Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wess Reads Comics - Week of 6/7/17

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!

This week was a week of beginnings and endings across comics. 'Dark Knight III' and 'Reborn' complete their runs, Marvel launches a new 'Darth Vader' title, and in 'Batman' it's a little bit of both.

Batman #24
Credit: DC Comics

Written by: Tom King
Pencils by: David Finch, Clay Mann, & Seth Mann
Inks by: Danny Miki, C. Mann, & S. Mann
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Cover by: Finch, Miki, & Bellaire
Published by: DC Comics

As we reach the end of King's "I AM..." trilogy and prepare for "The War of Jokes and Riddles", there's a bit of unfinished business for Batman with Gotham Girl and Catwoman. There's a great approach here with the art where we get to enjoy Clay & Seth Mann during pages with Gotham Girl and David Finch & Danny Miki on pages with Catwoman. The new comers and old faithfuls on art lend credence to the idea that this issue works as both an epilogue and prelude for these chapters in Gotham.

In this issue, King delves further into the psychology of Batman by asking the question "Why aren't you happy?" Bruce references his duty as Batman and how that it his pursuit of happiness that drives him only to be found wanting. It's in this dialogue that Bruce finally decides he does have an option on how to be happy...

Grade: A+


DC Comics

  • Bane: Conquest #2 by Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan, Gregory Wright, & Carlos M. Mangual
  • Batman #24 by Tom King, David Finch, Danny Miki, Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Jordie Bellaire, & Deron Bennett
  • Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9 by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Any Kubert, Klaus Kanson, Brad Anderson, & Clem Robins
  • Green Lanterns #24 by Sam Humphries, Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Ulises Arreola, & Dave Sharpe
  • Justice League #22 by Shea Fontana, Philippe Briones, Gabs Eltaeb, & Dave Sharpe
  • Nightwing #22 by Tim Seely, Miguel Mendonca, Vicente Cifuentes, Chris Sotomayor, & Carlos M. Mangual
  • Superman #24 by Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Mick Gray, Joe Prado, Wil Quintana, John Kalisz, Hi-Fi, & Rob Leigh
  • Wonder Woman: Steve Trevor #1 by Tim Seeley, Christian Duce, Allen Passalaqua, & Josh Reed

Image Comics

  • Reborn #6 by Mark Millar, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia, & Nate Piekos

      Marvel Comics
      • Darth Vader #1 by Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, David Curiel, VC's Joe Caramagna, Chris Eliopoulos, & Jordie Bellaire

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