I am unsure whether there were more books out this past week, instinctively I don’t think so but a large number made this list. In fact the biggest weakness sadly lay with Marvel once again. Despite the continuity discrepancy and some Secret Wars spoilers, the new books haven’t enticed as you would like. New Avengers has brought in some new fans, especially those who weren’t Hickman people. It doesn’t quite sit right because the art is quite picturesque but it is a little convoluted and loses its inking clarity at times. The story is solid but part of me thinks that it is just because of an evil Reed. The two new books that failed to make the list were Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Angela: Queen of Hel. The former had an art style that was not to my taste and I am still a little aggrieved that Mrs Deadpool’s commandos have not been utilised. Angela was a reasonable book but the story was quite complex and quite difficult to follow. Both Robin titles (Son of and We Are) were solid enough books but the return of Talia was good but a little rushed and I don’t think Gleason has quite worked out the dynamic of the Robin group yet. Otherwise there were hardly any complaints at all because almost every comic I bought made the list!

Marvel Codes

The New Avengers #2 – THMYWC1XPULK

Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – THMP18QTNHSQ

House of M #4 – THMPL4Z40BU1

Angela: Queen of Hel #1 – THMQHH70C3X3

DC

297484._SX640_QL80_TTD_Grayson #13

This comic maintains its quality issue after issue and delivers a complex and intricate espionage tale. I particularly enjoyed Tim’s appearance in a proper detective role respecting the character differences between the two Robins.

297559._SX640_QL80_TTD_The Darkseid War: Batman #1

This issue was amazing, well if you completely ignore the amnesiac Bruce current continuity. That aside, the story of Bruce on the Mobius chair is a compelling one and the type of justice Batman enacts is unique and effective, the Joe Chill sub-plot is fresh and quite interesting.

297459._SX640_QL80_TTD_Superman #45

Recently this book has been a little subdued with the Hordr story stalling of late. The change of artist to Porter is reasonable but it is the plot that made this book worth reading. The mythos of Superman and the use of his limited powers in a way never before scene is refreshing work indeed.

Marvel

299153._SX640_QL80_TTD_Captain America #2 – THM95GJPV33I

This book is fantastic and the relationship between Cap and Sam is put through the wringer in a very believable way. I enjoyed the ideological changes and how they were not heavily impressed but more a subject of discussion. This is the best Sam Wilson has been written as Captain America.

298149._SX640_QL80_TTD_The unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 – THMQNHM0EI53

This was not the strongest opener to the series but then again it is not actually a new number one. The time dedicated to the supporting cast was well worthwhile as they work well together and have amusing dialogue. I still enjoy the writer’s commentary at the bottom of each and every page!

Independent

300785._SX640_QL80_TTD_The Spire #4

This book is just great, the worrying over complexity of Spurrier has been replaced with compassionate character writing. The plot is slowly unravelling and keeps the reader engrossed especially with the artwork being so dynamic and stylish.

304110._SX640_QL80_TTD_Chew #51

This was a rather strange issue because it did not feature Tony at all but a glimpse into Olive’s future with the FDA. This is the opening issue of the last arc and the pacing has altered to produce a future Chew scenario that will ultimately bring devastation to Tony. Still wonderful though.

Island_04-1Island #4

This issue was all Darlymple as not only did it feature an interview with him but a glorious set of short stories, tenuously linked. They were beautifully drawn and coloured with ideas that were relatable but ever so slightly fantastical. Graham, Bertrand and Romero were all amazing too.

258139._SX640_QL80_TTD_Book of Death #4

Not as amazing as the opening issues of the arc but the ending is relatively solid, with great artwork from Gill and Braithwaite. This world succeeds from the mythology of its characters and how dedicated it is to their origins. I do question how the following Eternal Warrior title will adhere to the character of Gilad.

304130._SX640_QL80_TTD_Manifest Destiny #18

I shall be reviewing this incredible book this week.

 

298843._SX640_QL80_TTD_Revival #34

I never imagined that the action and story would accelerate so quickly since the last arc. The family bonds are already under duress from the revelations of Em being a Reviver, but new twists and accidental actions have led to an imminent threat to Dana’s sister in the Farm. It has become quite exciting.

 303920._SX640_QL80_TTD_Black Magick #1

This was a fantastic opener to what seemed like an arcane story which then became one of a police hostage situation. Two completely separate story archetypes that merged excellently into one. Scott’s art is beautiful in such a range of situations.

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