May Have Missed: February

May Have Missed is a monthly post in which I talk about a handful of standout comics that were published during the previous month.

Allow me to, once more, welcome everyone to another installment of May Have Missed. This list is by no means a comprehensive list, however, if I discussed every book that excites me, my wife would probably have my mouth wired shut, and she’s a comic fan. That’s how much I talk about comics. I can even annoy other comic fans. Oh, that might be another superpower I can add to my list. My dreams of becoming a hero draw closer. Now the list says: Sarcastic and annoying. Enough about me, let’s get into the books!

Mirror-Issue-One-CoverMirror #1

Written By: Emaa Rios
Art By: Hwei Lim
Cover Art By: Hwei Lim
Published: February 3, 2016 by Image Comics

What a beautiful book, and I’m not talking about the art alone. This story is filled with whimsy and thoughtfully crafted characters. We have mages, a lab-mouse-girl, a dog-guy ready to kill everyone, and a bear who’s seemingly wise, and possibly magical. What grabbed me here were the emotions these characters conveyed in such a short time. I found myself feeling deeply for these characters after only a handful of pages. By the end, I wasn’t sure where this story was headed. What I did know is that my care for these characters will be bringing me to the next issue.

Symmetry-Issue-Three-CoverSymmetry #3

Written By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Raffaele Ienco
Cover Art By: Raffaele Ienco
Published: February 17, 2016 by Image Comics

So, the sun screws everything up in the utopian world of Symmetry, and since that time we’ve been following the aftermath. People are seeing death for the first time, and it’s freaking them out. Animals are hunting down our stranded group of humans, who apparently have the survivalist skills of a marshmallow. Luckily, the government finds our sad, helpless, little group of people and is bringing them home. Unfortunately, there’s the possibility that the very group who was just rescued, may also be targets for murder. These people just can’t catch a break.

Dreaming-Eagles-Issue-Three-CoverDreaming Eagles #3

Written By: Garth Ennis
Art By: Simon Coleby
Cover Art By: Francesco Francavilla
Published: February 24, 2016 by Aftershock Comics

There’s never been a comic that has motivated my interest in history more than this book. Seriously, this comic is phenomenal. The initial set-up of the story has been made, and how we’re going to be learning of the Tuskegee Airmen has been delivered. We’ve seen how different things were for these men all the way back to their days of training, and now we’re in the air with them, and the mistreatment continues. These guys suffered, and because this is being told through a father recounting these stories to his son, it’s all the more compelling.

Faith-Issue-Two-CoverFaith #2

Written By: Jody Houser
Art By: Francis Portela & Marguerite Sauvage
Cover Art By: Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
Published: February 24, 2016 by Valiant Entertainment

Faith’s first issue has, apparently, exploded in popularity. I say apparently, not to downplay it, but to champion it because the hype is real for this book, and I don’t think anyone saw this coming. You can’t go too far into any comic shop without seeing it on display, and what’s being displayed isn’t the first print, or even the second, we’re on our third run. With issue two out, now we’re going to see if the hype holds, and I hope it does. We’re getting to know this character better, and seeing exactly what we can expect from here on out. What I expect is that I’ll be buying this for the foreseeable future.

Power-Man-and-Iron-Fist-One-CoverPower Man & Iron Fist #1

Written By: David Walker
Art By: Sanford Greene
Cover Art By: Sanford Greene
Published: February 17, 2016 by Marvel Comics

What can I say, I’m so hyped over the fact that my boys, Luke and Danny, are back in action that I can’t stop talking about it. They’re back in nearly every way fans could’ve wanted, and already up to their typical stunts of getting into trouble. This is a great book, and most certainly deserves all the love and attention it can get. I can’t recommend that you go buy this book enough. Seriously, go throw dollars at whoever you need to in order to own this.

Spider-Man-Issue-One-CoverSpider-Man # 1

Writen By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Sara Pichelli
Cover Art By: Sara Pichelli
Published: February 3, 2016 by Marvel Comics

Peter Parker, the classic, possibly legendary Spider-Man, has a lot on his plate. Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man, is dealing with life as both a regular kid and a superhero. It sounds like each could use the other’s help. If only they lived in the same dimension/reality…oh wait, Secret Wars messed up reality, so now they do. Hooray for convenience. Honestly, hooray for everyone, this is a great book and I’m looking forward to more.

Old-Man-Logan-Issue-Two-CoverOld Man Logan #2

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Andrea Sorrentino
Cover Art By: Andrea Sorrentino
Published: February 10, 2016 by Marvel Comics

What’s better than a Wolverine who constantly says, “Bub,” and reflects nearly as often that, “I’m the best there is at what I do. But what I do best isn’t very nice”? How about a Wolverine who was once a killing machine, turned hyper-pacifist, turned hyper-murdery once more. That’s right, Logan is back home in his new comic and he’s older than ever. We have classic Wolverine, popping claws and taking names…on his arm… he’s literally carving names into his arm. Sure the world is completely different than he remembers it; but is that enough to make him stop and consider, even for a moment, not to go knuckle deep into the face of his enemies? Now way! As a long time fan of Wolverine, I can’t tell you how excited I am that he’s stabby again.

Batman-Issue-Forty-Nine-CoverBatman #49

Written By: Scott Snyder
Art By: Yanick Paquette
Cover Art By: Yanick Paquette
Published: February 10, 2016 by DC Comics

Once upon a time Batman died. Then he didn’t die, but still kind of died because he forgot how to Batman. He did remember how to Bruce Wayne though. Well kind of, he sort of forgot that his parents were murdered in front of him, but that didn’t seem to bother him all that much. While all this is going on, a killer plant-man is taking over Gotham. What’s a Bruce-bat supposed to do? Alfred, to the Bat-cave! Without spoiling it, I cried a little for Alfred during this issue. He’s been through a lot in these last few issues, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be getting easier anytime in the near future.

Son-of-Batman-Issue-Nine-CoverRobin, Son of Batman #9

Written By: Patrick Gleason
Art By: Mick Gray & Patrick Gleason
Cover Art By: Mick Gray & Patrick Gleason
Published: February 17, 2016 by DC Comics

If you’re wondering where Damian has been during this whole Batman forgetting how to Batman, but kind of remembering how to Bruce Wayne, you get your answer, sort of, in this book. Without spoiling it, let’s just say Damian’s been around Gotham, but he’s not a big fan of the new Bruce. So he decides to pick up where his Bat-dad is failing, and attempts to keep Gotham from falling apart.

We-Are-Robin-Issue-Nine-CoverWe Are Robin #9

Written By: Lee Bermejo
Art By: Jorge Corona
Cover Art By: Lee Bermejo
Published: February 24, 2016 by DC Comics

Here we are, post Robin War, and these kids have learned a lot. The big lesson being, that the other Robin’s are actually trained. They’re really well trained, kind of superbly so, and it turns out those karate classes that a couple of them took when they were nine isn’t cutting it on the streets of Gotham. Unfortunately, a group of Jokers has popped up, and for our group of Robins, deciding whether or not to get involved is a legitimate and extremely tough choice.

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