By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Happy New Comic Book Day! This is Casual Wednesdays With DoomRocket, where each week we discuss our feelings concerning the comics that mean the most to us, and the industry news that affects us all. This week, MJ & Jarrod are talking events — from ‘House of M’ to ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ to ‘DC versus Marvel’, they run the gamut. Then they share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the week, and give their assessments of ‘Kamandi Challenge’ #1 and ‘Loose Ends’ #1.
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MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
Animosity: The Rise — AfterShock Comics/$3.99
Odyssey of the Amazons #1 — DC Comics/$3.99
Lady Castle #1 — BOOM! Studios/$3.99
Batman ‘66 Meets Wonder Woman ‘77 #1 — DC Comics/$3.99
The Girl from the Other Side — Seven Seas/$12.99
Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
The Dregs #1 — Black Mask Studios/$3.99
Hulk #2 — Marvel Comics/$3.99
Island #14 — Image Comics/$7.99
Darkwing Duck #7 — Joe Books/$2.99
Loose Ends #1 — Image Comics/$3.99
REVIEWS FOR JANUARY 25, 2017
Loose Ends #1
Written by Jason Latour.
Art by Chris Brunner.
Colors by Rico Renzi.
Edited by Kevin Gardner.
JJ: Image Comics took Jason Latour and Chris Brenner’s Loose Ends, and repackaged it as a beautiful (and paradoxically nasty) piece of comic art. For completists, they’ll find an angrier Jason Latour here, an artist keeping rhythm with his thundering heartbeat. Even for those who have already read it, Loose Ends #1 is a book well worth the 10 years it took to come home.
7.5 out of 10
Kamandi Challenge #1
Written by Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen, and Dan Abnett.
Art by Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish, and Dale Eaglesham.
Colors by Hi-Fi.
Letters by Clem Robins.
MJ: An exquisite corpse writ large and a spiritual successor to the 1985-86 DC Challenge maxiseries, Kamandi Challenge stars the eponymous and well-loved Jack Kirby-created character, as well as a new (and equally impressive) creative team with each issue. Everyone involved tries to outdo whoever came before, and whoever’s coming after, and we the readers reap the creative rewards.
8.5 out of 10
Check back next week for more from Casual Wednesdays!
Before: “The Root of Evil,” here.
Header image: ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ #7, DC Comics. (December 17, 2014) Art by George Perez.
Top 5 Most Anticipated Background music: “Runner Runner” Produced by Marc Dtwo — SoundCloud, YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)
Intro interview music: “Talk to Me” by Jahzzar — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)