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.
Black Panther #3
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Color Artist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Black Panther confronts the enemies arrayed against him as several other players make moves in the background. The series takes a bit of a dip coming off last issue’s high, owing to the multiple plot threads and longer wait time between the two. I’m sure this would read significantly better in a trade format and things are starting to intertwine a bit more, but the numerous threads make for something of a disjointed experience. Still, the art is consistently amazing, with Stelfreeze and Martin knocking it out of the park with every scene they’re called upon to do. Coates is clearly building to something revolutionary (heh), but it remains to be seen if laying the brick and mortar can hold the audience’s attention (hmmm, probably not the best metaphor).
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Stacey Lee
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Still dealing with the after-effects of the Spider-Women event, Silk and Black Cat team-up to pull a heist at Parker Industries while her SHIELD handler, Mockingbird, contemplates pulling Cindy out of her assignment. There’s a bunch going on in this month’s Silk and most of it is conversation and narration and all of it is GOOD! Thompson continues to not only nail Silk’s characterization, but also somehow manages to redeem Black Cat, or at least make her more villainous turn more palatable. A lot of bombs are dropped this issue and every single one of them feels earned and exciting. And speaking of bombs (in Da Bomb-sense), Stacey Lee is back on art! Everything is top-notch and let’s hope she remains on the title for a good stretch. Silk is a very personal book, one disinterested in fitting into the bigger MU and instead focused on an intimate narrative of a lost girl struggling and often failing to find a place for herself in a new world. It’s glorious and well worth the money.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #9
Writer: Ryan North
Penciler: Erica Henderson (David Malki)
Inker: Tom Fowler
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Travis Lanham
After a slew of horrible dates, Squirrel Girl must now contend with the dreaded Mole Man and his advances towards world domination…and other things. North’s humor and plotting has never been more on point than it is in this issue, with a plethora of jokes and swerves keeping the reader both entertained and engaged. Despite adding inker Tom Fowler to the team, Henderson’s art continues to be in lockstep with the script, nailing the comedic timing and the expressions of the characters. Special mention should go to David Malki for his gorgeous portrayal of “the Mole Man’s deal” as it seemingly comes out of left field but simultaneously perfectly fits with the events of the story. As fun as USG’s one-off adventures are, it’s very good to be back to a more long form bit of storytelling
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