By W.Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo, Chris O’Halloran, Good Old Neon
As much as I love Ohio (where I was born and raised), I always have two fears nagging me in the back of my mind: spiders (of which at least half a dozen poisonous ones reside in Ohio according to Google), and creepy adults. Growing up, I was always told to watch out for strangers, don’t stay out past dark, and not to follow people into unfamiliar territory. It’s relatively good advice for a child, but these days you never know who exactly to trust and who has someone chained up in their basement.
Mister Miracle, by writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads, continues its trajectory as one of the best comics in years. Issue six marks the books halfway mark with spectacular action scenes across its nine panel grid structure, endearing dialogue, a heartening reveal, and a series turning point; all with the creative talent working at the height of their powers. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Mister Miracle #6→
Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward have created such an interesting comic book centred around a character who can’t really speak. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series since it’s first issue and this week’s issue #9 is definitely the best so far. Ahmed and Ward tell the story of a woman, recently receiving the news that her husband has died. The issue takes us through her reactions and the reaction of the community surrounding her. The catch is the deceased man is Crusher Creel, a known super villain who has surely killed many before, but in his last moments alive, saved many. It is a touching story about the value of a man’s life and what that means when he dies.
Issue #37 of Batman is a delightfully fun and introspective bottle issue about Batman, Catwoman, Superman & Lois Lane swapping outfits for a superhero themed night at the Gotham County Fair, It uses the premise to explore the contrast and similarities between the two couples by zeroing in on their conversations. Truly a “talking head” issue if there ever was one, Batman #37 works by exploring the depth of it’s characters through simple yet vibrant dialogue, and it’s whimsical conceit. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Batman #37→
I was going to start this review with ‘Mister Miracle is’, but now that I’ve given it some more thought, I don’t believe that is true. Orion would tell me it doesn’t matter what I believe, a statement is either true or false. So, let me try again, ‘Mister Miracle is’ is false. According to what I learned in this issue, ‘Mister Miracle is’ would imply that the comic Mister Miracle is all things, good and bad. It isn’t all things, it is all things good. The reason for me writing this review is to convey to you this very fact, that Mister Miracle is all things good. So, let me take a similar approach to the one René Descartes took on proving that God exists. Descartes’ argument is rooted in the idea that God is all things good. If you examine two things, God is always the better one. Take love and hate for example; love is better than hate, therefore God is love. This is where existence comes into play, since existing is better than not existing, God exist. If I reverse this logic and say Mister Miracle is well written, which is better than poorly written. It has gorgeous art, which is better than eye gouging art. It effectively utilizes the nine panel grid layout to tell the story, which is better than the nine panel grid layout bogging down the story flow. It stirs up a wide range of emotions, which is better than reading a comic with emotional responses equal to a robot. It exists, which is better than not existing. I think this proves that Mister Miracle is all things good. If I stick with Descartes “I think, therefore I am” then because I am a person and because Mister Miracle is a comic that is all things good, it has been selected as the finest comic of the week.
Okay, I think I lost myself in there somewhere. I hope you’re all still with me.
By Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber, Ryan Hill, Marshall Dillion
Over a year since it began, The Fix has established itself as a perverse and hilarious crime drama of two dirty cops trying to make it big. Roy and Mac owe a large debt to a local crimelord, and so have each taken on separate schemes to accrue said money. These schemes involved drug-addicted actresses, and a drug-sniffing dog named Pretzels. Things only got stranger from there… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: The Fix #10→
When considering the quality of a single issue comic, scope is something I always come back to; how much story does a single issue tell within the natural confines of the medium & format. Single issue comics have natural limitations in terms of size, anything approaching one hundred pages or more is probably a graphic novel at that point, while a single comics page itself can probably handle nine to twelve panels at most per page. Furthermore, a sizable portion of comics are created using pre-existing intellectual property, which in itself creates it’s own form of constraints on story telling based on the framework of the concept, to say nothing of the editorial guidelines of the corporate IP holders. But all these limitations are a big part of what I like about comics, seeing how creative talent can work within those guidelines and still tell an amazing story in a way that no other medium can. And that starts with scope, how much story a creative team leverages out of those limitations. Batman: Creature of The Night #1, by Kurt Busiek & Jean Paul Leon, is a comic that fully realizes its scope, and mines out its limitations for an incredibly creative and profound single issue, with a technical proficiency & synthesis in the art & writing that makes for a purely excellent single issue comics. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Batman Creature of The Night #1→
by Kelly Thompson, Michael Walsh & Jordie Bellaire
I don’t think anyone who read Hawkeye #12 would be surprised I hereby dub thee best comic of the week. I won’t lie, it was a great week of comics. East of West returned as a somewhat hilarious father and son journey to self discovery. Generation Gone and Kill The Minotaur concluded in artistically astonishing fashion. Batman Who Laughs legitimately horrified me. Joelle Jones was brilliant, as usual, on Batman and Bug, well, I don’t have to tell you how great Bug always is. But, in the midst of all these final chapters, one shots and climactic issues is Hawkeye #12, which breaks from the regular action to tell a fun team up story between Kate, Laura (Wolverine), Gabby (Mini Wolverine) and an actual wolverine.