When it comes to Mark Millar, I am a man divided. I’ve read some of his work at DC and loved it (for example Superman: Red Son) and the same stands for the work I’ve read of his at Marvel (such as Wolverine: Enemy of the State). But, when it comes to his creator owned work, I’m not always as convinced. Millar’s creator-owned work is known for its over-the-top action, violence, seedy suggestions, and strong language.
Written by Frank Miller, and with art by Jim Lee, All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder (Volume 1) is an out of continuity re-imaging of The Dark Knight’s early career and first encounter with The Boy Wonder. Collecting issues 1-9 of the never finished series, Volume 1 was released in 2008, to mixed reviews. Despite some awful lines, All Star Batman & Robin makes for an interesting read, but be prepared for a different kind of Batman; one that you might not like.
In Geek Girl #0 we’re introduced to Ruby Kaye, a popular teenager who wins a pair of super-tech glasses in a game of strip poker. These glasses grant her several super-powers including flight and super-strength, but come at a price; super-klutziness. Characterisation is a strong area in Geek Girl #0. Ruby is an initially unlikeable, opportunistic, and shallow girl, but her fall from grace makes for an interesting read.
Daredevil: Yellow is a 6-part Marvel mini-series written by Jeph Loeb with art by Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween; Batman: Dark Victory), that was originally published in 2001. The story concerns the origin and early days of Daredevil as told by The Man Without Fear himself through letters to his murdered former lover Karen Page.
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to read about the early adventures of Marvel’s greatest heroes as they were published? Or have you ever read an old Marvel comic and found it a bit dated and hard to get in to? Or have you ever just thought about what it would actually be like to be an ordinary man in a world full of superheroes?
The tricky thing about parodies is that they often come along at the height of the subject’s popularity, and consequently when they will be least welcomed by the masses and the fans, who might otherwise enjoy them.
Wolverine Goes To Hell collects Wolverine: The Road to Hell, and Wolverine #1-5 in a story that sees Wolverine facing an eternity paying for the sins he’s committed throughout his long life. Written by Jason Aaron, with art by Renato Guedes, Wolverine Goes To Hell is a deep and thoughtful, if mostly inconsequential, examination of Wolverine, his journey so far, and the legacy he may leave behind him, as long as you can overlook some inconsistencies along the way.
Silver Surfer: Requiem was published by Marvel Knights in 2007 as a four-issue miniseries written by J. Michael Straczynski, with art from Esad Ribic. Initially released to coincide with the Surfer’s first cinema appearance in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer the miniseries tells the story of Norrin Radd as he learns that his days are numbered.