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Over at Marvel this week, the beginning of the end is here. Wolverine has lost his healing factor and he has three months to live. The end of the man called Logan begins in Death of Wolverine #1; the Badoon have captured the Star-Lord. Luckily, Peter has a Kitty Pryde-sized ace to bust him out of jail, in Legendary Star-Lord #3; and New York is plunged into darkness by a new foe, and it will take everything Moon Knight has to stop him, in Moon Knight #7.
DC Comics brings us the shocking conclusion to the Injustice League storyline in Justice League #33; The Penguin and the Widow Black, together! Target: Gotham’s wealthy. Can the Dynamic Duo stop these larcenous layabouts?! Find out in Batman ’66 #42!
The murder mystery called Original Sin concludes this week with issue 8. Answers have been given, mysteries have been solved, and the status quo has been changed and some characters face a new destiny. But I am still scratching my head with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot still escaping my mouth now and again. We’re given a great flashback scene between Nick Fury and the Watcher that pretty much seals the deal and answers with sudden starkness the question of who killed the Watcher. Mike Deodato does some of his best art here, fitting for a long-awaited conclusion, as the stunned looks of all parties involved jump off the page. Jason Aaron ratchets up the tension as we hurtle to the end at breakneck speed, craving the answers we’ve been wanting for eight months.
However, we still don’t know what Fury said to Thor that caused him to become unworthy of Mjolnir. What was Doctor Midas’ goal throughout the series? Power? Was that it? And the Unseen? The mysterious figure at the end? What the …? *head scratch*
Marvel has managed to kill off three characters in this series who have been around longer than I have been reading comics, two of whom I have been a fan of for years. Uatu, Nick Fury, and Dum Dum Dugan, who discovered he’s been an LMD for 60 years and killed himself when he found out. And Fury’s death was to cement Fury Junior’s place in the Marvel U. We all know it. I hated that this was Fury’s last stand. And I won’t even mention that ridiculous scene at the end where Thor is forgotten on the moon, trying to lift his hammer as the Quinjet races past and Ant-Man asks, “Are we missing somebody?”
So, as a result of this, Winter Soldier gets another new solo series, revealed months ago, as he takes Fury’s place as The Man On The Wall. Female Thor will get her solo series this fall, and Angela, Neil Gaiman’s creation and now Thor and Loki’s sister, will get her own series as well.
I’m going to go back and read the whole thing in one swoop. Maybe I missed something. Maybe I’ll enjoy it more as a whole. But I was left very unsatisfied at the end. Earth’s heroes will find themselves unable to trust each other as Marvel’s next event, Axis, starts up. And that’s probably the point.
Positively, it was an intriguing story that offered some insight into one of Marvel’s oldest and most-taken-for-granted characters, with some off-the-wall team ups that likely wouldn’t have happened in any other story. I’m eager to see the aftermath, because when it comes down to it, I care about the characters. And that’s what matters.
Jack Burton, Egg Shen, and Pete the demon conclude their trek down the Midnight Road to free the souls of the three storms to rescue Wang Chi from the clutches of sorcerer Qiang Wu. That’s a mouthful, eh?
This book is belly-laugh-out-loud funny every single time and Eric Powell’s previously expressed love for the mythos shines. This one takes a slightly more serious turn (only slightly) as Wang Chi’s predicament becomes even more treacherous, and we get another tale of a wife of ol’ Jack, his first wife, in fact, and this one in no way supernatural. In a very sad and poignant scene crafted by Executive Producer John Carpenter and writer Powell, we see Jack in a pretty tender place regarding his first wife, and we learn the reason why he didn’t kiss Gracie Law goodbye at the end of the movie.
Toss in a final fight with those demon monkeys who peed on the Pork Chop Express, Brian Churilla’s art, another Wing Kong/Chang Sing throwdown, our villain having some juvenile fun at Jack’s expense, and a pretty nice cliffhanger, and you’ve got everything that makes Big Trouble in Little China so much fun every month. Churilla makes me imagine an animated Cartoon Network-y (see, I did it again. Thanks, Joss Whedon) series that I would make sure I was home to watch. Forget the DVR. Some things you just have to see first run. Always the first read from my pull list. Great book.
And that is Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comments are always welcome. Did anyone else read Original Sin and come away with a permanent squint? Sound off! This is your comic book review column.
I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged the Krypton Radio staff. So a shout-out to our own Willow Leafstorm, Krypton Radio’s Dynamic DJ, Siren of Steampunk, Diva of Dieselpunk, Ethereal Goddess Extraordinaire, and host of the best darn Anime and J-Pop Music Show on the Intarwebs; she was the first to accept my challenge, and hopefully she’ll post the video for all to see soon. She’s a trooper. I dig her. You can catch her Steampunk and Dieselpunk Music shows on Wednesday and Friday nights, and Willow Leafstorm’s ‘Planet Tokyo’ every Sunday night.
If you miss any of them, you can only blame yourself.
It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See ya next week!