DREAMING #18 – Awesome! Another Marguerite Sauvage drawn issue!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 – Looking forward to reading Venditti’s take on the Justice League.
MARTIAN MANHUNTER #12 – The end of the maxi-series. I have loved this mostly for the Riley Rosmo art.
STAR TREK YEAR FIVE TP VOL 01 ODYSSEYS END – Pick of the week – Despite the fact that Mike Johnson was replaced as the writer of IDW’s Star Trek comics (and from I read, unceremoniously), I’m looking forward to reading some TOS adventures.
DC CRIMES OF PASSION #1 – This is the first or second holiday themed special from DC that I didn’t order. I usually find one or two gems in these specials, not to mention new talent sometimes, but the last few from last year just didn’t do it for me.
ADLER #1 – I’m always interested in Sherlock Holmes stories and the spotlight is on Irene Adler, who, in some interpretations of the mythos is the superior intellect. I’m curious how this comic depicts the character.
WHY DID WE TRUST HIM TP – Shannon Wheeler is a singular wit and deserves some of your attention. This book is “a wide-ranging collection of single-panel comics. Relationships, social norms, language, animals, life and death are all targets of his elegant absurdity.”
X-MEN + FANTASTIC FOUR – I would normally ignore a title like this, but Chip Zdarsky is writing it, so who knows? It might be good.
Best comic I read recently
PEARL v2 by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, Joshua Reed, Dave Sharpe, Kevin Geiger, Curtis King Jr., Exotik Alek, and Diego Martin
This is such a gorgeous book: the line art, the colors, the tattoos, the backgrounds, and the alternate covers, like the Tula Lotay cover from issue 8 I’m spotlighting for you, are just top notch. The characters and situation (plot) are a bit simplistic and the dialog is peak Bendis, but still quite enjoyable. Definitely come for the fantastic art.
Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.
Stormwatch (2011) #1 by Paul Cornell (writer), Miguel Sepulveda (artist), Allen Passalaqua (colorist), Rob Leigh (letterer), Sean Mackiewicz, Pat McCallum, & Sepulveda and Nathan Eyring (cover)
While I’d read a couple trades of the previous volume of Stormwatch, and then followed some of those characters into The Authority, it was really the mystery of why J’onn J’onz was really with this group and finding out more about his time with the Justice League (which have never been adequately answered, but I hope will be in the Martian Manhunter series that is launching in June 2015) that drew me to this comic when the New 52 relaunch was announced. Having Paul Cornell as the writer was also a draw.
This issue is, as you would expect, a reintroduction of some of the familiar characters, complete with didactic explanations of what their power sets are, but they are mostly in the context of explaining to Apollo, whom they are trying to recruit. He tells them no, so they continue to hound and then fight him in that classic superhero tradition. There are some other plot threads introduced as well, including that the moon is apparently threatening Earth, as demonstrated by the claws reaching toward our Planet. The story ends with Midnighter showing up and offering to partner with Apollo. I only got tiny nuggets about J’onn, primarily that when he needs to be a warrior as opposed to a hero, he wars with Stormwatch.
Sepulveda’s art here is mostly good, though some body parts tend to get exaggerated to almost comical effect at times. Passalaqua’s colors in a few spots in this issue are lovely to see, but since most of the story takes place at night or in space, the pallette tends towards the muted and dark.
All in all, not a bad first issue that reintroduces the characters and offers some high-concept, sci-fi fun.