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.
Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1
Script: Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir/Art: Fernando Heinz Furukawa
Colors: Michael Atiyeh/Lettering: Nate Piekos of Blambot/Dark Horse Comics
Another sojourn into the world of Thedas, Knight Errant tells the tale of Vaea, an elf squired to a Ferelden knight who moonlights as a very competent thief. Their latest journey takes them to Kirkwall for the coronation of Varric Tethras as Viscount. DeFilippis and Weir do an excellent job introducing the characters and the setting to audiences familiar and not, and there’s enough introduced to the new characters to make them intriguing. Furukawa’s style is expressive and detailed and, while action sequences in this issue are sparse, what is shown is stellar. Knight Errant looks to be another exciting chapter in an already rich world.
Writer: Al Ewing/Artist: Adam Gorham
Colorist: Michael Garland/Letterer: Jeff Eckleberry/Marvel
When an old flame walks back into Rocket Raccoon’s life with a sob story and job, Rocket finds himself on the wrong side of the law with four other goons and an egg. No that’s not a metaphor. Literally, an egg. Ewing crafts a humorous hard-boiled tale, one that exemplifies the ridiculousness and tragedy of Rocket Raccoon. Gorham art is scratchy and dirty in the best way and Garland’s colors bring the right mood to each scene. Given the creative team involved and the great set-up, Rocket should be a very good story.
Detective Comics #956 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: James Tynion IV/Artist: Marcio Takara
Colors: Marcello Maiolo/Letters: Sal Cipriano/DC Comics
Cassandra Cain has successfully freed the Bat Family from the League of Shadows. Now, all that’s left standing in their way is one Lady Shiva and one nuke with a five minute timer. Tynion keeps this rollercoaster of an arc tense to the very end. The focus on Cass has been a welcome event for the title, one that has been played to the perfection. Takara’s art can be a bit muddied at times, but the emotion leaps off the page when called for, thanks in no small part to Maiolo’s colors. League of Shadows has been another stellar arc for Detective Comics.