While there are many selections to choose from this week the comics below are worth looking at. Boom Studio brings back the best comic being released currently in Mech Cadet Yu and DC Comics reveal the identity of Mr. OZ.
Title: Mech Cadet Yu #2
Story By: Greg Pak Art By: Takeshi Miyazawa Triona Farrell
I didn’t think I could be much more excited about this series until I read the second issue. Yu finds his role within the cadets but doesn’t forget his roots using his past to help become a better cadet.
My main complaint coming off the last issue is that Mech Cadet Yu didn’t explain enough for being a limited series. However, since the release of issue #1 Boom has upgraded this series to an ongoing series which allows more room for growth in Yu and Buddy. In issue #2 Pak goes into explaining what the mechs are used for fighting the Sharg from an all out invasion. We also get to see Yu beat his rival army brat Park who was only admitted to the program due to her father’s rank within the department. The hint dropped about Yu’s father should be important later as Pak seems to have a well laid out plan for this series.
Mech Cadet Yu is the essence of what makes comics so great an underdog overcoming odds to achieve what no one dreamed of. I’m sure all readers can imagine being in Yu’s shoes in this lighthearted read.
Story By: Dan Jurgens Art By: Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, Jay Leisten, Mike Spicer
DC has finally delivered on the most interesting part of DC Rebirth that hasn’t been Watchmen related the identity of Mr.OZ.
Rebirth has been about bringing back characters that establish the rich past of DC Comics and Mr.OZ is no exception. Mr.OZ has been establishing the rift between the inner human instinct for the last few months and now things begin to ramp up completely with him targeting in on Kal-El and his family. Since the Kent’s returned to Metropolis we have seen them find comfort in the big city but things quickly get chaotic with OZ upping the ante. I didn’t see this as the reveal of OZ which left me shocked and eager to get the next issue of Action Comics.
The art from Bogdanovic and the rest of the gang really paints the picture of fear that OZ has created around the globe. The lining allows the impending sense of Superman’s inability to bring peace to the chaotic rule to be seen in his eyes going from situation to situation. Spicer does a decent job playing with shading which allows the comic to contain a sense of suspense and boldness.
Couldn’t ask for a better start to the OZ storyline with Jurgens delivering a well-paced story and establishes the distance between Clark and humanity. In addition, couldn’t ask for a better-looking book with Bogdanovic and Spicer rivaling each other on who was the better artist.
Title: Star Wars #36
Story By: Jason Aaron Art By: Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado
Back to the string of one-shots, The Droids are back in town and this time they mean business taking out an entire Empire ship.
Given R2’s limited vocabulistics the story was narrated stating R2 Droids features and skill sets stating the limited things they could do. This perfectly juxtaposed R2’s actions as he was whizzing through the cruiser putting down Stormtroopers like Muhammed Ali. I understand this issue was trying to focus on R2 and C3P0 but they really under used Darth Vader in this issue being relegated to push plot and makes meta comments.
Larroca and Delgado keep up the standards of art for the Star Wars series. Delgado comes off as the champion of this issue with the color blending and shadows leading to friendly fire on board the ship and outside creating a beautiful spacescape. Larroca uses thin lining to give each panel a lot of detail especially in the hanger detailing each support beam.
This is the most fun I’ve had reading a manual since I first got my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee.