Doc’s Reviews for 9/27/17
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #15 DC COMICS
Neither good nor bad, the return of Ray Palmer to the DC Universe is not a banner waving event. Borrowing from past Atom storylines (how many miniature yellow women is Ray going to fall for? Geez!) Basically, this is a flashback issue getting us caught up with what Ray Palmer has been up to. And while I hope this has something to do with the return of the multiverse and the JSA, I’d be hard pressed to tell you what. It also doesn’t help that this is a JLA book with about two pages of the JLA. I give it a 5 out of 10.
BATMAN THE MURDER MACHINE #1 DC COMICS
So far the Dark Nights storyline has been very hit or miss. This week’s Batman is Cyborg villain storyline raises a few interesting points but in the end falls flat. The whole Alfred premise is intriguing but loses it’s impact after a few pages. Plus the hidden side plot that Cyborg possesses a metal power that these alternate versions fear was something that I think we all saw coming. Again, for a crossover, universe changing event, this one is lacking in pizzaz. I give it a 5 out of 10.
MARVEL LEGACY #1 MARVEL COMICS
A glimpse into Marvel’s future or the best part of the movie put into the commercial? That’s the hard part with these preview books. While parts of this look promising, the pre-recorded history version of the Avengers, the return of the Marvel Two-In-One title, and the return of the original numbering system are all high points. A Celestial, Logan with an Infinity Gem, and the Starbrand and god only remembers which Ghost Rider kicking each other’s butts are low points. Only time will tell whether or not Marvel pulling out another Celestial to flip the universe around is worth it. I remain optimistic. I give it a 7 out of 10 with fingers crossed.
ROUGH RIDERS RIDERS OF THE STORM #6 AFTERSHOCK COMICS
Riders of the Storm finishes up on a bang! After all the turns and twists, their are still a few surprises that Adam Glass and Patrick Olliffe have in store for us. Including a sneak peak at the cover of Volume 3! This title no matter what volume continues to deliver for the reader. I give it a 9 out of 10!
SKULL ISLAND THE BIRTH OF KONG #3 LEGENDARY COMICS
Legendary has done a fine job with the prequel of the newest King Kong movie. Writer Arvid Nelson gives us an intimate look into what makes Kong … well, Kong. The creature’s tragic backstory is revealed here and with ZID’s art showing the pain and rage of the young Kong, it’s no wonder that this book is a success. I give it a 9 out of 10!
FOOM #1 MARVEL COMICS
Any comic fan who grew up in the 1970’s will remember the Amazing World of DC Comics and it’s competition from Marvel, FOOM! The title of the magazine comes from the term Friends of Ole’ Marvel and that pretty much summed it up. With backstage looks at the Marvel Bullpen, special features which spotlighted the talent within Marvel, and previews of upcoming titles, this was one magazine that no self-respecting Marvel Zombie would do without. And this 2017 version does it’s predecessor well! A definite fun romp through the ages of Marvel Comics. This one gets a 10 out of 10!