For the first time in a while, DC Comics seem to be really hitting back against Marvel on the shelves this week. Since Convergence, earlier this year, DC Comics just seems to have tread water with some, admittedly good but nonetheless, samey story arcs. What DC needed was another good crossover and in ‘Darkseid war’ they’ve found it. That being said, Marvel is continuing to storm comic book stores across the county with their All-New All-Different line up. This titanic battle for fans and fame is reaching a fever pit but which issue will take the BearSleuth Pick Of The Week?
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Angela: Queen Of Hel Issue One By Marguerite Bennett And Kim Jacinto
I’ve never been a huge fan of Angela, I know she has a very interesting history in the world of comic books but I just see her taking Lady Sif’s role as a bad ass woman from the Asgardian side of the universe. However, Marguerite Bennette has managed to tap into something amazing in Angela: Queen Of Hel Issue One as she brings the romantic aspect of the character into fully focus (which also worked earlier this year in the Angel Witch Hunter Secret Wars series). It has to be said that the art work in this book is amazing as a series of Asgardian artefacts are rendered in fantastical detail. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a kick ass female protagonist.
Batman And Robin Eternal Issue Four By James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder
When I first picked up this series I imagined that it would be solely focusing upon Dick Greyson and his relationship to Batman, which it has to a degree, but it has also featured every single Batman sidekick in the entire New 52 DC Universe. I’ve read the majority of books produced about Batman in the New 52 line and even I’m struggling to recognise some of these kids. Considering the size of the book you would think it’s hard to balance all the big characters on the page. But if you believe that, then you would be underestimating the skill and talent of James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder who expertly craft a narrative that is a joy to read. The artwork by Scot Eaton is fantastic throughout, giving each character their own panels and moments to shine. I highly recommend this to any fans of the bat-family.
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: The Darkseid War Batman Issue One By Peter J Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin
What if Batman had the power to become the protector of Gotham he has always wanted to be? In The Darkseid War Issue One Peter J Tomasi attempts to answer that very question presenting us with a short narrative that shows some of Batman’s greatest flaws. As this is spoiler free I cannot spoil what happens in the issue but suffice to say we see Batman’s soul laid bare before us in a way no other book has ever done. Pasarin does a great job making a Batman look that would normally seem a little silly, look terrifying and intimidating. It’s for all these reasons that I cannot help but make The Darkseid War Batman Issue One my BearSleuth Pick Of The Week. I recommend this to anyone who’s ever wondered what Batman would be like as a superhuman.
House Of M Issue Four By Dennis Hopeless and Cullen Bunn
This series has really been a lot of fun, the original House Of M series was one of the first events I followed in the world of comic books and it had a lot to do with me falling in love with the medium. In this series he have really got under the skin of Magneto and examined his relationship to his family and the power he wields. Hopeless has done a really good job of covering this fascinating subject in what was a very short series without everything feeling too cluttered. Combine with Bunn’s artwork, which sets a nice tone for the piece, and the entire House of M series feels like something really special that I would recommend to any Magneto fans.
Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D Issue One By Frank J. Barbiere and Brent Schoonover
Eh, I don’t really feel there is much I can say about this one, it feels like Marvel threw it together at the last minute when they couldn’t think of anything else to round out there All-New All-Different line up. Frankly, the idea is silly and the self-space would have been better filled with another X-Men book or Fantastic Four. That being said, Frank J. Barbiere has done an amazing job on the book, taking the character of Dum Dum Dugan and turning him into a dark uncanny piece of horror. I was mildly surprised by this book and I did find myself enjoying it towards the end, I wouldn’t really advise buying it yet, but if it starts to pick up over the next few weeks maybe consider diving on it in graphic novel form.
Sam Wilson Captain America Issue One By Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna
After an explosive issue one, Nick Spencer continues to pursue a very political portrayal of Sam Wilson’s Captain America and of the Captain America mantel as a whole. Spencer seems to be exploring the division at the heart of America at the moment as Sam Wilson is losing faith in the government and the older generation. The second issue in this fantastic series focuses on how Sam and Steve are beginning to go different ways and their general outlook on S.H.E.I.L.D. With a nice, heavy shaded, style from Daniel Acuna the book feels like a great commentary on the political landscape of America. If that sounds interesting to you I highly recommend this book!
Superman Issue Forty Five By Gene Luen Yang and Howard Porter
With all the talk of gods in The Darkseid War it’s a nice piece of serendipity to see Yang examining Superman and his place in the world of dying myths and legends. As Superman is now in a more depowered state Issue Forty Five examines what is becoming of the Man Of Steel and how his methods of crime fighting have been forced to change. Howard Porter’s artwork is fantastic here as he takes inspiration from Romita Jr’s work on the character. I recommend this book to anyone interesting in the new direction Superman is going in.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Issue One By Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Okay guys, very funny…I don’t know how you slipped this into my bag but I don’t believe for a second Marvel would publish such…Oh God! They actually put this drivel to page? Why? I’m sorry but I refuse to believe that Marvel thought this was a better idea than keeping the Fantastic Four running. I hate Squirrel Girl. The entire concept is just goofy and the fact that she has her own book is a testament to how much Marvel are scraping the bottom of the barrel to come up with marketable character. I cannot recommend this book and it’s ridiculous narrative involving a Hydra robot (yeah I actually took the time to read it) to anyone, if this appeals to you rethink your life choices.
…and that’s this week’s BearSleuth Spoiler Free Comic Book Bundle! Check back on Monday for another great Grr(aphic) Mondays!