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Comic book reviews (week of July 28, 2021): SWORD number 7, Harley Quinn number 5 and more!

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SWORD Number 7 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Welcome to my comic book reviews for this week (July 28, 2021). I will cover SWORD Number 7, Harley quinn Number 5, Something is killing the children Number 18, and more!

Let’s talk about Harley quinn Number 5 by writer Stephanie Phillips. With Harley meeting Hugo Strange, I was waiting for the two characters to psychoanalyze each other – and that’s exactly what they did. I laughed at Harley’s opinions that Hugo wanted to wear the Batman costume to feel important. I mean, like Harley, I also think there might be a sexual element involved. In a way, all the Batman-obsessed villains who also have a crush on him would make a lot of sense. We all know Joker is already in love with Batman.

Harley Quinn issue 5 review
Harley Quinn number 5 (Image: DC Comics)

Even though Harley is able to save Kevin and the rest of Hugo’s prisoners, it’s clear that things are far from over. Hugo is part of something bigger and I hope Harley is ready for what is to come.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: To gather!

Made in Korea Notice Number 3
Made in Korea, number 3 (Image: Image Comics)

Made in Korea Number 3

From writer Jeremy Holt, Made in Korea Number 3 increased the tension a lot. You could see from the previous issue that the two boys Jesse befriended were bad news. The last issue showed that the boys were still training Jesse. With their plans involving damaging the school and the students, I hope Jesse comes to his senses soon. It would be interesting to see if his programming will allow him to hurt a real human being when the time comes.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: To gather!

truth dept exam number 11
One of many letters in Department of Truth number 11 (Image: Image Comics) – Note: Image has been altered due to website policy.

The Department of Truth Number 11

Hmmm. While I will continue to read The Department of Truth James Tynion IV writers’ series, I can see why some readers are complaining that the story is too exposed. The current issue featured letters from a man chasing Bigfoot. You have to go through a lot of text without there being visuals describing the events mentioned. If a comic has a lot of text, I can understand why some readers would want a refund. They didn’t pay to read an essay.

As for the part of the comic that had visuals, I liked the way Hawk treated the Bigfoot hunter. The Department of Truth is notorious for killing people for the greater good. But there are times when some agents show kindness. I think it was important for Cole to see Hawk in such a light.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Up to you.

Something is killing kids critical issue 18
Something is killing the kids, issue 18 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Something is killing the children Number 18

From writer James Tynion IV, Something is killing the children Number 18 showed young Erica preparing for her exam to be accepted into the Order of St. George. Even though we know that young Erica has survived and grown into an adult in the present day, I was still worried that she would have to face a dangerous supernatural being to prove her worth. This kid has been through a lot!

As for Gary Slaughterhouse, a new character introduced in this issue, I already love him. He is very open with Erica when answering her questions. I hope to see him more.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: TO GATHER!

Phantom Scan Issue 4 Review
Ghost on scan number 4 (Image: Aftershock Comics)

Ghost on the scan Number 4

Writer Cullen Bunn decided to spend more time sharing the terror experienced by the three mediums we followed. They want to know how they got their powers in the first place, but they also know the answers weren’t going to stop their heads from exploding sooner or later.

I appreciated the despairing tone of this story. You would think being a psychic would be fun. But, apparently, it wasn’t for our main protagonists. Listening to private thoughts only brought them pain and suffering. With Matthew, Jessica, and Aston having no choice but to look to where it all started for them, let’s see how things end.

Artist Mark Torres continues to do spectacular work with all the body horror (telekinesis can be very crass if used in a certain way) and keeping the visual palette bleak.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: To gather.

SWORD review number 7
Doom and Storm having dinner in SWORD Issue 7 (Image: Marvel Comics)

SWORD Number 7

Even though I decided in October 2020 that I wouldn’t read any X Men books until the X-Office started to properly process Ororo Munroe, writer Al Ewing got me to take SWORD Number 7. And at first glance, I’m going to keep reading this particular comic book series. As for the rest of the X Men books? The jury is still out on them.

SWORD Number 7 did two things. It is linked to the epilogue of Hulkling and Wiccan-centric Empyre event and showed Storm becoming her role as the Voice of Sol (she’s basically the Queen of the Solar System at this point).

A link with the current event ‘The Last Annhilation’, SWORD Number 7 opened with Hulkling asking Captain Glory for help against the endless hordes of Mindless Ones sent by Dormammu. As an intergalactic battle unfolded, we had Storm and Doom sitting down for dinner. And if you thought that dinner between Storm and Doom wouldn’t be a battle too… think again!

I loved the shadow that Doom tried to throw at Storm only to make her thwart her by ten and show him that he can’t win against her. You could tell Doom that being respectful to Ororo was that he was working from a certain angle. He offered to help the planet Arakko with the Mysterium in exchange for a favor. And we all know the last thing you want is to be beholden to Doom.

Storm’s position in front of Doom made sense. There was no way Plant Arakko would contact Doom for help with the Mysterium. Mutants can figure out how to handle cosmic substance on their own. Or so I hope. In my opinion, Doom implied that Dormammu’s attack was related to the mutants accumulating Mysterium and altering the cosmic balance of things.

The big revelation in SWORD Number 7 involved Abigail Brand and her decision to save the Hulkling from the battlefield. Of course, Abigail is worried about what might happen if news of her political action comes out. Storm and the Quiet Council would face certain consequences for him. Even though Storm is the voice of Sol and the ruler of the planet Arakko, Abigail seems to have her own plans for how things should turn out. I’m ready for Storm vs. Abigail.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: To gather!

Be sure to read Jessica’s review on Robin number 4 and I am not Starfire.

What comics have you read this week? What are your thoughts on SWORD Number 7?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.

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