Writer: Zeb Wells Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Released: May 31, 2023 Price: $4.99
Marvel were bigging this up as “the most shocking issue of Amazing Spider-Man in fifty years!” So, did it live up to the hype?
*SPOILER WARNING* I will keep the identity of the character who dies secret until the very end of this post. If you haven’t heard who it is, I won’t spoil it in my main review. (It will be below the video link at the end of this post.) Saying that, Marvel leaked it about two weeks before this issue was published. So it has been all over the interwebz.
Here it is, the conclusion to minor villain Benjamin Rabin’s revenge story arc, as well as the conclusion to the previous 25 issues’ “what did Peter do?” story. Does anyone even care anymore? I don’t know. The comic is still selling well but this run has been getting heavily criticized by a lot of Spidey fans.
Writer: Sean Lewis Artist: Javi Fernandez Publisher: Image Comics Released: May 24, 2023 Price: $2.99
I’ve written about the current Spawn Universe comics before, so I wanted to give an update. There are four ongoing Spawn comics right now: Spawn, King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn and The Scorched. The main Spawn title is up to issue #341, King Spawn is on issue #22, Gunslinger Spawn issue #20, and issue #18 of The Scorched is due out next week. I was buying all four titles but I’ve recently cut back to King Spawn and Gunslinger Spawn. Gunslinger is a lot of fun but King Spawn is my favourite.
I just dropped a video review of King Spawn #22 which released on May 24th 2023. Here is my written review of the comic.
I’ve been revisiting Grant Morrison’s The INVISIBLES comics recently with Jim from Weird Science Comics. We have recorded deep-dive review-discussions of the first four issues so far. Do you remember Dane McGowan, Mad Tom O’Bedlam, Ragged Robin or King Mob? They seem worlds ahead of most new modern comic book characters.
As a huge fan of the original MATRIX movie, I can now see how much Morrison’s comic book series influenced that movie. It’s a shame the Scottish writer isn’t mentioned in the film’s credits. “Big Brother is watching you. Learn to become invisible!”
Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artists: Mike Hawthorne, Mikel Janin, Jorge Jimenez & Adriano Di Bendetto Released: May 2nd 2023 Price: $6.99
DC Comics Synopsis
“It’s Batman versus Red Mask in a brutal Gotham that’s never known hope! Can the Dark Knight overcome the terrifying infection that Red Mask has unleashed? Only one thing is certain: he won’t be able to do it alone. The conclusion to the bestselling “The Bat-Man of Gotham” is so big it could only be contained in an oversize #900 anniversary issue featuring the return of fan-favorite artist Jorge Jiménez and a wild collection of guest stars! Full of wild revelations and a new path for Batman, this is one issue you won’t want to miss!“
Review & Thoughts
Issue #900 eh? That is impressive. I remember buying a copy of issue #400 when I was a teenager. Typing that makes me feel old! I just did a quick Google and Batman #400 was published in September 1986 making me 13 years old at the time. But enough about me. Let me tell you about Batman #900, the conclusion to The Bat-Man of Gotham story arc.
Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Sean Izaaske Released: April 25th 2023 Price: $3.99
Publisher’s Synopsis: “The Emerald Archer is lost, and it will take Oliver Queen’s whole family to find him! But dangerous forces are determined to keep them apart at any cost!”
Review & Thoughts
I’ve been looking forward to this first issue of a planned 6-issue Green Arrow mini series. I don’t know much about the character, so I was hoping it would be a good jumping-on point. Happily, it is. And even better, this opening issue is very very good.
After dropping the reader in with an exciting opening couple of pages showing Green Arrow washing up on a beach, we are given a brief recap of who Green Arrow is. Meet Oliver Queen. A wealthy and arrogant young man who turned misfortune into a chance to reinvent and better himself. After years of training in archery and hand-to-hand combat skills, he became the Green Arrow. If you’ve watched the Arrow TV Series, you probably know a lot more than me about the character. All I remember about the TV adaptation is the lack of blond hair and beard.
Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Lisandro Estherren Price: $3.99 Release: April 11th 2023
The Corinthian has been turned loose on our realm once more, and this time he sets his sights on the very root of modern American capitalism–Silicon Valley. Writer James Tynion IV reunites with artist Lisandro Estherren to bring you the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed Sandman: Nightmare Country.
REVIEWwith Story Summary
The story opens in a night club. Main character Max is out with his workmates, but he’s drinking alone. He starts talking to one of the bar staff who asks him why he’s here. We learn that Max’s boss Ken is a big shot in Silicon Valley. Max is hoping Ken will ask him to join the select few who go to the second bar. The ones who do are “basically made for life.”
Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Mike Hawthorne Released: April 4th, 2023 Price: $4.99
“The Bat-Man of Gotham: Part Four.” Batman has been blasted into an alternate Gotham City by Failsafe. In this version of Gotham, Bruce Wayne is dead and there is no Batman. Our Bruce becomes the Bat-Man of this Gotham City and fights back against the mysterious Red Mask who plans to drive everyone in the city insane.
First off, I’m not a fan of this cover. It gives me Condorman vibes! Anyone remember that old Disney movie with Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed?
Writer: Dennis Culver Artist: Chris Burnham Released: March 28, 2023 Price: $3.99
“Things are about to get weird.” That’s what we hear as the issue opens with a giant gorilla toting a big bad-ass-looking gun and what looks like a giant robotgorilla with its brain visible through a clear head casing. The giant gorilla is Monsieur Mallah and the robotic one is The Brain. They were both most recently seen in the Doom Patrol TV Series. Have you watched it? I’ve only seen some of Season 1.
We then get a double page spread title page introducing this version of Doom Patrol: Cliff Steele Robotman, Larry Trainor Negative Man, Rita Farr Elasti-Woman, The Chief (who I don’t recognize), and for the first time Beast Girl. After a quick Google, I’ve learned that this new-looking Chief is one of Crazy Jane’s alternate identities. CBR.com also reports that this new issue of Unstoppable Doom Patrol spins out of Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1‘s “Storm Damaged” story by Culver and Burnham, which revealed that Crazy Jane’s “The Chief now leads the Doom Patrol instead of Niles Caulder.”
Well, all I know is a LOT has changed since the days of Grant Morrison and Richard Case. Or has it? Let’s see what kind of story we get.
Issue #2 of the relaunched series of Superman was released on Tuesday March 21st 2023. It’s written by Joshua Williamson with art and coloring by Jamal Campbell. Sadly, DC Comics have kept the $4.99 price point despite this issue containing fewer story pages than issue #1. I counted 22 pages of story plus a double page spread of credits. That’s a lot less bang for your buck, as they say. I am not happy about this and will probably drop the book after this issue. That’s a real shame because this is another enjoyable Superman comic continuing the entertaining story begun last issue. The quality is there, but they are asking readers to pay way too much for it.
Extract from my Story Summary
We open with Superman down on the ground. He’s being drained by not one but THREE Parasites who appear to be fighting over the Man of Steel. At the same time, Superman can hear Lex Luthor’s voice telling him, “You need me!”