My Hero Academia: Season Two, Part One

11702453-8944561249026207In the near future, 80% of the population is born with super human abilities. In a world like this, becoming a superhero is more than just a fever dream. Superheroes are everywhere. Working everyday to keep the world safe. They are respected, and idolised, and none is more well-known than All-Might! The symbol of peace. Students all over Japan dream of getting into U.A. Academy, the number one high school for superheroes in training, none more so then Izuku “Deku” Midoriya. Unfortunately for him, despite spending his entire life studying and trying to understand what it truly means to be a hero, Midoriya is one of the 20% born without abilities. Constantly ridiculed by his classmates and those around him for ever thinking he could be a hero, Midoriya still studies hard in hopes of being the first U.A. Academy student without abilities. It’s during a fateful encounter with his idol All-Might, and his own heroism trying to save a classmate, that Midoriya’s life is changed forever.

The first season of My Hero Academia took the anime community by storm on it’s release in 2016. Based on the manga by Kohei Horikoshi and published in the renowned Weekly Shonen Jump. The same magazine that gave us Dragon Ball, Death Note, Naruto and Haikyuu!!. My Hero Academia found it’s audience almost immediately, to the point that an anime adaptation was practically inevitable. It’s 13-episode first season exploded in popularity both in its native Japan and oversees thanks to Funimation’s simulcast. Now, Funimation is back with a physical release of Season two, Part One!

The first half of season two gives us something all Shonen fans know all too well. A tournament arc! And while tournament arcs can be fun, a lot of the time they end up being set ups to larger story points and major shifts. Such as the Chunin exams arc in Naruto leading to the one-tale encounter and Orochimaru. However, My Hero Academia embraces the fun and excitement that a tournament arc can be and uses it to flesh out not only main characters and side characters, but the world itself.


After the events of season one, our main characters gear up for the U.A. Sports festival. A chance to show off their skills in a televised event. Go up against other class’s such as the previously unseen Class 1-B, the Support classes, Business course and General Studies. As well as try and get the attention of potential recruiters. Going through an obstacle course designed to test their skills, a cavalry battle that sees different combinations of strengths and skills, all leading up to a round robin style battle till only one stands. While there is no big stake on the line, the students will get to take part in these events two more times before they graduate. The 13-episode arc explores the characters in a wonderful way. Character motives and abilities are explored to a phenomenal degree, with the clear stand outs being both Uraraka and Todoroki. A girl who wants to make it big and earn a lot of money for the simple reason of helping out her parents, and a young man torn between his sense of self-worth, his family life, and the pressures put upon him by his father. My Hero Academia does so much justice to it’s characters in this 13-episode arc, that it works almost as a blue print to how to do tournament arcs as stories in themselves, and not just a means to an end.

While the animation in season one was already impressive, season two steps it up beautifully. Adding not only an extra punch to action scenes but in characterisation too. Small and subtle details are added to each of the characters movements that work well to give another dimension to them. Bakugo’s egotistical personality has a whole other level of flair to it with his casual movements. But no character benefits more from this than Iida. The slightly high strung and nervous class representative shows so much more personality in just his hand gestures. It’s a small thing but speaks volumes about the characters.

Both the English dub and the Japanese audio are incredibly impressive. All the actors give it there all throughout in both languages. However, if an all-star had to be chosen, it’s Ayane Sakura as Uraraka in the Japanese dub. Her phone call to her father mid-way through the tournament is sure to bring a tear to your eye.

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The show’s opening, ‘Peace Sign’ by Kenshi Yonezu is delightfully infectious and gets you excited for the episode to come. Partnered well with an opening animation of our heroes stretching in preparation, before exploding in a flurry of action as the tempo in the music picks up and explodes. The show’s ending theme, ‘Dakara, Hitori ja nai’ by Little Glee Monster, is rather poppy, and is a take it or leave it song that you’ll either love or tolerate, but it’s paired with a rather lovely sequence following the shows lead girls, highlighting just how well My Hero Academia characterises its female cast especially.

