WHAT UP WORLD!
Happy belated Mother's Day to all the ladies out there, without you, none of us would exist.
This weeks comics was chock full of goodness. So without further adieu, lets go!
SHADOWHAWK VOL. 3 #1
Spinning out of Image's super delayed event "Image United", comes this third attempt at doing a series with Image's resident "back breaker"..Shadowhawk.
This book shouldn't have been released until the end of the "Image United" storyline because well quiet frankly, you have no idea what the hell is going on aside from someone in the Shadowhawk costume running around. You come to find out that the original Shadowhawk is back after being dead since the first series and has taken back the mantle of Shadowhawk. This issue takes a lot of points from the first series with many references and a returned thug gone super villain. This is something cool for those of us that remember the original series but really not something for someone who just so happens to come across this book on the shelf.
The back-up story is written by Steve Niles and the artwork is done by series creator Jim Valentino and Jimmie Robinson of Bomb Queen. I hate to say it but it looked like a kindergarten class got together and wrote and drew this story about Shadowhawk chasing down a villain known as Freakshow who cuts off the heads of his victims...The end...
If you're feeling adventurous and you want to research back issues of this character and his world go for it but for those of you who have no idea where to start then stay away from this book at all costs.
2 out of 5
ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN AND WOLVERINE #1 (OF 6)
Another edition to the "Astonishing" line, we get the coupling of Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert together to bring us a sweet tale of a jewelery heist gone wrong and Spidey and Wolverine getting sent back to the stone age.
At first this issue is a little unsettling because you have no idea what's going on and you can't help but feel like you're about to read a story about these two heroes running around in the Savage Land. You come to find out that a jewelery heist goes wrong and somehow the two are send back to the stone age where they make the best of the situation and make some kind of lives for themselves.
Wolverine goes tribal and joins the Small Folk tribe and helps defend them against the Kill Tribe. Spider-Man is the Spider-God and keeps a cave full of giant spiders.
For once in the past couple of years, a writer acknowledges that Peter Parker was a science genius and uses that to his advantage. Peter sits on the top of a mountain and watches as the meteor that killed the dinosaurs ascends towards them, realizing that soon enough the extinction event will be upon them and they will both die.
He attempts to warn Wolverine about what's going to happen but it doesn't matter. In the end neither one can do anything to stop it.
Right at the last second, they both wake up back in their proper time to find that things have changed a lot since the last time they were there.
This book is awesome. Aaron's story telling is phenomenal and Adam Kubert's artwork kicks some serious ass. I can't wait to see what these two have in store for Wolverine and Spider-Man.
5 out of 5
SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #1
If you haven't been reading any Superman comics for the past 2 years then shame on you. I know there's a lot out there to read and not everyone can read everything but Geoff Johns and company set the stage for the greatest Superman story ever told.
The long and short of it is; Brainiac collected Kandor, which is the last city of Krypton. Superman freed the city and it regrew back to it's original size. All of the Kryptonians then gained super powers due to yellow sunlight. They were then banned from Earth and the city was brought out into space and created New Krypton. Kryptonians are all considered spies and even Superman isn't welcome on his adopted planet. To make matters worse General Zod escaped the phantom zone and is now in charge.
More recently, Brainiac escaped from earth and attacked New Krypton. He was narrowly defeated with the help of Superboy, Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes.
Now, with war still teeming in the air, Zod makes his last stand as he orders the attack of Earth.
If you missed the 0 issue of this story on Free Comic Day SHAME ON YOU!!
This issue picks up with General Zod sending his entire army to Earth to fight and possibly defeat General Lane and his 7734 special unit and his K Squad along with the US military.
Little does anyone know that Alura, Supergirl's mother has been keeping Reactron prisoner and has been torturing him. Supergirl shows up just in time to witness Reactron give his last orders from Lane. He blows up and destroys New Krypton!!!!
The stage is set and the blood will be shed in "THE 100 MINUTE WAR!"
5 out of 5 !!
BRIGHTEST DAY #1
Things really get rolling in this issue. Last issue we were introduced to the 12 returned heroes and villains, now we begin to see that them being back may not be a blessing but a curse in disguise. The Entity that was the light of creation has returned to Earth in the form of a White Battery. Sinestro, Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris all go to attempt to lift it but just like the "Sword in the stone", it can't be removed from it's resting place.
Boston Brand our would be narrator takes us out on the high seas as he watches Pirates kidnap people just to witness Aquaman and Mera show up to save the day but...What Aquaman doesn't know is that the sea life he calls to his aid are all DEAD!
Ronnie and Jason aka Firestorm are having problems too as the two can't separate from the Firestorm matrix. Professor Stein and The Atom tell the two they have a problem.
Meanwhile on Mars, J'onn J'onzz aka Martian Manhunter is trying to rebuild his planet to the once lush and beautiful world it was but he's haunted by the things he did as a Black Lantern and now heads out on a mission to find a woman in his visions.
Hawkman and Hawkgirl are the last two to round out this issue. Hawkman is being pulled by the Zamoron crystal in The Claw of Horus towards their remains. The couple thought their remains to be lost. The two soon come to find out that someone really wants their bones and they must stop them.
So far so good, things are starting to roll and what does Geoff Johns have in store for us... only time will tell.
5 out of 5
UNCANNY X-MEN #524
Already the mid-point in the story. Nightcrawler was killed saving Hope last week and now he's being laid to rest by his comrades. Everyone comes back to Utopia to say their goodbyes to their fallen friend.
This issue a lot of people I spoke to had a problem with. They thought it was drawn out and didn't have much action. I say this issue was perfect, it not only fuels the X-Men to stop Bastion and his growing armies from erasing the Mutant species but it also gives us the readers a chance to say our own goodbyes to a well loved and long standing member of the X-Men.
The heat is really on when everyone begins to take some form of a side in the matter. There are those amongst the team that don't share Cyclops sentiment for Hope and what she can do for Mutants and then there are those that see that Nightcrawler, the most religious and straight forward of the team was willing to give his life to save this girl. My favorite part was when Beast showed up at the last minute and told Cyclops "This is on your head. You own this and you will always own this."
That one really hit home because Cyclops may think all of his plans are for the future of everyone else but really at what cost is he willing to go for a girl that no one knows.
I can't wait for the next chapter.
5 out of 5
SECOND COMING REVELATIONS : HELLBOUND #1
Magik was taken off the playing field from the very get go. Bastion has his battle plans all made out and he's executing everything perfectly. He got rid of most if not all of the teleporters, trapping everyone on Utopia and shortening the battlefield.
Colossus wants to go to Limbo to again save his sister from whatever hell she's in. Cyclops doesn't want him to go because he needs his strength on Utopia and he's too emotionally involved in the matter. He's told that and lines really begin to get drawn. After basically begging people to go with them Cannonball takes a team consisting of Gambit, Dazzler, Pixie, Arnole, Northstar and Trance into the heart of Limbo to search for their missing teammate.
What's truly interesting about this book isn't the team actually going into Limbo to save Magik, it's the conversations between Cannonball and everyone as he tries to assemble a rescue team. Everyone is very hesitant about doing anything for Magik since they all got rubbed the wrong way by her recently and in fact everyone thinks she's going to go nuts and try and kill them. No one says this but it's an ongoing theme.
Nothing but pure awesome and excitement from the house of ideas. This is what comics should be about all the time.
5 out of 5