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.
Of all the characters you would expect to receive great character studies, Penguin would probably be one you wouldn’t think of. Yet here we are and Pain & Prejudice #2 is one of those standouts. Great insight into the mind and inner workings of one of Batman’s more underrated villains. How they’ll have more material for the remaining three parts of the mini-series remains to be seen, but I’m intrigued.
Right behind it was the fantastic Uncanny X-Force #17. Best X-book and Marvel book overall hands down – Rick Remender is truly writing one for the ages. The pacing is exquisite and how Archangel’s plot to speed up mutant evolution is the hook to keep on reading.
The guilty pleasure nobody wants to admit to is Suicide Squad #3. It’s not filling the hole that Secret Six left once everything re-launched, but it’s a fun romp with dysfunctional characters stuck in very dysfunctional situations. And I never thought I’d be becoming more a King Shark fan with each issue…
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I’ve really run out of great things to say about Scott Snyder’s work. How he builds up mythology and ties it into his characters amazes me. American Vampire : Survival of the Fittest #5 is no exception. We see how Felicia Book and Cash McCogan’s search for the vampire cure turns out and it ends on a sad note for one of the main characters. Sean Murphy puts in the work of his career with his really detailed pencils.
More buddy cop fun comes out of Green Lantern #2 courtesy of Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke. The renewed focus on Sinestro and Hal Jordan has really put this book back on track.
Much like Snyder, I don’t know what else more good I can say on Rick Remender’s impressive run with Uncanny X-Force #16 continuing that trend. Archangel’s plans are coming to fruition and looks like X-Force’s numbers are not to their benefit. If you love 90′s X-Men, this will take you back.
Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
We’re hitting things off round robin-style in week two of new 52 land, as well as a couple of Marvel spotlights:
- Uncanny X-Force #15
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
- Green Lantern #1
- Red Lanterns #1
- Batwoman #1
- Batman and Robin #1
- Deathstroke #1
- Demon Knights #1
Week 3 will be up later this week!
Music provided by Chop Suzy – Addicted To You
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