Continuing the trend started in last month’s first issue, writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey offer another story where the themes dovetail into that of our main character but the crimes and villains of the piece take center stage. Moon Knight #2 focuses on the inner monologue of a screwed-over Special Forces soldier turned sniper looking for vengeance against those who he blames for his misfortunes.
Although given his own story Moon Knight would be likely to feel for the character, Ellis once again plays the story detached as the reader is given more information than the hero whose always complicated inner monologue has still yet to make an appearance.
Although it means we get a story where Moon Knight is only in about half the comic, the story works well. I’m enjoying the art of Shalvey, but I really dislike the new more functional (i.e. New 52ish) black-and-white costume (reminding me a bit of Eppy Thatcher as well) instead of the character’s traditional (i.e. way cooler) all-white garb. Worth a look.
What happens when the son of crazy dictator, who also happens to be the Fantastic Four‘s arch-enemy, shows up in your office looking for help getting away from his father? If you’re She-Hulk it means you’ve found your burgeoning new law firm’s first client.
Struggling to get Kristoff Vernard to the courthouse in time to argue for his right to asylum before the end of the day, She-Hulk faces the obstacle of a small army of Doombots standing between her client and possibly his last chance at breaking free of Doctor Doom‘s control.
Offering the same mix of action and courtroom drama, along with a good supply of both humor and action, She-Hulk #3 shows off Jennifer Walters’ impressive abilities although the day is far from won when Kristoff’s father shows up forcing an early end to the proceedings. I may still not be 100% sold on the the art of Javier Pulido, but there’s enough here to bring me back to see where the story goes from here. Worth a look.
The five-issue mini-series featuring a number of artists and writers offering various takes on the She-Devil with a Sword comes to a close as Red Sonja picks off another member of the Grey Riders in a tale by writer Blair Butler and former Secret Six artist Jim Calafiore and one more member of the band will fall to the tricks of a band of actors and thieves in a story by Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine De Landro.
From there Gail Simon and artist Jack Jadson bring the series to a close as Red Sonja, tired of playing games with the group out for her head, springs one final trap and teaches the remaining soldiers and mercenaries a deadly lesson about being careful about what they wish for.
Legends of Red Sonja #5 ends the mini-series a strong note (and unfortunate use of hero’s chain-mail bikini by one of the acting troupe). Those who have stayed with the series are rewarded, and for those who haven’t I would recommend looking out for the likelihood of a trade paperback collection in the near future. Worth a look.
[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]
After her stepsister is quickly dispatched by the timely arrival of Rama and Veruna, Cinderella returns to Fabletown along with her friends to report her findings to Snow White setting up next month’s conclusion of “Of Men and Mice” and the fallout between sisters that threatens to shake the Fable Universe to its core.
I enjoyed the latest issue of Fairest, even if I was surprised how quickly the issue dispensed with the threat of Cindy’s evil stepsister (but Veruna was pretty damn cool). Bringing in the feud between Snow White and Rose Red from the main Fables comic continues to blend the two titles more strongly together in what is sadly their final year of publication.
The uprising of the mice which ends the issue sets up next month’s conclusion to the arc, but its the few panels involving the return of the Fairy Godmother’s memory which adds a new wild card to both the end of this arc and the stories still left to be told. Worth a look.
The conclusion of “Destro Must Die” isn’t much of a victory for anyone as Cobra and Destro lose their secret installation in Russia, the JOEs not only fail to capture their target but also loose Copperback as well, Destro earns the ire of Cobra Commander, the Special Mission team is captured by the Russian military, one member of the team gets left behind, and Copperback leaves disappointed without fulfilling her personal mission to kill Destro.
On their way home following some finagling of the diplomatic corps, the team leaves one member down as Beach Head will have to find a way to make his own way home, without their target, but are still able to halt the new B.A.T. experiments of Destro and Cobra.
After bringing her in, Helix isn’t given much do in the arc’s conclusion (but you can say the same for both Scarlett and Mainframe as well) in a very Destro-centeric issue. For fans.
