For a while now I’ve been reviewing a lot of comics (see category) in the form of trade paperbacks. And that’s cool, but I realised that I haven’t really talked about what’s currently on my pull list 🙂 It’s sort of fluctuated over the past year that we’ve had it but here’s what’s currently on the list (feel free to click on the link to go directly to that series):
Thor: God of Thunder – Last Days of Midgard
By: Jason Aaron (writer), Esad Ribic (art)
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD begin NOW! Thor, Asgardian God of Thunder, has always fought to save his adopted home of Earth. But who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? Thor’s mortal ally and environmental secret agent Roz Solomon has a few ideas. Namely the world’s largest and most nefarious energy company Roxxon, and its ruthless new CEO known as “The Minotaur.” Has the God of Thunder finally met his match, in the form of a multinational super-corporation? Meanwhile, many millennia ahead, a future version of Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the earth–a battle against the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known—Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds!
Of all the comics that I’ve picked up that are ongoing, Thor: God of Thunder continues to impress me. I’ve reviewed it in its early arcs (review) and it continues to be epic in the way it spans across centuries and different times of Thor’s life, the way the stakes continues to stack themselves like you wouldn’t believe, the enemies he has to face…Even in its quieter moments between sequences there’s just not a dull moment, and I think it’s because of the way that the writer has fleshed out Thor as a character and as a superhero but it’s also a real credit to the art style. It’s my favourite from all of the comics I’ve seen to date; even when the artists switch up, it still retains its painting-like characteristics. It’s just a joy to turn the page.
Story-wise, this arc has been pretty interesting: in the present, Avenger Thor faces off with a powerful corporation whose work is generating horrible consequences to the environment (a very contemporary theme) while in the future Thor All-Father is faced with an old enemy. The face-off with Galactus is, simply put, epic in proportions. If there’s any comic I’d recommend that’s ongoing, it’s this one.
Hakweye: Little Hits, vol. 2
By: Matt Fraction (writer), David Aja (Illustrations), Francesco Francavilla (Illustrator), Steve Lieber (Illustrator), Jesse Hamm (Illustrator), Matt Hollingsworth (Color Artist)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy
Artist David Aja returns to the most critically acclaimed comic of 2012, as ace archer Clint Barton faces the digital doomsday of – DVR-Mageddon! Then: Cherry’s got a gun. And she looks good in it. And Hawkeye gets very, very distracted. Plus: Valentine’s Day with the heartthrob of the Marvel Universe? This will be…confusing.
Marvel architect Matt Fraction continues his exciting, adventurous reinvention of the arrowed Avenger!
COLLECTING: Hawkeye 6-11
I’ve read the first volume of the series last year (review) and absolutely adored it so I just had to pick up the second volume 😀
By: Jason Aaron (writer), Simone Bianchi (artist)
Format/Source: single issues 01 – 05; my copy
Thanos rises as the unrivaled rogue of wretchedness in this gripping tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny. Where did this demi-god of death and destruction come from and…more importantly what does he want?
Hmm, I was about to start off this entry by saying something that may or may not be a spoiler for movie-goers (hmmm, let’s leave it out, just in case, yes?). But anyways, Thanos is a curious villain and it was pretty interesting that Marvel went with a prequel series to introduce new readers to the villain (great for me!) as well as set him up for the Infinity series that’s started recently. I’m also pleased that they got Jason Issacs to write the story as I’ve been impressed with his storytelling for Thor: God of Thunder (review).
By: Rick Remender (writer)
Format/Source: single issues 01 – 09; my copy
Thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home, the all-new, high-adventure, mind-melting, tough-as-nails, sci-fi, pulp-fantasy era of Captain America is NOW! With no country and no allies, what’s left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect? The Saga of Dimension Z begins here!
Continuing along on my reviews of some of the comics I’ve been following, Marvel Now!’s Captain America is also on my pull list right now at my local comic book store (along with Marvel Now!’s Thor: God of Thunder (review)). Unlike Thor, I actually haven’t read much from the Cap’s previous story arcs, save for the Winter Soldier collection (because a) I heard it’s one of the best stories and b) the second movie that’s coming out next year is based off that storyline). Otherwise, the only time I’ve encountered Captain America has been in Avengers volumes (which, now that I think about it, is only 2 of the graphic novels that I own, lol). Anyways, I was curious about what his story was like in the Now! series so here I am. May contain some spoilers ahead!
Thor: God of Thunder
By: Jason Aaron (writer)
Format/Source: single issues 01 – 10; my copy
Throughout the ages, the gods of the Marvel Universe have been vanishing, their mortal worshippers left in chaos. NOW! the Mighty Thor follows a trail of blood that threatens to consume his past, present and future selves. The only hope for these ravaged worlds lies with the God of Thunder unraveling the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher!
In my first comics post here on this blog, I mentioned that my favourite comic book superhero was Thor. I loved the stories that his character is involved with, the Norse mythological elements, the sheer sense of epicness. So naturally I was very excited to check out Marvel Now’s series for Thor, which promised to be amazing (despite not knowing too much about what the story is about when I picked up the first single issue). Contains some spoilers ahead!