New Comic Book Day Roundup: May 21, 2014

In this post, from Image Comics: Saga #19 and from Vertigo: American Vampire: Second Cycle #3. To sum it up, some pretty damn good series.

Image Comics

Saga 19Saga #19 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, cover by Fiona Staples
Genre: Fiction, action, romance, science-fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Brian K. Vaughan’s hilariously written and beautifully illustrated character driven science fiction series has once more returned after a brief four month hiatus with a brand new story to tell! Or, well, the same story but a little more forward in time. This issue details the childhood of baby Hazel, a baby born between soldiers from the warring nations of the planet Landfall and the moon Wreath and their attempts to escape both powers who want them dead. Our heroes are hiding out on the planet of Gardenia, the home to the Open Circuit, a sort of underground television network that you beam into your brain but experience as if you’re in a theatre watching a play. Oh yeah, and there’s also some appearances from a walrus/hippo hybrid named Friendo and a repair witch. The usual.

In addition to Hazel’s family, it also looks like we’ll be getting more information about the dwarf planet known as the Robot Kingdom, who sided with Landfall during the war. Either that or Brian K. Vaughan decided to open the issue with a robot vagina for absolutely no reason. When we last left the robots, Prince Robot the IV was missing and  a new robot was being born into the world. But what does this mean for our heroes? And could it have anything to do with the disastrous consequences hinted at by our now grown narrator Hazel in the last panel? I’m such a sad panda right now. Here’s hoping the newest six issue arc won’t be the most depressing thing ever.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: April 9, 2014

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Kick-Ass 3 #7 and from Image Comics: The Walking Dead #125. Yup, that’s all you get. Deal with it.

Marvel Comics

Kick Ass 3 #7Kick-Ass 3 #7 by Mark Millar, illustrated by John Romita, cover by John Romita
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, violence
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In this penultimate issue in the Kick-Ass series (yes, Mark Millar has confirmed this is the final arc in the tale of Kick-Ass and his sassy gal pal Hit-Girl) things are not looking good for Mindy — who is currently incarcerated — or any other masked vigilantes who are slowly being picked off by the mob, including Dave’s friend Todd who has gone mysteriously missing. Okay, maybe not so mysteriously. Making matters more complicated, Dave has given up the superhero business for now because he’s acquired himself a hot new girlfriend named Valerie and really can’t be bothered with all the masked drama which includes rescuing Mindy from prison as promised. Apparently fear of death does that to a person.

This second to last issue has everything you could want out of your superheroes: a secret underground lair complete with ridiculous vehicles, fights in the rain, crosses and double crosses, crooked cops, a villainous mob boss trying to unite all the mobs on the East Coast and of course catch phrases. “To the Hit-Cave asshole!” Mindy McCeady, you are a national treasure. I cannot wait to see how Mark Millar ends this series, and I’m assuming it’s going to be in a blaze of glory. And blood. So much blood. Now if only the final issue can get published in a more timely manner, that would make me so happy.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: March 5, 2014

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 and from Vertigo: Fairest #24 and Trillium #7. Man am I having some serious flashbacks to February 5th.

Marvel Comics

Loki Agent of Asgard #2Loki: Agent of Asgard #2 by Al Ewing, illustrated by Lee Garbett, cover by Jenny Frison
Genre: Fiction, action, adventure, humor
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Loki is back again in his brand new series in which he desires to stay as the good Loki version of himself he became when he was reborn in Young Avengers. In order to achieve his goals of being a more loving trickster god, Loki is working for the triumvirate the All-Mother, and in return for following orders his past misdeeds are wiped from Asgardian history. In this issue, he’s been tasked with locating an old fling of his and Thor’s named Lorelei, because the All-Mother wants all Asgardians on Midgard to be returned. This is made even more difficult because Lorelei is currently in the midst of committing a huge heist Oceans 11 and 12 style and there are all these rules of illusions that I couldn’t be bothered to follow.

As with the premiere issue and the Kieron Gillen created Loki from YA, the humor and sass are still 100% there. For instance, in this entire issue Loki is regaling a girl who cannot lie with the story of his hunt for Lorelei while on a speed date! That’s right, Loki is speed dating. He also spends part of the issue preparing for an apartment warming party of adorable because at his first apartment he mistakenly convinced his neighbors he was Harry Styles. Oh humans, so gullible. The humor thankfully runs from the very first page all the way to the letters page which has been hilariously titled: “Here’s Loki-ing At You.” More terrible puns forever please!

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: February 5, 2014

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 and from Vertigo: Fairest #23 and Trillium #6. Rejoice Loki fans!

Marvel Comics

Loki Agent of Asgard 1Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 by Al Ewing, illustrated by Lee Garbett, cover by Jenny Frison
Genre: Fiction, action, adventure, humor
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Straight out of the pages of Young Avengers, Teen Loki (formerly Kid Loki) got a job working for the All-Mother, a triumvirate on Asgard who have Loki trading good deeds in order to have his more evil stories erased from Asgardian memory. You may recall that before the events of Young Avengers, Loki died as a villain and was reborn in a newer and younger body complete with a guilty conscience and a desire to right his wrongs. This is exactly what he does in this very first issue of his brand new solo series, the arc of which is hilariously entitled “Trust Me” despite the first page featuring Loki literally stabbed his brother in the back. And yes, in this instance I have used the correct definition of literally. Psh, what do you take us for, a website not devoted to the written word?

