Every week, TheNerdyBomb makes the trek to and from a local comic shop. We visit with the counter folk and peruse the comics. We then bring our findings back to TheNerdyBomb conference room and go over each comic for you, the loyal reader. So, without further ado…
TheNerdyBomb Weekly Pull List July 16 2014
Due to illness and vacation, last week’s pull list and this week’s pull list are being combined.
Tom Seeley, writer; Mikel Janin, artist
Nightwing has long been my favorite character. WHen he was unmasked, beaten, and left for dead in Forever Evil, I was worried. When I heard that the ongoing series Nightwing was ending, I was even more worried. Then I read the final issue of Nightwing. It was one of the better stories I have read. It wrapped up the Nightwing story and set the groundwork for Grayson. Now, Dick Grayson is a Jason Bourne like secret agent, Agent 37, for Spyral. Joining Grayson is Helena Bertinelli. (If this is the Helena Bertinelli that would become or has been The Huntress, we don’t know. It is super hard to keep track of the New 52.) This story in this issue moves along at a nice clip without feeling jumbled. I hope that this series continues for a while as there is quite a bit of potential here.
Spider-Man 2099 #1
Peter David, writer; Will Sliney, artist
Earlier this year, I had sworn off Spider-Man. The movie that came out left me feeling empty inside. As for the comic, Peter Parker wasn’t even Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus was. But now Pete is Pete again but we get a return of the Spider-Man from the year 2099. That era’s Spider-Man is Miguel O’Hara who has been transported back to the year 2014 to save his grandfather’s life. It’s not a bad read but overall it feels like more of the same confusing spider-plots from ages ago. The costume keeps it’s decidedly 90’s vibe though, which is nice. Can’t say that I can care too terribly much for this comic…
Marvel 100th Anniversary Spider-Man #1
Sean Ryan, writer; In-Hyuk Lee, art
…unlike this one which makes me wish that I could read the entirety of this Great Power arc. Supposedly, this is part 8 of 8. What Marvel is doing is they took some of their more iconic characters and wrote 100th Anniversary specials for them, imagining what life would be like in the future for these characters. The Fantastic Four one was just OK. This Spider-Man one though is just fantastic. The story is that Kingpin has purchased the Venom symbiote which is now a techno-symbiote, able to control machines. Reading this, we wonder what has been going on in Peter Parker’s life in the future.
The Devilers #1
Joshua Hale Fialkov, written by; Matt Triano, illustrated by
The Devilers is a story of a Vatican backed superteam of five exorcists that are called into action when Vatican City is swallowed up by what appears to be an earthquake. In actuality, it is an invasion by the forces of darkness. This is an interesting story and the art work is is phenomenal. The overall atmosphere of this comic is reminiscent of some of the darker Marvel stories from the past. The story is dark but the writing stays PG, unlike many of the comics these days. Not sure if this return to the horror comics of old will continue. This book is more what Justice League Dark could be if it were not mired in Justice League lore.
Teen Titans #1
Will Pfeifer, writer; Kenneth Rocafort, artist
Yes, another relaunch of the Teen Titans. This iteration has Red Robin, Bunker, Raven, Beast Boy, and Wonder Girl. The team rescues a school bus of children that have been taken by a group of terrorists heading towards S.T.A.R. Labs. The art is adequate and the story is kinetic, constantly moving. There is a bit of heavy handed political statements closer to the end of the book, but that can be overlooked. Any Teen Titan comic pales in comparison to Young Justice, the cancelled Cartoon Network show.
Robin Rises Omega #1
Peter J Tomasi, writer; Andy Kubert, penciller
Robin, Damian Wayne, is dead. Talia al Ghul is also dead. Batman, Frankenstein, and Ra’s al Ghul are protecting the caskets of the two from Glorious Godfrey of Apokolips and his group who have come looking for a crystal that is hidden in Robin’s casket. Damian was the son of Batman and Talia al Ghul. This is the beginning of a storyline where Robin comes back from the dead. Not sure how this will happen, a bit of it does seem like a rehash of the Jason Todd story. There are a lot of similarities between Damian and Jason Todd. Hopefully, this story will not follow that same path.
There have been two ongoing series this summer, one for DC Comics, Future’s End, and one for Marvel, Original Sins. Of the two series, Original Sins is the better of the two series. One of the downsides of Future’s End is that it is a weekly series. This has resulted in some overly complicated and confusing plot lines. That’s comics though.
Until next week, this is Nathan Gifford for TheNerdyBomb.
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