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.
Kill the Minotaur #1
Writers: Chris Pasetto & Christian Cantamessa/Artist: Lukas Ketner
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu/Letterer: Clem Robbins/Image
An adaptation of the famous Greek myth, Kill the Minotaur brings a more personal touch to the harrowing tale. Aside from any qualms about them being labeled “creators” of such a fairly direct adaptation, Pasetto and Cantamessa do a great job establishing the scene both in Crete and in Athens, as well as making you understand the tale’s hero, Perseus, and his frustration with his city’s situation. Ketner and Beaulieu are a great choice for the story. Ketner brings a great sense of grit and realism while Beaulieu palette is sensible and evocative. Despite there not being quite a lot of horror in this opening issue, you can tell the duo are more than up to depicting the terrible labyrinth. If you’re a fan of Greek myths or even retellings of classics, Kill the Minotaur looks to be worth your time.
The Damned: Ill-Gotten #2
Writer: Cullen Bunn/Illustrator: Brian Hurtt
Colorist: Bill Crabtree/Letterer: Crank!/Oni Press
Everybody wants what Pauly Bones won in a bet, except Eddie who can’t seem to get rid of it. Bunn sets to work building this universe while giving us more background on the current plot. Hurtt and Crabtree put more of that glorious action and framing on display. The only issue with the issue is that it doesn’t really give you much of a reason to come back for the next issue, which is important, given that the title is no longer 99 cents. The closing moments show us what we already know without upping the stakes too much. Still, it’s an otherwise solid issue and if you liked the first, you’ll like this one as well.
Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl #21
Writer: Ryan North/Artist: Erica Henderson
Color Artist: Rico Renzi/Letterer: Travis Lanham/Marvel
Doreen and Nancy are away for the weekend, so it’s boy’s night out for Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boi, and…Brain Drain. It’s hilarious and just another reason for you to be reading Squirrel Girl oh my god why are you not reading Squirrel Girl.
Detective Comics #958
Writer: James Tynion IV/Pencils: Alvaro Martinez/Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Brad Anderson/Letters: Sal Cipriano/DC Comics
It’s the start of a new storyline and something from Azrael’s past has come through the door, bloodied and terrified. Tynion, as usual, is a master of getting the reader acquainted with backstory while not bogging the plot down and giving us wonderful character moments. Seriously, the Clayface and Cass scene is one of the best in recent memory. The art team is dealt a much quieter issue than normal for Detective Comics and they handle it with aplomb. Another good start for Tynion and Co.