Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wess Reads Comics - Week of 4/19/17

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!

I'm back! After taking a few weeks off, I'm back with a BIG week for comics. This week marks the beginning of the next chapter for DC Universe Rebirth: The Button! The 4-part Batman/Flash crossover. This week also includes the introduction to Marvel's last big event for a while: Secret Empire.

Warning!! Spoilers below for Flashpoint, DC Universe: Rebirth, and this week's books!

Batman #21
Credit: DC Comics
Written by: Tom King
Pencils & Inks by: Jason Fabok
Colors by: Brad Anderson
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Cover by: Fabok & Anderson
Well, I couldn't not cover this book. Since the end of DC Universe: Rebirth, we've been waiting to find out how the Watchmen characters are involved and what Batman is going to do about the Comedian's button that was left in the Batcave. Well now we start to find out.

Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Flash, shows up as Bruce is waiting for Barry to come help unravel the mystery of the button. And he's having none of it. It seems he remembers the events of Flashpoint and holds a little grudge about being killed by Thomas Wayne.

While this issue doesn't give us a ton of exposition or answers to the questions we're looking for, it does serve as a nice primer to this chapter of the story. Luckily, we'll get a little piece of the puzzle each week continuing with next week's The Flash #21.

It goes without saying that Jason Fabok's art is on point (as always). I also love the homage to Watchmen with the use of constant 9-panel grids.

Grade: A


DC Comics
  • All Star Batman #9 by Scott Snyder, Jock, Francesco Francavilla, Lee Loughridge, & Steve Wands
  • Batman #21 by Tom King, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, & Deron Bennett
  • Green Lanterns #21 by Sam Humphries, Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Joe Prado, Alex Sollazzo, & Dave Sharpe
  • Justice League #19 by Bryan Hitch, Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Brad Anderson, Richard Starkings, & Comicraft
  • Nightwing #19 by Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, Minkyu Jung, Chris Sotomayor, & Carlos M. Mangual
  • Super Sons #3 by Peter J. Tomasi, Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez,  & Rob Leigh
  • Superman #21 by Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi, Mick Gray, Joe Prado, Ray McCarthy, John Kalisz, Hi-Fi, & Rob Leigh
  • Trinity #8 by Cullen Bunn, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCathy, Hi-Fi, & Steve Wands

Marvel Comics
  • Captain America: Steve Rogers #16 by Nick Spencer, Kevin Libranda, Yildiray Cinar, Jon Malin, Rachelle Rosenberg, & VC's Joe Caramagna
  • Secret Empire #0 by Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuña, Rod Reis, VC's Travis Lanham

Image Comics
  • Curse Words #4 by Charles Soule, Ryan Browne, Michael Garland, Michael Parkinson, & Chris Crank

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