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Comic Book Reviews (Week of July 7, 2021): Runways Issue #37, Black’s Myth Issue #1, Wynd Issue #8, and More!

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Batman/Fortnite Zero Point Issue 6 (Image: DC Comics)

Welcome to my comic book reviews for this week (July 7, 2021). I will cover Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point Number 6, Wynd Number 8, The myth of black Number 1, and more!

I will open with Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point number 6. As far as I’m concerned, writer Christos Gage and the rest of the creative team deserve a round of applause for making a cross between the Batman and fortnite franchises work! For example, which of us could have imagined such a crossover delivering a captivating story? wow!

The finale brought the six-part series to a satisfying close while also opening the doors for a sequel (which can’t be released soon enough!). The twists at the end of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point Number 6 made sense considering the shenanigans that have occurred throughout this series. However, I could have done without one villain in particular (without too much spoiler, all I’ll say is that his name can be abbreviated as BWL). I think he’s overstayed his welcome as far as Batman comic books.

With the romance between Selina and Bruce being a major factor in the narrative, I enjoyed seeing them wondering if they should risk going back to their reality. Even though they made the right choice to return to Gotham City, their relationship was strained. Apparently, this story took place after Selina decided not to marry Bruce, but before the two made amends during the current Batman led by James Tynion IV.

I can’t wait to see how the creative team will work on a sequel without making another. fortnite crossover feels repetitive.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: TO PICK UP!

Runaways issue 37 review
Runaways issue 37 review (Image: Marvel Comics)

Runaways Number 37

Writer Rainbow Rowell has decided to stay away from dialogue for the majority of Runaways issue 37. Even without reading what our main cast was thinking, I enjoyed every panel as Rowell and the rest of the creative team found the right rhythm when it came to delivering comedy and events emotionally heavy. There is a HUGE MOMENT regarding Karolina and I can’t wait to see what this young team decides to do next.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: TO PICK UP!

Mamo number 1 review
Mamo Number 1 (Image: Box BOOM!)

mamo Number 1

If you like a story about magic, young protagonists, and engaging art, you should consider checking it out. mamo number 1 by writer Sas Milledge. BOOM! hasn’t let me down yet, so I have high hopes for this final series.

mamo Issue #1 opened with Jo, a resident of a small town named Haresden, going to meet a witch named Orla to get rid of a curse on Jo’s mother. While initially saying no to Jo, something odd causes Orla to agree to help her. I liked the connection between the two wires. They’re not friends yet, but you can tell there’s potential. (Maybe even the potential to be more than just friends?)

Milledge definitely laid the groundwork for a lot of interesting world-building in such a story. There is clearly something magically wrong with Haresden, and the fact that Orla has a strained past with said town does her a disservice to her well-being.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: To pick up.

Basil number 2 review
Basil Number 2 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Basil Number 2

From Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf, I ended up enjoying Basil the number 2 more than the first number. I loved the gore filled panels and the horror vibe. The visuals are so good! So disturbing!

Regan’s old crew don’t care about killing humans. And why would they? They are extremely powerful and humans are insects to them. I can’t wait to learn more about their powers and how they can be countered.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: To pick up.

Nocterra Review Issue 5
Nocterra Issue 5 (Image: Image Comics)

Nocterra Number 5

From writer Scott Snyder, Nocterra issue #5 took a break from the action to allow our main characters to breathe (a bit) while we get more insight into the world this story is set in. I liked the flashbacks to Val and Em staying at a shelter when they were kids and Val’s reluctance to let her guard down. She’s someone who prepares for the worst even when she’s in a shrine. Considering what she discovered at the end of this issue, it’s a good character trait to have, even if deep down she wishes she could rest. The revelation about how Em got infected is something I want him and Val to talk more about. There’s quite a bit to unpack there for the two siblings.

As for the main narrative, apparently the fight between light and darkness has found its way to Earth. There is a way to harness the power of light to reverse infections and heal humans. However, something fishy is going on. Guess Val needs to prepare for the fight of her life in the next issue. Is there no one she can completely trust?

Speaking of the visuals, I missed seeing our characters move around in a dimly lit environment. But then again, with the way things have gone, they might find themselves doing more soon enough.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: To pick up.

Wynd Number 8 Review
Wynd Number 8 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Wynd Number 8

It was another talk-y slice of Wynd by writer James Tynion IV. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I’m letting you know because with the main cast being continued by Vampyres, one might expect more action.

From what I could gather, Wynd is supposed to be one of the Winged Ones. We got a lot of information about this particular fictional world, how different creatures were originally created, and what led to the creation of Faeries and Vampyres. I may have to read it again to fully grasp all the knowledge.

As for the character-driven moments, I liked that Yorik changed personality the moment he met the new savior of the group. Having a crush can do that to a person. Ash did something that could have adverse consequences down the line for our heroic group. And with the vampires ready to destroy an entire fairy colony, I’m ready for more bloodshed.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: To pick up.

Black's Myth Issue 1 Review
Black’s Myth Issue 1 (Image: AHOY Comics)

The myth of black Number 1

I received a free digital copy of The myth of black number 1 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

By writer Eric Palicki, The myth of black Issue #1 proved itself as a beginning that introduced us to the two main characters, a bit about their pasts, and the type of world they currently live in. I immediately found myself liking Strummer, a werewolf, and Ben, a half-Djinn. They have a nice dynamic going on. So, yeah, I’m so here for this werewolf and half-djinn duo who are just trying to make money as Los Angeles-based private investigators while doing their best to survive the hunt of a group of supremacy. They even have a supernatural dog!

Wendell Cavalcanti’s visuals are in black and white to tap into a black atmosphere. Such a creative decision may not be for everyone, but I think you will always enjoy the story being told.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: To pick up.

Hellboy and the BPRD: The Chesbro House Secret Issue 1 Review
Hellboy and the BPRD: Chesbro House Secret Number 1 (Image: Dark Horse Comics)

Hellboy and the BPRD: The Secret of House Chesbro Number 1

I was with a free digital copy of Hellboy and the BPRD: The Secret of House Chesbro number 1 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

Set in 1983 New York, the first issue of this two-part story, by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golder, has Hellboy solving the curse of the Chesbro family. To help her, we have the seer Madame Zemperelli. There’s also Carter, the heir to the Chesbro house, but he can’t sell the residence until the curse is broken (per his mother’s will). Carter’s fiancée, Serena, also joins the group.

The main culprit behind the curse seems to be Peter Chesbro, who used to lead satanic orgies and most likely summoned something evil. Of course, Hellboy and his group decided to sit down for a seance to contact the spirit of Peter’s missing daughter. Rumor has it Peter locked her in a secret room inside the house because she saw something.

There’s a lot of mystery and danger in this story along with the usual comedy Hellboy fans are waiting. I also liked the differences between Hellboy and Madame Zemperelli. Hellboy enjoys fighting demons with his fists while Madame Zemperelli prefers having conversations with the dead to figure out how to help lost souls. From the pacing to the cast of characters Hellboy has to interact with, I think fans will be very happy with this offering. Also, as someone who is unfamiliar with Hellboy lore, I had no trouble getting into this story of horror and mystery.

Art by well-known talent Shawn McManus served as a visual treat (with colors by Dave Stewart). It’s different from the iconic Mignola Hellboy style, but it fits well with the franchise.

Does it have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: TO PICK UP!

What comic books have you read this week? Did you like the conclusion of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point number 6?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid holds 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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