Three issues in and Mark Waid & Fiona Staples’ relaunch of the flagship Archie title and (in post-Bendis fashion) they’ve finally introduced Veronica to the Riverdale gang and it’s absolutely pitch perfect. Aside from Staples’ art, which is always brilliant, the real achievement of this series is how it’s married all of the tropes that Archie comics have come to embody over the years with characters who seem like real people, something that the property hasn’t really done before (except in that creepy 80’s TV movie where they’re old and have uncomfortable adult problems). Jughead is the not-so-secret star of this series and I really can’t wait for his character to get fleshed out even more in his upcoming solo series. Still, the spotlight here is squarely on Ronnie and it’s really quite well done. Everything is given an origin, from the reason Archie drops everything to carry her books to the nicknames ‘Ronnie’ and ‘Archiekins’ and it all feels natural. This series is really a home run and something you should absolutely be reading.
Postal, unlike some other small titles I’ve loved recently (RIP Effigy, I love you) is still chugging along and getting better and better with each issue. The real achievement of this book is how it’s moved beyond its high concept of a town populated by nothing but fugitive criminals in hiding. The mythology of the town’s origins is slowly trickling out, but Mark’s journey in learning how to better deal with people (he’s Aspergic) within such a unique environment has been far more fascinating.
Sweet Christmas, is Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s Justice League great. There were a lot of jokes (rightly) made at DC’s expense over the rumored mandate to move back towards ‘meat and potatoes’ style storytelling, but on the other hand, if this book is what meat and potatoes looks like then I’d like seconds. Fabok’s art is big and bold and on the acceptable side of 90’s-influenced superhero work. His style is absolutely befitting a story that features the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid fighting while the Justice League and a mess of New Gods dance around the periphery. This storyline has felt like classic DC at their best, so if Convergence didn’t sate your need for a pre-2011 DCU then this is a book you should be reading.
The Rick and Morty comic does its version of one the show’s interdimensional cable episodes, though it focuses on one show in particular. I won’t spoil which one, but unfortunately it’s not “How Did I Get Here?”
E is For Extinction has been a lot of fun and remained faithful to the spirit of Morrion/Quitely’s X-Men throughout, especially in the way it wraps up. This is a must read if you loved the New X-Men run.
MODOK Assassin is just too cute and I’m sad to see this version of MODOK gone. If Hellcat gets a solo, lovestruck MODOK deserves a solo.
Ghost Racers saves some of it’s most fun ‘riders’ for this final issue and while this has been a pretty good run, I’d have loved to see more of the Ghost Rider mythos explored.
Inferno finishes up in a pretty neat little bow, but Hopeless and Garron still manage to imbue the story with enough neat touches (Boom Boom’s dialogue, Garron’s ever-fun demon design) to make this series worth a read.
Hail Hydra is at its best when exploring the larger world, rather than focusing on Ian Rogers/Leopold Zola who I was glad to see gone from the 616.
X-Men ’92 has gotten itself an ongoing and I really couldn’t be happier about that. This final issue really pumps up the in-jokes, while still managing to be a good climax to the story.