This opening issue is basically one giant story of brotherly dysfunctional love and has Loki moving from his time with the Young Avengers to the adult Avengers, including Thor (obviously), Black Widow, Hawkeye (who is confused as to why Loki looks so One Direction-y), Iron Man, Captain America, and Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Don’t worry, the humor that made you love Kieron Gillen’s Loki is still here and is especially prevalent in Loki’s narrative, in which he directly addresses the audience with witty lines like, “Now, I know what you’re thinking: Why am I falling to my death while a man who makes terrible life decisions shoots an arrow at my face?” And if that doesn’t excite you, in the next issue LOKI GOES SPEED DATING!

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: January 29, 2014

In this post, from Image Comics: Saga #18 and from Vertigo: Fables #137. Yup, just two. It’s a very itty bitty week for comics.

Image Comics

Saga 18Saga #18 by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, cover by Fiona Staples
Genre
: Fiction, action, romance, science-fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Holy Lying Cat, Batman, this is one action packed issue of Saga! The story picks up right where issue 17 left off, on Quietus in the home of A Night Time Smoke author D. Oswald Heist. Unfortunately, things have gotten messy as not only has Prince Robot IV arrived to capture the star-crossed lovers for betraying the war effort and their people, but Marko’s ex-fiance Gwendolyn and the freelance killer The Will have also made their way to Quietus. You know, where Marko is in hiding along with his sassy mother, baby Hazel and her disembodied ghost baby-sitter Izabel. It’s basically a mess. A glorious mess.

In the hands of a lesser author this would be incredible confusing, but Brian K. Vaughan manages to keep hold of all the threads of his story. We get some of Lying Cat’s tragic back story, Gwendolyn and Marko have a heart to heart and she lays all her feelings bare, The Will is just a mess, Prince Robot IV slightly less so but still not doing so hot and Marko proves just how much he believes in his wife Alana. Also featuring another appearance by fellow freelancer The Brand and a TIME JUMP OF ADORABLE! Yes, that needed to be in all caps. Issue 19 now please!

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: January 8, 2014

In this post, from Image Comics: Sex Criminals #4 and The Walking Dead #119, Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #15 and from Vertigo: Fairest #22. Farewell Young Avengers, your highly entertaining run will be missed. ::all the tears::

Image Comics

Sex Criminals 4Sex Criminals #4 by Matt Fraction, illustrated Chip Zdarsky, cover by Chip Zdarsky
Genre: Fiction, humor, satire, science fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

On the surface, Sex Criminals seems like a joke comic, but it’s actually quite good. Something you wouldn’t expect from a series chock-full of dildos. So many dildos. Seriously, all the dildos. The premise is simple, Suzie and Jon both have the ability to freeze time when they have sex and they use this superpower to not only get down and dirty, but to save Suzie’s failing library from being shut down. By robbing banks. See kids, you can use your sexual appetites for good, not just evil! Although maybe it’s still kind of evil. Whatever. Unfortunately for our new-age Bonnie and Clyde, there seems to be a secret faction of sex police who aim to cease time-stopping sexual related crimes.

As with the other issues in the series, this one is reliant on time jumps narrated by Suzie, and she and boyfriend Jon reminisce on the various ways in which they have used their powers in the past. For example: messing with your boss, petting tigers at the zoo, scoring an awesome new jacket at the mall, punishing privileged assholes who learn nothing and remain privileged assholes, etc. Sure, it can be crass at times, but it’s also hysterically funny. What other comic would devote the majority of their entire third issue to the fact that their character is singing a song they couldn’t get the rights to? Of course, this is the same author who gave us an entire issue of Hawkeye told by a dog, so I’m not that surprised.

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New Comic Book Day Roundup: December 18, 2013

In this post, from IDW Publishing: Locke & Key: Alpha #2, Image Comics: Saga #17 and from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #14. Everything is coming to an end and I’m nowhere near ready.

IDW Publishing

Locke & Key Alpha 2Locke & Key: Alpha #2 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Genre
: Fiction, horror, action, humor
Rating
: 5 out of 5 stars

Locke & Key has finally come to an end after 37 issues (6 volumes) and a couple of spin-offs and it’s much easier to say goodbye when you’re given such a complete and satisfying ending. Granted it’s full of death, so get your tissues ready. The issue itself deals directly with the aftermath of the fight down in the Drowning Cave, during which time 160 kids went down into its depths for a “Cave Rave” and 61 made it out alive. The officials have deemed this disaster a cave in with hallucinations brought on by a gas leak. Thanks largely to the hard work of the Locke family (mostly Tyler), their keys and the highly gifted Rufus (who gets a very Goonies ending thrown in) more live than Dodge initially planned, making the mission a success, even if many lives were lost.

Much of the focus is put on Tyler Locke, who is set on tying up the loose ends of the series. What is to become of Dodge? How did Bode make it out of all of this? And just why did Tyler see his father inside that cabinet when he was healing from a gunshot wound? All your questions will be answered and resolutions will be found, albeit viewed through the lens of death. The final act, the great equalizer, summed up in this poignant quote: “Your body is the lock. Death is the key. The key turns… And you’re free… Part of the background hum of the universe.” Thankfully for the Locke children, for them this is not the end. For them, this is just the beginning.

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