Comic Book Reviews (Week August 24, 2022): I Hate This Place Issue 4, Judgement Day Issue 3 & More!

Judgement Day Issue 3 review
AXE Judgement Day Issue 3 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Welcome to my comic book reviews for this week (August 24, 2022). I will be covering AXE Judgement Day issue 3, I Hate This Place issue 4, Sins of the Black Flamingo issue 3, and more.

I’ll begin by talking about AXE Judgment Day issue 3 by writer Kieron Gillen. If you’re into the inhabitants of Earth getting judged by a Celestial being and the religious inspiration behind everything that’s happening, then AXE Judgement Day is for you. Personally, three issues in, I’m still unable to care about the latest major Marvel Comic Universe event.

The pencils by Valerio Schiti and the colors by Marte Garcia are definitely visually pleasing. I also liked the twist that featured the destruction of everything around the Celestial as the X-Men tried to stop it from judging everyone. Having said that, I’m not sure what the endgame is supposed to be. The introduction of a familiar character at the end was surely a surprise. 

And for those wondering, Storm didn’t show up in the third issue because she decided to head back to Arakko. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Voice of Sol will do when the new issue of X-Men Red, an AXE tie-in, is released next month. 

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Up to you.

I Hate This Place issue 4 review
I Hate This Place Issue 4 (Image: Image Comics)

I Hate This Place Issue 4

From writer Kyle Starks, the fourth issue of I Hate This Place continued to make things worse for our leads. While I’m enjoying the confusion that Gabby and Trudy are going through, I do feel that we should start getting at least some answers by the next issue. From threats spanning the supernatural and sci-fi, there’s a lot going on. So, some answers would be appreciated.

I liked the scene where Trudy doubted herself. She’s been preparing for the end of the world, and yet she felt incapable of protecting the woman she loved in face of the paranormal dangers that continued to come at them. I get where Trudy’s coming from, but I think she’s managing well enough to keep herself and Gabby alive.

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Having Trudy and Gabby get involved in the second storyline about the stolen cash was a nice touch. I was waiting for it to happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if that murderous man popped up down the line. Also, Dante better be okay!

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Sins of the Black Flamingo issue 3 review
Sins of the Black Flamingo Issue 3 (Image: Image Comics)

Sins of the Black Flamingo Issue 3

By writer Andrew Wheeler, the latest issue of Sins of the Black Flamingo allowed readers to learn more about Sebastian’s past. Our lead has been very conflicted about his beliefs. He’s the type of guy who doesn’t believe in God, but he sure believes in the Devil after his teacher (who is supposed to be dead. But what if he’s not?) made him touch a very cursed object. 

The recent events clearly changed Sebastian. Being shot dead can do that to you. He’s not sure what to believe in anymore after an actual angel, named Ezekiel, entered his life. Apparently, Sebastian’s in love, but there seems to be some more relationship drama brewing due to Abel also having feelings for Sebastian. At this point, I wouldn’t mind them becoming a throuple.

The art by Travis Moore (with colors from Tamra Bonvillain) continues to be gorgeous. Everyone looks so good in this book. And again, I find myself wishing that this series went all the way into adult territory. Why be such a tease, Moore? Why? Ha! 

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up!

Wynd The Throne in the Sky issue 1 review
Wynd: The Throne in the Sky Issue 1 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Wynd: The Throne in the Sky Issue 1

Writer James Tynion IV and illustrator Michael Dialynas are back with a new arc in the enjoyable Wynd series. This particular issue focused a lot on the political stuff happening in Wynd‘s fictional world. There’s talk about a war occurring between the human and Faerie communities as the Vampyres wait to strike at the right moment.

With Wynd being revealed to be a Winged One and trying to accept his new reality, I liked the scene where Merien used some quick thinking to use the believers of the Winged Ones to the group’s advantage. The journey ahead of our young characters is going to be dangerous. So, I’m looking forward to seeing how everything will play out. Also, the reveal about what Wynd’s blood could do to the Vampyres added to the already raised stakes.

The flashback focusing on Molly and Roderick was an emotional yet pleasant surprise. I wonder if Roderick might show up to help the main group and get to reunite with his daughter soon.

Now, I was expecting some more relationship development between Wynd and Thorn. But I guess Tynion’s is opting to make that a slowburn. 

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Love and War issue 5 review
Love And War Issue 5 (Image: comiXology Originals)

Love And War Issue 5

I was provided with a free digital copy of Love and War issue 5 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

From writer Andrew Wheeler, Love and War came to a satisfying conclusion with the fifth issue as it also set things up for the series to continue (if it’s able to). While the tug-of-war competition made for some intense scenes (even though I didn’t understand all of the rules and the point system), I really enjoyed the focus Wheeler put on relationships. Yes, this story had drama, but I’m okay with drama as long as we get a happy ending.

Domo deserved to be happy and I can’t wait to see how things will work out between him and Emil. Nessa and Jo are also going strong. So, yay!

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As for Gabe, he made his choice for whatever reason. Love and War could have easily gone down the clichéd route of having the main queer lead being mopey over a love interest that’s still in the closet. And I’m glad that it didn’t. Domo can still care about Gabe and even support him if necessary. But Domo should also be allowed to live a happy openly queer life. And I appreciate Wheeler giving him that.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up!   

You can read Jessica’s review of Robin issue 17 here.

Which comic books did you read this week? What did you think of I Hate This Place issue 4?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


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