Happy Wednesday! It’s another new comic book day, the best day of the week. I have for you a smattering of reviews, comments, and recommendations in the hopes that you, the reader, might find something new to read that may have not otherwise been on your pull list. Lets get started:
Green Lanterns #47 – “Ghosts of the Past” part 4: Seeley/Marion, DC Comics
For the uninitiated, the Green Lanterns title follows two members of the illustrious Green Lantern Corps: Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz of Earth. This particular story “Ghosts of the Past” (which begins with issue #44 – still available at Brainstorm Comics!), is centered mostly around Jessica Cruz and her origin, which involves her witnessing the murder of her three best friends while on a hunting trip, in which they accidentally witness a group of men burying a body in a forest. In issues prior, writer Tim Seeley alludes to Cruz’s guilt of surviving the incident in question while her friends did not, as well as guilt stemming from the fact that she could not remember the faces of the men who took her friends from her and was subsequently not able to bring them to justice. Issue #47 finds Jessica Cruz in the “Green World” where she was sent by Singularity Jain to search the recesses of her mind to remember the faces of the men who murdered her friends, but appears to have had her personality split between wanting to seek justice or enact vengeance. She was ultimately aided by Simon Baz and John Constantine, but this story won’t end before another harsh verdict to be given by Hal Jordan…
This book has featured consistent and stellar writing by Tim Seeley, and even consistent art despite the fact that this title has had a veritable revolving door of pencilers. I’d have to say my absolute favorite thing about this issue and title as a whole is each story is paced perfectly – not too slow, but not too fast. The reader really gets an almost realistic timeline of the growth of the relationship between Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, both platonic and romantic.
For Fans Of: Batman, Nightwing, most of the DC titles on your pull list.
A Walk Through Hell #1 – Ennis/Sudzuka, Aftershock Comics
As I’ve written many times before, one of my favorite parts about every Wednesday is getting the chance to check out brand new number 1’s of new titles from independent publishers and/or scouring through the recent back issues to find starting points for independent books. I find them to be a refreshing change of pace, and I have a child-like fondness for the liberal use of vulgarity, but above all I love finding a new horror or psychological thriller title – and I’ve gotta say, this might be the best one yet.
In an effort to not spoil much of the plot and ruin the effect, I will just say that legendary writer Garth Ennis delivers us a piece of work that is almost unassuming for the majority of its run time – the first 3/4ths read almost as a political commentary with a very abrupt start but slow middle, but manages to finish with one of the most cryptic and enticing endings I’ve ever read in a comic book. Pencils from Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer) and ink from Ive Svorcina come together to set a dark and bold yet oddly calming scene to perfectly compliment the odd-but-effective pacing that lures you into thinking you’re reading a comic about something entirely different. This is a must-grab for this Wednesday.
For Fans Of: Preacher, Criminal, Sandman
Daredevil #602 – Soule/Henderson, Marvel Comics
When reviewing comic books, I feel as if I have pigeonholed myself in some aspects – the biggest being, I will sing the praises of Charles Soule on Daredevil to anyone who will listen. Daredevil #602 takes place after the events of “Mayor Fisk”, in which Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin is elected Mayor of New York City and chooses Matt Murdock to be his deputy mayor. Wilson Fisk is eventually almost fatally wounded by The Hand, which returns to take their pound of flesh from Daredevil and Blindspot when Blindspot refuses to kill for The Beast after accepting its powers. Wilson Fisk being unable to operate as mayor means that Matthew Murdock, as deputy mayor, is now tasked with mayoral duties to help stop The Hand, and employs his oldest friend, Foggy Nelson, as his Chief of Staff. This issue is ultimately rather tame, but seeing as Daredevil is one of my absolute favorite titles on my pull list, I will say that I think Charles Soule is setting up for another big story that will likely win me over just as all the previous ones have.
For Fans Of: Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Luke Cage, Moon Knigh
“Glover’s Covers” for the week of 5/15/18
5. Aquaman #36
4. Avengers #2
3. Infidel #3
2. Bloodshot Salvation #9
1. Green Lanterns #47 (Brandon Peterson Variant)
Burned through your pull list already? Looking for something new? Here’s a quick reading suggestion:
Frostbite – Vertigo
This self-contained 6 issue mini-series by Joshua Williamson (The Flash, Death Bed) takes place in a dystopian future and follows a group of people trying to outrun an infectious disease and people who wish to stop them from curing it.
For Fans Of: Bladerunner, Mad Max, The Walking Dead