Jan 16th’s Best Comics

Comics You Should Have Bought!

We’re going to post short reviews for some of our favorite (and least favorite?) comics of the week starting this week. Let’s get into it!

All New X-Men #6

Marvel Comics

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: David Marquez

The oddest premise of any Marvel Now Book (including Superior Spider-Man) continues to defy expectations! This book is addicting and includes some of the best Bendis dialog in years. His jumping from the Avengers to the X-Men couldn’t have worked out better. It was time for something new for him and this is it! David Marquez jumps on the second storyline (already?) and really does a great job making the teen characters look and “act” like teens with his pencils. This time travel story still has me scratching my head with the continuity (Scott’s confusion about cellphones threw me too) but the characterization has been so strong I’m willing to ignore the confusing points. Kitty stepping up to Xavier’s role works in a way I wouldn’t have seen coming but Bendis pulls it off. This book is at the very top of my pile and seems poised to stay there.

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Batman #16

DC Comics

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Greg Capullo

Everything that has worked for Death of the Family gets cranked to 11 with this issue. While the other Bat-books are telling some cool stories with the Joker, this is the book that matters. We get to REALLY see the world Joker has created for himself with this issue. The whole idea that Joker sees Batman as a king being worshiped by the criminals of Gotham is a refreshingly twisted new take on their relationship. This idea has been described a lot leading up to this issue but it is finally realized in the Joker-run Arkham Asylum equipped with the other rogues playing their parts. Greg Capullo has really taken advantage of the amount of time he’s had to tell this story because Joker’s face keeps getting more disgusting with each issue. Not knowing what’s on that silver platter is going to keep me awake for the next month. I have a feeling this story is going to have repercussions for years to come.

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Avenging Spider-Man #16

Marvel Comics

Writer: Chris Yost

Artist: Paco Medina & Juan Vlasco

This book now stars the Superior Spider-Man aka Doc Ock in Spidey’s body. Because of that, the tone of the book has shifted somewhat but the premise of a (now somewhat more) light-hearted Spider-Man team-up book is still in place. What surprises is that, so far, this depiction of Doc Ock as Spider-Man seems much more realized than his flagship title. I understand the mechanics of Otto’s access to Peter’s memories and what his goals are in this book much easier. This issue is exactly the type of stories we can only get with this new status-quo. Looking at Peter’s relationships from a different perspective (arrogant, older, and angrier) takes typical team-up stories and makes them VERY interesting. This book is worth picking up for no other reason than the Superior Spider-Man vs. Wolverine fight. Starting to understand where the Superior adjective comes in.

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New Avengers #2

Marvel Comics

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Steve Epting

Jonathan Hickman has established what this book is about and it’s place in a crowded market of Avengers books. This is a new Illuminati with it’s biggest detractor, Black Panther, front and center. Last issue was anything but a team book because it focused on Black Panther’s new position as the king of the dead and the threat that will bring this team together. Not a traditional super hero team book, this is the shadow group holds almost absolute power. The history and egos involved makes this book an important book to the whole of the Marvel Universe. It will be tough for it to continue to reflect continuity because it touches every corner of Marvel. The extra pages to set up the story (like Hickman’s Avengers) really do a lot to make the book feel epic.

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