Sci-fi is one of the most popular fiction genres and there’s plenty of opportunity to be creative. Illustrator Luke Horsman sent me his debut comic, Edengate #1, a light-hearted sci-fi adventure inspired by ‘80s movies and toys. A robot mechanic called Seraphine stumbles across a secret that could change the universe forever in what turns out to be a fun and action-packed issue.
Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy continue to create an emotionally rich story for Jason Todd and in his companions in Red Hood And The Outlaws #13. In the last issue, Bizarro sacrificed himself to stop a rampaging Solomon Grundy, dying in Red Hood and Artemis’ arms. Before the Outlaws could fully take in their friend’s sacrifice, Lex Luthor appeared on the scene. What are Luthor’s intentions and does he plan to use Bizarro for his own agenda?
Recently, Deathstroke decided to give up being a villain and formed a team of young superheroes. Called Defiance, the team consists of Ravager, Jericho and the second generation Powergirl and Kid Flash. Deathstroke #22, written by Christopher Priest and drawn by Diogenes Neves and Jason Paz, sees Slade take his new team on their first mission to retake control of a US Embassy, held hostage in a foreign country. Is Slade genuine is his redemption, or does he have something sinister planned for his children and their team mates?
Batman #28, written by Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janin and June Chung, sees the continuation of the epic War of Jokes & Riddles arc. The story takes place early on in Batman’s career and it features a brutal gang war between The Riddler and Joker. Here are my thoughts on what turns out to be another powerful issue.
Compared to Marvel and DC, indie comics are underrated. The Comic Vault is on a mission to bring as many indie stories into the spotlight as possible. During Manchester Comic Con, I spoke to writers from Accent UK and they gave me some free comics to review. I’m starting with Moments of Adventure: Collection One by Colin Mathieson and drawn by Matt Soffe and Alijosa Tomic. Mathieson drew the comic strips, while Soffe and Tomic provided colouring. The graphic novel is made up of short stories with a historical setting.
“Listen carefully, my son. You are not meant to right all the wrongs in the world. Seek justice in everything you do. But do not seek a fight. Violence only if it comes to you. These are not the teachings of the tribe. These are my teachings. You are your own man, Red Wolf. The world is changing quickly. You may not always understand it, but right and wrong will never change. The world is always talking to you, Red. If you rush to fight it, you won’t hear it. And if you can’t hear it speak, you can’t answer to it with justice.”
One of the great things about comics is the diversity of characters on offer. So, when a graphic novel focuses on a Native American superhero, it offers a fresh perspective on a well-known genre. Red Wolf: Man Out Of Time, written by Nathan Edmondson, follows Cheyenne warrior Red Wolf on a journey through time as he tries to balance his life as an outsider and protector.
“I am a warrior, in the tradition of the greatest. It’s in my bones. From the knights of Charlemagne to the samurai of the Daimyo, we are the purest representation of true human nature. Predator vs prey, the hunter vs the hunted. Throughout time, we have been honoured and praised, love and feared. But above all, we have been respected. And that’s what’s most important to us. The greatest warriors that fought for the greatest kingdoms had the greatest respect. And I am the greatest of them all.” – Deathstroke
When the DC Universe was rebooted with the New 52, it changed the history of a lot of characters. Some of it was good, some of it was terrible. A character that was done justice during this period was Deathstroke. Deathstroke: Legacy, written by Kyle Higgins, is a story about respect, reputation and what it means to be the deadliest assassin in the DC Universe. Slade Wilson takes no prisoners in this violent graphic novel, and here is my review.