Every now and then, you might want to take a second look at something to see if your opinion has changed. Perhaps in five years I’ll watch Hitchhiker’s again and determine it wasn’t nearly as wrong as I had originally thought (not likely). With serialized entertainment, like comics or television, the building upon what’s gone on previous can serve to enhance - or detract - from your original opinion.
This week in Thor’s Comic Column I take another look at five of our choice selections from this year… Legion of Superheroes, Bigfoot, Damn Nation, Sea of Red and Black Panther. In all but one instance the series have actually improved since their first issue. Legion is a solid superhero/sci-fi title through and through. Black Panther is a little bogged down in background exposition, but the political and personal aspects of the story more that make up for it. Damn Nation took a stumble in its second issue in terms of pacing, but the third steps right back in line and is probably the best horror title on the stands. Bigfoot, despite my early reservations, has me hooked as Rob Zombie and Richard Corben is a retrofest that you can’t ignore. Finally Sea of Red sort of sinks in its second issue as the story jumps ahead a few centuries and adds a film crew to the Vampirates tale.
Also reviewed this week: Desolation Jones (new from Warren Ellis and JH Williams III), Majestic, Easy Way, New West, Voices of the Dead, Invincible, City of Tomorrow, and Batgirl.
It’s chalk full o’ fun. Go read.
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