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Darth Vader #8

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2017

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Darth Vader #8 comic reviewSometimes it’s hard to be a Dark Lord of the Sith (especially after you’ve murdered most of your friends, choked out your wife, and had your best friend cut off your legs and leave you to burn in a pool of lava… okay, that last one he probably deserved).

Darth Vader #8 picks up with a bored Darth Vader getting the chance to stop terrorizing Imperial officers and direct his attention elsewhere. While the arc also focuses a bit more on the Emperor‘s Inquisitors, we don’t see much of them here as the two halves of the story are split between Vader and Jedi Master Jocasta Nu who returns to the Jedi Temple to safeguard hidden Jedi relics from the Sith.

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The Wild Storm #9

by Alan Rapp on November 27, 2017

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The Wild Storm #9 comic reviewThe Wild Storm spins its wheels a bit in issue #9 which proves to be more about setting up future events in the series (IO’s Jacklyn King planning a covert cyberwar attack against Skywatch, and Angela Spica being introduced to Jacob Marlowe‘s secret laboratory) than big reveals or takeaways. That said, the issue is highlighted by some strong art by Jon Davis-Hunt in what little we see of the lab and one hell of a silent extended action sequence set in John Colt‘s past in feudal Japan.

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Batman #35

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2017

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Batman #35 comic reviewI’ve missed the last couple of issues so I’ll admit being a bit confused as to why Batman is bleeding in a cave watching Catwoman and Talia al Ghul swordfight through ruins while Robin and Nightwing sit outside at campfire discussing Bruce’s plans to marry Selina. And what the hell Selina’s old BFF Holly is doing in the middle of it all?

Even if the rationale for such a set-up is lost on me, I’ll admit the story still works. Talia’s motives for fighting the woman who would dare marry her beloved are obvious. Not thinking much of Catwoman at the beginning of the duel, Selina does grudgingly earn a bit of respect by the end by more than holding her own against the daughter of the demon.

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Usagi Yojimbo #163

by Alan Rapp on November 18, 2017

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Usagi Yojimbo #163 comic reviewPart 1 of “The Mouse Trap” begins with the robbery of Hatamoto Asano’s home by a popular thief who drops some of his ill-gotten gains to the crowd and hops a series of rooftops to make good his escape. Escaping Miyamoto Usagi is no small feat, but an unexpected confrontation with the Black Goblin Gang leaves the Nezumi framed for murder (and forces him to give up more of his treasure to try and prove his innocence).

The start of the three-part story has several moving pieces including the introduction of another thief to give Usagi and Inspector Ishida trouble, an unknown street urchin keenly eyeing the investigation, and rumblings inside the Black Goblin Gang which are likely to cause trouble for everyone in the town. With Usagi getting himself in over his head as the comic comes to a close, I’ll be curious to see where the story takes him. Once he regains consciousness, that is.

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Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow #1

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2017

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Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow #1 comic reviewAtomic Robo versus… the Homeowners Association? The first issue of the latest volume of Atomic Robo sees our robotic scientist/adventurer setting out for greener pastures by beginning the construction of the new Tesladyne Institute in the badlands of New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert. It seems that even those who have save the Earth aren’t immune to bureaucratic red tape. Introduced to the facility and various characters through they eyes of the returning Foley, we witness the frustration of of several different Tesladyne workers, including Robo himself, at the lack of progress to get the new facility up and running. Despite having only two neighbors, Robo is dragged into a homeowners meeting with Sir Richard Branson who cites enough Tesladyne infractions to halt all “progress” on the site. Poor Robo. Where’s a psychotic dinosaur to hit when you need one?

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