So many exciting titles last week, so here’s what I got!:
- Blackest Night #1
- Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1
- Chew #2
- Dark X-Men #1
- DMZ #43
- Doctor Who #1
- JSA vs. Kobra #2
- Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World #1
- Superman/Batman #62
- The Unknown #2
- The Unwritten #3
- The Walking Dead #63
- Wednesday Comics #1
Yes! With the release of its flagship title, the biggest summer crossover this year, Blackest Night, has started. Unlike Marvel events, this one should be easy to keep up with. Just read the books with “Blackest Night” in their titles, just like Final Crisis was, and you should have no problems finding out what’s on.
There’s a new series of Doctor Who from IDW, starring the tenth doctor while Marvel saw the release of another Dark Reign title, Dark X-Men. It was the one where we realise that Namor is actually a mutant, and so do Cloak and Dagger, apparently.
After the teaser titled Dragonmount, Dabel Brothers has published the first in their adaptation of Robert Jordan’s awesome The Wheel of Time fantasy series. It’s no secret that I am a really really big fan of the series, and damn, I was pleased to see the adaptation tastefully done. I could tell who’s who just by looking at the drawings…oh my, Moraine-Sedai is so short!
Wednesday Comics #1: DC is really breaking new grounds here by introducing a new format of comics: an anthology of fifteen one-page stories, to be published weekly, in a giant newspaper size. With the size of paper available, you get really gorgeous art, especially by Lee Bermejo, Eduardo Risso and Kyle Baker. As if to go with their mission to evoke the days where people read comics through newspapers, most of the strips are drawn in an old-school style.
Some of the characters are not as well-known, so some writers took the time to flesh out the characters in this first issue. After reading them, I feel that there would be no harm if they jump straight into the stories. So, which ones do I like? So far they are Busiek’s Green Lantern, Baker’s Hawkman and Kubert’s Sgt. Rock. Saying that, I am expecting a good noir story by Azzarello on Batman, and Gaiman’s take on Metamorpho in the coming issues. On the flipside, I felt that Caldwell’s Wonder Woman was a bit messy.
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1: Truth to be told, the first issue of Blackest Night is quite an average start to the arc. It was a plain story on how death affected the superheroes, and ended with the uprising of violent Black Lanterns. This miniseries however, had some of the best Green Lantern stories yet, just like other Tales of the Corps that have came before this.
Finally, we get an inkling on what the Indigo Tribe can do, in an issue beautifully drawn by Rags Morales with sparse dialogues. Apparently, their power of compassion is a form of empathy, and their lantern can sort of copy the power and emotion projected by the other lanterns.
Another story tell about Saint Walker’s path as he became a prophet and saviour of his kind when their planet was faced with a sun collapsing. We also get a break from the action, with a story about the son of Mongol, and his ambition to be just like his father.
Chew #2: Image used to publish macho, ultra-violent titles…back when they were the rebels. Now that Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee are gone, they have surprisingly emerged as a publisher of really awesome comics like Invincible, The Walking Dead, Fell, Powers and this new title, Chew. This one is about Tony Chu, who is a cibopathic—someone who gets psychic impressions from whatever they eat.
In this second issue (the first one was out of print, but given free with The Walking Dead #63 as a flip companion), Chu has just joined the FDA, and immediately given a pile of cold cases regarding cannibalism or food. Everything goes to a hilarious wacky ride from there, and in a world where chicken is illegal and traded much like drugs, that is really saying something. A MUST READ.
The Unknown #2: In just one book, The Unknown masterfully morphed from sci-fi to classic whodunit to paranormal, and towards the end, a horror book. All of us have accepted that the heroine, Catherine “Cat” Allingham is crazy and hallucinating, right? So what the hell is going on if now her “reliable eyes” James Doyle sees them too?
Mix quantum-phasing, the weight of the soul with “Asian golem with needles for nails” and you get a recipe to get me hooked on your amazing book. Offer a subtle panel of fanservice where Cat popped the last button on her already open and bursting neckline, and you pretty much had me hook, line and sinker.