This week, the Geekend Gladiators review their picks of the week (Superman #43, Magneto #21 and as a bonus, Old Man Logan #4). So let’s get to it. And as usual, beware of spoilers.
By: Gene Luen Yung, Klaus Johnson, and John Romita Jr.
Superman #43 focused on Superman and Lois Lane from the get-go. And it’s not a bad thing really. With the New 52 relaunch barely even focusing on their relationship, much more their romantic relationship, it was refreshing to have them have their moments. Hordr_Root once again poses as a threat to Superman, and his never ending blackmail on Superman’s secret identity. Truth is, the whole issue at point here is a good one, but somehow it gets a little too old when its all that Hordr_Root does. Luckily the creative team realizes this and gives as a curve ball when it was Lois Lane who ends up exposing who Superman/Clark Kent really is. As to what this means for Superman going forward, we just have to wait for the next issue.
Score: 3.75/5 Comic Books
By: Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta
This Last Days tie-in to Secret Wars have been a joy to read, most especially the Magneto title. When Last Days of Magneto started, it depicted Magneto’s crusade from being a villain into an Anti-hero of sorts for mutantkind. In this finale, Magneto’s entire actions from the first time he defended mutants, the twisted evil defending kind, to his time as the leader of Genosha, until his most recent acts were recalled. The creative team have done a terrific job of capturing the psyche of Magneto and showed readers alike what pushed Magneto’s buttons. The inner monologue of Magneto was on point throughout this run and I can’t help but feel for Magneto as he realizes that no matter what he does, whether he saves humankind or not, he will still be depicted as a monster. This whole run is really grossly underrated and should be regarded as a classic.
Score: 4.75/5 Comic Books.
OLD MAN LOGAN #4
By: Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino
Being a fan of the original Old Man Logan story-arc, I couldn’t help but feel cheated on this version or continuation or whatever this story is. After 4 issues I still couldn’t see the point or sense why this is happening, or a clear story arc for this. All the points tackled in the past issues have again been brought up in this book, i.e., Logan knows there’s something wrong, Logan visiting another world, Logan once again meeting an inhabitant of that battle world and still asks what’s going on, finding himself in another world at the end, and so on. It’s just really frustrating. The odd part here is that Logan meets She-Hulk, and that right there posed a lot of possible directions to explore, but was ultimately wasted. The positive of this book remains the art of Andrea Sorrentino. The violence just pops out every time Logan kills a zombie, the blood, the gore, the action, just superb. Just wish the story would meet the same level of awesomeness that the art brings.
Score: 2/5 Comic Books
Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and Comic Book reviewer. He’s a lawyer in the making at day, and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek