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This Week In Punchy for the 5th of June 2013

Written by Niam Suggitt on Friday, June 07 2013 and posted in Reviews

This Week In Punchy for the 5th of June 2013

Niam 'Punchy' Suggitt takes a look at this week's comics, including Kick-Ass, Green Lantern, Superior Spider-Man, East Of West, Iron Man, Avengers, Action Comics and much much more!


Hello there! Yes, it’s time to TWIP once again. This week is longer than normal, so let’s hope I managed to keep the quality up!

There’s all sorts of good comics in this column, the penultimate chapter of Age Of Ultron, the return of Kick-Ass, a brand new creative team for Green Lantern, new issues of Superior Spider-Man, Iron Man, Swamp Thing and more…

As always, click the links to head to the forum discussion, the most heated one this week is Age Of Ultron, most hate it, but a brave few are defending it, where do you land?




Superior Spider-Man #11– Superior Spidey continues to be an excellent read each issue, and I’m very impressed by how Dan Slott (who is joined by Christos Gage here) is always finding new and interesting wrinkles to an initially silly premise. In this issue we really see how taking over Peter Parker’s body isn’t all fun and games for Doctor Octopus. We as fans all know that Peter’s life was kind of fucked, even if he had been pulling himself together in Big Time, and it’s interesting to see Ock try and improve things. And hey, he’s actually doing it! He’s going to get a doctorate and his methods for fighting crime are a big step up from Peter’s amateurish attempts. As Ock says, Peter always did things the hard way. Now, we know this is because of ‘with great power comes great responsibility’, but it sure is interesting to see a Spider-Man who moves beyond that. It’s going to be quite something when (and it is a when, not an if) Peter actually comes back and finds out his life is much improved! I love it when Ock goes on a big speech about how he is literally ‘superior’, I can just picture fanboys freaking out and Slott cackling with glee as he writes it. The main plot of this issue hearkens back to when Peter was still Spider-Man, as the execution of Spider-Slayer for murdering Marla Jameson has finally arrived. This means a return to The Raft, and there were lots of fascinating little moments here. The scene where SpOck comes face to face with his old cell was fantastic, and I love how he combated Spider-Slayer’s escape attempt. It wasn’t outright stated, but it’s clear to me that the reason Spider-Man was so prepared for every avenue of escape was because he himself had spent time on the other side thinking of how to escape himself. This was a threat that Superior Spider-Man was better prepared to handle, if this was original recipe Spidey, Smythe would have probably gotten away. I also like how Slott and Gage brought back the villains that SpOck has harshly dealt with such as Vulture and Boomerang as part of Spider-Slayer’s plan, in this book, what Spider-Man does has serious consequences and it’s all building. The art for this issue comes from one of the regular rotating guys on this book, Guiseppe Camuncoli, and he does his usual excellent work. I’ve been a fan of his since Joe Casey’s The Intimates (my username is taken from there in fact) and it’s really cool to see him now drawing one of the biggest books in comics.

Iron Man #11– Man oh man, Kieron Gillen is not fucking around with this story. He’s gone back to the past and has shaken up everything we know about who Tony Stark is. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but you have to appreciate the brass balls of Gillen. That’s if 451 is telling the truth and this isn’t just one big mind-fuck. In this issue, it’s revealed that the reason 451 agrees to help Howard and Maria Stark is because he believes the Earth’s future is in jeopardy when it is discovered by alien races, that the likes of the Kree and the Skrulls would just crush us. To stop this, he needs to create a human race that is equipped to fight back, and to do so without being seen to interfere. How does he do this? Tony Stark. In one crazy double-page spread we find out that Tony’s personality was essentially designed by 451 in order to improve Earth technology and protect us. 451 boosts his intelligence, he implants his practical nature, he makes Tony more prone to inspiration, he even causes Tony’s addictive personality as an ‘acceptable cost’ of his drive. Everything that Iron Man is was pre-ordained. This is some heady shit indeed and tackling the battle between nature and nurture head on. In fact, this is Gillen tackling the character of Tony Stark head on, finding out why he’s special, why he, amongst all of the other geniuses in the Marvel Universe is different. Reed Richards and Hank Pym and the others are men of peace, but Tony is a man of war. Why is this? Because 451 needed him to be so he could save the world, not necessarily as Iron Man, but to create weapons that could arm the likes of SHIELD to fight aliens. We’re through the looking-glass here people! This arc is freaking me out. Luckily Gillen provides his usual dry dialogue and some great action for Dale Eaglesham to draw. This arc could just be talking, but wisely we do get to see Iron Man fight some drones and Howard shoot some aliens. I wonder what you guys think, does this issue ruin the character of Iron Man by taking away his free will? Or does it make him even more interesting and unique? I can’t decide, but I love that this book has me confused and guessing.

