A lot of great stuff came out this week and one bit of heartbreaking news. We are marching right along to Secret Wars, which comes out in a month. I may do a catch up article on everything that Hickman has been doing with both Avengers titles so that anyone that reads it can catch up without having to spend the time or the money, but back onto this week! I’ve got four books worth recommending so check these out!
So coming at you at number 4 is Uncanny Inhumans #0! A brand new series by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven. Soule has been writing the Inhuman title for a while, but now he’s got McNiven! You may recognize McNiven’s art from Civil War and Old Man Logan. McNiven is one of my all time favorites especially when he draws Captain America (my favorite hero). Black Bolt is another one of my favorites so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see how McNiven handles the King of the Inhumans. McNiven’s work is absolutely beautiful, both in terms of how he illustrates Black Bolt and how he handles Black Bolt’s powers. I of course must direct your attention to the picture on the right. The middle panel is just fantastic. Every single illustration in this book is absolutely incredible and perfect (at least for me) in every way. The story for this book is pretty good. I’m not a Charles Soule fan, but I thought this was a solid first issue. Soule handled Black Bolt very well.
There have been a lot of people harvesting Inhuman cocoons for money. Black Bolt intervenes and then returns to his wife, Medusa, Black Bolt begins looking for his son, who has been lost since the Fall of Atillan way back in Infinity. After having a confrontation with his wife, Black Bolt uses the Inhuman teleporter, Eldrac, to take him to where his son is. This puts him right in front of Kang’s fortress. After a brief skirmish, Kang grants Black Bolt entrance. Kang reveals there is no future. The time stream is devoid of it for some reason. Ahura emerges from the shadows to yell at his father for giving him to Kang. Black Bolt being unable to speak says nothing. He opens up a bottle containing the Terrigen Mist and releases it on his son. He is able to psychically communicate with Ahura before he tells him he will be reborn. A cocoon surrounds Ahura. Black Bolt asks Kang to save his son by taking him into the time stream. Kang tells Black Bolt that if he does this then his son will belong to Kang forever. Black Bolt agrees.
The plot for this book is pretty great and I cannot wait for Ahura to come back transformed. I wonder if he’ll have the same power as his father or will he be even more powerful? Having KAng involved in the book is great. I really do love Kang, he is a great villain that will somehow always exist. The future constantly changes, but Kang endures. I loved the work they did with him during Young Avengers and Children’s Crusade. He is a great villain. Having him involved in anyway has me interested. For as long as McNiven is on this book I will be in for the ride. If the story is continuously good then I will probably stay on board, but that will have to be proven to me before McNiven moves on.
Let’s talk about Southern Bastards #8, my number 3. The book has consistently been one of the best pick ups from image. So far the second volume has been about Coach Boss’ past. It makes sense how this guy turned out to be such a mean bastard. There will probably be some more flashbacks about Coach Boss leading up to him controlling the town. The story for this book is awesome and every few issues we get a great tease of what’s to come. That is in the form of Bert Tubb, Earl’s daughter. I cannot wait for her to show up and find out everything that has happened. This will be amazing as soon as this happens, which hopefully will be in the next volume.
I’d like to spotlight some great dialogue on Aaron’s part, coupled with Latour’s amazing art. The page to the left is after Boss becomes the coach of the Rebs. He is given the position because he makes a deal and gives the criminals (the ones his daddy has been ripping off) his daddy’s corpse. Yep, Boss kills his daddy. The next day Boss is made coach and the old coach is fired. This page, the one to the left, is awesome. I found myself on Boss’ side and that was the point of revealing Boss’ past. It was so satisfying to see Boss become coach and threaten that ex-coach to never miss a game. Its crazy to be on Boss’ side when we all know what he’s about to do.
I don’t even like football at all, but this comic is amazing. I cannot wait for what’s to come. Bert is going to wage war on the town and make Boss and everyone involved with him pay. I cannot wait to see Latour draw these pages.
Latour has killed it this week with comics. My number two is another Latour comic, Spider-Gwen #3. The last issue of this book was alright, but this issue was great. Gwen returns home to talk to her father to basically tell him that she is going to give up on being Gwen Stacy and instead was going to focus on being Spider-Woman. It was the conclusion she came to after everything that has happened to her. Like Peter Parker, Gwen’s being haunted by the death of Peter. With a death like his hanging over her, its natural that she would be led to this conclusion.
So Gwen is attacked by the Vulture in her house, but the Vulture wasn’t coming for her. He instead was coming for her dad. Gwen throws her costume on and fights Vulture. Rodriguez’s art for this book is always fantastic especially when he’s drawing fight scenes. I love the jokes that Latour couples with Rodriguez’s art. They’re better than the main Spider-Man title.
If you want a Spider-book, this is the better one to pick up because it only gets better with each issue. Plus you have real fun takes on characters like Captain Frank Castle. I didn’t think we would see him brandish the old skull shirt, but apparently Castle does not change, only his methods of achieving his goals does. Again, Rodriguez’s ability to draw action scenes rules! Spider-Woman, after defeating Vulture in a cloud of gas, has to fight Captain Castle. She barely manages to beat him and knowing Castle, he will come back better prepared the next time. He also manages to unmask her before she knocks him out. So now Castle has seen her face and that cannot be good. She is going to have to retreat further into her Spider-Woman identity.
My number one favorite book of this week is going to have to be Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #5. This concludes the events of 1952 for Hellboy. Hellboy manages to defeat Von Klempt and look real cool in front of a burning Nazi flag (see the featured image for this post). So Von Klempt is beaten and a monkey gets away with his head. The agents try to track down Bob, the traitor, but he’s nowhere to be found. Bob actually ends up in Buenas Aires where he is meeting a man named Mr. Frost (HA!) that tasked Bob with the mission to kill Hellboy. Mr. Frost believes that Hellboy is what he actually is, the herald of the end. Now Mr. Frost wants Bob to return to the B.P.R.D. and kill Prof. Bruttenholm then Hellboy. None of that happens because Bob suddenly burst into flames. Varvara has seen fit to save her favorite human, Prof. Bruttenholm. She threatens Mr. Frost to be nice to the Professor because he is her favorite. Now if this were real life, Mr. Frost assuredly would shit his pants. This demon presents itself as a little girl and likes to act like one too. Arcudi and Mignola have been proving that they are a force to be reckoned. They are crafting some of the greatest stories in comics. Anything these two do individually and as a team are worth checking out!
I really love this story. This is a great insight into all those years that are never elaborated on. Supposedly there is going to be a new mini series for every year leading up to Seed of Destruction. However, earlier this week Mignola announced that he and Arcudi are going to begin ending the Mignolaverse. They are going to put Hellboy and B.P.R.D. to rest because they finally had the conversation that plotted the end of the universe. I really respect that they are deciding to do this and its not roped up with sales or anything, but I also hate that there is going to be a few less great comics in my life. I do not know if this news means Lobster Johnson, Baltimore, and Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. are all going to end too because these series all technically take place in the past. So we’ll have to stay tuned and find out.