TNTM The Show Comicast #269 Hearts Minds Power

JD & Pablo Gunner encounter the comics of January 18th. JD runs the show this week since Pablo only read half the books. Getting in their hearts and minds dictate the Runner-Up and Back 'n Bag this time around. Find out what they are and why, y mas.
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TNTM The Show's Comicast #269 Hearts Minds Power
Podcast Rating: PG-13
Mighty Captain Marvel #1 $3.99
Writer: Margaret Stohl(@mstohl)
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Colorist: Michael Garland(@michaelgarland)
This book was not at all what I was expecting. That's not bad, it's just the truth. I was kind of expecting this grand gesture and idea that had been teased from the end of Civil War II. Instead I got something more resembling what was going on in the first half of the second season of Supergirl. Once again, not a bad thing, just not the direction I expected it to go. Now if that's too vague for you I'll explain. Cap'n Marvel is overseeing the making of her new show that is suppose to fund Alpha Flight. She gets a phone call from the POTUS about a special mission in which it appears a rogue Army Ranger is attacking a literal alien refugee camp. She confronts this guy as he puts a Kree kid in a pod. She intercepts the pod and takes it to the Alpha Flight station. The story and dialogue were pretty well done. I just feel there were a couple instances in the art that could have made certain aspects of the story more clear and less confusing. Considering that this is Margaret Stohl's first time writing a comic book she did a superb job. I think her and the artist will get better as this title continues. I'm looking forward to see that progress.
Grade: BUY!!

 Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3 $3.99
Writer: Kieron Gillen(@kierongillen)
Artist: Kev Walker
Colors: Antonio Fabela(@AntonioFabela)

At the beginning of this book we have Aphra and her old man on Yavin 4 to find an artifact. It takes place after the first Death Star was destroyed so the Imperials are scouring the rebels old base. The Wookiee bounty hunter, Black Krrsantan, serves as a distraction as the homicidal droids, Bee-Tee & Triple-Zero, are sent in undercover to let her and her dad in. They argue and bicker along the way. He acts like an old man and she act like a rebellious youngster. Overall it was a solid book. I'm warming up to the art, that and I think it's improving. It looked really impressive in this issue. There was one emotional outburst that Aphra had towards her dad that felt odd to me. I also felt there was some visual explanation that was missing at the end. Those were the only issues I could really find.
Grade: BUY!!

 Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3 $3.99
Writer: Roxane Gay(@rgay)
Penciler: Alitha E. Martinez(@Ariotstorm)
Inker: Roberto Poggi(@RobbyTaneda)
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg(@rachellecheri)

I'm not really sure why I'm reading this anymore. This book is primarily focused on the relationship between two of the women of Dora Milaje, Ayo & Aneka. Maybe it is the pleasure of seeing their love grow. Or perhaps I'm waiting for this story to catch up with the Black Panther book. In this issue the leader of the Dora Milaje announces that they will no longer blindly follow after the events of the previous issue. Ayo & Aneka take some time away together. There is also a betrayal amongst the ranks. At the end the two lovers are called back to action. My only issue with this book is that the story is not current. The artwork is amazing and the writing is wonderful so no complaints on that end.
Grade: BUY!!

 Avengers #3.1 $3.99
Writer: Mark Waid(@MarkWaid)
Penciller: Barry Kitson
Inkers: Mark Farmer with Rafael Fonteriz & Barry Kitson
Colorists: Jordan Boyd(@jordantboyd) & Wil Quintana

I'm not sure why this book exists but I sure am glad that it does. There must be a market for the old school team of Avengers that is Cap, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver. At the end of the last issue there was a new member added to the team, Cressida. She has the ability to amplify others powers but at a cost. In this the Avengers go up against the Thinker and his miniature "awesome androids." Aside from Cressida's dark secret of how she gets her power she also starts to manipulate the team. The art and writing are absolutely perfect for this old school theme and tone. I could not be enjoying it more. If you miss the retro this is definitely for you but even if you're not it's worth checking out.
Grade: STRONG BUY!!!

