A weekly column in which Jake gives short blurbs about the comics he’s picked up that week. Reviewed in the order read, which varies but generally by increasing anticipation. Disclaimer: he knows very little about art, at least not enough to considerably honor such tremendous undertakings, so…yeh, there’s that.
All-New Wolverine #6
Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: David Lopez & David Navarrot
Color Art: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Wolverine and her remaining clone sisters enact their final assault on Alchemax Genetics and not everyone is walking away. It’s a pretty good first arc conclusion from the team, one that subverts and takes advantage of expected tropes to deliver some satisfying results. The sisters’ dialogue, through Taylor’s script, is cathartic and heart-felt and you can tell he really has a good grasp on the characters. The art nails most of the action beats, although there are a few instances where the Davids attempted a shortcut that, while making total sense upon a second look, took me out of the moment as I tried to analyze what happened. It’s a small thing, as the rest of the book, and the arc for that matter, has been high-quality art-wise. With it’s sixth issue, All-New Wolverine wraps up its first arc, which is definitely a strong start for the young title.
Ms. Marvel #5
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Nico Leon
Color Art: Ian Herring
Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna
So in order to deal with her ever-increasingly busy life, Ms. Marvel and her friend Bruno have created a bunch of Kamala clones to pick up the slack. No way that can go wrong, right? Admittedly, the character choices feel a bit overly naive, even for this character, but that doesn’t stop the issue from being a whole lot of fun. From ice-wielding ninjas to Khan family squabbles, Ms. Marvel is as entertaining as ever. Leon has a lot to handle on the art front, what with all the Kamala’s running amok, and he nails it, delivering expansive crowd scenes and the chaos inherent in them. Herring’s colors wonderfully transition from scene to scene with the progression of time and makes the whole affair seamless with the rest of the title. While the plot may be a bit juvenile, one can’t deny that Ms. Marvel remains entertaining.
Vision #5 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
So, after the mind-blowing (boo) events of last issue, the Visions are left to deal with the fallout once again. Despite last issue’s traumatic events, this issue might take the cake as the corruption seems to finally be complete. King has something special on his hands here, something that will likely be talked about for years to come. The same can be said for the art. Walta and Bellaire have really upped their game since Magneto and have manage to deliver the most haunting book on the stands all under the veneer of suburban life. Seriously, get this freaking book if you haven’t.
So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.