Well, the Internet in the far reaches of British Columbia is not great, but it’s good enough that I can access my comics and type up reviews (as long as I add images ahead of time). So with little time to spare, here is the Wednesday Checkup!
Recommendation: Snyder pulls off a strong start to the beginning of what may be his most ambitious Batman story yet (which says a whole lot after “Court of Owls” and “Death of the Family”). There are a lot of things to like in this issue; the introduction of Uncle Kane and The Riddler, a great opening action sequence, and a great sense of menace established right from the start. My only complaint, admittedly a small one, is the use of a censor bar. It feels entirely out of place and really breaks the mood of the book mid-read. This probably wasn’t Snyder’s decision, but it hurts the reading experience nonetheless. They could have either done without a certain hand gesture or admitted this is not a children’s book and revealed it.
The Dream Merchant #2
Recommendation: Lots of exposition doesn’t harm this book too much, even if it’s a little light on logic. The antagonists seem genuninely menacing and our protagonist appears to be setting on a classic hero’s journey. It’s a solid story so far coupled with some really spectacular art. Well worth the money.
The Manhattan Projects #12
Recommendation: Hickman’s titles have a tendency to continuously increase their pace and build upon previous events. His “Fantastic Four” is an excellent of this. Much of this issue adds additional layers to the story so far, while telling a fairly tragic story of one of the few friendships in these pages. It tugged at my heartstrings in the oddest of ways. Another great entry in one of the best ongoing series in all of comics.
Also, I’ll probably have nightmares now about a chainsaw weilding Einstein.
Superman Unchained #1
Recommendation: I can’t help but think this book was terribly over-hyped. The story isn’t bad, but it’s also nothing special. I would say the same for the art. Lee’s pencils are still good, but comparing this book to “Hush” and it’s clear he’s better suited to darker tones. In the bright lights of Metropolis, Lee’s shading sometimes even becomes an odd distraction. For three dollars, this might be worth checking out. It costs five though and it’s a bloated price for some spreads that don’t do much. It’s a serviceable book. At this price point, serviceable might as well be bad. (I’ll stick around for the rest of the first arc, but color me unimpressed)
Thor: God of Thunder #9
Recommendation: Three Thors charging into battle turns out to be just as much fun as you would imagine. Although most of this title has been dominated by the titular character, each of three has created a very unique personality and it shows in this battle which is verily deserving of the descriptor “epic”. Even if you haven’t read the series before, you can appreciate the action in this pamphlet. Plus, that ending… did not see that coming.