I know I am going to sound like a broken record but choosing this week’s finest was one of the toughest choices I have ever made. I have explained my week’s finest selection process in the past. I usually end up with a week’s finest contenders pile at the end with a few books that I have to make a decision on. This week after putting almost every book into the contenders pile I was able to shrink the pile to 8 books. 8 BOOKS! How am I suppose to choose one book out of eight fantastic choices? The solution always is and forever shall be a head to head, single elimination, bracket style knockout. It is amazing how I can stare at 8 books and have no idea which one deserves to win, but if I can boil the decision down to a head to head battle it becomes much simpler…hmmm I just had to break my big choices into a bunch of yes or no questions, perhaps Two Face is on to something. Without getting too derailed let’s shift the mindset to the winner of the May 2014 bracket challenge, Thor God of Thunder #22.
I am usually one to shy away from the big Marvel events. I don’t always have “good” reasons for that, except it is going to require a lot of time and money to be invested. I do usually check out the beginning of an event, just to see if it is something I’ll be interested in. Let me tell you people, Secret Wars is definitely worth both your time and your money. Secret Wars takes place on Battleworld, the only world that is left. It is filled with fragments of what we know about the Marvel characters. It has enough familiar voices to keep the characters true, but a whole lot of wacky scenarios to keep things hella fun! Battleworld is a planet composed of many different regions, each containing the characters we love. This is a fantastic idea. Many books are going to spring out of this event, but the beauty is, you can pick and choose what you like. Read about the areas on the planet you are interested in and leave the other junk behind. Don’t forget to read the main title Secret Wars as well, to tie it all together. This week we get our first installment of tie-in books. The first one that catches my eye is Planet Hulk #1. The area known as “Greenland” (where do they get this stuff?) on Battleworld is the land of the Hulks. The Hulks are not happy with their living conditions and because of it are a nuisance to the god of Battleworld, Doom.
I know you must be a little skeptical at this point. You are thinking, “One Hulk can’t even carry his own movie. What can a whole country of Hulks do? Have Mark Ruffalo, Eric Bana and Edward Norton ever worked together?” You are right. If this story was just about the Hulks, I think it would be a tough sell. Enter Captain America! On Battleworld, Captain America and his sidekick Devil Dinosaur (That’s right! Cap and Rex fighting side by side) are gladiators. They fight in arena competition for sport. However Cap has lost his buddy Bucky and will do anything to find him. Doom devises a plan to send The Captain and the Devil to Greenland, to control the Hulk situation. He tells Cap that Bucky is being held prisoner by the Red Hulk so obviously Cap is sold and so am I.
This book is a lot of fun. If you need a break from some of the more serious areas of Battleworld then make sure you pick up Planet Hulk. Let me just break it down for you, Captain America and Devil Dinosaur fighting a country of Hulks! I can’t hand over my money fast enough.
Batman’s archenemy The Joker has had various origin stories over the years, and there have also been conflicting testimonials from his creators about their inspiration for the character. But this article isn’t about any of those origin stories. This article is about how declining comic book sales, less censorship, bad business practices, and the success of a horror comic paved the way for a psychotic super-villain character to star in an eponymous ongoing comic book series in the year 1975. This article isn’t about the origin of The Joker; it’s about the origin of The Joker.