A Few Thoughts About “At the Gates of Valhalla” #1

I had intended to write about The Mighty Thor: At the Gates of Valhalla #1, but this issue is more of a separate thing from the main series than I had expected, so I decided to forgo a normal review but still wanted to share some thoughts about this issue and the direction of the Thor book going forward. I was expecting this issue to deal … Continue reading A Few Thoughts About “At the Gates of Valhalla” #1

The Mighty Thor #706

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman Published: April 25, 2018 It’s no use tiptoeing around what happens in this issue as it needs to be discussed because it’s important and wonderful and a big surprise (I was not expecting it al all). The review for The Mighty Thor #705 signed off with “goodbye Dr. Foster, and may you find … Continue reading The Mighty Thor #706

Black Panther #172

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin + Matt Milla Cover: Chris Sprouse + Matt Milla + Karl Story Published: April 18, 2018 The Wakandan pantheon of gods (the Orisha) locked away the originators (the original persons/creatures who occupied the land) in another dimension which secured the territory that is now called Wakanda for future generations and gave rise to the first Black … Continue reading Black Panther #172

Runaways #8

Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Triona Farrell Cover: Kris Anka Published: April 4, 2018 In the review of the previous issue of Runaways there was a lot of discussion/appreciation for the depiction of the state of the Runaways. They’ve come back together, they faced a baddie, and they’ve sort acknowledged how they all need each other, but things still aren’t great. Each of … Continue reading Runaways #8

Runaways #7

Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Kris Anka Published: March 21, 2018 Moments of perfection/inspiration/development aren’t permanent. That’s not entirely an easy thing to wrap your head around, especially if (like mine) your ideas about inspiration and genius and personal growth are largely influenced by what you see in the movies (or on TV) and read on the internet. This is … Continue reading Runaways #7

The Black Panther #171

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin Cover: Brian Stelfreese + Laura Martin Published: March 28, 2018 What can lingering resentment and hate be used to accomplish? This is some of the subtext running through issue #171 of Black Panther in regard to the Asira as Ras the Exhorter plot line. In the final pages of the previous issue it was revealed that … Continue reading The Black Panther #171

Mister Miracle #7

Writer: Tom King Artists: Mitch Gerads Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover: Clayton Cowles Published: March 14, 2018 There were two massive developments at the end of the previous issue of Mister Miracle, and this issue deals exclusively with one of them, but maybe not the one you expect (I absolutely didn’t). Right before Scott and Barda enter Orion’s throne-room, after making their way through his funhouse … Continue reading Mister Miracle #7

Black Panther #170

Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin Cover: Phil Noto Published: February 28, 2018 After the conclusion of the A Nation Under Our Feet storyline the next threat facing Wakanda has been the apparent absence of their protecting deities. This problem has been occupying T’Challa’s attention since before the Legacy event and the return of Klaw. Implicit in the story to this point … Continue reading Black Panther #170

The Mighty Thor #705

The Death of the Mighty Thor Part 6 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman + Matt Wilson Published: March 21, 2018 Would it have been better for Jane Foster if she never picked up the hammer? It’s undoubtedly too late to ask this question twenty some odd issues (twenty-nine to be exact) into the series and after having read … Continue reading The Mighty Thor #705

All-New Wolverine #32

All-New Wolverine #32 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Djibril Morissette-Phan Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover: David Lopez Published: March 14, 2018 The fallout from Laura’s interactions with the Orphans of X continue in issue #32 as Laura teams up with Amber to hunt down the man responsible for ordering the hit in  which Laura killed Amber’s father. This is more of a stand alone issue than a … Continue reading All-New Wolverine #32

All-New Wolverine #31

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Marco Failla Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover Artist: David Lopez Published: February 28, 2018 After a fantastic conclusion to the “Orphans of X” storyline, issue #31 seems to be a bit of a breather before the next arc begins. This is the third or fourth time that All-New Wolverine has taken a ‘break’ with these much more lighthearted one-shots (in a previous … Continue reading All-New Wolverine #31

The Mighty Thor #704

The Death of the Mighty Thor Part 5 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matthew Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman + Matthew Wilson Published: February 21, 2018 The history of all things, or of a single human, is understand in a linear fashion. As a thing that started and and then proceeded in some sort of ‘direct’ fashion to an end point. But human experience … Continue reading The Mighty Thor #704

Paper Girls #20

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Cliff Chiang Published: February 7, 2018 After having some of the plot clarified slightly in the previous couple of issues, the opening pages of issue #20 complicated what we thought we new. The issue opens on the Grand Father (the older version, last scene seven or eight issue ago) staring at a picture of … Continue reading Paper Girls #20

All-New Wolverine #30

Orphans of X Part 6 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover: Dan Mora & Romulo Fajardo Jr. Published: January 31, 2017 For anyone who was worried that Marvel Legacy would disrupt what Tom Taylor has been working one in the All-New Wolverine book, can probably stop (for the moment) after the conclusion of the Orphans of X arc. Apart from a … Continue reading All-New Wolverine #30

Black Panther #169

Klaw Stands Supreme Part 4 Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin Cover: Brian Stelfreeze & Laura Martin Published: January 31, 2017 To make sure that everyone is across what’s going on in Black Panther post Marvel Legacy and really since the A Nation under Our Feet story ended in issue #12 (numbering for this book switched when Legacy occurred and technically issue … Continue reading Black Panther #169

Your Consideration Please

As a person who offers their thoughts on the internet about the artistic and creative work that other people, who are much more talented and creative than me, put forth, I’m not totally comfortable with numerical rating systems. I realize that that they are very popular and that they are a tool a lot of people use in order to determine something’s general worth, quality, … Continue reading Your Consideration Please

The Mighty Thor #703

The Death of The Mighty Thor Part 4 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman + Matt Wilson Published: January 17, 2018 After seeing Jane Foster collapse at the end of the previous issue, this one opens with her and agent Roz in a flying car above New York City moments before Jane’s last transformation into Thor. They are talking … Continue reading The Mighty Thor #703

All-New Wolverine #29

The Orphans of X Part 5 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover: Elizabeth Torque Published: January 17, 2018 The Orphans of X have raised some interesting questions for Laura concerning her role as a hero, and the legacy of Wolverine. Broadly speaking they are a group of villains, but they are also not wrong. They are people who have suffered because … Continue reading All-New Wolverine #29

Mister Miracle #6

Writer: Tom King Artist, Inks, Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover: Nick Derington Published: January 10, 2018 For anyone who hasn’t read the first five issues of Mister Miracle (MM), this issue would serve as a great jumping on point (although those first five issues are great and people should read them). The heaviness and inscrutability of the last couple of issues is (mostly) gone from this … Continue reading Mister Miracle #6

Black Panther #168

Klaw Stand Supreme Part 3 Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Walden Wong Colors: Matt Milla, Chris Sotomayor Cover: Brian Stelfreeze Published: December 27, 2017 After some pretty heavy thematic development in the previous issue, this issue gives us  a bit of sweet Black Panther action. The issue opens with T’Challa’s mother (Ramonda) talking to a woman associated with the Dora Milaj who … Continue reading Black Panther #168