Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Or at the very least, I hope your Friday the 13th yesterday wasn’t so bad. We’re all about love here at Henchman-4-Hire, especially a love for all things comics.
So it’s really kind of terrible that a comic I once loved, Secret Six, is now breaking my heart. I know other reviewers are enjoying the new Secret Six, but I am awash with horror. It’s like seeing the ex you still have feelings for turn into a meth addict. So it’s a good thing I’ve got Darth Vader, Boba Fett and an evil wookiee to keep me happy!
His name is Black Krrsantan and he’s now in the running for my favorite New Expanded Universe Star Wars character. I just keep falling more and more in love with him. And Darth Vader #1 has a lot more than just an evil wookiee to make it Comic Book of the Week.
You can also check out my review of Thor #5 over at Word of the Nerd!
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #14, Batman Eternal #45, Captain Marvel #12, Darth Vader #1, Divinity #1 and Secret Six #2.
I think this is a first for my Hench-Sized Reviews: I have only DC Comics on my slate! I’ve always been a Marvel guy, but I try to give DC their due, but this week is an aberration!The only Marvel comic that I really picked up was Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1, and you can check out my review of that comic over at Word of the Nerd. That just leaves four DC Comics, including greats like Grayson and Gotham Academy.
Though I suppose the biggest news this week is the return of Secret Six! The best comic DC has put out in the past 20+ years is finally back…and it’s not good! Ouch! They once had the very best comic book on the stands, but they squandered it with the New 52 reboot. Is it too little too late to bring it back now? I say no, but they need to do a better job than this.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Grayson #5 for the continuing excellence of Dick Grayson in the New 52. The character has rarely been stronger.
The comic is just pure Grayson bliss!
Comic Reviews: Batman Eternal #, Gotham Academy #3, Grayson #5 and Secret Six #1.
Quick question: what was the best comic book that DC was publishing prior to the New 52 relaunch? Answer: The Secret Six! Writer Gail Simone’s edgy, dark-humored series about a band of villainous antiheroes was an absolute delight to read. It was funny, it was smart, and it featured the most well-written characters at DC, hands down.
So what did DC do when they relaunched their comic universe in 2011? They cancelled Secret Six! Morons!
Well don’t worry, folks, because DC and Simone are bringing it back! The new Secret Six will hit the stands in early December!
Could this be a sign that DC is desperate for more successful comics? Especially ones that aren’t tied to Batman? Possibly, but I don’t really care about the politics.
The comic will feature the New 52 debut of Catman, the breakout character from the previous Secret Six. Simone promises in that link that the new Catman will be more dangerous. According to her, “This kitten has claws.” Artist Dale Eaglesham will be redesigning the character, which is OK, since it was Eaglesham who redesigned him for Secret Six last time. From the sound of it, this is going to be Catman’s book, which I am totally cool with.
I do own the Catman action figure, after all…
Other team members like Deadshot, Bane and Ragdoll are already in the New 52, but sadly, it doesn’t appear as if they’ll be joining the new series from the get go.
One can hope they’ll join the team in time.
Simone will also bring along Black Alice, one of her original characters from before the reboot.
Ken Lashley will be the interior artist. I’m not too familiar with his work, but I’m sure it’s great.
This is just very exciting news! I hope DC doesn’t blow it!