Welcome back to another weekly roundup of Ice’s comic reviews!
Comics for this week: Green Lantern Corps: Edge Of Oblivion #3 (Of 6), Doctor Strange #6 and The Mighty Thor #5!
Green Lantern Corps: Edge Of Oblivion #3 (Of 6)
Written by:Tom Taylor
Art by:EthanVan Sciver
What’s worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere? Being stranded in the middle of nowhere, out of time and in a universe that’s about to die in which it dying creates the universe you’re actually from. All of the Green Lantern Corps (save Hal Jordan) seems to have been transported here and have been trying to find their way home (since the mini before this where this continues the story). Tom Taylor writes everyone the way real people would be like in this situation (well, minus the in space, out of time and in a dying universe part and… you get what I mean). There are those who are angry, scared, feeling uncertainness about what to do and the one who takes the lead. Not everything goes to plan with what happens to some members which in turn causes more drama and anger to lash out. Again- all those feelings show and it feels real, makes the Corps more vulnerable and you feel for them. And it wouldn’t be a comic book story if it didn’t end with a cliffhanger that’s a game changer all while everyone knows they’re on the clock with not much time left “in play”. Cue the “dun dun dunnnnnnn!”
Doctor Strange #6
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Chris Bachalo
Doctor Strange (the book, not the character) is telling the story about magic being killed. Yeah, you read that right. Someone is out killing magic and is succeeding. The series is on its sixth issue and the story doesn’t appear to even be half-way over. Clearly this is a story that will take a lot of issues to tell, but what’s great about how Aaron is going about it is that it doesn’t feel like it’s dragging on. The situation for Doctor Strange (now the character, not the book) keeps getting worse and worse that by the end of the issue it appears to have hit rock bottom, making you wonder where does he go from here? How does it even get slightly better? Bachalo, as has been said before, keeps proving why he’s the perfect artist (as if he needs to, because you know… he doesn’t [he rocks]). His darker style of art improves the story Aaron is telling. This a creative team match made in heaven. Bachalo makes the enemy seem fiercer, the world look more bleak and Doctor Strange (you got it, the character again) look more defeated. It helps sell what’s going on. We all know that somehow in some way magic will live on, but the question is how? And how much? Questions that Aaron will surely give answers to in future issues and it’s exciting to see what they will be.
The Mighty Thor #5
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Russell Dauterman
Ring the bell! It’s time for the fight of the ages! The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster, in case you somehow forgot) vs Odin, King of Asgard! Place your bets! It’s been a long time coming, but these two are fighting trading blows, with the fight actually starting the issue prior and holy crap did Thor have a fan-friggin-tastic entrance, one-liner and an amazing strike against the All-Father. She hit the trifecta! The fight between them continues on and it’s one hell of a match up. Dauterman could not have done a finer job penciling the brawl. However, Jason Aaron being the master storyteller that he is doesn’t make the issue all about those two and throws a couple of curveballs to make the series, the intense atmosphere more interesting. Malekith continues to be a huge (and bigger with this volume) presence and stirs wars everywhere he goes. Certain acts happened and another that one wouldn’t that makes Thor and Odin cease hitting each other. On top of it all, something readers have been waiting for finally happens, or rather- gets teased, with the issue’s cliffhanger. More and more questions continue to arise and while it’s a pain to wait for them to be answered, it’s also exciting at the same time because ever since Aaron first took over Thor years ago, the series has not stopped being excellent since.