Avengers #13– The Avengers’ adventure in the Savage Land continues, and it’s damn good stuff. I think that Hickman has really found his groove with these last few issues, maybe it’s the co-writing of Nick Spencer that has livened things up, I dunno, but I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. The Avengers are on the hunt for the zebra-kids that the High Evolutionary stole, and on the way there’s a whole lot of interesting dialogue, from Thor and Hyperion’s heady talk about the nature of memory and life, to the fun banter of Hawkeye, Spider-Woman and Spider-Man. One of my biggest problems with Hickman is the lack of character work, but here, each of the Avengers gets an interesting moment, even if the focus is on one of them in particular, Hyperion. Of course, it’s not just talking, and we get a decent action sequence as High Evolutionary sets a fucking Terminus on the team. There was an appropriate amont of exploding, and then, Thor totally kicked some ass. I found it interesting that the zebra-kids can be used as batteries, that’s a cool development and I’m sure it will play a part in whatever the hell it is that Hickman is building up to. As I said, the focus here is on Hyperion, who finds a new reason to fight and fully embraces ‘our’ Earth as his home, which is good, you don’t want what is basically Superman running around not caring about anything. Mike Deodato’s artwork was once again very strong, his Thor is awesome. I actually find it quite difficult to discuss this title, it’s obviously building to something big, but at this point it’s hard to know what that is and at times it feels aimless. But this little two-parter has been very strong. I’m glad that for once, Hickman isn’t missing the woods for the trees.

Avengers Arena #10– Holy crap! Hopeless killed Nico! When this book was announced, I kind of assumed that some of the bigger names, like X-23 and The Runaways would be the ones who escaped death. No way would they kill those dudes off, they are too popular. But now… Nico Minoru is dead and Tumblr is weeping. I don’t really understand why, she’s a Runaway, that book was never shy about killing off it’s characters, Alex bought the farm, so did Gert. Hell, I’d even go as far to say that part of the reason why that book was so good was that BKV wasn’t afraid to kill people. Death in comics is always going to be there, and freaking out about it misses the point, if the death is well written, then it’s fine. And this death was well written. Picking up from last issue, where Katy has killed Juston and disappeared with the Sentinel and Death-Locket, Nico’s group of survivors goes after her, leading to some carnage. Nico manages to get everyone else to safety, but then comes the twist… Katy has managed to gain control over the Darkhawk armour! Chase/Darkhawk blasts Nico’s hand off and she is left for dead. I think it’s great that Hopeless has, with Katy, introduced a villain to this series that isn’t just Arcade. If all of the contestants in Murder World were straight-up heroes, then it would be too easy for them all to just team-up. But throw in another villain? Nobody is safe. Especially when she has control of 3 very powerful weapons. The art for this issue is by Riccardo Burchielli, which is awesome. I was a huge fan of his work with Brian Wood on DMZ and Northlanders, so it’s great to see him getting work at Marvel. It’s a shame that Kev Walker needs fill-ins, but man, the quality has been good. This series continues to be excellent, as I said,  nobody is safe, not even Nico Minoru, but she got to go out as a hero, saving everyone else, and heck, there’s even the slight possibility that she will survive. I doubt it, but you never know. Look, I was a huge Runaways fan back when I was a teen and it was originally coming out, but you’ve got to grow up sometime, and now… her death makes me sad, but I’m not going to throw a tantrum about it. This is a great comic because of the threat of death, even to the bigger names, Nico had to die so that this title could sustain itself, and man, it’s only going to get better! (or worse, I suppose)

