Everyone has seen the new X-Men movie, and now it's time to get back to the comic store. And while it may be several years (or even decades) before the audience gets to see the Avengers and the X-Men share the silver screen in the same film, there's a comic right now that combines the best of Earth's Mightiest Heroes with the Strangest Teens of All. That title is Uncanny Avengers, and the twentieth issue of that title kicks off our reviews for the best new comics for the week of May 28, 2014.
Uncanny Avengers Issue No. 20
"Avenge the Earth" Part 3
The Uncanny Avengers Unity Squad continues to try to reassert the timeline to its true path, and this means bringing an end to the seeming mutant utopia of Planet X. However, because this is a future where mutants rule (and not one where they keep getting stabbed by Mystique-DNA-enhanced sentinels), some familiar faces are hesitant to give it up and return to a world that hates and fears them. This includes the obvious antagonists of Magneto, Blob, and Pyro, but it also includes some former X-Men, including Psylocke, Cable, and Cyclops. Fortunately, because Cyclops is always right, he quickly switches sides and begins to work together with the Unity Squad and his brother Havok to save the Earth.
This issue is written by Rick Remender with art by Daniel Acuña, and until 20th Century Fox and Disney reconcile and allow the X-Men and the Avengers to operate in the same cinematic universe, there are thrills in this title that simply cannot be replicated anywhere else. This book is highly recommended, so pick up your own copy here.
Batman Issue No. 31
"Zero Year" begins its final act with this issue, by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. Batman, James Gordon, and Lucius Fox are united with one purpose: to end the Riddler's reign of terror on Gotham City. But to do that, Batman must engage in a battle of riddles with Edward Nygma, and if he loses, he will have to battle some pretty large cats. Before all is said and done, Batman will learn the answer and the terrifying consequences of at least one riddle: "Everyone's attracted to me. Everyone falls for me, eventually. Who am I?" After this issue, there's only two more chapters of "Zero Year" left, but will Batman survive the experience? Yes, most likely, but it's still fun to see how he does it.
Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult Issue No. 1
The Doctor is In
The classic Gold Key character and self-described Master of the Occult receives a new series from Dynamite, written by Mark Waid with art by Neil Edwards. And this is one dark mage expert who doesn't prefer to operate in the dark. Here, the good doctor is the star of his own reality show, "Doctor Spektor: Brings 'Em Back Undead," which he and his crew broadcast live as he hunts down a for-real menacing vampire. Of course, since vampires don't photograph, Spektor has to provide the evil undead with some spontaneous sprayed on make-up. But even though Spektor remembered the make-up, and he remembers the rich man's vampire repellent (not garlic, but jade), will he be able to overcome the ghoulish power from beyond the grave? And more importantly, will his ratings hold in the face of competition from 500+ cable channels and everything else available to consume on the Internet?
This series has a good twist on a classic character, as Doctor Spektor at first appears confident and capable, but as the issue progresses, it's clear that this is one protagonist with feet of clay. And not only that, but Spektor has as-yet undetermined connections with the other Gold Key characters currently being published by Dynamite: Solar, Turok, and Magnus (the Man of the Atom, the Son of Stone, and the Robot fighter, respectively). This is an excellent start to the series from Waid and Edwards, and with any luck it will continue for quite a while.
Inhuman Issue No. 2
"The Queen in the Sky"
Medusa, a.k.a. Lady Big Hair, takes center stage in this issue from writer Charles Soule and artist Joe Madureira. As the royal queen of the Inhumans, Medusa does her best to diplomatically assuage the concerns of the newly Inhuman (Nuhumans), as well as those of the United States government, which sends an emissary in the form of Captain America. But this issue isn't all state affairs and politics: Cap and Medusa's meeting is cut short by call to assistance from an Inhuman salvage team in Central Park, which is as good an excuse as any for action scene between Cap/Inhumans and the nefarious forces of Advanced Idea Mechanics. And just wait until you see how Medusa uses her hair to handle the situation.
Inhuman continues to serve up excitement on an whole new level, thanks in large part to the kinetic pencils of Joe Madureira, who draws both quiet moments and actions scenes supremely well. Catch up on Inhuman today, and don't miss any future issues of Marvel's hottest new title.
Other New Comics This Week
Avengers and Catwoman
If you're on the hunt for something more cosmic from your comics, Avengers issue no. 30 continues the Marvel universe murder mystery on the moon begun in Original Sin. This one is written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Leinil Francis Yu.
Also, fans of Catwoman won't want to miss the latest issue of her title, no. 31, featuring the continuation of the "Race of Thieves" story from writer Ann Nocenti and artist Patrick Oliffe.
And, of course, if you have yet to see the new X-Men feature film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, it is definitely recommended to find some time in your week to check it out. Fans of any X-Men characters will likely be pleased by the finished product.