Well the shelves are boom this week as DC and Marvel wake up and smell the spring tulips. Over in the world of DC we’ve got some amazing storylines wrapping up in time for the Rebirth extravaganza. Meanwhile, Marvel is gearing up for Civil War Two whilst churning out their gargantuan line up like the juggernaut trying to get to an all you can eat buffet for happy hour! The stores were like scrums this week but your friendly neighbourhood BearSleuth has managed to pull together the best and brightest this week for you, my loyal fans!
All images are screenshots taken from the Marvel and DC Comics App [Accessed: 17/04/2016]
All-New All-Different Avengers Issue Eight By Mark Waid and Adam Kubert
We start this week by flogging the dead horse that is the Stand-Off tie-ins. There is nothing new that I can say about my thoughts on these tie-ins so before I go any further just take it as red that I’m really sick of this event. That being said, I think this might be my favourite book so far from the Stand-Off event. We get some amazing character moments here whilst also seeing Waid move all the pieces into place for the big final face off of the event. Kubert works over time rendering every hero spectacularly! If you’re an Avengers fan, particularly when it comes to Quicksilver, this is the one for you!
Amazing Spider-Man Issue Ten By Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli
This is a classic pre-climax face-off issue as we see Spider-Man face-off with Scorpio for the time and both characters get the chance to size each other up. Slott is rocking Spider-Man better than he has for sometime and for the first time I can say with my hand on my heart that that I understand why Slott has lasted on Spider-Man. I still believe his reign should come to an end sooner rather than later but at least he’s finally showing off some serious writing chops! Camuncoli is holding the line art-wise with some great detail across the issue. If you want to see Peter Parker dealing with global, Avenger-level, issues then this is the series for you!
Star Wars C-3PO One-Shot By James Robinson and Tony Harris
I really wasn’t looking forward to reviewing this book. C-3PO looked, on the surface, like a comedic odyssey that was going to attempt to explain a detail of The Force Awakens that really didn’t need explaining. But after reading I have to say that this C-3PO one-shot is by far one of the most interesting and deeper examinations into Asimov-eques robotic ethics. Across the book we are presented with a window into C-3PO’s personal ideology and how it compares alongside other droids philosophies. Robinson has crafted a great piece of soul searching fiction in a Star Wars wrapper which I have to say is unmissable if you’re a Star Wars fan.
Darth Vader Issue Nineteen By Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca
Now we’re reaching the close of the third Vader arc it feels like a good time to take stock of Kieron Gillen’s amazing series. Darth Vader is a very complex character who showcases some of the greatest and weakest aspects of both sides of the force and Gillen gets that better then many writers that have worked on the Star Wars Universe. There has never been a point to date where the Vader has felt unrelatable and yet it’s easy to see that he is a villain. This balance takes immense skill in delivery from Gillen and yet he never fails to accomplish it. Larroca has a fantastic handle on the art direction making the series an easy recommendation for Star Wars fans.
Mockingbird Issue Two By Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk
I gave the first issue of this series to my friend Ivy, the Precarious Writer, who successfully tore it a new one a few weeks back and now that issue two has hit I think it’s my turn to give my thoughts. Before I tuck in and stab at Mockingbird’s heart I have to say that Chelsea Cain has some really interesting ideas when it comes to structuring and layout. Unfortunately Cain seems unable to tell a Mocking pairs story without turning her into Marvel’s very own Barbie doll. The final page of the book is complete with a cut out interchangeable outfit section which, even if meant ironically, just feels ridiculous. I can’t really recommend this book but if you love the character form Agents of Shield you might be able to stomach it.
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Moon Knight Issue One By Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood
This is a book you need in your collection. I have been singing Lemire’s praises for weeks and finally Jeff is putting out a series which fully showcases both his narrative and character development. Moon Knight Issue One ticks about every box for me when it comes to comics, the stylistic approach is better than most I’ve seen, taking aspects from both the indie scene and mainstream comics. With Greg Smallwood showing off an esoteric art form that is perfectly suited for the book, this is a treat for any comic readers.
Silver Surfer Issue Three By Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred
Well the Silver Surfer has been around for fifty years. I guess that means it’s time for us all to have a little congratulatory party for the man who brought so much pain and suffering to Earth when he picked it as next on the intergalactic chopping block. This entire issue just feels like a love note to the Surfer and his history, if you’re a fan of the character I’m sure this is a big deal but personally I found it rubbed me the wrong way more that not. It’s a little hard to put my finger on the issue but I just found the book a little too pleased with its self. Check this out if your a Surfer fan but I think everyone else can leave it on the shelf.
Spidey Issue Four By Robbie Thompson and Andre Lima Araujo
I can’t believe I’m saying this but Spidey is wining me over. Even though I hate the idea that Peter Parker was a millennial and that he started out by taking pictures and putting them on social media, I love the work that Thompson is doing on this book. Every page feels well composed and flows with an ease that displays some serious skill from both Thompson and Araujo. If you’re looking for a action packed Spider-Man story this week look no further.
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