I had a lot more free time on my hands this week to get through some comics, and while most of that was spent with older issues of Archer and Armstrong and Harbinger, I did find time to read a few that came out this week, which you’ll find my thoughts on below.
This week was also the first week that Doctor Strange was in theaters, and if you haven’t seen it yet, do so. In 3D if you have a choice, because for once the 3D is actually worth paying for, unlike so many movies where you usually don’t notice it.
Anyway, on to the comics!
A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #9 (Valiant) This wasn’t my favourite comic in the series thus far, but it wasn’t bad, either. There’s a full review over at Graphic Policy.
All-Star Batman (DC) I don’t know if it’s because the other Batman centric books have become so intertwined with each other lately that you need to read more than just the one to be able to get the full picture, or that Scott Snyder is a level above the other Batman writers (to be fair to them, Snyder has been writing Batman for a long time – for a good reason), but every time I pick up an issue of All-Star Batman I wonder why I’m still reading the other Bat-books. If you’re a fan of the Batman, you need to be reading this series.
Black #2 (Back Mask) Despite a legitimately fantastic concept,the second issue fails to impress – no matter how much I want it to.
Brigands #1 (Action Lab) Uh… so I don’t know if this is a one shot or the start to a new series (there’s the word end at the end of the comic which implies a one shot). If it’s a one shot, then honestly you’re better off leaving this on the shelf because the interesting premise peters out pretty quickly into an at best mediocre finale. However, if it’s the start of a series, it’s worth keeping your eye on it because there’s a lot of potential here.
Clone Conspiracy #2 (Marvel) The problem with crossover events when you haven’t been reading the build up is that inevitably you’re going to feel a little lost. The first issue of this comic means very little to the events here aside from how Spider-Man ended up where he starts out in #2; you will feel a bit lost if you haven’t been reading at least one Spider-book before starting this. But hey, Scarlet Spider’s back, so that’s always a plus for me.
Namesake #1 (Boom! Studios) There’s something about this first issue that encourages a second read through, and once you’ve done that then you’ll find the comic opens itself up to you that much more. A solid first issue – keep your eye out for this.
The Paybacks #4 (Heavy Metal) Holy. Shit. Absolutely amazing.
Red Hood And The Outlaws #4 (DC) This is a sleeper hit for me. I never think of how much I’ve been enjoying the comic until I start reading it; seeing Red Hood inhabit the grey area of an anti-hero’s role has been fantastic, just as his struggle to find which side of the line he falls on when it comes to Batman: ally or enemy?
Revolution #4 (IDW) Shit is finally hitting the fan, and it’s a gloriously chaotic comic that demands at least a second reading just to understand the flow of the conflict.
Solo #2 (Marvel) If you like your comics to a like a popcorn action movie, then you’re going to like this- but if you don’t then this may not be your cup of tea (and no, you don’t need to read issue #1).
Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #13 (Valiant) This is, without question, the best series I’m currently reading. It’s a shame that it ends next issue. There’s a full review over at Graphic Policy.