All-New X-Men #12– One of the best things about the OG X-Men being in the present is the huge check-list of character interactions that they can have and that fans have been anticipating. Cyclops meeting his brother Havok is one of them, and Bendis does not disappoint. The cover of this issue teases that the two brothers will fight, but that ends up to not be the case. Instead they hug each other and have a great bonding moment. It was actually quite emotional, Havok really did get to see his brother at his best. I may love the current path that Cyclops is on, but even I have to admit it’s tragic. But never fear, this issue is not just hugs and feels, since the X-Men are face to face with the Uncanny Avengers, that means the Scarlet Witch is there, which means… No More Mutants! Yes, Jean discovers what Wanda did back in House Of M and understandably freaks the fuck out. I continue to find what Bendis is doing with Jean to be fascinating, she’s by far the most dangerous and powerful member of the team and she keeps on lashing out. I sense bad things in her future, and not just the bad things we know about. Stuart Immonen is of course fantastic on the art duties here, but did anyone else think the colours looked better than ever with this issue? I can’t remember if Rain Beredo is new or not, but damn, it looked good. The other plotline Bendis addresses here is Mystique and whatever the hell it is she’s up to. And I’m not the only one questioning that, because Lady Mastermind is too. On the surface it looks like Mystique is just out to steal as much as possible, but there’s obviously more to it, but what? I loved how Mastermind’s choice of illusion this time was Fin Fang Foom, Immonen draws one hell of a Fin Fang Foom. It’s just a shame he doesn’t try and put anyone in his pants. Bendis continues to absolutely own these two X-Men books, each issue features exciting developments and there’s always plenty of funny stuff in the dialogue too. I love it.

Cable And X-Force #9– Frank Tieri steps in for a fill-in issue, and whilst I generally hate fill-in issues, this one works pretty well. This is because it’s a story not about Cable and the rest of X-Force, but instead about Hope and the Uncanny Avengers. Hope decides to escape from her foster parents and go look for Cable, but of course she’s stopped in her tracks by Captain America, Rogue and Havok. Yep, it’s more Summers family drama! The dialogue in this issue was very strong, and it was very cool to get a demonstration of how intelligent Hope is. Before this confrontation even happens, she goes to prison and borrows the powers of both Purple Girl (and man, Tieri really added another layer of fucked-up to the Purple Man with his serial rapist tendencies) and Lady Mastermind. Not the one who’s with the Brotherhood at the moment, the other one. She uses these powers to pit Havok and Cap against eachother, and then to make her escape. It was very well-done, and I found it interesting how both Cap and Havok acknowledged that what they said under ‘purple control’ had a ring of truth to it. I really like Hope as a character, and I’m glad that she’s getting some focus here, it felt odd that she was so central to AvX but then kind of dropped off the grid in this title. So yeah, a fill-in, but a good one, Tieri is a writer I have a lot of time for, and he fit into the tone Hopeless has established nicely. Larroca’s art was very good as always, but did anyone else think he drew Rogue’s fringe really strangely? It was all spiked like something from anime!

Age Of Ultron #9(of 10)– I know I’m alone on the internet in enjoying this series, but I think it’s a genuinely interesting crossover and this penultimate issue was probably the best one yet. In the aftermath of the double-helicarrier explosion (which is awesome), everyone in the Starkguard alternate reality is dead, except for ‘our’ Wolverine (duh) and Iron Man. Iron Man gives Wolverine a lecture about what happens when you fuck with the time-travel, which I’m sure is packed full of teasers for the future, especially with the amount of time-travel going on in other comics like All-New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Wolverine decides to travel back in time again to rectify his mistakes, and so we get 2 Wolverines! It’s like a Marvel money-man’s wet dream, perhaps they should get a Wolverine Team-Up book where they just hang out and stab shit? But nope. Wolverine convinces himself (ow, time-travel hurts my brain) not to kill Hank Pym, and there’s an even an interesting character point about Wolverine’s past that’s new to me, who the heck is Charlene Baumgartner? Given that Bendis is now writing X-Men, I’m sure that’s going to be important down the line. The solution to the problem here is kind of weird to me, they decide that Pym has to build Ultron as normal, but build a fail-safe in there so they can stop the events of this series. But in order to make sure history continues as normal and Pym doesn’t use the failsafe too soon, he has to make himself forget. How the heck is going to do that? It’s not explained here, and we’re not even sure that he’s succeeded. We see him build Ultron, but could the Wolverines and Sue Richards be headed back to the same mess they left behind? Speaking of the two Wolverines, to resolve the paradox, one of them kills the other and leaves them in the Savage Land. This raises a whole lot of interesting questions. We now know that there definitely is a way to kill Wolverine, but seemingly it’s a secret and only he knows it. And what happens if someone were to discover the skeleton of the dead Wolverine in the present? How does the survivor explain that? There have been a lot of rumours swirling around that Marvel are actually planning to kill off Wolverine, so this issue could be the first step in that direction. There’s a lot to wrap up in #10 of this series, and I’m excited to see what goes down, how the hell does Pym stop this, what does Angela have to with it? Will Wolverine actually die? Man, I think even some of the haters may be excited really. Go on, admit it, this is a safe place.

