There’s been whining about Avengers Arena out there, about how it’s just Hunger Games or Battle Royale, about how it’s all just a gimmick to kill characters, waah, waah, waah! We’ll we’re here to tell those people to shut up. Avengers Arena is easily one of the best books to come out of the Marvel NOW line of relaunch comics. And that is for the same reason that all the above complaints mean nothing: characters. Dennis Hopeless excels at many aspects of the narrative process, but primary among them is his ability to write layered, rounded, fascinating characters. With characters you care about it doesn’t matter what plot structure you apply (because let’s be honest, they’re all just repeats of Shakespeare), the story is always compelling. So, place your bets, because sixteen teenage superheroes have entered into a deadly game of cat-and-laser-shooting-adolescent. And only one will leave.
Shaw is on the run. He’s been running for hundreds of years. ’Cause he’s immortal. And pissed off. Now he’s in Chicago, surrounded by gangsters, police, and other mystical creatures who want him dead. But that’s okay, because he’s got a closet full of Tommyguns and a pack full of smokes. This is Chin Music. Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Tony Harris (Starman, Ex Machina) have combined their mighty horror powers to produce a moody ongoing series of sci-fi scares and supernatural action. If you loved this week’s Ten Grand, you’ll dig Chin Music.
Thanks to this next trade paperback, I just jumped backwards in time and change the course of the day so that Free Comic Book Day occurred on May the 4th. That’s right, time travel. Comeback is a political thriller basted in a thick coding of time travel mayhem. Two agents for a prestigious time traveling firm (who you hire to go back in time and stop you from dying) get stuck in the past, chased by the FBI, and their own bosses, who’ve come back to “wipe out the evidence”. Think Criminal meets Back to the Future.
Finally, because it was FCBD (meaning it was a madhouse), we’ll end tonight on a simply mathematical picture of the Jake figure from the Adventure Time Pop Vinyl figures coming in this Wednesday (also including Finn and Marceline).