A weekly column in which Jake gives
short blurbs about the comics he’s
picked up that week. Reviewed in the order read, which varies but generally by
increasing anticipation. Disclaimer: he
knows very little about art, at least not enough to considerably honor such
tremendous undertakings, so…yeh,
Avengers: Ultron Forever #1
Writer: Al Ewing
Penciler: Alan Davis
Inker: Mark Farmer
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenburg
A three-part Avengers mini-epic that
sees seven Avengers from across time assemble in a near-ruined world where
Ultron has basically won. Ewing does a
great job capturing the essence of each hero’s time period: pre-Avengers Hulk says words like “Palooka” and is generally ornery while Ironman Jim Rhodes has
roller-skates and seems like he’s
rolling right out of the eighties. The
art team’s work gives the
book a classic comic feel and the designs of the Ultron Avengers are a good
melding of machine and classic Avengers look.
Despite its dark future tone, Ultron Forever is shaping up to be a fun
Writer: Nathan Edmonson
Art: Mitch Gerads & Brent
Colors: Mitch Gerads
Punisher’s a book I dip in and out of, purely out of personal
taste. Generally, Frank Castle stories
don’t enthrall me as much
as other anti-heroes. However, Edmonson
and Gerads long-term project is one that I keep coming back to. Edmonson takes Castle out of his usual
element by having him go up against PMCs and a corrupt U.S. senator, which
naturally draws the attention of the new Captain America, Sam Wilson. Edmonson’s Punisher keeps his inner monologue relevant to the
situation at hand, only waxing poetic at times to make a certain point. If I’m
honest, it’s the art that
keeps me on this book. There’s something about Gerads’ color palette that I find
supremely attractive. His character
designs are something to be lauded as well, as I find it particularly nice when
Frank is drawn as a veritable tank of a man.
Punisher is an excellent shoot-em-up/conspiracy book that has great art
to back it up.
The Woods #12
Writer: James Tynion IV
Illustrator: Michael Dialynas
Colorist: Josan Gonzales
It’s hard to believe that The Woods has been going on for only
a year, as it feels like so much has happened inside this book from Boom!
Studios. As such a landmark issue would
suggest, big things happen to our displaced protagonists. Tynion doles out several payoffs for certain
characters and sets up new conflicts for the next year. Dialynas and Gonzales expertly the issue’s explosive contents, as well
as some very emotional character work.
The second year of The Woods looks to be just like the last: full of
mystery, drama, and wonderful character development.
Writer: Jason Latour
Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Colors: Rico Renzi
The Internet’s latest darling trucks into her third issue, and Gwen
continues to deal with the consequences of being a hero. Dealing with policeman dad, the fiendish
Vulture and a new foe, Gwen is put through an emotional and physical
ringer. Latour crafts a script that
feels like one of classic Spider-man roots updated for a new century. Rodriguez and Renzi continue to dominate on
the books art, particularly in the smoke-filled Vulture fight. If I’m
honest though, I’d like to
see the book pick up the pace next issue.
It’s still fun, but
the classic “learning the
ins and outs of being a hero” is
starting to wear a little. Spider-Gwen
is still a good book, however, and I’ll
be snagging the next issue.
Southern Bastards #8
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art & Color: Jason Latour
Herein we see the finals steps that
transformed Euless Boss into Coach Boss and it’s just as vicious as one would expect. Aaron took a gamble: exposing us to the
villain at his lowest point ran the risk of us sympathizing with him. But with this issue, Aaron sealed the record
and, while allowing us to understand Coach Boss, allowed us to see him for what
he’d always been: a mean
son of a bitch. Latour’s work continues to be some of
the best I’ve ever
seen. His scratchy style and slew of
reds are a perfect fit for this book.
Southern Bastards is a feat of comics in the present day. And, with Coach Boss’s backstory completed, next issue we’re returning to the present day, where the other shoe will
finally drop and the ramifications of the first arc will start to come to bear.
Labels: Avengers, Boom, Comics, Image Comics, Marvel, Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, the Punisher, the Woods