Comic Book Reviews (Week September 15, 2021): Wynd Issue 10, Black’s Myth Issue 3 & More!

Superman and the Authority issue 3 review
Superman and the Authority Issue 3 (Image: DC Comics)

Welcome to my comic book review round-up for the week of September 15, 2021. I ended up reading a lot of comics this week. I will be talking about Wynd issue 10, Black’s Myth issue 3, Save Yourself issue 4, and much more!

I’m going open by talking about Superman and the Authority issue 3 by writer Grant Morrison. The penultimate issue showed us how Superman’s new crew helped rescue June/Enchantress. While the main story might not be the most exciting for me, I’m definitely having fun seeing a random group of characters coming together to help Superman save the world. Also, June/Enchantress hitting on Apollo made me laugh.

Superman and the Authority issue 3 review
Superman and the Authority Issue 3 (Image: DC Comics)

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Trigger Warning: Superman and the Authority issue 3 has a character come quite near to committing suicide. So, be cautious.

Titans United issue 1 review
Titans United Issue 1 (Image: DC Comics)

Titans United Issue 1

From writer Cavan Scott, it is clear that Titans United is DC Comics’ way of having a title out there that could potentially benefit from the live-action Titans series on HBO Max. The introduction of a mysterious threat that seems to be giving people superpowers made for a good enough premise in the debut issue. Is such an event connected to Connor losing his abilities? I don’t know. Anyway, considering I’m a fan of Raven, I think I will stick around for a few more issues to see if this series maintains my interest.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Up to you.

Last Annihilation Wakanda review
The Last Annihilation: Wakanda (Image: Marvel Comics)

The Last Annihilation: Wakanda Issue 1

From writer Evan Narcisse, The Last Annihilation: Wakanda issue 1 one-shot showed the Wakandan Empire getting involved to stop Dormammu. While I was expecting Emperor T’Challa to play a bigger role, the main narrative focused on M’Baku trying to come to terms with his new reality. I liked how Narcisse explored M’Baku’s conflicted thoughts as the narrative built on the story threads that Ta-Nehisi Coates laid the groundwork for in his Black Panther solo run. With a new Black Panther solo book scheduled for November, I’m looking forward to seeing how Marvel Comics will develop what Coates introduced.

Storm also helped the Wakandan Empire face Dormammu’s endless army of Mindless ones by giving Shuri access to Mysterium. I enjoyed her interactions with T’Challa and Shuri. Considering the mess that was Vita Ayala’s Marauders issue 13, I’m here for current writers allowing Ororo and T’Challa’s relationship to continue.

Last Annihilation Wakanda 1 review
Storm and T’Challa in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda Issue 1 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Shuri and Manifold flirting with each other was cute. He really needs to take her out on a spectacular date (when they both have time).

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up.  

Power Rangers issue 11 review
Power Rangers Issue 11 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Power Rangers Issue 11

I think writer Ryan Parrott’s motto for his Power Rangers run is “chaos upon chaos”. Our young heroes just can’t catch a break. I’m still processing all of the information we got about the Empyreals and how it all connected to what’s been happening in the Mighty Morphin series. And while Drakkon making a certain decision wasn’t much of a surprise, there’s still a whole lot in this issue for fans to get excited about.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Beyond the Breach issue 3 review
Beyond the Breach Issue 3 (Image: AfterShock Comics)

Beyond the Breach Issue 3

The third issue of Beyond the Breach, by writer Ed Brisson, told us a bit more about Samuel’s past and offered a good dose of world-building and brutal action. With Vanessa and Samuel taking Dougie to his grandparent’s house, I’m looking forward to Samuel talk about his past during the trip. As someone from a war-ridden reality, he’s got a bunch of skeletons in his closet and I want to see all of them. 

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Save Yourself issue 4 review
Save Yourself Issue 4 (Image: BOOM! Box)

Save Yourself Issue 4

Writer Bones Leopard’s Save Yourself came to an end with issue 4. I enjoyed reading this queer-led sci-fi story about a couple of humans trying to expose the murderous side of Earth’s greatest heroes. Heck! Even when the truth got revealed, certain people still were unwilling to accept it, which did come across as quite realistic considering the times we are living in. With Earth entering a new era, here’s to hoping we get to see Gigi and Mia again someday.

