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.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: Al Ewing/Artist: Adam Gorham
Color Artist: Michael Garland/Letterer: Jeff Eckleberry/Marvel
Tonight there’s going to be a jailbreak / somewhere in the Colon / see Rocket Raccoon he don’t like it / Just realized nothing rhymes with colon. Anyway, Rocket’s been imprisoned in The Colon (the name of the jail, not an actual colon that is also a jail). Ewing, as is his nature, manufactures both the setup and the breakout in a single issue rather cleverly. Gorham and Garland keep pace at every step, giving the story some much needed physicality. Rocket is fun, and with the addition of a new guest star, should be even moreso. …shit, I just realized a bunch of things rhyme with colon. Stolen, swollen. Damnit. Wait, not that one.
Writer: Marguerite Bennett/Artist: Raphael de Latorre
Colorist: Rob Schwager/Letterer: Marshall Dillon/Aftershock
Ever wanted to know which of the world’s religions think animals have souls? Then boy, do I have the comic book for you. Yeah, not a whole bunch happens in this issue, as it’s mostly a conversation about the aforementioned topic, with a little character backstory thrown in. De Latorre and Schwager try to keep things entertaining with interesting panel composition and expressive coloring and succeed for the most part. But if you wanted to read about the further adventures of Jesse and Sandor, this is probably one to skip.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22
Writer: Ryan North/Artist: Erica Henderson
Color Artist: Rico Renzi/Letterer: Travis Lanham/Marvel
Nancy and Doreen go to the Savage Land and meet dinosaurs. ‘Nuff said.
Detective Comics #960
Writer: James Tynion IV/Pencils: Alvaro Martinez
Inks: Raul Fernandez/Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Sal Cipriano/Marvel
After Ascalon’s adversarial assault, the Bat team tries to reconvene to discover a way to defeat God’s murderous machine. Oh, and Batman and Zatanna debate over using the God Machine (unrelated). It’s really the latter that’s the focus of the issue, as we get some insight into the pair’s past as well as how far Batman is willing to go. Martinez, Fernandez and Anderson do some incredible work, particularly the scenes in the Red Cathedral and the history of the God Machine. 960 is a bit of a holding action but still a great issue nonetheless.
So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.