by Aaron Lightfoot, Comic Columnist
DC Bombshells #3
Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Laura Braga and Marguerite Sauvage
The Bombshells are a very nice transition from the male-dominated comics on the market. Focusing on a full female cast of superheroes, this series really takes advantage of the opportunity of being fairly unique that it has set itself up for. The different stories that are all going on at the same time help drive this comic forward and make the different art style by different artists blend fairly well when looked at holistically.
The biggest drawback that I can see from this series is that there hasn’t been a convergence of all of the stories. I am interested to see how the multiple stories will blend into one. However, it may start to affect the comic in a negative way due to the different art styles coming into one story arc. Other than that potential problem, this series is great, and everyone who enjoys a team of kickass ladies will enjoy this series.
Superman: Lois & Clark #1
Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lee Weeks
Straight from the pages of the Superman Convergence series, Superman, his wife, Lois Lane, and their child have occupied a different Earth than the one they had previously. While on this Earth that is missing a Superman, this Superman tries to keep himself hidden while simultaneously looking for those whose alter egos were villains in his previous world.
Although I am interested in this series, I can’t help but wonder how Superman could even have a child with Lois Lane. Also I wonder what role the child will play and about the very terrible ending to the comic that I assume tried to introduce a main villain for the series, but did so in a very bad way. This comic is a way for Dan Jurgens to write a pre-New 52 era Superman, which looks goods and reads well, however, the awkward ending of the comic has me hesitant to continue reading.
Written by: Jason Latour
Art by: Robbi Rodriguez
Having to reset after starting to fall down, this series has made the most out of a second chance. Recapping what was happening from the previous series, this new series keeps the basic story yet adds much more to its potential. The art style makes the colors vibrant and easily catch the reader’s eye, which fits very well with this spider.
There are a lot of things that have changed in the Spider-Man Universe that most people know and this universe that is in the series. The differences are subtle yet make the comic unique when compared to other Spider verse comics, yet with the oversaturated amount of spiders and all of the universes it makes me not want to read this series that has potential to become very good.
The New Avengers #1
Written by: Al Ewing
Art by: Gerardo Sandoval
One thing that came to my mind when the roster for the New Avengers was being listed of was, “wait, who?!” On a previous comic review, I said that what Justice League United did that I enjoyed was bringing relatively unknown characters to put into a team. However, a seemingly-random team of Marvel characters being thrown together apparently after the Secret Wars timeline, turns out to be a bad idea, and who knows when it will actually be finished. The setting also seems very random and the first engagement against enemies for the team is very cookie cutter of “I can use this power to do blank” to let the reader know who these people even are.
Squirrel Girl, Reed Richards, and Hawkeye are the only characters that I can even identify in this series, and Hawkeye has the task of being a spy on the New Avengers, but I don’t think his presence will change much depending on how successful this series will be. The fact is this: The Secret Wars is still going on. We don’t have an idea of what happened to change things the way they are, and it severely hurts this comic.
I Hate Fairyland #1
Written by: Skottie Young
Art by: Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu
To say this comic is a more gruesome version of Alice and Wonderland would be a very accurate description. The comic is a fast read that keeps up the intensity that one would expect given the cover of it showing a girl with a devilish smile holding a blood-soaked axe. Seeing the bad side of what happens when someone gets stuck in a land that they wished to be in keeps the tone pretty light, making the sequences that are bloody and violent all the more funny.
The short-tempered heroine in this series has gotten my attention, and I feel like I need to keep reading this series. The artwork gives the tone of a child-friendly comic. However the dark humor and bloody scenes on several pages makes me know that this child-friendly tone is just a ploy to lure you in. This comic keeps things light while also keeping things dark in such a wonderful way. I hope to continue reading this series for many more issues to come.