Summer is rearing its ugly little punk head here in the Philippines and I hate it. Good thing there’s comics, am I right? Let’s review some comics, you little punks.
Ms. Marvel #1
First of all, can I just say that this book is gorgeous? From the cover by Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor to the interior art by Adrian Alphona with colors by Ian Herring, Ms. Marvel #1 is a visual delight. I cringe whenever I use that expression but whatever, this book deserves it. But it’s not just pretty, though. It has substance too.
G. Willow Wilson gives us a fun and in-depth look at the life of Kamala Khan, our new teen heroine. Immediately, we are introduced to an array of supporting characters who seem to be as interesting as our main girl, which is kind of rare in superhero comics. The only other superheroes with extensive sets of interesting supporting characters I could think of are Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman — and they’ve been around for decades. Having an interesting supporting cast right out of the gate gives me hope that this book will be a blast.
As for Kamala herself, she carries on the Marvel tradition of regular teenagers who are placed in unusual circumstances, given superhuman abilities, and tested to their limits. Just thinking about all the trials and hijinks she will be involved in as a Muslim teen Inhuman superhero from New Jersey, well, it kind of excites me.
I give Ms. Marvel #1 5 out of 5 delicious infidel meat sammiches.
I can’t believe I haven’t read a Turok book before. I’m actually kind of ashamed that I haven’t checked out a character who has the official title of “Dinosaur Hunter”. But I’m correcting that mistake now by picking up the new Turok book by Greg Pak and Mirko Colak.
I know absolutely nothing about Turok except for him being a dinosaur hunter so I’m glad they started fresh with this book. I don’t want to give anything away but the time period where this story takes place kind of throws me for a loop, specifically because there are dinosaurs around and there shouldn’t be, at least according to real world history. This plot twist definitely makes me want to see more.
On the art side, holy hell does Mirko Colak draw some pretty detailed panels or what? He gets creative with some of the panel layouts but he still keeps it clean, giving the book a widescreen feel.
I’ve read enough Greg Pak joints to know that while things may start out a bit slow, the action and the “oh shit!” moments can come at any moment. Pak and Colak, give us a second issue that is as cinematic and engaging as this one and I will be 100% sold. I give Turok #1 4 out of 5 witch boys.
Captain America #16.NOW – Jet Black is slowly turning into one of my favorite new characters, so I like how they dedicated this whole issue to focus on her. 4 out of 5 Jet Black butt shots.
All-New Invaders #2 – Still no Namor! There better be some Namor next issue because I’m ready to drop this title. In this economy, I can’t afford to stick with a new title if it can’t hook me by issue #3. 2 out of 5 pages full of exposition in a second issue.
X-Men #10.NOW – With that .NOW in the numbering, I expected a more friendly jumping-on point. Even as an X-Men fan, I still found this too confusing. It’s probably because of the number of characters packed into a single issue. I don’t know. Also, what is up with Rockslide being so serious in space? But at least the art is by two of my favorite artists right now, Kris Anka and Clay Mann. They’re the sex. 3 out of 5 hundred X-Men.
Black Widow #3 – Still the best title from the new wave of Marvel NOW! books. 5 out of 5 prison breaks.
Guardians of the Galaxy #11.NOW – It’s the second part of the crossover with All-New X-Men and the fun continues. The second half of the issue kind of died from all the talking, especially after an exciting first half. But hey, I still loved it, mostly because Sara Pichelli draws really, really well — especially when she’s drawing the ladies. 4 out of 5 hot alien chicks.
And now, to end this post, here’s an example of Sara Pichelli drawing really, really well: