It’s Monday, and my therapist says that I’ve Got Issues still. Why am I paying this guy? I could use that money for more comics! Or maybe splurging on a fancy dinner for the family, before we head to the comic book store to buy more comics! As always, take a look at my picks, read my opinions, and share with me your thoughts on the following books!
Story by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Erica Henderson
Lettering by Jack Morelli
I’ve mentioned before that I am all in on the Archie reboot from earlier this summer. We now have a second title added to this new continuity with the release of Jughead #1. Written by Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck) with art by Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), the duo provide a new story set during the time of the initial story arc over in Archie. This version of Jughead comes across as a smarter but unmotivated Jughead. Unmotivated until a new principal challenges the one part of his school day that he most looks forward to — lunch! Much like the other title in the line, Jughead is a smart and witty book that can be enjoyed by all ages, without it necessarily being classified as an all-ages book. I look forward to see what this creative-team can do with Jughead, and if the future stories stay in sync with the other titles in the line.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Here it is, the big debut issue of the “new” Marvel Universe. This is the book that led off the Preview catalog this summer; this is the book that warranted a wrap-around cover; this is the book that the voice of the Marvel Universe, Brian Michael Bendis, chose to move over to following his runs on Daredevil, Avengers, and X-Men. However, while I liked this issue, I don’t know that it lived up to the hype that preceded it. I don’t mean that as a knock against the book. I think it’s more a victim of circumstance. If Secret Wars had ran on time, and all of the books came out as originally scheduled, this would have been a great book to start the next “new direction” for Marvel.
With that out of the way, I enjoyed the book. I like this version of Tony Stark – the inventor/tinkerer that needs to be reminded of his schedule; the playboy that tries to charm his date with his money and contacts; the hero that can’t wait to test his new armor. David Marquez’s art is stellar on this book – and be sure to check out the interview Cullen did with Marquez earlier this month in Portland. This is an Invincible Iron Man title that really has me interested to pick up the next issue.
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Phil Noto
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
We talked about this on a podcast a week or two ago, but I think it needs repeating. Whether in one of the movies, or one of the other Star Wars comics put out by Marvel, and in particular with this comic featuring Chewbacca in the starring role, we still have no clue what the heck he is saying. A lot of other characters understand him, but we as the readers or viewers do not. With other aliens that speak in a different language, like Greedo or Jabba the Hutt, their dialogue gets translated so that reader/viewer understands the conversation. But we never get that with Chewbacca. NEVER! So therein lies the challenge to the writer, in this case Gerry Duggan. You have to write a script whcih can be understood to the reader, without the main character saying a single line of dialogue that the reader can understand. Some of that can be handled by the other end of the conversation. However, not every situation involves a conversation with someone else. That’s when the writer relies on the artist, like the talented Phil Noto, to help illustrate the message through Chewbacca’s body language and mood. These two do an excellent job, and I am looking forward to the remaining books in this five-issue mini-series.
Finally, let’s rewind last week, and fast-forward this week!
- Looking for a good all-ages book? Check out Hero Cats in the 60 Second Review from Cullen and Lillian.
- Jerry went back to the 1980s with his picks for Four Comics I Want.
- Dress warmly before watching John and Miranda’s review of The Flash.
- Jerry’s review of Showcase Presents Supergirl rockets to Earth for Throwback Thursday.
- Project: Comic Con talk, pull-list recaps, and listener feedback highlight this week’s podcast.
- This Second Opinion review is presented by Brent and Jerry, and by the numbers 10 and 12.
- Supergirl debuts on CBS tonight. Check out the WCPE TV listings to see what else is on this week.
- Plants vs. Zombies + Cullen + LF = 60 Second Review!
- Hillary returns with her picks in for Four Comics I Want for NCBD this week.
- Flash episode + John + Miranda = Daddy-Daughter Review!
- Jerry is back with more Silver Age Supergirl adventures for Throwback Thursday.
- Not one by TWO podcasts this week, as we share our interviews from Project: Comic Con!
- Doctor Who episode + Brent + Jerry = Second Opinion!