I guess I should begin this one by saying that this is actually not all of my April comics. I’m pretty sure that I’m missing a few of my subscriptions, but I’m just going to take the hit for the moment simply because that’s how my life is right now.

By the time this goes up it should be the 8th of May, so I hope that everyone has a great Mother’s Day.

Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015), #8

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Cover by Paul Renaud. (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

So Steve Rogers makes his return, and Baron Zemo hits a bit of a snag in his plan. Kraven the Hunter shows up to showout, and so does a member of the Thunderbolts. And finally, the many different Avengers teams come through as back up.

I really should finish reading Avengers: Standoff, but I think it’s best to wait for the trade.

I actually like that Steve’s back (and love that he gave the shield back to Sam), but seeing him, Sam, and Bucky on the same page together makes me wish for a Captains America book. It’d be great! OGCap, BuckyCap, and FalconCap going off on adventures with various Marvel characters, and every now and then other Captain Americas would show up. Like, Isaiah Bradley and Danielle Cage would come through; the three guys that pretended to be Cap while he was in the ice; Roberta Mendez by way of a time machine and inter-dimensional travel.

I just don’t want to have to read two different Captain America books. I love FalconCap, and I think his run fits in with the theme of what they’re doing with a lot of the older Marvel characters. I would hate to see Sam lose out on that just because The Powers That Be wanted Steve back in his old spot.

I do think that the issue of Steve’s return and where it would leave Sam was handled very well, all things considered. Where Steve goes from here is not something that I’m aware of, but I’ll probably be reading.

Power Man and Iron Fist (2016) #2 and #3

In these two issues of Power Man and Iron Fist, everyone seems to know that the team got back together. Luke and Danny argue about the magical-ness of the Supersoul stone, and whether or not Jennie betrayed them. And Jennie finds that maybe she enjoys having powers a little bit too much.

I really feel the love in this comic. Like, I can tell that David F. Walker really wanted to write this one, and I appreciate everything about it. I think it’s very funny and relatable, and I am very excited to see where it goes.

I like this trend of introducing older characters that we might not have seen in a while. Marvel has been around for a long time, it’s nice to see them make use of their lesser villains and heroes. I also liked the Hellcat connection with the mention of Enchantress. I don’t know if Marvel Comics ever plans to do the Defenders again, but it was nice to know that they haven’t forgotten the old team.

I loved that Danny mentioned missing Misty Knight!!! It was so cute! She needs to make an appearance.

One last thing: I found the conversation about Danny and Dr. Strange’s ignorance of the Supersoul stone very interesting. It speaks to the racism in their own origin stories that they would know nothing about a magical item that has its roots in African mythology. The fact that Danny remains skeptical about it until they go to someone who can back up Luke’s suspicion, while Dr. Strange immediately refutes its existence says a lot about both characters.

Either way, I can’t wait for the next issue.

Starfire (2015) #11

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Main Cover by Amanda Conner (Photo Credit: DC Comics)

I don’t have it in me to go and track down a picture of the John Romita, Jr. variant that I have. Not today.

In this issue, Stella, Starfire and Atlee finally get to enjoy their vacation. Starfire parents a few new offspring, while Sol takes a visit to his aunt. Starfire and Stella later have a talk that gives Star a lot to think about.

I appreciate finally being able to really enjoy Atlee’s underground world, and also the mating habits of Earth’s other humanoid creatures. I also liked how Sylkie just decided to take Sol on a road trip across the state of Florida. I don’t know how that story line is supposed to end, but it was an interesting moment.

I liked Stella’s honesty in telling Starfire about why she didn’t want Sol and Starfire together. Starfire is so used to hanging out with superheroes that it’s hard for her to remember that humans are fragile. Running around with Cyborg, Nightwing, and Red Arrow would make it hard for anyone to believe that humans were ever in danger.

Still, Starfire might being taking Stella’s words too hard if she thinks she needs to leave Key West. I wonder if this would be what gets Starfire to rejoin the Titans, since that book is set to restart in the summer.

I guess we’ll just have to wait for May’s issue to find out.

The Totally Awesome Hulk (2016) #5

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Cover by Frank Cho and Sonia Obak (Photo Credit: Marvel Comics)

In this issue, Amadeus goes sleep Hulking. Amora makes an entrance, which means new Thor followed. And Amadeus and Maddy have a chat about the things that hurt them.

So they didn’t really have a chat, but we’ve finally moved away from whatever happened to Bruce’s Hulk into why Amadeus can maintain one. At the end of the day, the Hulk is legitimately a big, green anger monster, and you would need to have some kind of anger in you to sustain him. So, obviously, Amadeus has to be mad about something, right?

I like that, for the most part, Amadeus wasn’t really buying what Amora was selling. As much as she baited him, he really was not here for it. I liked that. It’s way too early in the game for Amadeus to be tripped up by his anger issues.

I don’t know what the next issue will bring, but I am very much interested in seeing a Hulkless Bruce Banner. I bet he feels lonely.

 

That’s it for this installment. I’m already dying on the inside when I think about how long the next one might be. One day, some day, I’ll get this blog in formation.

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