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 look back on the latest seasons of ‘The Flash’ and ‘Supergirl’, while keeping their eyes fixed on the future of the Arrowverse. Then they share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the Week, and assess ‘Action Comics’ #980 and ‘Wonder Woman’ #23.
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MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
Jean Grey #2 — Marvel Comics/$3.99
Underwinter #3 — Image Comics/$3.99
Star-Lord Annual #1 — Marvel Comics/$4.99
Power of the Dark Crystal #3 — BOOM! Studios/$3.99
Redneck #2 — Image Comics/$3.99
Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
Black Hammer #9 — Dark Horse Comics/$3.99
Batman/The Shadow #2 — DC Comics/Dynamite/$3.99
James Bond Service Special — Dynamite/$7.99
The Old Guard #4 — Image Comics/$3.99
Mother Panic #7 — DC Comics/$2.99
REVIEWS FOR MAY 24, 2017
Action Comics #980
Written by Dan Jurgens.
Art by Patch Zircher; colors by Hi-Fi.
Letters by Rob Leigh.
JJ: It’s a big, dumb, loud Superman scrape, exactly what I’ve come to expect from Action Comics. If Jurgens is using DC’s flagship title to rehash his greatest hits all the way to issue #1000, I say let him; the quality has been consistently good for the duration of his run, even if it lacks the emotional heart found in Tomasi & Gleason’s Superman. Mostly I’m just happy that Superman’s past makes a semblance of sense again, that Lois, Clark and Jon live in Metropolis, and Hank Henshaw, easily one of my all-time favorite supervillains, has returned.
6 out of 10
Wonder Woman #23
Written by Greg Rucka.
Art by Liam Sharp.
Colors by Hi-Fi.
Letters by Jodi Wynne.
MJ: Greg Rucka’s twenty-five issue run on Wonder Woman is nearing its end. This penultimate Rucka/Sharp issue is both momentous and bitter-sweet and, combined with my anticipation for the “Truth” finale, I’m feeling a tidal wave of emotion here. Diana conquers her main baddies here in very atypical superhero fashion: with little violence but with all of her heart. I love that this feels like an ending, complete with a proper sense of closure. A good, true ending is so hard to come by in superhero comics. Sadly, this is one of them.
9 out of 10
Check back in two weeks for more from Casual Wednesdays!
Before: “Spoilers of the Galaxy,” here.
Casual Wednesdays written and edited by J. Jones, produced by M.J. Kremer and J. Jones.
Intro interview music: “Talk to Me” by Jahzzar — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)
Top 5 Most Anticipated Background music: “Runner Runner” Produced by Marc Dtwo — SoundCloud, YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)