Best of the Week: Comics

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‘Southern Cross #1′- Roommate Problems in Space

Have you ever seen or met someone that you are sure is suspicious or not to be trusted? Then, they keep showing up in your life for some reason or another. Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger take this every day human problem and combine it with interplanetary space travel and a high-tech mystery in Southern Cross #1. Southern Cross is actually the huge, crowded tanker that the protagonist Alex takes to the distant moon of Titan to get the body and effects of her sister Amber, a big-wig for the oil company… read the full article.

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #16 is a return to form for the series

With Spider-Verse finally over, Peter Parker finally gets to return to the streets of New York for a smaller, more grounded adventure. But after being gone for so long, can Peter repair the damage that’s been done in his absence… read the full article.

Star Wars #3 Brings The Story To An Action Packed, But Abrupt End

With this issue, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday wrap up the inaugural story of Marvel’s new Star Wars series. An action-orientated finale finds the Rebels fleeing from the surging fury of Darth Vader aboard their purloined AT-AT walker, desperate to reach the Millennium Falcon, as Luke does his best to ensure their mission wasn’t for naught. As a single issue, it’s all a bit rushed (particularly in the subplot with Threepio losing control of the Falcon to a group of scavengers, which added a nice bit of tension to last issue but doesn’t really payoff much here), but it’s to the larger story’s benefit that it only runs three issues. Overall, there’s not much plot here (Rebel mission goes south in part 1, they try to escape in issue 2, they escape in issue #3), but thankfully it doesn’t get stretched out any further than three issues… read the full article.

Relevant and challenging questions are posed within ‘The Surface’ #1

Ales Kot has been presenting some very challenging subject matters within the comic book world over the last couple years through series like Change and Zerofrom Image and even approaching well established characters under a unique light in Secret Avengers and Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldierread the full article.

‘Ms. Marvel’ #13: building up the courage

Since its release last year, Ms. Marvel has stood as one of the most subversive and earnest teenage superhero books coming out of either of the Big Two. It’s drawn in fans both old and new who never dreamed to see a teenage Pakistani-American girl don superhero tights and stand up against injustice in her own home city. The book has been charged with the fury of Millennials sick of being told they’re the social rot that marks the downfall of society… read the full article.

‘Hellbreak’ #1 is a devilish delight

If there’s one thing that’s to be said about Cullen Bunn, it’s that he’s someone who knows how to get things done. At the moment, he has at least half a dozen projects coming out the door with several of the big comics publishing houses. Here’s one of his projects for when he’s not shooting off high profile titles from Marvel or DC, it’s a little book calledHellbreak. This title has one of the most fantastic and out there ideas in a long time, the special brand of pulpy weird science fiction that is the life blood of comic books… read the full article.

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #15: When is an epilogue not an epilogue?

Well, it’s finally over. After six months and nearly thirty books, including set-up and tie-in issues, Spider-Verse has finally come to an end. After putting an end to the Inheritor threat, the remaining Spiders get a chance to find their way home and get back to their lives. But before they can do that, there’s a last bit of convoluted exposition to wade through before Peter Parker – and the readers – can move on… read the full article. 

The end of ‘Earth 2′ at #32

Well, it’s finally come, the last issue of Earth 2. The reason Earth 2 and its weekly series Earth 2: World’s End gets reviewed every week is that despite all the bad worlds said about in the last six months, Earth 2 used to be one of the best books coming out of DC. In fact, it was one of the few books that made the New 52 somewhat justified in its existence. Instead of rehashing older stories or making embarrassing changes to characters older than the company that published them, Earth 2 did something different. It build a whole new world from the ground up, embracing its comic book roots by being a series about ordinary people swept up into the world of the impossible, and altruism and hope overcome the darkest to times… read the full article.

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