By: Derek Ng
11/11/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Superman: American Alien #1 – $3.99
All-New All-Different Avengers #1 – $4.99
Superman: American Alien #1
Writer: Max Landis | Artist: Nick Dragotta
I am a Superman fan and always have respected the Boy Scout. I never really cared if he was “over-powered” and blah, blah, blah. Superman is the definitive hero because he has these incredible powers and chooses to live among normal people. He sees that everyday people are just as strong and incredible as he is. Unfortunately, in DC’s rush to make every character dark and more “Batman-like”, characters like Superman have suffered the most. The regular cover to Superman: American Alien #1 exemplifies this shift in direction because Clark looks dark, alone, and very alien. But I’m happy to report that this comic is anything but. This is the Superman story I have been waiting for DC to put out in their New 52. This is a happy, fulfilling, and joyful read for any Superman fan. Max Landis has written a Superman story I forgot could be written. Superman: American Alien is about a young Clark discovering his powers and being terrified of the changes. At the same time, the plot follows Jonathan Kent as he worries about what or who exactly he found in the space ship wreckage. Both characters are afraid for different reasons. Reading this story increased my respect for the Kents. For so long they’ve been side characters, but their actions in this issue really take center stage. This comic brings Superman back to his core…a good person. By writing a story from Jonathan Kent’s perspective, we get insight into just how incredible and caring normal people can become. Who were the people that inspired Clark? How did Clark learn to be the hero he was destined to become? The art by Nick Dragotta also helps with the theme of this issue because it feels like I’m reading a Saturday morning cartoon. This is not a dark series, but rather an inspiring and joyful one. This is a surprise buy and definitely worth checking out. Thank you Max Landis and Nick Dragotta. Thank you for making me, once again, believe a man can fly.
All-New All Different Avengers #1
Writer: Mark Waid | Artist: Adam Kubert and Mahmud A. Asrar
The All-New, All-Different, Avengers are here (kinda). This issue reads very similar to Bendis’ run on New Avengers. For some reason after Secret Wars, the original Avengers have been disbanded and Tony Stark has had to liquidate his assets. There is a crisis and a new team will be assembled to defeat said crisis. But the team hasn’t assembled just yet. Miles Morales was looking for the Avengers and ended up discovering a big bad alien foe. Tony Stark and Sam Wilson come to Miles’ aid and, low and behold, we have the first issue of Avengers. The plot moved a little slow for my taste and for $4.99, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of story here. Besides the main plot, there is a backup story about Ms. Marvel meeting Nova and typical teenage drama ensues. Nova wants to make a good first impression and Kamala Khan has no idea what he’s trying to accomplish. It’s like reading a family sitcom with superheroes. Not exactly what I was hoping for after the exciting Free Comic Book Day issue. From the team line-up, it seems like Sam Wilson and Tony Stark will be training Miles, Kamala, and Sam to be Avengers. A team of veteran and new members to appeal to old and new readers. All of this is a good idea, but the execution seemed to fall flat. While I have high hopes for this series, and it is one of the better Avenger-titles on the stands, this issue ultimately wasn’t the best. That’s why I can only recommend looking through the issue before you decide to buy.
Other books worth your attention and hard-earned money:
Batman #46 – Mr. Bloom continues to prove why he’s a welcome addition to Batman’s rogue’s gallery. Creepy, dark, and crazy. But is he just another Joker? Synder and Capullo have yet to make him really different.
Secret Wars #7 – Esad Ribic continues to prove why Secret Wars is one of the best books on the stand. Unfortunately with the delays, it’s hard to keep going back to Marvel’s event with all the new books hitting the stands. Still a fantastic read so far and Jonathan Hickman’s plot continues to push forward to an exciting conclusion.
Darth Vader #12 – Meet Marvel’s “Batman” series. Consistently a strong book and always worth buying. Vader is the bad-ass of the galaxy and this comic loves to explain why. The conclusion of this arc leads to the beginning of the cross-over event Vader Down. I couldn’t be more excited.
Panel of the Week:
Someone please remake Man of Steel with this dialogue instead!
There are 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!
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