“ALL THESE MOMENTS LOST, LIKE TEARS IN RAIN.”
28 ISSUES HAVE BEEN BUILDING TO THIS SINGLE MOMENT. WONDERFUL
28 ISSUES HAVE BEEN BUILDING TO THIS SINGLE MOMENT. WONDERFUL
ACTION COMICS #23.3 (LEX LUTHOR): Charles Soule does a great job in capturing the megalomaniac at his most ‘lomaniacal. This is the most terrifyingly evil and villainous Lex we have gotten so far in the two years plus of the New 52 – and it is a welcome sight. Lex Luthor needs to be up there with the likes of the Joker and other diabolical characters of the DCU, but until now he’s been regulated to pulling strings from behind bars. No longer. This wonderful Villains Month Issue changes the game and lets the dogs out of the cage – so to speak. The art from Raymund Bermudez leaves something to be desired, and not my cup of tea, but with Soules strong writing I can get past it. My fave moment of the issue: Lex is leaving prison and asks the guard if he wants his prison uniform to sale and get money to send his kid to college. The Prison Guard does want it, but when Lex says all he has to do is walk over and take it, the Guard stands motionless – this scene speaks volumes about the power Lex has and perfectly captures everything he is about. This is Morrison turf. Good stuff. WRITING: EXCELLENT / ART: FAIR
Every Thursday, each staff member will chose his favorite cover of the week to showcase here.
We were walking down the street, my little girly and me
On a pleasant day in June when it was all su-nny
She had a little pink umbrella that bumped against her knee
I said, “Girl, it’s freakin’ hot! It don’t even look rain-y!”
She smiled as she opened it so I could see
She said, “Baby, you’re so dumb! It’s just to COVER me!”
Cover Art By Chris Samnee
Each Tuesday, the NBC Staff will comprise a Top Ten list for whatever the topic is for that week. In the comments section, we can all compare the lists to see if there were any patterns. Also, feel free to post your own top ten lists. Today we tackle the many relaunches and reboots of comic-books.
10. Captain America
Captain America never connected with me before I read Ed Brubaker’s take on him. Finally, he was a compelling character. Also, Brubaker brought back Bucky, which, in and of itself, is probably one of the biggest ret-cons ever .
Ah my comic book loving friends, welcome to Comic Book Greats. Let’s take a trip through time. Today our journey will follow the incredible career of Mr. Frank Miller. Now, sit back while I calculate our first destination here in the time-machine computer console. Yes, there, all set out first stop in time is…..
Daredevil – Issue #168
Frank Miller’s first job as Writer and Artist came in the form of Matt Murdock. Daredevil at the time wasn’t selling that great so Marvel had no problem handing over the title to a young upstart with no experience. But Miller seized this opportunity and forever changed the character of Daredevil and himself as a comic book creator. The stories he wrote over thirty years ago still have resonance in theDaredevil comic being published by Marvel in 2013. What Miller did has rarely been duplicated – adding to the history of a comic book character and having that history become part of the legend. Oh, and he also gave us ninjas.
Man, that sure was great comic. Worth picking up the reprints in trade paperback at your LCBS. Now then, let’s head on to our next stop…..
Daredevil #7 by Mark Waid & Javier Rodriguez
This week gave us the conclusion of Waid’s two part tie-in to Marvel’s Original Sin event. Luckily for those of us not keeping abreast of Original Sin, Waid keeps the connections to a bare minimum. Most of the issue is spent with Daredevil after he parachutes into Wakanda in order to free his mother, who was spirited out of the US last issue for protesting a Wakandan military presence in the US. Once in the jungle, Daredevil launches his plan which at first seems to rely on his physical prowess somehow overcoming the odds of superior Wakandan military technology. In the end, though, Matt has more in mind than brawn, preferring to “lawyering” the captives out of harm.
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Overview: Jen travels to San Francisco to seek advice from our other favorite Marvel U lawyer, Matt Murdock. After some stress reducing–and Freeze Frame worthy–Fog City crime-fighting, Jen heads off to Latveria to fix the Dr. Doom problem that arose at the end of last issue.
Story: Charles Soule continues to do a great job writing Jen, his Matt seemed a little A.D.D jumping all around atop the bridge, but otherwise the set-up was done well. Jen didn’t know how to proceed with the Kristoff Vernard case, so it made perfect sense that she would seek the advice of the foremost attorney in the 616. I really enjoyed the rapport between the two lawyers, and I hope this isn’t the last time we get to see them hang out, because I think they could form a unique team-up for some future adventures; both Soule and Waid are capable of writing both characters well, and a mini crossover with Pulido and Samnee on art duties would be superb! So fingers crossed, make it happen Marvel 🙂 Anyway, after Jen’s west coast trip, she journeys to Latveria and uses the combination of Hulk-strength and her persuasive lawyer skills to mend the Father/Son rift between the two Dooms. Soule handles this well, and showcases Jen’s multi-skill approach to problem solving, which serves to further round out her already awesome character. The issue is wrapped up with a nice lead in to Jen’s next big case, and I’m confident that Soule has something interesting planned for our emerald heroine. This issue is a great example of economic storytelling; other writers would use an entire five-issue arc to deal with this case, but Soule understands that sometimes it’s better to keep the momentum going in a book and not get caught up in the details. Sure, we could have spent an entire issue gallivanting around San Francisco, but it wouldn’t serve the story that well, and would feel padded for no real reason; I’m glad that Soule made this choice, and the book is better for it.
