Daredevil finds himself in a horror story, Prometheus gets an appropriate follow-up, and more in our look at this week’s comic books. Scroll down for reviews of books from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios, and Titan.
Trinity of Sin #1
Pandora and Phantom Stranger may have lost their books, but they’ve got a team book with the Question, now. Unfortunately, J.M. DeMatteis can’t really bring the kind of strangeness or philosophy to bear on the book that he offered on Phantom Stranger just yet, so it feels a bit like a generic team book. Still, it’s a fun read, and it has promise.
Original Sin Annual #1
Nick Fury was the Man on the Wall, defending Earth from threats before they even got here. But he took over from Woodrow McCord, a shadowy figure we don’t know much about. Hence, Jason Latour and Enis Cisic lay it out in his origin, which is a pretty compelling look at what it takes to be a homicidal maniac with a cause. An interesting read, and worth picking up for both completists and one-shot fans.
Sleepy Hollow #1
Ichabod and Abby hit the comics courtesy of Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Coelho. Truthfully, Bennett’s dialogue can sometimes bog down the book, but it has the feel, very much, of the show, and Noelle Stevenson’s adorable two-pager at the back is worth the cover price alone. Recommended for Sleepy Hollow fans.
Uncle Grandpa #1
KaBoom!’s quest to adapt every Cartoon Network series into a comic book lands on this oddball creation. The show’s manic and random humor can be difficult to adapt to comics, but there are some notable successes, like Evgeny Yakovlev’s silent take. Definitely for kids and fans of the show, but some solid comics nonetheless.
Longtime writer Ron Marz, with David Rodriguez cowriting and Mike Bowden on art, try to find a plot in Activision’s Pokemon knock-off. It’s a goofy little book, but it’s cute and it’ll be perfect for its intended audience.
Q2: The Return of Quantum And Woody #1
Christopher Priest and Mark Bright return to their beloved terrible creations and, well, this might throw readers at first. See, it’s not picking up on James Asmus’ reboot of the series; it’s actually picking up twenty years after the last original Quantum and Woody adventure. They’re middle-aged, they’re not talking… and a bunch of different version of Woody are running around. That ain’t good. It feels like a book from the ’90s, for better and for worse, but it’s definitely something fans will enjoy.
The Evil Within #1
Ian Edginton and Alex Sanchez bring the game to comics on the same day it comes out. It’s… well, it’s a horror comic. It can’t reveal too much or get into what’s going on in any real detail, and truthfully, the book doesn’t quite have the necessary atmosphere to really click.
Earth 2: World’s End #2
Nobody can accuse this weekly of starting off slow, that’s for sure. A lot happens in a brief time, here, and it’s a welcomely zippy, over-the-top book. Pretty much entirely for alternate continuity fans, but a fun read nevertheless.
Prometheus: Fire And Stone #2
Think things can’t go more horribly wrong when you’re stuck in an artificial jungle full of insane proto-Aliens, plus actual Aliens? Oh, it can. That said, this book does feature Paul Tobin forcing its cast to make stupid decisions, which does pull you away from the plot a little bit. Still, Juan Ferreyra’s art is gorgeous, and it’s still a hoot of a read.
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #2
Kyla Vanderklugt writes and draws a fairy tale from Japan that you’ll probably be familiar with if you’ve ever seen the Tales From The Darkside movie. It’s a compelling story, though, of promises and loss, and a great little story for kids or adults who want to appreciate Vanderlugt’s clean, precise art.
Wild’s End #2
Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard continue their nutty mash-up of Wind In The Willows and War Of The Worlds. It sounds insane, but Abnett plays it absolutely straight, and Culbard keeps the art oddly grounded, with the result being a strange, but compelling twist on an old tale. Highly recommended.
Matt Kindt and Cary Nord tell the story of “Unit Y,” a secret team from the WWI era led by the Eternal Warrior. And, well, you haven’t heard of them until now, so you can guess what happens. Aside from a little era confusion, it’s a solid one-shot of pulp action, with a sense of sadness hanging over it as Gilead explains that there is no end to war… just a calm before the next one.
Teen Titans #3
The Teen Titans are now big-shot New York celebrities. Which, you know, has always, always gone well for a comic book character. Needless to say, there’s a bit more to the proceedings than we think, and it’s nice to see Will Pfeiffer back and firing on all cylinders. A fun action-packed read worth picking up for Titans fans.
