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This Week’s Finest: Secret Empire #4

By Nick Spencer, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Rod Reis, Joshua Cassara, Rachelle Rosenberg and Sunny Gho

What do I want out of a comic book event? If it’s a crossover event then those issues need to be solid; they need to serve the event but also stay true to the original title.  I want to care about the characters; I don’t need to know who the characters are but there are obviously going to be some major stakes involved and I want to care what happens to these people. I want there to be a clear goal in mind; why is the event happening and how do we get through it? I was a big fan of Secret Wars, the tie-ins were tight and the main title was brilliant. I skipped Civil War II because it felt like been there done that. This year’s Marvel summer event is Secret Empire. Although we have a Cap vs Iron Man plot which, believe me, should definitely feel like been there done that, shows why this event is so much more. Cap is bad. He has the likes of a possessed Scarlet Witch, a Mjonirless Thor and a compliant Punisher fighting alongside him.  Honestly, it’s a little confusing. In a time when there are so many amazing comics, reading them can become somewhat reflexive. I know when I pick up a Marvel book that Cap is good and Ultron is bad. But, Secret Empire takes advantage of that reflexive reading and turns it on you; it makes you think. Secret Empire is out to tell a story that on the surface looks familiar but in the pages is nothing you have ever seen.

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This Week’s Finest: Injection #13

by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire & Fonografiks

Injection is a comics series that traffics in jarring shifts of tone & style. It’s a title that I’ll admit to finding mostly confounding when I first read it, but one that’s constantly evolved into the gripping techno/horror mythology tome on ancient British history that we know today.  Issue #13 is exemplary of the book’s fluid pacing, one that is wholly enjoyable for its characters sharp dialogue, dour atmosphere and engaging plot thread for the first two thirds of the issue, and wholly magnificent for its unreal conclusion. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Injection #13

This Week’s Finest: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual 2017

 

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By Kyle Higgins, Goni Montes, Ed Dukeshire, Jamal Campbell, Tom Taylor, Dan Mora, Trey Moore, Frazer Irving, Jim Campbell, Caitlin Kittredge, Dajung Lee, Sarah Stern
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a strange property. Its superheroes are originally from Japan. They’re teenagers, but the wholesome kind. The 90’s show had an air of camp about it, but as the fans grew older they envisioned it through a darker lens.The dystopian fan-made film is one example of this.  Either way is a valid approach, but die-hards will insist the camp way is the only way. This Week’s Finest runs the gamut between the two extremes, as different creators put the characters in different stories set with varying tones.

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This Week’s Finest: East of West #33

“First I’ll build a sword
Get some words to explain
It’s a plan, brother, at least
And I’ll pretend that everybody here wants peace”

Jenny Lewis, “The Big Guns”

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Nick Dragotta

By Jonathan Hickman, Nock Dragotta & Frank Martin

With nearly three dozen issues published, it is instructive to glance over the pacing of Jonathan Hickman’s creator owned series, East of West. The first two arcs were densely plotted, bursting with exposition yet simultaneously possessing a full-throttle forward momentum. Character beats would explode into bristling action set-pieces viscerally rendered by co-creator Nick Dragotta. Then Hickman reined in the violence a little, shifting focus to the various political machinations of key players. The series did not grow tamer as much as take a breather while various characters gathered their strength. At the same time, Hickman sowed plots and divisions amidst the parties, steadily ramping the tension back up again. In recent issues the simmering pot approached full boil as several conflicts come to a head, resulting in this week’s rampant carnage. Yet, in the midst of this hectic activity (stunningly illustrated as always by Dragotta) Hickman delivers a thoughtful script which continues elaborating on the themes of his story.

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This Week’s Finest: Batman #23

by Tom King & Mitch Gerads

Issue #23 of Tom Kings time on Batman present’s another high point for the run as he’s joined by the writer’s Sheriff of Babylon co-creator and artist Mitch Gerads. It’s a team up issue with Swamp Thing that represents some of the duo’s best work together. It’s a comic filled with intrigue, high action, humor and profound reflection for a single issue story that grabs you by the throat without letting up.  Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Batman #23

This Week’s Finest: All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

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Aaron Kuder

By Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder & Ive Svorcina

Three years ago Marvel Studios released Guardians of the Galaxy which rapidly rocketed to being one of the biggest domestic films of the year and, in the process, transformed the team into one of Marvel Comic’s most bankable brands. Such success might raise fans’ expectations for Marvel to publish some stellar Guardians yarns; such expectations proved to be misguided. Fans did get a great Rocket Raccoon solo book (or more precisely a string of solo titles, only the last of which disappointed). Unfortunately when the film came out, the main Guardians title was already in the throes of a run by Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis’ time on the title suffered from all of his flaws while benefiting from none of his strengths. Poorly plotted and overly quipy, his Guardians represented the writer in full autopilot mode. After a four year stretch, Bendis’ last issue on the series arrived last month, making way this week for a new relaunch and, most importantly, a new creative team. Right off the bat, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Aaron Kuder inject the title with a delightful energy.

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This Week’s Finest: Doom Patrol #6

by Gerard Way, Nick Derington, Tom Fowler & Tamra Bonvillain

The Doom Patrol relaunch from Gerard Way, Nick Derington & Tamra Bonvillain has been consistently delightful and reverent from the outset, with a level of craft and imagination that beget’s it’s continued improvement with each new issue. In this week’s installment, the teams approach to story is further refined while the addition of Tom Fowler as inker takes the already excellent visual element of the series to a whole new stratosphere. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Doom Patrol #6