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,
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval (Phil Noto,
Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Billy Kaplan battles a literal inner
demon while the rest of the team battles him and themselves from the year
It’s an even-numbered issue of New
Avengers which means that every problem from last issue is pretty much wrapped
up in this one.
One could argue that the
reason Moridun exists is due to the machinations of the Maker, who is arguably
the main antagonist of the series, but, without a strong presence the past few
issues, it’s hard to feel like this series is anything but disjointed despite
the fact that this arc plays off the previous one.
Evil Reed Richards isn’t the only person who
feels like a non-entity.
Half of the
team only show up to deliver a line or two and Hawkeye could have been removed
from this issue entirely and the reader would be none the wiser.
The art receives a breath of fresh air,
thanks to Phil Noto and Mark Magley guesting on pencils.
Noto’s scenes are rife with stunning visuals
and character work while Bagley and Hanna ably provide the lovely home-grown
realism that their pages call for.
Sandoval pages remain Sandoval pages.
Honestly, at this point, I’m considering dropping the book, but the next
issue is a White Tiger spotlight, so I guess they’ve got me for one or two
Art: David Lopez & David
Color Art: Nathan Fairbairn
In order to save her clones from an
early death, X-23 will have to destroy the nannies killing them from the
But, to do that, she’s going to
need a little help from Janet Van Dyne, also known as the former Avenger:
Taylor gives us an issue that,
while serious in execution, is entertaining thanks to the no-nonsense
The script wisely eschews the
typical team-up formula by having the two parties talk things out rather than
resulting to an all-out scrap.
Davids on art continue to impress, with deft character expressions and a
wonderful sense of timing and framing.
Wolverine’s first arc has been something of a World Tour, an entertaining
jaunt that looks to come to a violent conclusion soon.
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Betrayed and alone, Silk must fight her
way out of the Goblin Nation base, except every gob knows she’s there.
This should be one of the stronger issues of
Silk, but, thanks to overbearing narration and questionable plot choices, it’s
actually one of the weakest.
lays on Cindy’s quirky voice a little too thick and it often distracts from the
tension of the scene.
At one point, Silk
is rescued by the mysterious ghost-guy who showed up in the first issue, but
when it looks like he’s a bit overwhelmed and Cindy says she doesn’t want to
leave him in a bad way, she then leaves the scene and tracks down a library and
starts reading a book.
is to gather more info on the gang (one of her other goals) but one would think
that saving the nameless hero would be a bit more pressing.
The art sees newcomer Veronica Fish step-in on
pencils which makes for a pretty good improvement for the title.
Her lines are crisp and classic-looking and
fit in with the book’s overall aesthetic, thanks in large part to Ian Herring’s
It’s a bit of a rough
patch for Silk this week, but one that’ll hopefully be smoothed over next
Color Artist: Dan Brown w/ Kenneth
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Leading his team of Ultimates into the
Neutral Zone, Adam Brashear comes face to face with some entities from his past
and gets a bit more than he bargained for.
Ewing gives us a script that’s mainly Blue Marvel backstory, but it has
enough emotional heft to make it a good tale.
Ewing has the character down pat which lends itself well when Adam is
the focus of the narrative.
other members of the team don’t get much play, such a sacrifice is understandable
and more palatable given Ewing’s stellar track record on THIS title.
Rocafort and Brown are all-stars and
compliment each other perfectly.
though the majority of the issue’s super scenes are just objects in space, the
dynamic lines and colors are enough to make it feel incredible.
Further, the use of negative space throughout
is a refreshing hallmark of the title.
wisely uses its fourth issue to build the arc and ramp up the stakes and
threats going forward.
Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Kamala’s life is pretty busy.
She’s Ms. Marvel, Jersey City’s resident hero
whose also part of the Avengers now.
She’s also a high school student (which is probably more stressful) and
her brother is getting married.
a lot on Kamala Khan’s plate right now.
Wilson starts this new storyline with a script that’s rife with humor
but doesn’t scrimp on the action.
of the funny book’s funny comes from the multiple set-ups Wilson engages that
pay off wonderfully.
Sure, many of them
are classic sitcom stuff, but the voices and environment’s feel fresh enough to
make them entertaining despite the fact that you’ve probably seen them a
million times before.
Nico Leon steps in
on art and his style gels nicely with the title.
His actions scene are fluid and his timing is
His penchant for sight gags only
add to the book’s quality.
the chaos in her life, Ms. Marvel’s track record remains strong.
The Autumnlands #9 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Color Art: Jordie Bellaire
Lettering: John Roshell & Jimmy
Betancourt of Comicraft
After being rescued by the sheep people
(literally sheeple) last issue, Dusty and Learoyd get confirmation that
something strange is happening on the mountain, causing woe to the surrounding
Busiek knocks another one
out of the park this week, thanks to an action-lite script that’s flourishing
with wonderful dialogue and character work.
The protagonists’ interaction with the people of the sheeptown highlight
and deepen the growing rift between the two as their natures are at odds.
Meanwhile, the multiple crowd scenes and
complex scenery allow Dewey and Bellaire to gloriously shine.
Every panel is a visual feast, particularly
the ones that involve the, er, feast.
Despite the delays, The Autumnlands remains one of the best books on the
shelves cover to cover.
So what did you pick up this week?
Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.
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