GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — July 17th, 2013

Red-Sonja Gail Simone Nicola Scott
Cover to Red Sonja #1, art by Nicola Scott, copyright Dynamite Entertainment

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week. Corrina’s excited about some great Red Sonja news, Dakster takes a look at Hulk Season One, and Sophie has mixed reactions to X-Files Season 10.

Corrina–Red Sonja #1

Not only is the first issue of Gail Simone’s relaunch of Red Sonja out today but, yesterday, Dynamite Entertainment announced an all-star lineup of female writers for a four-issue mini-series to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the she-devil with a sword.

The writers involved are who’s who’s of fiction and comic creators and include Marjorie M. Liu, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Rhianna Pratchett, Leah Moore, Tamora Pierce, Blair Butler, Nancy Collins, Meljean Brook, Nicola Scott, (receiving her first writing credit,) and Devin Grayson.

There are at least two of my favorite authors on that list and three of my favorite comic creators and those I haven’t read as yet, after looking at their books, it seems that I should. As the meme says, shut up and take my money.

No word yet on the timing of the mini-series but a preview of today’s issue of Red Sonja is available at ComicBookResources.

Dakster Sullivan — Hulk Season One

Hulk Season One  Image: Marvel Comics
Hulk Season One Image: Marvel Comics

Previously, the only exposure I’ve had to the Hulk in solo adventures is through the readily-forgotten movie starring Eric Bana as Bruce Banner. Thankfully, Hulk Season One is easier to follow (and to swallow). This comic is a very basic introduction to gamma ray scientist Bruce Banner and his alter ego, Hulk, a character notorious in the Marvel universe for both his strength and his “no holds barred’ attitude toward bad guys. (And sometimes good guys…..)

This story takes off running, and within the first few pages we see Bruce Banner get hit with the gamma ray that will eventually help kick his Hulk persona into gear. In a twist on the traditional story, however, here we see Hulk trying to annihilate Bruce Banner, instead of the other way around.

Throughout the story, Bruce repeatedly flashes back to a pivotal series of moments in his childhood, moments that help define not only Banner the man, but also Hulk, the beast he keeps caged inside of himself. At first, I saw Hulk as the villain. It wasn’t until I realized that Hulk was tired of being trapped inside a “weakling”s” body that I began to empathize with him. Unfortunately for the Hulk, Bruce is no weakling–something Hulk does not fully comprehend until it is too late.

It’s nice to see an origin story brought down to earth so children and adults can both enjoy it.

Curious to know what I’m pulling this week? Check out my pull list on Comixology.

Sophie Brown – The X-Files Season 10 #2

The X-FIles Season 10 Issue 2 Cover Art  Image: IDW Publishing
The X-FIles Season 10 Issue 2 Cover Art Image: IDW Publishing

There is a scene in a season three episode of The X-Files in which Scully sits in a hotel room with a psychic witness to a crime and asks him if he can see his own death. He describes a scene in which he and Scully are “in bed together” to Scully’s rising disbelief. “Mr Bruckman,” she replies, “there are hits and there are misses. And then there are misses.”

It’s a quote which I think sums up this second issue of The X-Files Season Ten perfectly.

At the beginning of issue one Scully had been kidnapped by mysterious hooded figures and now Mulder is out to find her. It’s classic Scully-in-peril and while Mulder is off being his usual dramatic and cryptic self at the crime scene, Scully is attempting to rescue herself with some serious ninja action that Philes might find oddly reminiscent of a certain scene from “Kill Switch.” Meanwhile Agent Doggett (who, by the way, is possibly the most accurately drawn character so far) is getting himself into trouble in Wyoming with some strange magnetic oil and Skinner is once again toeing the line of friend-or-foe; seriously, it’s season ten, haven’t we made a final decision on this yet?

However, by far the biggest plot of the issue is the return of the Lone Gunmen.

The secret of their apparent return from the dead has been out for months now so the “what the frak?” moment comes not from their re-appearance but from their new hiding place, and the revelation about what they have all been doing since their “deaths” in season nine. The location of The Gunmen’s new lair is so utterly ridiculous that I found myself staring at the panel and complaining aloud to a empty room shouting “what is this, National Treasure 3?”

Their apparent new careers also seem more than a little out-of-character but this I’m slightly more willing to overlook; I suppose it would be difficult for three “dead” conspiracy journalists to find much work so I guess they had to take what they could? However the dialogue between Frohike and Mulder does throw up a myriad of questions which I know us die-hard Philes will be picking apart for weeks to come.

