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,
Dragon Age: Magekiller #3
Lettering: Michael Heisler
With the comic finally caught up with
the beginning of the Inquisition video game, Rucka takes some time to give us a
great action sequence and put in some excellent character work, making for a
pretty damn good issue.
doesn’t really change the working formula; we still get most of our insight
through Tessa’s pitch-perfect narration, but it’s a narrative tool that never
wearies the reader and continues to expose more about her life before
There’s also a great comedic bit
in the latter half of the book that works extremely well.
The art continues to be of excellent quality
thanks to the smoothness of Carnero’s lines and Pallot’s inks, as well as the
explosiveness of Atiyeh’s colors.
aforementioned fight is another of the best of the series so far, and
considering what came before it, that’s quiet an accomplishment.
Three issues in, Dragon Age: Magekiller
continues to impress.
Spider-Woman #4 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Penciller: Javier Rodriguez
Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Dawww, Spider-Woman’s having a baby…at
the worst possible moment because Skull commandos are trying to break down the
door to the operating room where she’s having her emergency C-section.
It’s a tense issue but not one devoid of
Hopeless manages what might be a
perfect script, deftly managing the terror and tension while allowing for great
character moments from Jessica, Carol, and the target prince.
Every plot point is as emotional for the
reader as it is for the characters.
again, the art astounds.
decision to use unconventional panels works extremely well and Lopez and
Rosenberg compliment the work incredibly.
It’s going to be interesting to see where the story goes from here, but
if it’s anywhere near the quality of what came before, it’ll be fantastic.
Superman: American Alien #4
It’s a strange new world for Clark Kent
as we join him in his first days in Metropolis, on his own, on assignment to
cover a financial meeting between Oliver Queen, Bruce Wayne, and Lex Luthor.
As one would expect, the issue is a lot of
talking, most of it good.
catches up those unfamiliar with the men involved in the story while putting
his own spin on their situation.
fun to see Clark and Ollie’s interactions from the previous issue carry over
here and how time has found them both in different places and of different
In fact, every one of Clark’s
interactions feels incredible, except for the one with Lex Luthor, which has
its highlights but has a bit that feels overly coy which sours the moment
Lee and Chung on art are fantastic
and both fit the feel of this issue incredibly especially when one considers
its place in the whole series.
issue 2 which had its own purpose, gone are the crisp, clean lines and colors
of the past, instead replaced with the murky, scratchy depiction of the new
world, the modern world that Clark Kent has entered.
It’s a lovely choice, even barring the
exceptional “fight” that occurs in the closing moments of the story.
While certainly not the strongest of the
series, the fourth issue of American Alien boldly takes the story out of the
halcyon past and closer the somewhat uncertain present.
So what did you pick up this week?
Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.
Labels: Comics, DC Comics, Dragon Age: Magekiller, Marvel, Pulllist, Spider-Woman, Superman: American Alien