This Week In Comics – 08/16/13

Posted on by Cheekerson

Hi I’m MJ.  This week I am going to let you in on a secret.  I am Batmananaman.  I am a Banana-based superhero who dresses up as Batman.  I have all the powers of Batman plus the ability to send out the potent smell of bananas, as well as slippy abilities that are too complicated to thoroughly explain right now.





Kick Ass Poster

Kick-Ass 2 is out now.  I have seen it and I loved it.  It is totally awesome, and Jeff Wadlow does a great job of following on from Matthew Vaughn’s original.  It was great seeing all the characters again and getting back into that universe.

Also interesting was that they left quite a bit out from the Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass 2 comic books – there were some one-liners I was really expecting to be in it, although we got different but equally as awesome ones instead.

Not quite as good as the first film, admittedly, but a more than worthy sequel.  I really hope they round it out with a third and final movie, adapting the Kick-Ass 3 books.  I have only read the first issue, but so far it’s cool but a little slow.  Really my only criticism of the movie would be; a little more Hit-Girl would have been nice.

[Keep checking the site for Garrett’s official review, coming soon – Editor]


J Romita Jr

John Romita Jr has been a Marvel-exclusive artist for as long as I’ve been into comics (I think).  For those who don’t know, he has had significant input on Avengers, Captain America and Iron Man among others, and was the co-creator of Kick Ass (what a fortunate coincidence!).  His contract with Marvel is about to run out, and rumours are spreading that he may be looking for a change. 

I really hope we see some more creator-owned things from him, but in particular I’d love to see;

  • Variant covers of existing characters.
  • Image stuff.
  • DC work!

What would you most like to see drawn by the guy affectionately known as JRJR?  I would love to see some Green Lantern drawn by him, that’d be swell.  And an epic Superman run would be really good too.  I can’t imagine that he won’t do some DC stuff, it’s an interesting time!



Probably the best “new” book returns this week – Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples.  This comic book is the absolute best thing on the stands (excluding my favourite comic book in the whole wide world, Invincible).  It is simply glorious and is what comics are all about (or should be).  Humour, romance, action, great world building, PHENOMENAL dialogue and amazing artwork.  One of my favourite comic books ever.

The story follows two lovers, Alana and Marko, from opposing alien races, as they attempt to flee a galactic war and look after their newborn, Hazel.  With it’s mixed style, it has drawn comparisons from Star Wars, Game of Thrones and even Romeo & Juliet.

Now, it’s quite interesting what the creative team are doing with this book; they’ll do a story arc, and then have a 2 to 3 month break.  This is a far more refreshing approach than just having a book be constantly delayed, interrupting the pace of a storyline.  Sure, its annoying having to wait an extended period of time for such greatness, but it just makes it all the sweeter when it does return, and knowing that you will at least get five issues on a regular schedule and uninterrupted.

If you are reading this article and you do not read Saga, there is only one course of action – buy the first volume!  Its filthy cheap.  Seriously, just do it.  I cannot envision a world in which any individual with even the slightest passing interest in “stories” would not fall in love with Saga.  Anything I could say to describe it would be a disservice – just read it.

And that about does it for this week.  As they say in the gardening industry – Cheers.

If you have any questions, or want MJ to look at anything in the comic world with his squinty eyes, please leave a comment below.

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