Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wess Reads Comics - Week of 7/12/17

Each week, Wess grabs a few issues from his stack of comics to share his thoughts with you. If you're looking for a place for brief, initial impressions, then this is it! Have questions about books that Wess didn't review? Then leave a comment below!

Dark Days: The Casting #1
Written by: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Pencils by: Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, & John Romita Jr
Inks by: Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, & Danny Miki
Colors by: Alex Sinclair & Jeremiah Skipper
Words by: Steve Wands
Cover by: Lee, Williams, & Sinclair

Hey look! Scott Snyder has his name on a book and Wess is writing about it. 

You're damn right I am. But it's not just about him

As crazy and insane as 'The Forge' was, 'The Casting' kicks it up another notch. We finally get a little peek behind the curtain to find out some of what 'Metal' is all about. What could come across as a jumbled mess of random characters and jumps in story, Snyder and Tynion weave an intriguing story that utilizes each and every character in a very specific way. And while Batman may be headlining this event, it's anything other than another "Bat Story". What we get is an expansive story that connects different points from across the DC Universe's history while still opening doors to new roads. We also see tie-ins to Snyder and Tynion's work on Batman over the last 6 years that makes you feel that this was always the plan.

We also see Snyder's impressive ability to create new characters that almost instantly seem instrumental and like they have existed for decades, not months. I'm referring here to Duke Thomas. As someone who could have been featured in one sequence during 'Zero Year' and left at that, Duke is being set up to, what seems to be, a major player in the DCU. 

If you're a DC fan, or a fan of great comics in general, then you need to read 'The Forge' and 'The Casting', while getting ready for the awesomeness of 'Metal' coming in August.


DC Comics
  • Action Comics #983 by Dan Jurgens, Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, Mike Spicer, & Rob Leigh
  • Dark Days: The Casting #1 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr, Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, Danny Miki, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, & Steve Wands
  • Detective Comics #960 by James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, & Sal Cipriano
  • The Flash #26 by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, & Steve Wands
  • Justice League of America #10 by Steve Orlando, Andy MacDonald, Hi-Fi, & Clayton Cowles
  • Wonder Woman #26 by Shea Fontana, Mirka Andolfo, Romulo Fajardo Jr, & Saida Temofonte

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