It is the end of the month and pickings are a little slim. That is not to say there are not some great comics out there!
On an alternate Earth, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have given their lives in order to stop the Apokoliptan Invasion. The result of this war is that superheroes and gods alike have been eliminated leaving no survivors.
Well, almost no survivors.
The dying god Mercury gives Jason Garrick the powers of Flash in issue one, there is a Hawkgirl and Alan Scott receives the power of Green Lantern.
The only two survivors of the original superhero lineup that we currently know about are Robin and Supergirl. They were blown into the parallel New Earth and became The Huntress and Power Girl, respectively, and now have their own series World’s Finest.
In the most recent issue of Earth 2, #8, we find out Wonder Woman’s daughter, Fury, is still alive and has been raised for the last five years by Steppenwolf, the evil S.O.B. that led Darkseid’s parademons during the invasion.
As more heroes emerge, the past comes back to haunt the Earth, and a new, even more powerful foe approaches, his series has been extremely enjoyable and well-written so far and has the potential to deliver some fantastic stories in the future which is why it is this week’s ‘DC pick’.
Doctor Octavius is now in control of Peter Parker’s body and has resolved to be a better one than Peter ever was, the ‘Superior Spider-man’.
One of the new Marvel Now! Titles, the story is surprisingly fresh and original.
Octavious is cold and calculating and still trying to maintain the illusion he is Peter Parker, but that facade is slowly crumbling.
And this Spidey has claws à la Miguel O’Hara, Spider-man 2099!
I definitely enjoyed the first issue and #2 comes out this week so it is the perfect time to jump on board!
At the end of the first issue, Mara Prince manifested her super powers live on international television.
This issue explores the fall-out of that revelation as she spirals from her previous superstar heights under the weight of accusations of fraud into the nightmare her life may become.
I did not get a preview copy of this issue, but it will be at the register in this week’s purchases.
Emily the Strange began her existence as an advertising mascot and has become progressively more popular year after year.
In this mini-series, Emily, inventor and musician, wants to win the haunted guitar of her favorite musical artist, Professa Kraken. To do so, she has to have the best recording for a radio contest, and perform at a Battle of the Bands with a blackmailing radio assistant.
Cute and quirky, this proves not everything has to be hardcore to be entertaining.
And, briefly, one correction. Last week I went with the description from DC’s website for Batwoman #16 and it was wrong. It is a great issue, but it is not end of the current storyline or any arc.
We do finally get to see the Eldritch looking horror that is Ceto, the Mother of Monsters.
Okay, that will do it for this week.
What are you reading?