(Source: Marvel Comics)
(Source: Marvel Comics)

Spoilers will be served with fava beans and a nice Chianti.

We start with Loki: Agent of Asgard #1. It’s a short story, and the actual plot takes a backdrop to Loki’s shenanigans but that’s what the God of Mischief does best. Don’t worry, it’s not all for naught.

It seems like your usual scenario. Loki is out to create mayhem and makes a beeline for the Avengers. Of course, things are not what they seem and soon enough we discover he’s on a mission for the All-Mother, a triad of women who seem ready to forgive Loki as long as he accomplishes one mission per every bad deed of his past.

And although we’re dealing with a young Loki here, we soon will find out that Loki’s past cannot be easily forgotten or contained.

Recommendation of the week. I dare say the comic book version of Loki seems to draw from the movie version – more “mischief” and less “evil” although things may change after the dramatic reveal at the end. The only low point of this comic is Hawkeye making a pop reference to a boy band. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Clint?

(Source: Marvel Comics)
(Source: Marvel Comics)

Then we check with The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #8.

This book remains another hidden gem from Marvel. Think of the comic book Hawkeye on villain form. Here we learn what’s become of Boomerang aka Fred since last episode. We also get into his head to the point of seeing his erratic dreams a couple of times.

Meanwhile, Shocker has his own problems with the head of Silvio Silvermane. There’s something just very Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels about this issue. Everyone seems to be in trouble over something that someone else has.

The rest of the gang are free thanks to Beetle having called on her dad. Yeah, it’s almost a teenage movie except the whole point is that the every villain is an immature adult. They’re now looking for Fred.

They’re not the only ones. As Fred finally seems to get somewhere with his unlikely bartender girlfriend, he’s actually being targeted by a bigger villain that any he’s faced.


(Source: Oni Press)
(Source: Oni Press)

Oni Press just released the digital volume The Sixth Gun Vol. 6: Ghost Dance. This is, I think, the best way to binge on this amazing comic. Actually this is one comic book where I’m tempted on getting the actual physical TPB, not just the digital versions.

This volume, Book 6: Ghost Dance, contains issues 30 through 35. It covers the entire metaphysical journey where Becky walks through the alternate worlds that the guns might have brought to life… or might even bring in the future. It’s not completely a What If scenario as she’s in very real danger. The Skinwalkers have invaded her dreams and are hunting her down.

One of my favorite comics, The Sixth Gun never disappoints. Becky Montcrief could have easily taken a back seat in a lesser comic to Drake Sinclair. Instead they alternate being in the spotlight as main characters.

(Source: Dark Horse Comics)
(Source: Dark Horse Comics)

And finally, Dark Horse Digital just released Star Wars Crimson Empire XL Bundle with all the issues of the Crimson Empire books.

I haven’t seen this series in a long time. It’s a trip down memory lane. We get flashbacks to the old days of the Empire plus the adventure of Kir Kanos, last member of the elite Crimson Guard.

Back on day, I never managed to finish/collect/borrow all the numbers of all these classic Star Wars series so I’m thrilled to get them digitally in one place and specially in a bundle like this one.

That being said, you might have already read this story and might not be interested in owning it again.

Recommended for collectors only or for readers like me that didn’t get to catch all the issues when it first ran.

(Source: DC Comics)
(Source: DC Comics)

We end with DC Comics. I was not thrilled with DC’s releases this week. I did get Forever Evil… but the slow pace is killing me.

The possible exception is the Gothtopia arc which is not bad on Detective Comics #28.

Bats has to improvise and forge alliances to get to the bottom of who’s pulling the strings. It is interesting how he has to use the stealth approach and why it’s logical that Poison Ivy is immune.

The ending though… Okey, someone explain to me why Batwoman or Talon for that matter, would be included in there. I’m really hoping that’s not them. It can’t be that only Bruce has figured this out by his lonesome. Then again, I know… Batman.

Recommended with reservations.

(Sources: Comixology, Dark Horse Digital)