Published on July 17th, 2014 | by Brad0
My Week in Comics – 16/07/2014
My week in comics this week is weeklies only. Four months into Batman Eternal and three months into Futures End, and they’ve both hit their deadlines and come out every week, which is a pretty impressive achievement. But what are they like? Let’s see.
Batman Eternal #15
Story by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Script by Ray Fawkes. Consulting writers John Layman and Tim Seeley. Drawn by Dustin Nguyen. Inked by Derek Fridolfs. Coloured by John Kalisz.
With the gang war settled for the time being, Batman Eternal dives into three of the other storylines which have been flitting around, in a largely Batman-free issue (the man himself appears on one page). Vying for their moment in the sun this week are Spectre and Batwing’s investigation into what’s happening at Arkham, Red Robin and Harper Row bickering as she stows away on his jet on the way to Tokyo, and Batgirl and Red Hood’s investigation into the potential framing of Jim Gordon, bringing another member of the Bat-gang into the mix.
Dustin Nguyen takes another go on art duties this week, and his unreal, horror-themed tones fit this issue much better than the crime drama of the earlier issues. There are some unnerving sequences here, particularly when Batwing and Spectre discover the secret under Arkham. Batman Eternal is moving into a new phase, and on this evidence, it’s gonna be pretty damn dark. Recommended.
The New 52: Futures End #11
Written by Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen. Drawn by Georges Jeanty. Inked by Cam Smith. Coloured by Hi-Fi.
There are individual sequences in this comic every week which I like. Indeed, there’s very little I don’t care for. It just never seems to amount to much. Something needs to happen to focus everything. It’s a shame, because this creative team are fantastic, but the comic just hasn’t clicked yet.