Rebirth! Civil War II! Fuck Fairyland! Star Wars! Batman! Superman! In a week with all this great stuff on the shelves there it is an absolute pleasure to be working on a comic book bundle. It took me less than ten minutes to decide on my choices and reading every book was more of a fan boy fever dream than the normal research process. I cannot stress the quality of books on the shelves this week. If you’re not even a comic book fan and you are just coming across this on Facebook or Reddit take my advice. Go onto Google. Find your local comic book store. Run over there as fast as you can. Buy every comic on this list as well as the first issue of Civil War II. You will not be disappointed.
All images are screenshots taken from the Marvel and DC Comics Apps [Accessed: 18/06/2016]
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Batman Issue One By Tom King And David Finch
Anyone who has ever claimed to be a fan of Batman needs to pick up this book. I have no shadow of a doubt that this will be considered the starting point for one of the strongest Batman series in the history of the character, following in the footsteps of Snyder and Morrison. We have seen King’s meteoric rise from the indie margins to the Vision series right through to this position on one of the biggest books across the entire industry and now it is a joy to see him working flat out with every tool at his disposal. This book opens on Batman dealing with an all too familiar tragedy and it goes on to show why the caped crusader fully deserves his position as one of the greatest heroes of all time. I cannot recommend this book enough and with Finch’s truly awesome art and a brilliant Tim Sale variant cover you need to grab this book before the price sky rockets.
Civil War II Issue Two By Brian Michael Bendis And David Marquez
I had a long discussion in a comic book store with a group of comic fans this week over this series. We were trying to decide who this series is for as its not really for fans of the original Civil War series or the films or long term fans of the Marvel Universe as most of the issues being dealt with here have been dealt with before and most fan favourite characters are being shown in a very dark light, but then a little voice piped up and made an excellent point. This is a series for new readers to the Marvel Universe. If you have never read a comic book before, especially an event book, then this is a perfect place for you to kick start your experience. There are so many twists and characters that will have you googling and debating for hours the same questions most long time fans have been bouncing around for years. Looking at the book with this view it’s easy to see how Bendis has skilfully crafted his narrative so that, when combine with Marquez’s art, it draws the most reluctant comic readers right in. I would recommend this series to anyone wanting to start off in the world of comics.
Green Arrow Issue One By Benjamin Percy And Otto Schmidt
This is a slightly slow burn of a book. If you’re not a fan of Green Arrow from the comics or the TV series you may have some issues getting through the build up here as its a lot of character building, which is never a bad thing but I can slow down the fun for some. However, once you have climbed through to the final third of this issue there is the inciting incident of a brilliant Green Arrow story and the beginning of a fast pasted run through a world of corporate espionage and ninja fighting. The final few pages demonstrate just how engaging a series like this can be and I challenge any reader not to pre-order issue two. I would recommend this to all Green Arrow fans out there.
Han Solo Issue One By Marjorie Liu And Mark Brooks
Han Solo is a very difficult character to work with. In a group of characters Han can bounce off people and show off his roguish charm while also arguing for the slightly more morally grey path. On his own, or with Chewie, Han has a lot few opportunities to show off his scoundrel side. Marjorie Liu knows this, that’s why throughout this issue she stacks character after character against Han. This creates a comic feeling a little disjointed but not unsatisfying, with the saving grace of Mark Brooks’ artwork there is enough fun to be had for any Star Wars fan. I would recommend this to most readers but I would also say that in a week such as this in the comic book industry there are better things you could be spending your money on.
Fuck Fairyland Issue Six By Skottie Young And Jean-Francois Beaulieu
I have a very sneaky suspicion that the first five issues of I Hate Fairyland/Fuck Fairyland were originally meant to be a limited series. I know that Young claimed to the contrary of that but just follow me on this. The story felt very tight and concise with every plot point nicely tied together. Now, with incredible demand coming from every corner of the industry, Skottie Young has jumped back into his world and thrown a big ol’ rock at the status quo. Everything we all loved from the first five issues is back but there is a little bit of flab as Young contrives a new plot out of thin air. It feels jarring. However, with his spectacular art work Young earns a wide margin of error. I would still recommend this to fans of the original series as well as a jumping on point for new fans.
Justice League Issue Fifty One By Dan Abnett And Paul Pelletier
I think Tom King and Dan Abnett might have challenged each other to see who could better justify Batman’s place in the pantheon of DC’s Justice League pseudo-gods. King opted to pit Batman against a Justice League sized problem. Abnett decided to let Batman justify himself by having him justify Robin (it’s on the cover of the issue so it’s not a spoiler). The storyline takes place during John’s Justice League run, which I’m sure will cause some level of friction between fans, and serves as a bridging narrative between John’s work and the next big Justice League event. Abnett is obviously having fun throughout the issue, with lots of flourishes and one liners that will excite any long term readers. I’m still a little undecided on Pelletier’s work as it feels quite generic but this may well change over time. I would recommend this to all Justice League fans and especially to fans of Dick Greyson.
Superman Issue One By Peter J. Tomasi And Patrick Gleason
We have not had a good Superman book for a long time. In fact, the last Superman run I remember really liking was probably For Tomorrow, way before the New 52. Clark’s a difficult character to write for at the best of times and the New 52 version was even harder, he was simply too flat. Now we have the classic Superman back and Tomasi is ready to show us just where Superman should have been taken all these years. For the first time we are getting a new angle on the man of steel and it works. Patrick Gleason is on hand with some amazing visuals, especially the first double page spread of the book, that simply sum up what Superman should always look like and be. I would recommend this to anyone looking for that one good Superman story, you’ve found what you’re looking for.
Titans Rebirth One-Shot By Dan Abnett And Brett Booth
I will say right now that I had absolutely no problem at all with the new 52 Teen Titans, they were and interesting group and the slow inclusion of the classic team was a really fun way to tease fans. I will admit I lost interest around the end of the New 52 run before it was rebooted and dropped the series. However, it’s amazing to see the majority of the old team back together once again. Dick Greyson, Roy Harper and other Titans classics are back and in full form here. Once again Abnett has a lot of fun with the characters, playing them all off each other and hinting at the firth big Justice League/Titans event. This is a joy to read and it ties off one of the big threads from Rebirth perfectly. If you’re a Titans fan this is a great issue to grab.
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