Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Currently Reading...

Having as good a time reading comics as ever, currently working through a Marvel Masterworks Ant-Man/Giant-Man Vol.1 hardback. These are reprints of the famed Avenger's original stories from Tales To Astonish, which are simple but fun! There's something inherently fascinating about the idea of being shrunk down to the size of an insect, and seeing the Marvel bullpen's first explorations of the concept is charming and entertaining. Though Hank Pym's duties were taken over by Scott Lang, I thoroughly enjoyed Ant-Man's role in the recent Marvel NOW! FF title, and look forward to the forthcoming Ant-Man Motion picture set for a 2015 theatrical release. 

As I enjoyed Michael Allred's work FF so much in the past year or so, it's little surprise I'd get into the new Silver Surfer, all the same great whimsy present within each page. Sure, Dan Slott's writing it, but Allred's influence is plainly evident. Earth girl Dawn Greenwood gets caught in the middle of Norrin Radd's cosmic adventures, who soon becomes her champion- I'm unsure if a romantic relationship will bloom, but it's a possibility.

This new title by Grant Morrison furthers the legendary & polarizing author's exploration of the Multiverse, famously confusing everyone in Final Crisis. While I enjoyed that book, I'm unsure how closely I'll follow Multiversity. In this 8-part series of one-shots,  heroes from across dimensions must band together against demonic forces that threaten to destroy the Multiverse. It's gonna get weird...

I was excited to see Spider-Man 2099 make a return to comic store shelves, having thrilled to his appearance in Superior Spider-Man! This Spider-Man from the future, Miguel O'Hara, was pulled back in time in Superior Spider-Man #17-19 to monitor the development of Alchemex, the mega-corporation for which O'Hara worked for in 2099. Trapped in the early 21st century, Miguel gets a job working inside Alchemex for ... his grandfather!

Yes, I'm curious as to how it will all play out- DC's insistence on resurrecting another Robin they've killed off... what can I say? This was an exciting issue, and while I haven't picked up everything DC released after Damian Wayne's death, what I've read has been good enough to keep me interested, even if peripherally. 

I just finished up the Earth-X trade paperback, and while it's a long read, the dystopian tale of mankind's mutation following Black Bolt's release of the Terrigen Mists upon Earth to save his Inhuman family from persecution. A lot of familiar, yet oddly transformed characters appear throughout the plot, making this "what-if" story an interesting read. This deluxe edition features author Alex Ross' appendix pages that grew mildly laborious to stop and read, but John Paul Leon's artwork is edgy and dark, fitting the disturbing subject matter quite well. 
More Later- Make It FUN!


  1. Oh that Ant man takes me back! I must have been reading old reprints of it when I was very very young because Im sure i didnt have the original issues.

  2. All are great choices. You know I have 'issues' with Morrison but I have to see how he fits Captain Carrot into the whole Multiversity things. I might just wait until it's collected thought he first issue is in my files. Classic ant man is so great. A primer on how to draw a little character in a big world. I love all that batshit crazy plotting.