The LUDICROUS SPEED ROUND returns with new comic book reviews for the week of 6/15/22! 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!
A hallmark of a great creator is the ability to make readers connect with a story about things they might not normally be interested in. I’m not a huge fan of metal, and yet Murder Falcon was one of my favorite series of 2019. Now, Daniel Warren Johnson is at it again with this sports-action-horror-fantasy tale of Lona Steelrose, the daughter of one of the most beloved pro wrestlers to ever live, who no one will give a proper chance because of what happened to her mom. That is until she runs afoul a necromancing wresling enthusiast who wants Lona to compete in his own infernal tournament for the chance to resurrect her mother. Like Murder Falcon and metal music, Do a Powerbomb delivers an action-packed story full of genuinely moving emotional moments. Johnson’s art (with colors by his regular artistic partner Mike Spicer) is absolutely incredible as usual. This is a must read, whether you’re a new wrestling fan, a lapsed one, or not even a fan of the sport at all.
Rating: BUY IT
The Captain America renaissance continues with this Steve-centric title by writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzig and artist Carmen Carnero. In this issue, Cap discovers a conspiracy behind the creation of his iconic shield, the symbol it represents, or both. Probably both, right? Bucky “Don’t Call Me Winter Soldier” Barnes is front-and-center as well, and thank god. All I want is a consistent Cap/Buck team-up book and I hope this is it. The writers lean heavily into Cap’s “Man Out of Time” aspect to great effect, and the mystery they’re developing is very cool so far. I really enjoyed their use of a classic Golden Age character, and Cap’s outrage at the villain’s misuse of same. Carnero’s art is fantastic, with a style that straddles the line between the softer lines of Steve Epting and the ultra-slick Steve McNiven. I also like the slight tweak to Cap’s classic costume!
Rating: BUY IT
After two issues of being pretty iffy about the title, X-Men Red kicks into high gear and now I’m hooked BIG TIME. Am I still kind of disinterested in the Arakko side of things? Yes. But am I all in on this group of take-no-prisoners X-Men fighting to protect an ALIEN world that hates and fears them? HELL yes. Great work from Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli!
Rating: BUY IT
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