- Black Magick #8
- Kamandi Challenge #9
- Rebels: These Free and Independent States #7
- X-O Manowar #7
Okay, so here’s the deal: I haven’t actually read the eighth issue of Black Magick yet. And yes, this is a largely unique phenomenon, as this Greg Rucka/Nicola Scott collab for Image Comics is one that usually gets read within 24 hours of purchase. I realize “I fell behind” is both the constant theme and narrative for this weekly reading testimonial…but once one is really “deep in the muck” that is comics, it’s largely everyone’s narrative. Lately I’ve made a push to actually wade through the mess that’s my digital backlog, much to the chagrin of my physical books. The lesson here? Don’t fall behind on books like this.
Keeping the belated train going, there’s Kamandi Challenge. This might be the issue that kicks my butt in gear to get current, as it’s Tom King (no credits needed) with Kevin Eastman (CO-CREATED THE NINJA TURTLES) making his DC Comics interior art debut. Imagine that. Three more issues following this one, before DC’s big 2017 tribute to Jack “King” Kirby wraps. All things considered, it’s been a thoughtful and varied approach to celebrating his career (Marvel’s approach has come across as rather “after the fact”).
Have I mentioned before the curious arc blueprint Brian Wood has employed with his pair of REBELS runs? Because it is weird. The first five issues function as a fairly conventional serialized arc, the first following Seth Abbott’s contributions during the Revolutionary War, the second following his son John during the formation of America’s navy roughly twenty years later. Yet, for the final three issues of both runs, the books go into anthology mode, with guest artists to boot. Even more curious, Wood (and I can only speak to this because the first arc is totally wrapped) interwove Seth into one or two cameos throughout those otherwise disparate tales. If this sounds weird, it’s really something that has to be experienced. After last month’s tale involving a young George Washington, this month’s follows the fallout after Washington’s retreat which leaves NYC in Redcoat hands. Specifically, an attempt by two American soldiers to discover the HMS Hussar (look it up, it’s on Wikipedia), a wreckage rumored to have held several million in gold. Interested? I mean, I for one am. *calls Nicholas Cage*
Finally, X-O Manowar begins its third arc, “Emperor,” with the installation of a new artist, Clayton Crain. For those unaware of who Clayton his, just simply go dig up any of the RAI run of the past few years (aside from the 4001 A.D. tie-in issues, as those are KANO…because Crain was drawing the event book at said point). As I said last month, this book is starting to have the faint feeling of treading water…perhaps these changes will shift things up noticeably.