October continues to be a big month for the comics industry. DC launched several high-profile new books today with Deathstroke #1 and Arkham Manor #1. Marvel, meanwhile, capped off the first act of AXIS and began the flood of AXIS tie-ins. And several other publishers had strong showings too, with Dark Horse launching their new Predator comic, IDW kicking off TMNT/Ghostbusters and Edward Scissorhands, and Image delivering their usual slate of indie goodness. We have reviews for these and numerous other new releases below.
Also, check out what the IGN All-Stars are doing in their reviews of all this week’s Comixology Submit releases!
Simply put, The Just is a HUGE book with a TON going on in it. There’s so much packed into this thing that’s is difficult to know where to begin dissecting it. Perhaps the best thing to say about this new entry is that it presents a world that both 90’s kids and millennials will know intimately, but for completely different reasons. Beyond that, readers should enjoy this issue as the plot behind the series builds a great deal of momentum even though some bits of dialogue hinder it.
Tom Taylor has an intimate knowledge of the DCU that he loves to exploit. Better yet, we love to watch him do it. We are now into Year 3 of this video game prequel that could and Taylor has shown us that he’s only just getting started. Issue #2 (collecting digital parts 3 and 4) transports fans further down the magical rabbit hole of the DCU while also showcasing Taylor’s delightfully deft usage of our beloved DCU characters. This really is just more of the same from Taylor, and that’s exactly what the fans want.
For a while now The Walking Dead has been a quiet little book about a utopian society built upon the ashes of a world that came before. Of course, with peace and quiet comes comfort, and comfort often leads to one letting their guard down. It seems that this is where the story has been leading us, and with the latest issue the repercussions are coming to light. Unfortunately, the threat has been so telegraphed that the new antagonists first major strike lands with a bit of a thud.
Deathstroke has enjoyed somewhat of a character resurgence of late, the deadly assassin stealing scenes in everything from comics to video games to the small screen. With that in mind, DC makes its second New 52 attempt at getting Slade Wilson his own solo series, this time with writer/artist Tony Daniel at the helm. While there’s plenty of bloodletting to go around, his newest debut proves to be an uneven one that, much like Deathstroke’s peripheral vision, comes up lacking.
From the opening exposition, it’s clear that this Slade is meant to be different. He’s not a bad guy; he’s an adventurer, one who just happens to be paid for imploding faces and separating spinal columns. It’s not long before we see those particular skills put to vivid use, with the titular assassin heading out of country to fulfill his latest contract. As they’re wont to do, things go horribly wrong. Soon Deathstroke is tasked with defending himself against enemies both new and old to increasingly bloody results.
For a little while now we’ve been told that this new Bat-book would fall in line with the new wave of “indie” Bat titles that DC has suddenly decided to grace its readers with. So far, Batgirl and Gotham Academy have been enjoyable, but how does this new indie Bat-book do? Gerry Dugan succeeds in giving fans yet another window into Gotham with a book that takes fans into world that is both novel and familiar. But while his story is successful, his new book feels more like a standard Batman story arc than a risky, new indie title.
This is not to say that fans of Batman or Gotham City stories should leave this book on the shelf, but if you are looking for another Batman book with an Image Comics sensibility, Duggan’s writing alone will not get you there. Instead, what you will get out of this book is the set-up of a very intriguing premise in the form of a situation that Batman has never faced before. Duggan does a great job of presenting the logic behind this outrageous situation, both in showing how something like transforming someone’s home could be legal in the first place and in why Batman would accept this happening to his home at all. Duggan also succeeds with capturing the voice of Batman and his supporting characters.
In case you missed them, here’s the answers to our recent Off THEIR Mind questions from Art and Franco. Get ready to laugh.Source: ComicVine
Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. are back after a month-long hiatus to tell the further adventures of Superman and his new BFF, Ulysses. Issue #34 ended on a pretty significant cliffhanger, making the extra wait that much harder to deal with. And even though the characterization in this issue is a bit off compared to te previous chapters, there’s no momentum lost as this partnership continues to develop.
Issue #35 does disappoint somewhat in its early pages. Rather than force the powerful but naive Ulysses to deal with the consequences of killing an innocent man, Geoff Johns finds a way to downplay that mistake. But the end result is still a heavy focus on the morality of being a superhero and te limits of what one man can do to change the world. Here Johns really taps into what makes Superman so super. Ulysses may be a physical match for the Man of Steel, but he doesn’t quite have Clark’s heart or head yet.
DEATH OF WOLVERINE: DEADPOOL AND CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Scott Kolins (CA) Ed McGuinness
• Did you know Wolverine is dead?
• I bet some people would love to get their hands on his DNA to clone him…
• Logan’s old pals Deadpool and Steve Rogers are gonna make sure that doesn’t happen.
Item Code: AUG140753 In Shops: 10/29/2014 SRP: $4.99
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Corto Maltese. It’s a name that resonates with a lot of DC fans, whether they first heard of the fictional island nation reading The Dark Knight Returns or watching Tim Burton’s Batman. Either way, Corto Maltese is a strange and little-glimpsed land full of mystery, adventure, and lots and lots of suffering. Pretty much the perfect setting for the next step in Oliver Queen’s journey, basically. It was fun to see Team Arrow venture outside of Starling City and kick a bunch of ass. Unfortunately, the overall conflict was a little too disjointed for its own good.
The big news this week was the return of Malcolm Merlyn and Thea Queen, both of whom were last seen leaving Starling City late in Season 2 (well, not counting their cameo last week). Even as Ollie and Roy arrived in Corto Maltese to convince Thea to come home, we saw glimpses into her recent past and her evolution from spoiled rich girl to hardened warrior. I wasn’t sure I’d buy her transformation, as three months is a pretty short amount of time to mold someone into a world-class fighter and swordsman. But seeing the lengths Malcolm was willing to go to school his daughter – burning tea, elbows to the face, etc. – you can understand that she had to be a quick study.