Wow, it’s a great week to be a comic book reader. It’s weeks like this that make me jump back to being a giddy little boy sitting under the Christmas tree. This week we’ve got everything from brilliant Marvel titles to blockbusting indie press to fantastic video game tie-in books. I have fought through my stack this week to find you the cream of the crop. However, in a week with such high-quality books, which title will claim my BearSleuth Pick Of a The Week?
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Captain America Issue Eight By Nick Spencer and Paul Renaud
Falcon has only been Captain America for a handful of issues and it’s already looking like his position and title might be moving away from him. In this issue we see Sam Wilson step up and show why he deserves to be the one who wields the shield alongside Steve Rodgers and Bucky Barnes. Nick Spencer handles this strong character moment with a deft of hand shown by few mainstream comic book writers. The art throughout the piece is good, although little separates it from the Marvel standard each character looks badass and cool! I would recommend this and the entire Sam Wilson Captain America series to anyone interested in how wearing the hopes and dreams of country changes a man.
Dark Souls Issue One By George Mann and Alan Quah
What was that? You didn’t know there was a Dark Souls comic book? Me neither, until I saw it glaring up at me from a shelf in my local comic book store. The world of Dark Souls has always had an impenetrable lore so it only makes sense to have a series explain some of the worlds inner working, especially with Dark Souls Three comic out recently! The book is surprisingly good, my normal experiences of video game tie-ins are pretty weak so it’s refreshing for something good to come along. With the world of Dark Souls open to interpretation it’s easy to see why any writer would want to work in the universe and George Mann has picked a great part of the lore to work with. The art by Alan Quah is strong but borders on excessive levels of gothic and grime at some points, in keeping with the game series. I would easily recommend this to any Dark Souls fans.
Extraordinary X-Men Issue Nine By Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos
Jeff Lemire has taken a bunch of background X-Men characters and transformed them into a group of loveable adventurers in this new issue of Extraordinary X-Men. With a new Apocalypse saga striking up and each X-Man still finding their place this issue makes for a great aside that raises the stakes by increasing the background characters roles in the plot. We also get our first glimpses of the new horsemen of the Apocalypse in this issue and they are simply amazing! Humberto Ramos’ art serves to make everyone and everything fit into the stylistic theme of the book, which keeps everything looking amazing. I recommend this book to all long time X-Men fans.
Huck Issue Six By Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque
Across Mark Millar’s first Huck arc we’ve seen the character of Huck go from a simple Superman-eques handy man to fighting a global conspiracy. The character has evolved before our eyes as while staying true to the core morality which severs to make him extremely compelling. Millar’s writing combine by Albuquerque’s subtle and optimistic art style makes for a piece that you can’t help but smile at while reading. This is a book that would win a BearSleuth Pick Of The Week on any other week of the year and I’m happy to say that the arc as a whole is a must read for any comic book fans.
Karnak Issue Three By Warren Ellis and Roland Boschi
This is a series doomed by scheduling. The Karnak series technically started around four months ago and in that time we’ve only had three issues released which, in this modern days of weekly and bi-weekly release schedules, is glacially slow. Many fans I have talked to just say they simply can’t get into the series because of this. The worst part is, Karnak is a fantastic series. I love Warren Ellis’ take on the character as a philosopher as well as a brilliant fighter. It’s refreshing and engaging. The new art work by Roland Boschi is great, even if it’s a little odd to be changing the artist for a series so early in its inception. I highly recommend this series but, furthermore, I feel that it really needs the communities support as the odds are against it sticking around and it deserves to.
Obi-Wan & Anakin Issue Four By Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto
This is a series for every Star Wars fan. A massive problem with the Star Wars prequels was the lack of examination of Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship. If we are suppose to believe that the battle on Mustafar is the death of a great friendship we must first believe there was a great friendship to begin with. Charles Soule is correcting this issue with the Obi-Wan & Anakin series, showing how the pair work as a team in even the toughest of circumstances. It’s s joy to finally see this gap in the Star Wars Universe dealt with by such a brilliant writer as Charles Soule. Soule’s writing and Checchetto’s artwork combine together to make one of the strongest Star Wars comics to date.
Superman American Alien Issue Six By Max Landis and Jonathan Case
I love this series. I must grudgingly admit that Max Landis is a complete and total genius. Superman has been an unrelatable and, frankly, boring superhero in the past, bar a few fantastic storylines and some amazing interpretations. Max Landis has managed to turn all that on its head though, examining the relationships between Clark and the rest of the world as he grows into the Man of Steel. In this issue we explore Clark’s motivations and once again Landis manages to dig just a little deeper than those that have come before him. It’s a great thing to see in a comic book and something that every Superman fan or detractor needs to get their hands on.
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Tokyo Ghost Issue Six By Rick Remender and Sean Murphy
Here we are, the pick of the week, in a week with so many amazing titles how can a little indie title come out on top? Rick Remender, that’s how. Remender is a brilliant writer and I will refer anyone who disagrees with that statement to this book as Remender manages to show us a world chocked full of detail and spectacle. Taking much from 2,000 AD in style, Tokyo Ghost presents us with a fantastic drama and character piece in a darkly satirical future that looks at almost every aspect of modern society and shows us the darkest outcome. This is the darkest timeline. You need to follow this book as it’s going to become a modern classic.
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