The summer comic rush is finally settling down this week and that can only mean one thing. we are dancing around the start of Eisner season as each company begins to slowly put out the books they feel might turn a head with the industry. It’s how we know it’s time to start bringing in the harvest. In all seriousness though, there’s a fantastic line up on the shelves this week which means there is only one man who stands between you and missing the best of the best in the world of comics. The BearSleuth!
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BearSleuth Pick Of The Week: All Star Batman Issue One By Scott Snyder And John Romita Jr.
Scott Snyder was, and for many still is, the king of Batman. There are few who could even claim to come close to his level of influence on how the character is perceived across the industry. Snyder revolutionized the caped crusader, both in narrative and psychology. As a reader and writer, I was saddened when he gave up the series, even though it went to a worthy successor, but now he’s turned around and decided that his award winning Batman run was ‘just one direction’ he wanted to take the character in. This book represents two more of those ‘paths’ Snyder discusses in the editorial at the back of this issue. With such a lineage to live up to, it would be easy for All Star Batman to trip and fall at the first hurdle but I am happy to say that this book might be one of the best I have read this year. I hate John Romita Jr’s artwork and I’m not the biggest fan of either plot Snyder has settled upon for his A and B stories but somehow, through the miracle of Snyder’s writing, this chili and chocolate combination works and creates something that, once again is ground-breaking. Grab an issue as soon as you can, this is not one to miss!
Darth Vader Issue Twenty Four By Kieron Gillen And Salvador Larroca
I like a lot of the prequel Star Wars films. I also hate a lot of the prequel Star Wars films. However if there is one moment I both love the idea of and hate the execution of then it would have to be the final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan before Anakin falls to e dark side. This is the emotional climax of the entire Star Wars universe, the biggest moment in the arc of Darth Vader before his redemption and George Lucas fudged it. Now, Salvador Larroca has managed to fix that one crucial moment in Star Wars cannon with a dream sequence that will leave you not only in support of Vader but with an hitherto never before seen understanding of his core psychology. This is a great Star Wars book and it full deserves your attention if you are a fan.
Deathstroke Rebirth One-Shot By Priest And Carlo Pagulayan
I have never been a massive fan of Deathstroke and I’m sorry to say that while this issue came close to converting me it failed to win me over. I guess I don’t really see the purpose in another mercenary anti-hero in world with the Bat-family, the league of assassins, Lobo and Deadshot, each of whom seem to bring more to the table. However, I will concede that Priest has brought something new to the table in this disjointed narrative that took several rereads to fully grasp. The artwork in the book by Pagulayan is good and it supports the core narrative well but there is still something missing and I can’t quite put my finger on it. If you are already a Deathstroke fan this book may yield more for you but if you are undecided on the terminator then this won’t change anything.
Old Man Logan Issue Ten By Jeff Lemire And Andrea Sorrentino
If this series doesn’t manage to win a bucket full of Eisner awards I will begin to question the legitimacy of the panel. In my entire time reading comics I don’t think I have ever seen a series capture the essence of a character better than this series right here. Jeff Lemire has created a series of stories which look at internal struggle of Old Man Logan and how he exists in the pre-apocalypse of his post-apocalypse. It’s an odd set up but with a wholly unique emotional pay off. If you were a fan of Mark Millar’s original Old Man Logan series then you will love this right here.
Red Hood And The Outlaws Issue One By Scott Lobdell And Dexter Soy
As a character, Red Hood is all about walking the line between light and dark, the moral dilemma of when is one a hero or a villain. Sometimes the character has pushed hard towards his heroic side and other times he’s lent more on his villainous nature. In this new iteration of Red Hood we are looking at the more heroic side of the character as he attempts to deal with Black Mask and other villains by being assimilated into the Gotham underworld. It’s feels like a return to form for the character after the previous, more mystically charged, new 52 series. Lobdell is 100% the right man for the job, as his previous writing on Red Hood displayed a great understanding of the character. My only negative comment about the issue would be that while its strong on the Red Hood side of things we see nothing of the other outlaws, while I’m sure this will be rectified in the following issues its a little bit of weak form of the start of the series. If you want a new story from the world of Gotham with a more morally grey hero then this is the book for you.
Superwoman Issue One By Phil Jimenez
Every so often we get one, an artist who can write as well as he can draw or a writer who can draw as well as he can write. While Lee Bermejo is still the man when it comes to this method of creation I have to give credit to Phil Jimenez who is a strong contender. I don’t know how long Phil has been working in both capacities but there is a strong case to be made in his skill in each. If I had to guess whether he is an artist or writer at heart I would suggest a writer as Superwoman walks the line of being slightly too overwritten. The issue as a whole is strong though, with some truly interesting dialogue between Lois Lane and Lana Lang. If you are a fan of Superman, well written female protagonists and large scale super heroics then this is the one for you.
The Accused One-Shot By Marc Guggenheim, Ramon Bachs And Garry Brown
I loved Gerry Dugan’s idea to put Daredevil on the side of the prosecution, working in both his day job and his night time hobby to put criminals away , but it has taken some time for that dynamic to come through with an interesting presentation such as this. The Accused is a brilliant one-shot book that serves to give more context on the trial of Clint Barton after the events of Civil War Issue Three and it more than delivers on that promise. Marc Guggenheim has packed this issue with all the ethnical debates and arguments over justice that have always set a Daredevil story apart from the rest of the comic book heroes, making for an extremely compelling piece. If you have been reading Civil War II or if you are just a Daredevil fan then you need to give this book a shot.
The Vision Issue Ten By Tom King And Gabriel Walta
I don’t know if there is anything left for me to praise about Tom King’s run on The Vision. It is nothing short of a classic work of fiction and I will happily debate that with anyone. You need to pick up this series, either in trades or in issues, if you even have the slightest interest in comics. This issue in particular should be studied as it reaches the perfect emotional climax with out the use of cheap techniques of sloppy writing. This is a unique book that deserves both your time and attention.
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