Bottom of the Pile - Sept. 23rd, 2015
I'm pretty sure I was waiting this entire mini-series to see if they'd pull the trigger on a steampunk Iron Man. So, y'know...much obliged.
I've got the unpopular opinion that Astro City is lowkey one of the most progressive, diverse books on the market. And this issue kinda furthers my opinion with this, as Kurt uses a familiar "fiction brought to life" story to create what's essentially an Americanized mahou shoujo. It manages to once again place a female character (two, really) at the forefront of the story, and also not succumb to the continuous "super srs = mature and good" narrative that we've been decrying for the better part of a decade and yet still persists. The ending manages to be both bittersweet and heartbreaking yet inspiring all at once. Basically, the standard for an Astro City story. Can't wait to find out more about Honor Guard's newest heroine.
But this? Giving a super-genius black girl a bunch of automated vehicles and drones via a complex neural network? Well, that has all kinds of potential. It goes a long way towards legitimizing Batgirl as the protector of her own section of Gotham that she now has her own sidekick. I'm also a fairly big fan of the budding romance between Luke Fox and Barbara--but mainly because I'm just in favor of anything that sets the New 52 apart from the original.
Inhumans: Attilan Rising
Well well. Inhumans: Attilan Rising goes a long way towards truly giving us a view of just how tumultuous and impossible of a place Battleworld is, and how ridiculously powerful Doom is. The story was a mix between a love story and a rebellion, as the Inhuman King and Queen learn of Doom's duplicitous nature--causing the star-crossed lover to attempt to make a stand. The end result? Black Bolt, finally brought back to his full power, goes to make a direct strike against "God Doom"...only to be wiped from existence and have his entire timeline started from scratch.
And given the "same result as last time" line, it seems Doom is able to re-create the timeline while swapping whatever variables he wants, whenever he chooses. That said, while he can "reset" time whenever he pleases, it seems that he can't stop the people of Battleworld from rebelling against them without stealing their free will altogether, something he's yet to attempt. Either way, the heroes from the original Marvel Universe have their work cut out for them--I'm fairly certain this is the most powerful Victor von Doom's ever been.
That said, if all this is leading to Sinestro helping Saint Walker to release that silly "we need to have a Green Lantern present" limitation, I'm all about it.
Years of Future Past