While there were many amazing titles from each publisher, it’s a challenge for me not to spend all my time talking about the lenticular 3-D covers DC COMICS has been churning out for their New 52 Future’s End One-Shots! There hasn’t been one bad cover in the entire mix. Anyone from Phantom Stranger, to Swamp Thing; Constantine to Comrade Grayson, everyone has their time in the sun.
Though it was a close call, as to who would receive the shout-out, props have to be given to BATGIRL, and the T.T.F.N. of GAIL SIMONE‘s fantastic run. From the start of her arc, reader’s understood quickly that Simone knew what she was doing, walking the line perfectly between making us care for Barbara and Bargirl in equal measure. That carries through in this one-shot, as we experience Babs’ wedding-night tragedy and the resulting figure she builds herself to be in response. One note of enjoyment: Javier Garron’s art loosely sets the tone of the book in line with that of The Dark Knight/Rises, as we see the bat-pod, Bane’s fur lined trench-coat (all while wielding a detonator with the ability to blow the city to smithereens). The final comment on the issue is the lasting message. I won’t spoil anything for anyone, but as you can imagine, it’s clear Simone is hopeful for any and all girls who aspire be like Batgirl, and encourages those aspirations with a few simple sentences. An excellent close to BATGIRL!
For those of you who enjoyed the SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME videogame, you better gear up for the newest title from MARVEL COMICS, none other than EDGE OF SPIDERVERSE: SPIDER-MAN NOIR! This issue kicks off the spiderverse with a bang, offering first the badass spidey in black noir-garb (that’s a word). The noir setting hits dead-on with the tonal re-envisioning of classic characters, and I can only imagine will make for a more exciting read as the other Spider-men are introduced. As long as I get to see Humphrey Bogart as Doc Ock, I’ll be satiated. Get caught in the web of EDGE OF SPIDERVERSE!
There seems to be a trend in comics of the sci-fi aesthetic in the old west landscape, and that trend doesn’t appear to be slowing. The newest title out of IMAGE COMICS that brings that aesthetic to life is COPPERHEAD. There’s a new Sheriff in town, and her name is Sheriff Bronson. Never mind the fact that on her first day on the force, she receives the armor from her predecessor, pocked with fresh bullet holes. I was worried too that there would be no Colonel Sanders like figure, but rest assured, they made sure to include one. Just throw in an illiterate wombat deputy on steroids, and you have COPPERHEAD!
Surely, but leastly not last: we have a very special final issue for you folks, one that delves into the very trials and tribulations one faces when owning a comicbook store, not unlike your very own @MeltdownComics. Brace yourself, cause things are about to get Meta when discussing NUMBER ONE from INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE. The story follows a belabored comicshop owner, let’s call him GARY SCOTT BEATTY, for now. Good ol’ Gare-bear recounts what it was like for him in the early days of comics in the 60’s, from headshops to grocery stores and back. As Gary grew, so did his shop, and when it started going under, so did many outside and personal aspects of his life. The charm of this book resides in Beatty’s honesty and exhibition of what makes a comicshop thrive, which is the generations of customers, friends, who were in their own way saved by comicbook heroes. The nature of his pay-it-forward attitude is inspiring, and certainly opens up a fantastic discussion on retail stores vs. stores active in the community. If you want a good lesson in the comic biz, and a reminder of why these fables are important, check out NUMBER ONE.
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