Doc’s Reviews for the Week of 10/26/2022
GODZILLA BEST OF MOTHRA ONE-SHOT IDW COMICS
The only problem with Best Of titles is that they basically consist of bits and pieces from former series. And this Ode to Mothra is no different. Giving us Mothra appearances from titles such as Rulers of Earth, Gangsters and Goliaths, and Cataclysm (insert Godzilla in front of each of these titles). Out of sequence and missing valuable plot information, these stories at best remind us what great series these were. But this one-shot does exactly what it was supposed to do. Introduces new readers to the beloved character of Mothra, highlights her personality and abilities, and sends readers scurrying to the back issue boxes to get complete sets of the series represented. And seeing as there was just a Best of Godzilla one-shot, it makes me wonder if there might be big prospects for our favorite kaiju in the future. I give it a 7 out of 10 Grahams.
RICK AND MORTY #100 ONI PRESS
I question the numbering here. Even counting all the insane amount of mini-series, have we actually reached issue 100? Either way, the creative teams have done a wonderful job of interacting with each other’s tale to weave an entertaining overall story worthy of the television series. Morty is Morty, Rick is still Rick and with a calvalcade of cameo and guest appearances, this one is worthy of a one hundredth issue even if I still need Oni Press to prove it. I give it an 8 out of 10 Grahams.
HUMAN TARGET #8 DC COMICS
If you aren’t reading this amazing noir for the creative mind of Tom King, what are you waiting for?! As Christopher Chance and we the readers work our way through the Justice League International cast, we lose a day with Red Rocket. Chance just loses a little more than that day including blood, some dignity, and maybe a tooth. See Red has a theory as to why his friend Guy Gardner didn’t meet him for lunch and it seems the way to prove that theory is to drop Chance from the sky repeatedly. Lies, fights, and a well timed recording keep the truth under wraps for the time being. And yet again, Tom King’s story proves that a great detective story works for superhero characters too. But time is running out as Chance has 4 days left before his big goodbye. The best thing about this episode is the fact that Christopher Chance is more upset about losing the day than getting attacked, beaten (repeatedly!), and having to lie through his teeth about the fate of Guy Gardner. By far, this is the best bit of the story so far. I give it a 9 out of 10 Grahams.
ACTION JOURNALISM WITH KATE KELLY #2 ONI PRESS
Once again, Oni Press continues to prove that they have got an eye for independant talent.Eric Skillman’s Kate Kelly is an amazing roll model for young women (but young men like her too). And this second issues proves that Kate Kelly has a promising future with future being the key word. Assigned to the Future Beat, Kate infiltrates a convention for mad scientists! See how many of them you can identify from Miklos Felvideki’s interpreations!
Good, clean fun with some twists and turns. This title seems to slide under a lot of people’s radar and really shouldn’t. Following in the footsteps of Golden Age heroines such as Midge Martin and Penny Wright, Kate Kelly is a wise-cracking professional journalist always ready for the next scoop. This is a modern take on a classic character type for the early days of comics. I give it a 9 out of 10 Grahams.