Feels like forever since I’ve done one of these. Only managed 5 comics within the past two months. Hooray for reading slumps!
1. Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson , Kilian Plunkett , Andrew Robinson , Walden Wong
Date Read: April 6
Synopsis from Goodreads: Strange visitor from another world who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands … and who, as the champion of the common worker, fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, Socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.
In this Elseworlds tale, a familiar rocketship crash-lands on Earth carrying an infant who will one day become the most powerful being on the planet. But his ship doesn’t land in America. He is not raised in Smallville, Kansas. Instead, he makes his new home on a collective in the Soviet Union!
Collecting SUPERMAN: RED SON #1-3.
This was an awesome Alternate Universe story. Superman as a Soviet hero? I wasn’t too sure how this was going to go but it definitely works and it’s done really well. The story is absolutely fascinating and done in such a brilliant way. I loved the historical aspects to this and that real people were used such as Stalin and John F. Kennedy. I feel like that gave it a bit more realism even with it being a superhero comic book. The artwork is absolutely amazing and the appearances of Batman, Wonder Woman and Hal Jordan and Green Lantern Corps was awesome and I legitimately freaked out. Even Oliver Queen is in this but it’s a blink and you’ll miss him type of cameo. This was fantastic and I definitely recommend it if you’re a Superman fan. Even if you’re not, you should still read this.
2. Batman: Featuring Two-Face and the Riddler by Mark Waid , Bill Finger, Gardner F. Fox, Neil Gaiman, Alan Grant, Andrew Helfer, Mark Verheiden, Bob Kane
Date Read: May 7
Synopsis from Goodreads: Two-Face. The Riddler.
Assembled in this volume are some of the finest stories featuring Two-Face and The Riddler, two of Batman’s greatest and most bizarre foes. From their first appearances in the 1940s to more recent epics, these two villains have been featured in some of the best-remembered stories in the Batman mythos. Two-Face… hideously scarred… choosing good or evil by the flip of a coin. The Riddler… constantly challenging the Dark Knight with conundrums and clues.
This was such a great collection dealing with the origin stories of both Two-Face and The Riddler. The stories were great, especially the very last one, and the artwork throughout was really good. I think my main issue was that I don’t think it was split fairly between the two. There was definitely more emphasis on Two-Face than on Riddler which is unfortunate because I found them both equally fascinating. I also didn’t really care for the random Penguin story that came out of nowhere and felt that section could’ve easily been another Riddler comic. Overall, I think this is a great starter point for both villains, but if you’re really interested in The Riddler you may want to read this and then continue elsewhere.
3. The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie , Matt Wilson , Clayton Cowles
Date Read: May 11
Synopsis from Goodreads: Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1-5
Rocky start, but this was so much fun. The beginning was a little bit confusing and all over the place, but once it found it’s footing it got really good and addicting! I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to go but I think the story is so intriguing and different and I think the characters were really cool. I absolutely loved the diversity, that was a highlight for me and the artwork is to die for! It is absolutely beautiful and colorful. I’m so glad I finally decided to start this series because this first volume was very promising and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here. I would suggest that when you start this and you feel a bit lost, keep going it’s totally worth it.
Okay, I’m officially on board with this series. It’s like a really awesome acid trip and a whole lot of fun. This volume was leaps and bounds better with the first. The pacing was really good and I really like the plot; it’s so unique and refreshing and weird. The characters are so great and filled with personality. I especially love Laura, she’s my favorite character besides Luci (sweet, bad ass, awesome Luci *sobs*). I love all of the different dynamics and relationships between everyone and again, I need to mention the diversity in this series because it’s off the charts. The ending was really awesome and I need volume three right now!
I can see myself becoming obsessed with this series if it continues on this way. That’s fine with me.
Synopsis from Goodreads: After the detonation of FANDEMONIUM the gods-as-pop-stars of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE try living in the long dark shadow.
Team WicDiv are joined by a stellar cast of guest artists to put the spotlight on each of the gods. The multiple Eisner Award nominated series continues in the only way it knows how: darker, weirder, faster. Don’t worry. It’s going to be okay.
Collects THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #12-17