The comic book industry seems to in the throws of insanity this week with almost every series going down a wacky road filled with psychotic clowns and philosophy. Marvel have released Captain America: White, which makes me feel mad as I honestly thought I would never seen Loeb and Sale team up again. Whilst DC are being fitted for a straight jacket after the events of Martian Manhunter Issue Four! Over with Image comics we have the publicly indecent Sex Criminals and the pessimistic Tokyo Ghost. But who is the maddest of the mad, the weirdest of the weird, the king of the asylum? You can only get the answer in one place, right here right now with the BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle!
Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances I have had to publishes this article through my IPad so the formatting may seem a little strange.
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Captain America White Issue One By Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
I’m a little limited here as I have only just reviewed this issue for Daily News Service (Click here to see he full review). Essentially, Loeb has done another amazing job, digging into the heart of Captain America and his guilt over the death of Bucky. However, Sale’s attempts at highlighting the murky and gritty aspects of war fall a little flat leaving only busy panels with sup-par composition. The issue lacks consistency in its artwork, I can still highly recommend the piece to any Marvel fans but unfortunately it misses out on pick of the week.
Guardians Of Knowhere Issue Four By Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato
Bendis approaches religious commentary and pulls back just before getting edgy. Over the last few issues we have witnessed Gamora as she begins to question how a God can exist and whether reality is all it seems. This is one of the most philosophical plot lines Bendis has explored in some time and it feels like a return to form for the writer. Deodato does a brilliant job bringing the world of Knowhere to life with his extremely detailed, heavily shadowed art style that is sure to feel like a real treat for any Gaurdians fan. If you haven’t managed to get your hands on the series so far you really should consider it.
House Of M Issue Three By Dennis Hopeless and Cullen Bunn
What happens to the worlds biggest egotist once he loses his power, both physically and politically? Well I wasn’t sure until I read House Of M. I’ve never really been a big fan of Dennis Hopeless, I’ve enjoyed his stuff, sure, but there has never been anything that’s really pulled me to go out and look for his work, until now. In House of M Hopeless proves his writing chops by really examining the character of Magneto whilst also going to town with the rest of the Maximoff family. This epic is well chronicled by artist Cullen Bunn who pushes the envelope with large panels filled with interesting action. I cannot recommend this series enough, if you are at all a fan of the master of magnetism this is a must!
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Star Wars: Lando Issue Four By Charles Soule and Alex Maleev
Soule is a madman! Honestly, I have no idea how he decided on this particular plot but it is insane. Sith artefacts, Heists movies and Billy Dee Williams have all been mixed together and throw into a blender for our enjoyment and, just like parsnip vodka, they have formed a beautiful concoction. This is one series that could go anywhere and that makes it something to be cherished, which is why I’m making this the pick of the week. I have to say I have always been a sucker for Alex Maleev’s unique style of artwork, especially when it’s combine with Paul Mounts masterful use of colour. It’s my hope that even after this series finishes next issue, Star Wars Lando will become a much sought after storyline from this era of comic books. For that reason alone, it really is worth snapping up this series before prices skyrocket!
Martian Manhunter Issue Four By Rob William and Eddy Barrows
It looks like all the crazy is coming out this week. Martian Manhunter begins to connect a lot of dots that have being floating in void over the last few issues. Rob William is now pulling the story together for the end of the first arc and it is simply a wonder to behold. Manhunter has always suffered with the Superman problem of being over-powered but William has found a brilliant way to combat this with a plot that serves the Manhunter well. Eddy Barrows is doing very well to keep up with William’s insane vision although, I personally feel he is a weaker link in the partnership. If you want some balls-out sci-fi action this is simply a must!
Star Wars Issue Nine By Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen
I’m getting a little disappointed with this series, actually no, that’s unfair. In truth, I think I’m just getting bored of it. Each issue is very interesting and seems to constantly find a way to bring the characters from the film’s to life but it really suffers from a lack of stakes. In the Lando series the stakes revolve around how much of a selfish douche Lando is and whether or not he is redeemable. In the Star Wars series the only thing even touching that is the Han and Leia arc and we know that Han must be redeemable or him and Leia wouldn’t be a thing by Return of The Jedi. As for Luke’s arc, we know he’s going to become a Jedi so it just feels like fluff, good fluff, but fluff all the same. I’m sure my opinion will change as the series continues but right now I just feel a little uncaring towards the whole thing. There’s no point me recommending this one, judging by the series sale, if you’re were going to get this issue you have already bought it and read it!
Tokyo Ghost Issue One By Rick Remender and Sean Murphy
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Remender has done some amazing pieces of the years but I feel like this may prove to be his magnum opus. Tokyo Ghost feels like a 20,000 AD inspired commentary upon modern society with a badass, Mad Max, action bend that makes it a joy to read. Sean Murphy has pulled out all the stops to help with world building, adding in background details that serve to transform the world into living breathing setting instead of some stereotypical dystopia. I highly recommend this to any fans of Mad Max or Judge Dredd.
…and that’s this week’s BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle! Check back on Monday for another Grr(aphic) Mondays!