BOOM! Studios Bill & Ted Save the Universe reaches five of five, and is totally perfectly brilliant. Everybody gets their moment, EVERYBODY HEALS, and Wyld Stallyns rock reality. I honestly can't say enough about how good this is, as a licensed book and as a serial. Every creative element works in good-faith tandem, every important
Kong: Gods of Skull Island #1 is a stand alone story, apparently; not sure it it means it’s a stand alone to start a serial publication, or if it’s just “one of one.” Nola Pfau’s taking a look at this, though, so come back in a little while and find out the deets.
Go Go Power Rangers reaches #4, which I frankly don’t understand. Go Go is a different series to Mighty Morphin, but they’re definitely (I think) about the same versions of the same characters. The main appreciable difference is that in Mighty Morphin, Kimberly and Tommy are romantically involved, but in Go Go Kimberly and some other lad are doing the arm’s length courtship dance, with Tommy nowhere to be seen. Wait– solved it. Go Go is in flashback, essentially: as Mighty Morphin began after the “Green With Evil” arc from the 90s television show, with the Power Rangers properly established as a team and Tommy as their new member, Go Go reaches back and “starts” the whole story. Well, it’s as good as the rest of BOOM!’s Power Rangers comics, which is “quite,” which gives me a headache. It’s just WRONG that Power Rangers should have a thoroughly decent 21st Century American comic book. Foundations of cardboard! A kingdom of lies! But, here we are. Licenses mean eyeballs, and eyeballs deserve solid books. If you really love this book or this brand, you’ll be after the “artists’ tribute book,” coming March next year. What is it? Don’t know. Big ol’ picture book.
David Jesus Vignolli cartooning an original graphic novel for Archaia next… April! Haha okay, let’s wait. It’s called “A Girl in the Himalayas” and is a bit of a coming of age thing. Nice clean inks.
Samoa Joe is co-scripting his feature in WWE #13 (January)! Cool and all, but less cool coming after the boys-write-Women’s-evolution-arc news from last week. What do we want? People defining their own narratives, fine. What do we really want? Women doing that! Okay!
Also in January next year,
“Hugo Award-nominated writer Saladin Ahmed (Marvel’s Black Bolt, The Crescent Moon Kingdoms novels) and artist Sami Kivelä (Black Mask’s Beautiful Canvas) about a female journalist of color in 1970s Detroit named Elena Abbott who investigates a series of grisly crimes the police have ignored—crimes she recognizes to be the work of a dark magical force—the same force that murdered her husband 10 years ago.”
If she has a ten year late husband, she can’t be all that young. So I am in general favour of this. Adult ladies doing’ stuff, sounds good. Ahmed’s Black Bolt issues are rather good, against all odds, and that’s a neckerchief she has on there. I love me some neckerchief action.