The Blu-ray release of My Hero Academia Season two, Part one also contains episode 13.5. A fantastic 23 minute summery of season one, that works very well for those wanting a bit of a reminder of the previous 13 episodes, or those just wanting to relive it one more time before diving into season 2. Also included are textless versions of the opening and ending credits. A set of 13 shorts presented by the American voice actors talking about their favourite charities in the ‘Be a Hero’ initiative, as well as a fantastic interview with Yoshihiko Umakoshi, the shows character designer and chief animation director for season two.

The first half of My Hero Academia’s second season is a wild ride of fun and excitement that leave you hungry for even more. A fantastic character exploration and intense action pact experience. My Hero Academia Season two, Part one is available for pre-order and due for release April 2nd on Blu-ray and DVD.




Bakuman Vol. 1 [Part 1]

When you search titles from Shonen Jump, you’ll find yourself confronted with mainly battle series. The likes of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto, My Hero Academia by Kohei Hirokoshi, or Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato. Beyond the obvious fighting series, you also have other forms of battle like food fighting in Yuto Tsukuda’s Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, battles of sport such as volley ball in Haruichi Furudate’s Haiku!! and American football with Riichiro Inagaki’s Eyeshield 21. From just an overview, it’s easy to classify stories published under the Shonen Jump title as battle series, of one kind or another.

In 2003, the team of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata brought the series Death Note to Weekly Shonen Jump. A series that ones again could be called a battle series, but one of minds and ideologies. The series became massively popular to the point that it spawned an animated series, a series of Japanese live action films, spin-off novels, and an American film adaptation on Netflix. The series was strong throughout, to the point that it’s highly regarded the world over, and while it was artificially stretched out with a longer second act just to keep making money. The series ending had one massive question from fans. What would these two creators go on to do next?

Enter 2008 and the release of Bakuman. The return of Ohba and Obata. After such a dark and strange series such as Death Note, Bakuman could be anything. It could be just as messed up, it could be just as polarising in terms of ethics.

Instead, Bakuman is the story of two 14-year-old boys as they try to find their place in the world, and get a series published in Weekly Shonen Jump, while the series itself ran in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series in an intriguing and meta look at the inner workings of not only the magazine, but the lives of those that work week after week in order to have their work published.

Chapter 1: Dreams and Reality


The opening chapter introduces us to Moritaka Mashiro. A 14-year-old just entering the last year of compulsory education. Mashiro is a talented artist and strong-minded kid, but he knows what is expected of him, and resigns himself to an ordinary life.

“The normal path means getting into a good high school, a good college and a good company to work for. So I guess I’m just going to live a normal life. I don’t want to cause any problems for my parents. I don’t want to be called a shut-in. That’s why I go to school even though it’s so much easier to stay at home and sit in front of the computer or play video games. I don’t want to be called a freeloader in the future, so I’ll become a white-collar worker even though I don’t want to.”

Mashiro sits in his class, takes his notes, and quietly draws the girl he loves quietly. Since exams are going on, the class is allowed a half day to study. Upon getting home, he realises that he’s left his notebook in his desk and quietly walks back alone to get it. As he makes his way back to the classroom, he finds Akito Takagi sat at his desk. Akito Takagi, the smartest kid in school, and adored by all the teachers. Takagi reveals to Mashiro that he’s seen in his note book, he knows about the very detailed and well-drawn sketches of Mashiro’s crush, Azuki. Obata and Ohba even make a very casual nod to their previous series. When Takagi holds up the notebook, he notes the expression on Mashiro’s face and comments:

“Come on, don’t look so serious. It’s not like it’s a Death Note.”


Mashiro, already resigned to just living an ordinary life, assumes that Takagi will tell him to back off on his crush. Takagi even follows up by making a comment about how she’s reserved but probably the cutest girl in school. However, he takes Mashiro by surprise by saying that she probably likes him too. Flustered, Mashiro asks how he knows that, and Takagi’s only real response is that he sits in the back of the classroom, so he watches everyone. Mashiro finally asks for his notebook back, but Takagi has one condition.

“I want you to team up with me to create manga.”

