Mystery Comic 6: Hammer of God: Sword of Justice Issue 2 of 2
This book is terrible. It is the second issue of a two issue arc and I’m not going to pretend I bothered trying to read the back up that explained what happened to this point. This book is chock full of the things I hate about Science Fiction writing the most. It goes out of its way at times to try to create a its own futurist system of slang only to abandon it just as quickly and use slang of the time that is all ready dated.
The story is based around a monkey / human hybrid called the Hammer. I don’t really know why he’s important or care enough to find out. The first half is spent talking about how Hammer (the monkey guy) is coming and they need to prepare, and the second half is him attacking this Brain ship. He eventually defeats the brain ship which has a whole city inside it and they re-purpose it for themselves. Is it the end? I don’t really care.
I don’t really have much to say about this book. It’s by far the worst book I’ve read so far out of these mystery comics. There weren’t really even any funny ads. I went back and forth if I should scan more pictures of the inside but nothing was crazy enough or good enough it seemed it deserved it.
Mystery Comic 7: Squalor Issue 4 of 4
Wow. I thought Hammer was a terrible book but Squalor is unreadable. I would sum things up but I honestly have no idea what was going on. This is part 4 of a 4 part story but still, I couldn’t even get a glimpse of what the plot was suppose to be. Here is a sample of what the comic is like.
Every page is like this. It mostly takes place in this dream world which the characters just speak in non-sense. When it does cut to the real world it makes even less sense. I have nothing else to say, so far Squalor is the clear front runner for the worst comic in this entire batch.
This is actually the first issue of the first on going Catwoman solo series that they ever created. It also happened to take place during the middle of the Batman Knightfall major event. If you don’t know that would be the event that lead to Batman’s back being broken by Bane and a guy named Jean-Paul Valley briefly taking over the cowl. This is important to note because there are a lot of references to Bane and him being in control of Gotham throughout this comic. I don’t think following along the Knightfall titles is necessary but it does put this book into context.
The overall story is pretty straightforward. Catwoman is up to her jewel stealing ways and is giving all that she steals directly to Bane. She isn’t pleased with this agreement but it seems like it’s what she’ll have to do for now. Other crime lords in the city want to attack Bane so they do so by attacking Catwoman who they describe as his love. I don’t remember there being a love story between Bane and Catwoman so its probably a misunderstanding they deal with later. Either way the book ends with them finding Catwoman’s apartment and shooting it with a rocket launcher. The last panel is an explosion with a to be continued.
Overall it was a pretty good book for a first issue. There was a cool part at the beginning where Catwoman tricks a guy into thinking she’s his wife and steals all her jewels. Catwoman is a badass in this book and while it ties into Batman she is her own strong black woman. There was one part that was especially amazing and that was Catwoman’s fence (person who sells her stolen goods) who wears crazy cat lady tee shirts. At least I think she was Catwoman’s fence, she doesn’t seem to have a real purpose other than she lives with or possibly just hangs out with Catwoman.
And lastly here are our two comic ads, first we have a grand opening of a Mile High Comics with Rob Liefeld! And then we have the greatest of fighting games on the Genesis.