This week has been pretty crazy in the world of comic books, with some amazing smash-hit issues hitting the shelves. In the world of Marvel the All-New All-Different line rages on with Uncanny Inhumans, Ant-Man and Karnak all getting a first issue while Amazing Spider-Man and Ironman hit issue two. DC Comics have hit back with another amazing issue of Justice League as well as Batman and Robin Eternal. While these two titans battle it out, image comics sneaks in Tokyo Ghost, but which comics will take the BearSleuth Pick Of The Week?
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Amazing Spider-Man Issue Two By Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
I really do not like where Dan Slott is taking Amazing Spider-Man at the moment. I understand what he is taking to do of course, he’s trying to increase Peter Parkers responsibility so Slott can increase his power. This doesn’t work, for me at least, because Spider-Man should have just the right amount of power that he can only just live up to his responsibilities. In this issue we being to see just how much power Peter now has and it’s far too much, Peter never seems on the back foot and instead he’s all powerful, able to just throw ‘science’ at anything. However, Camuncoli is pretty fitting with an art style that reflects the world of Spider-Man well. I’m not a huge fan of this series but I recommend it to fans of Dan Slott’s Spider-Man style.
Astonishing Ant-Man Issue One By Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas
Something that has been a main feature of the All-New All-Different has been a general realignment of the backstory of major Marvel characters to make them more similar to their movie counterparts, granted this has been a process going on for years, but this is the first time it seems to have happened on mass. Nowhere is this more present than in Nick Spencer’s Ant-Man series, as Scott Lang has become more of a comedy character than anything else, granted the issue is very funny and I did enjoy it but I miss the days when Lang was an Avenger and had died. Rosanas has done a bang up job in the art department, creating a style that is both serviceable for super hero battles and off-beat silly moments. I would recommend this one to any fans of the Ant-Man films.
Invincible Iron Man Issue Two By Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez
This series is amazing, serving as one of the centrepiece titles of the All-New All-Different line up, Iron Man is astonishing. This issue surprised me as Bendis pulled out a depth and sincerity that I haven’t seen him pull off since the days of Ultimate Spider-Man. The script is fantastic. Coupled with Marquez’s artwork, which still blows me away in almost every panel. I would recommend this to any fans of Iron Man, or Marvel in general, if certain other titles hadn’t come out this week Iron Man would have been an easy pick of the week.
Justice League Issue Forty Five By Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul
What separates the Justice League from Marvel’s Avengers? Raw power. Almost any member of the Justice League could defeat the vast majority of the Avengers, (Thor, Hulk and Sentry not withstanding). However, at least in the New 52, we haven’t seen the Justice League deal with a threat that pushed them to their maximum power levels, until today. In Justice League, we see the team pushed to breaking point as they are caught in a battle between cosmic beings even more powerful than gods. This arc is amazing and it’s pretty much required reading for any fans of the league. With Francis Manapul bringing everything to life with skill that places him in the pantheon of comic book greats. I recommend this issue and this series to all Justice League fans!
Karnak Issue One By Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino
This title almost got the pick of the week. Karnak is brilliant, I really doubted it but Warren Ellis has managed to turn one of the goofiest characters in the Marvel universe into someone to who is mysterious and fearsome in his actions. Karnak is awesome and I would not be surprised if we begin to see him appear in Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D before the end of the year. Ellis has done a fantastic job and Zaffino’s art style compliments its very well (I know I keep saying this about the All-New All-Different line up but Marvel have paired up artists and writers perfectly). I have to recommend this to all fans of Marvel comics old and new.
Star Wars Shattered Empire Issue Four By Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto
Greg Rucka has created a puzzle box in Star Wars Shattered Empire, everyone wants to know where the Star Wars Universe is heading next and Rucka is the only creator producing anything that can detail that. I have to admit that I didn’t really enjoy the beginning of this series as it seemed to drag its feet a little but Issue Four leaves fans with something amazing. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that Luke appears in the series, the way Rucka writes him makes the character far more appealing than ever before. This finale is great and will put any Star Wars fan in the mood for the force awakens!
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Tokyo Ghost Issue Two By Rick Remender and Sean Murphy
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In a week filled with amazing pieces from absolutely fantastic creators it’s a surprise to see that a comic book from, independent publisher, Image takes my pick of the week. The thing is, I love comics that are taking the medium in a new direction and stories with a strong emotional core. These two aspects of Tokyo Ghost are front and centre as Remender’s story approaches an almost Judge Dredd-esq setting and plot with many themes satirising modern life. Murphy’s artwork is consistently on point, as he manages to cram in millions of tiny details into every panel, but past that, there is something I need to give special mention to. The pacing. See, in a lot of comic books and graphic novels, artists and writers will often create a series of small panels and then open up to a one or two page spread to create a ‘wow-factor’. Tokyo Ghost Issue Two opens up into a two page spread towards the end of the issue after the rest of the book has been spent on smaller, tighter focused, panels. This creates a catharsis that has to be seen to be believe. For all these reasons, and more I simply don’t have time for, I give Tokyo Ghost Issue Two my BearSleuth Pick Of The Week!
Uncanny Inhumans Issue One By Charles Soule and Steve Mc Niven
We were promised art work by Steve McNiven and I’m afraid we simply didn’t get that in this book, we got inking by McNiven, but the actually artwork is credited to Jay Leisten, who isn’t a bad artist. But he is not McNiven. The artwork, panelling is all relatively strong through the issue, which includes two stories set around the Inhumans. Soule has done an amazing job here on the story, creating a narrative that revolves around the Inhumans taking a more central place in the Marvel Universe, complete with some additions to the roster that will please fans of the Marvel universe in general. I would recommend this to any Marvel fans looking for something all-new and all-different.
…and that’s this week’s BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle! Check back on Monday for another Grr(aphic) Monday!