Following the clues left behind from the Omega Prime Sentinel who someone designed and left as a trap for those like him, Magneto travels to a tent city of the disenfranchised living in constant fear of some unknown agency which occasionally will kidnapping members of the group for their experiments.
The fear, hopelessness, and poverty of the tent city brings back memories of Magneto’s own childhood and the lessons he learned from the Nazis which the mutant puts to good use to get the answers he needs from the shadowy group that shows up one night seeking new laboratory rats for their anti-mutant experiments.
Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta weave a strong story balancing Magneto’s own past with his current circumstances reminding us where Magneto came from while demonstrating that the former super-villain may not have changed as much as Cyclops and the X-Men had hoped. Worth a look.
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s run on Detective Comics begins here with the beginning of a new arc that focuses on organized crime in Gotham City and Bruce Wayne‘s new business venture to help rehabilitate the city’s East End with crusader Elena Aguila rather than go for a far more lucrative option of re-developing the area.
Manapul and Buccellato offer as much Bruce Wayne as Batman here, showcasing the Dark Knight’s takedown the Kings of the Sun dealing drugs and kidnapping young children off the streets of Gotham. The main action of the issue comes from this part of the story where Buccellato colors Manapul’s beautiful art in blues and grays offering a similar, yet different, look to the pair’s relaunch of The Flash.
For a story that deals in organized crime, white slavery, gangs, Bruce Wayne still mourning the loss of his son Damian, and the crime boss The Squid feeding one of his soldiers to his pet, Detective Comics #30 is less dark and gloomy than you might expect offering a nice mix of story and action to start of the pair’s run on the title. Worth a look.
After traveling around the world for answers to the severed finger sent to him, The Shadow returns to New York to find the old acquaintance whose plan to use the ring to impersonate his former colleague and create a new power base in the United States has backfired.
Presented almost entirely from the White Tiger’s point of view, The Shadow #23 fills in the gaps to the man’s story including taking the gem from the jungles of Guatamala, the series of events that lead him to losing one of his fingers while attempting to assume the role of the Girasol, and his attempts to crawl from poverty once more.
The end of the issue wraps up the arc as The Shadow finally tracks down the the White Tiger (which he really didn’t need to leave New York to do), and provides his own brutal justice for the man’s crimes. For fans.
[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]
It’s the beginning of a new month so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this month from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Archie, Dynamite, IDW, Image Comics, and others.
This month includes the first issues of 7th Sword, 24, All-New Ultimates, Amazing Spider-Man, Angel & Faith Season Ten, Aquaman and the Others, Battlestar Galactica: Six, Captain Action Cat, Conan the Avenger, Danger Girl: May Day, Dexter’s Laboratory, Duffman Adventures, Field, Inhuman, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon, Nightcrawler, Shotgun Wedding, Sinestro, Smallville Season 11: Lantern, Solar Man of the Atom, Transformers: Windblade, What If… Age of Ultron, and the final issues of Lady Rawhide, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow, Stormwatch, Superior Spider-Man, Trillium, and Ultimate FF.
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The beginning of the end starts here. Picking up on Bill Willingham’s announcement that Fables will end with issue #150, the first part of a two-issue arc begins to put events in motion with the arrival of Danny Boy to the Farm and his mission to convince Seamus to return home with him to save Scotland from the evil Baoban Sith. Unwilling to let their band mate go alone, Peter Piper, Joe Shepherd, Puss in Boots, and Briar Rose all decide to accompany the pair to Scotland.
Much of the issue centers on the odd crew’s travels. Their eventual arrival isn’t as warm as they might like as the group walks right into a battle between demon dogs and giants which, apparently, costs one of the Fables their lives.
With nearly all of this issue being set-up there’s an awful lot for next month’s issue to get through. I’m also disappointed that the most interesting character of the group is the one who meets his downfall so early in the adventure. Worth a look.