PICKS OF THE WEEK – Sep. 30, 2020:
- BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #2: The stakes have been raised in this sensational second issue of a new Batman classic. The fallout from the events of the first issue have taken a turn for the worst as Joker’s plan for Batman and Company digs deeper into getting under their skin and bringing out what they fear the most. Writer Geoff Johns throws Batgirl, Red Hood and Batman into emotional hell as he uses the Joker to examine what makes these heroes tick. He does a fantastic job of ruffling their wings where at best this issue shines by their character moments rather than the pursuit of the clown prince of crime. Jason Fabok on the art side of things is simply immaculate with his pencils. There are literally no other words needed because his work rocks that hard. The stage is finally set for the grand finale of this long-awaited book, and with the stakes this high, who knows what else the Joker has up his sleeve. Pick this up if you haven’t already, but chances are, it’s probably already in the cart.
CLICK on the Cover for ISSUES and VARIANTS!
- SHANG-CHI #1: The Master of Kung-Fu is back with a new creative team, new costume and new lease on life as Marvel reintroduces him to the masses as they gear up for the big budget feature coming down the pipeline next year. Gene Luen Yang takes over writing duties and does a great job of setting up the conflict for the series going forward. Shang-Chi has put his super heroics on mute as he works at a bakery in San Francisco until danger comes knocking and members of an ancient martial arts society shows up at his door. On the art side of things this issue is a twofer. Philip Tan handles the flashback sequences while Dike Ruan handles the present-day action. Both shine with their respective styles and handle the flow of action and movement that comes with martial arts in a frantic and hard-hitting way that may make you cringe with splendor as goons take a couple round house kicks to the noggin. Yang sets up the series with a few twists and turns and has some cool side characters that will pop up to flesh out the story and bring some killers skills to the party. Check this out if you’re a fan of Martial arts or one of the deadliest characters in the Marvel universe that is sure to play a bigger role in the months to come.
CLICK on the Cover for ISSUES and VARIANTS!
- THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #1: James Tynion IV is dropping the cape and cowl for this new number one from Image as he puts on his tin foil hat and heads straight into the heart of conspiracy theories. The book follows FBI special agent Cole Turner as he is brought into a shadowy organization after a mind-bending trip he just experienced to debrief and understand the larger changes to the world that is happening around him. Tynion plays well with conspiracy theorists, his social commentary and the twist at the end of the issue that sets up the major conflict for the series going forward. It’s a breath of fresh air in a world misinformation that seems to be sweeping the nation, taking up real estate in our heads and changing the world outside our respective bubbles. The real kicker of this series though is the art. Martin Simmonds knocks this issue straight out of the park with a style that is equal parts Bill Sienkiewicz and Dave McKean which adds to the elusive, sketchy nature of the book and the truth being warped around it. For fans of books like the Umbrella Academy and for people who want something off the beaten path that is topical and intriguing, check out Department of Truth.
CLICK on the Cover for ISSUES and VARIANTS!
The P.O.W - 08/26/20 - BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #1 / MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED #1 / FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS #1
PICKS OF THE WEEK - Aug, 26, 2020
- BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #1: The biggest Batman story in years is finally here and is worth the wait as the greatest mystery surrounding the Dark Knight’s arch nemesis begins to unfold. Geoff Johns has been planting seeds for this story all the way back to the end of his New 52 Justice League run which led right into the REBIRTH relaunch. It seems over the years and tragedies that have fallen over the knights of Gotham there has not been just one Joker active on the streets, but actually three. Each of these Jokers have played an integral role in the darkest moments of Batman, Batgirl and Red Hood to now come out of the shadows with something in store for Gotham’s finest. The extra pages and prestige format do this book justice all in thanks to the incredible and bombastic art of Jason Fabok. His art is combination of the best artists to take on the bat and exceeds all expectation has his action and perspective for this book help raise the stakes to Johns’ nine panel grid style ala Watchmen. Three Jokers pushes the boundaries of how far our heroes are willing to go when some wounds are just too deep. For fans of all things Batman don’t let this one out of your sight because Johns and Fabok are setting up the Joker for an epic punchline.
Click here for all the Variants and upcoming issues!
- MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED #1: The blue bomber is back and he’s recharged for a reboot to please fans, both old and new, in this six-issue mini from Boom! Studios. Fans of the video game and 2018 animated series are in for a sweet surprise with this title, as cartoon creators A.J. Marchisello and Marcus Rinehart take on the writing duties to bring the best aspects from all the various incarnations of Mega Man over the years and remix them together into something fresh. The story picks up during peacetime in the aftermath of a brutal war between man and machine. Just as the world seems to settle, some rogue robots start churning up chaos which brings Mega Man into the fray to save the day. Artist Stefano Simeone plays with movement and abstract proportions to give the world a more anime stylized look and colorist Igor Monti does a bang-up job painting the world with cool colors for calmer locales and hotter tones when the action heats up. Pick this up as fan of the game or for something nostalgically new, because Mega Man has a lot of enemies and you won’t want to wait to see who shows up next.
- FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS #1: Two of Comics’ heavyweight champs team up for a throwback tale starring Marvel’s first family. Super stars Mark Waid and Neal Adams are crafting a mini delving into a story outside of the continuity of the mainstream Marvel universe. Though the issue does have some modern flare and references, it seems that the book can kind of fit into anywhere within the FF’s earlier stories, past probably issue 100. Waid knows how to keep the story moving and always throws something at you with the flip of a page while Adams keeps stride, penciling some cool action shots of the FF working together to save the world for cosmic catastrophe. What’s interesting about this little series though is that the creators are taking a plot point that is currently sending shockwaves through the mainstream continuity and doing their own spin on it. It seems great minds think alike and it’s nice to have this alternate take on something so titanic. If you’re a fan of either creator or classic marvel in general then you don’t want to miss this one because it may turn out to be something special.
The P.O.W - 06/10/20 - JOKER 80th ANNIVERSARY / ADVENTUREMAN #1 / BATMAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES #1
PICKS OF THE WEEK - June 10, 2020
- JOKER 80th ANNIVERSARY: The Clown Prince of Crime turns 80 and DC threw him a birthday bash that would make even the batman blush. They’ve once again brought together their best and brightest to give little vignettes about how the dark knight’s arch nemesis is still at the top of his game and won’t be scrubbed from the public consciousness anytime soon. The best part about this book, like the harlequin of hate himself, is the it’s mercurial quality. Each story darts in a very different direction than the last and, like all the best Joker stories, he always keeps you guessing what he’s going to do next. This book is flush with frenzy and holds all the cards because it is fiendishly funny, gleefully grotesque and terrifyingly touching when you’re in on the joke with Mr. J.
- ADVENTUREMAN #1: This new series from Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson blasts off to some crazy new heights with this high-flying series from Image. If you’re a fan of The Rocketeer, Indiana Jones and any other sort of noir-ish adventure story, then grab this immediately. This oversized first issue introduces us to Adventureman and his society of superheroes as they take on a full blitz to the populace in 1930s New York. The story than reframes to the present and introduces us to Claire Connell, a deaf book keeper with a big family and few secrets that’s about to find out what she thought was fiction may very well be formidable and fearsome fact. Fraction and Dodson are comic vets with many titles and works under their belt, so to see them just plain enjoy themselves telling a sort of neo-classic adventure tale is really refreshing. Fraction, though always humorous in some regard when he writes, restrains himself here and really blends his voice into this new world that you almost forget he’s writing it because he really lets the world and characters speak for themselves. Be sure to add this one to your pull.
- BATMAN – THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES #1: The Bat is back with the comic book you always wanted but never thought DC would deliver. The story takes place in the universe of the animated series from way back in the 90s and happens right before the Justice League cartoon starts. This series has Batman come toe to toe with his famous foes that never made it into the animated universe. This story starts everything off with a mystery into some new robots built by Lex Luthor that Batman must investigate. Paul Dini and Alan Burnett deliver what feels like another episode of the show and will have you smiling with glee at the twists and turn this self-contained story takes. And the last few panels, if you’re a big Batman fan, will have jumping for joy over the long game they are starting to play. Ty Templeton on art side of things really leans into the animated style that brings back fond memories with a good template to spring off from. For any fans of the dark knight or the tv show, this is a must buy on day one, you won’t regret it.
Dark Nights Metal has been an amazing series. Francesco Mattina has been on fire with covers for Metal 1 and 3. The Batman Who Laughs cover for issue 3 was some of his best work yet and sold out very fast!
Metal 4 has even more smiling faces on it!