This week in comics, Tyler Durden is back and Project Mayhem is alive and well, sir. Also, lots and lots of Secret Wars goodies.
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FIGHT CLUB 2 #1
Words: Chuck Palahniuk
Art: Cameron Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse
As an immense fan of the novel and film adaptation, I can say this comic book sequel is faithful to the voice of Fight Club. That probably has something to do with the fact that it was written by author of the original novel, Chuck Palahniuk. At times it feels like this book plays too much on the nostalgia and cult appeal of the franchise by reciting memorable quotes from the book/movie to the point where it starts to feel like a crutch. The story takes place 10 years after the original Fight Club and sees the main character married to Marla Singer and they have a kid who knows how to make his own gun powder out of pee and mud. Sound familiar?
As for the art, Cameron Stewart is a great artist, but his cartoony style doesn’t really fit the dark vibes associated with Fight Club. I’d prefer something artsy and textural like the cover, but that’s just me.
While there are definitely some interesting moments that are sure to keep your eyeballs glued to the page, Palahniuk relies too heavily on in-jokes from the first Fight Club instead of allowing this new story to hold itself up on its own. That being said, if you’re a fan of Tyler Durden’s anarchistic antics, then this is a must-read that won’t disappoint.
INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1
Words: Charles Soule
Art: John Timms
Earth 626 and Earth 1610 collided, destroying every alternate universe in the process. All that’s left is Battleworld – a mishmash comprised of the leftover bits of each dimension forged together by Doctor Doom who rules as king and is worshipped like a god. In a territory called Greenland where the inhabitants are all Hulks, a small group of Inhumans along with a noire-ish Ghostrider are on a rebel mission to reverse the Hulk transformation of Greenland’s citizens and change other Battleworld territories for the better. Doom’s police force of Thors doesn’t take kindly to this rebel group and Doom asks Medusa, ruler of the Inhumans for help in keeping the rebels in check because, somehow, what they are doing jeopardizes the safety of everyone in Battleworld.
The art and panel layout in this book is top-notch and we get to see some great background architectural set pieces that help flesh out this mysterious new Battleworld. We also get to see an alternate version of Matt Murdock where he’s a Dungeons and Dragons-esque roguish bard as well as the suavest damn Black Bolt to ever grace a comic book page. It seems like Attilan Rising will play a big part in the overall Secret Wars story, so definitely pick this up if you don’t want to miss any major happenings in this event.
OLD MAN LOGAN #1
Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Andrea Sorrentino
More than just a Secret Wars tie-in, this is a direct sequel to the first Old Man Logan miniseries, only this takes place in Battleworld, so there’s all sorts of craziness like a gang of human traffickers dressed like Daredevil, an army of gun-toting crazies calling themselves the Punishers, and a very elderly Emma Frost. After beating up and killing some bad guys, Logan comes across an inactive Ultron head. in Battleworld, all of the Ultrons (along with other dastardly things like zombies) are kept at bay by a giant wall called the Shield. When his search for clues regarding the origin of the Utron head run into a dead end, Logan decides to climb the Shield and find answers for himself.
The art is gorgeously visceral and Marcelo Maiolo‘s stylishly over-saturated color pallet make it feel like a Tony Scott film. While I haven’t read the previous Old Man Logan series, sort of feel bad for fans of it who have no interest in Secret Wars. Luckily, aside from the stuff about the Shield, Old Man Logan #1 plays the crossover stuff pretty light, so anyone should be able to jump in and understand what’s going on for the most part.
This book doesn’t offer a look at the bigger picture of Battleworld and what Secret Wars has to offer to the same degree as some of the other tie-ins, so if that’s what you’re looking for, maybe wait for the trade. If you were a fan of the first Old Man Logan or are just an X-Men/Wolvie fan in general, definitely give this first issue a shot.
M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1
Words: Christopher Yost
Art: Amilcar Pinna
Want to see M.O.D.O.K. kill things with bombs, missiles, bullets, snakes, and other deadly objects? Watch him take on Bullseye, sentinels, and Gambit. I wish the cover artist did the interiors, but it’s whatevs. The story is pure silly fun, but by no means a must-read. The cliffhanger was interesting enough that I’ll flip through #2.
Words: Dennis Hopeless
Art: Javier Garron
Despite the awesome cover, this was the least interesting Secret Wars tie-in that I read this week, but it was by no means a bad book. This story is set four years after a battle between the X-Men and a horde of demons who rose up from Limbo. The X-Men lost the battle and he demons took Colossus’ sister, Illyana Rasputin aka Magik. The X-Men now patrol the ruins of Hell-ridden Manhattan as a police force run by Cyclops. Cyclops promises Colossus that one day a year he will let him head a team to find his sister, but for the rest of the year, he has to work for the X-Men. On the four-year anniversary, just as Colossus is about to take a team out to find his sister, Cyclops goes back on his word like the true dick that he is.
This is a very action-heavy book with X-Men fighting various monstrous demons in a veritable hell on earth. Hardcore X-Man fans and anyone who likes seeing Magik as a demon babe might dig this. Everyone else, maybe pass this one up.
INFINITY GAUNTLET #1
Words: Dustin Weaver
Art: Gerry Duggan
Out of everything I read this week, this was by far my favorite. It may even be the best Secret Wars tie-in so far.
Set in a post-apocalyptic urban wasteland, a family (and their dog) has managed to survive together against an onslaught of giant killer insects. The family is made up of a father, his two daughters, and his father-in-law. The mother is a member of the Nova Corps and hasn’t been seen since she left to fight off the bugs and it isn’t known whether or not she survived. While trying to outrun some bugs, one of our heroes stumbles into an insect nest littered with corpses and comes across a mysterious glowing gem that most comic readers will recognize as one of the Infinity Stones. Unfortunately for our brace survivors, there’s something far worse than giant bugs on their tail – Thanos!
It’s very rare to be reading a comic and think about how amazing the pacing, panel layouts, and camera angles all are, but, good God, this book is just a real freaking treat to look at. Each page is packed with an average of eight or so panels and each panel is bursting with action or carefully rendered emotion. It’s your standard 20-page comic story, but it’s so jam-packed with story that it feels like the equivalent of a 30-45 minute TV show. Infinity Gauntlet #1 does everything that a first issue should do: it introduces new characters by giving you a strong sense of their personalities and what they’ve been through up until this point, fleshes out the world in which it takes place and it all feels very real and lived-in, and it drops some hooks of things to come that will have readers craving for more.
Secret Wars tie-in or not, Infinity Gauntlet #1 is just a damn good book. Period.
That does it for this week! Be sure to sound off in the comments letting us know what you’re reading!