PICKS OF THE WEEK – Dec. 16, 2020:

 

  • RORSCHACH #3: Tom king knocks another one out to the park with the best issue yet of this sequel series to one of the greatest comic books ever, and so far, he’s living up to the already staggering expectations. This issue focuses on ‘The Kid’ one of the two would be presidential assassins’ backstory as we see how a mind can be molded for madness and how insidious influence can lead to awful action all in the name of righteousness. What’s so great about this issue is how timely and profound its message is towards the political landscape we find ourselves in today. This issue and story is terrifyingly relevant to show the depths people will fall into conspiracies and how these lies will consume and take everything from them, as they will happily give over their lives with a smile. Jorge Fornes’ art keeps stride and pace with king’s writing with each panel and uses Watchmen’s iconic nine panel grid effectively for a satisfyingly tragic ending to a spectacular issue. Like title this series shifts your perception to what it means to believe in something, and with each issue you believe that King is the absolute right man for the job for such a titanic undertaking, and good god, does it live up to the hype.

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  • POST AMERICANA #1: One-part the Mike Judge masterpiece “Idiocracy” mixed with one-part John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” and a dash of Total Recall and you’ve got the gist of this bombastic bombshell of a comic book from Writer Steve Skroce and Artist Dave Stewart. After the collapse of society, Humanity, or the top tier of it, are forced to rebuild underground. Naturally human foibles and greed take over and plans don’t go the way their supposed to as a group of rag tag rebels take out the corrupt new government to start anew above ground. What they find though is more twisted and terrifying than they could’ve imagined. The story rock and rolls along but Dave Stewart’s Art is what truly transcends in this series. It is gruesome, graphic and absolutely beautiful in a grossly good way. If ‘the worst is yet to come’ has been your mantra for the recent past then this is the series to look forward to in getting through your dark days.

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  • TASKMASTER #2: For his second job helping Nick fury Taskmaster is, well... tasked with taking out one of the strongest people in the Marvel universe, a man of super strength, speed and stamina, Hyperion. With a little nod to your favorite Wednesday ritual and packed with bone breaking tension writer Jed MacKay and artist Alessandro Vitti throw down the gauntlet and lay the pain into the masked mercenary with little mercy. When a recon mission to take out Fury’s former friend, Phil Coulson, goes wrong he calls in the big guns with Squadron Supreme’s Hyperion answering the call faster than a speeding bullet. Mackay knows how to plot an action issue very well with the break out first issue and continues to give the smack downs with this lopsided standoff. Taskmaster won’t give up on his mark though, no matter the odds and that’s what makes this issue so fun. Seeing him pull out everything in his bags of tricks, while keeping his wits about him, to a take down a titan he stands no chance against is sight to behold. Vitti’s pencils and details are fast and fluid as arrows, as bombs and fists start flying and Hyperion lays into the hurt. This book is just plain fun no matter how brutal it gets. For a funny anti-hero that will never back down, Marvel has done it again with this super series and hopefully raises Taskmaster’s profile to be a major player going forward on earth 616.

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December 16, 2020 — Golden Apple