While I’m on vacation for Christmas and New Year, I’ve put together a short round up of comics published this week. I’ll return to full reviews on January 10, 2015.
Ulysses visited Earth from another dimension several months ago, and has since teamed up with Superman to protect Metropolis. Recently, he broadcast a message: anyone on Earth is welcome to leave behind their problems and return with him to his home dimension. The price of a new start in a this Utopia is revealed here. Superman may not be able to save everyone.
The light blue energy that acts as Ulysses power source crackles accross the page: a bright lightening. There are themes here of over-population here, and the limited resources of both Earth and Ulysses home planet are discussed. There are large, light-filled scenes of “The Great World”, however the comic book presents a darker, violence fuelled storyline.
Uncanny X-men #29
Time travel is playing an increasingly larger role in Uncanny X-men. The issue begins with Time Travel, and ends with it. Considering that the current story arc concerns a powerful mutant with the ability to bend time, space, and matter at will, it makes sense that characters with the ability to time travel, namely Illyana Rasputin and Eva Bell, would use all abilities to stop the problems escalating.
Matthew Malloy’s abilities are the greatest of any mutant the X-men have encountered. Public opinion and SHIELD policy has grown increasinly anti-mutant, and pressure is placed on the X-men to contain Malloy. The other option is overwhelming military attack on the Uncanny X-men.
The scenes where Magneto weighs into the conversation between Cyclops and Malloy have detailed artwork, with great contrast in colour and ink. Later, when Eva Bell persuades the other Uncanny X-men that time travel is the only solution to the escalating problem.
Kirsten McDuffie and Daredevil take on a new case, and continue to write Matt Murdock’s memoir. Stunt Master was a character who sold his image and costume to a corporation. A new corporate-sponsored Stunt-Master uses everything at his disposal to create new and exciting publicity. Media strategies include borrowing Daredevil‘s tag-line “The Man Without Fear”, and even challenging Daredevil to an acrobatic challenge.
The first stunt-master, however, is unsatisfied with how his image was taken and used beyond the original contract he signed. The artwork for scenes where McDuffie, Murdock, and Smith discuss the case highlights Daredevil‘s sensory abilities to build character. George Smith has had a rough time. Sounds from the pins remaining after rehabilitative surgery to support his bones are audible to Daredevil. There are themes of dignity and resilience in this comic. A two page artwork where Daredevil stands his ground against Stunt-Master rushing at him on his bike stand out as excellent artwork.