By: Derek Ng.
7/22/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Old Man Logan #3 – $3.99
Cyborg #1 – $2.99
Power Up #1 – $3.99
Old Man Logan #3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
It’s no secret that Old Man Logan is one of my favorite tie-ins to Secret Wars. While the previous issue had problems with the pace of the story, Old Man Logan #3 doesn’t do much to improve. Make no mistake, a lot more happens in this issue, but I’m beginning to wonder when the story will ultimately pick up. As I stated before, Bendis is known for writing longer stories. Plots that I thought Bendis would write about are ultimately ignored as Logan is thrown around different areas of Battleworld. As Logan is tossed from one area to the next, the progression of the story never moves past the “What’s beyond my wall?” plot from Issue #1. What I appreciate about current Old Man Logan series is that it reads more like a sequel to the original Old Man Logan before Secret Wars. Logan doesn’t know that Doom is God or anything beyond the events of the original Old Man Logan series. He is confused to find that people he knew (like the X-Men or Tony Stark) no longer recognize him. As an original fan of the first story, it’s still really fun to see Logan’s reactions to seeing his old last friends. The saving grace for this series and its progression really is Andrea Sorrentino. His art is one of the best you’ll currently find in a Marvel book (or really any book on the stand this week). I still heavily enjoy the choice of making certain panels have a single-tone background colors to really emphasize the action. The art feels like a movie, but looks like a beautiful painting. Old Man Logan #3 is a book you’ll want to collect the trade for. Flip-through and see if you must have it now. While still enjoyable, it’s beginning to feel like a story that would be even better if read from start to finish.
Writer: David Walker | Artist: Ivan Reis
It’s about time Cyborg got his own series in the New 52. I’m surprised it’s taken DC so long to implement this series given the fact that Cyborg was a founding member of the Justice League. I was pretty satisfied with this issue and thought that David Walker wrote a very solid first issue. Cyborg is changing and he doesn’t really understand why. Is he becoming more machine than man…or is it somehow the opposite? While Cyborg would like to believe he’s somehow changing to become more human, everyone else thinks that is not the case. It’s an interesting set-up that may truly develop this New 52 version of the character to more than simply having “Daddy issues”. While those problems are still very clearly present in this series, I think it’ll move more to a background as Cyborg discovers for himself who and what he is. Ivan Reis really knocks the art out of the ballpark. I could take every page from this comic and hang it on my wall. There is the usual high attention to detail, and the double-page spreads recapping Cyborg’s career in the Justice League are especially awesome. For $2.99, this comic is a buy and definitely worth at least checking out. I also really hope Shazam will make an appearance in this series, because Cyborg and Billy’s friendship is one of the best things that developed out of the Justice League series.
Power Up #1
Writer: Kate Leah | Artist: Matt Cummings
Power Up #1 feels a little like Adventure Time, Sailor Moon, Bee and Puppycat, and Bravest Warriors all mixed together. Fans of these series will immediately feel at home. But fans of superhero comics will also find a pretty enjoyable read. Amie is just your ordinary heroine. She’s very relatable; working hard in a minimum-wage paying job and is just trying to get by. Then out of nowhere, something magical happens and there’s a goldfish that can change into a whale. It’s crazy as Adventure Time, as action packed as Bravest Warriors, but still has the humble beginnings of Peter Parker. This series has the potential to turn into something fun and special. It’s an all-ages book aimed at that exact audience. It’s humorous, colorful, and a joy to read. If you want to get a younger generation to read comics, definitely give this issue a go. If you want to feel like you’re reading a Saturday morning cartoon, you should try this series as well. Kate and Matt are obviously having fun with the series, which makes it fun to read. If you’re looking for something light-hearted, give the series a try.
Panel of the Week:
Oh, how I’ve missed that sound.
There are many, many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
Derek is comic book fan like none other. You can follow him on Twitter.