The Nice and Accurate Thoughts of Ben Eubank (re: comics)

Hello and welcome to a new week of awesome comics! We have a bunch of new ones this week that I’m pretty excited about… read on!

Earth 2 – Earth 2 began this week and let me tell you… it was INCREDIBLE! We are introduced to a world that has been invaded by parademons from Apokolips. This issue shows us an amazing story featuring Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman… as well and Robin and Supergirl. The art is incredible and the story is the same. It is an emotional ride that is just glorious. You MUST pick up this issue as soon as you can. 5/5

Dial H – The first issue of Dial H is here. The idea behind this story is that the main character, Nelson, can use a telephone box to transform into a different hero each time he uses it. The first hero he transforms into by accident is called Boy Chimney and is really cool. The story looks like it will be a lot of fun once it really gets going. The art is very awesome also. This is something to keep an eye on. 3/5

Epic Kill – The first issue of five arrived this week. I was hoping for a lot out of this comic and I was happy with what I got. The story starts out with the main character, Song, in a school for troubled girls. She apparently has some amnesia but starts to remember things as the story progresses. She is out for revenge… apparently against the President of the United States. There was a lot of action but not as much story as I would have liked. I am looking forward to seeing how this book evolves. 3/5

Exiled – There’s a crossover event in the Marvel universe starting this week that I’m really excited for. This issue is a one-shot but the rest will continue in New Mutants and Journey into Mystery. This issue sets up the coming story well. We learn more about the Disir and how they came to be; and we meet an apparently ancient pre-Asgardian force. I like the aspect of dealing with powers from before Odin became the All-Father. After seeing the last page of this issue, I am really excited to see how things turn out. 4/5

Mind the Gap – The first issue of this series is as awesome as I expected it to be. It is 50 pages of fantastic writing by Jim McCann and amazing art by Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback. The story is about a girl named Ellis who was seemingly attacked and as a result, put into a coma. She is taken to a hospital where her family and friends gather… at least some of them. I get the feeling there are a lot of secrets and dysfunctional things going on with her family and the people around her; there is also some sort of plot surrounding Ellis and her hospitalization that we are seeing hints about. However; the story isn’t just about what’s going in the world while she is in a coma… there’s also a whole other storyline going on with Ellis’ mind or spirit in some place called “The Garden” that other people in a coma go to as well. This issue is a fantastic start to the series and may end up alongside Morning Glories in my list of favorites! Go subscribe to this series right away! 5/5

Red Lanterns – Issue nine continues Bleez’s attempt to overthrow Atrocitus; and continues with the contamination of the Red Lanterns’ Central Power Battery. The planet Ysmault starts to die along with the Red Lanterns and they are forced to leave. This prompts them to decide on a course of action with another Lantern Corps to try to save themselves. There is also a lot of animosity toward the new human Red Lantern since his arrival coincided with the contamination of the battery and the unusual powers he exhibits. Along with all the drama unfolding on Ysmault, we also get to see a little bit more of Abysmus. Overall, this is a strong issue and reinforces why I think Red Lanterns is definitely the best Lantern series. 4/5

Star Trek – This month concluded the story of Vulcan’s revenge. We learn what Sarek and his colleagues were planning to do to avenge their world’s end and it’s definitely something I didn’t see coming… especially from Sarek. I really liked seeing an original story now happening as a direct result of the timeline changes in the movie. 4/5

Teen Titans – This week gives us The Annual which is also finally part one of The Culling. We’ve been leading up to this in several series and now it’s finally begun! This issue puts the Teen Titans against the lost Legionnaires. We meet some other people who have been kidnapped by N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and we get to see more of Harvest himself. Seeing the teams interact was interesting and seeing Harvest observe them only raises more questions. I’m excited for this storyline to finally take off and can’t wait to see what happens next! 4/5

Worlds’ Finest – This is the final first issue I read this week. This book centers on Robin and Supergirl from Earth 2. It is a good introduction to these characters for those of us who haven’t read the Huntress miniseries. I like the attitude of the girls and I think this will be a fun series to follow. When you pick up this issue, be sure to read issue one of Earth 2 first! 3/5

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