New Comic Book Day Issue 11: Brad Tie-in

Apologies for being a little bit out of it today, as mentioned on air I wasn’t feeling too well. I also didn’t have my books for this reason, and so I couldn’t properly review my books. To remedy this, here’s some reviews now that I have read my books:

Darkwing Duck #4 Cover ADarkwing Duck #4
Brill, Silvani

This is the only BOOM! book I’m picking up at the moment, and to be honest, I don’t actually have the issue yet because of distribution differences. However I have read half of this book and from that, it’s another hilarious issue…OF DOOM. We get to see what’s inside the box, engage with Taurus a bit more and see an awesome two-page spread with the Fearsome Five (sans Negaduck) and Darkwing teaming up under the battlecry of ‘Let’s Get Dangerous!’. You can sort of tell from this 4-issue arc that the book was intended to be a limited series and not an ongoing, simply by how many characters appear, especially the large cast of villains, but in and of itself the arc is very clever, very attractive, very fun and very, very faithful. It will be interesting to see how the book unfolds as it enters it’s second arc, lovingly entitled ‘Crisis on Infinite Darkwings’.

Skullkickers #1Skullkickers #1
Zubkavich, Stevens, Huang, Coats

A book which surprisingly took a bit of hunting down for me, it made for a very slow debut. The plot involves a couple of, at the moment, unnamed mercenaries, a tall bald human and an axe-wielding dwarf (is there any other kind?) and basically reads like your standard fantasy story with lots of fighting and even a fat werewolf. The interactions between the two characters are fun though, and the art definitely sells the book, being very sharp and vibrant. In addition, even though there were two pencillers who did half the book each, I didn’t notice any differences so I’m impressed on that front.  From what’s happened so far it’s a hard book to judge, but I definitely feel it’s worth the $2.99 cover price.

The Flash #5The Flash #5
Johns, Manapul, Buccellato

Okay simply put, if there is only one title you pick up each month, make it this one. The story isn’t too heavy, it’s enjoyable and the sort of light-hearted fare you’d expect from the Flash, and not something that comes across from many other comics these days (Spider-Man sort of used to, but the big black spot that is One More Day ruins it). The current storyline returns Barry Allen to Central City only to find a time travelling police force wanting to arrest him for a crime he hasn’t yet committed. It’s also a tie-in with Brightest Day, and this issue  gives Captain Boomerang (one of the characters revived by the white light, along with Zoom who hasn’t shown up yet) a bit of the limelight. But the real reason for buying this book? Francis Manapul’s art is gorgeous.

Thor #615Thor #615
Fraction, Ferry, Hollingsworth

To accompany the numerous Thor minis I’m buying, I decided to jump on board with the writing changeover of the core title to Matt Fraction. First off, I have to mention that there are a number of ads condensed into only a couple of pages right near the start, and when ads turn up later in the book they’re in clumps too. I guess this decision was made mostly to allow longer, more impressive passages without any interruption, but unfortunately the sections with the ads feel awkward because of it, although the initial few pages would have felt just as awkward without it, seeing as they are so similar in appearance. The plot follows the aftermath of Siege, with Asgard having fallen on Earth, and the arrival of a new enemy in space-time conqueror Uthana Thoth, as well as quickly presenting the idea of something else moving in on Asgard’s former realm. One pretty cool thing from this issue was Thor talking with Donald Blake and the whole conversation was well-structured and interesting. My only complaint about art is that Thor’s head looks kinda funny, and other than that the art is more or less solid and easy on the eyes. And also I really dig the reds on Thor’s cape. The introductions of characters and the way the plot is handled is perfect for new readers, as well as continuing plot threads that older readers are more familiar with.

The Spirit #6
Hine, Moritat, Bautista

You know what, I don’t even want to review this. If you were going to follow this series you’d have picked it up at issue 1, and honestly I doubt I can recommend it unless you’re either familiar with the Spirit or a big fan of pulp heroes. There’s nothing wrong with the book, it’s just nothing remotely special.

-Brad

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I am the Captain of the Starship Lollipants from the planet Buttermonkey, setting off on a wild adventure to discover some stuff and probably receive psychiatric assistance. Oh look, a butterfly made of peanuts. OM NOM NOM.

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