I didn’t care for Joker. It’s not my cup of tea. It’s a dark, brooding, severely misanthropic movie that, while well-made and well-acted, is just too bleak for my tastes. If you enjoyed it, more power to you.
Fortunately, we had some truly stellar comics this week! There were some really great turns in Lois Lane, Runaways and The Green Lantern, while Fantastic Four severely disappointed. I’m going to give Comic Book of the Week to House of X #6 for a truly joyous party issue! That sort of fun counts for a lot with me.
Meanwhile, I’ve dropped Future Foundation now that Marvel has announced a nigh immediate cancellation. Can’t say I’m particularly sad, as I was only lukewarm about the series so far. I just hope Marvel sticks Jeremy Whitley on a character or characters with some actual staying power.
Comic Reviews: Batman #80, Fantastic Four #15, The Green Lantern #12, House of X #6, Lois Lane #4 and Runaways #25.
Last Friday was a great day for America and for equality everywhere! I’m a big fan of the stuff. The Supreme Court in the U.S. struck down bans on gay marriage across the country! It’s a pretty great time for freedom. So I’ve decided to use my List of Six to celebrate gay, lesbian and all LGBTQ+ characters in comics!
It’s hard to believe that, only 10 or 20 years ago, this kind of open sexuality would have been verboten. Northstar, the first openly gay comic book character (I think), came out of the closet within my lifetime. But now there are a lot of characters like this, openly gay and openly beloved by comic book fans. So I’ve decided to run down the list of my six favorite LGBTQ+ characters in comics! Join me after the jump!
Oy, I’m sick. I don’t know if it’s Spring Fever or Just a Fever or what, but I’ve come down with that cough and uggish feeling that’s going around. It’s definitely not dance fever, that’s for darn sure. Fortunately, I had a big stack of my favorite comics to keep me company this week.
We got new issues of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ant-Man and Amazing Spider-Man, as well as the only Convergence title I’m reading: The Question. Not surprisingly, seeing Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner reunite for a Renee Montoya comic wins Comic Book of the Week. I need this comic in my life on a full-time basis.
If nothing else, Convergence at least allowed Rucka to return to one of his best characters, so I guess I’m grateful for that. The rest of the series blows, from what I’m reading around the web.
Speaking of the web, you can check out my review of Secret Wars #1 over at Word of the Nerd this week. I’d planned to add it to this article as well, but that sickness hit me like a ton of bricks. Sometimes the world just doesn’t want you to write about comic books.
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #18, Ant-Man #5, Convergence: The Question #2, Spider-Woman #7 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5.
I’m sorry, DC fans, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to tackle Convergence. I’d considered it, and I read a few of the issues this week, but I have even less interest in covering this beast than I do Batman Eternal Year Two. Now, I am nothing if not easily persuadable, so if there is a Convergence comic you’d like me to review, let me know in the comments. But on my own, these reviews are going to be few and far between.
Such as this week’s Question #1. Greg Rucka returning to Renee Montoya is a dream come true.
In the rest of the comic book world, we’ve got some great books! I highly recommend Kaijumax over at Oni Press, it’s a lot of fun. New issues of Ant-Man and Spider-Woman impressed. And Darth Vader #4 easily won Comic Book of the Week for being one of the most action-packed comics of the year so far. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to look at Darth Vader the same way again.
Elsewhere in the world, you can check out my review of SHIELD #4 over at Word of the Nerd. That series continues to delight.
This is also the first week in a year when I don’t have an issue of Batman Eternal clogging up my reviews! It’s a good feeling.
Comic Reviews: Ant-Man #4, Convergence: Question #1, Darth Vader #4, Kaijumax #1 and Spider-Woman #6.