PICKS OF THE WEEK - Sep, 16, 2020:
- DETECTIVE COMICS #1027: The latest in the DC line of anniversary issues is a great follow-up to detective #1000 and a good bridge and breaker for the Bat line of books as many of them are reaching their fever pitch in storytelling. DC lined up another slew of super stars to dish out some sleuthy shorts to celebrate the 80 some odd years Batman and co. have crusaded around the title’s pages. From Gotham’s grimiest gangsters and ghosts, this oversized book has a lot to offer for fans of the Bat, with these honorary creators giving little nods here and there to their prior work and the mega mythos in general. Batman receives some bad birthday gifts, teaches a master class, saves the world….again, and dies with dignity all within 144 pages. Greg Rucka has a stand out story about, how especially in times like these, what it takes to uphold honor and integrity, and what being a hero is all about. Pick this up to get some great batman action, and be on the lookout for where the dark knight detective will be on prowl next.
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- IRON MAN #1: Writer Christopher Cantwell and rising star artist Cafu have cracked the code to Tony Stark and have crafted a strong debut issue for their brand spanking new run on the Iron Avenger. Tony, after his last series, the Empyre Event, and sure as heck a lot of missions in between, is feeling off kilter. He knows there is more Man than machine in him, so he is taking it upon himself to find what makes those machinations of his heart and mind tick and isn’t going to stop until his soul is whole. A lot of super heroes have gone on this journey over the years, Superman, Captain America, but what Cantwell does brilliantly here is nail the tone and voice of Tony and how he navigates his soul searching. From bailing out on billionaires, dueling drag races, to a tremendous team-up with a vigilante vixen, this issue has so much and more as Tony goes back to basics. Cafu’s art is amazing and helps the story flow really well, with character moments and splashes when the action ramps up and is the perfect artist for this series going forward. (Also shout out to Alex Ross for the covers and the best Iron Man design in years.) For tried and true fans of the golden Avenger or for someone looking to get into Tony’s adventures because they like the movies there is no better jumping on point then with this issue and a series that is shaping up to be something spectacular.
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- STILLWATER #1: Handling the writing duties for this one, Chip Zdarsky and artist Ramon K Perez have whipped up a new ongoing about a creepy town and the conspiracy behind it. Daniel West doesn’t know where he came from, he seems well adjusted until his angst creeps out and is fired for shoving a co-worker. Things get stranger from there as he receives a letter about an inheritance from a relative he never knew he had. Thus, begins a road trip towards the money and mystery, which leads Dan and his friend to a town off the map that has some secrets lying just beneath the surface. Zdarksy is truly a fighting force in comics today and sets up this premise with believability and panache as he fleshes out his characters with humor and humanity, making the world feel real and lived in, so it hits you like a ton of bricks when things take a turn for the worst. Perez’s art is fantastic with a Samnee-esque style and livened up my Mike Spicer’s colors. Zdarsky lays the groundwork for a solid mystery with a couple gut punch twists at the end. Pick this up if you’re a fan of Chip’s and want something new to sink your teeth into that will keep you guessing right into the final panel.
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The P.O.W - 07/08/20 - BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUES #2 / DETECTIVE COMICS #1023 / FANTASTIC FOUR: EMPYRE #0
PICKS OF THE WEEK - July 8, 2020
- BATMAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES #2: DEATHSTROKE! Finally, after decades of cartoons and comics Slade Wilson makes his debut in the BTAS universe. Dini and Burnnett play him bold and brash and every bit as capable of standing toe to toe with the dark knight detective. They really nail his voice as a suave mercenary rather than just a grizzled, cold blooded killer; which makes him every bit more dangerous when you see how his charisma seems to be his sharpest weapon. Templeton’s art and design fits right in with the aesthetic of the show making it seem like he has been there all along. The B plot they’re building with Jason Todd, added with a dash of whatever other tricks up they have up their sleeves says that this book will surely live up to the pedestal the animated series is rightly placed at.
