In the future, these posts are going to be a weekly thing, but right now, I’m trying to catch up, so I’m just gonna do batch posts until I am caught up (ideally by the end of the year!). Today I read these eight issues. Here’s some short and sweet reviews! Format of these types of posts may change as I play around with things, and hopefully future photos will be better than just comics on the least cat-haired section of my carpet!
Buckle in, because this is gonna be long.
Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1-2 ✦ story: Roxanne Gay, Yona Harvey, Ta-Nehisi Coates ✦ art: Alitha E. Martinez, Afua Richardson ✦ inks: Roberto Poggi, Alitha E. Martinez ✦ colors: Rachelle Rosenberg, Tamra Bonvillain ✦ covers: Afua Richardson
The Dora Milaje are the personal bodyguards of the Wakandan royal family. Aja is a new initiate to the order, and Aneka, her captain, has mixed feelings about this hotheaded new recruit when Aja begins questioning the legitimacy of the Black Panther’s claim to the throne. Meanwhile, Zenzi, a woman from Wakanda’s neighbor of Niganda, is also questioning the foundations of Wakandan society.
After a little bit of a rough start, I’ve been enjoying the current Black Panther series. I admit to being someone who jumped on board after being introduced to the character in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year, so my lack of knowledge of the character’s history and also some of the more far-reaching events affecting things in the Marvel universe meant I was pretty confused at the beginning of the new series. World of Wakanda would have been very welcome then, as it is a prequel to the main series, explaining who Aja, Aneka, Zenzi, and Tetu are and giving more background on their motivations.
I actually had no intention to subscribe to this series, but my comic store threw it in my box since I’m subscribed to the main series, and I figured why not. As it is, I’m not really sure if it’s meant to be a miniseries just to introduce the antagonists from the main series or if it will go off in another direction after that. I can’t help but wonder if this series was created solely due to people being confused at the beginning of the main series as well. Either way, I’m glad to be seeing some real background to these characters.
Future Quest #7 ✦ story: Jeff Parker ✦ art: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Ron Randall, Steve Lieber ✦ colors: Veronica Gandini ✦ cover: Evan “Doc” Shaner
As the dimensional rifts grow slightly dormant, Falcon 7 addresses the UN and Jonny, Hadji, Race, and Jan meet with Dr. Kim Conroy in the hopes she can shed some light on the situation now that Dr. Quest has been kidnapped. Meanwhile, Birdman helps Ty get a handle on his newfound powers as Mightor, and Archimedes Zim reveals his motives may not match up with those of F.E.A.R. In LA, the Impossibles try to keep the press away from another rift when something surprising comes crashing through.
This is a weird series. The concept of the “Hanna Barbera shared universe” is one thing, but actually trying to keep track of all the myriad storylines is getting increasingly complicated. It probably doesn’t help that I’m unfamiliar with basically all of the properties involved aside from Space Ghost and Jonny Quest. On the other hand, it’s kind of a work of mad genius, and its stayed pretty consistent both story and art-wise. I’m enjoying it and have every plan of seeing it through (I can’t imagine this is going to be a comic that lasts forever). If you’re a closet (or out and proud!) fan of 1960s Hanna Barbera cartoons and have often wondered what would happen if Birdman met Space Ghost, I very much recommend this weird little book.
Giant Days #20-21 ✦ story: John Allison ✦ art: Max Sarin ✦ inks: Liz Fleming ✦ colors: Whitney Cogar ✦ covers: Lissa Treiman
Our girls are all set and ready to move into their new rental house, only to find that all of the furniture has been hastily repaired with duct tape and glue. After a trip to IKEA, they have created their own personal paradise, until a burglary first brings their spirits down, and then renews them.
John Allison is one of my favorite all-around comics guys. He’s been doing webcomics since the late 90s, creating a whole universe centered around the fictional British town of Tackleford, where things in general are more than a little off-kilter. I was introduced to his work via Kate Beaton’s lengthy list of friends at the bottom of Hark! A Vagrant, got VERY into his ongoing webcomic project Bad Machinery, and haven’t looked back.
Where Giant Days fits into the Tackleford canon isn’t really important. What’s important is that it’s a very good comic, and these two issues continue to be very good. While I do love Allison’s art, Max Sarin really sells the expression and body language in these comics. They’re ostensibly about a trio of college friends doing nothing, but they’re so entertaining to both read and look at. John Allison writes caricatures that feel real, and Max Sarin draws the same. That’s a lot of the charm of Giant Days: even as completely ridiculous things happen around them, I always find something to relate to.
Read Giant Days! And read Bad Machinery! It’s on hiatus for the holidays anyway, so there’s no better time to catch up. If you’re not into webcomics, you can also buy the collected editions of Bad Machinery from Oni Press.
Hawkeye #1 ✦ story: Kelly Thompson ✦ art: Leonardo Romero ✦ colors: Jordie Bellaire ✦ cover: Julian Totino Tedeso
Hawkeye is back! Kate Bishop is once again trying to establish herself as a part-time superhero, full-time PI in California, but she’s got that other Hawkeye’s reputation working against her, as well as a general misconception that she’s running an optometrist’s office.
Between the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye and the Gillen/McKelvie Young Avengers, I have developed a deep love for Kate Bishop. Sure, Clint Barton’s okay, but Kate is the Hawkeye of my heart, and I was very excited to see her taking center stage on the new Hawkeye book (I have literally no idea what this series is really called. Hawkeye Now? A Marvel mystery I don’t care to solve). Kate’s stint as a PI towards the end of the Fraction run was mostly a disaster, and her new attempt is not honestly shaping up much better. The montage of her baffled would-be clients (all looking for either Clint Barton or an eye doctor) was particularly fun. I’m glad to see Romero is carrying on the Hawkeye “style” that’s basically been established since David Aja.
Kate may not be as unfortunate as Clint, but she’s got the same nose for trouble and this is already shaping up to be an entertaining series. I’m also very excited for the possibility of some Hawkeye/America crossover action with Miss America Chavez’s series starting early next year.
Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat #12-13 ✦ story: Kate Leth ✦ art: Brittney L. Williams ✦ colors: Rachelle Rosenberg ✦ covers: Brittney L. Williams
Patsy, Ian, and Jubilee continue to try to figure out what in the heck Black Cat’s deal is. Meanwhile, Black Cat gets her claws into Bailey, which makes the rescue mission a lot more complicated. Also Ian gets a cool new look!
Hellcat is, like Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, part of my monthly dose of pure Comic Fun. Leth’s writing is always entertaining, Williams’s art is stylistic and fun, and everything is colorful and zany and awesome. I love this comic (it is, in fact, the only reason I read a whole eight comics today… I tend to read my comics alphabetically by title, and once I got to the Hs I couldn’t stop until I’d gotten caught up on Hellcat).
Despite how much I love it, though, this whole Black Cat storyline is… long. I have no idea where it’s going, which isn’t a bad thing, but that means there’s also no end in sight. The final page of #13 makes it seem like a turnaround is coming up, which I hope means we’ll be back to the odd jobs and hijinks that make this comic so fun.
That wraps up this comics post! I want to keep doing single issue reviews, so I hope you can be patient with me while I figure out how best to format these posts (and expect a few more long ones like this multiple times over the next week, since I have 23 more issues to read before the 31st!