The newest two-issue arc of the always-entertaining Star Trek ongoing revisits one of the most classic of The Original Series' concepts with "Mirrored," a story based on the episode "Mirror, Mirror." You know, the one where Kirk finds himself in an alternate universe where Spock has a beard and everyone is evil? In case you weren't quite sure, Zachary Quinto's Spock sports a goatee on the cover, and goatees, as we all know, have been the signature of evil twins for the last four decades.
Nowhere Men appears to be the story of four men who jointly created and operate World Corp., a super successful, multinational corporation that has, presumably, changed the world through numerous revolutionary consumer products. Each of these men is a scientific genius of some kind, or purports to be so: Dade Ellis, a neurobiologist; Simon Grimshaw, a geneticist; Emerson Strange, an inventor; and Thomas Walker, a theoretical physicist. The idea that their disparate specialties can combine to do great things isn’t much of a leap, though from what we see of their personalities in this first issue, it does seem a little remarkable that they didn’t kill each other the first time they were in a room together.
In certain circles, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #1 is one of the most anticipated comics of the year. Springing from the animated series that has gathered legions of fans, this is a comic that IDW clearly plans on selling in droves; the number of alternate covers – some of which are quite amusing – are testament to that.
Golden Age comics can be easy to dismiss out of hand as being primitive or infantile, churned out by creators who, while skilled, really didn’t want to be in comics and for an audience that, publishers assumed, was ten years old at best. The first four issues of Forbidden Worlds, collected in this edition, do not fit this mold; many of the stories contained herein are actually quite good, and there is some outstanding art to see.
Clemens said, "In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time." In Heath Huston's world, this is even truer. Heath is the last of the Fear Agents, a hard-drinking human from Texas who roves space scraping together exterminator work where he can. He has a dark past that haunts him, he's crude, he's misogynistic, he's reckless, and he quotes Samuel Clemens at every opportunity. He's the kind of guy you'd hate to know (unless you needed him to watch your back), but that is fun to read about. He's a coarse Han Solo who looks a little like Bruce Campbell, sometimes, and who I imagine sounds rather like him, too.
Brian Wood's The Massive has been consistently amongst my favorite new series of 2012, with the right mix of interesting characters, exciting action, sweeping scope, and a frighteningly plausible world after a global ecological disaster. This seventh issue kicks off the book's third arc, "Subcontinental," with the Kapital arriving at a rig nation called Moksha Station, an "experiment in post-Crash human social utopia."
Change is an odd bird, and by no means a simple book. Reading it gave me flashbacks to the kind of stuff I read a lot of as an English major, stuff that I knew as I was going through it that I didn't quite get. But, Change is enjoyable enough even if you don't quite get it yet. There are plot and character up front, so that the visual non sequitirs don't derail the uninitiated.
Drawing a little from the history of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, an 11th century Spanish lord called El Cid, this is the sort of book you might get if you crossed Prince Valiant and history. The comics in this collection were initially published in the mid-1970s and you can tell. The art is rich, exaggerated, and glorious. My first thought was that this is a decent, Frank Frazetta-inspired book. The dialogue is overwrought, expressive, and incredibly sincere and I loved it. Everybody meant everything they said more than you have ever meant anything. If you can appreciate comics from the past, then this one is worth checking out.
This week saw the release of Angel & Faith #17 and the second part of Christos Gage’s "Death and Consequences" arc. I have been consistently and extremely complimentary of both Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs’ work on Angel & Faith (mainly because their work has been consistently and extremely fantastic), but the current "Death and Consequences" arc is pushing us to a place in the season where not only is the plot of Angel & Faith hitting a new high point on almost every level, but so is Gage and Isaacs’ mastery of Joss Whedon’s characters and the now magic-less world in which they exist!
Everyone wants to go back to the Shire. That’s what The Lord of the Rings trilogy created, anyway: an intense desire to escape Middle America in lieu of Middle Earth. So, with The Hobbit, Peter Jackson tries to deliver the same magic he bandied with The Lord of the Rings in an effort to bring more narrative to Tolkien’s collective masterpiece. Unfortunately, it’s obvious he falls short from a myriad of issues – mainly length and characters - but in so doing still delivers an acceptable movie well worth the price of admission.