Shutter began its 2016 with an issue spotlighting the relationship between lead protagonist Kate and Huckleberry. #18 was an emotionally powerful portrait of the crests, crashes and aftermath of a love affair which set the tone for a stellar year from Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca’s creator owned series. Hence, it is only appropriate for its penultimate chapter of the year, Shutter focuses once again on Huckleberry. And once again, her story proves to be a poignant lesson in not only the pain of the past but how growth may emerge from it.
By Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow, Dave Wachter, Ronda Pattison, Shawn Lee
You’re probably familiar with the phrase “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” It applies to actual traveling, but it can also work for stories. While I’m of the opinion that endings are fairly important, in multi-arc story lines, the journey from beginning to the end stretches out to various degrees of enjoyment. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #64→
by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser
In only it’s fourth issue, Kill or Be Killed continues to be one of comics most outstanding series. Dark and moody with a strain of hyper realism contrasting with the books supernatural elements; Kill or Be Killed is Brubaker, Phillips & Breitweiser best Image Comic’s work yet. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Kill or Be Killed #4→
There is something to be said for the subtle art of defying expectations. When New Super-Man was first announced as part of DC’s Rebirth initiative, reaction was mixed. On the one hand, it was positive news that acclaimed creator Gene Luen Yang would be able to branch out with a series more independent from the larger DC Universe. On the negative side of the ledger, the concept sounded a little derivative. A Chinese Super-Man joining a Chinese Justice League? Did the DCU really need yet another iteration of Batman? Luckily these fears proved to be ungrounded. In the first four issues, Yang did a fabulous job of developing the cast, so the principles do in fact feel like original characters instead of superficial riffs. The series quickly settled into an appealing mix of humor and adventure, as Kenan (i.e. the titular new Super-Man) tried to negotiate his powers and the responsibilities that came with them. This week Yang bring to the fore a couple subplots which complicate the narrative in a surprising and intriguing manner.
By Jeff Lemire, Francisco Francavilla, Wilfredo Torres, James Stoke, Greg Smallwood, Micheal Garland, Joride Bellaire, VC’s Cory Petit
Marc Spector, Jake Lockley, Steven Grant; whatever you want to call him, he’s a broken man. That’s nothing new to Marvel characters, or even people that have a passing familiarity with Moon Knight, but it’s still on a whole other level from his peers… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Moon Knight #8→
by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Jordie Bellaire
“There is no end to it”
In it’s final issue, The Vision #12 caps off one of comics most excellent series in recent memory as it’s always been; expertly crafted and profoundly heartfelt. A mediation on love and family told through the prism of artificial intelligence, The Vision has proved to be a standout of it’s era. Continue reading This Week’s Finest: The Vision #12→
Superhero teams, like many a professional association, at times resemble families. There is the same jockeying for prominence and dread of disappointment. There is the long-term proximity which produces that awkward mixture of friendship and annoyance. Yet, in the best cases, all the members are there for each other in their times of need. From the beginning, this interrelation between heroes and family has been an undercurrent of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s recent Dark Horse series Black Hammer. For #4, however, writer Lemire shifts the subtext to the foreground using the mundane details surrounding a seemingly modest dinner party to illuminate the bonds amongst some rather extraordinary individuals. In doing so, Lemire and artist Ormston craft a poignant portrait of human relations.
Brian K Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, Dee Cuniffe & Jared K Fletcher
We’re ten issues in on Paper Girls. Like my colleagues beforeme, I still have no idea what is going on and it doesn’t matter because this book is still excellent. In this case, business as usual means business is good.
Another night in The Big Apple, another gang of hapless crooks driving off with their ill-gotten loot. Good thing that New York has Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage & Iron Fist, whoever is house sitting Avengers Mansion at the moment to protect it. So, wait, who is protecting the city this fine evening? Is it, Doreen Green, aka The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? That seems to be heroine the crooks are expecting. Instead, though, they are apprehended by Brain Drain, a brain in a jar affixed to a hulking robotic body. Brain Drain’s entry onto the scene is a wacky, off-kilter moment which also contains multiple types of meta (Erica Henderson’s art homages Action Comics #1’s iconic cover, while Ryan North’s footnotes continue his ongoing tutorial on computer programing). As wonky as this might sound, it all blends seamlessly together, demonstrating right off the bat that this will be another fantastic installment of this outstanding series.