Last week was a wasteland of new comics I like to read, and this week drops a bunch! How do you like them apples, eh? Suffice to say, I had a lot to read and enjoy this week.
Action Comics and Wonder Woman are both enjoyable out of DC, and my opinion starts to change for the better on Heroes in Crisis. Then we’ve got Marvel dropping a solid Ms. Marvel and West Coast Avengers. But the real standout, a true gem of a comic, is the new issue of Unstoppable Wasp. This is a rare game-changer of an issue and easily wins Comic Book of the Week.
Could be a standout for Comic Book of the Year.
Meanwhile, I read the Alpha issue for Age of X-Man and it looks fine. Pretty bare bones, with more than a few obvious glitches in the manufactured reality. I still haven’t decided how I’ll cover the event. I’m not about to buy and read every single issue…but maybe I won’t buy or review any of them. All I know for sure is that I’m excited to see what Leah Williams does with the Blob.
Comic Reviews: Action Comics #1007, Captain America #7, Heroes in Crisis #5, Ms. Marvel #37, Unstoppable Wasp #4, West Coast Avengers #7 and Wonder Woman #63.
Bad news, everybody! The final issue of Extermination has been delayed until December, so I’m going to be kept in limbo for the rest of the freakin’ year as to whether or not Mimic survives. Oh, and I guess we’re technically stuck with the Young X-Men still being around too.
Light week for new comics, I’m afraid. The ongoing Superman and Spider-Man comics aren’t anything special, and the new Power Rangers direction is an immediate bust. I gave Comic Book of the Week to the first issue of Tom King’s Heroes in Crisis, though considering the crimes he commits, I need to stop gushing over the guy.
Meanwhile, did you hear that Eddie Brock is wearing a new symbiote these days? That the Venom symbiote gave birth to some new symbiote? Do we really not have enough of those?
Comic Reviews: Action Comics #1003, Amazing Spider-Man #6, Heroes in Crisis #1 and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31.
The one constant in the world of superheroes is the colorful costume. Tights, spandex, latex, long johns, leather, pajamas; all superheroes play dress up when it comes to fighting crime. It’s just more fun that way. But in the real world, everybody knows that a big, muscular guy in spandex just looks silly. If a real world Batman was just wearing a pair of gray tights, he’d be no more threatening than a ballerina. Why do you think the movies put Batman in a specialized suit of black armor, or the X-Men wear black leather?
Tights and spandex costumes just aren’t cool, no matter how good they might look when drawn.
Which is why, throughout the history of comics, creators have often tried to upgrade a superhero’s costume to make it look more badass. For some reason, this meant changing from spandex to armor, with heavy layers of complicated plating and protection. Yet no matter how good the creators’ intentions, somehow these upgrades looked even worse! These armor costumes were running rampant in the 90s, and in hindsight, everybody agrees that they looked ridiculous. Superheroes have gone back to tight spandex ever since.
I thought I’d share with everybody some of the more ridiculous armored costume changes in comic book history.
DC superhero extraordinaire, Booster Gold, might just be getting his own TV show on the Syfy Network! At least according to The Hollywood Reporter, which I’m pretty sure is a credible news source. Much more credible than I am, at least. They actually pay their writers. Anyway, development is only at the stage where Syfy has ordered a pilot script. And we all know how well that worked out for the Wonder Woman TV show at NBC. I’ve yet to see that pilot, though I still really want to.
Still, legitimate superheroes getting to the pilot stage is good news as far as I’m concerned.
According to the article, NBCUniversal, which I guess owns Syfy, ordered the one-hour pilot script from Greg Berlanti, of No Ordinary Family and Green Lantern, and Andrew Kreisberg, of Fringe. So…good? I don’t know, I’m not sure how all this TV business works. Again, the Wonder Woman pilot didn’t get picked up, so who’s to say this one will be any better?
I’m at least hopeful. I’ll try to follow any of the news that comes out about this pilot.
Booster Gold is a failed athlete and deadbeat from the 30th century who travels back in time because he thinks he can be a pretty cool guy in the 21st century. He brings a bunch of futuristic technology with him, which is so far advanced that it seems like super powers to the people of the past. But Booster Gold isn’t interested in saving the day, he wants fame and lucrative endorsement deals. So he becomes a superhero just for the glory.
Frankly, I think that’s a brilliant premise for a TV show superhero.