Art: I’ve said it before, but I’m a big fan of Javier Pulido, and he continues to do a fantastic job on this comic. From the title page, with creator names and the editorial team on banners being flown by Angie and her monkey, to Jen Hulk-hopping across the rooftops of Latveria; Pulido’s style is all over this issue. His action sequences remind me of the Adam West Batman series, with large font onomatpoeia in the background of the kicks, explosions, and punches; it a really fun way to do action in the pop/cartoon style. Munsta Vicente does a perfect job of making the art jump off the page with a bright, exuberant color palette that works so well with the aesthetic of Pulido’s line work and design. The art team on this book is creating a singular vision for Jen’s world, and the style of art fits the tone of the book established by both Soule as a writer, and Jen as a character.
Conclusion: She-Hulk #4 is an excellent example of how decompressed storytelling isn’t the end-all, be-all of modern comics, and that sometimes leaving parts of the adventures up to the readers imagination is the best choice. We’ve all slogged through 12 issues of a comic only to get a half-cocked resolution to part of a story, and sometimes it’s just more fun to have our protagonist get things done without a bunch of random hiccups or drawn out peril. Charles Soule is writing quite a few comics at the moment, but I personally think She-Hulk is going to end up being his masterpiece.
I’ll admit I was late to the Daredevil party, coming in a few issues after Waid’s series began. But once I was in, I was hooked. The upbeat tone (sans Foggy’s cancer subplot) and beautiful cartoon-esque artwork, now by the wonderfully talented Chris Samnee, helped to deliver a unique experience–especially in today’s comic world. Where so many series rely on a dark, forever brooding character, Daredevil focuses on a colorful and fun experience. Contributing to the lighter tone is Matt’s move to California, as is now the setting for the All-New Daredevil.
This was the first issue in pretty much the same series–with only the numbering changed and the move from New York. The issue opens by showing a side of Daredevil we don’t normally see: him playing detective. Now that his identity is no longer in question (see last issue), Matt is spending some time helping the police department. Using his heightened senses, Matt traces a ransom letter back to an abandoned theme park, where a young girl is being held. This is one of my favorite parts of the issue. Samnee does a fantastic job keeping Matt shrouded in the shadows, giving the reader brief glimpses at him as he works in the station. The pacing and tone add to his “badassery.” We clearly know who we are watching, but it is how he is portrayed that carries the scene.
Another great aspect to the issue is how Waid shows just how difficult it is for a blind man to navigate unfamiliar territory. Matt admits that he lived in San Francisco for about a year a long time ago, but during his time in New York, much had changed. He no longer knows every nook and cranny like he did back home. Instead he has to rely on his “friend” and new law partner Kristen McDuffie to read him directions. Matt will need to become acclimated to his new setting, and it is intriguing to take the journey with him.
I won’t give away too much about the overall plot, other than it is an extremely fun read. And the end will keep your mind spinning and intimating at what could possibly be the fate of one of the beloved characters.
The only issue I had with this issue was the increase in price. It seemed like Marvel renumbered the series for no other reason than to bump the price by a buck. Four dollars is quickly becoming the standard for many series published by nearly all publishers. I fear that we are on the brink of yet another price hike, as some Batman and Avengers issues have held a cover price of five dollars or more. Hopefully, I will be proven wrong…
Daredevil #36 is one of those bitter sweet books. The issue was brilliant as usual but it’s a shame this is the final issue of the series. Yes the title is relaunching and yes it is still the same creative team, but the book will never be the same. Daredevil has been one of the most consistent books of the last three years. It is one of those books you forget about because it is always so brilliant. It becomes the norm for the man without fear to deliver a top notch issue. There are no surprises with Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. You are delivered a brilliant comic every time you exchange money for pages by these two guys. Samnee is always top notch but his art on this issue was beyond fabulous. I caught my self lingering on many occasions.
The issue opens on a touching conversation between Matt and Foggy. If you have been reading this series you know it has been filled with touching moments between these two friends. This opening scene drives the point home and sets a nice stage for the story to follow. These best of friends would do anything for each other. The combination of Waid’s dialogue and Samnee’s emotion filled expressions create a very powerful moment and make it easily accessible for the reader.
The serpents story comes to it’s satisfying conclusion. Matt makes a decision that will change his future forever and therefore change the direction of the book forever. I am excited to start reading All-New Daredevil and see what Matt is like on the West Coast but it is very sad to see this monumental run of Daredevil come to an end. Waid and Samnee changed the face of Daredevil writing 36 amazing issues in the process. I hope we get another 36 on the new title.