Mashiro is surprised that Takagi, a smart kid, destined for a bright future, is so dedicated to something like creating manga. Mashiro even breaks down to him how unlikely it is to succeed in that world. How much it takes from a person, and how the only ones that truly succeed are born geniuses. Comparing those foolish enough to try to gamblers. Mashiro’s thoughts on the industry at this point are very much the harsh reality. Ohba, the series writer, uses this opportunity as a chance to explain to the audience how he feels about it all. Using Mashiro as his mouthpiece for the moment, having him state:

“You’re a manga artist if you create one mega hit or several ones successful enough to live off of. Otherwise, you’re just a gambler. Even the author of Death Note wrote somewhere that he’d probably starve to death in five years if he didn’t keep working.”

Takagi, surprised by how well and much Mashiro knows asks why he has this opinion. And Mashiro reveals that his uncle used to be a manga artist for jump, drawing a small gag comic known as Superhero Legend. An artist that passed away largely unknown to the world but was still a big source of inspiration to Mashiro.

It’s speculated that the series author, Tsugumi Ohba, has been using a pen name for years, and is actually Hiroshi Gamo. An artist and writer who worked on a similarly styled Tottemo! Luckyman, and that the commentary in Bakuman about Mashiro’s uncle, is Ohba talking about his own previous career, and how hard that was for him. The theory comes from the pages between chapters that show Ohba’s doodles and notes to artist Takeshi Obata for each chapter, and the similarity between Mashiro’s uncle’s characters, and Gamo’s Luckyman.

Mashiro tries to leave, and Takagi asks what exactly does he want from life. Is he happy with just being an ordinary business man? If he going to ever use his natural artistic talent, or just waste it? Mashiro comments on Takagi’s persistence, and tells him that he’ll think about it.

Home, Mashiro sits trying to study for the upcoming exam, but just can’t get into the right mindset. He takes a break and starts playing a game, but Takagi’s words are echoing in his mind. He thinks back to the times as a kid where he would sit in his uncle’s studio, watching him work himself to the bone, and a story of why he does what he does. That he was in love with a girl from middle school and wanted to become rich and famous, so he could give her the life she deserved. That they exchanged letters back and forth since they went their separate ways, but by the time Mashiro’s uncle had gotten a series published, and it was about to become a TV show. They were both in their 30s and she had gotten married. He carried on what he was doing, getting published as much as he could, because the more he had his name published, the more she would be able to see his success. Something he wouldn’t be able to do as a regular salary man.


Mashiro thinks about it all, still sat there, game system in hand. As his mother walks in and shouts at him for not studying. Asking if he even cares about his future. As she leaves, his frustration about everything is let out as he punches both his bed and the system. His phone begins to ring, as Takagi voice comes through, telling Mashiro that he’s going to Azuki’s house to confess. Mashiro is flustered, unsure of what he means, as Takagi asks him to come with. Reluctantly, Mashiro agrees and bikes to meet Takagi by Azuki’s house.


As they ring the door bell, and the pair panic. Azuki’s mother answer’s through the speakers. Later bringing Azuki herself to the phone. Takagi asks if she could come to the door, and she agrees. Now face to face, upon seeing each other Azuki and Mashiro blush before looking away. Takagi announces to her that the pair are going to become manga creators, and they came here to tell her that. Takagi reveals that he knows Azuki’s dream is to become a voice actress. A flustered and panicked Mashiro is dragged into better view, and blurts out that Takagi will be writing, while he draws it. Azuki is greatly happy to hear this, and even comments that if the pair get published, and if that series is made into a tv show, then maybe she can voice one of the characters.

Mashiro’s memories of his uncle’s story blair through his head, and in a moment of passion, he shouts:

“So if that dream ever comes true, will you marry me?”


Takagi and Azuki are shocked by his comment, and Mashiro suddenly realises what he had said. Azuki runs back into her house and closes the door. The pair are freaking out for a moment, before Azuki’s voice rings back through the speakers.

“Mashiro? Okay. I promise you.”


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Clarissa by Jason Yungbluth

Independent comics are perhaps some of the most experimental you can find. With no publisher or financial backer to worry about, particularly in the age of the internet, an artist/writer can explore any themes or settings they wish without fear of loosing the ability to publish. The internet lets these creators express their ideas to the world openly and freely. This can range from slice of life type works where people chronicle their everyday worlds, to strange sci-fi and fantasy that’s simply too weird for a mainstream publisher to get in the first place. This freedom opens creators up to go as weird and nonsensical as they wish, or even to explore the darkest realms of humanity.

