As Larfleeze is enslaved by the Orange Lanterns his former butler attempts to flee from his new mistress, the powerful but flighty Wanderer, when she gets distracted with other matters. Although neither manages to extricate themselves from their situation, both provide some interesting nuggets along the way.
The scene of Pulsar Stargrave attempting to flee the planet by any means necessary (only to draw the suspicion of security) is quite funny. And Larfleeze’s storyline offers yet another possible origin for the character in the form of the character’s hallucinatory vision of his mother who shows us a far less heroic story of the Orange Lantern’s history with the slavery on his homeworld. Of all the versions we’ve seen so far this one fits the tone of the selfish character best (even if it is pretty damn depressing).
The Wanderer’s suspicions foreshadow a serious threat not only to her newly arrived family but to the entire universe as she suspects a powerful enemy has put aside their own internal squabbles to to their attention on her family. Worth a look.
“City Fall” concludes as Splinter, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael fight to free a brainwashed Leonardo from the Shredder‘s control. Things were looking pretty good for the group, at least until the arrival of Karai and her two new mutant soldiers Rocksteady and Bebop. With the help of Angel, Casey, Old Hob, and Slash the Turtles are able to reunite their family but their small victory is overshadowed by the Foot Clan‘s larger victory and total control over New York City.
Leo returns to his family, thanks in large part to Raphael, but the scars of his time of his brainwashing look like they may take quite a long time to heal. Karai proves her worth as he finally earns the role of Chunin, but all is not perfect for The Foot as Rocksteady and Bebop are unable to prevent the Turtles escape and Alopex seizes the moment to take his revenge (leaving the future of the character very much up in the air).
With The Foot in control of New York and the Turtles in exile to lick their wounds and put their family back together the series moves forward into its new arc beginning next month. Worth a look.
Tom Strong andVal Var Gram‘s search for Tom Strange finally comes to an end on the science hero’s moon base. Although his counterpart agrees to give Tom and Val the elixir they journeyed to the alternate Earth to find, the pair cannot leave until they find a cure for the Red Death or risk exposing their Earth to the same deadly disease (especially after Val begins developing symptoms).
To save the life of his son-in-law, and return home in time to save the lives of his daughter and unborn grandchild, Tom Strong will have only one issue remaining in the six-issue mini-series to solve the riddle of the Red Death, find a cure, and make his way home.
I’ve enjoyed this mini-series and issue #5 (as I expected) sets the table for a run to finish as Val contradciting the disease with a 100% mortality rate puts even more pressure on Strong to find a cure. I enjoyed Strong and Strange together here (and hope we get more of the two science heroes working together in next month’s finale). Worth a look.
Offering another issue centered around a single student, the latest issue of Morning Glories turns its attention to Fortunato Medeiros who faces danger from the Academy both in the past and present. Luckily for Fortunato, as a child he was lucky enough to have a guardian angel in the time-traveling Casey Blevins. In the present, however, poor Fortunato has to face the wrath of Georgiana Daramount all on his own.
Although the comic gives us Casey kicking some serious ass as Dainelle Clarkson, and has some nice moments between the older Casey and younger Fortunato, Morning Glories #35 is by far one of the darkest issues of the comic’s run featuring an incensed Daramount whipping and even blinding the young man in an attempt to reassert her power and status in the school.
Daramount certainly takes a dark turn here, reverting closer to how she was originally presented, but her the level of her viciousness with Fortunato (someone the Academy obviously prizes) is more than a little perplexing. For fans.
The series winds to a close leading into next month’s final issue as Kaine decides to give up the role of hero after what Kraven the Hunter put his friends through (including one still fighting for his life in the hospital). He also faces new threats in a friend turned enemy, someone masquerading as Annabelle, Aracely‘s dark visions, and the arrival of his crazy one-night fling Zoe Walsh (who brings her rocket launcher with her for the unannounced visit to Kaine’s hotel room).
Although the issue feels rushed, like writer Christopher Yost is trying to pack in as many ideas as possible (and hanging plotlines) into a single comic to set up next month’s final issue, there’s quite a bit here to enjoy including plenty of the title’s trademark insanity and a cliffhanger that leaves the fate of nearly every single character from the series completely up in the air.
