‘Ant-Man’ And Other Comics Of Note, January 7th

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It’s the first real New Comic Book Day of the year… and there are plenty of number ones and cool books to get it started. Here’s a look at this week’s notable comics.

Mortal Kombat X #1

Yes, Mortal Kombat gets its very own comic book, and it’s pretty much the game in comic book form; pulpy, over-the-top, and ridiculously gory. Dexter Soy’s manga-esque are is more or less perfect, and Shawn Kittelsen captures what makes the games such campy fun. Definitely worth a read, especially for Kombatants.

Wolverines #1

Every character tied to Wolverine and a few new ones are thrown into a bunch in this new series rising from the death of Logan and… well, honestly, it’s a fairly generic team book, a bit of a disappointment coming from Charles Soule. Similarly, the art team’s work is detailed, if overly enamored of two-page spreads, something one suspects is due to Soule stretching out the script a bit to cover the bases on a weekly book. But despite the accomplishment, it tends to feel a little flat; there’s not quite enough definition in the inking and coloring to give it depth. It’ll be a fun read for X-Men fans, but for anybody else, it might be one to trade-wait.

Ant-Man #1

Scott Lang is back, no longer dead, and… unemployed and dealing with his ex-wife and child custody issues. Nick Spencer, fresh off the dearly departed Superior Foes Of Spider-Man, actually does a really good job of crystallizing what makes Scott different from Marvel’s other heroes, and gives the book a tart, idiosyncratic voice. Ramon Rosanas also pairs well with the script, giving the art some style while feeling a bit grounded. In all, it’s a smart, offbeat, fun book, and thus highly recommended.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Squirrel Girl finally stops crashing at the Avengers Mansion and goes to college. Of course, being a superheroine who’s kicked pretty much everybody’s ass, she has no problems whatsoever. Just kidding, Ryan North and Erica Henderson throw Kraven The Hunter at her, among other things. To be honest, the book does feel a bit like it’s trying too hard to be quirky. But Henderson’s art is a lot of fun, and if North can dial back the forced quirkiness a bit, this might be a low-key gem of a book.

Operation S.I.N. #1

Yeesh, her first two episodes aren’t even on Hulu yet and already Peggy Carter has her own comic series. In the hands of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis, it’s a fluid and somewhat lighthearted book. Ellis’ art is a little loose in places, but it’s good where it counts, and overall, worth picking up for more from Peggy Carter.

Lady Killer #1

The main problem with this book is that it’s half a concept. “Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if a ’60s housewife was also an assassin?” Sure, great, but the idea of an assassin with a secret life has been done to death in comics. What’s the angle beyond that? So far, Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich seem mostly interested in using the decor and style of the era instead of putting any new spin on the concept. Granted, Jones’ stretchy, kinectic art lends itself well to action scenes, but so far, there’s no reason to keep reading.

Feathers #1

Jorge Corona delivers a story about a young boy covered in feathers who is more or less a superhero. Corona’s book is a little shaky; the opening has some utterly unnecessary narration and he has a little more exposition than is entirely necessary. But when the book finds its footing, it’s a rather frothy little all-ages book with a lovely sense of adventure. Buy it for any kids you know who want to read comics.

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