Things are getting back to normal and this week’s comic book releases are somewhat affordable. The All-New All-Different seems to to be falling into its groove and DC is getting back to its normal form after the usual Christmas scheduling issues. Although there are no huge releases this week, the quality is still extremely high. A new Captain Marvel and Batman is nothing to be sniffed at! With so many good books on the shelves, what will take this week’s BearSleuth Pick Of The Week?
All images are screen shots taken from the DC and Marvel comics app [Accessed: 21/01/2016]
Batman Issue Forty-Eight by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
What the hell is going on with Batman at the moment? We know the series is eventually going to go back to its status quo, so why is Scott Snyder dragging it out so long?! That being said, Scott Snyder has created one wild ride for Commissioner Gordon as he takes on the nefarious Bloom, possibly my favourite original Batman villain of the last decade. The pace is speeding up with each issue building to, what I am hoping will be, a fantastic climax. Capullo is still bringing the thunder, which kinda sucks because there are only a few issues of his artwork left. If you’re a Batman fan you cannot go wrong with this series.
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Captain Marvel Issue One by Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters and Kais Anka
When I started looking at the new line up for the All-New All-Different and realised that Marvel were going for a more gender-balanced universe, Captain Marvel was one of the first books I wanted to read. Finally, one of the greatest female heroes in the universe is getting the respect and stake in the universe she deserves. Fazekas and Butters have set Carol Danvers on a path to becoming a great leader among the ranks of Captain America and Nick Fury. The story is fast-paced fun and really well written. Kais Anka’s art captures the epic space-scenery nicely as well as the superheroine’s combat, however, I feel it is somewhat lacking when it comes to some of the smaller dialogue-driven segments. I would recommend this to any Marvel comics fan as Captain Marvel is certainly one of the new faces of the universe.
Deadpool Issue Six by Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish
I’m extremely underwhelmed by this issue. I have absolutely fallen in love with the new Deadpool series as it has a brilliant mix of originality and heart, but this issue seems far removed from all of that. I have never fully understood the appeal of the 2099 series as it always feels a little too nineties. This new version of Deadpool is disappointing and in general I feel like Gerry Duggan is falling a little short. Scott Koblish has captured the 2099 aesthetic well but whether that is praise or criticism is up to you. I can’t recommend this book but if you enjoy the 2099 universe, you may enjoy this.
Patsy Walker a.k.a Hellcat Issue Two by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
I know this entire series came into existence as a result of the Jessica Jones TV series and some minor fan favouritism but this series is surprisingly good. Many superhero comics fall into the trap of being the same thing we have seen a thousand times before so it’s nice when something truly fresh comes along. Kate Leth has created a narrative that fits well into the Marvel Universe while branching out into a brand new direction that feels closer to Scott Pilgrim than anything else. The artwork, by Brittney Williams, takes some techniques from eastern comic books which works to give the piece a fresh feel. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a superhero comic with a twist.
Poison Ivy Cycle of Life and Death Issue One by Amy Chu and Clay Mann
Can someone explain to me the relationship between Harley and Ivy? I can never discern whether they are meant to be lovers, friends or frenemies, but whatever they are, it’s fun to read and produces some fantastic dialogue. I’ve always been a big Poison Ivy fan so the chance to explore her character, especially her scientific side, in a mini-series is very appealing. Amy Chu has constructed a fantastic set up in this first issue with a pace that leaves me expecting a great story. However, I wouldn’t be raving about this piece without the artwork by Clay Mann. It’s spot on and captures every scene well. If you’re a fan of Ivy or Harley check this series out.
Silver Surfer Issue One by Dan Slott and Laura Allred
Dan Slott, stop writing on Spider-Man and focus on this! You’re obviously far more enthusiastic about the Surfer than Spidey. I really like this book, its tone is all over the place and it’s a little mad but it’s witty and written with enough conviction that it pulls everything together at the last minute. Slott is certainly on point in this book and it makes me question why anyone is keeping him on the Spider-Man series. The artwork by Laura Allred creates a link back to the early days of comics as it has a strong pop-art style which makes the piece a lot wackier right off the bat. I would recommend this to any fan of the Surfer or anyone looking for something more esoteric in their comic books.
Star Wars Issue Fifteen by Jason Aaron and Mike Mayhew
Obi-Wan took a lot shit in his time. Don’t get me wrong, some of it he deserves and in this issue he comes very close to over-stepping his boundaries as Luke’s protector. The issue is a stand-alone tale of Obi-Wan’s years in the deserts of Tatooine as a hermit. Jason Aaron shows the caring and protective side of the character and then begins to analyse how much good Obi-Wan is doing, or will do, for Luke. The artwork is a thing of beauty throughout, rivalling the work of Alex Ross in both style and execution. If you are at all a fan of Obi-Wan you need this book.
Tokyo Ghost Issue Five by Rick Remender and Sean Murphy
Wow. Tokyo Ghost has finished its final arc and I’m absolutely flabbergasted. I have so many questions and so much praise that I’m not sure where to start. The book is solid and incredibly original with a cast of brilliant characters. My only reservation is that it can feel like Remender is stealing pages from Judge Dredd at points, but I think it’s excusable as the direction the story is moving in seems to be something very different to Dredd. The artwork is surprisingly effective as Sean Murphy works with a stark pastel palette to create vibrant vistas that are a wonder to behold. Go pick up this series, it’s certainly worth your time and money.
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