Its a new year and a new group of some great comics. This year starts off good with books by Jason Aaron , Brian Bendis and Jonathon Hickman . So lets get the new year started right and lets get roooollling...
Ultimate Comics Must Have :Spiderman #1-#3: This book basically is a cheap reprint of issues 1-3 of the latest new Ultimate Spider-Man launch. The issue basically has Norman Osborn and a scientist discussing the experiment that made Spider-Man. Norman wants it repeated but the scientist and him are unsure how and what spider led to Spidey's powers.
Norman threatens the scientist and is later seen arrested in the Daily Bugle. We soon see a Spider escape due to a thief . He steals a canister and the Spider hops along for the ride. The story then changes to seeing the introduction of a smart young kid Mark Morales . He is seen with his parents at a special school lottery where really smart kids are chosen by lottery balls. His mom sits and prays for him and celebrates like crazy when he gets in !
Mark then goes to visit his caring uncle who is a bit shady. We see with the same bag he is the thief who robbed the lab. The spider crawls out and bites Mark. Which makes him foam at the mouth. His uncle calls his dad and the 2 argue over why Mark was visiting him. This makes Mark leave and he turns invisible !
Morales learns he can blend into the background of things to hide. He also takes off and leaps over a vendor , making people scream he's a mutant. Morales is trying to get used to it all and bullies in his neighborhood start picking on him. Morales stingers from his hands sting the guy and knocks him out which freaks everyone out !
His dad later explains why he doesn't want him around his uncle. He's ashamed of his past and tells Mark that he stole like his uncle. But he quit once he saw he could have the "dream" and achieve it. He wants his son to have every chance he never got growing up to be better. Its a nice father/son moment.
Later Morales tells his best friend about his powers and he tells Mark he should become a hero. The friend searches online and finds out Morales has the same Spider powers like Spider-Man had. That he is Spider-Man now. Morales doesn't want that. But he sees a fire break out and saves a woman and kid. Getting props from the people there.
At the end Morales learns that Spider-Man was shot and killed on the bridge !
Its a very good 1-3 run that I tried to break down best I could. Bendis was firing on all cylinders here. It really reminds me of his good run when he started USM back in 2001. He has a character people will like. Its the best Bendis work I have lived in years. It makes me wanna pick up USM actually. So I may just start doing that.
Batman #4 : Bruce Wayne is stuck in an exploding building which he triggered last issue by a tripwire . He uses his brains to manage to escape the building and get home. Its there with Dick Grayson he discusses the case and the Court of Owls conspiracy that began in the 1800's. It began with his great great grandfather , Alan Wayne. Of course Bruce doesn't believe a real Court of Owls exist now .
He details right after his parents murder he spent weeks working a case believing it was an elaborate conspiracy by the Court of Owls. He did some investigation work and soon realized after being locked in a secret room a week and being in the hospital , he let his own motivation dictate a case.
Bruce later goes to the sewers where his great great grandfather was found . Its there he finds really old marks. He gets jumped by Talon and dragged down. Bruce awakes in a puzzle of sorts , with no utility belt . People in owl masks having in trapped in the puzzle.
Its a great read and I can't wait to see Bruce find a way to get out of the death trap/puzzle. I always like that in a way with Batman. Him using his brains to figure out a puzzle of sorts.
Fantastic Four #601 : The Fantastic Four are facing an invasion by the Kree forces. The Supreme Intelligence that has returned wants to raze the Earth . Sue Storm is trying to hold her shield above NYC as a bomb explodes. The Supreme Intelligence wants another bomb used. Elsewhere Ben Grimm is taking a beaten from some Kree and seems on the verge of losing.
Inside we see the return of Johnny Storm. Peter is over-joyed by this and hugs him. The 2 share a joke about the horrible costumes Reed has made and then goes to rally everyone once Spidey tells him about the Kree invasion. He does just that with a lit 4 sign. Sue cries seeing it as Ben Grimm sees and rallies back.
Ronin in this time realizes the horror he has unleashed. The Supreme intelligence allows him to live and watch what unfolds. Ronin and Crystal can't believe what is happening.
Reed and Johnny know things are bad. The Light Brigade will help stop the Kree in space. But they need more help. Johnny wants to use his Annilihation wave he has control over. In space he has the ship and gonna lead it into battle. But the Kree still feel more powerful. Until the Inhumans emerge and decide they will make war with the Kree as well.
Another bomb is launched and Reed admits , they may win this war , but the Earth may not survive !
Its a hell of a good issue. I did love seeing the crying reactions of Sue and Ben seeing that Johnny was back. It was a touching scene. And now the big war will happen next issue.
Hellblazer #286 : The trenchcoat saga hits its end as John Constantine is busy helping his niece Gemma . He shows up at Tasmin's place and has her book of demons. John basically tells her she won't be using the book anymore and sets it on fire. She swears revenge on him and he tells her to get in line.
Later he meets with Terry Graves who details that the Jersey mob is coming and have a hit on him . Constantine isn't worried as Graves tells him at some point he's gonna get old and get sloppy.
Georgie , the girl who was the 1st to find Constantine's coat , rambles to a cab driver about the evil of the coat killing her mom. She arrives there and finds the hit man from Jersey wearing the coat. She tries to tell the man that the coat is the one doing it all , but the coat has control now.
Constantine and Epiphany get told by Chas about the strange woman who discussed an evil coat. They go to her house and find she has been shot dead in the face. The guy emerges influenced by the coat and tries to kill Constantine and Epiphany. John talks to the coat and brings up their past , how close they are and what they shared over the years. The coat remembers Constantine and kills the mob guy.
Epiphany is stunned as Constantine puts the coat back on and he claims it just wanted to find its way home. They arrive home and open the door stunned at the next sight. Gemma is caught having sex with Terry Graves. She basically blackmails John to help her save her mom's soul in hell over this. Constantine realizes to get Gemma from stop having sex with Graves , he has to save her mom.
Its really amping up and it should be interesting to see what happens in the next big arc. Where Constantine goes to hell to free Gemma's mom. I can't wait to read that .
Witch Doctor #4 of (4): The story begins as Doctor Morrow details to the board on how he and his assistant Gast survived. After some prodding he begins where the fish-men wanted human males to breed with their fish women. Which Gast is totally against ! We learn that Morrow moments earlier gave him special pills to help him fry them.
Gast soon runs out of spark and Penny Dreadful ends up saving them. They escape back to Dr.Morrow's house as we get a comical scene where Morrow yells he's tired of people storming his place like he's Frankenstein. They get there and Morrow needs to take a pill to learn how to beat these fish people.
So he gives Gast a big gun and Excalibur . He warns him not to stab or the sword will get stuck and he can't pull it out. Gast is fighting and one by accident seems to fall into the sword making him stab him. The sword gets stuck. Gast gets jumped by the numbers and looks near death as he hopes Dr.Morrow can get the answer.
end of part 1... 2nd part coming.