Published on August 8th, 2014 | by Brad0
My Week in Comics – 06/08/2014
My week in comics is moving to a new Friday home. This is to make my life a lot easier. Two weeks’ worth of comics to cover this week due to last week’s absence, so let’s dive right in.
Sandman Overture #3 (of 6)
Written by Neil Gaiman. Drawn by J.H. Williams III. Coloured by Dave Stewart.
The original bi-monthly release schedule for this would mean that this month would be seeing the conclusion of this comic. As is, we’re hitting the halfway point, after many massive delays. Issue 4 is set to be a wonderful 26th birthday present for my good self on the 29th of October. This comic is totally worth the wait. The Sandman is the greatest comic ever written, in my opinion, and this miniseries is a very worthy addition to that canon. Gaiman has slipped back into this world like the comfiest pair of slippers going, and in Williams he has found the perfect confederate. Every page in this thing is dripping with more creativity and artistry than your average 22-page comic. Magnificent.
The Wake #10 (of 10)
Written by Scott Snyder. Drawn by Sean Murphy. Coloured by Matt Hollingsworth.
After nine issues of horror, adventure, bloodshed and loss, The Wake ends on an unusual, low-key, philosophical note which pulls off the delicate balancing act of feeling totally different to what’s gone before and yet fitting completely within the bigger picture. Sean Murphy’s just won the Eisner for Artist of the Year for this comic, and it’s kind of difficult to argue with. The Wake is a sensational comic, one of the best of the year.
Green Arrow #34
Written by Jeff Lemire. Drawn by Andrea Sorrentino. Coloured by Marcelo Maiolo.
The penultimate issue from this exceptional creative team, and the end of their storyline proper, is a great comic. The turnaround in Green Arrow over the last 18 months is nothing short of incredible, and it’s all down to Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo. This ends with the showdown the comic has been building to since Oliver had his vision of the three-headed dragon way back when this creative team began. Richard Dragon is a cracking villain, and his final confrontation with Arrow and Diggle is supremely exciting. The Futures End issue next month is going to be very bittersweet.
Written by Tim Seeley and Tom King. Drawn by Mikel Janin. Coloured by Jeromy Cox.
Such fun. So much. I could read Dick Grayson: International Man of Mystery forever. It’s a great place to take the character, and probably the most out-and-out fun comic in the New 52 line. Mikel Janin’s art is perfect for just about any occasion, and he is bringing his a-game here. This is a vibrant, exciting comic to look at, the story and dialogue are a blast, and it’s just generally very enjoyable. Check it out.
Swamp Thing #34
Written by Charles Soule. Drawn by Javier Pina. Coloured by Matthew Wilson.
The Wolf and the Lady concludes in spectacular, violent fashion, with more than a sprinkling of badassery. Charles Soule’s run with the Swamp Thing comic is on the brink of passing Scott Snyder’s for length, and it’s a testament to its quality that I’ve never once pined for some more Snyder, awesome though his run was. This issue wraps up the former avatars plot threads, which can only mean that Etrigan is coming after Futures End month. Bring him on!
Justice League #32
Written by Geoff Johns. Drawn by Doug Mahnke. Inked by Keith Champagne. Coloured by Andrew Dalhouse.
For a comic entitled Justice League, this features very little JL and a hell of a lot of the Doom Patrol. Not that I’m complaining, I love the Doom Patrol, and can’t wait for the monolith that is the Grant Morrison omnibus to show up at my house next week, but this rather sums up the key problem with Geoff Johns’ Justice League – not enough Justice League in it. I’m buying this comic on the promise of a storyline where Lex Luthor joins the Justice League, ultimately, and it’s not quite delivering just yet. Also Doug Mahnke cannot draw faces.
Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #3 (of 6)
Written by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman. Drawn by Ty Templeton. Coloured by Tony Avina.
What’s this? Another issue of thrills, spills, laughs, glorious artwork and a beautiful Alex Ross cover? Can Smith, Garman and Templeton maintain their impossibly high standards? Tune in next month to find out. Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel.