Best Comics of November: Including Mutants & an Ex-Slave Girl
Once a month the amazing staff at 8th Dimension Comics selects a pile of the best new releases for us to peruse and judge. Unfortunately, we're just barely missing the release of the KISS/Archie Comics crossover, but you can be sure we'll be bringing you our thoughts on that in December.
One of the things that 8th Dimension prides itself on is appealing to all ages, rather than the jaded comic fan only in it for angst, blood and Starfire's chest baubles (guilty). Super Dinosaur from Image is now available as a trade, so we caught up with the story of a boy genius and his nine-foot T-Rex in an exoskeleton. (He controls his giant robot arms with his little bony arms, which is absolutely adorable.) While the dinosaur name puns get a little eye-rolling and the comic uses the word "awesome" like Playboy uses nipples, it's still a fun little action comic that is sure to thrill anyone.
Rating: 7 of 10
More of a glimpse at some of the stories we can look forward to in the coming year from Marvel than a real story. Still, it's got its moments. Two agents break into the sanctum of Uatu the Watcher in order to download his observations while he is in a regularly scheduled trance. Scanning through his memories of past, present and future, we see some adventures with Nova (meh), a new Scarlet Spider series set in Houston (awesome!) and our favorite, a return to the Age of Apocalypse where the last five humans make up a mutant death squad led by William Stryker under the mantle of Prophet.
Rating: 6 of 10
We were kind of underwhelmed with the new Shade series that 8th Dimension passed us last month, though we did have to admit that beheading your title character on the last page was pretty clever. It all turned out to be an illusion anyway, and then we're right back to the overly melodramatic melancholy of the Shade along with a few good panels of gun fights and supernatural battles. Honestly though? We're going to get our paranormal fix in the pages of Justice League Dark.
Rating: 4 of 10
We've spent too much time in the world of DC lately, and we have to confess that most of what went down in X-Men land after the decimation of Earth's mutants we know only from Wikipedia synopsis. In the new Uncanny X-Men, Cyclops has gathered together pretty much the most powerful mutants around, including Magneto and Colossus, who has acquired the powers of the Juggernaut. Their goal is twofold: to serve as Earth's protectors, and to remind humanity that pissing mutants off can result in the plural of Holocausts. As a comment on current events...it's pretty off the charts.
Rating: 7 of 10
We'd like to take back every mean thing we said about Moon Knight in our article thanking the gods that certain Avengers were being left out of the new movie. MK, Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter and the Black Widow infiltrate a drug ring, only to find out that the narcotics are actually the ground up bones of Cthulhu, which grant super strength and endurance when smoked. That sentence alone makes the book worth buying, but there is plenty of awesome action and Moon Knight really takes center stage, donning his mask and a white tuxedo before launching the bad guy out of a window with a flying kick while he was on fire.
Rating: 9 of 10