Welcome back to Upcoming Comics!
I’ve been taking everyone’s Marvel recommendations from last week, and am in the middle of reading the latest Venom run. I also bought the first three issues of Eternals, which I’m pretty keen to get stuck into! Meanwhile, Mortal Kombat just released this week – and while I’m not a Mortal Kombat fan, it was actually filmed in my home town of Adelaide, Australia! What did everyone think of the movie?
Now, here’s our Gallery for the week:
Okay, so… RWBY.
I have a history with RWBY. I bought my first RWBY DVD without really knowing what it was, and it happened to be at an event where icons from Rooster Teeth were attending: including the late, great Monty Oum. I have his signature on that box, so I do have a sentimental attachment to the show, which I think had a series of phenomenal trailers and stunning visuals.
However, I also think the show kinda sucks.
The coreography is some great stuff, I really enjoy the visuals and the lore itself can have appeal – but I really think the show struggles in terms of scene-to-scene and structural pacing, tone and character. Season 3 was probably my favourite, but I wasn’t able to continue past Season 5. Fortunately, the show does have solid groundwork – so I can see a world where this crossover works, especially since the League seems to be naturally placed within the world of the show! What do you guys think of RWBY?
I could talk about plenty of the other comics out this week, but I’d rather take a moment to discuss something else: a concerning lack of non-Batman content.
There are eight DC comic books coming out this week, and seven of them are related to Batman – the other one being the latest issue of Action Comics. Things are a little better next week, with five non-Batman-adjacent titles… but one of them is what I believe to be the last remaining Sandman book, and another is a one-shot special written by Geoff Johns, whose ability to completely ignore controversy baffles and astounds me to no end. I know Batman is incredibly profitable, but there’s a part of me that wonders if that’s only the case because DC hasn’t been able to effectively promote their other characters… but I could easily be wrong on that front, too. After all, we’re getting another Shilo Norman book after so long next week! What do you guys think? Do you think DC’s world is being effectively utilized right now, or are important characters being shafted into backups in the wake of more Batman?
Most Excited: Robin #1. I know a lot of people (myself included) have mixed feelings on Joshua Williamson’s writing, but I’m a huge fan of Gleb Melnikov’s work! I think a change of costume and a step away from Batman’s world will be a good change of pace for the character, and I’ve missed having a Robin ongoing. It’s been… a while.
Least Excited: Harley Quinn #2. Nothing against the character or creators, but I don’t feel like I’m in a Harley Quinn mood right now. That said, if anyone could change my mind, it’s Riley Rossmo!
Wild Card: Teen Titans Academy #2. I actually quite enjoyed the premise of Future State: Teen Titans, and the addition of Red X in the form of a mystery coupled with some brand new characters makes the book sound refreshing and interesting! I’m keen to see how it develops, and I honestly have no clue what I’ll think of it.
Upcoming Comics 4/27 Poll: Favourite Robin?
(Other Robins in the poll below)
This isn't about your favourite character, but who works best as Robin!
— Nicholas Finch (@ObnoxiousFinch) April 26, 2021
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