Welcome back to another roundup! This week we take a trip to fairyland, Lois and Clark start and new life on a new world, and Captain America runs into financial troubles. Let’s get to it!
Skottie Young / Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Gertrude was a little girl who dreamed of far away lands. One day while wishing to be whisked away to a far-flung adventure, it actually happens. Landing in fairyland, she meets Queen Cloudia who tells her that the journey home will take no more than a day. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and poor Gertrude spends twenty-seven years in fairyland. No longer a bright eyed young girl, Gertrude is over 30 and stuck in her childlike body. Trying to find a way home while destroying Fairyland inch by inch, I love the twist of I Love Fairyland, but I’m not sure how long the magic will last. Gertrude grows up to be a disillusioned potty mouth with a penchant for violence. She kills talking stars and a narrating moon. Now finding herself in the crosshairs of Queen Cloudia, Gertrude may be launching a one-woman war on Fairyland. Skottie Young’s work looks great, and the twisted take on fairy tales from his mind makes perfect sense. Don’t be fooled by the cartoon style, this one is not for kids. It’s entertaining for sure, but I Hate Fairyland can run the risk of overstaying its welcome if it’s unable to be as smart as its first issue.
Dan Jurgens / Lee Weeks / Scott Hanna / Brad Anderson
During DC’s Convergence, a universe appeared in which Superman, kept his underwear on, and was expecting his first child with Lois Lane. After Convergence, Lois and Clark find themselves on the new 52 earth watching a younger Justice League take down Darkseid. Noticing this earth has no tolerance for Superman, Lois and Clark agree to go underground, living their lives as normally as possible. Of course, when you’re Superman, you can’t help but save people. And that’s exactly what this one does; going into hiding for 8 years. Donning a black and silver costume and taking on challenges that effect his new home, Superman is starting to notice that his powers aren’t as strong as they used to be. Also, Lois and Clark have decided to keep the super heroics a secret from their son Jonathan. Having been one of the few Convergence tie in books that I enjoyed, this Superman story is just as interesting as the current run of Action Comics and Superman. Dan Jurgens gives this Superman a new challenge without sacrificing powers. This Superman has all the wisdom and warmth that’s missing from the new 52 version. No edge. He’s just a character that’s calm, wise, and incredibly powerful. I understand many people believe the man of steel to be too powerful, but I think you just need better stories. Lee Weeks, an incredible artist regardless of what he’s drawing, drafts the best version of Superman for my money. Every angle, every pose exudes controlled power. Also I have to admit, having two versions of Superman running around is great fun. Hopefully they cross paths and have amazing adventures.
Nick Spencer / Daniel Acuna
Sam Wilson has been Captain America for a while now. And he’s been great. However, not knowing what shakes out of Secret Wars since it won’t finish until Doom knows when, All-New All-Different Marvel has kicked off and luckily none of the books, with maybe exception to Iron Man, includes any hints to how the even ends. Very much a reboot, Sam Wilson Captain America opens with some backstory on our heroes’ predicament. After wading into politics believing that it was necessary in order to be the hero he wanted to be, Sam Wilson finds himself without SHIELD’s help, and SHIELD’s money. With no backing from the government, Sam along with Misty Knight and Dennis Dunphy aka D-Man, Captain America is flying coach on commercial flights to get from mission to mission. It’s incredibly humbling for Sam Wilson, but like his mentor, he keeps his focus on the mission. He’s fallen out of public support, but it doesn’t stop him from doing what’s right. Nick Spencer gives Sam and his team challenges that are both mundane and extraordinary; a combination that works almost all the time. Sam Wilson may be able to fly around avoiding Hydra attacks, but can he survive a commercial flight sitting in the middle seat between two college bros? Daniel Acuna’s art makes this book one to own. It is drop dead beautiful. And it’s filled to the brim with detail. The character acting from page to page is incredible. This is one of the best looking books coming out of Marvel right now. Check it out!