Enter Clarissa.

Created by Jason Yungbluth in 1999, Clarissa centres around a young girl and her almost anachronistic 50’s family. A seemingly perfect family, complete with 2.5 kids, a doting mother and head of the household father. Problem is, this is all just a cover up. Clarissa, the youngest of them all, is frequently the victim of sexual assault and rape at the hands of her father. The rest of the family is shown in fear of the father, and keeping up, above all else, the image of the perfect family.

The stories are mostly told from Clarissa’s point of view as we see the lengths she goes to at such a young age to avoid her pain, or even to get other people to understand what is going on in her life. Including her nursery school teacher or some of the kids around her. The series has this dark humour vibe running through it. Almost like it’s trying to make you awkwardly laugh while horror unfolds before you.

An example of this is the story Stuffed Friend. A five-page short story written and drawn in 2001.

The story begins with the mother calling Clarissa over saying that she’s brought her a brand new stuffed bunny. The mother’s appearance right before this exchanged shows her clearly drinking while she wears a coat and hat reminiscent of that of Jackie Kennedy the day J.F.K. was shot. The mother tells Clarissa not to lose THIS one. Implying that Clarissa’s toys have a habit of disappearing. Clarissa goes to bed, dragging the bunny behind her. At night, the bunny comes to life, jumping all around the room, trying to get Clarissa to play with him. Clarissa is unfazed throughout the entire event. The door begins to open, and the bunny comments that it will play possum till the coast is clear. The shadow of her father envelops the room and it’s implied that several hours pass. The father leaves, and Clarissa is shown with her clothes open, her frown now slightly shaken, and her hair out of place. The bunny comes back to life and comments “Holy Shit! That’s… Uh… That’s a little bit more than I signed on for”. The bunny jumps off the bed and towards the window, saying sorry to the young girl before jumping out of the window. The final shot shows a pile of stuffed animals all laying on the ground outside.


This is not a one-off incident. This is routine in Clarissa’s life. A later comic Bath Time Fun! shows Clarissa’s painful and self-deprecating bath routine as she tells herself about how Daddy never keeps his promises to stop doing the yucky things he does. How she locks the door and doesn’t open it no matter how much money Daddy slips under the door.

The stories of Clarissa are fictional and short. But these stories can be all two true for many people around the world. Which Clarissa is written and drawn as somewhat of a dark comedy, it can indeed be a daily horror in reality.

The full selection of Clarissa comics, as well as Jason Yungbluth’s other work is available on his website here:


The Character of Trunks – Nature Vs. Nurture

Dragon Ball Z was a stable of after school TV in my house. Part of the family routine and something we all enjoyed during dinner. I vividly remember dropping my fork the moment the terrifying villain Freiza was sawn in half by his own attack. When Goku attained a level of power that no one thought possible. Super Saiyan. How far we have come from that Wednesday afternoon so many years ago. I remember commenting to my sister that I didn’t think the show could get any better. That it had hit it’s peak. A few weeks later, a now partly robotic Frieza lands on Earth. Prepared to destroy the planet and prove that he was indeed the strongest in the universe. Problem is, Goku hadn’t yet made it back to Earth. With the exception of the other Fighters, who had either fallen to Frieza or knew they stood no chance, Earth was defenceless. And then a stranger arrived.

A purple haired teenager, complete with a denim jacket sporting the Capsule Corp logo on his sleeve, and a sword equipped to his back. So far, every new character that showed up was either a one off or a villain. But this kid didn’t look like a villain, and he was too well designed to be a one off. So, who was he?

And then he went Super Saiyan. Another Saiyan had arrived, one that could slice Frieza and King Cold in half without breaking a sweat. The other fighters are noticeably on edge, as is the audience, when he powers down and just walks casually towards them. This mysterious stranger tells the group that Goku will land nearby shortly and that they should wait with him.

As the story carries on, we learn that this mysterious stranger is actually the future son of lead character Bulma, and once villain and Prince of the Saiyan’s Vegeta. The half-Saiyan Trunks. That already seemed insane. Why would Bulma and Vegeta ever have a kid together!?

