I’m back with another I’ve Got Issues column, which might be a small miracle given just how crazy the last week was. An insane workload at the day job this past week. Fighting a stomach virus that makes me want to crawl into the bed and sleep. Trying to sell more Girl Scout cookies for my daughter’s troop (STILL TIME TO ORDER THIN MINTS, LOYAL READERS!) Getting to hang out with some friends of the podcast on Saturday. And now I think I may be dealing with a sinus infection, partly due to what I hope is the early start to our spring. But the best cure-all for what ails me has always been comic books. Here is what I have read lately! Be sure to let me know in the comments with what you have been reading this week.
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1
Story/Artist: Neal Adams
Writer: Adams & Tony Bedard
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
I am quite vocal in my love for the artwork of Neal Adams. His Superman and Batman images of the 1970s helped define my view of those characters. His work on Green Lantern/Green Arrow or the Avengers still leaves me in awe when I view them again. I even bought many of the early issues of Batman: Odyssey, until the storyline became too complicated and muddled to stay with the book. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up this title last week. I wanted so bad to embrace the book, but I didn’t want to be disappointed again. As of issue 1, my hopes have been fulfilled. I love the art in this issue. This is the Superman I love so much. And the story is solid, perhaps due to the guidance of co-writer Tony Bedard. I can honestly say I would buy this book just for the art, but I am going to stick around for the story too.
Squadron Supreme #4
Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Leonard Kirk
Inkers: Paul Neary and Marc Deering
Colorist: Frank Martin
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
If you have followed our blog or podcast for some time, you know that last summer we were overcome with a fever. A fever that went by the name of Weirdworld. We loved that title. We obsessed over that title. We pondered the mysteries of Weirdworld. But then the Secret Wars event ended, and things went back to a new normal. But in this new normal, the Weirdworld we were given just didn’t feel right. It’s not to say it’s a bad book; it just doesn’t feel as strong as last summer’s run. But that’s about to change, as in this issue of Squadron Supreme, we see our title heroes (or villains, as we find out in this issue) travel to Weirdworld, where they find themselves wiped out by Arkon. But it turns out that a long forgotten Marvel character is trying to stake his claim to Weirdworld. Trust me, I HATED when this character was associated with the Avengers. Who is it, you ask? Buy this book and you’ll find out too.
Scooby-Doo Team-Up #14
Writer: Sholly Fisch
Artist: Dario Brizuela
Color Artist: Franco Riesco
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
When the Scooby-Doo Team-Up title was first announced two years ago, I was a little skeptical of the project. The Scooby-Doo gang teaming up with DC super-heroes and WB cartoon properties? But then I thought back to my childhood when Scooby-Doo and friends teamed up in the cartoons with the likes of the Harlem Globetrotters, Phyllis Diller, and even Batman & Robin. Realizing that if the concept could work then, it could still work today. Thankfully, I have yet to be proven wrong with this book. Case in point with last month’s issue, teaming up Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, Fred, and Scooby with Aquaman, king of the seven seas. And the best part is that the entire Aquaman universe gets brought along – Mera, Aqualad, Aquagirl, King Vulko, Topo, and many more! The gang is out on the ocean to help investigate a series of robberies being committed by sea creatures, who apparently have need for money and jewels. Of course, that brings in Aquaman to help round up the creatures, only to find that they are being led by some of Aquaman’s familiar foes. Yes, this book may be childish and silly, but it’s also so much FUN! As a fan of the Silver Age comics, I love this issue. As a dad of two kids, I can share this with them too!
Finally, let’s rewind last week, and fast-forward this week!
- Abra Kadabra (Class of ’62) was featured in the Superhero Yearbook.
- John found some winners for Four Comics I Want – Scooby-Doo Team-Up, Black Widow, Seduction of the Innocent, and Vamperilla.
- Cullen kept the Comic Cards Calvacade series going with episodes 17 and 18.
- No Flash? No worries, as John and Miranda break down last week’s episode of Supergirl.
- In a website-only exclusive, John shared his Empower Comic Con panel discussion with actress Gigi Edgley.
- Throwback Thursday took a look at some Spider-Man adventures from Essential Marvel Team-Up.
- Jerry’s panels from the Little Apple Comic Con were featured on the podcast.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to the line-up this week! Make sure to review the WCPE TV listings.
- Have you entered our Deadpool giveaway?
- Jerry, John, and Cullen will have multiple features this week, touching on comics, cards, shows, and more!
- As if this was now enough, there is yet another FREE PODCAST due out on Friday!