My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

Comics

Write it in Blood (2021)

A soap opera about hitmen

Brothers Cosmo and Arthur Pryce are on the eve of their retirement as hitmen. Their final job get complicated when news of Arthur’s tryst with the boss’ wife gets out. Cosmo’s retirement plans are put in jeopardy when family loyalty comes into play. Write it in Blood is a character-driven crime drama.

Spider-Verse: Spider-Zero TPB (2020)

A fun Spider-Ride!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is my favorite Spider-Man movie to-date. In fact, it’s one of my favorite animated movies of all time. And the main reason for that is because it comfortably leans into the strengths of its comic origins. The movie embraces the art, quirky characters and origin stories of its source material. For me, it remains the gold standard for comic book movies. So I was only too happy to pick up Spider-Verse: Spider Zero. Fortunately, like the movie, this 6-issue comic also leans into its strengths – as an unofficial follow-up to the movie. Mostly, the entire comic is an excuse to introduce us to new and creative alternate versions of Spider-Man. And that’s why it works so well.

DC Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex (2021)

Lex Luthor has his own planet!

For some reason, Superman vs. Imperious Lex was released a full month after the previous seven Future State issues. It was a decent enough comic, but it wasn’t exceptional and it definitely wasn’t worth the wait. Regardless, this comic marks the last of the 52 Future State issues released between January and March 2021. You can find my reviews of all the Future State comics here. Also, I’ve already given a breakdown of the entire comic event here.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story (2020)

A decent origin story for Mr. Freeze

If you’re a fan of Batman: The Animated Series, you’ll appreciate this graphic novel. That’s not to say you’ll necessarily like Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story. But you’ll definitely appreciate these two characters getting their own comic.

Revolver (2010) (reprinted 2021)

Living one’s best life…in parallel worlds

DC Black Label started re-printing Revolver this week after its debut more than a decade ago. I’m not really sure why this decision was made, but it peaked my interest enough to pick up the graphic novel. I’m glad I did because its sharp storytelling that had me engaged as a reader from cover to cover.

Killmonger (2018-2019)

A decent backstory

I found Erik Killmonger to be the most interesting character in the MCU’s Black Panther. He wasn’t just a bad guy out to destroy the world. He wanted to reclaim his birthright and use his newfound power to open Wakanda to the rest of the world. There was purpose to his character and he made sense. It was his means that made him the villain. So I was very excited to finally read about his backstory in Marvel’s 5-issue mini-series Killmonger.

DC’s Infinite Frontier #0 (2021)

Looks interesting

It’s difficult to review what is essentially the comic book version of a movie trailer. Still, DC’s Infinite Frontier #0 offers a really good taste of what’s to come in the six-issue miniseries in June 2021. It’s a different kind of review for me so this one might look a little different.

Final thoughts on DC Future State

A good intro to comic events

I started Future State with a post about how this was my first time with a comic event. The post outlined a schedule of all the comics and their release dates. I stressed that I was a relative newcomer to the world of comics and that some long-time comic readers don’t even consider Future State an event at all.

DC Future State: Dark Detective (2021)

A Bruce Wayne story!

Bruce Wayne broke and on the run. What a great concept! I really like seeing Batman alone and resourceful. His detective skills shine when he’s limited on gadgets and low on cash. Future State: Dark Detective does a great job of raising the stakes for Bruce and keeping readers engaged.

DC Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes (2021)

Just awful

This comic is just awful. I had a hard time finishing even the first issue. The story was painful to keep up with and the artwork didn’t help things at all. I’m not sure how this comic made it into Future State but it shouldn’t have. Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes was an absolute disaster – start to finish.