Welcome to another Four-Color Bullet, the only comic book review column not afraid to give out comics on Halloween. Thanks for joining me on Saturday as I race through the best comics in the Multiverse. Two more weeks, and we’ll be back to our regular Thursday slot. For now, though: COMICS!
From Marvel this week, the new Deathlok is here, in Deathlok #1; Steve Rogers and Deadpool team up to keep Logan’s DNA from falling into the wrong hands, in Death of Wolverine: Deadpool and Captain America #1; and the final chapter of what really happened in the Cancerverse, in Guardians of the Galaxy #20.
From DC Comics this week, the last time Deacon Blackfire took control of Gotham, it was almost the end of Batman. What happens now that he’s wielding unspeakable power? The answer, in Batman: Eternal #30. The House of Mystery and the House of Secrets take human form, and the team is hard-pressed to contain the chaos, in Justice League Dark Annual #2; and it’s changes aplenty for the Amazonian Warrior in the grand finale of Brian Azzarello’s epic run on Wonder Woman in issue 35.
From IDW this week, the fate of the multiverse lies in the hands of Samurai Jack, the Powerpuff Girls, Dexter, and Ben 10. And if they can’t beat Aku and his League of Extraordinary Villains, hope may yet be found in the unlikely team up of Mojo Jojo and Ed, Edd, and Eddy, in the fifth chapter of Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War!
And the folks at Dark Horse Comics proudly presents Mike Mignola’s Baltimore: The Wolf and the Apostle #1
Students with mysterious powers. Mythical monsters lurking in the shadows. Enemies poised to make their move. Welcome to Weird Japan.
Wayward just continues to freaking chug right along on the tracks of awesomeness,and I am almost ready to name it as Four-Color Bullet’s Book of the Year, and it’s still just November. We’re on issue three, now, and there’s no sign of slowing down. Every month, writer Jim Zub reveals a little more of the mystery. There’s no getting buried in plot details, no stumbling over character introductions … at least not in this issue. Everything is seamless and happens naturally.
Rori continues to deal with her powers, on top of being gaijin, and trying to figure out where she fits in the puzzle. We meet a new character named Nikaido, who will likely join our intrepid band of teenage monster hunters, after a quite accidental introduction. And we get a glimpse of the villains of the story. Not too much though. Just enough to give us a taste and how they’re going to get tangled up in the lives of our intrepid young heroes. And toss in a wicked cliffhanger of an ending, and readers will have little doubt that Wayward is going to deliver some pretty good things.
Steve Cummings’ art and his intimate knowledge of Tokyo makes Wayward more believable, and his action scenes are just fantastic. And with John Rauch and Tamra Bonvillain as part of the artistic team, the pages are eye-popping and visually pleasing, Regular readers of this column know how much I loved IDW’s Ghostbusters. Wayward is the replacement for that book. It’s just a really, well-done, can’t-wait-to-read-every-month book.
And that will wrap up the best comic book review column in the Multiverse for this week. Email and comment, if you choose. I hope everyone had a safe and scary Halloween.
It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See you next Saturday!
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!