Over time, we learned that Trunks had come back in time because a greater evil was coming. One that dwarfed even the power of Frieza and was set to turn the world into a post-apocalyptic nightmare. One that Trunks had grown up in largely alone. Raised by just his mother and the watchful eye of an older Gohan. As a young man, Trunks had watched the world fall apart. His father had fallen, as had the rest of the main series fighters and Earth was practically defenceless against the force of the Androids. Trunks had come back in time to warn them and to save Goku’s life. In Trunks’ timeline, Goku had died before the Androids awoke from a remarkably normal cause. Heart failure.

Trunks’ warning gave the cast of characters two years to prepare for the fight of their lives.

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Despite being strong and fast, Trunks was well spoken and respectful. Overly cautious and frequently on edge. Trunks’ personality and mannerisms are heavily reminiscent of that of an older Gohan. Strong but very aware of what he could do. Walking on egg-shells. Not to mention the world he grew up in. This is a young man who has gone through hell, seen people he cares for die, and lived to tell the tale. One who feels the weight of everything that has happened and knows the value of life. This is even explored well in the film, The History of Trunks (1993), in which we see his world up close and personal.

When the time comes for the Androids to arrive, leading into the greatly celebrated Cell arc, Trunks comes back in time again, to fight by the hero’s side in order to ensure a better future. When he comes back, he is met by a very strange sight. Himself. He arrives back in the present timeline to find Bulma holding a baby, one that will someday grow into the young man from the future.

Skip forward past the Cell Games arc, and that baby is now a young boy. Brash and arrogant. Overly confident and convinced that with the exception of his father, no one could beat him. This is Kid Trunks.

Kid Trunks

Despite being the same person, Future Trunks is the kind of person Kid Trunks would look down upon, despite the age gap. With Future Trunks’ kinder demeanour, and cautiousness, Kid Trunks would consider him weak. The same way he looks down largely on a now teenage Gohan. That in an error of peace, the fighters have gone soft in the eyes of this young kid, especially one that idolises his warrior prince father.

Trunks works as an example of nature vs. nurture. While both are strong and capable fighters, even with Kid Trunks being significantly younger than his future counterpart. But with the difference in personality, had their designs differed you would be forgiven for thinking they were two different people. While the state of the time they grew up in is a major factor in both of their identities. It’s their relationship with their father or father figure that perhaps defined them the most. As stated before, Future Trunks grew up in a wasteland. A world that lived in fear of the Androids. Specifically, Androids 17 and 18. He was raised by his mother, with an older Gohan keeping an eye on them both. In a world were the Z-Fighters no longer stand, Trunks grew up asking his mother what his father was like. Why would you ever tell a child that their father was at one point a monster? The malevolent prince of a warrior race that once tried to destroy them all. Future Trunks would hear stories of his father, the noble prince as he stood against the Androids along side the other fighters. With Gohan as his trainer and mentor, Future Trunks holds respect for the father he never knew, but largely takes on the mannerisms of Gohan. On edge and nervous, but very respectful.

Kid Trunks on the other hand, grew up in a time of peace. The Androids and Cell defeated, and the world at ease even after the death of Goku. Kid Trunks was raised by his father and mother. Vegeta training the young boy to be a proud warrior, but still giving him the freedom to be a kid since there was little to no danger threatening the planet. His arrogance and lack of respect for Goku is heavily influenced by Vegeta’s own views. Telling the boy that since he is of royal blood, that he should look down at a commoner like Kakkarot (Goku’s birth name) and his family. Being the son of the prince, Trunks thinks himself better than most, even attaining the level of Super Saiyan at a young age. Even his friendship with the young Goten, the youngest son of Goku, is phrased as a competition.

Trunks is an interesting and unique character within the Dragon Ball mythos. Both versions of him. Both versions have an interesting amount of depth to them. While they have met in none-canon video games, it will be more than interesting to see the pair united in the current Dragon Ball Super.


Trying Something New – Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird

In an effort to try something new, I searched through my books to find something I haven’t read before but have been curious of for a while. Today, that is Doctor Strange.

