I have decided to change things up going on. Instead I have decided, I will review in a new feature which will be called ‘BearSleuth Comic Book Bundle’. The bundle will be similar to my previous Secret Wars reviews except I’m going to name a pick of the week and attempt to give a higher level of criticism. So without further ado, here is my first BearSleuth Comic Book Bundle!
All images are taken from the DC Comics and Marvel Comics App [Accessed: 13/08/2015]
Batman Issue 43 By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Ever since Issue One of New 52 Batman I have been constantly surprised by the quality of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run. I do believe that some of the teams work is a little over hyped but it has always been fresh and fun to read. In this newest story arc they have possibly changed the course of Batman’s history forever and I really like the new direction. In this issue we get a great conversation between Clark Kent and Alfred Pennyworth that both justifies the new status quote and develops the relationship between both characters. The end of the issue is very dark and establishes the new Mr. Bloom as threat to rival many of the great Batman villains. The art throughout is good and emotive as Greg Capullo is definitely on point. I highly recommend following this run and this issue is perfect if you want to look at the relationship between two of Batman’s strongest allies.
Battleworld Issue 4 By James Stokoe, Jon Maisan, Peter David and Daniel Valadez
Battleworld is fun, it’s a great series of short and fun series from every corner of the Secret Wars Universe. In Issue Four we are presented with two versions of the Silver Surfer, one from the domain of Egyptia and one from the Future Imperfect domain. The first story by Stokoe and Maisan is a fun rebelling of the original Silver Surfer storyline, the artwork really sells it here as Maisan creates a detailed tapestry in almost every panel. The second piece by David and Valadez looks at the relationship between Maestro and the Surfer, it’s interesting and has a sense of introspection to it that elevates it to being a truly good piece of fiction. I highly recommend Battleworld Issue Four to any fans of the Silver Surfer.
BEARSLEUTH PICK OF THE WEEK: DC Comics Bombshells Issue 1 By Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
Read. This. Book. When I first saw Bombshells appear as a web comic on the DC Comics app I dismissed it as an attempt to cash in on Ant Lucia’s classic covers and a desperate rival to A-Force. After reading the first issue, I couldn’t have been more wrong, the two Marguerite’s have managed to combined the Bombshells concepts with the World War Two Women’s movement to create something that serves as a fantastic piece of feminist literature. In my experience of feminist literature there has always been a slightly ‘cultural cringe’ feel to the work as the writer tries hard to push feminist ideals but in Bombshells there is no such feel. Bennett has worked hard to make each character feel justified and three-dimensional. The artwork throughout by Sauvage is good but it pales in comparison to Ant Lucia’s original work. This is the pick of the week and I highly recommend you go out of your way to support this book as it deserves every sale it makes.
Master of Kung Fu Issue 4 By Haden Blackman and Dalibor Talajić
I haven read much of Blackman before this, I don’t know if Master of Kung Fu is one of his first pieces of work or if I have just missed his work but either way I am going to be on the look out for it in the future. The storyline throughout has been pretty simple but Blackman has used the space granted by this to insert more character exposition and references that any Marvel fan with enjoy. In this final issue we see everything come to a head as Shang-chi fights his father for the last time. The artwork by Dalibor Talajić is very fitting and gives the feel of a classic Kung Fu film. There is a nice little Bruce Lee reference at the end in the final panel which reads ‘for Bruce’ which made me smile. I have been recommending this for weeks but if you haven’t picked it up yet go give it a try as it really it worth your time.
Planet Hulk Issue 4 By Sam Humphries and Marc Laming
This book seems to have split the Secret Wars community, half the people I talk to really like in and the other half seem to think it’s a little average, I have to admit I am in the latter category. I really enjoyed the first issue but as the series has continued I keep finding my self losing interest. Humphries writing is strong but the odyssey style of the piece makes it feel repetitive as each issue is just Steve and company fighting against different groups of gamma irradiated monsters. The twist at the end of the book is a lot of fun and probably a high point of the series but it leaves a lot to be desired. The art work by Laming is good, especially when he works on Devil Dinosaur, but it’s doesn’t save the book. If you like big epic battle with little character interaction you might like this book but if not I would save your money.
Secret Wars Issue 5 By Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic
Personally, I think Secret Wars might be one of the greatest crossovers in Marvel history, not quite as good as Civil War but still fantastic. Issue Five is quite interesting as Hickman once again places the focus onto Doom displaying him more as an anti-hero than a villain. Hickman creates some amazing interactions between Doom and his allies showing his weaknesses and a growing loss of trust. These interactions are made better by Ribic’s fantastic artwork which is a wonder to behold. I’m really enjoying the epic scale of this storyline and its present throughout the entire issue. I really recommend this series as it is the equivalent to a summer block buster in the comic book industry.
Star Wars Lando Issue 2 By Charles Soule and Alex Maleev
There are few artists that I have really made a connection with, as a writer I normally follow other writers but I do have a special place in my heart for Alex Maleev. I think it comes from his work with Brian Michael Bendis on the Daredevil series in the late nineties, I am reminded of that period again reading Star Wars Lando. Charles Soule has created a new and fun background and storyline for Lando pre-Empire Strikes Back and Maleev’s artwork really sells it. The issue makes a strong case for why Lando is as much a hero as the other main cast members and it makes me want to watch the films again with the new information. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to get on he hype train for the next Star Wars movie or anyone who wants to learn more about Lando Calrissian.
Years Of Future Past Issue 4 By Marguerite Bennett and Mike Norton
This is a weird one, in comparison to Bombshells (which was also written by Marguerite Bennett), Years Of Future Past is a little weak. It all seems to lack punch to it as across the issue there are three double crosses but none of them managed to really shock me. Bennett has created some nice characters but their execution seems lacking and there is no one I really care about in the piece. Mike Norton has a nice style that calls back to the original Days Of Future Past storyline nicely. I think this series is worth getting if you were a big fan of the original storyline but if your not maybe go for something else.
…And there we are! The first BearSleuth Comic Book Bundle. If you enjoyed it please reblog, share, like, tweet and climb on your roof top to shout about it to your neighbours. If your a member of the BearSleuth Facebook page check on Sunday for a new BearSleuth contest!