January 31st, 2024
Dead X-Men #1 - The end of the current X-Men arc is near, but not before the team hunts down Moira MacTaggert in a last-ditch effort to stop Mister Sinister from achieving Dominion status! Created by Steve Foxe, Jonas Scharf, Bernard Chang, and Vincenzo Carratù, this issue offers a fantastic narrative with absolutely stunning visuals. A team composed of Frenzy, Prodigy, Jubilee, Dazzler, and Cannonball is jumping from timeline to timeline to find a way to stop Mister Sinister and save their universe. We witness the worst-case scenario(s) for many different timelines, emphasizing just how important this mission is to the future of not only the X-Men but also mainline Marvel in general. If you haven’t been keeping up with the current story but want to know what’s been going on, this book is perfect for you as it quickly summarizes a majority of the important points within a short amount of time. This issue was undoubtedly a spectacle to witness, and with a few twists at the end, you’ll definitely want to pick up this epic story and follow it to its conclusion!
Moon Man #1 - Moon Man by Kid Cudi has finally arrived on shelves! Ever since "Entergalatic" released way back in September 2022, I have been eagerly awaiting this project since Cudi began teasing it on social media. Alongside co-writer Kyle Higgins and art by Marco Locati, Mescudi and crew have given us a new story, filled with commentary on “Selling Out,” shame and redemption, torn family dynamics, and more! The illustrations by Marco Locati, and colors by Igor Monti create an enjoyable atmosphere, especially when Ramon, the main character, has his powers activated. When powered up, the world becomes this beautiful assortment of abstract shapes and colors, similar to the animation and styles found in the Spider-Verse movies. While we still aren’t sure how he got his powers, we know it has something to do with a failed attempt to land on the moon that he and his crew undertook. This first issue was enjoyable, and I definitely think this story is only going to get better from here!
Jill And The Killers #1 - From Olivia Cuartero-Briggs and Roberta Ingranata comes "Jill And the Killers"! A very interesting story that follows a young girl named Jill, who is re-entering society after the death of her mother, almost one year later. She finds that her friends and her ex-girlfriend have moved on after she isolated herself, and in a frantic attempt to rekindle their connection, she purchases a true-crime inspired game that has been blowing up that leads them into a real-life murder-mystery that seems to be connected to her mother's disappearance. The art in this book is excellent and helps with the strange-but-fitting charm of this story. While this first issue definitely focuses more on setting the motives and personalities of the cast, the story and surrounding mystery are still captivating. I can’t wait for the second issue and strongly recommend you come pick up a copy!