I’ve certainly come across him in other books, most noticeably Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Wars. Not to mention the Benedict Cumberbatch film for the MCU. But even with that familiarity, I was yet to dive into the Doctor Strange comics until now.

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Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird is the first volume of Jason Aaron’s run and part of the second Marvel Now relaunch. Jason Aaron is also the writer of Marvel’s Star Wars series. Given my familiarity with the writer, and that the relaunches are intended to hook in new readers, this seemed like a decent starting point. I’ve heard before that a good starting place for Doctor Strange is The Oath by Brian K. Vaughan but given that the point of the ‘Trying Something New’ exercise is to read books I’ve collected but not read, my choices are limited.

As a relaunch, the first issue works incredibly well! The book opens with an explanation page, as told by Stephen himself. The explanation page, while not completely accurate, even resembles older comics to add weight to how long Stephen has been doing this. How battle worn and experienced he is. This jumps to seeing Stephen in action. Fighting interdimensional beings that have managed to infect the soul and body of a young boy. All the while, we are hearing Stephen describe and talk about how he feels about all this, and how activity seems to be increasing of late. This is a great way to hook in a new reader, as we are learning not only about Stephen, but his line of work, how he feels about it, how weird it all seems even to him. It’s refreshing. Especially mixed with such vibrant and intricate artwork.

“Just that one glimpse is all it takes to drive the average person to the brink of madness. If they only knew. If they could only see the world the way that I do. The human body is a breeding ground for microscopic monsters. Whether you know it or not, your flesh has been colonized by millions of bacteria. Right now there are mites living on your face and eating your dead skin. Look it up if you don’t believe me. Though you may regret you did. Your Soul attracts parasites as well. On a mystical level, instead of a microscopic one. Interdimensional Bacteria. They may look like monsters, but like those aforementioned face-mites, they’re relatively harmless. Some are even helpful. Some are spiritual burdens that are none of my business.”

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Through the first issue, we are introduced to not only Stephen, but other members of the Marvel Magical universe, such as Doctor Voodoo and the Scarlet Witch. We get some nice foreshadowing that will pay off later, and even begin to explore the Sanctum Sanctorum through the eyes of a none believer.

The Way of the Weird trade contains the first 5 issues, and while it works as a great introduction, it’s also a tremendous hook for a seemingly massive story arc. Though the first two issues, both in story and especially in the last pages. Were shown moments where magic is failing, or that Sorcerers from other dimensions are being hunted down and killed. That these things are starting to infect not just Stephen but this world. It’s built up slowly and alongside Stephen’s character in the eyes of new readers. Meaning that after we have spent some time in Stephen’s world and seeing how he works, we care about the magic dying. We can see the consequences of such a thing.

At key moments in the story, we are treated to lesson’s Stephen has learnt along the way. Most noticeably the price he pays for using magic. That he can no longer eat normal food, his body is host to its own magical parasites. That he may spend days ill because of over use. It’s phrased in a memory he experiences with the Ancient One. That when he was ordered to use his broken hands to punch the Ancient One, the punch hurts him just as much. That there is always a price for using force. It’s the same with magic. This ties in rather well to the final story threads of issue 5. That magic is disappearing, and it’s time to pay the price.

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As a first Doctor Strange book, this works great. It introduces the world and character. Gives you an understanding of how magic works and its cost. As well as making you want to explore more and keep reading. The second volume is now high on my list of things to read. A wonderful and gripping introduction to the world of Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme!


DC’s Action Comics #1000 Sneak Peak Animation

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Superman! And while DC won’t be celebrating it properly until April with the release of Action Comics #1000. They released a lovely little sneak peak to the upcoming celebration in the form of a short animation.

It feels heavily reminiscent of the animation released for the 75th anniversary. Though the 75th anniversary animation pays tribute to multiple versions of Superman. Including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve’s interpretation, right down to Reeve’s flying scene over the Earth.

2018 already has a lot planned for the Man of Steel. Including the aforementioned Action Comics #1000, the return of the red trunks and the take over by Brian Michael Bendis (which I’m still on the fence about). Here’s hoping DC peppers the year with more of these lovely little added extras!