Years of Future Past #1
A very capable homage to a classic motif in X-Men stories, rejigged in terms of Secret Wars. That said, I’m not even reading a ton of these alternate realities Secret Wars books and they’re starting to all feel a bit alike to me; I can’t imagine how they’re reading to people with larger pulls than me.
Secret Wars #3
The settling into something more standard issue is probably inevitable, and the collection of saved heroes is a novel one. I expect this will remain satisfying, but there’s very much a return to ground here after the giddy highs of the kickoff, and the news that #4 has been pushed back to July is worrisome; part of why this is working, frankly, is the high pace of release. I’m not sure I’m still going to give a shit come November, especially with all these auxiliary books.
Crossed: Badlands #78
Zombies vs. Megafauna. Possibly not a comedy. It’s sometimes hard to tell with Gillen. We’re in the mid-story lull here, with neither plot having much conceptual oomph, but it’s capable zombies, prehistoric and otherwise.
Darth Vader #6
At the book’s heart is a scene Gillen basically promised in the initial interviews about the book. Gillen’s take on it is very strong, and it successfully sets up a new status quo for the book. Good, solid fun.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6
Some solid but not particularly noteworthy jokes about hippos give way to a Welcome to Night Vale-esque separation of narrator and story, followed by smashed cars. Yes, that is a summary. Yes, it also counts as a review.
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1
Perhaps just because its concept is an active turn away from the past few years of Spider-Man, but this worked in a way that not all of the Secret Wars minis have. The flash-forward is very well done, setting a new status quo that is at once unlike anything we’ve seen before and an archetypal Spider-Man setup. This is very promising.
The Wicked & The Divine #11
There’s plenty of world in which to enthuse and speculate over the consequences and implications of this issue, including comments here. I have numerous theories and guesses. Those, however, are not the point of a review.
As a comic, as a piece of art and an engagement with culture, as an installment in the serial The Wicked and the Divine, this is superlative. It is one of the best comics of the year, guaranteed. I’ve praised this comic plenty of times as one to watch. The thrill those of us who have been following it got this week, opening our issue, more than justifies that recommendation. Simply, utterly, perfectly brilliant. Indeed, so good it deserves a reaction image.