Now, we all know Thor, especially now that he is more popular than ever due to Chris Hemsworth’s portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But I often feel that the vast majority of readers and viewers have a somewhat rudimentary knowledge of Thor and what makes his character tick, which is why I wanted to address why he is quite likely the clearest example of an epic hero in pop culture nowadays.
This issue of Uncanny X-Men is not a groundbreaking comic or something that is going to be mentioned in the lists of the franchise’s best stories. It’s not going to be remembered in decades to come. But, from my perspective, it’s one of the most powerful inside looks into one of the most important characters of the Marvel Universe and a phenomenal writing example of what you can do with deconstruction when your goal is not destroying the character but rather to enhance him and make him grow to be better.
The Herald Ordeal is a cosmic action blockbuster and one of Marvel’s best-kept secrets. The Silver Surfer is a beloved character and one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s greatest creations, so I always love it when someone takes this character and writes great stories with him–sometimes I think he doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
A phenomenal story and definitely worth your time if you want some classic comic book action.
Flash Forward #5 is perhaps not the strongest issue of the miniseries, but it's certainly far from a dud. It has struggles, emotion, threats and a sense of urgency that you don’t usually read in most modern comics these days. Both Lobdell and Booth are veterans of the industry and you can see and feel that understanding and care that comics need in order to thrive–they know what they want and they know how to deliver.
The final issue will come this month and it’s certainly going to be a very important conclusion to a character’s story that has been going through multiple ups and downs in the last decade.
A generation’s Flash may finally get his due after all these years.
Flash Forward issue #3 is another great chapter of a great miniseries. Lobdell and Booth have done a phenomenal job in taking the character back to his roots and to what he represents as a hero with a fun set of stories that are superhero comics at their best.
If you haven’t read this miniseries, it’s definitely worth your time and you should keep an eye on future issues.
The Tornado’s Path is a celebration of everything that makes the Justice League what it is and I would dare to say that it’s a very solid and accurate portrayal of what the DC universe is: a place where there are a lot of challenges, but its heroes represent the best of us and the League is the peak of heroism. It feels honest, well-written and compelling, which makes it a very enjoyable read.
Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes crafted a marvelous story where an unlikely protagonist (Red Tornado) was the best point of view in these events and it works like a charm. It’s also a great way to kick start this new iteration of the League and while I think Meltzer’s run would run out of gas pretty quick with The Lightning Saga, I think The Tornado’s Path is a tremendous story that deserves a bit more credit.
A great comic and a great showcase of what the Justice League represents.
Overall, it is a very solid issue that keeps developing the story and moves Wally another step towards being the best version of the character. To be honest, if the story grows as it has been doing so far, then I would like to see this team working on a regular Wally West title–they truly understand the character and they are creating something special. As a huge Green Lantern fan, Lobdell and Booth with Wally remind me a bit to Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, but maybe that’s just me.
Hope is a concept that is strongly tied to heroism and therefore to superhero comics: the notion that no matter how dark and adverse the situation is, we can always overcome it and be the best version of ourselves. And I have come to believe that, by and large, that is the core message of the Supermen, Batmen and Spider-Men of the world of comics: to show themselves as the best possible reflection of ourselves and serve as an inspiration of what we should always strive for.
Wally West, the third generation Flash, is a similar character in that regard: a very human character that wanted to protect, to love and to do the right thing. Someone that was both extraordinary and very relatable, becoming perhaps the only character capable of becoming more beloved and popular than the original wielder of his mantle (in this case, Barry Allen).
Secret Originis a delightful reintroduction to the Green Lantern mythos and to the character of Hal Jordan for those that perhaps forgot the tale about his origin and a great starting point for new readers that want to familiarize themselves with the best run this titles ever had. It maintains the classic elements from the Silver Age plus it includes a lot of different tidbits and subplots that only enhance what was already there.
Geoff Johns did a great job injecting new life to the Green Lantern franchise with his run andSecret Originis yet another achievement in terms of storytelling and enjoyment.
The late 80's were a very joyous time for Batman fans due to the high number of quality stories that were coming out of the comics and Tim Burton’s first Batman movie became a classic of the superhero genre, but Ten Nights of the Beast should be highly regarded by it's great writing, skillful artwork and for having one of the Dark Knight’s most challenging foes.
At its core, The Return of Wally West is not only the return of the Flash of a generation, but also a great return of DC’s heroes to be what they should be: inspirational. It’s a great tale of learning how to cherish your past and value your present, always trying to move forward. It has everything you could ask for in a classic superhero tale: great action scenes, a few funny moments, character progression, a lot of adversity and overall a very pleasant conclusion.
DC Rebirth did a lot of great things during that 2016-2018 period, but above all things proved once again that classic heroism still has a place in this modern world and Wally West became the perfect representation of that in this great story.
Daredevil "Know Fear" is a fantastic story. The story is written as if it were meant for another season of the Netflix TV series. While staying true to the story, they show us Daredevil at a low point. Our hero has broken his only rule, and we see how this affects him emotionally, spiritually, and physically.