Does it have obvious queer representation? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Seven Secrets issue 12 review
Seven Secrets Issue 12 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Seven Secrets Issue 12

After learning about Canto’s true allegiance in the previous issue, Seven Secrets issue 12 by writer Tom Taylor gave us Amon’s backstory that helped explain his actions in the present. Amon and Canto’s relationship was cute and it made for a good discussion about whether or not it made sense to love a mysterious organization (and the accompanying propaganda) more than an actual person. There were also certain similarities between Amon and Casper.

Talking about Casper, with his powers being activated (he can fly now), is he one of the seven secrets, too? I would like to know.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Time Before Time issue 5 review
Time Before Time Issue 5 (Image: Image Comics)

Time Before Time Issue 5

Things have drastically changed for Nadia and Tatsuo. The big guns are going to get involved now. That’s all I will say without spoiling what occurred in Time Before Time issue 5 by co-writers Declan Shalvey and Rory McConville. So good!

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Wynd issue 10 review
Wynd Issue 10 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Wynd Issue 10

Writer James Tynion IV gave Wynd a huge makeover in Wynd issue 10 as our young lead character accepted his powers. However, he did seem to be experiencing some trouble keeping himself under control while using his new form. Not only did Wynd go through a massive transformation, but his relationship with Thorn also progressed, with the two sharing a little kiss. Also, I guess Thorn has magical hair now? I’m here for it.

Prince Yorik got a moment to go through some character development as we got to learn about his thought process. In Wynd issue 10, he came to the realization that it doesn’t matter if you’re a prince or not. If you have someone to care for, you will always have responsibilities and that’s a good thing.

With the Vampyres retreating and things moving toward a Faerie and Human war, I can’t wait for this series to return!

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Black's Myth issue 3 review
Black’s Myth Issue 3 (Image: Ahoy Comics)

Black’s Myth Issue 3

I was provided with a free digital copy of Black’s Myth issue 3 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

I’m a sucker for stories featuring supernatural beings finding a way to live while staying hidden in the human world. And writer Erick Palicki’s Black’s Myth is giving me just that. Black Myth issue 3 showed how vampires functioned in Palicki’s fictional world. After their vampire encounter, Strummer and Ben were left without any leads. I liked seeing Strummer think about how working on such a case was different from her usual non-supernatural work. Being a werewolf, she could easily tell if a human had been unfaithful or was lying. However, her heightened senses weren’t really coming in handy when figuring out who stole the silver bullets.

We got introduced to a new character simply called the old man. The creature, interested in hoarding valuable stuff, did offer some direction to our crime-solving duo, but it is clear that the deeper Strummer and Ben wander, the more danger they will be in.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Hailstone issue 5 cover
Hailstone Issue 5 (Image: comiXology Originals)

Hailstone Issue 5

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

By co-creators Rafael Scavone (writer) and Rafael de Latorre (artist), Hailstone came to a satisfying conclusion in the fifth issue. We got to see Denton and Tobias try and survive an attack. Captain Spencer died. Which… yay!

And while I enjoyed the tense finale, with Lucy and Ann also playing a role in saving Denton and Tobias, the most impactful scene was Denton finally getting closure involving the death of his son. From the emotional dialogue to the buildup toward the decision Denton had to make, everything was handled perfectly, in my opinion. I loved the bunch of panels showing the sunrise as well as what Denton had been up to while using only a single page.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 - Family Ties Issue 1 review
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Family Ties Issue 1 (Image: Dark Horse Comics)

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Family Ties Issue 1

I was provided with a free digital copy of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Family Ties issue 1 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

Co-written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Family Ties issue 1 is a one-shot offering a fun little adventure for the titular character and agent Susan Xiang. The search for a copy of Gustav Strobl‘s book Witchcraft and Demonology leads the pair to a suburban home where things have turned sinister.

Hellboy family ties issue 1 review
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Family Ties Issue 1 (Image: Dark Horse Comics)

Every family has certain issues they need to handle. And sometimes, there are issues that can never be resolved. I liked how the narrative took the parent-child relationship dynamic and gave it a demonic twist. Also, Laurence Campbell is back as the artist!

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up.   

Which comic books did you read this week? Any thoughts about Wynd issue 10?

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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