Comic Book Reviews (Week December 8, 2021): Dark Knights of Steel Issue 2, Basilisk Issue 3 & More!

Dark Knights of Steel issue 2 review
Dark Knights of Steel Issue 2 (Image: DC Comics)

Welcome to my comic book review round-up for the week of December 8, 2021. I will be talking about Dark Knights of Steel issue 2, Basilisk issue 5, My Bad issue 2, and more!

Let’s begin by talking about writer Tom Taylor’s highly enjoyable Dark Knights of Steel issue 2. After Superman and Batman’s father got assassinated in the debut issue, the second installment showed the aftermath of such an attack. I have no idea what King Jefferson thought was going to happen. It’s always going to be blood for blood in the type of world these characters live in.

I don’t want to spoil what happened because the entire sequence will make you FEEL stuff when you read it for yourself. Battlelines have been drawn and I think it will continue to get worse from here.

Also, Dark Knights of Steel allowed Wonder Woman to express her queer sexuality.

Dark Knights of Steel issue 2 review
Diana and Zala Jor-El kiss in Dark Knights of Steel Issue 2 (Image: DC Comics)

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

The Silver Coin issue 7 review
The Silver Coin Issue 7 (Image: Image Comics)

The Silver Coin Issue 7

From writer Ram V, The Silver Coin issue 7 offered a bit more information about the cursed coin as it gets used by a man trying to win big in Las Vegas. Apparently, the coin’s connected to the mythologies of Mesoamerica. I liked the link between the ancient myths and what was happening in the present. The coin demanded sacrifice and I have no idea if it can even be stopped.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up!

Basilisk issue 5 review
Basilisk Issue 5 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Basilisk Issue 5

Issue 5 of Basilisk, by writer Cullen Bunn, more or less felt like filler. From what I could understand, the main villains were planning to kill a whole bunch of people while Regan got Manny’s power of superhearing after his death. Let’s see what happens next.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Up to you.

Made in Korea issue 6 review
Made in Korea Issue 6 (Image: Image Comics)

Made in Korea Issue 6

From writer Jeremy Holt, Made in Korea is definitely one of the best stories I have recently read. The sci-fi narrative explored AI, humanity, sexuality, and a lot more. Issue 6, the final installment, allowed Jesse to find freedom by providing a way to be their authentic self. I actually appreciated getting to read an AI story that didn’t involve taking over human society. So good!

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Mighty Morphin issue 14 review
Mighty Morphin Issue 14 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Mighty Morphin Issue 14

The cover of Mighty Morphin issue 14 ruined the reveal, but that doesn’t mean this issue wasn’t great! From writer Ryan Parrott, we saw the Rangers team split into three. The Rangers on Earth powered down to avoid being detected by Zartus.

Billy worked with the Blue Emisarry to go through Zordon’s memories to try and help Zordon regain his consciousness. Kimberly and Jason talked about whether or not they should attack Zartus now or wait for him to come to them. It made sense for Zedd’s minions to team up with the Rangers. Everything is coming together and I can’t wait to see what will happen next!

And for those wondering, Bulk and Skull are still alive and unharmed. The scene where they interviewed Zartus about what he planned to do with Earth was hilarious.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

My Bad issue 2 review
My Bad Issue 2 (Image: AHOY Comics)

My Bad Issue 2

I was provided with a free digital copy of My Bad issue 2 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

From writers Mark Russell and Bryce Ingman, with art by Peter Krause, My Bad issue 2 continued to make fun of the superhero genre while taking jabs at how we function as a society. The story about the Chandelier thinking too much about Emperor King possibly uncovering his secret identity was hilarious.

However, ‘The Worst Candy’, the story about a small-time superhero getting stuck in Emperor King’s trap, made me sad even though it also had some fun moments in it. While the narrative is satirical, the danger can be quite real for the characters involved.

Also, make sure to spend time looking at the art featured in the panels to find a bunch of comedic nuggets by Krause.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up!

Which comic books did you read this week?

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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