It was a mostly quiet week in the world of comic books.
Marvel continues to tease its next imprint change in Marvel Now! via a series of mashed up character portraits. These images show popular characters like Ms. Marvel and Miss America opposite of newer characters like Mosaic. We don't really know what it means yet, all we know is that Marvel tried Marvel Now! once before, so it'll be interesting to see if this ties into that at all.
And DC was quiet as well, as we got confirmation that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition is headed to theaters for one night, and, well, that's about it.
No matter which side you're on, here are some must-reads for this week.
Civil War II - Choosing Sides #1
Though most of the Civil War II tie-ins are focusing on one specific character, this series checks out what the smaller heroes of the Marvel universe are up to during tough times. In this issue, we get a look at how Nick Fury, Night Thrasher and Damage Control are dealing with the turning tides.
Nick Fury's story, probably the most interesting here, has him on a covert mission to take out an undercover Hydra cell, only it turns out that that Hydra cell is actually SHIELD. Go figure. And so, Nick Fury must take on the guise of death to solve this mystery. For Night Thrasher, it may be hard to take a hero with a skateboard seriously, but he gets by. His story revolves around humanity and building up after a disaster.
And of course Damage Control, whose story is awfully lighthearted in the face of everything else. They get a new team member and ad campaign in the form of sentient construction equipment. Though these are all self-contained tales, they are almost surely backdoor pilots for new series. That's OK though, we dig it.
The Ultimates #8
In probably one of the best stories to come out of Civil War II, this issue of The Ultimates gives us a quick recap on just how the beginning of the war went down. We get our character deaths, but we also understand a little bit more about how The Ultimates came together as a team, despite the odds.
We also catch a bit of the aftermath, something we haven't seen in the main event issues. Those have been focused more on the overarching conflict as opposed to the humanity buried within. Here we understand that Carol Danvers had good intentions, but Tony Stark's quickness meant she didn't get a chance to explain before he went ballistic. We also find out that the government is spying on and actively pursuing The Ultimates. That can't be good.
Detective Comics #935
This continues to be one of the best series to pop up out of Rebirth. Sure, Detective Comics has been around forever, but the new dynamic of a team of Gotham's greatest heroes is a wonderful transition. If last issue gave us a bit of humanity in Basil Karlo, this issue was all about Red Robin and why Tim Drake went from being the leader of the Teen Titans and a lone wolf to falling under the Bat Family's wing again.
There's some great payoff here for fans of the Bruce and Tim duo. Batman tells him he was always Robin to him, even though there were others. That's why he has the new costume and why Bruce wanted him back in Gotham. But Tim may have other plans. Oh, and he's dating Spoiler. This series is getting real good.
Action Comics #958
Well, this is awfully confusing. In this continuation of the new, old Superman's story, Doomsday is back and fighting him in Metropolis. In addition to that, Lex is calling himself Superman and there is a guy named Clark Kent who seemingly has no recollection of the events of the last, I don't know, year? I told you it was confusing.
But this is a great issue. There is a lot of quipping between Lex and Supes, and it's nice to see that constant back in action. But Lex is a good guy now, a member of the Justice League. He's also absolutely no match for Doomsday, and neither is this new Clark Kent, who doesn't seem to know he's Superman. Maybe he's not. And of course there is the mysterious figure watching the fight, waiting to "make his move." Huh, I guess we'll just have to keep following along.