Comic Corner: KaaPow!
Aquaman is cool. I don’t care what anybody thinks, he’s cool alright. This is what Geoff Johns thought too, before taking on the king of Atlantis in his own monthly series back at the New 52 reboot. Seven issues in and it’s safe to say that Johns succeeded in making Aquaman cool and relevant in the new DC universe. With this issue we get the setup to Johns’ next arc which involves a mystery team known as The Others, and the return of one of Aquaman’s greatest foes, Black Manta. The issue takes off from the start with the big reveal of Black Manta that shows him as cunning, skilful, and outright ruthless. It’s awesome. The bulk of the issue is filled with action going from jungles to oceans, with some frames that stick out in particular like Aquaman and Mera bringing ships ashore during a storm. Johns has proven his storytelling skills over and over and it looks like this arc won’t disappoint. Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, like always, give beautiful scenes with great art and vibrant colouring. This series should definitely be on your pull list.
IDW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8
Coming hot off recent events, there’s nothing better for Turtle fans than a quality Turtle comic. The new series started by IDW in the summer has impressed fans long and new with its fantastic story and great art. I’ve been more than pleased with this series that’s both held true to the fundamental TMNT canon while also adding in new elements that fit harmoniously with current times. Anyway, this issue picks up from last with mousers infiltrating the Turtles’ home, leaving Splinter and Don incapacitated and Leo struggling to defend them. This issue is packed with things to enjoy. We have mousers, Old Hob after the Turtles, Casey Jones and April O’Neil, talk of The Foot, and Krang striking the fear of God into Baxter Stockman. Pretty much all you could ask for. Here we also have an important plot point with the “first” introduction between the Turtles and April. It’s great seeing the Turtles in action again, especially having them fit into that badass ideal we all remember. Best way to end a great issue too is with a good cliff-hanger. What will become of our beloved Turtles and Master Splinter? Tune in next month to see!
Marvel: Avengers vs. X-Men #0
It’s almost here! Marvel has been campaigning for this epic event for months and it now comes out this week; and just to set the stage, Marvel gives us a #0 issue to prime us for what’s to come. Not much to say about this issue really other than it’s setting the stage for the great fight. We’re shown troubles on both sides with Scarlett Witch and Hope Summers causing all sorts of ruckus. We get a small glimpse at some of the players from both sides and we’re left with the impending threat, and most likely the spark of the battle approaching, the Phoenix. The series has a great team behind it and I’m sure it won’t disappoint. This is one that you might want to sign up for.
So that’s it for this edition of the Comic Corner. As always, when trouble strikes, look to the skies.