By: Cynthia Ayala
Last piece of the week. I hope everyone has plans for a wonderful weekend. Side note, this weekend is my birthday. I am turning 23 this weekend. I had plans but I just got my job back – was suspended due to a disagreeable secret shopper – but now that’s done and I can only bounce back from it. And I am. I’m happy and energetic, a little hungry, but overall, I’m a happy panda and I still get my Saturday off even know my birthday is on Sunday. I’ll take it. Anyway, to conclude this week’s comic books reviews I have Marvels Inhuman #3 where Queen Medusa takes charge and the final Star Wars issue by Dark Horse Star Wars #20.
Inhuman #3 (RELEASE DATE: AUG 13, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $3.99)
They Fall | Part 3
Queen Medusa is amazing. I’ve already said it once this week but I’m going to say it again, Charlee Soule is an incredible writer. The way that he has been able to weave the characterization and build the story is both entertaining and enchanting. There really is so much going on in this new series that builds the story.
Medusa is reeling from the fall of her kingdom, trying very hard to put the pieces of her fallen kingdom together in order to bring peace to her people and allow the people of Earth a sense of wellbeing. Then there is Lash who is a religious radical and believes that Medusa and her comrades are sacrilegious. So the war between the Inhuman has risen but also come to a close with a new threat rising above the horizon.
Normally, this would bother me, but the pace and the build within this issue, and the series, makes the story worth reading. Additionally, the characterization is remarkable. Soule has given Medusa the perfect amount of strength coupled with regal femininity, making her a stand out character. Then there is the character development of Dante who has not only learned to handle his power but the responsibilities they entail. He is learning so much from Medusa, mimicking a mother-son relationship that continues to weave this incredible dynamic.
Of course, Madureira is an amazing artist who is able to draw some of the most beautiful scenes. The coloring, lining and inking are beautiful and highlight Madureira’s beautiful talent with the pencil and paper.
WRITER: CHARLES SOULE
ARTIST: JOE MADUREIRA
PUBLISHER: MARVEL COMICS
Star Wars #20 FINAL ISSUE (RELEASE DATE: AUG 13, 2014 | COVER PRICE: $2.99)
May the Force Be With You…
This is the final issue of Star Wars by Dark Horse. That makes me incredibly sad. Brian Wood has been an exceptional writer who has been able to breathe such like into the characters and the story lines.
This issue especially was very well constructed because it gives readers a solid conclusion to the series as it’s been developed while ending with a sense of hope that makes Star Wars so captivating, beyond the action and adventure. It left readers with such a sense of wonderment that brought the characters closer together and hinted at the future relationships everyone knows they are going to have. The character dynamics are strong here and the relationships are fun. There is a lot of humor in the series as a whole, but it is not blinding, it doesn’t overwhelm the readers. The humor is there as the subtle note that binds the characters together.
Wood has made this series remarkable and has stayed true to the Star Wars mythos. His characterization is amazing and his writing is superb. Hopefully, Marvel will be able to keep this up without becoming convoluted.
WRITER: BRIAN WOOD
ARTIST: CARLOS D’ANDA
COLORIST: GABE ELTAEB
PUBLISHER: DARK HORSE COMICS