Top Ten Comics on my Pull List in No Particular Order
1. Teen Titans
There’s dark and serious situations but you know what else there is? Fun. Bart and Tim bicker back and forth. Solstice has retained her incredibly positive attitude. Bunker is fun and adorable. Don’t-Call-Her-Wonder Girl is still a fave of mine as she’s currently playing the reluctant team member. Obviously Bugg is a little glum at her current situation. And Superboy is currently in that whole brainwashed-right-out-of-the-test-tube kind of way.
They’ve only really just come together as a team but I’ve enjoyed all the steps along the way. I think they’re an interesting group made up of some classics, a newbie I thought might have been lost in the relaunch but happily wasn’t, and some interesting brand new characters.
These are the covers of four books featuring younger characters in October.
My favorite of these four covers is definitely Teen Titans #2 (by Brett Booth & Norm Rampund). I’m kind of in love with the expressions on everyone’s face in this image. Wonder Girl just look frustrated and pissed off as hell. Red Robin is clearly experiencing some webbing in uncomfortable places. And the new character, Bugg(?), looks like someone just messed up her web and she’s not pleased about it. I also love the colored light that Cassie’s lasso is emitting.
My second favorite cover would be Blue Beetle #2 (by Tyler Kirkham & Sal Regla). I think it really clearly conveys the pain that Jaime experiences each time he suits up. One flaw… young Jaime is looking a little too built in this image. He’s got a super suit that surrounds him from a piece of alien tech that’s attached itself to his spine. I don’t recall him getting super washboard ab powers in the package. Other than that I think the image really conveys what Jaime goes through.
My third favorite would be Static Shock #2 (by Chris Brunner). I think it’s an interesting style. It almost feels like what someone very talented would do when faced with a coloring book and a stack of markers or pencil crayons. The colors are all very bold and the art style is compelling. I like it.
Last up is Hawk and Dove #2 (by Rob Liefeld). Not my favorite of the bunch but I still am not getting where all the hate for Liefeld’s art comes from. I think it’s a pretty decent piece, if perhaps a little basic. And I think the Avatar of Peace is looking a bit less peaceful and a bit more dazed.
These are the solicits for the younger character October books.
Blue Beetle #2 (written by Tony Bedard): Jaime Reyes was trying to save his best friend when an alien weapon attached itself to his spine. Now, if he wants to live to see tomorrow, Jaime must defeat a team of Super-Villains who want the weapon for more nefarious purposes.
Hawk and Dove #2 (written by Sterling Gates): Hawk and Dove continue their investigation of the enigmatic Alexander Quirk! Who is he? What does he want? A secret laboratory might hold the answers, but it might also spell the end for Hawk and Dove! To top things off, the monster watching our heroes from the shadows finally makes his move – and he’s got a terrifying new partner!
Static Shock #2 (written by Scott McDaniel & John Rozum): Static finds himself the target of dark forces as Virule and the Slate Gang unleash their deadly trap! Will Static’s debut end before it has even started?
Teen Titans #2 (written by Scott Lobdell): A strange creature haunts the streets of Los Angeles… and because of this creature’s age, both Red Robin and N.O.W.H.E.R.E. are racing to find her – but neither side is prepared for the horror known as Bugg!
Meanwhile, Superboy is on a collision course with the team, and Kid Flash plots his escape from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. with the most unexpected of allies!