Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Nico Leon & Dalibor Talajic
Color Artist: Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
It’s Jen Walter’s second day on the job, what could possibly go wrong? Enough, as it turns out. Tamaki progresses the plot along enough, while providing more lovely character work and giving us another Hulk-threat episode. Honestly, it’s some airtight story-telling, particularly for what is shaping up to be a character-driven series. The art remains as incredibly expressive as ever and the framing enhances the tense moments of the issue. Hulk is a great, admittedly stressful series.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Veronica Fish
Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
And the hits just keep on coming. After learning why Roger was killed, Jessica Drew is understandably pissed. Well, enraged is more appropriate. Enraged enough to take on Hobgoblin’s entire army of franchised thugs. Probably not the wisest decision. Hopeless continues to revel in the raw emotion exuding from this story and these characters. The actors in this issue are one’s that Hopeless knows so intimately that it’s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. On art, Fish is more than simply filling in for superstar artist Javier Rodriguez; she’s really coming into her own, particularly in terms of character expression. Coupled with Rosenberg’s moody colors, we’re treated to one of the best looking fights of the series. It’s hard to say what the rest of this arc will bring for Spider-Woman, but damn is it going to be good.
Detective Comics #949
Writers: James Tynion IV & Marguerite Bennett
Artists: Ben Oliver & Szymon Kudranski
Colors: Ben Oliver, Gabe Eltreb, & Hi-Fi
Letters: Marilyn Patrizio
Colony agent Colony Prime has stolen the monster serum and broken into the heart of the Belfry to free Jacob Kane, with only Batman and Batwoman standing in his way. While very much a prelude to the new Batwoman series, there’s enough to this story to justify it being a short arc for this team book, particularly since Batwoman has played such a big role as team leader. The character work done for both Kane’s involved in the issue is complicated and telling. Oliver and Kudranski bring a cinematic feel appropriate for a story entitled Batwoman Begins. Ms. Kane is spinning off into her own series, which should be interesting, but will hopefully stick around in Detective Comics.