by Michael Brown
Hey there, Bulleteers, and welcome back to another Four-Color Bullet! Allow me to offer sincere apologies for the lack of the Bullet for the last couple of weeks. I hail from the state of Tennessee, and we were caught in the grip of a major ice storm that knocked electricity out across the entire state. I was out for a week, myself, leaving me unable to do much comic book reading or reviews. But I am back now, and we will proceed with the 4CB Hit List.
From Marvel this week, Darth Vader continues to deal with the fallout from the destruction of the Emperor’s expensive battle station, in Star Wars: Darth Vader #2; Spider-Verse reaches its epilogue as the Spiders return to their respective universes, and Peter has one last clash with a Superior foe, in Amazing Spider-Man #15; terrorists have taken over the Sanctum Sanctorum while Dr. Strange is away, leaving agent Phil Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D., along with Spider-Man, to take back Strange’s abode, in S.H.I.E.L.D. #3.
From DC this week, the penultimate chapter of the Joker’s horrifying return, in Batman #39; Barry Allen is trapped in the Speed Force while an imposter wreaks havoc in his absence, in The Flash #39.
From IDW, it’s Attack on Technodrome Part Three, as Leonardo and the gang engage Krang’s forces on Burnow Island, while Splinter and the Mutanimals take on Karai and the Foot, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43.
Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman, in her own series. And it’s everything you wanted it to be.
This is an example of how the fans can sway the powers-that-be. When Gwen Stacy first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, fan outcry was huge. They loved her and wanted more. Gwen Stacy’s gorgeous costume started showing up in cosplay videos all over the Intarwebs, and with her appearance in Spider-Verse, she only increased in popularity.
So, we get Gwen Stacy back. Okay, yeah, it’s Gwen from an alternate universe, but since having a full-on resurrection of her would be absolutely unacceptable, since it’s such a pivotal point in Peter’s life, this is truly the next best thing. Writer Jason Latour has given us a new Gwen. Not the Gwen we knew, necessarily, but it is her, and we get to meet her for the first time.
And her world is a little different, too, being in an alternate universe. George Stacy is alive, Peter Parker is dead, Ben Grimm is an NYPD officer, Frank Castle is a detective, and the cool just keeps on comin’. The art team of Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi give the book its own feel, and their work on her costume is awesome. Easily one of the best costumes in comics today, pretty much proving that sometimes, less is more. And I’ve always been a fan of the old What If …? stories, and this could easily come right out of it. It even has an Exiles kind of vibe. And I was huge Exiles fan.
This is just a great book and I have a feeling it’s going to do big things. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you do.
That wraps Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comment if you so desire. I like mail.
It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See ya next week!
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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!