It’s been a mammoth week for comics. There have been a tonne of great reads hitting the shelves this week and of course the biggest of the big Action Comics #1000.
I don’t tend to read DC comics; I usually give Supergirl a read whenever they reboot to see what they do with her character or pick up a title when one of my favourite writers/artists are on board. Very rarely do I read a title for longer than a year though. However, Action Comics #1000 is a mile stone like no other, surely? This is a comic that’s going to be extremely popular and sell out everywhere. And I was definitely interested to see what content DC would put in a comic like that.
Most of the stories within are pleasurable, heart-warming Superman tales which remind you why the character has survived for so long and why he means so much to so many.
But I guess the biggest piece in the anthology is the introduction of Brian Michael Bendis to the DC universe. This is a massive steal from Marvel and promises big things ahead for DC in general. Action Comics #1000 features the introduction to Bendis’ Superman story and it is Bendis all over. It’s bold and brash with some dialogue that just grates when reading. Fans of Bendis, of which there are plenty, are going to love this. He is going to do to Superman what he did with the Avengers and that’s not a bad thing. Bendis writes comics that are the equivalent of Summer Blockbuster movies, he is the Michael Bay of comics which is perfectly fine if you like that type of thing. I am sure that the new Bendis helmed Superman comics are going to be a massive and hopefully give DC a boost.
Elsewhere on the shelf there is:
30 Days of Night #5
I love this comic. The script, the art and the colours; oh, the wonderful colours. Check out my review on comiconverse.com for further ravings on this.
Crow: Momento Mori #2
Someone is going to like this. I wasn’t taken with the first issue and this second issue isn’t much better. Most of it is about the central character and the journey that led him to the terrorist incident that ended his life. And, at best, it’s dull. At worst, clichéd and insulting to the reader’s sensitivities. The art work is good, better than issue 1, however it isn’t enough to make this readable for anyone other than die hard Crow fans. Look it up if you must but I’ll not be returning for the third issue.
I’m really enjoying this title, partly because I’m a fencing fan but also because this is a very focused character piece with a streak of humour running through it. The overall aesthetic is manga in style with cartoon emotional faces is odd panels and minimalistic settings for fast paced action sequences. These elements work very well together thanks to Johanna the Mad's simple but precise line work and character placement with in the panels. C.S. Pacat knows her audience and gives them exactly what they want which is teenage, school drama with a sporting edge.
This is an amazing comic and volume 1 has also been released this week so there is plenty of it out there to feast your eyes on.
And my review of the latest issue will be on comiconverse.com soon.
Kong on the Planet of the Apes #6
After the violence of the last issue, this finale has the traditional Kong ending with a Planet of the Apes twist. Even though you can see it coming it is still expertly executed and makes the final issue a perfect ending to the series. It’s almost a shame that it has come to an end only because I have thoroughly enjoyed Ryan Ferrier’s take on the Ape characters. In this series he has proven he can create something new using something old.
Add to that Carlos Magno’s art work, he was born to draw Apes, and you are left with an exceptional series. I should have written a full review for this issue, maybe I’ll get chance to come back to it. In the meantime, I’ll raise a glass to the clever creators.
Lucy Dreaming #2
I haven’t read this yet…
I loved the first issue and, unless something terrible has happened between issues, I expect this issue will be as good so I’m getting behind it. Go and buy it, support this title. And if you hate it let me know and I’ll issue a general apology or something.
The Highest House makes me feel claustrophobic and have attacks of vertigo at the same time. Mike Carey writes a sprawling script which Peter Gross manages to squeeze into the pages. There is a labyrinth of panels and conversations which wind around and above and between and beneath. The design of the comic is a work of architecture reflecting the setting and the world building of the creators. It is engrossing and a beauty to behold.
Star Trek Discovery: Succession #1
Finally, a ST: Discovery comic that reflects the TV series. The previous issues have been a let-down but here Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson have captured the voice of the show, albeit the Mirror Universe aspect. There is an element of drama mixed with humour all balancing on the shoulders of the characters. Angel Hernandez and Mark Roberts have worked some magic with the artwork making the overall comic feel like a Star Trek Episode, similar to the recent 2018 Annual. Unlike the annual, however, the story here is fresh and intriguing. Suspense and drama stalk the corridors of the Terran Empire and, as it’s the Mirror Universe, no-one is quite what you would expect.
Phew, that’s a lot of reading for one week. Anyway, here’s some images that might convince you to pick one or two up.