As one of the rare comics characters who has aged in real time, John Constantine is no stranger to new trends and fashions. But a yoga-posing, pun-making, man-bun-wearing, spell-slinging hipster who worships at his feet might be too much even for him.
The chipper Tommy Willow-Tree (yes) may be a satchel-toting dandy who uses yoga poses to banish demons, but he’s probably better at John’s job than John is and can drink him under the table. Just an awful time for John Constantine.
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Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara have a lot of fun at Tommy’s expense — and really work the comedy moments like this one — but they don’t forget that Constantine himself is the misanthropic asshole the world needs, but not the one it deserves. I look forward to seeing where they take this team up.
When X-Men #7 wasn’t inventing a mutant religion, it was being irrepressibly horny. But I’ve got to admit that all this teasing about whether Jean, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Emma Frost are really in a loving polycule, and whether Cyclops and Wolverine are really exploring queer identity would be a lot more fun if Marvel wasn’t owned by Disney.
My favorite panel in Amethyst #1 is this lovely bit of physical comedy clip-clopping across floating gems.
This is Pamela the ant. Ant-Man is her tenANT. She does the recaps for the new Ant-Man comic. I would die for her.
Far Sector #4
Not to give too much of the plot away, but Far Sector continues to be one of the most interesting and visually creative sci-fi parables on the stands right now.
Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost
Russell Dauterman’s art and Matthew Wilson’s colors in the first of the new sweep of Giant Size X-Men books are great. That is all.
It feels like everybody’s doing a comic about an apocalyptic plague delivered through technology these days, but Tomorrow’s first issue kept me surprisingly engaged with some powerful introductions to its central characters. I’ll be keeping my eye on it!
Suicide Squad #3
First: I love that the Revolutionaries have a speedster who is only good for springs. Second: Yeah, Deadly Six! Weaponizing lust WOULD be icky!