-called” world-renowned badass warrior lady. Then Nightwing comes up with a genius idea to trick all the assassins in the network to getting caught. That was fun. Nightwing, the comic, is a perfect example of creators just having fun and being awesome and putting out a great superhero comic. No fuss, no muss, just super fun delightful stuff.
TL;DR: Another great Nightwing/Flash team-up is just as clever, fun and meaningful as this comic has always been. Nightwing is a true treasure.
Power Rangers #18
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Marco Renna
Colorist: Walter Baiamonte, with assistance from Sharon Marino and Sara Antonellini
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
The next age of the Omega Rangers in the Power Rangers comic is here, and it’s off to a fine start.
The Omega Ranges are now freelance galaxy savers, so they split up to answer a couple of distress beacons. Zach and Trini investigate a downed ship and end up having to fight a giant dragon. The only survivor is a baby in an escape pod, and once they get it back to Safehaven, the baby grows into a toddler. Meanwhile, Jason finds a planet where the population was wiped out. He and Yale fight a Xurix squad, who work for the villain Darkonda. And when they’re gone, Jason is greeted by a mysterious figure: Andros!
Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.
Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t care less about any Power Rangers beyond the Mighty Morphin era. So while I can appreciate the appearance of Andros and the name-drop of Darkonda, they ultimately don’t mean all that much to me. But the Omega Rangers are the perfect vehicle to explore some of that space ranger stuff before the actual timeline gets to it with the Mighty Morphin characters. But if that’s what Parrott wants to explore, more power to him. He’s a great storyteller, and he’s kicked off a bunch of different fun adventures in this issue. I like him splitting up the characters, giving everyone some bonding time. The action is cool. The writing is strong. The art is as good as always. Power Rangers still gets the job done.
Also, as always, demands for Omega Pink will continue until moral improves!
TL;DR: The big, crazy crossovers are over, and now we’ve got just a fun, light, starter issue that kicks off a lot of new adventures. Those are always fun.
The comics I review in my Hench-Sized reviews are just the usual comics I grab from Comixology any given week, along with a few impulse buys I might try on a whim. So if there are any comics or series you’d like me to review each week, let me know in the comments.