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 June 11 2014
Matt Hakins, Writer; Linda Sejic, Artist
Genetically engineered food has become a buzzphrase recently. People are either extremely frightened of it or extremely excited about it. We are not here to discus that. Instead we will talk about Wildfire, the new series from Top Cow Comics. This book opens with a burning Los Angeles, then cuts back three days prior, to a rather common scene these days: a talk show. The show is split: it has one side in favor of engineered foods and the other against. At a presentation of the science behind the engineering, being demonstrated using dandelions because of their fast growth rate, an accident causes some of the dandelion spores to be released into Los Angeles. One thing that sets this book apart is the Science Class at the end of the book. I like that the book has not, yet, come down in favor either for against engineered food.
Red City #1
Daniel Corey, Writer; Mark Dos Santos, Artist
Another new comic from Image, and it’s another great one. Red City is the story of Federal Security Officer Talmage, a former orphan from the streets of Mars Central, the largest city on Mars. Before you shake your head and dismiss this as another hokey space comic, let me assure you that it’s not. The creators have done a good job of building a world without over-explaining it all in the first issue. What this comic boils down to is Talmage has to find and protect an ambassador’s daughter who may or may not be involved in some shady deals. The fact that the ambassador in question is the ambassador from Mercury just adds a little more intrigue to the book.
Jim Zub, Writer; Filipe Andrade, Artist
By all accounts, this comic should have been a lot more enchanting than it is for several reasons. 1.) It’s Disney. 2.) It’s sort of steam-punky. 3.) There’s a purple dragon. For me though, it falls a little flat. Our story begins in London in 1910. Blairion Mercurial is a scientist working at Scientifica-Lucidas. They have a mandate to seek out new sources of energy. Blair Mercurial is attempting to harness the energy of the mind. In an attempt to make this work, he conjures a smallish purple dragon. (Smallish when compared to other dragons. It appears to be about the size of a golden retriever.) For those of you familiar with Disney and Epcot, these two characters might ring a bell. They should, as this is the ‘origin’ story of Dreamfinder and Figment from Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination ride.
Manifest Destiny #7
Chris Dingess, Writer; Matthew Roberts, Penciller and Inker
The guy at my local comic store has been trying to get me to read this book for a while; since at least six issues ago. Finally I picked it up at number seven and then realized that when someone speaks as highly about a book as he has, there is a good chance that you should pick it up. Manifest Destiny is Image’s telling of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, except not really. In this version, Lewis and Clark encounter minotaurs and giant people-sized frogs… so it’s either a fictional story about the expedition or my US History teacher has A LOT of explaining to do. (Did you forget to teach us something, Coach?) It’s a very interesting read.
WWE Superstars #5
Mick Foley and Shane Riches, co-creators; Various Artists
Sure, it’s only $3.99 and who knows, there might be a good story in there. Mick Foley is normally entertaining. His books were very well written and enjoyable. THIS IS NOT. I would go into detail and describe the story to you (and I use the word story very loosely), but I cannot. It appears that someone broke the ring and Vince McMahon blames CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Daniel Bryan, and Hornswoggle. Maybe I missed out on something since I do not watching wrestling anymore, but I doubt it.
There are other books that came out this week. Wolverine started it’s “3 Months to Die” event and DC continued Future’s End. Marvel has given us even more background into the Original Sin story with the creatively named Original Sins where they look at individual characters within the Marvel universe. Issue one gives us Deathlok, the Young Avengers, and a fun story with Lockjaw.