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Comics: Call Me Anytime
by Dee. 2/22/2018Hello all:
Welcome to another round of comics selections for February! Our first contender is the Mother Panic / Batman Special, followed by X-Men Red, and a special preview of Wasted Space.
Mother Panic / Batman Special (DC Comics): This is such a natural pairing of superheroes that I'm surprised that these heroes of Gotham don't run into each other more often. Sure, Bruce is reclusive, but even he has a busy social schedule.
This book is listed as Milk Wars Part Two. You can find the first part in the Justice League of America / Doom Patrol one-shot. The premise of that is a surreal romp through a ridiculous premise: RetCo, evil corporation that it is, has started stealing stories and repackaging them with more palatable heroes ready for mass consumption. Did I mention the radioactive milk of psychic cows that is weakening the members of the Justice League?
In the Mother Panic / Batman one-shot, we delve into Mother Panic's past, with Father Batman presiding as shepherd for a new generation of Robins. Considering that in Mother Panic's past she experienced and witnessed major experiments on innocent children, this strikes a very particular nerve with her.
Batman and Mother Panic are able to break out of their trance and get the children to safety, which I would expect from a one-shot. There are narrative elements which might continue into a future Mother Panic storyline and would be very interesting if they choose to follow it up. Incidentally, Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. will be starting March 28.
X-Men Red #1 (Marvel Comics): Adult Jean Grey is back, promising a brand new future for mutant-kind, looking for positive change in a cruel and unforgiving world. So she assembles the world's top scientists, artists and philosophers to group think the perfect harmony for all of humanity, mutants included. Her telepathy shows her something beautiful, an ideal that is going to receive some criticism, but she honestly thinks that it is attainable.
Though this is a road previously traveled for the X-Men as a major theme, the script for this first issue is perfectly paced and timely even as Jean is relearning about the world, and as earnest as the dialogue is in parts.The art is bright and colorful, matching Jean Grey's outlook on life and the possibilities for the future. Overall, I enjoyed the first issue, and I hope that the new crew of X-Men, including Nightcrawler, Namor and Laura Kinney (aka All-New Wolverine) is able to keep the story going as strongly in future issues. I didn't feel as if I had to know all of the backstory behind the X-Men to enjoy this book, which is good for newcomers.
Wasted Space (Vault): Billy Bane screwed up the universe. How, you might ask? Well, he was a prophet who ended up getting everything wrong. And now, a new prophet is convincing the masses that the Galactic Leader has the right and true message from the Creator. So the Creator tells Billy he needs to do something about that. If only Billy cared...
The art in this book is rough and edgy, spinning out an intricate universe with just enough details to have you hooked. Artist Hayden Sherman (The Few, Cold War and John Carter: The End) has created some excellent character designs in this universe that includes cyborgs, aliens and humanoids, all struggling to survive.
Michael Moreci (writer for Roche Limit, Wonder Woman and Black Star Renegades) spins an irreverent tale of prophecy, fallacy and existence with a jaded and cynical hero. I am interested to see where this comic goes, and what other pockets of the universe it will reveal.
Release date: April 18.
See you next time,