This week has been a very slow one in the world of comic books, with very few releases from DC or Marvel and even less from the independent publishers. However, it’s been a pretty good week for me personally, as student finance has kicked in and I’ve finally been able to go on a graphic novel binge. So this week I’m just going to cover a few graphic novels I picked up so that if you’re a student getting finance, or an employee waiting for payday, you can pick up some great novels for your self
Alias Volume One By Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos
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In my opinion, possibly one of the greatest pieces of work from Brian Michael Bendis, Alias Volume One looks into the life of Jessica Jones. With the upcoming Jessica Jones Netflix series I though it was about time to read up on the super hero turned private detective. It is part of the Marvel Max series, so be warned it does contain a lot of explicit content that at times can feel unnecessary and off putting. The art work is amazing though, and coupled with the strength of the writing I can highly recommend this piece to all Marvel fans.
Batman Volume Seven: End Game By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
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I’m covering this piece in full as part of my work with Daily News Service but I can give a bit more of my own personal opinion here. The piece it’s self is good and works well but I have to say, after reading some of Snyder’s post-convergence work, it doesn’t feel like the right level of send off for one character in particular, I’m trying hard not to spoil here. He art work is good and compensates well for Snyder’s exposition-heavy style. I have to say, if your not much of a Snyder fan, this is very typical of his style.
Southern Bastards Volume One By Jason Aaron and Jason Latour
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I can’t believe how good this series, if I’m being honest my opinions on Jason Aaron seems to waver almost daily, but here I really like what he’s doing. In Southern Bastards, Aaron creates a piece that combines an aspect of realism and slight folk lore elements to make something that is fun and thought provoking. The artwork by Latour encapsulates the emotional through-line of the piece with colourings that complement the story nicely. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an alternative to the super hero mainstream.
Uncanny X-Men Volume One By Kieron Gillian and Greg Land
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I like seeing Cyclops cutting loose, especially with all his Extinction Team allies, in Uncanny X-Men and that’s exactly what you get in Uncanny X-Men Volume One. The piece calls back to the dreaming celestial storyline in the recent years of X-Men, Gillian manages to pull in a lot of different aspects from different storylines to create very fun scenes that will please any fan. Land’s art style is pretty strong, if a little average, allowing you to focus more on the writing over the action. I highly recommend this to any fans of the X-Men without Wolverine.
…and that’s this week’s BearSleuth Spoiler Free Graphic Novel Bundle, check back on Monday for another amazing Grr(aphic) Mondays!