Last week was Valentine’s Day, I skipped writing the post because love was in the air and I hate love. I also skipped new comic book day because I hate that I love comics so much. Anyways here we are in a new week and these are the comic books you should read this week.
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Batman #41 by Tom King art by Mikel Janin
I don’t know why I have a thing for very powerful redheads but I do. I also have a thing for Tom King and that's why it's the first on this rundown.
“Everyone loves Ivy” is the start of a new arc with Batman #41 which is a good jumping point for everyone. I’m totaly jealous of new readers experiencing Janin’s art. Just look at the art above. He is a rotating artist on this book, every time he is on this book it's a delight. Just look at The War of Jokes and Riddles. Janis knows how to pace story with his art. It’s very noticeable in the last few pages of the story.
Tom King is again at the top of his craft, with introducing a very interesting idea. As we learn from Ivy’s monologue that she has made everyone fall in love with her from the average citizen to the the world’s finest except Batman and his fiance. It was kinda cool to see Bruce take down Alfred. It just shows how well Batman is prepared in any kind of situation. A problem I do have this sequence is that Selina call Bruce "Batty." There’s no need for this. Another problem that I had with this is that it maybe it was too short? Maybe I just expect more in the start of the first chapter in this arc.
Hit-girl #1 by Mark Miller, Art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Kick-Ass was a comic book phenomenon back in the late 2000’s. Kid decides to become a superhero. Unfortunately it was in our real world and it was pretty mundane for him until he met Hit-Girl and Big Daddy. These characters were pretty much the highlight of the first two books I didn’t read the third Kick-Ass series for some reason to be honest. Also I skipped the first series of Hit-Girl. So want brings me to this series? The art.
Ricardo Lopez Ortiz brings the pain in the series. Its full of vigor and it’s just what this character needs. Flipping through any of these pages you can see how unstable Hit-Girl is and well the art depicts it so well.
Miller’s story is pretty much non-stop since it starts. Hit-Girl is looking for a new sidekick since the original Kick-Ass has retired. She set her crazy little eyes on a new Colombian hitman. It’s your standard first issue but it’s crazy. Its fun. Give it a look.
Black Panther Annual #1 by Christopher Priest, Don Mcgregor, Reggie Huldin Art By Daniel Acuna, Mike Perkins, Ken Lashley
I’m sure by this time everyone and their mother saw Black Panther. Hell, we even talked about the movie’s villain. You’re probably thinking you want to see what's up with this great character. Look no further than with this annual. The annual provides three separate stories written by three writers that know the character well.
The first story titled “Back in Black” by Priest, art by Perkins is a thrill ride that follows Everett Ross being investigated by his superiors. Ross tells his questionable story of having Uber shootouts, being held over a shark tank and well just really having a bad day. I think Priest saw too many Die Hard movies. Nonetheless, the short story shows the connection between Ross and the Black Panther in a way that we see in the film. Also the ending was something I honestly didn’t see coming.
“Panther’s Heart” by McGregor and art by Acuna is a heartfilled story. This is probably one of my favorite sections in this story because of the colors. I know I didn’t talk about the colorist, which is Acuna, in the previous paragraph but man Acuna killed it. The colors really set the mood for this sad story about a loss of loved one.
“Black to the Future II” by Huldin and art by Lashley is the final story. A short story and maybe the story I would want more if it's handled by this creative team. Wakanda has come to be the world power in the near future after other countries keep up with it.( You know keeping the bad guys down and making sure that they don’t come back up.) Huldin really weaves a great story, we learn that Wakanda has made allies with the Atlanteans, how defeated other world powers and amongst other things ( Civil War 3?)
This annual is pretty great you get a lot of the different themes that you saw in the movie. This is a great companion to the movie. It opens a lot of questions and it makes it worth your time just don’t expect to see a lot of action in this comic.
Deathbed #1 (of 6) by Joshua Williamson Art by Riley Rossmo
There’s few things that i get excited about in the comic book world then it introduces a new number one with probably one of my favorite artist. You know I’m going to check it out.
The premise is this: the world’s greatest adventurer, Antonio Luna vanished from public eye twenty years ago. He returns, now much older, to the spot light and claims to be on his deathbed. When he hires failed novelist turned reporter Valentine Richards to uncover where the adventurer has been all these years and to find out how much of it is true. Once Valentine starts to hear Antonio’s tale, she finds herself entering his insane world.
Williamson is best known for his horror work on Nailbiter and the great rebirth Flash series. Not many writers create a world’s fiction in two pages (see picture above.) Just as Val is trying to figure what is real and what it is not we’re doing the same. The unreliable narrator is this book is pretty great and i can’t wait to read for this.
Rossmo’s layout’s in the story really makes the story move from page to page. From explaining Val’s past to showing how grand Antonio’s mysterious castle is. It works. It works very well. The story is action paced towards the end and the art cranks up to eleven. Its weird to say that but Rossmo, in my opinion, can really be the only one that does this.