The sun is coming out, and things are heating up. So, here’s The Pull of what we reviewed in comics this week that you might want to check out while you’re laying out in the sun:
Black Panther #25
Black Panther #25 is the final battle in OG Wakanda’s war against their intergalactic counterparts led by the symbiote emperor N’Jadaka. With every resource and every ally he could find by his side, it’s a brutal conflict for T’Challa, much of which is depicted in large panels that could all individually be gorgeous splashes. The issue and, ultimately, the book choose to tell a nuanced story of a hero who struggles with the idea of living with the legend of his own deeds.
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #2
So much of The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #2 is centered on Kah recounting the events of one Darius Shah. And through his life, we see a touching story of a child dealing with challenging circumstances and loss and all of these thematically relevant issues that all tie into what it means to live and what it means to be. Andrade’s art paints a beautiful, emotionally realistic version of Mumbai and watching Darius go through the panels gives V’s narration that much more impact.
Mister Miracle #1: The Source of Freedom
Mister Miracle #1 does a wonderful job of dropping us into the world of Shilo Norman and the death defying things he puts in his way every day. In the first few pages, my guy jumps out of a ship in the upper atmosphere, bound in chains, with only a few minutes to free himself and open his parachute before he becomes human jello on the Earth’s surface. If that’s not a way to get the reader’s attention, I don’t know what is.
Zadie’s a fun character to follow and as the myth arc continues to be enriched, I look forward to seeing what the creative team has in store. Shadecraft‘s visual language and quick pace, especially in Shadecraft #3, make it a fun jaunt that will sneak up on you like your own shadow.
Teen Titans Academy #3
Lots of tension in Teen Titans Academy #3 where we get some backstory on one of the new Titans named Bolt, some sad looks from Superboy, now on the Suicide Squad, and the deepening mystery of who Red X is and what he wants. I wasn’t expecting this series to focus so much on Red X, but I’m not mad. Every instance of conflict that we’ve had so far, he’s been right in the middle of it. But it’s still not clear where his allegiances lie. We know from the Teen Titans show that Red X was Robin’s way to do darker deeds without consequence, and Nightwing really looks back at that time in his life with disdain.
We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6
The narrative proper of We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6 actually occurs after a significant time skip, taking us to the year 2414, and presenting us with a new focal point character: Ambassador Marylin Chen. In the fashion of many sequels, Chen stands in stark contrast to Georges Malik. Her composure, more relaxed. Her demeanor, more playful. Her mission, a little more obtuse than Malik’s goal to find a living god.
Jonathan Hickman has spent the lion’s share of the past two years showing what a unified mutant nation looks like when they dissolve their various factions, put aside their differences, create a safe haven for their kind, and become a world power. But nothing lasts forever, and X-Men #20 is when we start to see the beginnings of paradise starting to fall apart, and something must be done.
What comics were in The Pull for you this week that we didn’t cover? Hit us in the comments or on our social media, and let us know!
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