I know it’s silly, but I’m a long time pro wrestling fan. I’ve been losing interest lately, but last night’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view may have turned all that around. It was a fun show that really showcased the Rumble itself, which is usually the most exciting match of the year. There was a new twist on the Rumble match, a couple of very surprising old favorites returning, but it was the current roster and what they did in the ring that made the show great.
It’s like Paul Cornell reached down into my brain, poked around a bit, and decided to write a Lex Luthor comic designed just for me. I don’t know if it’s possible for Cornell’s eventual conclusion to his Luthor epic to live up to my giant expectations at this point.
Editor’s note: Action Comics #897 is available in stores now should you want a glimpse into KevinMLD’s ideal vision of a Lex Luthor story by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods. Cover art by David Finch.
It’s a snow day for most here in Philadelphia, but comics still made it into readers’ hands and The X-Men’s Age of X started this week with Age of X: Alpha #1. The one-shot is an anthology book by series writer Mike Carey covering the history of five characters in this new timeline where the X-Men never existed and mutants are being hunted to extinction. The backstories are framed in the present with the mutants asking one another how they came to be at their refuge, Fortress X, as they wait for an imminent battle with their oppressors. Art for the framing scenes is by Micro Pierfrederici whose painted pages are full of lush colors and firelight throughout. As we transition through the campfire stories, we see that everyone seems to have lost everything they had in the world before coming together.
DC Comics’ Brightest Day series is heading into the home stretch and the previous issue saw a marked improvement in how the story is being told. Issue #18 continues this trend as the stories of the characters resurrected by the White Lantern during Blackest Night continue to converge. Two of those stories meet and take a dramatic turn, but everything may not be as it appears. We also briefly revisit DC Universe Online MMO.
I generally try to avoid spoilers in my reviews if I can help it, but discussing Nick Spencer’s Infinite Vacation #1 without revealing it’s high concept would be pointless. In the world of Infinite Vacation, man has figured out that there are infinite alternate universes out there and the company Infinite Vacation offers people the opportunity to travel between them. Basically, People have started vacationing in alternate universes as if they were time shares in Florida. In addition to being able to travel between universes, the company offers the option to interact with alternate versions of yourself from those worlds, which is a cool twist on your typical alternate reality story.