by Michael Brown
Welcome back to another Four-Color Bullet , the only comic book review column to crash a World War Two-era plane and walk away with no injuries. Seriously though, we at SCIFI.radio are glad Harrison Ford is okay and on the mend.
So, let’s get to this week’s comics, yes?
From Marvel this week, Hawkeye breaks out into a new solo series in All-New Hawkeye#1; the Avengers team-up with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the Guardians new team-up book, Guardians Team-Up #1; and with Spider-Verse over, Jessica Drew changes her status quo, in Spider-Woman #5.
From DC this week, Brainiac’s plan comes to fruition, leading directly into the upcoming Convergence event, in Futures’ End #44; Fire and Ice return to the Justice League just as the new Injustice League strikes, in Justice League 3000 #15.
From Valiant this week, X-O Manowar faces down a robot army hellbent on humanity’s destruction in a good jumping point for new readers in X-O Manowar #34
Alderaan has been destroyed. Princess Leia’s story is just beginning.
Marvel continues its dedication to all things Star Wars with this week’s release of Star Wars: Princess Leia #1. The second solo title after last week’s Star Wars: Darth Vader is actually pretty good. I thought about passing this one up but since Mark Waid, who is doing some of his best work on Daredevil, is writing it, I had to check it out. The first issue takes place directly after the events in A New Hope, and there’s much to do, and time to evacuate. Just because the Death Star is gone, doesn’t mean the fleet’s not coming, too. But in addition to all of this, it’s about Leia trying to keep the memory of Alderaan alive as we are reminded that she is indeed royalty, and how that factors in with her trying to save her world’s culture. How does one remain a princess without a world? And we see that Leia is no damsel-in-distress, and is intelligent enough to pull a fast one on Luke and Wedge. There’s no crying over Luke’s loss. Leia has to pick up her pieces and figure out where she goes from here.
Terry and Rachel Dodson and Jordie Bellaire make up the fabulous art team on this book, making me happy I decided to check it out. And kudos to Mark Waid for proving to this grouchy, old ,comics-obsessed geek that Princess Leia can carry her own title.
Six washed-up actors. One big score.
BOOM! Studios may have another hit on their hands with the first issue of their four-issue miniseries, The Big Con Job. Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady created and share writing duties on this Galaxy Quest-meets-Ocean’s 11 tale about a group of aging actors of a now-defunct science fiction tv series who are broke and living off the convention circuit. After tragedy strikes the group, their cocky new agent presents them with the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to set themselves up for the rest of their lives by robbing one of the biggest cons in the country.
Palmiotti and Brady’s first issue is powerful and tragic, the darker side of Galaxy Quest, if you will, and delivers a scathing-but-true statement about comic conventions these days. You can’t help but root for these guys and get behind them, and by the end of the first issue, when they’re presented with a way to come out on top, you’re totally committed and want to see these guys, and gal, pull it off.
Dominike “Domo” Stanton and Paul Little make up the art team, and while Stanton’s art is a little off-putting, it fits the book. This was my favorite of the week, and I seriously can’t wait to see how this caper plays out.
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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!