For the I’ve Got Issues column this week, I thought about just reviewing Star Wars books for the week. After all, we are just HOURS away from going back to that galaxy far, far away. But that may need to be next week’s review, after I spend most of next weekend at the movies. So, for today, I will be looking at some recent reads, some of which I have talked about on recents shows. I want your feedback on my picks, as well as updates on what you have been reading this week.
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Nick Bradshaw
Colorist: Jim Campbell
Letterer: Travis Lanham
I like the current Peter Parker in Marvel Comics. It’s great that they have allowed him to age, and become the leader of his own company. I also like that they have integrated Miles Morales into the 616 Universe. He’s a fresh take on an established character, and perhaps is more realistic in today’s society.
But I just LOVE reading the adventures of a young Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Still trying to juggle his high school work, Bugle assignments, and his doting aunt. Learning how to use his powers properly in a crazy, ever-changing world. Whether it’s the early Lee-Ditko issues from the 1960s, Untold Tales of Spider-Man in the mid-1990s, or the early years of Ultimate Spider-Man in the early 2000s, I think Spider-Man as a character excels as a teenage Peter Parker.
Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw get all of that with the first issue of Spidey. It’s a fresh take on a timeless story. It’s action packed with equal amounts of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. It’s telling stories that are not running concurrent to any other books on the shelves, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught up in some unnecessary storyline. But the most important reason to read this book is that it is FUN! I smiled, I chuckled, I even laughed out loud! (Or maybe it was lots of laughs?) This is a great read for readers of all ages looking for a good one-and-done story.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Freddie Williams II
Colorist: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Yes, I am cheating just a little bit here. We talked about this comic with artist Freddie Williams on our podcast just last week. But this book is so much fun, and that’s coming from a guy that can’t figure out which Turtle is which!
Bringing together two of the biggest pop culture franchises of the last 25 years, writer James Tynion and artist Freddie Williams take the heroes in the half-shell to Gotham City, where they obviously cross paths with the Dark Knight. Add in familiar faces from both titles (Alfred, Killer Croc, Splinter, and Shredder), and we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
As I said on the podcast, the Turtles have never really crossed my reading list before. If anyone has some suggestions for recommended TMNT reading, I would love to check out more of their adventures.
Seduction of the Innocent #1
Writer: Ande Parks
Artist: Esteve Polls
Colorist: Salvatore Aiala Studios
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Yes, I am cheating just a little bit here AGAIN. We talked about this comic with writer Ande Parks on our podcast earlier this month. But I want to talk about it some more, and I want to make sure that everyone is going out to buy this book!
Forget about the name of the book – while there is an interesting history behind that name, it’s not important to this book in particular. Instead, focus on the story inside. This is a great crime noir set in 1950s San Francisco. No super-heroes, no capes, no aliens from another world. Just real life characters with different agendas. One group is looking to create social and political unrest, while the FBI agents are looking to keep things safe for all people.
Finally, let’s rewind last week, and fast-forward this week!
- Cullen reviewed the Vision #2 for 60 Second Review.
- Cullen shared his choices for Four Comics I Want – Constantine, Head Lopper, Batman/TMNT, and Slash & Burn.
- John and Miranda got us caught up with The Flash in their new Daddy-Daughter Review.
- Jerry looked at the early adventures of a character that showed up on Supergirl this week with Throwback Thursday.
- The guys discussed Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 with artist Freddie Williams on the podcast.
- Brent and Jerry wrapped up season 9 of Doctor Who with the Second Opinion column.
- LIKE the WCPE Facebook page and SHARE this post to be entered into a drawing for a BB-8 app-enabled droid. Contest closes Wednesday night.
- The Supergirl mid-season finale is tonight. Check the WCPE TV listings to see what else is on.
- Cullen returns with a new 60 Second Review.
- Brent chimes in with the Four Comics I Want feature on Tuesday.
- John hosts the next generation of fans with a special podcast only available on our website.
- Jerry has Throwback Thursday covered this week.
- Expect a lot of talk about Star Wars on the podcast this week.