Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading.
I’ve seen all of the Star Wars films a bunch of times and own a bunch of Star Wars toys. But I am not a Star Wars fanatic. Neither am I a fan of comic books adapted from TV or film. None of the Dark Horse Star Wars series that I tried ever really did it for me. So, ladies and gentlemen, you can take it as a ringing endorsement if I say I’m a fan of Marvel’s Star Wars #1. It’d be next to impossible for any book to live up to the hype this title has generated, but Jason Aaron delivers the next best thing. He is certainly a fan, and his writing shows. The tone he sets, as well as multiple, clever visual cues, bring to mind the original film. The story takes place only a short while after the destruction of the first Death Star and is a straight-up adventure with a fast pace. John Cassaday’s pencils never leave you thinking, “That doesn’t look like so-and-so”, regardless of the character’s facial expression. And the highest compliment of any single issue, you’re sad when it ends & left eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Spider-Verse #2 is a strange book. The simply-named series would have you believe that it’s a key part of the Spider-Verse event. But it has about as much to do with what’s going on in Amazing Spider-Man as the price of tea in China. Granted, it features multiple Spider characters, but if you skipped it you wouldn’t miss out on anything of consequence. The book’s virtue is its art. You get 5 separate stories, with 5 distinct artists, most of them unlike what you’d typically see from one of the big two. The segment that’s entirely in Spanish will undoubtedly garner some online attention. I can’t seem to get enough of the idea of these different Spider people interacting in different scenarios, but if your budget’s tight, this one is a pass.
Jupiter’s Legacy #5 is this week’s stand out. Strangely, this looooong delayed issue (Do not confuse your disappointment in the book’s lateness with your feelings about its content.) is a great jumping on point, despite the fact that it’s the last installment of the first story arc. Trust me. The story jumps ahead a few years to when the titular characters now have their own offspring, so it’s a fresh look at this world’s superhero situation thru his eyes. Mark Millar and Frank Quitely deftly take all the postmodern commentary on superheroes in Watchmen, the violent reality of Miracleman, and the modern day savvy of Millar’s own Kick-Ass, throw in a touch of the Incredibles, and roll it up together into a mean little ball of action. When I was done, I was ready to go back and read it again – probably due, as much to anything, to Quitely delicate slash powerful pencils. FRANK QUITELY IS AWESOME. *ahem*
If you haven’t discovered Copperhead yet, you’re missing out. Issue #5 wraps up the title’s first arc with characteristic quietness. It’s so thoroughly a western, while at the same time so thoroughly a detective story, and an outer space (notice I didn’t say “science fiction”) story. And it manages this melding of genres consistently in each issue. Writer Jay Faerber and artist Scott Godlewski don’t feel the need to employee comic book conventions that this story might compel one to use. Instead, they trust the mood and their characters to do the heavy lifting. This is another book that I wish was a little longer each month.
The All-New Captain America continues to barrel along, packing an entire action film into each issue. Older Cap fans may feel that they’ve seen this film before, but hey – cliches are cliche for a reason. We continue to return to many stories because certain tales entertain even when we’ve seen ’em before. This particular scenario is one that Steve Rogers has found himself in before, but now it’s Sam Wilson’s time to shine and live up to the mantle. It doesn’t hurt that Stuart Immonen’s art would make even a super soldier weep. This story will cement Sam’s role as Cap for the readers, leaving the question, how long will Marvel retain the change?
Alright kiddies, that’s it for me this week. Tune in next week for another addition of “Meanwhile at The Hall of Comics”. Wanna know what else is out this week? Check out the full list of releases at The Hall of Comics NEW RELEASE page HERE.
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