Comix Portal: DC Comics And Beyond

Every so often, I’m going to break my rule about reviewing books I haven’t done previously, and this week I have two that I can’t wait to talk about!

1. Hotwire: Deep Cut #3 of 3. Boyoboyoboyoboy! I’m so glad this comic arrived in my store today!

Here’s the synopsis of this issue: “For detective-exorcist Alice Hotwire, waking in a jail cell is an unwelcome flashback to youth.

“With Bertus Rantz and his team of private contractor ghost-hunters out to win a permanent city contract by any means necessary, Alice must first escape to keep the job she hates, then compete with Rantz to capture a blue-light possessed robot and rescue the injured woman he has taken hostage.

“Can Alice outwit Rantz, who has little intention of bringing them in ‘alive,’ save the hostage, and return safely home to her boyfriend from hell?”

Written and drawn by Steve Pugh, this issue wraps up the current mini-series from Radical Publishing.  I had the chance to interview Steve a few weeks back, and we talked about the book. You can still listen to my discussion with him at

This issue is the perfect conclusion to the mini-series. It was worth the wait! It’s packed with a fascinating story that has great twists and turns as well as excellent art. I did want to say that I thought this issue’s artwork did a particularly great job of conveying a sense of space, such as when Alice attacked a blue light and when she jumps out of a ship. (“Irony’s only funny when it happens to other people!” she says. I love that line!)

One of the things that makes this comic so special is the rendering of Alice’s face. Her big, expressive eyes combined with her pale complexion make her something special and unique among women in comics. She’s able to stand up with the big boys even though they may be a couple of feet taller than she is!

I really like Alice’s struggles to do her job and to make sense of her universe. Then, too, the relationship between Tom and Eva was so touching that I really wanted things to work out well for them. I was fascinated by the way that turned out.

I’m always intrigued by the strong sci-fi storylines. I love a great SF story, and Hotwire always delivers! The comic has just the right mix of plot and character, enough about the people and the science to keep me wanting more!

I’ve turned on several other comics fans to this book, and if you aren’t reading it, you should be! It’s a brilliant marriage of plot and art, and it will take you into a universe you’ve never been to before. Don’t miss it!

2. Atomic Robo: Deadly Art Of Science #3 of 5. It’s always a good comics week when a new Atomic Robo issue comes out!

Here’s the summary from Red 5 Comics: “New York City, 1931. What do mobsters, hi-tech heists, and a robot behemoth have in common? And where the heck does a legendary crystal skull fit into it all?

“Atomic Robo and Chicago’s vigilante gangbuster Jack Tarot are on the case – but what’ll happen when Tesla finds out about Robot moonlighting?”

I dearly love SF comics like Hotwire, but I also enjoy a fun romp as well.

Each issue of Atomic Robo makes me smile, laugh out loud and go “Awwww!” It’s one of the most human and humane comics around … and that’s saying something since the main character is a human brain in a robot body. It’s kind of a funny version of Paul Chadwick‘s Concrete.

What made this issue stand out to me was the relationship between Robo and Helen. I was touched by the scene when she actually kissed his face … and liked it. Wow, I thought, she must really like him.

Another sequence I thought was great was when Jack Tarot teaches Robo how to shoot a gun. All that time at a zen temple apparently gave Jack some guidance!

But again, this comic centers around Robo’s unbridled enthusiasm for getting to embark on an adventure. While all Jack is worried about is not getting killed, Robo’s dying to run in, guns a-blazing. Jack is a perfect Batman to Robo’s Robin.

This issue I particularly paid attention to Robo’s expressive eyes. Just like Alice, a lot of what the character is feeling is communicated so effectively through his eyes.

If you want some fun in your comics diet, I prescribe an issue of Atomic Robo every time you can find one! It’s a great cure for moody, dark nights!

Also out this week of note are: from DC, Batman And Robin #20 (the debut of the new creative team), Doc Savage #11, the always entertaining Knight & Squire #5, Rebels #25, Thunder Agents #4, and Unwritten #22; from Dynamite!, Buck Rogers Annual #1; from IDW, Star Trek Infestation #1; from Image, Walking Dead #81; and from Boom! Studios, Farscape #16 and Stan Lee Starborn #3.

The only Brightest Day comic out this week was Justice League: Generation Lost #19. Will Blue Beetle survive? Buy the book and find out! Also, a prelude to the upcoming War Of The Green Lanterns event was released, and that was Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #7. It’s a good introduction to what’s going to come, so don’t miss it! And if you want to jump on Flashpoint early, pick up this week’s Flash #9.

Listen to the next episode of “This Week In Comics” on SFP-NOW coming your way soon to hear Ian Cullen and me talk about the highlights and lowlights of recently released comics! Then keep an eye out for the next Wayne’s Comics half-hour podcast coming soon after that!

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