Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wess Reads Comics - Week of 2/22/17

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!

Hey everyone! This week I'm going to try to do something different. Instead of reviewing and discussing only a couple of books, I'm going to post some very quick thoughts about each of them! If you like the format, sound off in the comments below!

Action Comics #974
Credit: DC Comics

If you're expecting to get more answers surrounding the other Clark Kent, you won't find them here. What you'll get is more set up for the upcoming "Superman: Reborn" storyline that crosses over to 'Superman'. More tension building, more side plots that aren't paying off yet.

Grade: B

Credit: DC Comics
Detective Comics #951

It's good to see Batman caught off his guard at times. Especially when he's denying the complete existence of an individual or organization ::coughcoughCourtofOwlscoughcough::. James Tynion IV continues to do great work with this team centered Batbook in finding new threats for Bats to gear up for.

Grade: B+

The Kamandi Challenge #2
Credit: DC Comics

Peter Tomasi picks up the cliff hanger from last issue and makes the jump well enough to feel like it was where the story was heading to begin with. Neal Adams' art feels more at place here than a lot of recent work. Jack Kirby's spirit is truly alive in this issue.

Grade: A

Credit: DC Comics
Justice League of America #1

While we still don't know, and presumedly won't for a while, why Bruce has built his own Justice League, we do get their first challenge: interpersonal group dynamic issues! Oh yeah, and some typical alien threat. I'm just counting down the issues until the JLA has to fight the Justice League...again. Hopefully the future challenges for the group don't feel as cookie cutter as this one.

Grade: B-

Wonder Woman #17
Credit: DC Comics

Uhhh...let's see..."Wonder Woman". Yep. Just wanted to make sure that was the title of this book. We see a lot of people talking about Wonder Woman but she doesn't get much "screen time". Instead what you get are are friends going to different lengths to help her in her moment of need.

Grade: B

Credit: Marvel Comics
Captain America: Steve Rogers #12

Each issue brings us closer and closer to "Secret Empire". This book has brought me along for the ride and while I can't say every issue does as well as the rest, I'm still waiting to see what the ultimate outcome is for Cap. In this issue we see Steve begin to balance the needs of both SHEILD and HYDRA.

Grade: B+

Curse Words #2
Credit: Image Comics

One of the things I love is discovering a new creator-owned series. When I picked up the first issue, I didn't really plan on adding this to my reading list each month. But now that I'm two issues in, I'm enjoying it pretty well and like the well-placed humor that's paced throughout the book.

Grade: A


DC Comics
  • Action Comics #974 by Dan Jurgens, Patch Zircher, Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Ulises Arreola, & Rob Leigh
  • Batman: Night of the Monster Men HC by Steve Orlando, Tom King, Tim Seeley, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo, Rogue Antonio, Andy MacDonald, Ivan Plascencia, Chris Sotomayor, John Rauch, Deron Bennett, Carlos M. Mangual, & Marilyn Patrizio
  • Detective Comics #951 by James Tynion IV, Christian Duce, Alex Sinclair, & Sal Cipriano
  • Justice League of America #1 by Steve Orlando, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, & Clayton Cowles
  • The Kamandi Challenge #2 by Peter J. Tomasi, Neal Adams, Hi-Fi, & Clem Robins
  • Wonder Woman #17 by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharpe, Laura Martin, & Jodi Wynne

Marvel Comics
  • Captain America: Steve Rogers #12 by Nick Spencer, Javier Pina, Andres Guinaldo, Scott Hanna, Rachelle Rosenberg, & VC's Joe Caramagna

Image Comics
  • Curse Words #2 by Charles Soul, Ryan Browne, Michael Garland, Michael Parkinson, & Chris Crank

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