Since it started in January, I’ve been following Saladin Ahmed’s Abbott series, which has continually impressed me with its subject matter and protagonist. Elena Abbott’s journalistic integrity combined with her status as a black woman has provided an interesting journey. Each issue has built momentum, showing elements of a supernatural threat lingering over Detroit. In Abbott #5, Elena finally confronts the demons of her past and future with explosive results.
Elektra is a character that’s known for her connection to Daredevil, but her backstory allows her to fit into other parts of the Marvel Universe. Elektra: Always Bet On Red, written by Matt Owens, sees Elektra go to Las Vegas to try and escape her past and start over. But Sin City is a place of criminals looking to leave their mark, and picking a fight with one of Earth’s deadliest assassins is a way to do it. Elektra finds herself caught in a twisted game that pushes her to the limit, making her question whether killing really is the answer to creating a better world.
“Nightwing. Do you know where that name comes from? Most people think it’s a Batman thing. Y’know, former Robin emulating his former mentor because bats go out at night. They’ve got wings. It makes sense. But actually, it comes from Superman. See, Big Blue told me about these legendary heroes from his home planet, Nightwing and Flamebird. The Nightwing was the great rebuilder. The catalyst of change. Eternally reborn to start anew.” – Dick Grayson
Nightwing is one of my favourite superheroes because of his skill, optimism and colourful history. The original Robin stepped out from Batman’s shadow and he’s been a part of several iconic stories. Nightwing: Better Than Batman, written by Tim Seeley, features Dick Grayson returning to his roots and reclaiming his former identity in order to infiltrate the Parliament Of Owls. But a new player with ties to Grayson’s past threatens to change his entire philosophy and drive a wedge between Batman.
The 1970s were a time of great cultural upheaval, from the Vietnam war, to the rise of disco. The decade provides fertile storytelling ground for Abbott #1, written by Saladin Ahmed. The comic features strong-willed reporter Elena Abbott investigating a case that forces her to confront her past. As a black woman in 1970s Detroit, Abbott faces a hotbed of racism and political change that tests her resolve and Ahmed makes sure she’s up for the challenge.
The X-Men feature some of the most diverse characters in comics and X-23 is one of my favourites. As the clone of Wolverine, Laura Kinney was never meant to have a normal life, yet she managed to find her own place in the world. I recently picked up a graphic novel that contains her greatest stories, starting from how she was created, to how she became a member of the X-Men. Her creator, Craig Kyle, has been able to work wonders with her. X-23’s journey is emotional and after reading this collection you’ll gain a new appreciation for the character.
It’s an exciting time in the comic industry, with many independent authors looking to get their work in front of readers. The most thrilling indie comics offer the promise of adventure, and one of the most interesting I’ve read recently is Wolverton: Thief Of Impossible Objects #1, created by Michael Stark and Terrell T. Garrett. The comic features gentleman thief, Jack Wolverton on a mission to pilfer and pinch mystical objects from across the globe. Stark and Garrett sent The Comic Vault a copy of the first issue in exchange for an honest review.
There are certain places in the world that seem to have a life of their own and the same can be said in fiction. Places like Gotham City feel like they’re alive, as if they’re testing the people who live within them. A city can become a character in its own right, and that is the case in Paradiso #1, written by Ram V. A young man named Jack Kryznan has business in the high-tech metropolis of Paradiso, but he’s one of many people with an interest in the city and there’s a lot of mystery surrounding it.