How about that Jeff Lemire fella? On the heels of him becoming the new writer for Justice League Dark, he still continues to produce great content with Animal Man #6 being the next to shine. John Paul Leon though really shined, taking up the bulk of the art to give Travel Foreman a break, bringing a darker vibe to Buddy Baker’s previous stint as an actor. All-around great filler issue before stuff hits the fan in the upcoming issues.
Over in Marvel land, Venom #13 starts the “Circle of Four” story with Venom, Red Hulk, X-23, and Ghost Rider all getting a piece of the action as hell comes to Las Vegas. Fun and nonsensical, you can see Rick Remender having a lot of fun with this series. And Tony Moore’s pencils will wow you.
If you want your fill of Bucky and former KGB spy hunting, look no further than in Winter Soldier #1. This is a return to form for me after Bucky got lost in the shuffle as Captain America when Steve Rogers came back and then was “killed” in Fear Itself. Ed Brubaker shines when he gets to focus on select characters and tell great spy thrillers. Put this one in that category as well.
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And so it comes to this…
It was a banner year for comics, but only 5 made the cut for best Quick Pick of 2011. Will it be:
Happy New Year’s and best to all for a great 2012!
Was there ever any doubt?
Uncanny X-Force #18 concludes one of the best X-tales I’ve read in quite some time. It speaks well to the talent that is Rick Remender and Jerome Opena for ending this arc in style. Whether you like your action or like your character moments, this one has it all. How the team tops this going into 2012 is going to be a sight to see.
Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft continue to bring the creepiness in Severed #5. You all know what’s going to happen – we’re just biting our nails waiting to see when that payoff will come into play. The characters and set pieces is what makes this mini-series stand out.
And finally, can we just declare J.H. Williams III the master of his domain? Batwoman #4 is a marvel to look at just like the previous three issues. It say something when DC is willing to put all of their ads in the back of just this book.
The time has come, folks. On August 31st, the new DCU is in full swing and Justice League #1 is the one kicking things off. This was definitely a labor of love put together by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. They didn’t have to do this book at all, but they chose to. And while it’s a slow burn of an issue rather than epic battle sequences, it sets the stage for a great and new look into what should be the premier title of DC that it hasn’t been the last 10 years.
Marvel didn’t want me left hanging dry that week though. Rick Remender put out another stellar effort in Uncanny X-Force #14 in the continuing Dark Angel saga that sees Archangel assume the mantle of Apocalypse. Jerome Opena makes his way back to art duties, which improves the book tenfold (as if it needed that already). Absolutely the best X-book on the market and am hoping that trend continues for the foreseeable future.
Music provided by The Commuters – As I Make My Way
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque bring us the conclusion of Ghost War in American Vampire #18. And it’s a fine one, as we see the end of the Skinner Sweet saga (or so it seems) and a new direction that would keep this series going into new period pieces. It’s great to see Snyder committed to this story even with his impending DC re-launch books on the horizon.
IDW brings back an 80′s classic in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. The darker tone is apparent to go with the way the original indie comic was like. And it’s set up some interesting stories and different takes on the popular characters.
And lastly, it’s back to the Age of Apocalypse with Uncanny X-Force #13. The team’s romp in this universe to retrieve the Life Seed for Archangel has been a nostalgic one, though how it ends makes us think that Archangel might not be so receptive to it. More zany fun from the mind of Rick Remender.
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Character moments defined last week’s books and no writer brought it more than Rick Remender. Uncanny X-Force #12 and Venom #5 were top-notch showing from Remender. Whether you felt for Flash Thompson’s struggle to deal with his dying alcoholic father or Psylocke wondering if she should be sticking with her doomed lover in Archangel or a new flame in Fantomex, there was a lot to invest in here.
But of course, Scott Snyder and Jock were no slouches in Detective Comics #880. They take a brief detour into Joker territory issue, but it sets us up for what we’ve been waiting for – the Gordon family showdown. Creepy visuals galore, as dictated by this issue’s cover.
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