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.
Writer: Mariko Tamaki/Artist: Nico Leon
Color Artists: Matt Milla & Andrew Crossley
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit/Marvel
This issue probably could have been condensed to four pages. An exercise in frustration. I don’t think I’d be half as annoyed if the potential and promise of this series was so good. Dropped.
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1
By: James Stokoe/Dark Horse Comics
James. Stokoe. Does. Aliens. Er, the franchise. Whatever he does in his personal time is none of my business. Anyway, you can guess the basic plot here. Crew of curmudgeons on a vessel in space, find something, Aliens. But this time, we got dat sweet, sweet Stokoe art to make it all dirty and expressive. It’s great, should get even better.
Writer: Al Ewing/Artist: Travel Foreman
Color Artist: Matt Yachey/Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino/Marvel
The actual big-bad of the series, the imprisoner of Eternity, is revealed as the First Firmament, the first iteration of the cosmos. Yeah, Marvel high-cosmic stuff is weird. Ewing’s backstory for the FF is well done, though his wrap up of the arc and the conflict feels a bit abrupt, which is a first for this series. Foreman and Yachey’s depiction of the Firmament’s origin is a glorious use of framing and minimalist design. Though, much like the script, the art suffers during the final bout, becoming a bit muddled and ill-defined. However, despite a few hiccups, I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue. Oh, wait, it’s a Secret Empire tie-in. …Mmm.
The Flash #21
Script: Joshua Williamson/Art: Howard Porter
Color: Hi-Fi/Letters: Steve Wands/DC Comics
After the dramatic events of the first issue of the Batman/Flash crossover, Barry Allen takes the reins as he attempts to solve the murder in the Batcave. This issue brings a new creative team on and the style is quite different, although the change-up favors the narration voiced by Barry. The art is a bit less clean than last issue, though any qualms had are
possibly likely definitely personal. The closing moments of the issue are likely make or break for some readers, but I’m sticking around for another issue.
Detective Comics #955 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: James Tynion IV/Artist: Marcio Takara
Colors: Marcello Maiolo/Letters: Sal Cipriano/DC Comics
Whew, lawd. The entire Bat Family has been captured by the League of Shadows and Lady Shiva who have armed a nuclear device that will destroy Gotham City and most of Kane County. The only one who can stop them: Cassandra Cain. The only thing standing in her way: a countless horde of the deadliest ninjas on the planet. Grade-A plotting from Tynion as usual. However, it’s Takara and Maiolo that truly shine in this issue. The fight between Orphan and the aforementioned horde is truly breath-taking and one of the best action sequences in recent memory. Detective Comics is great comics.
So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.