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.
Before we begin: I actually purchased both Royals #2 and U.S.Avengers #5, but, for varying reasons, I won’t be reviewing them today. Apologies to Al Ewing and the rest of the respective teams.
Writer: Dan Abnett/Pencils: Scott Eaton/Inks: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Gabe Eltreb/Letterer: Pat Brosseau/DC Comics
At the bottom of the sinkhole, Aquaman and Mera have found a portal to another world: the World of Dead Water. Abnett keeps things moving with interesting revelations and a build the works nicely with the unfolding events. Eaton steps in on pencils this issue without skipping a beat. He and Faucher utilize framing and shading to relay the horror aspect of the script. H2.0 remains good and raises interesting questions about the future of the series.
Creators: Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren/Colorist: Lee Cunniffe
Letterer: Joe Sabino/Image
The Bowmans are a family of vampires who have lived on the outskirts of Sulphur Springs, Texas, since before it was Sulphur Springs, Texas. They’ve been living off cow blood and paint thinner in peace for years. That’ll last, right? Cates gives us some great character work in the short span of a few pages and builds the world and threat in a comparable amount of time. There’s enough mystery and history set-up to keep readers coming back. Estherren’s style is gloriously messy which fits the series perfectly. There’s an easy change from cartoony to gritty that works well in context specific moments. Redneck is a fantastic start to an incredible series.
Curse Words #4
Creators: Charles Soule & Ryan Browne/Colors: Michael Garland & Ryan Browne with Michael Parkinson/Letters: Chris Crank/Image
Wizord and Margaret the Koala have the unenviable task of trying to regain Wizord’s magic in a world bereft of it. Also, people are starting to ask questions about that baseball stadium full of people that went missing along with everyone who was watching the game on TV. Also, also Sizzajee latest assassin, Wizord’s ex-girlfriend Ruby Stitch, has just arrived on Earth. Yeah, things are pretty dire and yet Soule manages to let the reader have a good time with the series’s trademark irreverence. Browne, Garland and Parkinson continue to knock it out of the park when it comes to art. Even though there’s not as much crazy magic stuff happening as in the past, the quiet moments of the book succeed in larger part to the art team’s diligence. Curse Words is good and only getting better with each issue.
Batman #21 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Script: Tom King/Pencils & Inks: Jason Fabok/Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Deron Bennett/DC Comics
Remember in DC Rebirth when Batman found the Comedian’s button buried in the Batcave? Yeah, we’re finally getting back to that and back into Batman. There’s a lot of decompression in King’s script but it’s serviceable when the story is this good and the plot seems this epic. The script itself is pretty minimalist, relying on one or two big moments and allowing the art to carry it in between. And boy does it ever. Fabok’s lines have such a great heft to them and his choreography is one of the main reasons this book succeeds. The Button shows a lot of promise.
Moon Knight #13
Writer: Jeff Lemire/Artist: Greg Smallwood/Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit/Marvel
After rescuing Crawley from Anubis, Moon Knight prepares for one last confrontation with Khonshu. But will Marc Spector’s own mind and past prevent him from ever getting there. Lemire’s retelling of Moon Knight’s origin in the context of this final battle is a welcome one and the coalescing of the two do wonders for the journey. Smallwood and Bellaire continue to excel, from the trippy, mind-bending features of the present to the violent, gritty desert of the past. This volume of Moon Knight will likely go down as the greatest in the history of the character.
So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.