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

Hello! This week was really exciting because of the ninth issue of Justice League Dark and the first issue of Mind Mgmt. Read on to see what else was good this week in comics!

Justice League Dark – This is the first issue with Jeff Lemire writing and it is fantastic. Steve Trevor visits John Constantine and offers him a job tracking down a villain in the Amazon Jungle… in exchange for giving John a peek into the Black Room. We are also introduced to Black Orchid, who will serve as a liaison between the JLD and the US government. This first mission really opens up a lot of doors for possible storylines. It also presents us with a huge question: how much of what Neil Gaiman has written will come back, and possibly be changed, now that the Books of Magic and Doctor Destiny’s Dreamstone are in play? For those of you who have not read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman books, the Dreamstone is an incredibly powerful artifact and its placement in this story could have a lot of repercussions in the DC universe. This is something that could turn out to be epically awesome. Right now is the perfect jumping-on point if you’re not currently reading Justice League Dark. 6/5

Aquaman – Issue nine opens with Black Manta trying to kill the Prisoner, which was a pretty cool. The story alternates between this battle; Aquaman and Ya’wara fighting in the Amazon; and Mera and Doctor Shin. The interaction between Aquaman and Ya’wara was interesting and I’d like to see that explored some more in the coming issues. We also find out what happened between Black Manta and Aquaman years ago that made them hate each other. 4/5

Chew – This month’s issue was a great show of how the Chu family behaves. Toni is recruited by her brother Chow, the chef, to determine if some paintings are real or not. However, his true purpose is not quite what he tells Toni. He uses her gifts in order to get back a book of his recipes from a former student. When Toni finds out what was really going on, her reaction is awesome. I really like seeing Tony’s family more and I hope they all come together at some point soon to work on something big. 5/5

Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child – The third issue continues to show us the story of the recent Voodoo Queens and their interactions with the brothers Kalfu and Ogum. Dominique is finally in direct conflict with her cousin, Jacqueline, and she is thrown into some sort of magical trial. This book is doing a good job of keeping up the mystery and suspense. 4/5

Fantastic Four – This week gave a us a nice, simple story of the Fantastic Four saving someone close to them. It had a neat approach to telling the story but in my opinion was not on the level of last week’s issue. 1/5

The Flash – Issue nine brings the Flash into direct contact with the new King Grodd. We get to find out more about the relationship between the Speed Force and Gorilla City; as well as what part the Flash plays in things. There were a few storylines being opened up that I’m looking forward to seeing. I also thought the art in this issue was pretty strong. Overall, it was a pretty good issue. 4/5

Green Lantern: New Guardians – Things in the Lantern universe are really picking up steam… the Red Lanterns are fighting to survive with a poisoned central battery; the Green Lanterns are fighting amongst themselves and struggling to determine what the Guardians are planning; and now, the Blue Lanterns are being invaded by a race called the Reach. I really like the story of various Lantern Corps working together and seeing their members form some sort of team. I’m really looking forward to seeing what is orchestrating things. 4/5

I, Vampire – The first issue after the “rise of Cain” arc did a nice job setting up the new story. Andrew is now very powerful and in control of the vampires. He’s moved them all to Utah for the time being and is trying to make them into “better” vampires. Meanwhile, Tig and the Professor make contact with the Van Helsings in Europe for unknown reasons. I’m looking forward to seeing how things turn out in the next issue between Andrew and Mary. 5/5

Journey into Mystery – This issue is the fourth part of the “Exiled” crossover. It explains what happened with the Disir to make them into what they are. We also find out what part in things Sigurd plays and how it can all be stopped. The fabric of reality is shown to be very weak due to Loki’s spells and some Asgardians are able to remember who and what they really are. I’m excited to see how things wrap up in the next issue of New Mutants. 4/5

Mind Mgmt – The first issue of Mind Mgmt is promising. The story is about a secret organization that seemingly controls events in the world with the power of thought. The main character is a woman who lost her memory on a plane flight where everyone else lost their memories as well; and one passenger mysteriously vanished. It’s an interesting premise and I’m looking forward to the next issue. The art style of this book is an older style and is neat to see. 3/5

Teen Titans – The conclusion of “The Culling” takes place in the ninth issue of Teen Titans but only really raises more questions. Nothing is really resolved other than the Titans and Legionnaires are able to escape Harvest’s clutches. I want to see what next month brings in Teen Titans and Legion: Lost. I hope the teams meet again at some point. 3/5

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One response to “The Nice and Accurate Thoughts of Ben Eubank (re: comics)

  1. If you like Lemire, you really should try Animal Man. It is my favorite New 52 series (Team 7 coming pretty close).
    What makes Animal Man so special is the way Lemire deconstructs the superhero mythology. For example:
    1) Superheroes tend to monopolize the attention of the reader, while Animal Man is constantly upstaged by the supporting characters of the series.
    2) Superhero comics usually don’t give much importance to the private life of their main character (they tend to focus only on the “costume on” part); in Animal Man, on the contrary, the private life of Buddy is the main theme of the series. In fact, it is rather infrequent to see Buddy with his costume on.
    3) Buddy is not perfect, and is not perceived as perfect by other people: in fact, in the 11th issue, when he tells his wife “It’s going to be okay”, she replies “Don’t give me anything of that superhero crap, Buddy.” That cut and thrust perfectly enlightens the philosophy of the series.

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