This week has been insane in the world of comic books. With the release of so many Rebirth and Civil War II titles it’s been almost impossible for you humble Sleuth to keep up. Almost. After picking up almost thirty titles at my local comic book store I have sifted through the best and the worst on the shelves and I think there are some real treats out there for readers. It’s the week of the summer blockbusters so settle in, grab your popcorn and read some goddamn comics!
All images are screenshots taken from the Marvel and DC Comics app. [Accessed: 29/07/2016]
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Civil War II Issue Four By Brian Michael Bendis And David Marquez
I’m afraid there is only one book people will be talking about this week and it’s got to be this one. When Bendis and Marvel announced that they were going back to the Civil War imprint I think a lot of readers where waiting for the moments in this book right here. Without any spoilers, I think it’s fair to say that the shit has hit the fan and everyone has come out swinging for the fences. Bendis once again manages to continue his micro-macro approach to storytelling that makes his pieces feel so dramatic and human. I need to also mention that David Marquez is laying down some career defining work here as the wide shots and splash panels simply blow me away. This is a great book and an all-round strong event that really deserves a place in your collection.
Civil War II Choosing Sides Issue Three By A Warband Of Vicious Creatives
Every time I go into this series I feel a moment of trepidation, with so many artists, writers and characters to play with I am constantly concerned that I’ll get a bad mix. In truth, the series is like a bag of revels and, after several dips into the bag, I am yet to find the coffee flavoured one. This is a brilliant tie-in series, showing a wide variety of views on each of the issues from the main Civil War II book. My least favourite section is probably the recurring Nick Fury storyline as it seems to be running a little slowly but even with that series I think there is a good payoff to come. This is a fun way to get a taste of the entire Marvel Universe and I highly recommend it.
Extraordinary X-Men Issue Twelve By Jeff Lemire And Humberto Ramos
What was the point of ‘Apocalypse Wars’? I mean apart from the obvious tie-in to the Fox X-Men film and the loose connection between the X-Men series each dealing with an Apocalypse-related issue. There was no cross over, there was no event here, it was just three Apocalypse storylines which kept me waiting for a crossover of payoff that never came. This is another great issue from Jeff Lemire as we see the team divided over several key issues but it was not the payoff I was hoping for. The art is strong and the chances are if you would enjoy this issue you have probably picked it up already but if you haven’t then I recommend picking it up in trades.
Nightwing Issue One By Tim Seeley And Javier Fernandez
It feels so good to see Dick Greyson back in the garb of Nightwing again. In this issue we get to see all the classic troupes of a good Nightwing comic, including minor crossovers with both Batman and Batgirl. I felt a little out of the loop with Dick after his time as a super spy, which I neglected to follow as it felt like a departure from the character, but this is a return to form. The artwork from Javier Fernandez is very fitting and some of the best I have seen on a Dick Greyson series for some time. If you are looking for another member of the Bat family to follow or you’re just a big Nightwing fan then I strongly recommend this book.
Old Man Logan Issue Nine By Jeff Lemire And Andrea Sorrentino
The cover of this book alone makes it worth your time and money, the theme of Logan as a master-less Ronin has been one bandied about for some time but never with such beautiful imagery. The issue its self is a good opening to a new Old Man Logan arc with a dual narrative set in both the past and the future. It serves as a strong jumping on point for fans looking to get in on Lemire’s incredibly strong writing and Sorrentino’s industry leading art style. Personally, this may be one of my favourite series of all time and it’s certainly one you should give a chance.
Red Hood And The Outlaws Rebirth One-Shot By Scott Lobdell And Dexter Soy
I don’t think many people have as much nostalgia for Jason Todd as they do for Dick Greyson or even Tim Drake. Jason was always the runt of the litter, the black horse that the fans literally put to death. All that being said…I quite like Jason Todd and I think Scott Lobdell agrees with me. The hero who everyone regards as a villain, or at least as untrustworthy, is a great image for a character and one I think a lot of people can relate to. In this issue Lobdell explores the concept of that character and how even his closest allies cannot trust him. It’s a good read and sets up a new Red Hood arc that I think fellow hood fans will enjoy.
Titans Issue One By Dan Abnett And Brett Booth
I guess it makes sense that the Teen Titans would eventually grow up and become the plain old Titans, in fact I’m pretty sure that has already happen a couple of times in the pre-52 nether that was the old DC Universe. It is really nice to see this team back together again and new arc has a lot of potential for character development of everyone involved. Abnett starts us slow here but there is still plenty of action to hold our interest and a lot of intrigue to build upon. If you are a fan of any of the heroes involved in this book then pick it up, you’re going to have a good time.
Wonder Woman Issue Three By Greg Rucka And Liam Sharp
This series makes me kind of sad. Greg Rucka is a good writer, in my opinion there are only a handful of books where he has reached his full potential, but he has always been above the average. The problem is, when he is pair with a bad artist (as he has been on all the even numbered issues of this series) it’s detrimental to the overall appeal of the book, but when he is paired with a good artist it looks like he’s knocked it out of the park. Liam Sharp is an amazing artist, he captures Diana perfectly and manages to create mystical scenes through the use of subtle artistic ques. This is a great Wonder Woman issue but I fear that in two weeks’ time I’m going to be berating this series again. My only recommendation is to pick up the odd numbers in this series and leave the evens as they simply aren’t worth your time.
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