Rain Like The Heart Of Wonder Woman
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"Iron fist Heart Of The Dragon" Marvel: I thoroughly enjoyed this issue! I was surprised by the antagonist, none other than [Redacted] caught red handed by Danny Rand stealing a [Redacted]! What the heck does he want that for? It's light and fun, adventurous and comical. Power Man is in it, and is almost certainly going to be a major player in the story. That team up is always sweet! This is a great example of craftsmanship, meaning the book isn't recreating the wheel, or breaking the characters and redefining them with some new paradigm' it's just a really good story. Well written, well paced, well drawn. What this lacks in innovation it more than makes up for with stellar execution. 8 hearts out of 10
"Rain Like Hammers" Image: This is a peaceful book, it isn't a story about fighting aliens, or deviant cultists raising a dark lord, or even the comforting familiarity of a police procedural. This book is the mundane elevated to the sacred. It revels in it's depiction of the small moments between moments. Eating, watching your favorite show, deciding who to call, being afraid you're a bother, how you fit in to a new office or neighborhood. I'm probably making it sound boring and I'm sorry that is not my goal. It's an enjoyable book, it's a relaxing book, it's a familiar book for anyone who has wondered how or if they fit in, who their friends are, or where their friends went. There is a bit of excitement near the end, but I think it was used to punctuate the monotony of daily life. 8 fizzy earth drinks out of 10
"Future State: Wonder Woman" DC: First off the cover and Seeing Wonder Woman wearing fallen heroes key items is killer...where did I see that already...(Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, read it it's next level) Anyways back to Future State, I love how she looks. Becky Cloonan does a great job portraying Wonder Woman as fearless, kind, loving, and hopeful but also willing to fight when the time calls for it. An unstoppable enemy is arriving on a desolate world struggling to survive only to be met by our most powerful heroes...a few amazons, Wonder Woman and an aging superman. 7 mortal trinkets out of 10
"Crimson Flower" Dark Horse: Assassins, Mystery, Schizophrenia, Sales! I don't know what to say or what to make of this title. It's good. It's sticking with me. The art is lumpy, and strained. Not rushed, but strained. I can't think of a better way to describe it. Maybe I'll come up with something better if I let this percolate a couple days. Nope, that's all I got!
"Maestro: War & Pax" Marvel: This is part two of the ongoing saga of the Maestro! A future evil version of The Hulk! If you enjoyed the Maestro's debut during "Future Imperfect" or Peter David's follow up "Maestro" from late last year, you're gonna want to read this. In volume 1 we learn how The Hulk survived the nuclear winter, how he discovered Dystopia (The last remnant of a human city), and defeated Hercules to take over as the ruling Godking. Now read along to discover how The Maestro continues to selflessly work and sacrifice to bring peace and prosperity to a dying world...or rule with a gamma fist!
"I Breathed A Body" Aftershock: A global social media empire is run by three core individuals, their success is spurred by the founder's son's (Mylo) rise as an unabashed and unabridged influencer. Until one day Mylo makes a live stream that shocks the media empire and the world to it's core. That write up probably wasn't great, and while it is what happens, it in no way captures the tone or atmosphere of this book. It's a heavy story, it deals with some serious issues, and also sets up a mystery in the first two pages.
"Future State: Catwoman" DC: Catwoman and her kitties (they're not real cats, not does anyone in the book refer to her followers that way, a real missed opportunity) are robbing a train! how very retro!
"Future State: Nightwing" DC Is Nightwing hunting the Magistrate or is the Magistrate hunting Nightwing?
"Future State: Superman: Worlds At War" DC: A group of people saved by Superman wax poetic on who he is or was and where he could be. Spoilers, he's trapped on War World and the fight starts in issue two!
"Future State: Shazaam" DC: Shazaam is acting strange, everyone on the league is beginning to notice. Also villains and criminals are turing up dead and no one knows why!