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, there’s that.
Working for the Inquisition and
transferred to the Hissing Wastes, Marius and Tessa are tasked with rooting out
Venatori presence in the area.
to do that, they’ll need help from one Dorian Pavus and the Bull’s
It’s a rollicking issue, rife
with Tessa’s witty and charming narration.
Rucka nails Dorian (hmmm), perfectly capturing the braggadocious mage’s
speech pattern and style flawlessly.
He’s also got the Charger’s idiosyncrasies down.
Essentially, Rucka gives us the perfect guest
The art, quickly
becoming the high point of an already exceedingly good series, is up to its
The opening pages are
sweeping landscapes and the climax is moody and tense, thanks in no small part
to Atiyeh’s excellent pallet.
is quickly becoming essential for any fans of Dragon Age, not for its necessity
to canon, but rather for its delightful celebration of the world it inhabits
and the effortless stories it weaves in it.
Color Artist: Ian
Silk & Black Cat vs. The Goblin
How far will Silk go to maintain
her cover in Black Cat’s gang?
is an issue that hits all the right beats plot- and character-wise.
Cindy’s actions and the fallout of them feel
deserved and natural, and the dialogue in the issue flows well.
Hell, Thompson even does a bit of redeeming
of the Black Cat’s character, showing the first glimpse of a character rather
than caricature since her disappointing (meta-wise) fall from grace.
It’s just a shame that when the script is
reaching its high point in terms of form, the art plummets.
So, bagging on artists, all of whom are far
more talented and accomplished than I will ever, ever be, is not something I
relish or even feel comfortable doing.
However, in terms of review the book as a cohesive whole, it must be
said that Tana Ford’s art is distracting to the point of detracting.
While the faces are not at their worst this
issue (some are still bad), it is the character’s proportions that suffer this
issue, and not in the Humberto-Ramos-exaggeratedly-cartoony kind of way.
More in the why-did-you-leave-it-like-this-this-is-inconsistent
kind of way.
There’s not even a great
action sequence, one of Ford’s better attributes, to salvage the outing.
While the art may not be to my liking, the
series has done a good job of making me care about the character enough to look
For now, at least.
Up in the sky!
It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
No, it’s…Mister Metropolis…er, Flying Man…uh…Sky? Man? Ok, so maybe the
name isn’t locked down yet but the early days of Superman begin in this stellar
issue from Max Landis and co.
of the events of the previous issue, Clark Kent starts superheroing
This is something readers may
have seen before, but it certainly doesn’t detract from the wonderful script
Landis gives us this week.
conversations with his parents and Lois Lane are a delight as they all examine
the different aspects of Clark’s latest undertaking.
There’s just a classic feel to the comic that
has to be experienced, thanks in no small part to Manapul’s excellent
Manapul’s lines are
wholesome and picturesque, even in moments of great turmoil.
His colors deal largely in shades of blue, an
interesting choice given that Superman is bathed in black due to his slapdash
Everything, from the action to
the conversation to the framing, is a perfect fit for the issue.
It’s been said that this is the only real
Superman story of the series, which is a small tragedy, as it’s one of the
better ones, and, in a series this good, that’s saying quite a lot.
As the cover would suggest, shit gets
real bad in this issue of Rat Queens.
Hannah’s past and nature has been revealed to the Queens and not
everyone’s walking away unscathed.
script is fraught with drama and anxiety as the plot races toward it’s bloody
It’s a hard issue to take,
which speaks to its quality as well as the quality of the series as a whole.
Fowler and Bonvillain's art compliments the
The pages are filled with
a chaotic energy that bubbles through the character’s posture and
The conclusion of Volume 2
leaves Rat Queens in a strange place going forward.
What lies ahead is both intriguing and
BOOK OF THE WEEK
After conquering the terrible adventure
known as pregnancy, Spider-Woman faces the next greatest challenge of her life:
being of mother.
It’s a pitch perfect
issue from the team, one that deftly explores the new reality of Jessica’s
It never shies away from the
nitty-gritty, as evidenced by Jessica’s exasperated opening monologue.
Hopeless has a great command over all
character’s involved, from Hawkeye to Captain Marvel to Porcupine.
It’s been said before and it’ll likely beside
over and over again, the Spider-Woman art team deserves some kind of award from
the tour de force they put on each an every issue.
Rodriguez’s pencils and layouts are flawless
and Lopez’s inks always enhance and never intrude.
Rosenberg stepping in on colors these past
few issues has been a boon to the production overall, as the style hasn’t
missed a beat.
In specifics, there’s a
sequence midway through the issue told entirely without words, relying only
symbol balloons and posturing.
glorious and it’s not even the best sequence of the issue.
Spider-Woman is criminally underrated and a
true gem of the Marvel line.
So what did you pick up this week?
Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.
Labels: Comics, dark horse comics, DC Comics, Dragon Age: Magekiller, Marvel, Pulllist, Rat Queens, Silk, Spider-Woman, Superman: American Alien