This week I added a couple of new series to my pull list. Sometimes you have to branch out from the Big 2 and mix it up. There are a lot of good stories out there if you are willing to go beyond traditional superhero comics.
MotorCrush #5 by Babs Tarr, Brendan Fletcher and Cameron Stewart / Art by Babs Tarr & Cameron Stewart / Cover by Babs Tarr
This is the last issue in the first story arc of this series. By day, Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush. The fifth issue is the first I read in this series so I was a little behind on what was going on. What I got from the story is that Domino is adopted and is perhaps being hunted by aliens. It was a little hectic since it was the end of an arc, but it was enough to get me hooked. I am going to go back and read the first four to get the full first arc. You should check it out too.
X-men Blue #1 by Cullen Bunn / Art by Jorge Molina & Matteo Buffagni / Cover by Arthur Adams
After the controversy of X-men Gold, all eyes have shifted to X-men Blue, a reskinned version of All New X-men. This comic actually surprised. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. This feels like a classic X-men story. The O5 show up to a hostage situation and face off against Black Tom Cassidy and The Juggernaut sporting a new look. When was the last time they were spotted in a comic together? Beast uses his new “science” to win the day and it really brings a new wrinkle to the character. I still don’t think these are X-men from the same timeline as the current versions. We finally see where Magneto has been doing since the end of IvX and we get a backup story featuring Jimmy Hudson. Google him if you haven’t heard of him before.
American Gods: Shadows #2 by Neil Gaiman / Art by P. Craig Russell & Scott Hampton / Cover by Glen Fabry
Sometimes you find some winners, sometimes you don’t. Neil Gaiman has written a lot of great stories over the years, but this just doesn’t interest me. Shadow has just got out of jail and is looking for work. Finds out his wife is dead in the newspaper when interviewing with a crime boss for a job. I heard good things about this series, but I wasn’t impressed. Check it out, maybe it’s your cup of tea.
Doctor Aphra #6 by Kieron Gillen / Art by Kev Walker
Aphra Jr. and Sr. have stumbled upon an ancient Jedi citadel…but it appears that some form of life has survived…and they are NOT happy to be disturbed. This another little corner of the Star Wars galaxy. Not bad. Not great, but not bad. Despite their being no Jedi in this issue, a light saber is used. Worth a look.
I was a little confused at first as to what was going on. The issue begins with a woman talking to a doctor about her daughter who has no face. apparently a couple of godlings took her daughters soul to make her do something for them. There is a short fight between Diana and Cheetah. The mother summons Circe to get her help in binding the two who took her daughters face and soul. Circe tells her she doesn’t have the power to do it herself but concocts a plan involving Diana’s lasso. The plan works and the two godlings are turned into dogs. Circe finds out that they lost the girl’s soul to another. Circe tells the mother that she would need to somehow defeat Aries to get her back. Pretty cool issue.
There were of course other great issues out this week like Amazing Spider-man #26 where Spider-man chases after Norman Osborn. What are you reading this week?