Thanos Rising #3(of 5)– Jason Aaron’s exploration of Thanos’ murky origins continues to be dark and intriguing stuff. I never really cared about Thanos that much before, even during the Giffen/DnA cosmic stuff, he was a poor man’s Darkseid to me. But this mini-series has turned me around somewhat, seeing the big ugly lug’s tragic origins has made him come alive as a character, and this issue was the best yet. There’s a big time-jump here, as after murdering his mother, Thanos leaves Titan and heads out into space. I think it’s very interesting that Thanos, who’s always shown as such a primal evil, actually struggles with that, and spends most of this issue trying to be good. He tries to settle down with a woman and have a child, but can’t. He joins a space pirate crew, but refuses to kill. He’s trying to hold back, to be normal, but he just can’t. Even though he shags more hot alien babes than even Captain Kirk, he just can’t find fulfilment. One of the interesting things about this story is that Aaron is shying away from showing a lot of the heinous violence Thanos perpetrates. We never actually see him kill his mother, and when he snaps and kills the Pirate Captain, we don’t see that either. It’s the same with the shocking moment at the end. Thanos, unfulfilled with all of his random hook-ups, returns back to Titan, to the one woman he can’t get out of his head, the mysterious girl who is obviously Death. He wants to be with her, but she won’t let him unless he kills all of his previous lovers and children. Which he does. Holy crap! This is dark stuff, no doubt. I can’t wait to see where poor old Thanos goes next, it’s only going to get bleaker. Simone Bianchi’s artwork is such a perfect fit for this kind of story, everything looks truly alien and his depiction of Thanos is just fantastic, especially the black, tragic eyes. Oh yeah, and there was a nice shout-out to Jim Starlin in this issue two, just a shame that his star-system has been eaten by Galactus.

Daredevil: Dark Nights #1(of 8)– Whilst Mark Waid and Chris Samnee deliver one of the best Daredevil stories ever in the ongoing series, it’s great to see Marvel try and expand the ‘brand’ with a mini-series that showcases 3 different Daredevil stories from top creators. Dave Lapham and Jimmy Palmiotti are yet to come, but for now we’ve got an interesting story from Lee Weeks. I’m a big fan of Weeks’ art, but I’ve never read anything is written, and hell, I don’t know if he’s even written anything else before, so I was initially wary of this series, but it turns out he’s a pretty good writer too. This story is set during a blizzard, and looks to show Daredevil’s attempts to save a girl from death by getting her in-transit organ to her in time. But it’s not as simple as all that. In the middle of the blizzard, Matt Murdock was mugged, and wakes up initially unaware of where he is or who is really. Weeks does well here to re-establish Daredevil’s unique powers, and how disorienting it can be to hear everything. I also liked how Weeks took time to establish who the transplant organs were coming from, at first the scenes in Philadelphia seemed incongruous, but now it only serves to make the story richer, and add even more stakes to Matt’s mission. Setting a Daredevil story in the snow inevitably draws comparisons to Born Again and that fight with Santa Claus, and whilst Weeks doesn’t outright bring it up, I think there is a bit of a hint in there too. It was cool how Weeks showed the snow fucking up with Daredevil’s ability to traverse the city, he leaps off of a building and immediately slips. This is going to be a tough task. Weeks’ art is of course fantastic, he’s one of the most underrated artists in comics in my opinion, and this issue looks brilliant, perhaps even better than ever because he’s writing this himself and can pace things exactly how he wants to. The colours from Lee Loughridge are also great. This is hardly an essential mini-series, but if you’re clamouring for more Daredevil (and who wouldn’t be these days?) then this should be right up your alleyway. After Wolverine and Batman, I think that DD is the most elastic (and not elastic like Mr Fantastic or Plastic Man) superhero, he can be used in so many different types of story, and here, Weeks is giving us a different flavour than Waid is, but it’s still Daredevil, it’s still good.

