Silver Surfer: Prodigal Sun #1 (Marvel Comics)
Comics are used to tell many different stories, but I’m not sure what story Silver Surfer: Prodigal Sun is trying to tell. Written by Peter David and drawn by Francesco Manna, this one-shot continues the story from the Fantastic Four: Prodigal Sun special from a few months back, but it feels like every other Silver Surfer story you’ve ever read before.
Prodigal Sun essentially follows the same beats as other Silver Surfer stories. In the past, serving as Galactus’ herald, the Surfer arrived at Prodigal’s planet and fought him. Later on, Prodigal learns that he needs the Silver Surfer to help him in his war, and that’s pretty much it. There’s a lot of the same things you’ve read in past Silver Surfer books. There’s really nothing that makes this stand out, other than the fact that this issue focuses on Prodigal.
Peter David is a legend in the industry, but with Silver Surfer: Prodigal Sun, he seems to be really resting on his laurels here. There’s no recap for if you didn’t read the Fantastic Four: Prodigal Sun special (which I didn’t), and as I said before, the script doesn’t do a lot to make it stand out from other Silver Surfer stories from before. It’s a bit of a bummer from the writer, but then again, David has been writing for so long that I don’t think it’s that outside of the realm of possibility for him to phone it in every once and a while.
On the art side of things, Francesco Manna’s art is pretty solid. Able to go back and forth between cosmic action and the stoic Silver Surfer moments, Manna makes a definite mark with this issue, and plants his flag firmly in the art style of the Marvel brand. I expect big things from him in the future.
While Silver Surfer: Prodigal Sun isn’t as new reader friendly as I was expecting, Surfer fans will still find enough to like. Plus those that read the previous Fantastic Four special will probably like seeing the story play out. However, it would’ve been cool for David and Manna to make this more of a easier read for those of us that didn’t check in on the previous special.
Once And Future #1 (Boom Studios)
The Arthurian Legend we all thought we knew isn’t nearly as heroic as it seems in Once and Future, which finds the scabbard of the fabled sword Excalibur going missing, and a young man and his grandmother forced into finding the missing item before it’s too late. Despite what legend tells us, King Arthur was not as noble as he seemed, and a group of British Nationalists are conspiring to resurrect the Once and Future King to bring about the Darkest Days of Britain.
Keiron Gillen’s made a name for himself with the fantastic fantasy series Die and The Wicked + Divine, but with Once and Future he adds a bit of Indiana Jones and Uncharted into the mix, as the mystery of King Arthur plays out more like something you’d see in those adventure series than a full blown fantasy epic like the other two series mentioned. That being said, this mystery is really cool, and Gillen adds fun little throw away lines into the mix that really expand on both our lead character Duncan and his badass grandmother Bridgette. They’re an unlikely pair that are instantly entertaining and a blast to watch.
Dan Mora’s made a big splash on Boom! Studios’ Buffy The Vampire Slayer Series, and he proves that he’s an even bigger talent with Once and Future, which allows him to break free from making his characters look like their live action counterparts. Mora’s clean style is awesomely detailed yet simple, and features enough action and motion that you’ll swear that the panels are moving before your eyes. If Buffy was going to to introduce Mora to comic readers, Once and Future is going to jump him up to the next level.
Once and Future at first didn’t seem like a title I would be interested in, but after only this first issue I’m adding this to my pull list. At six issues, it’s not a huge commitment, and the hook is extremely strong. If all goes well, Gillen and Mora could have the miniseries of the year with Once and Future.
War of the Realms #1 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)
Jason Aaron has been writing Thor for a very long time. Going as far back as his God of Thunder run, his work on the character is a true testament to “playing the long game”. He’s had Thor fight new villains, lose his title of the God of Thunder to Jane Foster, and be restored to his former glory (but not without taking a hand in the process). It’s an incredible achievement that Aaron has been able to keep with the character for so long, a fact that it’s even more surprising when you consider just how many titles have had creative changes at Marvel in the time since he started working on the character. But now it’s all coming to a head with War of the Realms, the latest event from the House of Ideas that will “change everything we know about the Marvel Universe”. But this event feels different from past big Marvel events, mainly because it seems like there’s been an actual sense of anticipation and build up from Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman, who returns to the Asgardian to draw this massive tale. Read the rest of this entry
Assassin Nation #1 (Image Comics)
What happens when a bunch of the world’s top assassins are put into a room together? It might look something like Assassin Nation, the new Image title from Ryan Starks and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl artist Erica Henderson. Unlike that Marvel title though, Assassin is very much an M-rated title, and it’s all the better for it, as Henderson’s talents aren’t hindered in the slightest by removing the restrictions of Marvel. Read the rest of this entry
Justice League/Power Rangers #1 (of 6) (DC Comics/Boom Studios)
DC Comics have become the go-to publisher for intercompany crossovers lately. From the Green Lantern Corps meeting the crew of the Enterprise to Batman and the Ninja Turtles teaming up, DC has done some pretty wild crossovers the past few years. But none are as wild as Justice League/Power Rangers, which features, well, the Justice League teaming up with the Power Rangers. This is one crossover that could be really dumb, but after checking out the first issue, I can easily say that so far the Tom Taylor and Stephen Byrne crossover is one hell of an awesome ride. Read the rest of this entry
Black Widow #1 (Marvel Comics)
After leaving their mark on Daredevil, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee now turn their sights on Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. By now you know how good Waid and Samnee are together, so I’ll save you the “peanut butter and chocolate creative team” speech. But I will say that it looks like they’ll be spinning the same magic they worked on Matt Murdock with Natasha. Read the rest of this entry
Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl & Harley Quinn #1 (DC Comics)
She has one of the better Arkham Knight DLC missions, and now Batgirl is starring in her own Arkham Knight one-shot special issue. With Harley Quinn tagging along, Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl & Harley Quinn is a look into the origins of the “Arkhamverse” versions of Barbara Gordon and Dr. Harleen Quinnzel, and while this isn’t a masterpiece of the comic book art form, the Tim Seeley and Matthew Clark issue is still a really solid comic. Read the rest of this entry
After some delays, it’s now time to put the man known as Logan to rest. Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s Death of Wolverine comes to a close this week, and while I’ll try to keep this review spoiler free, that’ll be easier said than done.
Much of this issue focuses on Wolverine’s final battle with the man who created him, Cornelius. Yes, the crazy professor from Weapon X is back, and given a name. Apparently he wants to try and perfect the experiment that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton, albeit with more stable test subjects (ones that aren’t “animals”). It’s during his attempt to defeat Cornelius that brings about Wolverine’s demise, and… Read the rest of this entry