September 2016 Comic Reviews

GOLDIE VANCE #5

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Remember when two months seemed like forever to wait for the continuation ofGoldie Vance, one of BOOM!’s cutest and most intriguing new series? Good news: Goldie is back. Hope Larson and Brittney Williams’s kid-friendly series returns with Goldie Vance #5, which begins a new arc for the young detective.

The first arc of the series followed Goldie as she and her friends at the Crossed Palms Resort tried to solve the mysterious disappearance of a resort guest, which culminated in Goldie losing and regaining her job as a resort valet. It set up a solid cast of characters that is equally important and developed as Goldie, emphasizing a theme of friendship and support. Issue 5 continues this theme by exploring Goldie’s relationships with her friends and coworkers as well as the amazingly cool Diane. click for more

 

CYBORG: REBIRTH #1

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For the second time in as many years, Cyborg gets a new start, bounding into a solo series once more. This time Cyborg: Rebirth serves as the zero issue the David Walker-penned previous volume never had. Also unlike that volume, this series, written by screenwriting veteran John Semper, Jr., seems to have a little more room to grow.

Walker had a solid premise and great intentions, but lost his creative collaborators early, as Ivan Reis and Joe Prado were shifted to another assignment, which has since been revealed to be the Rebirth special. That didn’t completely hamstring the Cyborg series, but it certainly deflated it. On the ground floor of the Rebirthmovement, Cyborg: Rebirth explains the origins of Victor Stone, S.T.A.R. Labs Detroit, and Silas Stone’s foray into cybernetics. There’s a lot put forth in this issue, and Semper does a wonderful job of making it all seem natural and (ironically) organic. keep reading 

 

GREEN LANTERNS #7

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After facing down the Red Lanterns, Jessica Cruz faces an even more terrifying challenge: Dinner with Simon Baz and his family

In the wake of the battle with the Red Lanterns that took place in the first six issues,Green Lanterns takes a welcome break for a calm, domestic interlude. The result is a funny and heart-warming issue that adds depth and insight to the characterization of both Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

  1. There are no monsters to fight in this issue, though both Lanterns’ rings do get used, in sometimes surprising and humorous ways. Simon’s mom is visiting to celebrate Halloween and Simon is placed in charge of cooking ma’amoul, a Lebanese sweet. Simon invites Jessica and she helps him both with the baking and with facing the issues he has with his mother.click for more

BLACK PANTHER #6

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I can’t get over how much of an anomaly this volume of Black Panther is. Scripted by one of the most prominent writers in America, the book is one of the biggest hits in recent memory but as much as I like it, it always feels a bit unaccesible. Coates is writing a book heavily referential of philosophy and that is very far removed from what I (we?) have come to expect from superhero books, and it somehow has become the most read Black Panther book ever.

Past issues focused on Wakanda over the series’ protagonist but with Black Panther #6, Coates’s version of T’Challa really comes into its own. By design, Priest’s run otherized the Black Panther through the use of Everett Ross as an audience surrogate. And while Hudlin did not have that same fixed perspective on a single character, with a lot of issues being narrated by T’Challa himself, most of his early run was told through the point of view of someone watching the Black Panther, be it Luke Cage, Klaw, or some other character. On the other hand, Coates allows us a more intimate look at T’Challa’s thoughts through his inner monologue. There’s even a brief moment of vulnerability (very rare for the character) in the “I am a scientist” passage. click to read more

 

 

Power Man and Iron Fist #8

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Daniel Rand is Iron Fist, Kung Fu defender of the innocent. Luke Cage, sometimes called Power Man, has superhuman strength and durability. He’s been an Avenger, and is now a husband and father. They are the Heroes For Hire.

The battle over predictive justice came to Danny and Luke when reformed criminals and their families sought protection from preemptive strike, a group vigilantes using the mysterious software Agnitus to hunt anyone with a criminal record, and some people without one. When preemptive strike raided H4H headquarters, the police intervened. In the confusion, Danny kicked an officer who was pinning a client, and he was taken to Ryker’s prison. Now Luke’s in hiding, getting fed up with inaction. And Ulysses just had a vision of a jailbreak.

This issue lays out the story in a simple terms, allowing new readers to be filled in with previous events and allowing all readers a clear look at what’s happening. With that, the story becomes more personal and bigger in scale than any other issue. Luke Cage wants Danny to escape but he insists he must stay as a bunch of particular people are locked up beside him. Click to read more

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