Kick-Ass 3 #1(of 8)– Mark Millar and John Romita Jnr return with the final part of the epic Kick-Ass trilogy, and I think that with this issue, the series is back to it’s best. I enjoyed Kick-Ass 2, but it did get a little dark and a little too big. I like Kick-Ass best when it’s being goofy and silly with it’s commentary on superheroes, not having people get gang-raped. Millar seems to realise this, and scales things back a lot, and it leads to some damn funny moments. The issue opens where Kick-Ass 2 left off, with Hit-Girl being taken to jail. Kick-Ass and the rest of Justice Forever plan to break her out of jail, but in the end, chicken out. Which makes sense, breaking someone out of jail is one of those things than almost never happens in real life, no way could Dave and the rest of these losers pull it off. So they leave Hit-Girl in prison, the pussies! I also really liked the scene where Dave is posing in front of his parents’ graves. This links in with stuff from the first series (or maybe it was just in the movie), about how he couldn’t stand there and swear vengeance like Batman. Here, he tries to do that, but it’s obviously played for laughs. The scene where Kick-Ass goes into a bar to try and find a suspect is also hilarious and knowing with it’s mocking of superhero tropes. Kick-Ass does a dramatic entrance and exit by turning off the lights, but everyone gets pissed with him for ruining the cash register. This is what’s so good with this concept, when it plays up the lameness of the real-life superheroes. People like Mother Russia are too competent, too much like superhero comics. Having the chief antagonist of this issue be a lazy fat jerkwannabe superhero like The Juicer works a lot better. It’s interesting to see where this series will go, what the main plotline will be, but for now, this was a nice return to the low-key fun that is Kick-Ass, I’m sure Millar will ratchet things up again and shit will get nuts, which I’m ambivalent about. Sometimes, the shocks are not needed. Romita is of course Romita, he doesn’t really change, but it’s good to see him back in this world, and since I’ve not been reading Captain America, it’s just good to see his art again.

Action Comics #21 – Once again after reading Action Comics, I am left thinking about what might have been rather than about what actually happened. I’m still pissed off that DC gave Andy Diggle enough cause to walk off. At least Superman Unchained is out next week to save us all, but still… it’s depressing as hell. This issue, much like the last one, is perfectly fine. Superman takes on Hybrid, shows some true grit and determination, and then fights Lex Luthor, defeating him, but at the same time making the average human distrust him. It’s all pretty standard stuff, but Tony Daniel executes it well. It has been a long while since we’ve actually seen Lex do his green power suit thing, so that was welcome. I also liked the final scene with Clark, Lois and Jimmy, especially how Daniel teased us with a kiss between Clark and Lois only to swerve and have Lois put Clark firmly in the friend zone. I hope that pissed off the fanboys who are still annoyed by the ending of the Super-marriage. So yeah, perfectly adequate writing, with very good art, but I still can’t shake my feeling of disappointment. The back-up story about Krypton by Frank Hannah and Philip Tan was actually very good though. I like seeing the new take on Krypton, and putting the focus on Jor-El and Lara before they are married is very interesting. Let’s hope Scott Lobdell taking over this book will be an improvement, this title needs some stability, but in the meantime, we’ll have Superman Unchained, which has to be good, I mean, it just has to be.

Green Lantern #21– The post-Johns era of Green Lantern begins… and it feels a lot like the Johns era. But that’s not really a problem, the concepts and characters and tone that Johns created are a huge reason why the franchise is as popular as it is (heck, why it’s even a franchise at all) and for Robert Venditti to jettison that would be stupid on his part. You can tell that this is a different writer though, Venditti’s dialogue is a lot stronger than Johns’ for me, and things move at a brisker pace. Even the long talking segment between Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris is more enjoyable, and both of them felt more real. The actual plot here is full of cool developments, especially the idea of Hal becoming the leader of the Green Lantern Corps, a job that he is woefully unprepared for. I liked seeing Kyle make fun of him, and as I said in my review of #20, Hal’s carefree attitude no longer annoys me. Seeing him realise that maybe he shouldn’t call for new recruits straight away… then immediately do it anyway was a great encapsulation of his character. Of course, it’s not all good, as bloody fucking Larfleeze shows up. You all know I hate Larfleeze, so it pissed me off no end to see him again. Hopefully this will be the last we see of him, and now that he’s got his own ongoing, he’ll be off in his own corner being read by easily pleased morons and ignored by right-thinking people. But yeah, other than that, this was a good start for Venditti. We get a little tease about this new ‘Relic’ villain, the opening scene is a flash-forward, and some of the Lanterns have trouble charging up, so my interest is appropriately piqued. I like Venditti’s work on X-O Manowar a lot, especially his action sequences, so I’m excited to see him cut loose in future issues and show some epic ring-slinging. Billy Tan is an artist I run hot and cold on, sometimes I think his stuff is great, at others I hate it. In this case, I think it’s pretty good, he draws good aliens and he gives Hal just the right cocky smile. It certainly is strange reading a Hal Jordan adventure without Geoff Johns, but so far, Venditti seems to be taking the best (and also fucking Larfleeze) of what Johns did, and putting his own spin on things, I reckon this run will only get better and better.

