29 Thoughts About 29 Of Today's Comics – The Vision To Providence To Harley Quinn

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Pops can blather all he likes in Archie. You know he's the writer of the FreakingAwesome.com website, right?

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Well, here's his latest. Miles Morales' grandmother thinks he's on drugs in Spider-Man.

Angel & Faith Season 10 025-021Angel And Faith comes to an end. But there are still unanswered questions. Something no one can explain…

New Suicide Squad 019-006  Harley Quinn is trying not to be Deadpool, I guess. But where's the fun in that? Oh and Suicide Squad looks great this month! But it's not the only Harley Quinn/Suicide Squad book today…

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Jim Lee and Rob Williams on Harley Quinn/Suicide Squad April Fool Special is a work of extreme psychological torture. Did the Green Lantern really have to use his ring to create a straitjacket? But while Batman may have "one punch", Harley has "one headbutt"…. still it's all a bit Sucker Punch.

fixAnd, yes, Grizzly Shark doesn't exactly pull punches in that regard either. You know, it's jokes like this that… okay, I can't say doomed Donald Trump, because it didn't, but you know what I mean. Baphomet?


From The Wicked + The Divine – and probably what was going through Batman's head as well. WicDiv explores that most basic of musical moments – when you find something wonderful that no one else knows about and it's in a basement bar that in years to come everyone will swear they were at but in reality it's just you an about seven others… and then it turns into apocalypse, obviously.

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I think we are all agreed that The Vision is the best superhero comic at the moment, right? Bar none? Indeed, calling it Marvel's Watchmen shouldn't be going too far, right? Although nine panel grids makes the comparison even easier.

Because no, they don't make them like this anymore. Apart from The Vision. Oh maybe one more…

Providence-008-(2016)-(Digital)-(Mephisto-Empire)-012Providence takes a guided journey through dreams that will remind you very much of Promethea's magical walk. But also introduces a brand new character to the comic book who we should probably have seen coming. A certain HP Lovecraft. Who may be about to hear some rather peculiar tales…

This really is the comic you should be reading. Avatar's Watchmen.

Midnighter (2015-) 011-013As Midnighter comes to an end, and all the Wildstorm characters get put away until the Gen13 revival later this year, we get Apollo, Midnighter and Henry Bendix all in one go. And yet more inventive storytelling techniques that meld far more with the narrative than, say , the CSI forensic cuts on TV,

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Uncanny X-Men doesn't want to revisit the new Horsemen, just revealed in X-Tinction Agenda. Instead we visit an… idyllic suburbia… where the people… are not what they seem. Hang on, what comic is this? Uncanny X-Men or Uncanny Avengers?

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And what crossover is this? X-Tinction Agenda of Avengers Standoff?

Because Uncanny Avengers, doing pretty much the same vibe with Pleasantville. Is Pleasantville in Colorado as well?

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Sorry, my mistake. But, just as I have been enjoying the Watchmen-esque look of The Vision, I was surprised to find something similar in Uncanny Avengers that underlines the fakeness of this reality. Compare these two adjacent panels in their structure and what that says. Uncanny Avengers (2015-) 008-003  Rogue isn't going anywhere. And everything is a set. Neat job.

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The Life After: Exodus #5 has Jude meet God. The real God. Potato God. It all makes so much more sense now. Religion can be found in anything.


Especially guns in the Last Sons of America #4 final issue. Because that's what Jesus was all about, "bring the little guns unto me…"

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In the Coming Of The Supermen, Neal Adams gives Lex Luthor just the best aside I think I've read from him in a while.


The Fix explores all sorts of wrong doing in a complex caper where everyone is corrupt, but even those levels of corruptness can be corrupt as well until, well, why the hell not just do whatever you fancy…. and we all know mumps don't exist.

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So, you have one of the world's most famous superheroes, his corpse encased in very valuable  adamantium that makes him a living statue – and you don't even use a glass case security system, just leave him in a shrine on top of a mountain? Old Man Logan is just inviting graverobbers…18

Jim Gordon treats the Batman project like Fed Ex. Just, you know, one that's speedy, accurate, on time and nothing get lost and broken. Say now he's no longer Batman, maybe this could be his new thing. Superpostmen for the superheroes…

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Think Tank: Creative Destruction #1 reminds you that it's not just about the military industrial complex and science gone awry – it's also about channeling Marc Rubio,

darknesshope_xthoughts (1)This week's Talent Hunt-winning The Darkness: Hope oneshot shows that, even in an alternate timeline where people think he's a superhero, Jackie Estacado is still as scary as ever.

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The Mighty Zodiac #1 has our warriors meet their adorable little enemies. They have seen Monty Python And The Holy Grail, right?

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The Bunker #16 goes for exposition on a splash page using a map. It's mostly blank, it's fine, you're caught up.

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Something Batgirl #50 does as well… though her map is a little more complex. Still, it works just the same, as the creative team get to reincorporate a bunch o previous characters in a big goodbye to the Batgirl of Burnside.


This is basically Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2 vs Wonder Woman, isn't it? Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Yes, the look of Bee and PuppyCat's place in today's issue is a little unfortunate.

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But the Visions have it worse.


The first Steven Universe original graphic novel, Steven Universe: Too Cool for School also has problems.


I don't know, she does better than Brian Bendis on International Iron Man. Giant Days #13 explores the world from an off-license…

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And Empress just confirms that children are all terrible, ungrateful brats. Especially the orange stripey teenagers.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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