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Comics: Never Had to Knock on Wood
by Dee. 3/2/2023Welcome to the roundup of comics from last month! We have three contenders for you: first up, weighing in at whatever weight Batman is, it's DC Comics with Batman: Legends of Gotham, next is the ringer Marvel Comics with Storm and the Brotherhood, and finally, the up-and-comer Mad Cave has Don't Spit in the Wind.
(DC Comics) Batman: Legends of Gotham: Jason Todd, Katana and Black Lightning make an uneasy alliance to prevent Batman's secrets from coming to light. Red Hood makes his way into the good graces of some villains in order to prevent the auction of said secrets. There's a very steampunk aesthetic to the villains' lair, which is cool.
The script is a little long-winded with its exposition, but otherwise is pretty good. Granted, this is also a one-shot, but it has a cliff-hanger which suggests that the Lazarus Planet Omega story might be worth following as well.
(Marvel Comics) Storm and the Brotherhood: Thankfully, if you haven't been following the "Sins of Sinister" story arc (or the X-Men's current situation), there's a good summary at the beginning of the book. Starring Storm, Cable, Khora, Wiz Kid, Ironfire, Quick and Mystique, this is a gripping read.
It's action packed, and begins at a very quick pace story-wise. With it being a three issue mini-series, it needs to cover a lot of ground. The art is top notch, with dynamic panels during the fight scenes and a perfectly executed smirk on Mystique's mouth when she's up to her inevitable tricks.
(Mad Cave) Don't Spit in the Wind: This is a fascinating and highly detailed look into what's left behind when humanity just ...leaves, to live on a space station that hasn't been polluted yet. Enter our main characters, stage left: they are the garbage men at the end of the world. With a bright and edgy art style that reminds me of Tank Girl, we get reflections from Travis, part of Unit One. When another unit member goes missing, he and a partner go looking, and get zero backup from their parent company when they find his gruesome remains.
The artist on this book definitely put in a lot of effort to make this shell of a planet thoroughly unpleasant, and the heavy-duty hazmat suits are very futuristic. The script is entertaining, revealing quite a bit about the backdrop and our cast of characters without being boring. Overall, I'm intrigued about Mad Cave's offerings recently, as I've read a number of issues, including Exorcists Never Die, but I'll save that for another day.
See you Space Cowboy,