The LUDICROUS SPEED ROUND returns with new comic book reviews for the week of 6/8/22! We read way more comics than we have time to talk about on the show so the rest end up here! If you’re a long-time-listenerd, you probably remember our short reviews accompanied by glorious power metal. Now you can supply your own soundtrack and relive the magic as we review and rate these comics on our patented “Buy it”, “Skim it” or “Leave it” scale. We’ll be sure to update this post as we read more of the week’s new comics so be sure to check back. But enough talk!
Ivy is back and WAY more recognizable than she’s been in a while. In the wake of splitting into two Ivys (there was this Queen Ivy thing in the Tynion Batman run, it was weird) she’s one whole person again dealing with her break-up with Harley Quinn (not sure where that happened) and not in the best way. Pamela is on a psychotic road trip spreading a deadly strain of mushrooms that mercifully make the victims hallucinate before they are devoured. She’s dealing with trauma her and writer G. Willow Wilson’s script is excellent returning Ivy to a character we recognize with a familiar plan. Only this time, she might not survive her own eco-rampage. Just tell Harley you love her, Girl! Mariko Tamaki is amazing on art drawing clumps of evil magic mushrooms and making Pam look like a strong, fully clothed villain dealing with her emotional issues the only way she knows how. Killing these damn humans that keep trying to kill mother Earth!
Rating: BUY IT
Where Starships Go To Die #1, Aftershock
This is the second comic I’ve read this week that uses Point Nemo, a spaceship burial ground in the depths of the ocean at the furthest point from land (Iit’s a real place!.), weird, right? See my Aquaman: Andromeda review on this week’s show for more on that. Regardless, Writer Mark Sable is setting up a near-future where climate change has ravaged the Earth and rising sea levels have pushed civilization inland. A desperate space mission has been launched sending a ship, the aptly named Daedelus, to a star 5.9 light-years away. But just as Earth was to receive the Dadeleus’ first signal from their destination the ship appears at Point Nemo at the bottom of the ocean. Sable assembles a crew of international specialists to board a sub to retrieve the ship but they quickly run into more than they bargained for.
I’m a sucker for any “classified-mission-investigating-something-creepy” story and Sable does a great job introducing the team. There’s a great historical-fiction twist to the plot too I should have seen coming but didn’t. Alberto Locati’s art has a tight, animated feel that keeps the story moving and the colors by Juancho really make it shine. This is a great start to a sci-fi mystery with a great formula, solid dialogue, and really nice art. I guess if you’re going to read one comic starring Point Nemo this week… Well, you should really read this and Aquaman: Andromeda, honestly.
Rating: BUY IT!
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