Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wess Reads Comics - Week of 1/4/17

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 the place! Have questions about books that Wess didn't review? Then leave a comment below!

Credit: DC Comics
Batman #14
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads
Published by: DC Comics

After years of an epic, character-defining run by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo, it's easy to be a little uneasy getting a new creative team on a book you love. For me, the New 52 Batman was a big part of what got me back into comics. After only a few issues, I would have let Scott & Greg take me anywhere. So now with Tom King firmly in the drivers' seat, I can say that I have no doubts. "Rooftops" is a brief, two issue interlude between "I Am Suicide" & "I Am Bane". And it's incredible. What we have here in the first issue is this awesome dynamic between Batman & Catwoman that is some of the best interaction we see of them in their entire cannon. By the end of the issue you want nothing more than for Bruce & Selina to be able to run off and live their lives together a la 'Dark Knight Rises'. The difference is King is able to do more in a few pages then what DKR had an entire movie to do. Mitch Gerads does some great work not only in his technique but also in his use of action and framing across the issue. If you love a great Batman & Catwoman story, then this is a definite read.

Grade: A+

Credit: DC Comics
Superman #14
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason
Art by: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, & Marcelo Maiolo
Published by: DC Comics

There are so many different great Superman stories out there. Some are quiet and inspiring. Some are bombastic and jaw dropping. And some are just a fun adventure story with a character you love. "Multiplicity" looks to be just that. Borrowing cues from Grant Morrison's run on 'Action Comics' & 'The Multiversity', Tomasi & Gleason immediately jump into a Multiverse spanning story that brings in some great characters from across the various Earths. One of the things I love is how they showcase Superman in a way that makes you want to get up and follow him on any adventure. In this case, it's his commitment to anyone out there with an "S" on their chest and his willingness to own that as the original Super. My only disappointment for the issue is the lack of Jon Kent, who has his on co-starring book (SuperSons) coming next month. I love the dynamic that's been established between Clark and Jon so much that I want to read a Father/Son book about them forever.

Grade: A


Batman #14 by Tom King & Mitch Gerads
Green Lanterns #14 by Sam Humphries, Eduardo Pansica, & Ronan Cliquet
Justice League #12 by Tim Seely & Christian Duce Fernandez
Justice League of America: The Atom - Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando & Andrew T MacDonald
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3 by Joshua Williamson & Jesus Merino
Nightwing #12 by Tim Seely & Marcus To
Superman #14 by Patrick Gleason, Peter Tomasi, & Ivan Reis
Superman Vol. 1 - Son of Superman TPB

Captain America: Steve Rogers by Nick Spencer & Jesús Saiz

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