Thursday, September 11, 2014

PANEL BEATER: Random Thoughts From Last Month's Comic Haul

Each month I dive into my recent haul of comics and cheer what's working great, or highlight what needs a kick and what needs a shove. With that in mind, here's what got my talkin' in the last thirty days...

It's not until you get to the last page of this comic, you realise it finished without a punch, shot or even an 'Eject Ravage'. However, when the build-up to war is this well laid out, you really don't care.

The first issue in the concluding mini-series of IDW's Transformers trilogy (Autocracy and Monstrosity were the first parts), Transformers: Primacy #1 provides truckloads of energon for any Transformers fan, proving that you can have Ironhide look like Ironhide and be 'modern', as well as showing Hollywood how the 80's franchise should be handled in more ways than one.

With the recent Autobot victory bringing an uneasy truce to Cybertron, an outspoken Hot Rod is warned of a coming reckoning by an old friend, now empowered from joining the militant Decepticon resistance.

As the hot-headed Autobot Academy graduate finds an equally hard welcome from the veteran Grimlock, Megatron seeks to re-enlist the recently defeated Trypticon, in order to reunite his forces and bring Cybertron to it's knees.

In even an even better moment of characterisation, Optimus Prime, out having downtime by climbing glaciers (or the Cybertronian equivalent) with Ironhide, finds a face long lost to the Autobot cause and gives him motive to rejoin his people. In fact writers Chris Metzen and Flint Dille, plus artist Livio Ramondelli illustrate this scene so well, I'll post it as my  MOMENT OF THE MONTH: 

You did click to enlarge 'n read that didn't you? It's OMEGA $%^#$%^'n SUPREME! And that's not all - there's Ultra Magnus, Kup, Starscream, those multi-faced, swivel-headed things from the animated movie, Metroplex, Sky Lynx, Shockwave, and so many old familiar faces, that if you are a G1 Transformers fan, it's hard not to do a little pee each time you turn the page. Trust me - you want this.

 NEEDS A SHOUT OUT OR TWO:  Despite another awesome month at Valiant in turns of Armor Hunters - with every tie-in being incredible - the monthly shout out has to go to DC's Multiversity #1. From a 'plastic man' melted and decaying over the ruins of humanity to Captain Carrot vs 'Behemoth', Multiversity was overflowing with cosmic goodness, bursting with ideas and crazy concepts at every turn.

I have to admit, I was initially pretty lost, trying to figure out which universe we were in (Thunderer is supposed to be Thor, isn't he?). Now after a few reads between the shift to Earth 23, and the often untapped/overlooked Harbinger tieing the assemblage of the 'Cosmic Neighbourhood Watch' to the original DC Crisis, I've got a grip on 90% of what is going down, and that other 10% honestly should remain unknown in any good Grant Morrison written tale. It's part of the hysteria that makes the writer so addictive.

The comic that speaks to you truly spoke to me, and I don't think my mind will be the same - at least not until issue #2.

What were your hits of the month?


  1. I am reading Multiversity just because I hate Grant Morrison so much. We all know there will be parts of the story he will never give us because he hates comic book fans more than comic books themselves. Which is the exact reason I read his stuff. I can't hate what I don't acknowledge.

  2. Thanks Kal - yeah Grant does leave a few blanks to fill in can't he? Still a comic that destroys universes? Only a handful of writers can make that concept swing, and Grant is at the top of the list.... right beside Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman and.... well that's about it really.

  3. Huh. Well, I guess I'll have to read it now. I can't miss Captain Carrot. (totally not be sarcastic)

  4. Cap Carrot gets a fair chunk of the issue too Random - somehow I think he's a character Grant has been aiming towards for some time. I love how he tells humans apart too, but won't spoil that here.

  5. Wow! Omega Supreme never looked better! Fuck... I'ma have to check this out now. Thanks!
    Sky Lynx is one of my favorites! -I just bought one at The Dirt Mall a few weeks ago for three bucks!!!

    I loved the first issue of Multiversity too! -And Captain Carrot's Nu52-type costume upgrade. Oddly enough- I also found the first issue The Zoo Crew for a buck at The Flea-Market as well!!! I am SO unfamiliar with most of these characters, though... it's a tad confusing. -Especially if you stare too hard at that chart he also released. -I went cross-eyed.