Comic Catch-Up #36

February 26, 2023

So I spent less time yesterday reading comics because I was going to spend time watching movies. I hit Cocaine Bear at the theater and saw two Netflix films yesterday.

What that meant was today would be a larger amount. In fact, I went to finish off a couple of the series available.

I have also been getting more into certain independent comics. I, of course, blame Todd, Ben, Pat and Drew at Comic World, but the truth is that I have been active trying certain books out that even they haven’t recommended. I like a good story no matter what company it is (except DC…jk).

So I have a few number ones down here that I am trying out to see if I want to continue it. Most are Image.

Vanish #1. Story by Donny Cates and art by Ryan Stegman. This issue was interesting. I did love the art by Ryan Stegman. There was a lot of world building going on in this issue introducing us to the characters and the circumstance that he was found in. Although I did kind of like the premise that they arrived at by the end of the book, I was not that engaged by what was happening and I am going to skip this one moving forward.

The Bone Yard Orchard Mythos Prelude. Written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Andrea Sorrentino. This was a Free Comic Book Day book that was included in an eBay order and it was very good. I do enjoy Jeff Lemire and this one hooked me immediately. I am also intrigued by the shared world that they are building with other horror comics at Image. I went into a deep dive on eBay with Lemire/Sorrentino books.

Hell to Pay #1. “The Shrouded College Book 1” Written by Charles Soule with art from Will Sliney. Cover art was done by Dave Johnson. Again, much like Vanish, this was fine, but did not inspire me to search out any more issues. The story was okay and the art was great, but I did not find myself as enthralled by the book than I wanted.

Love Everlasting #1. Written by Tom King and drawn by Elsa Charretier. I believe this is one that Todd stuck in my box. I originally glanced at it, but did not look at it closely. I do like Tom King, who wrote one of my favorite limited series, Vision. This one started like a romance comic, but suddenly, the story changed, but the main character, Joan Petersen, was in a new circumstance, with a new love and slight memories of the other. I have to say, I was intrigued at the idea. Am I intrigued enough to continue with this? No sure yet, but maybe.

The Last Book You’ll Every Read #5-7. Written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Leila Leiz. I wanted to be done with this book because I have not enjoyed it at all, but I was already into the book so I figured I might as well finish it up. However, there looks to be an issue #8 out there that I do not have (unless it is hidden in the piles) so I am now torn. Should I be the completist and grab the last issue since I have #1-7 or do I just let it go because I have not liked this book at all. Not sure which way to go. Maybe it will depend on how easily I can get my hands on it. Just not a fan of this one.

The Department of Truth #15. Writer: James Tynion IV. Artist: David Romero. I have enjoyed this series quite a bit, and this issue took it to an all-new level. This issue was about the Mothman legend and it was laid out in a much different style than any other comic book I have ever seen. It felt more like an adult style picture book with the text being much of an interview being carried out with “Doc” Dalton Hynes. Who exactly was performing the interview was redacted in a cool detail. This issue introduces an awesome character named Indrid Cold and ends with Hynes making some fascinating comments about Lee. While I would not want this to be in this format regularly, this was an exceptional special issue.

Finally up to Marvel….

Thor #31. “Blood of the Fathers Part One” Written by Torunn Grønbekk and Donny Cates with art from Nic Klein. I have caught up to Thor’s most current issue (although I have a bunch before this that I did skip and may need to go back to read eventually). Thor heads to Hel with Valkyrie to try and figure out what was going on. They came across some cool creatures such as a couple of giant ravens and Nidhogg, eater of the dead. There was a back up story with Thor and Black Panther as well which was written by Cheryl Lynn Eaton and art by Chriscross. No hint whether that back up story would make you want to…jump, jump.

Thing #4-6. “The Next Big Thing.” Finished this short series featuring Ben Grimm and I have to say that I did not like this at all. The first three issues were iffy for me and these three just did nothing for me. The story did not feel like one that The Thing should have been involved in. Things happened that made no sense and the supporting characters were terrible. That creepy kid was not really explained. Dr. Doom showed up with a storyline that I thought was done decades ago. Just not what I want from a Thing series.

Moon Knight #9. “Stranger” Written by Jed MacKay and drawn by Alessandro Cappuccio. Cover by Cory Smith & Rachelle Rosenberg. It was nice to have Moon Knight back in the Moon Knight book after last issue’s absence. I enjoyed this issue with Moon Knight making a deal with the House of Shadows.

Devil’s Reign: Moon Knight #1. Writer: Jed MacKay. Artist: Federico Sabbatini. Cover Art: Rod Reis. I found the book that covered Moon Knight’s absence from issue #8 and I really enjoyed Moon Knight perpetuating some prison violence with a bunch of B-level villains (if not C-level). Prison brought out the wild dog in Marc Spector.

Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #1. Part One of Five. Written by Torunn Grønbekk and drawn by Michael Dowling. A new short series to start featuring Jane Foster once again taking up the hammer to become the Mighty Thor … or will she because she has not yet taken the power of Thor (who is missing here) despite the rambling of Hammer Odin.

Black Panther #4. “The Long Shadow Book Four” Written by John Ridley and drawn by Juann Cabal with Ibrahim Moustafa. T’Challa appears to be letting his own paranoia get the better of him as he accuses his friend and sleeper agent Omolola. They fight it out on the outskirts of Wakanda. Shuri had provided evidence that the assassins were tied to the fighting style from Wakanda.

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