The Illegitimates seeks to answer the pressing question, “With his globe-trotting career and philandering ways, just how many children has James Bond left in his wake?” And, the answer is a lot. A lot of children.
In this final chapter in the Buzzkill saga, our hero’s battle for sobriety against the demons of his past culminates in an actual battle against the biggest demon of them all. The stakes are incredibly high. Since he gets his super strength from abusing alcohol, it means that to win either battle means to lose the other. The tension in this issue is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. It has all the makings of an incredible conclusion to a truly unique and interesting story.
The premise of Velvet is, essentially, “What if Moneypenny was as good a field agent as James Bond?” I wouldn’t be surprised if some variation on that question was what led to the creation of Velvet in the first place. The last issue introduced us to Velvet Templeton, quiet secretary for a group of elite British secret agents, who’s much more than what she seems. She’s brilliant, she’s methodical, and she has a dark, mysterious history. This second issue shows her in action.
Throughout this entire arc, the question that’s been at the forefront of everything that happens is “What’s in the case?” Well, apparently, what’s in the case is the apocalypse. And, when time runs out, it will be unleashed upon the world.
There’s a lot going on in the Crimsonstreak novels by Matt Adams. From jailbreaks to totalitarian governments to alien invasions to an exploration of infinite possible universes, the books—much like their titular protagonist, a superhero and legendary “fastest man on earth”—tend to move at breakneck speed. Sometimes, this is to the books’ benefit. Other times, less so.
I have to admit, I was wary of this comic. I’ve been hurt by adaptations of Jay Ward cartoons before. First was George of the Jungle starring Brendan Fraser. Then, Dudley Do-Right, also starring Brendan Fraser . . . Then, finally, there was the Rocky & Bullwinkle movie. I didn’t think I could ever open my heart to a classic TV adaptation again after that. Sure, those were movies, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman #1 is a comic. But, the comic is a prelude to the Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie that’s scheduled for release in March of next year. So, on some level, it sets the tone for what’s to come. It’s a taste of what the film might be like, and I was fully prepared to take that taste and immediately spit it back out in disgust.
Danger Girl: The Chase #3 continues our heroines’ pursuit of a mysterious briefcase that might possibly be about to destroy . . . Shanghai? The world? The full scope of it is still a bit hazy, both for the audience and for the Danger Girls. It’ll destroy a whole lot, anyway, unless they can stop it. The briefcase, severely damaged in Issue #1 and barely, temporarily contained in Issue #2, seems to be leaking apocalypse all over the place, and as it becomes less and less stable, it also grows stranger and stranger. And, we still don’t know what’s in the blasted thing!
Dark Horse is currently in the midst of a new series starring the classic character Captain Midnight, wherein the WWII hero suddenly comes to modern times. But now, they’ve also released a collection of his original adventures from the 1940s, as the crack pilot battles the Nazis.
I generally try to avoid comics designated as “Volume 2” or “Issue #8,” or anything other than #1, unless I’ve already read the previous issues. I like to start at the beginning of the story, so I know what’s going on. That being the case, I was hesitant to take this trade paperback, because it’s the second volume, and I haven’t read, seen, or even heard of Volume 1. Still, it’s a comic called Magnus, Robot Fighter: 4000 A.D. How could I resist that? I’m only human.
With each new issue of Buzzkill, we learn a little more about the superhero/recovering alcoholic whose name isn’t Ruben. We’re three quarters through now, and a lot of the pieces alluded to in the first two issues are finally starting to fall into place.