Another week, and still more issues await! It’s was a crazy fun weekend in St. Louis for Project: Comic Con, but I did have some time here and there to read three of the new #1 issues which just came out on Wednesday. Take a look at my picks, read my opinions, and share with me your thoughts on the following books!
Doctor Strange #1
Doctor Strange has always been a character that I have had a hard time appreciating. He was a man of magic, yet he never felt magical to me. Until I read this issue! Damn that Jason Aaron — as he did with Thor, he has taken a character I have had little interest in before, and totally changed the story-telling approach to make the character so much more interesting than ever before. Chris Bachalo’s art is the perfect match for the Sorcerer Supreme. With this new take, we see Doctor Strange once again in the business of making house calls. But he’s not treating a high fever or a cough. No, he’s the guy you call when your son has been attacked by a soul-eater. We do see a slightly different take on the world of Stephen Strange. For many years, we have seen Strange depicted as aloof or isolated from humanity and perhaps reality. While we see some of that here, we also see a man who has developed a group of friends that he can open up to and talk shop, in a hidden magician’s bar in the city. We see a Strange who rather than walk through the streets of New York City wearing that spectacular red cape, we see it transform itself into a scarf when he is out in public. This issues finishes with the typical first issue ending, which guarantees you will be back next month for more Strange tales.
I Hate Fairyland #1
For years now, I have been amazed at Skottie Young’s creative output. Yes, he’s made a good living just doing cover work, specifically with his take on the Marvel Universe characters as little kids. But Young did a “Wonderful” job on the Oz adaptions for Marvel with Eric Shanower. Most recently, he had fun runs with 40% of the Guardians of the Galaxy, with his takes on Rocket Raccoon and Groot. But I think you can sense that Young is being held back at all times by Marvel. Young’s humor is great, but I always thought that there was a funnier level to his humor, just waiting for the kids to go to bed. Well now we get it with I Hate Fairyland, Young’s first creator-owned work for Image Comics. In this story, we meet a young girl by the name of Gertrude. Much like a young Dorothy Gale, Gertrude finds herself taken away from her family home and deposited right in the middle of Fairyland. Thankfully for our star, the good Queen Cloudia of Fairyland promises to help Gertrude return home, provided she completes a simple task that should take her no more than a day. She’s given a map to Fairyland and a companion for her journey, and Gertrude is off to complete her task. The story then picks up 27 years later. Gertrude is no closer to completing her task then when she first arrived in Fairyland. That happy-go-lucky girl has been replaced by a bitter mean psychotic who’s not afraid to kill, maim, and/or bludgeon her way out of Fairyland. This is so much fun! I highly recommend this one, but you may want to keep it from the younger readers.
For the record, I did try to find a third comic this week to feature the title character holding a double axe. I’ll wait here while you scroll back up to look at those covers again.
OK, moving into the all-new-but-still-the-same Spider-Gwen #1, her second first issue of the 2015. It’s been incredible to watch how this character has found traction in the comic book community, via the comics, cosplay, and even the animated Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. There is a lot of interest in Spider-Gwen right now. This is not an original idea of my own here, but Sony and Marvel might be well-served to bring Emma Watson back in and pitch to her the opportunity to wear the white-and-black spandex for a movie or two. As we have seen before, Spider-Gwen is set in an alternate universe, where Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider, granting her all kids of extraordinary abilities. Sadly, it was the death of her best friend, Peter Parker, that has inspired her to continue on as Spider-Woman, even as the police, led by her own father, try to bring her in for questioning. Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez pick right up where things left off during the Secret Wars hiatus, as Spider-Gwen is back on the trail of the Lizard, who seems to be gaining/creating new followers. The big surprise comes with the final page, where a certain red, white and blue Avengers shows up to arrest our hero. This is a creative book that continues to make the right moves, even after it’s summer vacation. Give this a look!
Finally, let’s rewind last week, and fast-forward this week!
- Got a minute or two? You’ll want to watch Cullen and Lillian review Grumpy Cat for the 60 Second Review. !
- John shared his picks for Four Comics I Want, headlined by Chewbacca.
- You may have gotten the Flash of Two Worlds, but you’ll only get this world’s John and Miranda to give their WCPE TV review.
- Feeling nostalgic? Travel back with Jerry for the first adventures of Iron Man with our Throwback Thursday feature.
- Lots of news from the New York Comic Con. See what the guys had to say during the weekly podcast.
- What if Beethoven was really Doctor Who in disguise? Brent and Jerry discuss the Bootstrap Paradox during their Second Opinion review.
- Plenty of shows on TV this week. Be sure to check out the WCPE TV listings to see what is on this week.
- Sticking with the kitties, Cullen will be looking at Hero Cats with his 60 Second Review later today.
- Jerry has his picks locked in for Four Comics I Want for NCBD this week. But can he avoid just picking four new #1 issues from Marvel?
- If there is a new Flash episode, then expect a new review from John and Miranda.
- Jerry takes a look at one of Jack Kirby’s final projects for DC, Super Powers, for Throwback Thursday.
- The guys discuss their adventures at Project: Comic Con on the podcast this week! And keep an eye out for a Treat Yo Self of con swag from St. Louis.
- Need your Doctor Who fix? Leave it to Jerry and Brent to provide their Second Opinion feature.