The manufactured lights of the corner shops are mirrored on the wet asphalt. Puddles of fluorescent whites and neon blues, litter the sidewalk. Nights like this, it’s as if the walls between what is natural and what is man made have vanished. All that is left is this kaleidoscope of culture. A man leans against the wall of a bodega, taking long strained breaths from his cigarette. He doesn’t even make eye contact as you push past him into the street.
Batman and Robin Eternal #23 (DC)
Genevieve Valentine (W) Fernando Blanco (A)
While the story is good, I think I’ve come to a conclusion. I’ve been bouncing back and forth about whether or not I’d follow another weekly series if it popped up, and I’ve decided that I wouldn’t. The story may be interesting, but not an extra $3 a week interesting. Give me this story condensed and monthly.
Spider-Gwen #6 (Marvel)
Jason Latour (W) Robbi Rodriguez (A)
Nothing like a good old-fashioned team-up. This week we get a dose of some Caption (Captain Action). I don’t know, I thought it worked. Stop judging me.
The Mighty Thor #5 (Marvel)
Jason Aaron (W) Russell Dauterman (A)
Odin has been a real asshole recently. Like more than usual. Now it is time to fight like people who fight when they are mad. You know, mad fighting people who fight. You know what I’m talking about.
Ms. Marvel #5 (Marvel)
G. Willow Wilson (W) Nico Leon (A)
I kind of love the kitschy nature of this next issue. Something about it harkens to the golden age of comics. Maybe it’s just me. Kamala has to capture dozens of clones of herself before they wreak havoc on Jersey.
Constantine: The Hellblazer #10 (DC)
Ming Doyle (W) Alberto Ponticelli (A)
In the red corner we have the underdog of magic. He’s trapped in another dimension, far from his tricks and “friends” if that is what you would call them. Can he make it back to this plane in time to fight the contender in the blue corner?
Doctor Strange #6 (Marvel)
Jason Aaron (W) Chris Bachalo (A)
In the blue corner we have the Sorcerer Supreme of 616. You know him, you love him, but can you love him when magic itself is dying. Can he stop it before he just becomes a normal guy in a funky cape? Who knows? Place your bets.
Jupiter’s Circle Vol. 2 #4 of 6 (Image)
Mark Millar (W) Chris Sprouse (A)
Okay, so this series is really good, but I am still bitter about Jupiter’s Legacy. I mean seriously? What’s a guy gotta do to get some closure around here?
Descender #11 (Image)
Jeff Lemire (W) Dustin Nguyen (A)
The feels. The tremendous feels. The feels that they have no right making me feel. I am ready for this comic. So very ready. I had a long conversation this week about how gorgeous the interior work by Nguyen is. I mean this is the guy who does Lil Gotham. Who knew? Probably a lot of people, I’m just late to the party.
You walk until the rain has soaked you to the bone. Until your clothes feel like chains dragging you into the inky depths of the sky beneath you. About a block down, you see it. The beacon you were hoping for. A single light on in a recently condemned apartment building blares loudly across the blackness of the hour. You trudge on through the downpour. As you reach the building, you find a metal trashcan in the alley parallel to it. Knowingly, you reach into the receptacle and feel the cold sturdy metal you expected. You pull the gun out and check the clip, tilting it toward the pale light of the streetlamp. As you tuck it into your waistline, covering it with the edge of your sopping wet shirt, you watch as the light goes out. You wander back out onto the road with a vague purpose, with an addiction to curb.