Doc’s Reviews for 12/20/17 – Happy Holidays!
TALES OF SUSPENSE #100 MARVEL COMICS
The rebirth of legendary Marvel titles is a cause for celebration! And with the classic title that gave us Captain America and Iron Man, we are given their heir apparent in Hawkeye and Winter Soldier. In a entertaining story (so far) with both men keeping in other in check as they try to prove or disprove that the Black Widow is still alive. Matthew Rosenberg’s story starts off light and breezy, slowly building into more intrigue and Travel Foreman’s art reminds me of the reboot of some of their horror titles in the 90’s. All in all a good start. I give it an 8 out of 10 Grahams.
MARVEL TWO IN ONE #1 MARVEL COMICS
Simply amazing! Although I was unhappy to hear that one of Marvel’s best team up books was returning but centering more around the Thing and the Human Torch instead of the revolving character team-ups, I’m glad to see that this book is not only living up to it’s predecessor but also a tribute to the now defunct Fantastic Four. With special guest Spider-Man (Oh the irony!) Chip Zdarsky’s storyline is a true masterpiece! From the seemingly suicidal Johnny Storm to Doctor Doom’s revelations, this book strikes on all the right notes. Jim Cheling’s art is spot on and Frank Martin’s use of faded colors in the flashbacks is truly phenomenal. This one might actually get you to tear up on more than one occasion. Big thumbs up for this one! I give it 10 out of 10 Grahams.
DARK NIGHTS METAL #4 DC COMICS
Finally, we start getting back to our main story and as predicted, Daniel the White Sandman saves the day and provides the clues. While this obviously came as no surprise, his participation in this story is justified and has potential. And hey! Is that Batman wielding the Infinity Gauntlet? Just checking. While better than a few of the one-shots, I guess my biggest problem with this story is that we keep getting teased about the larger DC Universe but when it comes down to the main action it’s still the New 52 version of the Justice League leading the way. While still an off beat story, I think it had much more potential if we could have wandered away from the main characters. I give it a 7 out of 10 Grahams.
SUPERMAN #37 DC COMICS
So a Superman/Super-Sons/Teen Titans crossover?! I will admit that this one didn’t hold any interest for me. But the store manager handed it to me anyway and urged me to check it out. And while I think it’s too soon to be revisiting the Tim Drake Batman out of time concept, I will admit that this was an enjoyable read. After a really well thought out plan to fight off Bruce and Clark, the alternate dimension Tim Drake announces his goal is to kill Superboy. First question out of my mouth was, which one? This one caught me off guard. Hopefully writers Tomasi and Gleason can keep up the good work? I give it a 7 out of 10.
COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS VOLUME 2 #1 IDW COMICS
Another volume of the fun filled and interesting world of comics through the eyes of history! These books never cease to fascinate me or fill my head with obscure facts about the people, concepts, and publishers that have provided us with decades of enjoyment. The professional comic world is a heck of a lot more exciting than what we think we know. Pick up a history book that you actually want to read. Glad to see this title back for another go around. I give it a 9 out of 10 Grahams.