(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Andy Owens (CA) Kaare Andrews
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
With one of their own dead, the members of the Scooby gang wrestle with their grief. But there’s precious little time to mourn, because a new threat is rising – one that may spell an end to the gang’s hope of building a haven for the survivors of the nanite plague.
(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Andy Owens (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: May 09, 2018
After nearly fifty years of Scooby-Doo, the unthinkable occurs! This month death claims one of the most beloved figures in pop-culture history: Fred Jones! This stunning turn of events will have repercussions that you won’t want to miss!
Story: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Rob Wagner
Art: Ron Wagner
Cover: Jill Thompson
Ink: Andy Owens, Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Harvey Richards Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
With their new base of operations established, the gang begins the search for the last remnants of the human race! In their quest to find survivors, they encounter creatures who aren’t mindless savages-and the discovery just might tear the team apart! Also: the next chapter in the outrageous adventures of Secret Squirrel!
Within the medium of comics, no one gets death as deftly as sequential art does. Books, can portray a death quite convincingly, describing every detail, as if you were in the room. Movies and tv shows, do it well too, as they show the viewer visually and sometimes not, what occurs. As the death of a beloved character, can make the audience gasp or cheer.
This last season of Game Of Thrones, saw the death of Littlefinger, a villain within the books and the TV show, who seemingly was behind every sea change within Westeros. Then in the recent storyline of Detective Comics, saw the death of Clayface, a once hated but now redeemed character, that divides Bat Family. Either way, much like in life, when one person is so attached to other’s lives, their fatality can be devastating. In this newest volume of The 99, every wielder of the Noor stones face a sacrifice or a demise of someone close.
Dr. Ramzi, at the beginning of the book, asks every member what personal sacrifice each undertook before they discovered their powers. One of the wielders talks about how each got sold in to child slavery but got turned into a cold-blooded killer and receives the Noor stones this way. Another finds one of the heroes finding his powers through being bullied and almost killing someone. By book’s end, the giving up of something or someone in this book, shows the true measure of a hero.
Overall, this feels like the “After School Special” of the series, which can be good, but this team has told better stories. Stuart Moore and Fabian Nicieza feels seral in this book, which is not exemplary of the series. The art by the different artists is the one consistency from the rest of the series that is in this volume. Altogether, the series has done better than this volume, skip this one and find the rest.
Story: Stuart Moore and Fabian Nicieza Art: Ron Wagner, Joe Rubinstein, Paco Diaz, Chris Schons, Steven Yeowell, Kevin Kobasic, Don Hudson, Mark Buckingham and Steve Buccelato Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
I am old enough to remember the 90s X-Men cartoon, which set a pretty high standard for cartoons at the time. First, there was nothing like it, as many of the cartoons on TV at the time pretty much were purely entertainment. Gone were the days of Silverhawks and Robotech, where you could learn something from a cartoon. This is exactly why the X-Men were an anomaly, as they had mature themes, but understood the show was for children.
This was before the world fell in love with Wolverine, as the Brian Singer movies had a lot to boost his popularity as well as Hugh Jackman, for many kids, if they did not read the comic, this was their first introduction. Here we found a character, who was really a loner and all about business, something Jackman has conveyed in spades, but this show did it first, and much more convincingly. The best part of the show, is when they found new mutants, where the audience got to meet someone new with powers. In this issue of The 99, the reader gets that, as we are introduced to a few new carriers of the Noor stones.
Dr. Razem, at the beginning of the issue, continues to find wielders of the gemstones, as one by one, finds their power. We are introduced to Kyai, Amira, Hatem, and Rafie, each seemingly ordinary but each quite unique and powerful. We find out how each, gets to know their power and some even save some lives. By issue’s end, Razem, has found a few new recruits, each willing to fight for good.
Overall, probably the best of the issues thus far I have read, proving that great stories come from all over the world. The story by Fabian Nicieza is exciting and hard hitting. The art by Ron Wagner is gorgeous. Altogether, a fun collection of origin stories that will introduce the world to a new set of heroes.
Genre television has been around for decades, but the gap in quality has only gotten better in the last few years. I remember as a kid growing up, watching Adam West’s Batman, on the television, just about every afternoon. It was fun watching the Dark Knight, before he was so dark, he was all business, but family friendly. I also remember watching the Incredible Hulk, a much sedate heartfelt version not only the big Green guy also of Bruce Banner.
As both of these examples still hold a special place in most fans hearts, it is hard for most of those fans to see how unfaithful these shows were to canon of both of these characters. In recent years, a lot of these characters including the Dark Knight, a la Gotham, has their stories told much more in step with what is canon. This why I am pretty obsessed with The Gifted, as this shows a world after the X-Men, and is pretty close to how the world is, as it was portrayed in X men: Days of Future Past. This is what this particular issue of The 99 reminds me of, entitled Futures.
As the team gets caught up in a trap, Hadya, The Guide, gets seriously injured, Dr.Hamzi, becomes desperate to know what lies ahead. He summons Aleem The All Knowing, to soothsay all the possible futures the team may encounter. As each future is revealed, one direr than the other, and each could be changed with one decision. By book’s end, each team member sees as long as every decision counts.
Overall, a great issue in the series, a mix of Quantum Leap and Sliders. The story by Naif Al-Mutawa and Stuart Moore is funny, and action packed. The art by Joe Rubinstein and Ron Wagner is beautiful. Altogether, a great book, that lets the world see POC characters in spaces that they would otherwise not been seen.
Story: Naif Al-Mutawa and Stuart Moore Art: Joe Rubinstein and Ron Wagner Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Andy Owens, Phil Jimenez (CA) Carlos D’Anda
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
The gang finally reaches the underground base, only to discover that their nightmare is just beginning. Plus, the fate of Scrappy-Doo-revealed at last! Plus, the daring adventures continue as Secret Squirrel goes where many men have gone before…!
(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Andy Owens, Howard Chaykin (CA) Carlos D’Anda
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
‘Tis the season in the apocalypse! The Scooby gang finds a moment to recover after narrowly escaping a harrowing battle, but when they wake up on Christmas morning, they find two members of their gang are no longer with them! With tensions having reached their breaking point, the gang is forced to face the consequences of their actions and try to once again find a glimmer of hope in this monstrous apocalypse. And in our backup story, Secret Squirrel’s mission to save the world continues as he meets his enemy face to face!
(W) Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis (A) Ron Wagner, Ben Caldwell, Andy Owens (CA) Carlos D’Anda
In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
Welcome to the block party from hell. After barely escaping with their lives, the gang seeks shelter in a nearby town that seems untouched by the disaster. But looks can be deceiving. Meanwhile, in our backup story, Secret Squirrel takes his first steps towards saving the world…maybe.