 Invincible Iron Man #3 $3.99
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis(@BRIANMBENDIS)
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Colorist: Marte Gracia(@RGBSEXONPSDS)

Last I saw Riri she still had her own bulky War Machine-esque style armor. In this she has Tony's latest armor retrofitted for herself. There was no grandiose reveal or anything like that which I believe was a huge mistake. All the while she's trying to come up with her own name alongside her Tony Stark AI. That they gloss over too. What they don't gloss over is her and Rescue aka Pepper Potts meeting as well as the revelation that Stark's biological mother is now the new owner of the company. As always it was great seeing MJ, Friday, and Pepper though I'm not really sure why she was suited up as Rescue. Maybe we'll find out next issue which I will surely be getting despite the qualms I had with this one. Stefano's art is stellar, dialogue is witty, and everything that transpires is interesting.
Grade: BUY!!

Uncanny Inhumans #18 $3.99
Writer: Charles Soule(@CharlesSoule)
Artist: Kim Jacinto(@kimjacinto23)
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
I love it when a great story comes together. This story starts off about Maximus the Mad, whom I hate, and what seems to be a couple useless Inhumans, that he broke out of prison. One of them can access any of the memories of his ancestors and the other can't use his power(s) unless he ingests Terrigen crystal. Maximus find a way to utilize both of their abilities to do what he does best, cause chaos. In this case he uses it to possibly help the Inhumans and X-Men. That's not really his style though so we'll have to see how this plays out. This issue has huge revelations and possible ramifications. I'm pretty jacked off to see what comes of this. It's looks amazing. There's lots of subtle and intense menacing expressions. It had a brilliant build and progression to it. It's a great jumping on point for any reader that doesn't know much about Inhumans, Maximus, what's been going on within recent years, and the IvX event. In other words excellent exposition. 
Grade: STRONG BUY!!!
Captain America: Sam Wilson #18 $3.99
Writer: Nick Spencer(@nickspencer)
Artist: Daniel Acuña(@LagartoMurciano)
To me this is how comics should be. It tackles political and social issues while pointing out that this is a comic book with superheroes and all. This issue stems from the direct fallout of the last issue and others. Rage is in jail because the Americops found him in a broken into pawn shop. Cap Wilson gets the truth from Rage and tries to hook him up with a super lawyer. Rage denies the help so he can show the flaws of the system. Sam decides to help in another way by using birds to see what happened. He struggles to decide to release the footage to the public. He talks to his crew and Steve. It brings up an important dilemma: should evidence be released to the public or just the court of law. The art is dark, gritty, and semi realistic. It's Daniel Acuña so you ought to know it's on point.
Grade: STRONG BUY!!!
 Trinity #5 $2.99
Script, Art, & Cover: Francis Manapul(@FrancisManapul)
As revealed at the end of the previous issue Mongol is the orchestrator of this dreamscape that Clark, Bruce, and Diana are stuck in. Poison Ivy does play a part though as one of her plants is the key. They also share a child. It's kind of confusing. I hope the next issue clarifies it a little bit more. Visually it's stunning and leaves you awestruck so no complaints there.
Grade: BUY!!

 Nightwing #13 $2.99
Writer: Tim Seeley(@HackinTimSeeley)
Artist: Marcus To(@marcusto)
Colors: Chris Sotomayor(@SotoColor)

First off the art is gorgeous. Second I know this book isn't for everyone because it's a slow build but it's definitely for me. Personally I was a little confused at first. It plays a little too heavily on the fact that you have recently read the previous issue. After that speed bump it didn't take long to suck me back into the story. This group of ex-villains Dick has been running with and helping out decide to sit out saving the mayor. There's a little headway made from the detective working these casing that implicate one of the members of the group. Dick shows up right when some imposter tries to take out the mayor of Blüdgaven. Nightwing unmasks him and one of his friends helps with the situation. Unfortunately that helper seems to have set him up too. I'm pretty jacked off to see what happens next. It was great to get the reveal of the villain. The action sequences are superb, facial expressions are phenomenal. There's definitely more to this book than just Dick, you just need to look a little bit more closely.
Grade: STRONG BUY!!!

