Trying to review all these comics in so few days while trying to still come up with good stuff for Friday and Saturday (and the research and screen capping phase for yesterday’s Gojira review took a lot of time), set up my work area, and everything else I want to do finally hit the wall this week. I”m so glad my pull folder at the comic store has finally been cleared. (Not counting the Astro Boy movie adaptation I’m waiting for the movie on and some graphic novels.) So maybe things will start getting back to normal. Unless all six comics on the tentative schedule list actually do come out this week. *sigh*
My point is that my usual heavy reviews would take up too much time, and I still have two comics from last week to review. So at least for this week, I’m going to follow other sites examples and just do a quickie review of each of the comics in this week’s haul. Hope that meets my requirements, and that things will get better timewise soon. I don’t even have time to put up the ComiXology versions, although I may try to get a couple up later in the week. Maybe.
G-Man: Cape Crisis #2 (Image)
G-Man and his friends are summoned by the wizard Glendorf Williams because the blanket G-Man used for his magic cape is acting up. The cause seems to be the flight bands made from the scraps, and some of them still aren’t recovered. The kid heroes speed into action, but now even grown-ups are getting them, including a group of bank robbers. The cause? Great Man is selling them for #1000 dollars a pop!
Most of the same back-up strips from last week appear this issue. The “Patrick the Wolf Boy” strip continues from last issue. Naturally, the “Pix” comic does, because it’s a multipart story. “The Mighty Skullboy Army” and “Misery Loves Sherman” stories are standalone. All are funny.
The whole comic is good, with fun stories, cute art, and interesting characters. I recommend it highly.
Sonic the Hedgehog #204 (Archie)
In the main story, the Queen has used her powers to take over Monkey Khan, and sicks him on the Freedom Fighters. Sonic arrives, and remembers that Khan can form a new crown from a Power Ring. He heads to the Lake of Rings, while Antoine and the Chaotix keep the cyborg simian occupied. The ring does indeed break the Queen’s hold, but Khan blames himself for not telling the others the Queen’s technomancer powers. It’s the kids who actually give him a pep talk and realize that he’s not a bad guy. Back at New Megaopolis, Snively’s taunting of Dr. Robotnik hits in his snapped head, and he gives a code that unlocks his cell.
In the back-up story, Espio ends up telling Knuckles just why he’s helping the Iron Queen, but his orders from her contrast with the leader of his clan’s orders, and Espio just leaves. (Possibly this story will continue in the Knuckles arc coming up in Sonic Universe.)
I really hope this is it for the set-up phase of this arc, as while I do enjoy what’s being set-up I’d really like to get into the story itself now.
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #15 (IDW Publishing)
Cover “B” Shown
Finally, this title remembers that it’s supposed to fill in the gaps between stories instead of telling random Transformer tales. In the Kup story, we learn that the thing in Kup’s mouth that looks like a cigar actually contains a synthetic version of the crystal energy that drove him insane in Spotlight: Kup. This allows him to stay sane. However, Prowl has added a few subroutines in the hopes of using Kup to bring a bit more logic to Autobot stratagem. So Prowl’s being written as a jerk again, but at least he’s a well-meaning jerk, unlike Furman’s Prowl. While I’m still no fan of Nick Roche’s art, I do rather like his writing here. But honestly, Nick. “Cy-gar”? Really? The best name you had was a blatant pun? At least we get a good look at Kup and Springer, as well as Prowl’s mindset (while I agree with the characterization or not).
The Perceptor story by Denton Tipton (a name I usually only see in the editor credits, and he is associate editor for this comic) was also rather good. After Perceptor’s damage in Spotlight: Drift, he decided to rebuild himself to improve his sniping skills. This doesn’t sit well with the rest of the team, but Kup doesn’t seem to have a problem with it, even though he wasn’t happy with Drift undermining his attempt to console Perceptor earlier.
Now THIS was what I expected from the “Coda” stories. If you’ve ignored the terrible previous “Coda” tales, and I don’t blame you, now is the time to pick one up. Hopefully the rest will be this good, as lead properly into the upcoming ongoing series.
Doctor Who Classics Series 2 #10
regular cover shown–oddly, the same cover as the Marvel US run that reprinted this story
The first story I actually have already, as it was the final story reprinted during the Marvel US run back in the 80’s. (Number 23, to be exact.) The Doctor believes he is in 1983 on an uninhabited island. Instead he ends up captured by a Japanese soldier name Fuji who is still fighting World War 2–as are the airplanes of that period in the air, one of which bombs the TARDIS. An American pilot is shot down, and Fuji goes to take him prisoner as well, but because the Doctor was able to get the bullets out of his gun, the Japanese is instead killed by the American.