- DETECTIVE COMICS #1023: Speaking of Batman, back in on his first ever series, Detective comics is gives you a quick tale setting up for the crossover “Joker War”. The issue moves at break neck speed but Brad Walker keeps up with his pencils, giving you a blend of classic, comic, and animated styles that suit the dark knight and his adversaries well. Tomasi just seems like he is having fun writing these wild adventures of the caped crusader, so much so that you can quickly get swept up in it moving from panel to panel. Also, there is a surprise villain that If you were fan of the Snyder run on BATMAN you’ll be as joyous as the Joker at their return, setting the stage for some very big things to come.
- FANTASTIC FOUR: EMPYRE #0: For a prelude issue into Marvel’s EMPYRE Event, this one has a lot fun highlighting the dynamics of Marvel’s first family. Dan Slott, pumped a lot of heart into this oversized issue and everyone really gets a chance to stand out as the FF and company get stranded out in space and have to right some wrongs, and fix their ship on a Las Vegas style planet full of murderous mayhem and cosmic card games. A New adversary with connections to a long-standing marvel villain comes into focus and seems to fill this vacant role with ease and showmanship. A few cool callbacks for tried and true FF fans and two new welcome, though unexpected, additions to the ever growing first family will have you interested for what’s to come and bring you in for a rough landing into EMPYRE.
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Jan. 29, 2020
- DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #3: This annual issue honors the legacy of the great, late, Alfred Pennyworth. Writer Peter J. Tomasi serves up two tales of the Dark Knight’s most faithful confidant in interlocking stories. This issue blends Batman and James Bond as some ghosts of Alfred’s past come back to haunt him even in death, and it’s up to Batman to take on the case. Sumit Kumar’s art in the first story moves briskly along moving from action set piece to set piece highlighting the dark knight detective’s dynamic daring deeds saving the city. Romulo Fajardo Jr’s coloring really adds some depth to the pencils. His use of color and light in the present and use of grayscale in the past adds some cool contrast to the storytelling. Eduardo Risso takes on the art of the second tory and is a little rough around the edges, and rightfully so for telling a memory which makes sense given it speaks to batman’s early days. If Alfred’s death still gets you misty-eyed then pick up this issue to remember what made him so great in the first place.
- SEX CRIMINALS #26: After a major hiatus our sexual somewhat superheroes are in it for one final score and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky are back with a bang (…ugh, yes pun intended). They have a lot of ground to cover in this issue in setting up a climax that is sure to satisfy fans of the series. Fraction almost side steps humor entirely for this issue, which, though out of the ordinary makes sense, because as the stakes climb higher, some jokes just wouldn’t land as well as they should. But don’t fret, he still sneaks in some humor and knows what his fans are looking for. But for all the jokes and junk jostling this series is known for, what keeps bringing us back is the heart of the story and that’s what this final arc seems to be all about. Not only tying up loose ends but giving the characters the depth, they so rightly deserve and finally getting to the vulnerability our protagonists have been waiting to expose without taking off a single piece of clothing.
- THOR #2: Two issues in and this series by Donny cates and Nic Klein is already approaching legendary status. Right from the start this issue goes to epic lengths setting up the danger stepping at Thor’s door. With a brief nod to the demise of Marvel’s Distinguished Competition, the issue’s intro gives Thor the biggest threat he’s ever had to face and shows just how powerful The Black Winter really is. Master colorist Matt Wilson really shines, making the world seem beautiful against an encroaching darkness, while Nic Klein’s art makes you feel like you are reading a legend of old, passed down through generations. The action of this issue alone is on a scale few comics reach even in their conclusions; and the fact that this is only the second issue means Donny Cates has many more tricks up his sleeve. With a last page introduction of a fan favorite means there is no stone that will be left unturned for this raucous issue that is sure to get your blood pumping.