Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Rafael de Latorre
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo
I am a huge Harley Quinn fan so I just had to pick up the latest book by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. The book exceeded my expectations. The artwork by Rafael De Latorre is just stunning. It does a wonderful job of taking a book that could have been seen as an upbeat comic book for tweens, and making it a book that does justice to the more serious subject material. At its heart this is a book about a young girl struggling to find her purpose in the world. She is desperate to be noticed for doing something extraordinary. Something that many of us can relate to, who didn’t go through a phase of wanting to be a pop, rock or movie star. Dru Dragowski dreams of being a super hero and saving the world, what’s scary is the lengths that she is willing to go to so she can achieve her dream. There is no evil or malice in the choices she makes but she’s very lucky that they don’t lead to disaster. On the surface is this a fun book, but from a parents perspective it’s a little scary. Dru admits to having a happy home life and wonderful parents yet she isn’t happy and puts herself and them in danger. It also tackles the topic of child abuse, Dru’s friend Tana is being beaten by her father, a potential chance for Dru to help her friend and be a real super hero.
There is so much more to this book than I expected. The themes that are being addressed in the book make it a wonderful example of what comics can be. I’m very excited for what is coming in the next issue.
Wow!! 17 new Secret Wars titles were added to the Marvel Unlimited app this week. That’s a lot of comics to read but great value for money. If fact, buying them individually would have been around the same price as the annual subscription cost of the app.
I’m trying really hard to like this but I just can’t get into it. The story pits Tony Stark against his brother Arno, in a region where armor has to be worn to survive. The story features a murder investigation and corporate espionage. I’m interested to see where the story goes and I really hope there are going to be some twists and turns in the tale before it ends.
This one I liked. Great characters who play well off each other. The tension builds as the kids try and make it to their final exam. Love the twist at the end. Valeria makes a great villain.
Ivar, Timewalker comes to an end this week, sorry to see it end but very excited about the new titles that Valiant is going to be adding in the next few weeks. Some great leading women coming our way from Valiant as Dr. Mirage and Faith make their debuts soon.
I’m not too familiar with Lucifer so I thought I’d take a look at the new book, before I start watching the tv show next month. Harley will always make the list. I’m loving the Little Black book sealed covers at the moment. As I’m such a big Harley fan I just have to give Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s new book a read. I’m really enjoying the stuff that AfterShock is putting out so far. Aspen Comics releases the final issue in the current volume of Jirni this week, I just love the artwork in these books.
This has to be my number one. It was so strikingly different from all the other Book of Death covers, which were very dark. Marguerite Sauvage is rapidly becoming my favorite comic book artist. I can’t wait to see here work in the Valiant series Faith next year.
The following 9 Secret Wars titles were added to the app this week.
Super-heroes are going missing or being killed and Peter Parker is trying to pick up the slack in their absence. This is putting pressure on his marriage to MJ. The Avengers call him to help them look into the disappearances. When there is a break out at Ryker’s Island prison Peter rushes home. He is too late Venom is there and has MJ and the baby. Spider-Man and Venom fight and Spider-Man thinks he has killed Venom. While this is happening we see the Avengers fighting a villain calling himself Regent. Regent has absorbed all the X-men’s powers and is now trying to take the Avengers. We then see Peter about 5 years later trying to lead a normal life. Signs in the background show that Regent is running the city.
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artists: Khari Evans, Lewis LaRosa
Colorist: Ian Hannin
I am having a great time discovering all that is Valiant and getting to know all the characters. For the most part I’m picking up the first tpb volumes of each book with no prior knowledge of the characters and storylines. So far, there haven’t been any disappointments other than knowing that I’ve been missing out on these book for years.
This weeks first volume is Harbinger. At only $9.99 for a collection of five issues it’s a bargain. (To buy them individually it would be almost $20). A young man (Peter Stancheck) with super powers is on the run from the authorities. He is rescued by a organization led by a super-powered man named Toyo Harada. Peter is a very powerful “Harbinger” and struggles with the morality of Harada’s methods and ideals. Once again I don’t want to give away too much about the story, I really enjoyed not knowing what was going to happen, so I keep my reviews pretty brief. Once I picked this book up and started reading I couldn’t put it down, it made me want to rush out and pick up volume 2, but I resisted for now because I have so much more Valiant to read. All the volumes are definitely on my wish list for picking up over the next few months.
This book introduces several key players in the Valiant Universe. Toyo Harada is currently in the Imperium series and Livewire is a member of the Unity team. This book also introduces the character Faith, she’ll be getting her own limited series in January 2016 and is making a few headlines already by being a plus sized female super-hero.
Once again I highly recommend picking up the first volumes of any of the Valiant Books, most are only $9.99.
Next week I’ll be looking at the first volume of Archer and Armstrong.