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Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Brad

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My Week in Comics – 18/06/2014

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My week in comics was really cheap, but pretty damn awesome. No time for preamble, let’s dig into the comics.

 FUTURES-END

The New 52: Futures End #7

Written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens and Jeff Lemire. Drawn by Aaron Lopresti.

Oh, so good this week. Frankenstein battles Black Adam in the Phantom Zone, the Batman Beyond, Mr Terriffic and Coil-Key-Plastique storylines intersect, and Slade Wilson shows up for the first time. The tone’s a lot lighter than it was five or six weeks ago, and more individual moments of awesome are springing through, making it a much better read. I don’t comment on the art on this much, because it’s a pretty consistent style, which I guess is due to having Keith Giffen consulting on the art every week. This allows the visual tone of the comic to stay consistent, putting the onus for change on the writers. Worth going for, this, and it’s certainly going to be important in the coming weeks and months of the DCU.

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Batman Eternal #11

Story by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. Script by Tim Seeley. Consulting writers Ray Fawkes and John Layman. Drawn by Ian Bertram.

This one, on the other hand, has almost zero consistency in visual style. Where the majority of this series has gone for a relatively grounded look, this is hyper-stylised, extremely cartoony, and very, very odd. And you know what? It fits the issue, which mainly focuses around Batgirl fighting Scorpiana to save the life of a Brazilian soap star so she can interrogate him about the train crash which has caused the incarceration of Jim Gordon. There are shades of Chris Burnham in Ian Bertram’s art, which is never a bad thing, and it’s a strange, off-kilter look to a comic that is essentially there as a diversion from the “main” plot, which will no doubt have sown some important seeds for later on. This is still the better of the two weeklies, and well worth picking up.

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Wonder Woman #32

Written by Brian Azzarello. Drawn by Goran Sudzuka.

The First Born’s endgame continues. As Eros puts it, “After conquering death, life was the next target.” As such, the battle spills into the grove of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Our heroes and villains all get a moment to shine, as things look ever less hopeful for the forces of good. In The First Born, Brian Azzarello has created a tremendous villain, possibly the best evil creation of the New 52, who has only become more powerful and intimidating since Apollo burnt away his flesh a few months back.

Assuming August’s #34 is the finale for the Azzarello run, this will be the last time we see Goran Sudzuka’s art, as Cliff Chiang will be back for the final issues. As such, if this is to be his final issue, I should just like to offer this;

 



 

Cheers Goran. You’ve been great. Wonder Woman is fantastic, you should all be reading it, and getting back-issues and trades to read the rest.

Brad

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