Friday Slice of Heaven
This week: Bitch Planet, Wonder Woman, Archie,and Power Man and Iron Fist
|Bitch Planet #8|
We might have lengthy waits between issues of this Donist World Darling (a four month wait this time), but when a new issue of Bitch Planet arrives any grumblings about timeliness tend to wash away with thoughts of Wow, that’s one heck of a strong issue. With this release, a handful of new characters are introduced with one in particular contributing to a major twist that I did not see coming. In fact, there’s a whole populace of Bitch Planet prisoners who of course would end up being removed from society as Noncompliants, and their introduction to the story is positively fantastic. DeConnick and Leandro had my sympathizing with two of the new characters in all of four pages, and when you factor in the Kam and Whitney interactions, then throw in Makoto and the mysterious figure at the end…dang, Denizens, Bitch Planet fans are sure to forget all about the painful wait between issues.
|Wonder Woman #1|
|Power Man and|
Iron Fist #5
Who says superhero books all have to be gloom and doom? So why not take two classic comic book characters who I have adored since I was a kid, and add a little humor to their new book? The first four issues were funny, but this one had me cracking up. Manslaughter Marsdale is a ridiculous punching bag, the Power-Fist Mobile sequences are a crackup, and the various retellings of the fight by different people — although a device I have seen many times in the past — was well done and had me rolling throughout the issue.
Although this is only the fifth issue and we already have another artist filling in for Sanford Greene, I was pleasantly surprised by how Flaviano’s style perfectly complements the look and tone of the series. The action sequences are grand, and the character acting extreme, and you’re certain to be smiling by the time you get to the end.
Yes this is a fill-in issue, with a different artist than we are used to, but it is still Luke and Danny righting the wrongs, fighting the good fight, and trying not to look to bad in the process. If you need a break from the stressful intensity found in most superhero comics, then the first five issues of Power Man and Iron Fist will set you straight. Be warned, though: next issue is a crossover with the “Civil War II” event, which kind of irks me as this book just got started, but I will still be there to read it when it drops next month. Who knew comics could be this much fun? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Slice into the Woods
Out of time as always - It’s been a weird week following the awfulness of the previous one, and although there is plenty to be concerned about, let’s leave things on a positive note and have a good weekend filled with friends, family, and great comics.