In the next story, the Doctor comes across the American (whose name isn’t given in this story) who tells him the year is 1963. Instead of just assuming he got his date wrong (which has happened quite often throughout the series, he instead believes he’s on a parallel Earth and lost in time. He ends up wandering into the ocean while lost in thought and nearly drowns until the American saved him. The Doctor decides to take him along as a new companion.
Neither soldier in the story really wants to be part of the war, and are only there via circumstances. It could have been an interesting look at the two sides, but it just doesn’t work for me. It’s probably one of Steve Parkhouse’s weaker stories. I would have liked to have seen Fuji join along with “the American” (who I hope gets named next story) to see how the two get along. I also find it fascinating that the US Marvel run ended just before the first American companion. (In the comics, anyway–I don’t know if this story predates Peri, although continuity wise it would have to, since Peri was there when Peter Davidson regenerated into Colin Baker.) Not a strong story, but I’m at least interested to see what Parkhouse did with it since I’ve enjoyed his Who stories in the past.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #3
cover “A” shown
I had a feeling that this comic should have went an extra issue, but the more I think about it the more I think that maybe they couldn’t have done the final battle in the comic the way they did in the movie without it being a little boring to read. Then again, maybe they would have, but we’ll never know. At least they did a more than fair job with Spock’s death scene. While the painted art style still isn’t a favorite, it actually worked here. In fact, Spock looks worse (in a good way for the audience) in this art that he did in the movie. Are those supposed to be his face muscles we’re seeing?
It also worked good for the spaceship and the nebula, and unlike the previous books, some of the facial expressions worked, and some didn’t. It was hit or miss, but more hits than in the past two issues.
So should you get it? Considering that the movie has never been adapted until now, and probably won’t be in the future, if you can find the three individual issues, or the trade, I would suggest getting it. It isn’t perfect, but it’s not necessarily a bad adaptation.
Muppet Robin Hood #4 (Boom! Kids)
cover “A” shown
This one kind of ends on a neutral note for me. It’s the standard Robin Hood ending as the King returns and Robin and Marian get married, just Muppet style, but I didn’t expect anything else.
(I’m trying to take up space so the text will go past the cover shot with these reviews by the way. I never have that problem with my usual format.)
What brought it down for me, however, was the “fourth wall” breaking. I haven’t minded it in the past three issues, and the nod to the next parody, Muppet Peter Pan was cute. However, while those were minor notations that they were in a comic, the fact that they actually go searching for the narrator (the Newsman) is more like letting Crazy Harry lose on it. Then there’s the last minute cameos of characters so obscure I couldn’t even track them down on the Muppet Wiki if I wanted this done on time. Overall, it’s still a fun story, and you should get the whole thing if your a Muppet or parody fan.
I also picked up the first two issues of The Muppet Show: The Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson (“b” covers), and I’m not as impressed as I was with the first miniseries. Roger still does a good job with the sketches (although the musical numbers still don’t work in text). For some reason he does “Pigs In Space” every issue (maybe it was his favorite segment), but we also get other classics like Wayne and Wanda, more news, “Bear on Patrol”, and the dance number.
It’s in the backstage stories that it’s kind of weak compared to the last mini. Apparently, Kermit hires a body double for a sketch but doesn’t tell anyone, which should be hilarious but isn’t. Also, he’s a thief. Dr. Bunsen and Beaker are working on making Animal smarter, but he’s losing his drumming skills as a counter, and correcting everyone’s grammar, but not talking much himself. (His place in the bad is taken by an evil hypnotist.) These two stories take away from the titular tale, with the rats trying to find a treasure Scooter found a map for in the basement. There’s also a missing rat, Sherman, with Animal finding his helmet, and acting concerned, but if there’s a payoff, it’s in a future issue. Kermit’s thieving lookalike, Kismet the Toad, is looking to steal the treasure from under the rats, but there are just too many stories going on at one time to really get into either one, and the whole treasure hunt thing you’d expect to be the focus is really just background to the rest of it.
Get this one for the comedy sketches, but the backstage stuff is kind of a disappointment. Between Kismet, the hypnotist, Animal, and the treasure hunting rats, there are too many things going on.
Hopefully, next week will see me back to my usual format, including the Best Scene of the Week award. There are just too many comics, and too much Linkara catch-up other work to do it right this round. Sorry.