Below you’ll find a quick rundown of my opinions on all the books I read today as well as a few panels, and the links to buy the comics. Remember, kids. The rule is for every negative, I have to write two positives.
Batman and Robin: Annual #1
This was surprisingly adorable and heart-warming. Traits I really don’t associate with the New 52 from this particular publisher. Revolving around Damian, Bruce, & Alfred this is a wonderful one-shot. For people looking for that glimmer of pre-reboot DC, this is for you.
Actual adult Bruce Wayne.
Batman Incorporated #7
Well, this is Grant Morrison doing Grant Morrison things. I don’t think there’s been a moment of rest since this series began, but Morrison gets Damian and for that I’m thankful. Have some new Bat-Cat. And Bat-Cow. And Bat-Dog.
Following closely on the heels of the highly anticipated first issue, this book still remains intriguing. Learning about the volleyball work camps and the cutthroat world of corporate sponsorship was a bit of an exposition dump, but as always the art and colors (Doyle & Bellaire, respectively) remained ever-engaging. It felt like an exceptionally short issue. I do enjoy Mara’s pervasive sense of disgruntlement.
Avengers Vol. 5 #4
I think I figured it out. This book reminds me of every great Sorkin West Wing episode. It’s the cold open. I can’t, in recent memory, recall a comic that has ever used a cold open like this. (I suppose you can count the recent YA #1 as having a cold open, but I digress.) Hickman is producing theatre. He is on, arguably, the flagship Marvel title. This is a stage. The previous 3-issue first arc can even be viewed as a cold open. What I’m saying is that I really like it, and Hickman makes me want to punch myself in the face, he’s that good.
Natasha doesn’t have time for your jungle escapades, Jessica.
Thor is invited to any party I host, lbr.
X-Treme X-men Vol. 2 #9
I love this book. This is box of a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts book. There is nothing not short of fabulous. Greg Pak somehow fills this books with the best villainous tropes while keeping it fresh and original. Also, Paco Diaz can get it.
Mirrorball. Wedge. Boots.
Everyone go home.
24 pages. 2 complete and engaging stories. No one likes a showoff, Fraction. Just kidding, though. I loved it. This is a great example of micro-storytelling and keeping what’s essential in a book to make a great story.
Loved the art from Hamm and Lieber, and Hollingsworth always comes through and ties everything together with his muted palette.
Journey Into Mystery #648
Apparently it’s a pre-requisite for Asgardian titles to just not give anything away. I have no idea where this book is going. At all. Still hanging in there, though. I do enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry feel to this opening page.
High Crimes #1
Go buy this. Go buy this now. I’ll wait. By far the most impressive title to come out of the Monkeybrain imprint so far, this book is just fantastic. The art is perfect for it’s slightly seedy setting, and the main characters are terribly enchanting, and I want to read more NOW. Did I mention it’s $.99?