Aquaman #15 $2.99
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Philippe Briones(@PhilippeBriones)
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb(@GabeEltaeb)

At first I was blown away by the art but as I read more I noticed the imperfections. I won't deny the insane amount of detail in the throw down between the King Fisher, his crew, and Aquaman. The fury Arthur exudes is intense. The battle is chaotic. I thoroughly enjoyed Arthur's narration throughout the battle. It was pure magnificent. The way he talks to the president was fantastic as well. Something I caught right away though was that Aquaman and Superman both had the same big awkward looking schnoz. For the most part the art was impressive but there were some minor shortcomings. Overall the story was superb. It has an incredible conclusion to the 15 issue story arc.
Grade: BUY!!

 Green Arrow #15 $2.99
Writer: Benjamin Percy(@Benjamin_Percy)
Artist: Juan Ferreyra(@juaneferreyra)

For this title there are a revolving couple of artists. This time around we get Juan Ferreyra. His art is pretty solid overall. For the most part it's pretty outstanding but sometimes there's images here and there that look weird, off, and rub me the wrong way. It's few and far between but they stick out like a sore thumb. There's minor points in the story that irk me too. Overall it's really great but then they'll have Ollie in a position when the villain could and should have just killed him just for them to stall. It's really irritating because it seems like an aspect that has been in each issue. The story is essentially about these cops that went bad so they invade the prison to kill the inmates. Of course Arrow and crew show up to fight them as they escape. There's an awesome cliffhanger ending that I did not see coming since I haven't seen the character in a few issues. I liked it. It was pretty good. Since there's minor problems with both the writing and art I can't give it too high praise.
Grade: weak BUY

 BATMAN #15 $2.99
Writer: Tom King(@TomKingTK)
Artist: Mitch Gerads(@MitchGerads)

This book is absolutely mind blowing. The two contrasting art styles are astounding and magnificent. One is very old school BATMAN 66 style and the other is in the fashion of BATMAN Year One, dark, grim, and gritty. It starts with BATMAN and Catwoman each telling their side of the story how they first met. It's brilliantly well done. Cat ends up escaping Bat. Once again they continue the eternal game of cat and mouse. Going on the path of the only clue Bats has he also ends up solving the case that clears Selina's name. Somehow this book perfect captures romance, horror, detective, and crime drama all in one by the retelling of two past drastically different tales, and the current one. I can't praise this book enough.
Grade: STRONG BUY!!! BBOW!!!!

Superman #15 $2.99
Story: Peter J. Tomasi(@PeterJTomasi), Patrick Gleason(@patrick_gleason)
Artists: Ryan Sook, Ed Benes(@EdBenes_), Clay Mann(@Clay_Mann_), Jorge Jimenez(@JorgeJimenezArt)
Colorists: Sook, Dinei Ribeiro, Ulises Arreola, Alejandro Sanchez
Quite a cavalcade of artists we have here. For good reason though as as Superman and the Order of Worlds skip around to multiple Earths to get all of the Supermen and Superwomen together since somebody is hunting them down and taking their power. They decide their chances are better together. The different styles work, fit, and look right. Some are better than other but it's all in the eye of the beholder. Regardless it's offers a nice variety. There's some amazing paneling at the beginning and a stunning Aquamwoman. This was a solid build up to the climax. 
Grade: BUY!!
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51:40-55:53 GREEN LANTERNS #15
55:54-57:59 NIGHTWING #13
58:00-1:00:30 AQUAMAN #15
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