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This Week’s Finest: The Wicked + the Divine #28

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Jamie McKelvie

By Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson

As previously observed, The Wicked + the Divine has always been focused on the subject of youth. However, this has hardly caused the series to remain static—quite the opposite in fact. One of writer Kieron Gillen’s motifs has been how the devil-may-care attitudes of adolescence gradually cede to the responsibilities of adulthood. The initial arcs depicted a Pantheon fully in thrall to their newfound powers; most of the freshly minted divinities were luxuriating in dazzlingly heights (or lows, if you were the Goth type with a preference for moping through poorly lit tube stations). It is true that mortality haunted The Pantheon from nearly the beginning striking down some of its brightest stars. Perhaps this is another reason why the brilliant Tara chapter (#13) struck such a deep chord: here was a portrait of a god buckling under the weight of her mantle. Tara never sought fame and all its trappings; indeed she desired as much anonymity as possible. When she turned to Ananke, The Pantheon’s mentor, for relief,, Tara was brutally rebuffed. In death she became another reminder of the finality which waits even for the divine. In fact, each time a Pantheon member has died, the tone of the narrative has shifted. Lucifer’s demise moved the theme from cheeky world-building concept to heart-wrenching poignancy. Inanna and Tara’s deaths deepened this somber atmosphere. Then Persephone’s killing of Ananke altered the status quo even more drastically. Adult supervision was gone and the children were left to fend for themselves. What would they do now that the only authority was their own? “Whatever we want,” Persephone declares. As the first half of Imperial Phase powerfully draws to a close, the reader is left wondering just how well that anthem is working out for any of them.

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This Week’s Finest: Paper Girls #13

by Brian K Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson & Dee Cuniffe

If issue #13 proves anything about Paper Girls, it’s that it’s remarkably consistent and constantly evolving.  As the issue progresses within the larger narrative, old mysteries are resolved as quickly as new ones are realized; while the creative team continues to be in a class all their own in terms of execution and imagination. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Paper Girls #13

This Week’s Finest: Shutter #28

by Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Duca & Owen Gieni

In the first year of Nothing But Comics, Shutter was almost universally beloved among our staff from it’s debut for it’s massive and complex scope of imagination. Now approaching three years since the series debut, Shutter has often shifted and evolved in a myriad of unexpected and interesting ways; yet at it’s core, that scope of imagination has remained the comic’s heart which in turn, makes the aforementioned evolution and shifts all the more interesting. Issue #28 feel’s like a point where all of that coalesces and everything in the book has led up to this moment. True to form; the quality of craft and creative use of visual story telling for writer Joe Keatinge, artist Leila Del Duca & colorist Owen Gieni engineer as profound an emotionally satisfying conclusion to the books current arc that encapsulates so much of what makes the comic special.  Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Shutter #28

This Week’s Finest: Mirror #6

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Hwei Lim

By Emma Rios & Hwei Lim

Artistic creation is a compulsion. An artist pursues their craft not out of whimsy but a deep-seated need. It is not something which may be set aside lightly; indeed, it is an essential aspect of their identity. Be it music, writing, the visual arts or any other medium, their emotional happiness is incomplete without it. It does not require for success, though many may desire it, the largest stage or the brightest spotlight, only the space for conjuring the artist’s own distinct vision. This understanding of the artist’s nature is at the core of Mirror as it commences its second arc in stunning fashion.

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This Week’s Finest: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #8

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By Ryan Ferrier, Adam Gorham, Joshua Hixson, Ronda Pattison, Brahm Revel, Shawn Lee

This Week’s Finest goes to the book that shows us who would win between a mutant turtle and a turtle android. To the death! Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #8

This Week’s Finest: Royal City #1

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In Royal City #1, Jeff Lemire has created one of the most pure distillation of his evolution as a comics creator, using similar themes and tropes from his more personal early work like Essex County and infusing that with the sharp economy of style that he’s learned in the intervening years. It makes for an engrossing debut of the series with a haunting portrait of a small town North American family in crisis.  Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Royal City #1

This Week’s Finest: Monstress #10

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Sana Takeda

By Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

As with any art form, the best comic books are those that offer an immersive experience. Favorite paintings or films, for example, provide visual worlds for contemplation, while listeners can lose themselves within an album’s aural landscapes. All these mediums share the ability to craft a compelling ambiance. The same is true of Monstress which continues its excellent run this week with another stunning issue.

Much of the appeal of Monstress is related to its elaborate world building. The narrative unfolds in the aftermath of a long brutal war waged between magical/semi-magical beings. This extended conflict, which continues to simmer not far below the surface, has left the environment ravaged. A general sense of gloom hangs over the proceedings, a visual reminder of writer Marjorie Liu’s motif of war’s deep, ill-healing scars. Issue #10 however, achieves a heightened level of dread as protagonist Maika and her companions reach the Isle of Bones.

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This Week’s Finest: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67

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By Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco, Ronda Pattison, Shawn Lee and Chris Mowry

After an approperiate amount of time chilling,  our heroes in a half shell are set for their next fight for survival in This Week’s Finest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67