SIXTH GUN: Not the Bullet, But the Fall by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Tyler Crook recovers nicely after the weak Dream Quest, as the struggle for the six weapons that can remake creation moves towards its climax, several people die (a sure sign we’re in the endgame) and we learn the reason the weapons exist at all. Good.
FBP Federal Bureau of Physics: The Paradigm Shift by Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez reminds me a lot of Fringe as it concerns the government agency that steps in whenever the laws of physics go down. Except along with mere physics (zero gravity areas, bubble universes) there’s also a sinister conspiracy going on … Enjoyable.
SPIDER-MAN: 24/7 by assorted writers and artists collects a story arc I read back in monthly issues, wherein Spidey takes a two-month trip into subatomic worlds with the FF (in which he finally explains how he wiped the world’s knowledge of his identity). It was fun to reread again, though the one-shots that fill out the volume were less interesting (Kraven’s daughter doesn’t grab me at all).
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR: BFF and Cosmic Cooties by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare and Natacha Bustos (cover by Bustos, all rights remain with current holder) revives the Bronze Age Devil Dinosaur, an utterly forgettable prehistoric character (sidekick/companion of the protohuman Moon Boy) who’s only claim to fame is that Jack Kirby came up with him. Here, however, he’s brought to the present and partnered with super-genius nine-year-old Lunella (nicknamed Moon Girl for being such a nerd). Along with finding a way to hide a pet dinosaur, she’s worried that her Inhuman genes will mutate if she’s exposed to terrigen mist, and in Vol. 2 has to deal with a nine-year-old Kree determined to capture her for his people. Cute, though Lunella’s laboratory gets a bit over the top at times (that may reflect I’m older than the target audience) and some of the story elements in the second volume didn’t work at all. Overall though, more charming than I expected
LUMBERJANES: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke A. Allen surprised me by explaining most of the mysteries from Vol. 1, so what are they going to do for V3? Definitely geared for a younger audience than me, but this story of monsters, dueling gods and astronomy (“If you’d paid attention you’d have known the right location!”) still worked for me.
GREEN ARROW: Island of Scars by Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt works much better than their previous volume simply because the characters come through a lot stronger.The stories, though, are still weak, such as one involving two Native American techno-whizzes feuding over the development of their green technology. Still, it’s an encouraging sign for V3.
WONDER WOMAN: Amazonia by William Messner-Loebs and Phil Winslade was one of the Elseworlds series of graphic novels by DC showing heroes in out-of-continuity situations (a number of them, like this one, used a Victorian setting and Jack the Ripper as the bad guy). It’s the end of the 19th century and the former Amazon child Diana has been married off to Steve Trevor in an England where misogyny rains down from the King of England. Obedient to her husband, Diana uses her strength as a music-hall performer, but the king has other ideas … Too bad for him Diana’s about to remember how strong she really is. This is one of the most feminist WW stories in recent years, with great emphasis on women breaking bonds in the William Marston tradition.