Words: Dan Schaffer
Art: Dan Schaffer
Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope competently-made comic with just as much tension and drama as any shark movie nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope.
Writer & Artist: Genndy Tartakovsky
Inker: Stephen DeStefano
Colorists: Bill Wray w/ Genndy Tartakovsky
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Captured by unknown assailants and with all of his hero friends missing, Luke Cage is taken to a mysterious island and pursued by unknown foes. To be quite honest, this issue is very much padding, story-wise, but we get some incredible and trippy art because of it. Then again, you aren’t really buying this series for the story; you’re probably buying it for Tartakovsky’s art and, in that case, the issue doesn’t disappoint.
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Travel Foreman
Colorist: Dan Brown
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Boy, Civil War II was so bad they had to relaunch this whole series, eh? Anyway, after having disbanded after the events of Civil War II (which is still going on for some reason), the Ultimates are left directionless. That is, until they are each attacked by a known entity. Ewing really ups the heady sci-fi this iteration while still bringing us that excellent character work he’s known for. Travel Foreman steps in as main artist for this volume and brings with him an incredible blend of epic imagery and grounded storytelling, assisted by series holdover Dan Brown. Ultimates2 looks to get back to being the book it was supposed to be before it got derailed by a shitty event. Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Detective Comics #945
Writer: James Tynion IV
Art: Al Barrionuevo & Carmen Carnero
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Marilyn Patrizio
The Victim Syndicate has sown dissension in the Bat Team’s ranks, but, that’s nothing a good ole’ round of psych-evals can’t cure, right? Tynion’s story is pitch-perfect, flawlessly interweaving plot and character developments. The examinations are particularly revealing and show just how much Tynion gets these characters on a fundamental level. Barrionuevo handles the majority of the artwork this issue while Carnero and Hanna step in on a few pages. The transitions are relatively seamless and both teams work well together, unified by the excellent moody colors of Lucas. Again, Detective Comics continues to be one of the best books of Rebirth and one of the best books in general.