Tim Seeley’s book has something of a tonal problem. On one level, it’s a flighty retro spy thriller with girls, guns, and toys, but that’s kind of undercut by the cannibal supervillain that anchors the issue and, yet a-f***ing-gain, Dick moping over some woman who doesn’t love him. Really? Can we get two issues into a plotline with Nightwing before his dong takes over and he starts sulking about how he can’t get laid? What, will he move to another city for a fresh start next issue?
That said, the book is pretty fun, and while I was skeptical of the superspy angle, it’s actually been working, so far. So, if you’re a Nightwing fan or you like spy comics, this is one to pick up.
Carlos Magno’s art is beautiful, but the script he has to draw, while fun in the action beats, has all the subtlety of a screaming match on Facebook. It’s not clear if Williamson is riffing on the satirical nature of Robocop or if he’s serious, but honestly, it’s got all the subtlety of a skull being exploded by a bullet, and it makes the book just a bit annoying.
Big Trouble In Little China #3
Jack Burton continues his bid to save his friend and, well, it goes about as well as you’d expect something by old Jack Burton to go. This book is the rare worthy successor to a movie or TV project, not to mention funny. Highly recommended.
While the concept of this book remains interesting, and there’s a truly funny moment in the middle, this book is losing a bit of momentum and is starting to feel written for the trade. Still a solid horror/thriller story, but it needs to pick up the pace.
The Woods #4
The Lord of the Flies high-school drama continues to be the least compelling aspect of this book… but fortunately, it’s only a few pages in what’s otherwise a gleefully pulpy SF book full of strange creatures and stranger visions, courtesy of Michael Dialynas’s inventive pen and pencil. If this book can overhaul the high-school stuff, it’ll be a must-read.
Moon Knight #6
One of the best creative runs in Marvel’s recent history wraps up with a final one-shot issue from Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. It’s not about Moon Knight so much, this time, as the Black Spectre, and what drives a small man to decide to become a supervillain. It ends with a superb action scene and on a surprisingly melancholy note about the only difference that matters between Moon Knight and his foe. Highly recommended.
She-Hulk and Hellcat get tiny with a little help from Hank Pym… and then of course things go hilariously, horribly wrong. Javier Pulido has a lot of fun with scale, as you might have guessed, but also standing out is Soule’s clever discussion of just why what Hank Pym does is so enormously dangerous and why we should respect Ant-Man.
Also, She-Hulk beats up some cats. That’s worth four bucks just on its own.
Mark Buckingham and Russ Braun have a surprising amount of fun with the Fables universe, not least in riffing on Reynard turning out to be somebody’s prince and introducing complications in the form of a spider who just wants his wife to love him again. A rather fluffy confection of a book, and worth picking up even if you don’t read Fables.
Superior Spider-Man #32
Otto Octavius, hiding in Peter’s body, turns out to have been sent to the year 2099. So, being Otto, he steals a bunch of time-travel gear, gets ready to leave… and discovers instead somebody’s on a multiversal rampage, killing Spider-Men with a fork. So Otto, being sane and normal, decides to start recruiting Spider-Men to bump this guy off. A welcome return, and highly recommended.