Everyone is excited about the new Star Wars movie. Especially after Lucasfilm dropped their full length trailer and for all intents and purposes it looks pretty damn good. While the world patiently waits another 2 months to see the Force Awakens in theaters Marvel smartly published a 4 issue miniseries called Shattered Empire (Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens). This was a comic I was hotly anticipating, a chance to prep myself for Episode 7 and bridge the gap between the original trilogy and the new one. Marvel announced that Greg Rucka, one of my favorite writers would be doing the book and this turned into an absolute must buy for me.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD (kind of, but there ain’t much to spoil)
With all the flurry of SDCC announcements recently it was hard to digest and take it all in. One of them in particular really stood out and bothered me. Greg Rucka would be leaving the new Cyclops series after issue #6. This is unfortunate because Rucka is one of my favorite writers; I think Gotham Central is one of the few truly flawless series that exists. His reasons for leaving are legit enough, he does pen a few other different series and wants to concentrate on his novel writing. I respect that. I’m just sad to see him leave the only Marvel title he was doing.
Matt Murdock is a terrible person and that is exactly what makes him so interesting. I’ve said it before but I actually find him way more compelling than his super hero counterpart. As the storyline started way back by Bendis draws close to the end, the line between Daredevil and Murdock begins to blur again even further.
Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark begin the last act of their run together picking up where the previous installment ended. Milla is in the Insane Asylum thanks to Mr. Fear who Daredevil violently brought to justice. Yet, the crime has already been perpetrated and can’t be undone. Murdock seems to finally realize (and it’s about time) that anyone he loves ends up in harm’s way or worse dead.
Summer always seems to be a hot bed for the comics industry releasing trade paperbacks and this year is certainly no exception. I did my best to compile a list to the ones I feel are worth noting. Please realize though that all issue content and artwork are subject to change and shouldn’t be deemed as official. The dates also reflect online retailer likes Amazon (brick and mortar comic shops tend to get their hands on these a few weeks ahead of time). So think of this as more of a guideline.
Sledgehammer 44 Vol. 1
Release Date: June 10
Collects Sledgehammer 44 #1-2 and Lightning War #1-3
I’m not as well versed in the Mignolaverse as I’d like to be, but I try not to miss anything that takes place further back in its history. Mainly Lobster Johnson and any of the B.P.R.D. secret origin stories that occur in the 1940’s. This trade collects two miniseries, Sledgehammer 44 by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and art by Jason Latour and Lightning War by the same writing team with Laurence Campbell art.
What about the story you say? I don’t know the finer details but I can tell you it involves a man in iron suit dropped into the front lines of WWII to decimate Nazis. Do you really need to know anymore? It seems like Mignola’s twist on Iron Man and I’m more than ok with that.
I like Batman, but I don’t care about him and I never have. I realized this as I recently read through Scott Snyder’s first work on Batman, 2011’s “The Black Mirror”. While I devoured the trade and certainly enjoyed it, I was more drawn to the back up, secondary story ‘Skeleton Cases’. This involved the return of James Gordon Jr. to Gotham (who was barely mentioned in 24 years since 1987’s Year One storyline) and the possibility that he could be a psychotic killer. It’s an excellent story aided by the art of the great Francesco Francavilla that really probes Commissioner Gordon’s psyche.
I’ve always loved Gordon, in an insane and outrageous place like Gotham he’s the reader’s link to the “real world” and the common man. I did some research and found there was scarce little material or series that followed Gordon as the main character. Which in my opinion is pretty shameful on DC’s part. Between Batman and the Batman family there’s a billion titles, are you telling me one can’t go to Gordon? (Detective Comics, I’m looking at you…it could be a perfect fit). I digress. However, I was able to find the next best thing, Gotham Central.