Welcome back to another exciting edition of the Comic Roundup! This week is a big one, folks! The leader of the Inhuman’s makes his solo comic debut in Marvel’s Black Bolt #1, Marvel’s next big event kicks off in Secret Empire #1, Batman comes face-to-face with his father in an epic Batman #22, and everyone’s favorite (maybe?) psychic time displaced mutant gets her own solo series in Jean Grey #1.
Black Bolt #1 (Marvel)
Saladin Ahmed / Christian Ward / VC’s Clayton Cowles
A king is brought to his knees in this first spectacular issue of Black Bolt written by the super talented Saladin Ahmed.
The key aspect of Black Bolt’s character is his voice. His voice, both literal and metaphorical, adds to his overall presence. With that said, there’s a lot of pressure to get his character right not only because of how popular the character is but also because this is his first ever solo series. Thankfully, Ahmed really nails it in his first try!
Ahmed and Ward really know how to convey emotion. With the ficus centered on the Inhuman king, you kind of have to keep readers invested in the story that has far less action than other comics in Marvel’s roster.
Batman #22 (DC)
Tom King / Joshua Williamson /Jason Fabok / Brad Anderson
Spinning off from the events of The Flash, Batman #22 explores the long-awaited meeting between father and son. And while the two of them don’t get much time to get to know each other, this issue is still emotionally heavy.
Despite being a tie-in to “The Button”event, we don’t get many answers to those burning questions many of us have had since the start of “Rebirth.” Fortunately, you get so wrapped up in the interaction between Batman and his father that you won’t be too focused on the elephant in the room that is the reason why Bruce and Barry went on their mission in the first place.
“The Button” event has definitely lived up to the hype. If you’ve been following along so far, you should totally pick this issue up!
Jean Grey #1 (Marvel)
Dennis Hopeless / Victor Ibanez / Jay David Ramos / VC’s Travis Lanham
Jean Grey has finally got a solo series, but does it deliver? Without question I can say that this issue is fantastic! I know readers might have a few doubts before picking up Jean Grey #1, and quite frankly, I don’t blame them. Jean Grey hasn’t exactly been written exceptionally as of late. Giving a character with a pretty long history of being bland or close to greatness is a risky move, but it certainly pays off in issue 1.
Dennis Hopeless pens a story that gets in the mind of the mutant teen from another time. It’s a breath f fresh air to get this kind of insight into her daily life. It’s also cool to finally see her away from the other mutants. Obviously one issue isn’t enough to turn this character around and make her lovable, but it’s a start. I for one am looking forward to seeing where her story goes.