And speaking of picking dialogue apart, issue one was thoroughly lambasted on fan forums for a panel in which Scully referred to hers and Mulder’s son William as “my baby”. The fans who were unhappy with that phrasing will find plenty to upset them in issue two. There’s another terrible William-related turn of phrase, this time from Skinner and right in front of Mulder yet again; plus a very odd monologue from Mulder himself that makes no sense whatsoever given its context. On the up side; the voices of the Lone Gunmen were so accurate that I heard their voices in my head as I read and Mulder’s deadpan humor hits the mark nearly every time.

It’s still hard to say how these new comics will play out as we haven’t even reached the halfway point of this opening arc. However, issue two has tempered my enthusiasm somewhat. If the story manages to continue hitting the mark with its dialogue then maybe it will do well, but crazy plot dynamics like the ones this week drag me kicking and screaming out of my beloved X-Files universe with their sheer unbelievability. I’m hoping for a return to a more realistic and believable plot next month but with hinted return of The Cigarette Smoking Man, a character last spotted being condemned by the flames of a helicopter delivered missile, I’m keeping my hopes rather low this time.

Looking for something else, readers? Check out this week’s listed books:

 

100 Bullets Brother Lono #2 (Of 8)
Animal Man #22
Batman 66 #1
Batman And Catwoman #22
Batman Beyond Unlimited #18
Batman The Dark Knight HC Cycle Violence
Batman The Dark Knight TP Vol. 1 Knight
Batwoman #22
Birds Of Prey #22
Black Orchid TP
Fables #131
Green Lantern New Guardians #22
Justice League Of America #6 CP
Justice League Of Americas Vibe #6
Legion Of Super Heroes #22
Supergirl #22
Superman Phantom Zone TP
Tales Of Batman Archie Goodwin HC
Wonder Woman #22
A Plus X #10 Now
All New X-Men #14
Avengers #16
Avengers Academy TP Final Exams
Avengers Assemble #17
Avengers Assemble Brian Michael Bendis TP
Cable And X-Force #11
Captain America By Ed Brubaker TP Vol. 4
Cars Magazine #15
Deadpool #13
Deadpool By Daniel Way Complete Collection TP Vol. 1
Fantastic Four #10
Ff #9
Iron Man #13
Mighty Thor And Jim TP Everything Burns
Morbius Living Vampire #7
Nova #6
Savage Wolverine #7
Scarlet #7
Superior Carnage #1 (Of 5)
Thanos Rising #4 (Of 5)
Thor God Of Thunder #10
Thunderbolts #13
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man By Bendis HC Vol. 4
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #25
Uncanny X-Force #8
Uncanny X-Force TP Vol. 7 Final Execution
What If Avx #2 (Of 4)
Wolverine Max #9
Wolverine Max TP Vol. 1 Permanent Rage
X-Factor #259


Colonized #4 (Of 4)
Dinosaurs Attack #1 (Of 5)
Doctor Who Classics #3
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero Vol. 7 TP
G.I. Joe Special Missions #5
Half Past Danger #3 (Of 6)
Judge Dredd The Complete Cam Kennedy Vol. 1 HC
Mars Attacks Vol. 2 On Ice TP
Rocketeer Hollywood Horror HC
Strange World Of Your Dreams Comics Meet Sigmund Freud And Salvador Dali HC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol. 5 TP
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Microseries #4 (Of 4)(Alopex)
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Vol. 4 TP
Transformers Regeneration One #93
X-Files Season 10 #2
Adventures Of Dr Mcninja Omnibus Vol. 1 TP
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #109 (Wasteland Part 3 Of 3)
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth Vol. 5 The Pickens County Horror And Others TP
Blood Brothers #1 (Of 3)
Conan The Barbarian #18
Conan Vol. 14 The Death HC
Dream Thief #3 (Of 5)
Emily And The Strangers #3 (Of 3)(Cynthia Von Buhler Variant Cover)
Gate 7 Vol. 4 TP
Legend Of Korra The Art Of The Animated Series Vol. 1 Air HC
Star Wars Dark Times A Spark Remains #1 (Of 5)
Star Wars Darth Vader And The Ninth Assassin #4 (Of 5)
Strain The Fall #1
To Hell You Ride #5 (Of 5)

Acronym Key:  VC = Variant Cover  / HC = Hard Cover / TP = Trade Paperback  / CP = Combo Pack  / PE = Premier Edition

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Dakster Sullivan is a network administrator by day and a cosplayer by night. She loves discovering new books to read, tech to play with, and ways to express her herself. She has anxiety and depression and strives to educate others about these invisible illnesses.