DC Comics: The New 52!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Fastball Special" - by Jeff Bailey

Detective Comics #880
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jock

With all the changes that have taken place in the Bat-verse over the last few years, it’s easy to lose the ethos of the characters. New characters come and go; Batman and Robin become new and then old again; villains flow in and out of stories. Sadly, there isn’t always a thread that holds them all together, especially since we seem to have a lot of DC stories biding their time until the re-launch. But none of those things apply to Snyder’s run on Detective and they sure as hell don’t find a home in this issue. There are literal “gasp” moments in this book. And they come fast and furious. Snyder really gives us some deep insight into the Batman/Joker relationship and what it means when one does not have the other. Jock’s art style is unique to him and tells the story in a beautiful and terrifying way. From the details in the rain of the first panel to the starkness of the final page reveal, the art is magnificent. Just take a few minutes to soak in the cover. In a week of solid comics, this is my Pick of the Week.
Story- 5
Art- 5
“Only he can hurt me”

The Sixth Gun #13
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Hurtt

Cowboys and Aliens opens this week, so I wanted to highlight a book that doesn’t have near the readership it should. The Sixth Gun blends supernatural and western genres in a way that is always fast-paced and intriguing. Bunn uses elements to both genres that are familiar but at the same time twisted just enough to make let the story stand on its own. The characters are well developed in this battle of good versus evil. We find that the evil are exceedingly evil and sometimes the good are only a little bit better. This issue takes place entirely on a train and Hurtt gives us a great sense of close-quarters action in a confined space. The art, as usual, is clean and expressive. A great read every month. Pick this up.
Story- 5
Art- 5
“It’s always been that one’s more easily reached than the other”




*Shortstops*

Fables #107- 5/5- A fun look at a forgotten character with great art by guest artist Terry Moore.

Venom #5- 5/5- Terrific character piece on the new man at the center of Venom, which is quickly becoming a must-read each month.

The Mighty Thor #4- 3/5- The art is cool but the story isn’t doing much for me yet.

FF #7- 2/5- I don’t know what’s happening in the personal lives of the creator’s but based on the last few issues, it can’t be anything good.

Amazing Spider-Man #666- 4/5- Solid, if somewhat confusing, start to the new Spider-Island arc.

The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #4(of 4)- 4/5- I was onboard for the whole story and would pick it up again if they revisit the characters.

Uncanny X-Force #12- 5/5- As an Age of Apocalypse fan, I am totally digging this whole arc.

That’s what I read this week, Plexers. 

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