Published on June 13th, 2014 | by Brad0
My Week in Comics – 11/06/2014
My week in comics this week is mostly about books which are improving. Whether they’re recovering from a slow start or recovering from the loss of momentum from a crossover, it’s always nice to see your comics getting better. Without further ado, let’s dig in.
Justice League United #2
Written by Jeff Lemire. Drawn by Mike McKone.
Starting to pick up the pace, now, as this month sees Supergirl added to the team, and an expansion of outer space within the DCU. With the exception of the Lantern books, The New 52 has been rather light on space adventures in the main, so it’s nice to see Lemire exploring that corner of the universe. I am very much the target audience for a comic that features Adam Strange, conflict between twin planets Rann and Thanagar, Hawkman fighting Lobo and an evil mutant space baby.
What JLU has which really sets it aside from the bulk of DC’s New 52 is a real sense of fun and adventure. Giant shape shifting monster, aliens of various descriptions, banter, jokes, bright colours, loads of fun. Mike McKone’s art is ace, as ever – check out the two-page spread of a space battle, it’s just glorious. This is a fun comic, and one that’s really starting to come into its own.
Written by Ray Fawkes. Drawn by ACO.
The Constantine travelling roadshow rolls into Hong Kong for a confrontation with Graceful Moon, a sorceress who is stealing luck from the entire city. This allows for some mystical concepts from the East to be played with, as John’s preparations to defeat the Cult of the Cold Flame continue. I may sound like a broken record on this comic of late, but it’s been so good post-Forever Evil. Ray Fawkes has to take a lot of credit for that. ACO’s artwork is damn good, and there is a hell of a lot going on in every panel. Most improved comic out there. I recommend.
The New 52: Futures End #6
Written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Jeff Lemire. Drawn by Patrick Zircher.
Oh, so much better. From a genuinely disappointing start, this really is starting to get good. No Firestorm or Grifter this week, which helped. Instead this week we drop in on our little gang of thieves Key, Coil and Plastique, Batman Beyond, Mr Terriffic, team S.H.A.D.E., Tim Drake and our first look at the Masked Superman, whoever he may be. Patrick Zircher’s art is pretty solid. Good comic, on the right track for sure.
Batman Eternal #10
Story by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Script by John Layman. Consulting writers Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley. Drawn by Riccardo Burchielli.
Following on from last week’s capture of Catwoman by Carmine Falcone, this week follows Batman’s attempts to rescue her from the Roman’s penthouse. Whilst Professor Pyg and his farm hands slaughter their way up from the lobby. It’s an exciting, violent comic, with Batman getting several moments of marvellous badassery, including the by-now-classic Scott Snyder trope (he did it once before) of punching a horse in the face. Burchielli’s art is decent enough, although the faces and particularly the eyes are problematic at times. Are you not reading Batman Eternal already? Why not? Weekly dose of ace.
And now, something new;
Infinity Man and the Forever People #1
Story and Art by Keith Giffen and Dan Didio.
Way back when the New 52 was launched, there was a title in the line-up that rather surprised people. The comic was OMAC, the classic Jack Kirby property reimagined by DC co-publisher Dan Didio, whose reputation is… less than stellar, I think it’s fair to say, alongside uber-talent and generally awesome guy Keith Giffen. It didn’t sell very well, and was cancelled after only eight issues. I urge you to pick up the trade. OMAC is awesome. It’s a full-on Kirby tribute, with all the grandiose, melodramatic voiceover boxes, hyper-stylised art and just great fun to read. A couple of years down the line, Didio and Giffen have reteamed to revive another Kirby property, the Forever People. At some point, I’m going to have to do a bit on the Fourth World, and Jack Kirby in general, the guy is an absolute hero of mine. Buy this comic. I want it to last longer than OMAC. This is full-on Kirby that old fans will dig, and new fans will be made from. In just 20 pages we have mention of Highfather, New Genesis, Mother Box and Boom Tubes, and New Gods Himon, Big Bear and Mantis. The only thing that’s missing is Infinity Man himself, and I don’t doubt we’ll meet him next month; there’s only so much you can fit in. These guys can make Kirby tribute comics forever, and I will buy, buy, buy. This is ace. Get it, ASAP.