Comics: Merry and Bright
Savage (2016) (Valiant Entertainment) Because who wouldn't fight dinosaurs to survive? This is a visceral, violent adventure in a somewhat jungle environment, beginning in a very modern setting with our protagonist, a famous soccer player and father. An airplane accident leaves him, his wife and his son stranded on an island. The level of small storytelling hints and details within this first issue made me re-read it from the beginning. There is still quite a bit of uncertainty about the current circumstances which adds to the tension of this story.
It's breathtakingly brutal, more subtle in parts than you'd expect, and this story's just begun. It's sure to get your adrenaline pumping. The first issue ends on a dreadful (read: chilling) cliffhanger, with some intriguing implications.
Who will enjoy this: Fans of the Jurassic Park movies, Arrow TV show (early seasons), horror / survivalist enthusiasts, those who enjoyed the first three volumes of Sandman and those that don't mind a bit of gore in their mysteries.
Great Lakes Avengers (2016) (Marvel Comics) I have to say, going into this book, I didn't know any of these supposed heroes except Big Bertha, but that's the point isn't it? This is a series about a ragtag group of "superheroes" that routinely get the Star-Lord "...who?" reaction. This issue was goofy, interesting and didn't take itself seriously at all. Also, it's awesome to make fun of hipsters.
The art is bright and vivid, which compliments the wacky nature of the GLA, especially in reference to a werewolf that is bright pink. Yes, a bright. pink. werewolf.
The pace and patter of this issue means that we go quickly through the issue, laughing all the way.
Who will enjoy this: Fans of PS238, JL8, the 1994 video game Superhero League of Hoboken, the outtakes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and the Munchkin card game expansion Super Munchkin.
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IvX: Inhumans Vs. X-Men (Marvel Comics)
The important things to know about regarding this series: the Terrigen Mists (also referenced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show) are in clouds around the world, but being swiftly dealt with by the X-Men. Then the head of the Inhumans (those super-mutants who are created by the Terrigen Mists) goes and kills Cyclops for some reason. It's on now!
Hank McCoy and Emma Frost do their best to show off the plot, and highlight some personal relationships between colleagues, which means they might be drama fodder later. Thank you, George R.R. Martin, for making me paranoid.
Who will enjoy this: Mortal Kombat fans, fans of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, X-Men enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys friends ripping each other to shreds for dramatic reasons (Civil War or Real Housewives, take your pick).
~Five gooooooooold rings~,