RadioPress Reads – Comics – Traitors, Brutality & Loathing
Wow, this weeks line up of releases offered up some real treats! Some serious twists, and some new outlooks on old, lovable stories. Catch up with us on RPG Reads May 25.
Holy brutality Batman! Nighthawk, follows a newer hero plucked from a universe that no longer exists, someone who is a part of a long list of displaced heroes in the Marvel universe. His tactics are much like some of our favorite anti-heroes (Moonknight comes to mind), with pointed brutality and sharp deductive reasoning. The art in this is gritty and dark, which just adds to the overall theme of defender in the shadows and destroyer of evil. This comic also marks another much needed addition to the list of non-white super heroes, something that in recent history was pretty lacking in the world of comic lines. Nighthawk shows that along with Black Panther, and others, we don’t need to have just a white dude on the cover to have a fun and interesting story. If you like a dark tale of murder and mystery, a hero that doesn’t give a damn about the lives of the thugs he’s working into the cement and an all around interesting character, pick this up, its money well spent.
Squirrel Girl, it’s not a name that would really jog most memories or give anyone any idea of who you might be talking about. Until a few years back, she wasn’t really a household name, and she still really isn’t, but her presence in comics has become much more known. Now she has her own story, as a college student and villain fighting super mutant. If you know nothing about her, don’t worry, much like beast her mutation manifest in physical form and allows her to talk to squirrels. She also has super strength and an uncanny ability to defeat even the most powerful of super villains… if its off screen. To say that her story is light and lacks any seriousness would be an understatement. The whole comic revolves around her ability to expertly defuse violent situations with intelligence and utter hilarity while still making sense in the end. I can’t say that I’ll be following this one too much more but if you want something easy to read without much thought, you might want to sit down and start reading.
Honestly, when I saw this on the release list I could barely contain my excitement. Fear and Loathing has a special place in my twisted heart and I know I share that sentiment with many others in this world, but if you had asked me if this story could get any better through animation on the pages of a comic book, I wouldn’t know, to be completely fair. After flipping through and reading word for word the story that I have loved so much, drawn in such a wacky way, in a such a way that perfectly suits the style and happenings of this narrative, I was pretty pleased. I can’t really put into words what justice this does for Fear and Loathing, but if you are a fan of the work and you feel like other media might not do it justice, be ready to be proven wrong because this is a piece where art seriously compliments the original writings.
I left this for last because holy crap! So Steve Rogers, our dear Super Soldier friend, a man out of time, the blond haired blue eyed wonder of the 1945s, the star spangled man himself has been given life anew. A chance encounter with Kopik the girl from the tesseract has given him his youth and super soldier power back. One might look at this as a good thing, and for most of the first issue you think nothing of his return to the battle field. As the story goes on, you see Red Skull in his recruitment of new Hydra agents to the cause, you also see flash backs of Steve’s young life with his mother, and the story of how she met a certain female who once saved her and Steve’s lives. The inner monologue of Steve throughout this whole thing, his understanding of how people are swayed by Hydra, of how current America has people down and out, of his sympathizing with their need for ideal and belonging, is touching. He regales us with stories of the past, of the present and how the perfect moment can bring the best of opportunities or the worst of luck. In the final pages of the story, we see Baron Zemo fly away in a jet with a hostage, Cap follows, he gets into a bad situation and before Zemo can strike a final blow, one of his side kicks comes to his aid. With Zemo out of commission and having been helped into the plane, Cap mentions how luck is not on his helpers side, as he pushes him out of the plane to his apparent death, and two words you never thought Cap would say are uttered “Hail Hydra!”. The internet is a buzz with hatred right now, and I’m ecstatic. This is the kind of thing that I would want to see as a fan, a twist that no one would ever see coming, a twist that has been set up since 2014 and has now come to fruition. I’ll be following Cap until the end of his current journey because I need to know more now. This is fun, its different and its breathed new life into the story of Captain America.http://radiopressgaming.com/2016/05/rpg-reads-may-25/http://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/comicsmay25-960x480.jpghttp://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/comicsmay25-150x150.jpgComicsLiteratureUncategorizedCaptain America,Fear and Loathing,Nighthawk,Squirrel GirlWow, this weeks line up of releases offered up some real treats! Some serious twists, and some new outlooks on old, lovable stories. Catch up with us on RPG Reads May 25. Nighthawk Holy brutality Batman! Nighthawk, follows a newer hero plucked from a universe that no longer exists, someone who...Nathan MillerNathan Millernate@radiopressgaming.comEditorEditor-in-chief of Radio Press Gaming. Comic enthusiast, Gamer dad and Tech nutRadio Press Gaming