A brief weekly rundown of recommendations of new releases I’m intrigued by, excited for and will be grabbing off the shelves to curl up with every new comics day before delving into them later in the week!
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Collapser 1- DC Comics/Young Animals
When the last series of books wound down and Doom Patrol hit delays I assumed that the writing was on the wall for this inventive and exciting imprint Young Animals and went through at least five, maybe six stages of grief before the announcement of a new line of titles including Collapser stopped me dead in my tracks.
Young Animals was an injection of thoughtful and inventive ideas onto the shelves last year and excelled in playing around on the fringes of DC’s extensive toybox, whilst still being untethered enough to do big bold things with their stable of borrowed and brand new characters to produce the kind of mind warping comics I love. All of the main books even being reinvented between runs on the label in the case of Cave Carson, Shade and Mother Panic keeping things constantly fresh and new.
From the mind of Mickey Way and Shaun Simon, Collapser sticks close to the ideas and energy behind Way’s My Chemical Romance work as Liam James finds himself torn between his aspirations and real world responsibilities before being endowed other worldly powers in the form of a black hole, which you assume would complicate the best laid plans of most people. Another staple of Young Animals early input was a focus on the personal lives of it’s heroes, directly addressing mental health issues and Way has already hinted in interviews that Collapser will do the same, with Liam suffering form anxiety even before he is gifted with powers.
Loki 1- Marvel Comics
Still apparently burdened with glorious purpose, Loki is back in a new solo series following on the line wide mega event, War of the Realms. The majority of comic characters find themselves changing with the times and none have escaped wave of new creators from tweaking them or overhauling them entirely. Marvels version of the Trickster god is no stranger to this phenomenon with the concept of dying and a rebirth, bringing out a different facet or side to his character more in keeping with whatever state the Marvel Universe is in pretty much baked into the whole, you know, god thing. However unlike other characters taking a respite for a year,maybe two at the very most, there is no such downtime for Loki as his latest reinvention starts off only a few scant weeks later and like many others before it, with his sudden demise in Marvel’s ongoing realm spanning Asgard infused event.
The beautiful cover by Ozgur Yildirim depicting Loki strolling between Rainbow bridge and Brooklyn Bridge offers up something even more tantalising than his miraculous recovery from his very, very recent and grisly death is the mischievous deity in all his smouldering glory, casually tossing around his brothers weapon, Mjolnir. In a world of constant reinvention, costume switches and shifting roles, could Loki be taking on the role the thunder god. Could Loki finally, be worthy? It would be interesting to see if this creative team continues to explore the thread most recently picked up on in Aarons’ run, of what exactly it means to be worthy and Loki finding his own way into this lofty role, something I enjoyed in the Superior Iron Man and Doom’s uncertain steps into becoming a hero in his own way and adjusting his ideals and ways of thinking. What is Loki but a character constantly at war with himself. Sounds ponderous in my hands but with TV’s Late show and Marvels own Lockjaw,the series is likely to have a funnier more sardonic take on Loki audiences are used to seeing up on screen.