Moon Knight 2007 Annual
Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight, is back in this annual… sort of. He doesn’t appear until page 16 (not counting advertisements), and even then, he disappears for a while, returning on page 25. The Moon Knight annual is written by Duane Swierczynski (who will be writing Cable!), and illustrated by Jefte Palo (making his debut), and edited by Axel Alonso. These men are the ones to blame for this, if you didn’t like it. That’s a tad harsh; the story is good, I just would have preferred to see more Moon Knight in it. The story is more about a sexual predator and how he preyed upon women, and was eventually found by Moon Knight, told from the perspective of an unlucky woman. I have to say though, it is refreshing to see that Marc Spector is back to his usual line of work, his previous story arc was confusing and not really to my liking. The art is good, not the super detailed art you may find elsewhere, but in a style very appropriate for a Moon Knight comic. In short, if you are a fan of Moon Knight, or looking for a good place to have a look at him, I’d say go ahead and spend your four hard earned dollars, but if you’re apprehensive, you shouldn’t feel bad about skipping out on this issue.
Silver Surfer: In Thy Name #2
In thy name is highly anticipated among Silver Surfer fans. Written by Simon Spurrier, and Illustrated by Tan Eng Huat, issue #1 was well received, but issue #2 however, I feel will not be so much. I’ll be honest, I found it confusing. I could be the story, and it could be the art, I think it to be a combination of the two, however, I feel that it is more a function of the art. The story picks up where the last left off, Norrin Radd is fighting a giant monster/demon on a distant planet. After his victory, the previously utopian queen begins to show her true colours, and the façade of utopian society begins to crumble. The story progresses, and he discovers that he lower society perceive him to be their savior who will lead them in battle against the ruling society. This comic, while confusing does present very serious moral issues and metaphors, as is typical for Silver Surfer comics, and this one does not disappoint. In terms of morality, this story looks like it will become exceptional, but it is still hard to follow. I do not believe that in graphic novels, I should have to constantly refer back to previous issues to determine who is who, and what they are doing (exception being Astonishing X-Men, because that is released so infrequently). If you don’t mind having to take breaks to figure out who the characters are, or if you have an overwhelming interest in the Silver Surfer, absolutely go out and purchase this without hesitation. If, however, that doesn’t sound like you, go ahead and pass on this series.
Ultimate Iron Man II – #1
It’s finally here: the continuation of Ultimate Iron Man. Written by bestselling author Orson Scott Card, and art by Pasqual Ferry, with colours by Dean White. I got into Ultimate Iron Man as a bit of a fluke really, I was ordering things off eBay in a bit of a frenzy, and I saw a cheap hardcover available, it turned out to be Ultimate Iron Man by mistake. As luck would have it though, I loved it but alas, it was too short, why not continue it I asked? Well, Marvel has delivered. I want to say it’s amazing, and it almost is. It’s good, but it’s nothing revolutionary, I was hoping, for a new series, it would have an all new plot; however it is a continuation of the plot from the first Ultimate Iron Man. This being said, if you haven’t read the original, you’re going to need to. While not much is happening in the first part of the issue (it’s all set up for the next one), the action is pretty interesting, and the last 2-3 pages really make you think about what is going on in the world today. If you have not read the first volume of Ultimate Iron Man, go out and do so, but also, you will not be able to understand what’s happening in volume two. If you’re willing to go out and buy the trade for the original Ultimate Iron Man, I highly recommend this new series.
This month’s Superman/Batman is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and penciled by Mike McKone. The issue opens with a bang; the Teen Titans are seemingly attacking the orbiter. The orbiter is hoping to harness dark matter as a source of energy, and to help analyze massive amounts of incoming data, they’re using a Kryptonian processor. Not only are the Teen Titans attacking, but as luck would have it, the Kryptonian processor seems to have gone absolutely haywire. Soon the reader is made aware of two key facts: the processor and the Teen Titans are connected, and it’s not the real Titans. It all seems to be a diversion for Dr. Light to infiltrate the fortress of solitude using the processor to transmit him self in photonic form. Luckily though, Batman is guarding the fortress. While this is all good and interesting, and the comic ends with a nice cliffhanger, nothing really happens from page to page, it’s more of the same each time. Mike McKone has done a great job with the art however, entirely the style of art I expect from a comic book. To expand on that idea, it is nice to have some really fine and detailed art, such as found in Marvels, or Silver Surfer: Requiem, but sometimes it’s nice to have art that feels like it really belongs in a comic book. McKone delivers on this front. I’d recommend this book, as hopefully the cliffhanger will have something to do with Countdown, and because it was nice to look at. If you’re apprehensive, I’d wait to see if the story will end up effecting the DC universe as a whole, and if it does, Superman/Batman #43 isn’t entirely likely to sell out.
As I am posting this, Santa is over Portugal according to the Norad Tracker.