Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Cover Artist: David Marquez, Justin Ponsor
Published by:Marvel Comics
When Miles Morales revealed to his father and girlfriend that he was spider-man the reaction he receive was not what he’d expected, both his father and girlfriend turned away from him all for good reason, for one his girlfriend’s parents are undercover Hydra agents and the second being his father used to be a S. H. I. E. L. D agent. But at least one of the two most important people in his life came back, his father Jefferson return and is trying to work things out but how long will that secret affect him in the long run given who is brother was?. As for Katie there’s more questions, one important one being what will her parents do?
The issue starts off with Maria Hill and NYPD following lead which turns out to be nothing due to the counterparts knowing the bust was going to happened, back at Miles school his principle and father are talking about Miles future and how Jefferson is an important figure in his life now, you can clearly see miles father is still struggling with his sons secret. Meanwhile Miles runs into Sabertooth and Electro who are fighting over some cash the recently dead Norman Osborne had left, Miles intervenes once a bus full of innocent students are almost harmed, just when it looked like Spider-man would have a two on the one Cloak and Dagger appear and assist him.
Once it’s all over Miles asks Dagger for some girl advice which doesn’t turn out well so he decides to head over to Katie’s house and talk to her about but when he gets there Katie’s father answers the door, the conversation between them is a typical father boyfriend talk he gives Miles a glass of water and continues to talk, things change once Katie’s father ask how Miles received his powers, Miles is stunned and starts to fall asleep due to being drug.
Final thoughts: This was a setup character for the upcoming issue, although it didn’t start or look that way it, but that’s just a testament of Bendis’s writing, For the most part it looked as if this was going to be what I call “A push along” issue for which nothing really happens we get more character development and other things of that nature, The ending is where everything turns around and ends with a nice Cliffhanger.
Script: Andrew Chambliss ands Scott Allie
Pencils: Cliff Richards
Ink: Andy Owens
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse
The real Buffy has been brainwashed (at least with the jumbled brain she has left) by the scheming Simone and RoboBuffy is doing her best to fix the big ol’ mess created by Andrew. The two Buffy’s are at odds as the real Buffy believes she’s got it all figured out. Simone has an evil plan, and now that she thinks she’s figured out what’s going on, Buffy has become an integral part of it. Real Buffy, in her confused but confident state, thinks it’s a good idea to go along with this unfortunate plan. Meanwhile, Spike and Andrew make a discovery of their own and realize RoboBuffy has been gone longer than expected. They set off to find her and with some luck they find her (them?) and Simone. Simone, in her perpetual aggro state refuses to let Spike, Andrew and the bugs ruin her plan, Spike on the other hand has his own plan. While all of this is going on, Detective Dowling is dealing with his own demons after feeling the fallout of having to kill his zompire partner. He is assessing his life and trying to make some tough decisions. Will Simone carry out her evil plan and will Buffy finally understand what’s really going on? What’s in store for Detective Dowling’s future? Does all of this seem really confusing? The answer to the last one is yes, but it becomes much clearer once you read the whole issue!
This issue was good, but I did have to read it twice to follow along. Once I got it, I enjoyed it. I loved the cover, I thought it did a really great job of capturing the uncertainty of Buffy’s mindset right now. The dialog was good, and the interaction between the Buffy’s was particularly interesting. There is some Spuffy action, but nothing that we wouldn’t have seen coming. Simone has potential but this time around I found her more annoying than anything else and I hope we either get a better villain or that she becomes more interesting along the way. I can’t say this was my favorite issue but I have faith that it’s going to get better!
Script: Christos Gage
Art: Chris Samnee
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse
After a trying, emotional battle, Angel and Faith return home to find a couple of guests waiting for them. They are quickly acquainted with Lavinia and Sophronia (Sophie for short), Giles’ Great Aunts. They seem to be well versed in magic…and trouble. Their visit is not just for the free wine and accommodations, they seem to have brought along some guests that Angel and Faith must eradicate. They have an obsession with staying young and this is the real source of their problems; however, they blame Angel for the loss of magic in the world, therefore they blame him for all of their problems and they expect him to clean up their mess. Once it appears the coast is clear, Angel and Faith begin pumping Lavinia and Sophie for Giles’ family history/drama. Here we get to see Giles as a young boy, we learn how his magical powers were discovered, what his childhood dreams were and how those dreams were crushed. Just when Lavinia and Sophie seem useless, they give Angel something that may help him bring Giles back but manipulation is in play and their end game is still unknown!
Any issue that has a Giles origin story is fine by me. I love learning more about him and we also get to see what I’m assuming is the first use of the nickname “Ripper” and it won’t be at all what anyone expected! As an added bonus the issue ends with a surprise guest which will undoubtedly be an awesome addition to the story. Angel & Faith #10 has a lot of funny dialog which doesn’t detract from some of the seriousness of the issue. The introduction of the Great Aunts fits right in and is a great way to present Giles’ back story. Based on some of what happened in the issue, Angel and Faith’s relationship may be getting a bit more tenuous in the near future, but I think with everything they have been through it will be a minor bump in the road. The art is great; I love the variations in the monsters that come calling for Lavinia and Sophie. The bottom line is that this is a very strong issue and a great addition to the continuing story line!
Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Chris Bachalo
Colors: Chris Bachalo
Inks: Tim Townsend, Jamie Mendoza, Al Vey & Victor Olazaba
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Marvel Comics
The Avengers vs X-Men drama continues on the side again, this time we’re genuinely branching off from the current story into detailed moments, although the current one doesn’t seem to exactly sync up with the close of AvX #3. We join Wolverine back at the Jean Grey school with the staff and students catching up on the recent battle at Utopia, the questions are running of who is on the right side and where this is all going for the future and it only gets worse when they look to their doorstep. Unexpected guests are always a good spin for a series, unexpected fugitives are another story, especially when you were fighting all of them just a short while ago in a heated group battle. Wolverine heads to the front to sort out the new guests while tensions stir between students and instructors with their guests getting a bit physical. The book isn’t 100% based on the conflict, we see growing struggles with Angel and the students continue forward and everyone trying to figure out who this new personality is.
Given the past issues it was a shock to see Wolverine and the X-Men #10 taking such a unique detour compared to past installments in this AvX side story, it actually brings unique development that adds to the X-Men storyline and their reinforcements. While Wolverine felt those who joined his school would be there exclusively to his decisions and command he’s met with a hard reality that when it comes to mutants and the X-Men, everyone will follow their own personal beliefs just as they always have. We get a huge teaser in this issue of how the forces will expand and we also see a return of the Death Commandos from the Shi’ar and their clear agenda of destruction no matter who gets in the way. It’s a great lead in for the wider picture building up and helps break it away from just the direct dispute of Cap, Iron Man and Cyclops butting heads.
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Carlos Pacheco & Paco Diaz
Ink: Cam Smith
Color: Guru eFX
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Adam Kubert & Chris Sotomayor
Published by: Marvel Comics
Unit is on the move and Hope is right in his path, given his current path of destruction her very life could fall into the balance. The X-Men while teamed up with the Avengers split off to save their most precious friend and ally from her doom and possibly the death of mutant-kind. Time is everything and the whole unit with Cyclops rushes in to save the day, unfortunately being too quick to attack leaves a vulnerability that shatters them as they engage in combat against Unit. It’s a tough and painful battle to read through, even at their best they’re severely outclassed against this super machine, instead of cheering them on it was cringe inducing each step of the way. Fortunately it does wrap up so the story can meld with AvX, although it is strange to have both the X-Men and the Avengers on the same side for even just a moment knowing what has already come their way.
The issue moves with a quick pace, Hope is stunned to be taken in such a swift motion and the X-Men launch into battle mode but it’s not enough. Unit is thinking so many steps ahead of them it’s difficult for any tactical advantages to come forward, even their strongest allies against a force like this are nullified by his quick calculations and strength. Really they are in a case where they’re outclassed and largely uninformed about their opponent and it rips at them as they fight desperately to stop him. It’s a solid read as it steps aside from the usual idea of dominance and team work saving the day for the group, instead of just a single ally shaken, the whole group falls victim.
As a prelude to AvX it’s a solid issue, it was easy to feel bad for the X-Men against Unit given how far above their level he was. There is a mystery that will leave readers hanging though, before it’s over there’s a special twist with Hope and Unit that hasn’t even been touched upon in the other books yet, what will the super being ask of her? What does this mean for his own containment in the universe after this encounter? It’s a solid read and wrap-up to the tag team story between the Avengers and X-Men on this case.
By the time this releases, we’ll be buried in AvX related news, with that said we’re headed into a war zone with Captain America #10, the Avengers are on full duty as Hawkeye attempts to take on a wild Falcon in the streets. Steve Rogers is knocked back after losing his Super-Soldier Serum and looks to Sharon Carter as his only possible hope to get his power back.
It’s a tense fight in the panels below, if you’ve been hoping to shield your eyes from spoilers it’s already too late. See what happens when a crazed Falcon does battle with Hawkeye in the middle of chaos.
Cover Art: Fiona Staples
Variant Cover Art: Thomas Yeates
Back Cover: Geof Darrow
Publisher & Editor: Mike Richardson
Published By: Dark Horse
Dark Horse Presents #10 is chalk full of goodies, so let’s get right to it!
The Massive: The Barrents Sea- Modern Day by Brian Wood and art by Kristian Donaldson This is very short. Honestly, it was way too short to get into it or understand exactly where the story was going. It was over before it began.
UXB by Colin Lorimer. A futuristic story that instantly brings the funny. Even though it’s super short, the amazing art and witty dialog is an instant draw. This preview definitely drew me in and had me wanting more.
Finder: Third World Chapter 8 by Carla Speed McNeil.
Criminal Macabre: They Fight By Night Part 1 by Steve Niles and art by Christopher Mitten. This was the one I was most excited for and it did not disappoint. This gives us a new peek at the new arc! An assassination has occurred and Cal is not too happy about it. Even in this short preview, Cal’s coolness shines through.
House of Fun Featuring Milk and Cheese and The Murder Family by Evan Dorkin. We find the odd pair Milk and Cheese ordering x-ray spectacles in this issue which provokes them into going on a rampage, drunk with the idea of their new “superpower.” The Murder Family is the story of a ghoulish family consisting of two parents, two sons, their daughter and a wacky uncle. Presented in a sitcom setting complete with commercials and laugh tracks, we see the daily life of this weird and dysfunctional family. Their name suits them well!
The Once and Future Tarzan Chapter 3 by Thomas Yeates and Alan Gordon.
Amala’s Blade: Skull and Crossbows Part 2 by Steve Horton and art by Michael Dialynas.
Dead Reliable by Andrew Vachss and art by Geof Darrow. This was another stand-out piece. It was an extremely sad, touching story that really packs a shocking punch at the end. I loved it!
Skultar Chapter 4: The Trainable by M.J. Butler and art by Mark Wheatley.
The Many Murders of Miss Cranbourne Chapter 3 by Rich Johnston and art by Simon Rohrmüller.
There are some real standouts in this issue, not all of them were my favorite, but I was able to discover some things I had never heard of and really enjoyed reading this book. A solid buy, especially for the price!