How does the saying go? Once your good name is lost, there is nothing that can bring it back? Coach Euless Boss has long been a man to be reckoned with in Craw County, an imposing figure unwilling to shy away from violence. Indeed, he has been more than willing to bloody his hands in a very vicious and public manner, as readers discovered at the conclusion of Southern Bastards’ initial arc. Such brutal demonstrations, though, did little to soil his public image. Coach Boss was a man to be feared and respected both in and outside the county. As the head of Craw County’s Runnin’ Rebs high school football team, he was a living legend. His name stood for something noble. The problem with such glory is that it can be intoxicating and quite blinding. Under its influence, judgements have been known to cloud. From there it only takes a single poor decision to irreparably tarnish your stature, as Jason Aaron and Jason Latour compelling illustrate in the latest installment of Southern Bastards.
By Tim Seeley, Marcus To, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M Mangual
Following (the new/old) Superman’s advice, Dick Grayson has moved to Bludhaven in order to reestablish himself as a hero and a man. As these things go, Dick has had to adjust to life in a new city with new friends and enemies… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: Nightwing #12→
By James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira & Adriano Lucas
What is the phrase? No good deed goes unpunished? This idea has echoed through superhero comics when characters are forced to confront the question of whether their actions cause more harm than help. Do their righteous actions save lives or simply invite more crazies to come out from under the shadows? Would the citizens of urban centers such as Gotham City be safer without such a tantalizing target as Batman patrolling the rooftops? James Tynion IV is not the first Bat-scribe to dive into this dilemma, but he has found a way to reengage the subject in a compelling manner. Ably aided by Eddy Barrows’ fantastic art, Tynion continues to bring new life to Detective Comics.
By Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Chris Chuckry, Dave Sharpe, Bill Sienkiewicz
This Week’s Finest shows us that the only thing keeping society together isn’t love or money, but the belief we won’t be wiped out by a giant meteorite and die a fiery death. This week, the Flintstones and Bedrock face their mortality… Continue reading This Week’s Finest: The Flintstones #6→
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→