Plunge #1 (DC Comics)
The Hill House imprint from DC keeps growing by the month, and we’ve finally got another title written by the imprint’s head Joe Hill with Plunge. A mix of The Abyss and classic John Carpenter tales like The Fog and The Thing, Plunge finds a marine biologist and a salvage crew investigating a distress signal from a survey ship. The only problem? That ship sank forty years ago, and shouldn’t be sending any kind of signal at all. Read the rest of this entry
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 (of 6) (DC Comics)
There’s a lot of hype surrounding Justice League vs. Suicide Squad. As the first major event of the DC Rebirth era, DC is putting out all the stops for this one. Up and coming writer Joshua Williamson is handling the script duties, and the series will host a who’s who of top DC art talent, with this first issue featuring the one and only Jason Fabok. While putting this much marketing and hype behind something is usually a recipe for failure, it’s a relief to see that that’s not the case with this opening issue. Read the rest of this entry
The X-Men of the past change allegiances in All-New X-Men #18. With “Battle of the Atom” behind them, the Brian Michael Bendis/Stuart Immonen issue sets up the new status quo for the original five X-Men, who have now followed their Professor Kitty Pryde to Cyclops’ team of renegade X-Men.
Like many of the pre-“Atom” issues, not a whole lot happens in this issue plot wise. The only major event that happens is the original X-Men getting new costumes. Yep, that’s it. While that would be a major strike against this book any other month, the fact that this is coming on the heels of a major X-Men crossover gives it a pass. The young X-Men have been through a lot since their arrival in the present day Marvel universe, and if this issue didn’t devote some time to them reacting to their new surroundings the issue would feel rushed. Credit goes to writer Brian Michael Bendis for crafting some entertaining scenes with all of these characters. The scenes with Bobby Drake trying to come to grips with the fact that he may become either an ice hulk or an ice wizard in the future are the best, and the ongoing love triangle between Beast, Jean Grey, and Cyclops is actually more entertaining than it sounds. Read the rest of this entry