I’m back with an All-New, All-Different I’ve Got Issues column today. This week, I “Make Mine Marvel” with my picks. With apologies to the DC, Image, or the numerous other books in my pile, it was the Marvel books that stood out the most. Let me know what you’ve been reading lately, or make suggestions for what I should be reading!
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Brian Kesinger
Letterer: Jeff Eckleberry
It’s been an interesting ride with the Rocket Raccoon and Groot series’ over the last 18 months. Based on their popularity from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, they each earned short runs in their own stand alone titles. This Groot series started out with the intention of Rocket and Groot taking a vacation and visiting Earth. Unfortunately, the two got separated along the way, adventures ensued, but they are back together and are taking it easy on our planet. They’ve been given a list of things to do while on Earth – go to a classic rock concert, watch Star Wars, fight villains, and party with the X-Men.
It’s at the party where the story takes a poignant turn. Communicating with Jean Grey, we find that Groot is quite articulate and has a vocabulary much larger than the three words he can verbalize. We get a peek into Groot’s origin story, and find out that he met an Earth girl many years ago. Jean helps Groot track down his friend, leading to touching reunion. Keep the tissues handy!
This is the final issue of this run with Groot. Never fear, faithful readers, as Marvel has a Rocket Raccoon & Groot title scheduled to start in early 2016.
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Luke Ross
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Being a demi-god in the modern world can be hard work. Just ask Hercules! When you have been around for years and years, it’s difficult to not get bored with life. What are you going to do to support yourself? In this case, our Greek hero has set himself up as a “Hero for Hire” – he’s not looking for cash, but he does ask for tribute. From two young boys, who ask Hercules for his help separating a older sister from her boyfriend/ancient demon, they offer up some trading cards. Truth be told, Hercules just might do some of these labors pro bono, just for the thrill of the challenge.
I’m constantly amazed how some creative talents can take a decades old character and completely reinvent and make so much more interesting within the span of a 20-page story. In this case, writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross have me hooked with this premise and approach. I hope this book can be left alone — meaning don’t let it get sucked into the crossover-of-the-month — and that it finds an audience for a decent-length run.
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist/Colorist: Javier Rodriguez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Spider-Woman has never been a character I have been particularly interested in, going all the way back to her debut in the 1970s. (Yes, I’m that old!) Even her use in New Avengers over the last ten years has been a sore-spot for me. I think my biggest complaint with the character is the her convoluted storyline – is she a spy for Hydra? For S.H.I.E.L.D.? For both sides? And wasn’t she a Skrull at one point? Yeah, stuff like this makes my head hurt.
Anyway, I picked up the first issue of this new series primarily because it’s written by Kansas City local Dennis Hopeless, who we are still hoping (no pun intended) to get on the podcast sometime soon (HINT, HINT!). Add in Javier Rodriguez, whose work I loved on Waid’s Daredevil run, and I am intrigued by this series. I’m going to pick it up for awhile, based on the good start in this issue.
As with all of the new Marvel books, this title takes place eight months after the events of Secret Wars, and we find Jessica in the final weeks of a pregnancy. She’s trying to get things settled before going on maternity leave, with training Porcupine to serve as her replacement on the streets in her absence. Carol Danvers hosts a baby shower for her for the Avengers, and the talk still remains as to who is the father of the baby. Carol gets Jessica to visit her doctors at the Alpha Flight headquarters, and Jessica happens to be there right as it is invaded by…. Well, that would be spoiling the big reveal. Pick up this issue to find out who shows up!
Finally, let’s rewind last week, and fast-forward this week!
- Cullen and LF had a review for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare #2.
- Hillary made her picks for Four Comics I Want – Seduction of the Innocent, Survivors’ Club, Daredevil, and Paper Girls.
- John gave his thoughts on the first half of the Flash-Arrow crossover.
- Jerry went into the way-back machine to look at the Silver Age Batman adventures.
- The guys discussed Seduction of the Innocent #1 with writer Ande Parks on the podcast.
- LIKE the WCPE Facebook page and SHARE the post to be entered into a drawing for a BB-8 app-enabled droid.
- Brent and Jerry discuss the Doctor Who episode with the Second Opinion column.
- Review the WCPE TV listings to see what’s coming up this week.
- Cullen pulls double-duty this week, with his 60 Second Review on Monday and his Four Comics I Want on Tuesday.
- John and Miranda will be back with a new Daddy-Daughter Review.
- Jerry has Throwback Thursday covered this week.
- The guys will be interviewing Freddie Williams II on the Podcast this week.
- The season finale of Doctor Who just aired, and Jerry and Brent have their Second Opinions on the episode.