This week saw more arrivals of new Marvel NOW books. Lucky for us this “not a relaunch” looks like its producing some interesting stuff. One of my picks this week comes from the debut of the new Thunderbolts. I love the concept for this book with a team of anti-heroes coming together to be a more brutal Marvel team book. The inclusion of Electra is the only thing that makes me hesitate but as long as there are not too many Electra-focused story lines then this book should have a good run. A book that includes Venom, Deadpool, and Punisher is hard to pass up for me and this issue leaves a promise of a serious ass-kicking run in the future for the Thunderbolts. Of all of the Marvel NOW books this one’s #1 issue has got me the most excited to see where things go.
Which turns me to another Marvel NOW book, one thats got me excited AND giggling, Deadpool #3 continues the ridiculous story of zombie American presidents. What an opening arc it has been, this is exactly what Deadpool should be; Absurd fun with wicked originality. Never have I more enjoyed watching Nixon get punched in the face, which is saying something. Another great bit about the first 3 Deadpool issues so far is the covers, each one looks great and provides the first funny tickle that continue throughout the book. I hope that the level of this book doesn’t drop off at the end of this arc because I can’t wait to see what shenanigans they come up with next to put the merc with a mouth through.
The Last pick this week is Legends of The Dark Knight #3. Currently in the Bat-world, after his long faceless absence in the New 52, the Joker is everywhere thanks to Death of the Family. Legends of the Dark Knight is no different, it is on board with the Joker obsession. Rather than focusing on the Joker, this story uses the Joker as a catalyst to make a point about the good that Batman does for Gotham. I think this is a nice change of pace compared to the usual dark place the Bats books take us. The letters shine a light from the shadows of Gotham on the good that Batman does. He is a symbol of fear for a city that only understands that, but the good in Gotham can see through his disguise. While Batman struggles to get his focus off the darkness of the Joker we are able to take a look at the bright side of Gotham. We don’t see the good in Gotham nearly enough and I’m often inclined to agree with Bane and Ra’s Al Ghul that Gotham deserves whatever it has coming to it. This issue may just make me rethink my position on the people of Gotham. I’d recommend this book to anyone since it is a one and done like the Legends of the Dark Knight books before it, and it’s also not in the New 52 continuity so anyone can pick it up and enjoy, and I advise you to do just that.