Birthright #24- am not a huge Image fan but mostly because it seems they push the envelope of good taste just because they can. That being said, there are a few excellent titles that are worth picking up. One of those comics is Birthright. Birthright is the story of Mike, a young boy who is playing ball by the woods with his father, when he disappears. Fast forward only a few years in the comic and he returns but now as a fully grown man. Come to find out, he was transported to a magical land called terrenos where he becomes a sort of savior to the masses by going to war with an evil sorcerer. He is given an opportunity to return home to earth and he takes it. Come to find out he has been inhabited by a nevermind, which in essence is a demon. The story continues when different family members of mikey’s family become embroiled in the battle for mikey’s soul.
In issue 24 we learn that Mikey has been tricked in to believing that if he kills all the good mages that evil will have no more reason to fight and terrenos can be at peace. Rya, his pregnant girlfriend from terrenos with wings, tries to stop him from killing them. The issues is bloody and violent but it’s still as fun to read as the previous issues have been. Sometimes the art in the book can seem a bit muddled and unspectacular but not enough to detract from the story. If you like good fantasy stories this book should be right up your alley. Great story. Grade: A
2. Secret Empire #2- Secret Empire has turned out to be one of those comic events I never expected to like. Mostly because I haven’t been reading any of the Captain America books. However, I am intrigued by the story. As many of you may remember, Maria Hill had used a cosmic cube, kobik, to trick marvel villains into believing they were peaceful. However, Red Skull stole the cube and with the help of Professor X’s brain, which he had also stolen, used the cube to rewrite Captain America’s history and fooling him into believing he was a sleeper agent for Hydra. Cap kills Red Skull and takes over hydra and starts a war with The Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Universe with the help of the Chitauri, a race of aliens that are attacking from outer space. Several heroes in Las Vegas are fighting the Hydra regime while some are trapped under a dark force bubble in new York city.
In issue 2, a video of Rick Jones makes its way to our heroes and he explains that Kobik has been shattered and it’s pieces scattered. This leads to what, undoubtedly will be the main plot point of the series. Since the cosmic cube has the ability to re-write history, our heroes have to find all the pieces before Hydra does. Not only does that need to happen, it needs to happen before another faction of heroes decides to kill Captain America.
There is a lot of info to absorb in this issue and maybe too much. The tension is growing and the final panel throws a curve ball that leaves it’s readers wondering exactly what is going on. This issue was still very intriguing but the coloring and art are a little too abstract for me. All in all, I’d say it’s a good issue but not as good as past issues. Grade: B+
3. This week I learned that Marvel will be changing the art in one of its comics. In X-men Gold #1 the artist made reference to a verse in the Koran that says that Christians and Jews should not be allowed to be leaders. Marvel’s second printing of that comic is removing those references. The artist of the book has been fired and the value of the book has skyrocketed to close to $35.00 on Ebay.
Issue #004, on newsstands today, is the first book of the series that doesn’t have some controversial message to it (and it’s about time). In this issue Gambit is the main character. He has been asked by Bolivar Trask’s daughter to steal what we learn later is nano technology. His luck runs out and it causes all sorts of trouble.
We also learn that the captured member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is nothe even a mutant and lastly, Old Man Logansport and Storm visit a morgue to pick up a dead mutant. Right now all these incidents seem unrelated and I’m sure they will be all tied together but for now there is no cohesion in the stories.
The art in this book is very Saturday morning cartoonish. Syah, the artist who was fired with good cause, was still a better artist. I enjoyed the story, and though the art was not as good as previous weeks, I enjoyed reading this comic book. I’m giving the book an A-. It wasn’t perfect but it felt less like a commentary on something and more of just an enjoyable book.
4. For the past two weeks I’ve been reading Star Wars: the Screaming Citadel and I have been enjoying the artwork immensely. Last week Checcheto was the artist. His art focused on landscape and scenery and his artistry in issue 1 was breathtaking in its rendering.
This week the story is continued in Star Wars #031 and this week it is drawn by an artist with the last name of Larocca. His specialty is faces. Each frame the characters are drawn to look exactly how they looked in the movies.
The writing in the Star Wars comic book has always been top notch. This issue is no different. Each narration and speech bubble does a great job at capturing the cadence and sound of the characters on film.
The story surrounds Luke being approached by Doctor Aphra, an archeologist who has found an artifact she believes contains the consciousness of a Jedi Master. However, she can’t activate it and the only person who might be able to is a queen who likes to kidnap and collect things she shouldn’t be able to have. In this issue we learn the queen”s intentions for Luke and the doctor. We also see Han and Leia gearing up to rescue them.
I found nothing wrong with this comic. I’m giving this book a grade of A+. I’m having a ton of fun reading it.
Those are my reviews for the week. You should also pick up Luke Cage #1. It’s funny and serious and intriguing all at the same time. My only gripe: the type face is too small.