It’s not just another day, it’s another New Comic Book Day.
As per usual there have been a number of comics worth reading out this week so let’s get straight to it, there’s Doctor Who to watch on Twitch, you know?
First up is the latest issue of Labyrinth: Coronation. In this issue Simon Spurrier manages to explain everything without giving it all away. This issue is like the moment in the original film when Sarah looks at all of the stuff in her bedroom and it’s all familiar, but the penny doesn’t quite drop.
Each month Spurrier and Bayliss produce the most marvellous comic; the narrative, the art, it all comes together to tell a tale of wonder and adventure. Plus, in issue 4 the threatening nature of the Labyrinth is upped a notch with the central villain managing to do something that David Bowie didn’t do as Jareth, become truly scary.
Labyrinth: Coronation from Boom! Studios is a superb example of taking a much loved story and creating a perfect companion piece.
Unlike Labyrinth, Star Trek Discovery: The Light Of Kahless is a poor companion to its source material. Although the story hasn’t been terrible, not gripping but passable, the artwork is still troublesome pushing the reader out of the comic and making it difficult to get engrossed in the narrative. It took me several attempts to read the entire issue. I wanted so much more from this but unfortunately Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson just couldn’t deliver. But a part of me is glad that I made it to the final few pages.
Judge Dredd Under Siege #1 also came out but I’ve written about that already…
Finally, there is the matter of The Amazing Spider-Man #800.
800!! That’s an impressive number (not 1000 like Action Comics but still…)
It’s been a while since I read a new Spider-Man comic, I gave up shortly after Dan Slott took over. I wasn’t much of a fan of his take on Spider-Man and to be honest still aren’t. That makes this milestone issue a bit of a disappointment because it’s all Slott, from cover to cover.
There’s a number of different artists working on different chapters of the story and I’ve nothing bad to say about any of them. The story itself however feels cumbersome and one long drawn out fight scene, desperately trying to be profound but constantly falling short of the mark. There is only one moment in the entire, 80 odd page, comic which I connected with on any emotional level. Unfortunately, I found myself rolling my eyes at most of the other ‘dramatic’ twists and turns.
It’s not a badly written comic, just not very spectacular. If you’ve enjoyed Dan Slott’s run on Spider-Man you’ll love this, if not you’ll be left disappointed like I was. There was a chance here to showcase more of the Spider-Man universe, to help easy readers through the transition from Dan Slott to Nick Spencer but instead they’ve gone with an oversized Slott issue.
I was expecting this comic to fill me with excitement for the new creators coming on board, to sell to me the idea of jumping back on the Spidey band wagon but it had the opposite effect. I’m less interested in getting back into Spider-Man than I was at the start of the year when the new creative team was announced.
Back to Twitch where William Hartnell’s Doctor is bluffing his way through some space adventure with three, very 60’s, companions.