This week, Batman Confidential hits issue #50. Iron Man and Thor are set for a team-up. plus, IZombie and Marvel Comics mini-series on the Wizard of Oz start a new arc. Here are my top comic book picks for the week.
Batman Confidential #50
A fellow fan asked me why I’m adding this issue in my weekly comic book review list. Well, first of all, this is an anniversary issue of a long-running Batman comic series. Here, we see a young Bruce Wayne right on the tail of a serial killer in an obscure village in China, where he will eventually find an adversary that once fought the Justice League. The main story also brings readers back to that scene in Identity Crisis where the Dark Knight was mindwiped.
Secondly, it features a bonus Silver Age material where readers can see Batman and the Justice League facing off with an alien vampire who sucks moisture, rather than blood from victims. I love classic comics and the co-feature really made my day.
Iron Man Thor #1
In this issue, we find Thor and his fellow Asgardians cleaning up the ruins of their home city in the aftermath of Siege. Iron Man and, along with other mortals, were also there to help the citizens of Asgard. All of a sudden, Commander Rogers— formerly known as Captain America—called on Iron Man to investigate an incident in Russia, which turned out to be a trap set by Crimson Dynamo. However, the most interesting part of the issue becomes apparent when Ulik of the Trolls appears right in the middle of Asgard and challenges the God of Thunder.
So far, the opening round for the storyline scripted by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is very impressive. An Iron Man-Thor team up versus two of the oldest villains in Marvel Comics is definitely something to look forward to. Plus, pencil work by Scott Eaton is simply fantastic.
Ozma of Oz #1
This is the third Marvel Comics mini-series based on the classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy Gale—the lead character in the classic novel—is back. But this time, she’s not using tornado-express to get to Oz (like in the classic version), rather her trip back is set off by an ill-fated ocean voyage. While hopelessly stuck at sea, Dorothy befriends Bill, a talking hen, and their adventures are just about to start.
Just like in the first two series, comic book readers can expect Ozma of Oz to be replete with sharp and witty dialogue. Apart from the enjoyable storyline, the striking art by Skottie Young is also a treat.
This is the starting issue for the Vampires Suck story arc. Life for our beloved characters Gwen, Ellie, and Spot seemed to have dwindled down to normal. Gwen is busy digging holes with her cemetery buddies, Ellie is taking some pointers from Amon, and Spot is shopping around in a comic book shop. But things get complicated when the brain that Gwen munched on belonged to someone who knew her in the past. Plus, the two monster hunters find themselves in a big mess this time. Cover and interior art by Michael Allred is marvelous as usual.
Namor First Mutant #3
Atlantis is under siege by ocean-dwelling vampires. As ruler, Namor has but one chance to drive their foes away. But there’s a catch—the powerful spell that will be used against the bloodsuckers requires blood of an Atlantean king to be sacrificed if it were to work. Accompanied by elite guards of Atlantis, Namor leads an attack into the hidden vampire lair, where the spell must be casted. But something that lurks in the darkest regions of the deep has been waiting for the raiding party. The big surprise could be a big blow to the young Atlantean ruler, not only in terms of their battle plan, but maybe more so for Namor’s personal resolve.