Welcome to another Four-Color Bullet, the only comic-book review column that’s getting it’s own series on Netflix. Denzel Washington is cast as me.
Over on the Marvel Comics side of the multiversal boundary, Miguel O’Hara tries to adjust to life in 2014, being a Spider-Man out of time, and keeping his secret identity safe from his boss, in Spider-Man 2099 #2; Ben Grimm. Murderer? The secret revealed in Fantastic Four #8, a pivotal Original Sin tie-in; Arnim Zola wages war on New York, but there’s no Captain America to stop him. Can the Avengers rally and stop him, in Captain America #23.
On the DC Comics side of the multiversal barrier, Batman is after a killer who has haunted Gotham for years, in Batman #34; Have the Green Hornet and Kato finally become the criminals everyone believes them to be?! All-out battle ensues! In Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet #7; Constantine realizes he’s on to something much bigger than he thought as the events of five years into DC’s future begin to collide, in Futures’ End.
From IDW this week, The Q Gambit continues in Star Trek: Ongoing #36 as Q thrusts Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise of the new movies into the future. But does Deep Space Nine exist in this new reality? Krang and the Shredder have always been two separate and opposing forces that have dominated the lives of the Turtles. But now, for the first time, they’re joining forces, in this special stand-alone issue, number 37, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. UFOs, the return of the Cigarette Smoking Man, and the New Syndicate, in the mind-blowing conclusion of the Pilgrims story arc in The X-Files: Season 10 #15.
And Dark Horse Comics drops the curtain on a decades-long period of award-winning Star Wars storytelling, with Star Wars #20. Next stop: Marvel.
It is on! The penultimate issue of Original Sin finally hits its action-packed stride, as Captain America rallies the Avengers to take on Nick Fury. In space! Colonel Fury has been a bad little monkey with all of his secrets and manipulation and the heroes are fed up. And while you, the reader, know what Fury’s been up to, our heroes are still largely left in the dark.
The elderly Fury still has some fight in him and, as a matter of fact, one hero will be majorly affected by the battle. We get some flashbacks to the moment the Watcher was killed. But we still don’t get all of the answers, and there’s a still a lot left to be revealed in next month’s final issue. It leaves you wondering what else writer Jason Aaron is going to throw at us. And Mike Deodato’s art is amazing. Jason Aaron gives him a lot to work on.
However, as much as I enjoyed it, we still only have one more issue to cram in all of the answers we’re still missing, as well as wrapping up a monster fight, because we’ve still got Gamora, Moon Knight, Rocket Raccoon, the Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, the Punisher, and Doctor Strange on the sidelines wondering what the heck’s going on, and not even in the fight. There’s just a lot to cover in one issue.
So if you’re keen on superhero vs. superhero combat, this will make you happy. I’m a Nick Fury fan, and I’m left waiting to see how all of this plays out. A great issue with Aaron and Deodato rocking the heck out of it.
Amazing Spider-Man #5 has Black Cat and Electro continuing their plans for revenge against Spidey, and more of the heated relationship between Spider-Man and Silk. Peter may be back in control of his body, but that’s about it, as writer Dan Slott puts everything in a spiraling, chaotic mess. Black Cat was apprehended by Otto Octavius while in Peter’s body, and she is focused on revenge, almost psychotically. She’s lost everything as a result, and she’s teaming up with Electro for some payback, despite Peter’s pleading and explaining the situation.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s Silk. Cindy Moon was bitten by the same spider Peter was, and she is stronger, faster, and better than the original. Cindy has been locked away to keep her safe from Spider-eating, super-scary bad dude Morlun. But now that she’s free, Morlun is locked in on her, and he’s coming. And the last time Spider-Man fought him, he barely managed to walk away with his life. Slott’s laying the ground for the upcoming Spider-Verse event.
Humberto Ramos’ art is always fun to look at. He always manages to capture the fun that comes with the Spider-Man mythos. Lots of scenes lit up in orange and blue, as Eel and Electro are both present, colored by Edgar Delgado. Beautiful pages to stare and drool at. And there’s a big cliffhanger at the end of this one, but we can only assume and hope Peter gets out of it.
I don’t like Black Cat’s sudden and extreme transformation into crazed, vengeful, murderous criminal. Granted, she’s been humiliated, she’s broke, no longer taken seriously, and she is ticked-off. But Cat and Spidey have years of history. They’ve been intimate. And when you consider the Avengers just shrugging it off when Peter dropped the truth on them … I don’t know. maybe it’s just the idea of a woman scorned.
Overall, a good, fun issue. And that cliffhanger will have me snatching up the next issue.
And that is it for Four-Color Bullet this week. Email and comments are welcome if you want to talk comics. And I dig talking about comics.
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It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See ya next week!
Michael Brown is a comics nerd and a father who lives in small town Tennessee. When he’s not making his players mad in his “Shadowrun” RPG or experimenting with new and inventive uses of duct tape on his children, you can find him checking out the latest comics and movies for SCIFI.radio!