I’m going to miss this book, and although news has it that Scarlet Spider will be continuing to enjoy life with a new version of the New Warriors (hopefully with Aracely along for the ride and a Guardians of the Galaxy costume for Vance Astrovik) it won’t be the same. Worth a look.
Townsville is certainly a strange place these days. Mojo Jojo has given up mental enhancements and gone back to the simple life of Professor Utonium‘s impossible to control lab monkey and now all of the city’s villains have given up their wicked ways and are working to protect and improve the city.
Although Bubbles and Blossom are willing to give their former adversaries a second-chance, Buttercup finds the entire situation impossible to accept. And behind in all lurks HIM who has caused the change in the minds of Townsville’s villains for his own nefarious purposes.
Writer/artist Troy Little delivers another fun issue with the bizarre situation of turning the town’s baddies into well-respected members of the community (even building a statue of the Powerpuff Girls) and a big action sequence as our heroines work with the former villains to stop an attack by a giant octopus (also under HIM’s influence) forcing even Buttercup to accept their new outlook on life. Worth a look.
The Flash #25, a one-shot Zero Year adventure giving us Barry Allen‘s first meeting with Iris West in Gotham City, marks the end of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s run on what for me has been one of the rare highlights of the New 52. In his final issue Manapaul shares the art duties with Chris Sprouse for a Flash adventure that happens well before Barry’s accident or his first run in scarlet-colored spandex.
Although it takes place in Gotham rather than Central City, the comic is a nice wrap-up in terms of finally offering us not only Barry and Iris’ first meeting but the couple’s first kiss as well. The storyline of a highly inflammatory street drug name Icarus, and the corruption of the Gotham Police Department, takes a back seat to Barry’s heroic actions well-before receiving the gift of super-speed and his first encounter with Iris.
I’m going to miss Manapual’s beautiful kinetic style that fit the character perfectly. And given the continuing disappointment of much of the rest of the New 52 I’m a little scared to see where The Flash goes from here. Worth a look.
After last month’s look in at the afterlife of Bigby Wolf, Fables jumps right back into the Camelot storyline with Rose Red meeting those wishing to join her new Round Table as Knights of Hope. Despite the heavy turnout, there are still quite a few obstacles standing in Rose Red’s way including Snow White who has not forgiven her sister for recruiting Prince Brandish as part of her undertaking.
Other than her sister, Rose Red still has to come up with a method of choosing her knights and deal with the wide assortment of volunteers ranging from all sizes of both a wide variety of creatures and humans. There’s also the matter of the quiet man of the hills whose true name and purpose for journeying to the new Round Table has yet to be revealed.
With the near completion of Bigby’s shattered crystal form we find one crucial piece still missing (in the hands of a mysterious woman) which must be recovered if the witches’ magic has any chance at returning him from the dead. What dark forces are working against Bigby and his return? Worth a look.
Wrapping up the six-issue arc, Nikola Tesla leads Charles Fort, Winfield-Scott Lovecraft, Ehrie “Harry Houdini Weiss, Master Wong Ke-Ying, and Annie Oakley out of the tunnels beneath the city to stop the Triumvirate of Franklin Reade, Robert Trydan, and Jack Wright and their mad plan of mass destruction and revolution.
Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures #12 presents plenty of action and quick thinking from the heroes of science as they manage to stop the villains from detonating their explosives all over the city and hold out long enough for help to arrive.
The issue includes two short back-up stories involving Atomic Robo taking down a pair of spies in Nevada (by jumping out of an airplane and landing on their car) and Dr. Dinosaur laying what he considers an ingenious trap for members of Tesladyne that doesn’t produce the results the insane dinosaur hoped for. Worth a look.
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When Fishface attacks a cruise ship looking to get his hands on his former partner-in-crime Victor Sousa, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello show up to save the day. For the first time the Turtles find themselves fighting the fish-mutant in water, and Fishface turns out to be far more trouble in his natural habitat.
Raphael questions putting their own lives on the line to save a gangster (which turns out to be prophetic as Victor eventually turns on his would-be rescuers). Although the ship is sunk, the Turtles eventually are able to stop Fishface and turn Victor over to the police allowing Leo to show his brother that saving a criminal doesn’t mean letting him go free.
Of the characters created for the new animated show, Fishface is one of the oddest. I haven’t been the biggest fan of his, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #5 uses the setting to the character’s advantage, making him a credible threat given the circumstances the Turtles find themselves in. Worth a look.