When you have a consistently great series like Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s American Vampire, you tend to run out of good things to say. Even with a new time period, new premise, and new protagonist, that still hasn’t changed. These two collaborators can do no wrong with this series and it makes it all the more exciting for future arcs as we make our way through 20th century American culture.
But let’s not forget Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s incredible run on Sixth Gun. Issue 18 takes us back to further adventures with Drake Sinclair after a brief hiatus in the last arc. Great consistency is the key to this creative duo’s contributions, as they continue to build to what should hopefully a satisfying duel between the Sword of Abraham and the Knights of Solomon.
Music provided by Keystone – With You
There was a lot of quality content last week, but Sixth Gun #12 stood out the most to me. Great action and great art – just greatness all around for Cullen Bunn’s continuing story of the six guns that would doom us all.
We also have the Scott Snyder showcase with Detective Comics #878 and American Vampire #16. I’ll let the podcast speak on Snyder’s continuing excellence with these series.
Something about Venom #4 struck a good chord with me. It could be Rick Remender’s writing of Flash Thompson struggling to control the suit or it could be Tony Moore’s dynamic battle sequences with Spider-Man and Jack-O-Lantern. Either way, it was one of the few books I took my time reading.
Many thought Batman and Robin #15 would get the prize this week (as most other comic book sites seem to be giving it to), but I just can’t get enough of Cullen Bunn’s epic tale in The Sixth Gun #5. Mystery, suspense, gun-slinging, the undead – these are just a sample of what’s in this fantastic series. And it’s continually building its own mythology by giving us a taste of where this series could go next once this story arc ends.
This is not to say that Batman and Robin #15 was left out in the cold. Another solid issue continuing Dr. Hurt’s pursuit of the Bat demon Barbatos. Irving’s art is breathtaking and the last page reveal is no shocker given what DC is promoting next month, but is still a solid cliffhanger to whet our appetites for what Peter Tomasi has in store next for the series.
Brightest Day #12 briefly detours out of the Blackest Night part 2 domain and back into Martian Manhunter’s storyline. A lot of comparisons to the Garden of Eden tale, which makes it all the more compelling when Manhunter continually refutes his newly discovered Martian companion’s, D’Kay, attempts at starting a relationship and re-creating Mars. We all knew what was coming next out of this, but it still doesn’t take away from one of the better sub-plots coming out of this year-long event.