Swamp Thing #21– I’m really digging Charles Soule’s run on Swamp Thing. I was worried when it was announced that Snyder was leaving, but so far, Soule has stepped up to the plate and delivered the goods. This issue picks up where the last one left off, as a mysterious woman shows up asking for Swamp Thing’s help. This woman, Capucine claims to be 800 years old and is asking for something called ‘Sanctuarium Folium Viride’. Then it gets even weird, as two dudes turn up who have been hunting her. There’s an awesome fight where Capucine totally owns those two dudes, and then Swampy asks the Green what the heck is going on. I think it’s a really clever idea by Soule to go back and show another past Swamp Thing. Snyder showed some of them, and now we see that there are Avatars of the Green for every era. It’s a bit like what Fraction and Brubaker did for Iron Fist, and it really works. The answer lies in medieval France, as we find out that one previous Swamp Thing would give aid to humans who worshipped nature, people who were perceived as Pagan witches. We see this medieval Swamp Thing rescue some witches from being burned at the stake. Then, somehow, the flashback is interrupted and the medieval dude dies. This is the work of ‘The Seeder’ who was mentioned in #19. It’s only been 3 issues, but Soule has already added 2 or 3 very interesting new concepts to this book, and I’m excited to see what’s next. The art for this issue comes from Jesus Saiz, who I’ve been a fan of since The OMAC Project waaay back in the day. His style is a really good fit for Swamp Thing really, and whilst he doesn’t get as insane with the layouts as Paquette could, he imbues the monstrous face of the Swamp Thing with real humanity. Throw in an awesome cover by Jock, and this is just a damn good package. My only real problem is that it felt strange to read an issue of Swamp Thing without having an issue of it’s sister title Animal Man to read on the same day, but hey, that’s Animal Man’s fault!

East Of West #3– Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s crazy sci-fi western just gets more and more fascinating. This issue focuses on a character we only found out was alive on the last page of #2, Xiaolian, the wife of Death. We find out that she is the daughter of the current General Mao, and there’s a very interesting flashback to events that were teased in #1. There’s such a deep back-story to this world already and I can’t wait to unearth more. Of course, Death himself is on the trail of Xiaolian and he leads an awesome attack on New Shanghai. I’m not sure, but Death may be the most bad-ass character in comics at the moment (well, it’s between him and Eye-Boy from the X-Men) everything he says is just hardcore as fuck, and you know he’s got the goods to back it up. The other plotline of this series is also developing nicely, as the other three horsemen of the apocalypse are hot on Death’s trail and are in the same bar he was in #1. Hickman really managed to freak me out with that talking eyeball, that was fucked up. I also like the introduction of the trackers, and how the seemingly hapless bartender is actually their leader. Like I said, this is a rich world. And it’s made even richer by the awesome artwork of Nick Dragotta. Seriously, this is one good-looking book, Dragotta’s desolate landscapes are second to none. I’m really digging this series, it’s weird, it’s different, and each issue gives me something new. This is a good time for sci-fi in indie comics, what with this, Saga and the upcoming Lazarus, Image is bringing the space greatness.




Aaaaaand, we’re back! My favourite comic this week was Iron Man, that shit is blowing my mind f’realz yo.

Next week is a little more sedate, but there are some absolutely huge books. Scott Snyder hits us with the one-two punch of Superman Unchained and the first issue of Batman: Year Zero. We welcome a new series to the column as I review my first issue of Suicide Squad. And to top it all off there’s some Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: God Of Thunder action. My body is ready!


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