Eisner season continues this week as Marvel reach for every possible gut punch with funerals and deaths spattered all over their pages. DC are going for the slightly more subversive route of through Jim Lee on the book with the highest popularity at the moment and praying for some sort of mystical power to save ‘Rebirth’. In truth, its an absolutely brilliant weeks for comics and if you want a piece of the pie then leave it to your humbler BearSleuth to guide you through. Also check our Facebook page to see how you can win every Marvel Comic released this week!!!
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All-New Wolverine Issue Eleven By Tom Taylor And Ig Guara
I still can’t decide whether I like the way that Marvel are playing with the tie-ins in Civil War II. Instead of having certain characters have sub arcs within the main event many are having stories that parallel the issues raised by Civil War II. I feel like the writers are scared that we might miss the subtlety of this reflect so they have to ham-fist it the whole way. This issue is a perfect example of this as it would be a great tense issue if I wasn’t taken out of the action every five minutes with talk of the Inhumans and Ulysses. Don’t get me wrong, as tie-ins go this is still great and it’s a nice continuation of some of the themes raised in both Old Man Logan and All-New Wolverine, as long as you can bare your teeth through the more clunky aspects of the writing. The art is solid and the book is an all-round high standard piece worth a look for any Wolverine fans.
Batman Issue Five By Tom King And David Finch
Tom King continues to revolutionise Batman this week but including one of the greatest scenes I have ever seen in, not just a Batman comic, but any comic book I have ever read. It’s the first four pages of the issue and simply for this scene alone you need to buy this book. The rest of the issue is pretty good, as Batman begins to ramp up the action to an end of issue cliff hanger that is sure to thrill any Bat-fans. I have no doubt that between Snyder and King this will be seen as the second or third golden age of Batman for years to come. If you haven’t already started following this series you need to before it becomes impossible.
Civil War II: Choosing Sides Issue Four By A Roman Legion Of The Emperors Best Creative Talent
I have to say I was a little disappointed with this book this week. The past three instalments have been very thought provoking but that depth just wasn’t present. The first story is a pretty simple Punisher short which, while visually interesting, didn’t really fall into the theme of the book very well. The second story, about Power Pack, was probably the highlight this week but it felt more like a love note to the character which seemed strange to me as I have no love for Power Pack. I mean I simply cannot understand why anyone gives them the time of day, I could understand if they were actually the Power Puff Girls rip-off they appear to be but they aren’t even that, they were an odd idea from an odd era. Not for me. The final story, the over-arching Nick Fury plot, is a silent comic this week making for very quick reading. I will admit it’s nice to see the silent comic come back but it seems like an odd place for it. Overall, I feel like you can probably give this issue a miss.
BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: Civil War II: The Fallen By Greg Pak And Mark Bagley
Right I was going to try not to spoil the death this book is connected to but then I realised that the cover kind of gives it away. It was inevitable that the death of Bruce Banner was going to be an emotional affair but I feel like Greg Pak really aimed for the old heartstrings on this issue. Every possible moment that could carry emotional weight is here as character we haven’t seen for years come back into the picture and we see a very human response to a situation that seems so fantastical. While I am almost certain that Bruce will make a comeback in the next five years, this feels like a fitting end to his arc and one I would be happy with Marvel keeping going forward. The art by Mark Bagley is fantastic here, which is a sentence I rarely write, making this a must have for your comic collection.
I Hate Fairyland Issue Eight By Skottie Young And Jeffrey ‘Chamba’ Cruz
I have gushed about this book a lot but I have to say it was becoming a little stale going into this week’s review list. There’s only so far that you can go with ‘crazy fantasy’ and I feel like Young was reaching his limits. It’s for these reasons that I was delighted to see Young throw another artist into the mix this week with guest Chamba. The story reasons for this shift is pretty fantastic and it just served to freshen things up on what could have been a weaker issue. The story is still going strong although I feel like Young needs to continue to add a few more key characters into the mix for a real Eisner-worthy book. I would recommend this to anyone looking for the weird and wonderful in the world of comics.
Sam Wilson Captain America Issue Twelve By Nick Spencer And Daniel Acuna
Nick Spencer has continued to make his Captain America run very political and I have say it’s starting to really pay off for the series. It was plain that when Sam Wilson took up the shield there would be many themes of race but Nick has decided to push the point as far as it can possibly go with the Americops and the US Agent. I really like the writing here as it is smart and treats the reader like a politically aware member of society rather than a child. I haven’t seen how well this is playing out in the USA but I hope it’s reaching the right ears. If you want to support expression and intelligence in comics this is the book for you.
Suicide Squad Issue One By Rob Williams And Jim Lee
It was always going to happen, when DC have a film that’s starting to drive up interest in a particular character or team they throw top talent on that book. Just look at Romita Jr jumping on Superman when Man Of Steel came out. Right here the hammer of DC strikes again as Jim Lee takes everyone’s favourite B-list super team and overhauls them to look like the Justice League. I hate that the series is only now getting this attention and that the squad has miraculously changed to reflect the line-up of the film but the thing I hate the most is that I love the book. So many of the issues I have had with Suicide Squad have disappeared and now we have a great streamlined book written by a great writer and drawn by the greatest artist in comic books. I hate to love and love to hate this book and if that isn’t the highest recommendation I can give Suicide Squad.
Supergirl Rebirth One-Shot By Steve Orlando And Emanuela Lupacchino
Every so often there is a book that comes along that changes everything that every single comic book reader has to read. This is not that book. This is the sort of book that I have to reread an hour after I have read it it’s so forgettable. This is the sort of book that decides it’s a brilliant idea to introduce a Kryptonian Werewolf, I don’t care if it was don’t in the golden age or something like that it’s still dumb. This is the sort of book that decides to undo all the previously interesting writing on the Supergirl series by a simple plot convenience. This is the sort of book that makes me question if anyone actually died on Krypton or whether they all got into pods and left the planet before the big explosions and then just set timers to send themselves to Earth at points that would really fuck with Superman or Supergirls head. This is the one book this week that I can 100% say do not buy. It does nothing interesting. Nothing fun. Nothing daring. It’s just wallpaper.
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