Doc’s Reviews for the Week of 11/20/19
2099 ALPHA #1 MARVEL COMICS
The return of the 2099 universe. And much like the original series, the story is really hard to follow. The universe of the new 2099 is so far removed from the norm (sure we have Herbie, the Watcher, and Doom but they themselves are so different that they do not provide that necessary link.) Even with the addition of a new 2099 title (Conan 2099)coming soon, I’m not sure how this new universe is going to fare. I give it a 5 out of 10 Grahams.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #36 DC COMICS
If this were the 1980’s, I would definately say that this issue was made specificly to promote a new toy line (when you get to the end you’ll get it.) More whining from Hawkgirl and her martian brat. One more last minute Batman gambit. Hey and guess what, Perpetua screws over most of the villains. Nothing to see here folks, just more along. Sigh! I give it a 5 out of 10 Grahams.
METAL MEN #2 DC COMICS
It’s always nice to see that Dan Didio and Shane Davis actually do get it. The Metal Men are part of that rare time and place when comics were on their game. Characters like the Challengers of the Unknown, The Sea Devils, and Cave Carson’s band sparked our creativity and reflected the ingenuity of the times. Times when we were putting men on the moon and the Metal Men were certainly part of that. That’s why creative teams keep trying to reboot them every few years. And while this maxi-series is an offshoot of the whole Nth metal/Dark Multiverse thing, the good folks here are choosing to highlight what made the Metal Men great in the beginning. From the energy shooting eyes creature to Chemo, the past is here in glorious color. And in all honesty, I could do without the whole Metal Men version of Doc Magnus. DC has been turning that poor bastage back and forth for decades. Is it any wonder he cracked up? This title is definately stealing the show. I give it an 8 out of 10 Grahams.
BIG HERO SIX THE SERIES #1 IDW COMICS
While I was a big fan of the movie, this seems to suffer a little from the translation onto the printed page. And while I do realize that the movie was loosely based on Marvel’s Sunfire and Big Hero Six comic, they really are two seperate entities. However, having a youth appropriate new title based on these characters is a definate check in the pro column. The stories are humorous and the art is appropriate for the subject matter. A good read no matter what the age. I give it a 7 out of 10 Grahams.
COUNT CROWLEY #2 DARK HORSE COMICS
I have always been a sucker for a good horror movie host and Count Crowley is no exception. Following in the footsteps of Elvira, Svengoolie, and Peter Vincent from Fright Night, Jerri’s television gig has just turned all too real. And having a small drinking problem isn’t going to help earn him any support in fighting off the terrors that seem to have confused him with the former Count Crowley. More answers lead to more questions and more attacks. Can Jerri figure out what’s going on and escape in the remaining two issues of this four parter? I for one, cannot wait to find out. I give it an 8 out of 10 Grahams.