The comic book world was pretty quiet this week as the entertainment industry gears up for E3, the annual video game expo.
With that in mind, we got some cool glimpses of Injustice 2, the sequel to 2013's DC Comics superhero brawler from the creators of Mortal Kombat, and Batman - A Telltale Games Series, from the guys that brought us Tales From The Borderlands and The Walking Dead. They both look pretty darn solid, and we're excited to see how they turn out.
Other than that, Marvel has teased appearances for Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at this year's San Diego Comic Con and some Wolverine 3 (Wolverin3?) set photos show an older Logan and an even older Professor X strolling on set.
No matter which side you're on, here are some must-reads for this week.
Wacky Raceland #1
Everyone remembers Wacky Races, right? The hilarious Hanna-Barbara cartoon with Dick Dastardly, Muttley and crew racing for cash and glory. It was very much a product of its time, with plenty of quips, quirky humor and a lot of laughs. So it's fitting that in 2016, DC Comics would reboot the property as a post-apocalyptic, mature comic inspired by Mad Max, right? Right.
Wacky Raceland is just that and so much more. It's a ride, for sure, but mostly because it's so far detached from its source material, but just related enough to be absolutely hilarious, sad and sickening at the same time. Dick Dastardly is a hardened veteran of the wasteland, Muttley is a cybernetic fighting dog and the rest of the Wacky Racers are either neo-Nazi-inspired or just plain crazy. It's weird, but it works.
Aquaman Rebirth #1
When the New 52 launched, Geoff Johns did wonders with Aquaman, a character many lauded as pretty darn lame. Johns turned a running gag into the badass of the DC Universe, the king of the seas and a surface force to be reckoned with. In this Rebirth relaunch, new writer Dan Abnett takes those seeds and tosses them back into the soil, echoing much of the groundwork Johns laid for the character, but adding a brush of nostalgia and originality to the mix.
This new Aquaman is very much still the king of the seas, but this issue shows he's now dealing with an Atlantean terrorist cell hellbent on taking down the surface world. It has its echoes in real life, drawing parallels to groups like ISIS, but allows it to find resolution in a hero like Aquaman. We can't wait to see where Abnett takes this series.
Wonder Woman Rebirth #1
All hail Greg Rucka. One of the best Wonder Woman writers ever returns to the series to usher a new age of Diana, and a new twist: she's got a brother. This issue does a lot to shed some of the baggage of the character's last run in the New 52. Gone is the love of Superman or Steve Trevor, and here is the story of the strong, powerful Wonder Woman. Oh, and she's got a kickass new costume that's like the classic costume married the Batman v. Superman suit (one of the best parts of the movie.)
In this issue, Wonder Woman turns the lasso of truth onto herself to question who she really is and what her purpose is. With that knowledge gained, she heads to "Olympus," or so she thinks. There's a lot of fog in this issue, but Rucka's understanding for how Diana works is superb and in full force here. Read this.
Civil War II: The Amazing Spider-Man #1
Not going to lie, the concept of Civil War II has so far been a hard sell. It's one of those things that seems, on the surface, like it would be a really simple answer. No, maybe we shouldn't lock people up or take them down because they "might" commit a crime. But this first issue of the Amazing Spider-Man Civil War II tie in has made things a little bit more murky.
This issue is writer Dan Slott in top Spidey form, something that arguably hasn't been seen for a while. But it's a welcome change, and Peter mentors the Inhuman Ulysses in this issue, tracking people he's had visions about and waiting until the last possible second to take them down. This way, there isn't a shadow of a doubt, but they still get the drop on things. It's the best thing to come out of Civil War II so far, we just hope they can keep it up and keep things interesting.