Doc’s Reviews For The Week Of 8/18/2021

August 18, 2021 Docs Corner, Reviews

KANG THE CONQUEROR #1     MARVEL COMICS

Take your pick but ever since his first appearance (Fantastic Four #19 in October of 1963 or Avengers #8 in September of 1964) this master manipulator of all things time has proven time and time again (bet on a lot of time puns here!)  to be an Omega level threat. However, no one has really explored his true potential. In fact, on many occasions, his threat levels have dropped significantly making him a bit of a joke. Luckily, Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly have taken the time to flesh out the character. Kang is out to make himself a better Kang. Now that he has a better understanding of the multiverse, Kang realizes that his dreams of conquering the universe are so much smaller than he had thought. Now meet young Nathaniel Richards, the man who would be Kang. Kang has chosen Nathaniel to be a better Kang and is willing to put in the time to teach him. The harsh realities and brutal truths of time travel and manipulation just seem to make the young man work harder. This is the ultimate tough love story and it’s first part is quite epic in scale. My only concern is that the cliffhanger for issue 2 seems to be watering down the story, turning it into a lost in time tale that we’ve all seen done before. I guess only time will tell. I give issue #1 a 9 out of 10 Grahams.

 

EXCITING COMICS #13     ANTARCTIC PRESS

The good folks at Antarctic Press give us another well fleshed out group of tales in their exciting anthology series. And like some sort of weird countdown, we have part 4 of Big House Blues, part 3 of Nothing-Man, part 2 of Nature Man, and part 1 of Super Model Girl (our newest hero to grace this publication. Dan Sehn continues to keep a tight reign on the story of Golden Age hero Nature Man while keeping his ongoing prison drama moving forward in Big House Blues. N.S. Kane continues to embellish the world of Nothing-Man and we get our first look at Rod Espinosa’s Supermodel Girl as well as Tomorrow Girl and Mimi. Again, this title continues to bring new stories and interesting takes to the readers much like it predecessor did during the 1940’s! I give it a 9 out of 10 Grahams.

HEROES UNION #1     SITCOMICS

SitComics returns to the comic shelves with another Binge Book! 68 pages of this century’s greatest heroes! With everything a comic reader could want. A complete story with plot points that will carry over into the new series, a bit of SitComics’s Golden Age told in flashback, and both new and familiar faces. This is the perfect set up book for the new line-up of comics. Entertaining and informative, Roger Stern and Darin Henry’s story does exactly what it was set out to do. And with comic greats Ron Frenz on pencils and Sal Buscema & Chris Nye on inks what more could you want?! How about Glenn Whitmore’s titanic color pallet bursting off each page?! This one reminds us what comics can and should be. I give it a 10 out of 10 Grahams.

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