Now that the deserving and talented nominees for the Philly Geek Awards have been announced, it’s time to return to what’s really important on Tuesdays; the Comic Roundup. This week we go deep between the covers of three new releases including the opening salvo of the Trinity War in Justice League, Aphrodite IX from Top Cow and the return of Quantum & Woody.
Justice League #22
By Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis
Warning! Spoilers ahead!
That is no doubt going to be your reaction when you finish reading Justice League #22, the opening chapter of the long brewing Trinity War crossover. Building ever since the launch of the New 52, Trinity War promises big changes to the DC Universe and to the three teams currently calling themselves the Justice League. And while the shocks are numerous, they don’t necessarily make for a perfect comic book.
If you saw Man of Steel and the actions taken by Superman in that film, then what he does here can’t be all that surprising; you just knew they were going to try to make the comic version of the character reflect the movie version. What is surprising is how brutal and no nonsense the murder of Dr. Light is. It reminded me of the killing of Blue Beetle by Maxwell Lord; deadly and efficient.
As for the creative team, Ivan Reis does and incredible job with the artwork throughout the issue. He draws an insane number of characters in this first chapter and does and admirable job keeping things in order. The man’s skills were made for a book like Justice League and I hope he stays on the title for a while. My problem with the issue falls more on the plot and script. There is a ton of story going on and if you haven’t been reading any of the Justice league titles, prepare to be totally lost. Trinity War is hardly new reader friendly and that’s something I wasn’t expecting from a book written by Geoff Johns.
Justice League #22 overall is a good comic. If you have been following the New 52 since the beginning, there is plenty here that will make you a happy camper. But if this is your first DC title in a while, you’ve got a ton of homework ahead of you to fully enjoy the story.
Quantum & Woody #1
By James Asmus and Tom Fowler
I have to admit that I totally missed the boat on the first Quantum & Woody series back in the day. By the time I heard about the buzz the book was generating, the series had already ended and I figured I would just buy the books out of the quarter bins at a convention someday. And while I never did that, I have been looking forward to the new Q&W book since it was announced. Valiant has been really impressing me with the quality of their books so far and I wanted to see if the Q&W could keep that streak going.
Turns out that’s a big yes. Quantum & Woody is just a fun read from page one and it keeps you entertained until the last page. I really had a hard time remembering the last time I simply enjoyed a first issue as much as this. Asmus and Fowler make a great team with snappy, funny dialogue and crisp, clean artwork throughout the book. And even though I never read the original Q&W, from what I have read online the two have managed to perfectly capture the spirit of what Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright brought to the first series.
Quantum & Woody is yet another hit from Valiant that I will be adding to my pull list. It’s a funny, irreverent take on the superhero comic that brings a few laughs back into a genre that has taken itself a bit too seriously as of late. Now bring on the goat!
Aphrodite IX #3
By Matt Hawkins and Stjepan Sejic
After making her return on Free Comic Book Day, the adventures of everyone favorite cybernetic killing machine continue in Aphrodite IX #3. The title chronicles the conflict between the cities of Genesis and Speros in a post apocalyptic future where Aphrodite is trying to figure out which side she is on and who exactly she is.
With YA post apocalyptic stories being so in vogue right now, it’s no shock that Top Cow would bring the concept to comics. But what could have been just another Hunger Games rip-off is instead one of the most compelling new series of the year. Hawkins has created a world all his own and populated it with characters you can really latch on to. But if I’m being honest, the real draw of Aphrodite IX is Sejic. If you thought his work on Witchblade and Artifacts was good, than his work on Aphrodite IX will blow your mind. Double page spreads, incredible creatures, insane mecha designs, it’s like his skills and imagination has been truly unleashed and we’re all lucky enough to get to see it each and every month.
Aphrodite IX is a book that will appeal to any lover of dystopian futures and science-fiction that also loves a really well done comic book. I’d buy it just for Sejic artwork alone, but I also get a really good story to go along with it, which is a nice bonus.