Friday, June 16, 2017

Wess Reads Comics - Week of 6/14/17

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 Forge #1
Credit: DC Comics

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 with Jeremiah Skipper
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover by: Lee, Williams, & Sinclair
Published by: DC Comics

**Minor Spoilers Below**

Oh man, where to start with this one? Scott Snyder has been teasing this event (or prelude to an event) for a little while and we're finally getting our first taste as to what to expect in the DC Dark Multiverse. 

For those of you out of the loop, the DC Dark Multiverse is the idea that beyond the normal understanding of a multiverse, there is also a darker, almost mirror-imaged version of the multiverse. And the links to that universe are in the metals.

Here, Scott Snyder does a great job of linking this story all the way back to his New 52 run on Batman and his first arc, "The Court of Owls". We also see links to "Endgame" here as well. And these moments don't feel forced. This feels like the next logical progression for where his version of Batman needs to go. 

And one of the great things here is that this isn't just a Batman story. In just this first issue alone we have Bats, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Duke Thomas, Hawkman, Superman, Aquaman, Mister Miracle, Mister Terrific, and (at least a tease) Plastic Man.

You would think that a lineup of that many characters, some of whom we haven't seen much of in the Rebirth-era, would be a lot. Add in three different artists on normal length book and it sounds downright claustrophobic. But that's one of the best things about the issue is that everything seems so balanced. The use of the artists has a great flow and coordinates well with the books' use of characters. But then again, when you have the biggest names in comics working on a book together, that's what you would expect.

Do yourself a favor and GO GET THIS BOOK! I believe the fallout from this story will be impacting the DCU for decades to come.

Grade: A+


DC Comics

  • Action Comics #981 by Dan Jurgens, Jack Herbert, Hi-Fi, & Rob Leigh
  • Dark Days: The Forge #1 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr, Scott Williams, Danny Miki, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, & Steve Wands
  • Detective Comics #958 by James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, & Sal Cipriano
  • The Flash #24 by Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Pop Mhan, Ivan Plascencia, Hi-Fi, & Tom Napolitano
  • Justice League of America #8 by Steve Orlando, Felipe Watanabe, Scott Hanna, Hi-Fi, & Clayton Cowles
  • Wonder Woman #24 by Greg Rucka, Bilquis Evely, Romulo Fajardo Kr, & Jodi Wynne

    Marvel Comics
    • Secret Empire #4 by Nick Spencer, Leinil Francis Yu, Rod Reis, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, Joshua Cassara, Rachelle Rosenberg, VC's Travis Lanham

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