Edge Of Spider-Verse #5
Gerard Way and Jake Wyatt introduce us to Peni Parker, and yeah, that name is unfortunate. But go ahead, tell the teenage girl bonded to a giant battle suit what her name sounds like. This is Way in a more restrained mode, and while there’s not really a payoff, here, it’s an interesting concept. If this was a trial run, one hopes we can get a full story, especially if the Daredevil character makes another appearance.
Writing for the trade has unfortunately thrown Greg Rucka’s story off a bit. But it’s still a pretty interesting tale of a female demon and her friend, with absolutely gorgeous and disturbing art from Toni Fejzula. Now that it’s all out, it’s definitely worth reading, and hopefully Rucka’s got more up his sleeve.
Ms. Marvel #9
I’m in the tank for this book anyway because of Lockjaw, but this arc takes an interesting turn towards the end that we won’t spoil here; the Inventor turns out to be much better at manipulating people than we realize. Suffice to say this is always a great, and often inventive, book, and a must-read.
Mark Waid and Chris Samnee go, appropriately, all psychological horror on us for this issue of their superb run. Their reinvention of the Purple Man is actually incredibly creepy all on its own, but add in the revelation in the final few pages and it’s going to give you a chill.
Enormous #1 (Johnnie Christmas Black & White Phantom Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Enormous #1 (Johnnie Christmas Phantom Variant Cover)(not verified by Diamond), AR
Enormous #1 (Mehdi Cheggour 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Enormous #4 (Cover A Mehdi Cheggour), $3.99
Enormous #4 (Cover B Michael Avon Oeming), $3.99
Adventure Time The Art Of Ooo HC, $35.00
Star Wars Art Posters HC, $40.00
ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
Mishka And The Sea Devil HC, $24.99
City Of Whiskey And Fire (One Shot), $4.99
AMP! COMICS FOR KIDS
Big Nate The Crowd Goes Wild TP, $9.99
Gold Digger #214, $3.99
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #255, $6.99
Archie’s Favorite Christmas Comics TP, $9.99
Archie’s Funhouse Comics Digest #9, $4.99
AUTISM AT FACE VALUE
Face Value #1 (Sky 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Caliban #7 (Facundo Percio Dark Matter Cover), $9.99
Warhammer Doom Of Dragonback SC, $14.00
BLUE JUICE COMICS
Anne Bonnie #3, $3.99
Simpsons Comics #215, $2.99
Amazing World Of Gumball #3 (Cover A Missy Pena), $3.99
Amazing World Of Gumball #3 (Cover B Christina Chang), $3.99
Amazing World Of Gumball #3 (Cover C Garrett Hanna), AR
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Bestiary #3 (Of 6)(Cover A Conor Nolan), $3.99
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Bestiary #3 (Of 6)(Cover B Alexis Ziritt), AR
Collector HC, $34.99
Evil Empire #6 (Cover A Jay Shaw), $3.99
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Witches #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Kyla Vanderklugt), $3.99
Last Broadcast #6 (Of 7)(Cover A Gabriel Lumazark), $3.99
Lumberjanes #7 (Cover A Noelle Stevenson), $3.99
Lumberjanes #7 (Cover B Carey Pietsch), AR
Peanuts #22 (Cover A Charles M. Schulz), $3.99
Peanuts Volume 4 TP, $13.99
Sleepy Hollow #1 (Of 4)(Cover A Phil Noto), $3.99
Sleepy Hollow #1 (Of 4)(Cover B Jorge Coelho), AR
Sons Of Anarchy #14 (Cover A Damian Couceiro), $3.99
Steven Universe #3 (Cover A Amber Rogers), $3.99
Steven Universe #3 (Cover B Meg Gandy), $3.99
Steven Universe #3 (Cover C George Caltsoudas), AR
Uncle Grandpa #1 (Cover A Bob Flynn), $3.99
Uncle Grandpa #1 (Cover B Cory Fuller), $3.99
Uncle Grandpa #1 (Cover C Chris McD), AR
Uncle Grandpa #1 (Cover D Troy Little), AR
Wild’s End #2 (Of 6)(Cover A I.N.J. Culbard), $3.99
Wild’s End #2 (Of 6)(Cover B Jeff Lemire), AR