Another week, and another set of issues! Despite the holiday last Monday, I didn’t get a lot of stuff read this week. But what I did read was AWESOME! Well, almost all awesome. I did finally finish Showcase Presents Martian Manhunter Vol. 2. Not going to say it was bad….. let’s just say it was a product of its time. Look for a review of that book on my Essential Showcase site sometime in October. Meanwhile, let’s look at some of those AWESOME books I read this week!
Yes, I know I just reviewed issue #3 last week. I was catching up! This week, when the new pile of books came in, this title made it nearly to the top of the pile. There’s two other books on this list that I had to read first. Anyway, you know that if Dan Jurgens is writing a DC book, at some point Booster Gold is going to make an appearance. As some of you may know, Booster Gold was a character Jurgens created for DC in the mid-1980s. And with no disrespect meant to the character, he has managed to stick around for 30 years. In the last 10 years, Booster Gold has become a protector of the space-time continuum. Given that this book involves Bat-Mite, you would have expected Booster Gold to be here from the very beginning. In typical Bat-Mite fashion, the imp feels the need to remake our guest star in the spirit of Batman, giving us Black Gold, which is a code phrase for comedy gold. Another fun book that involves the two heroes tracking down their foe in a pop-culture museum. Again, an all-ages book that should be on everyone’s read list!
Storytellers: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
This is a hard one to write about. Not because it was a bad issue. Just that it’s the last issue. Mark Waid brings his four-year run to an end with issue #18 of his second volume. As good as the Bendis and Brubaker runs with the character were, I personally did not care for them, feeling that they were too dark, too grim. Beginning with Waid’s run in 2011, the title made a 180° turn in tone and storytelling. We saw Matt smile, and try to rebuild his life and practice yet again. Sure he still had the challenges that come with being the man without fear. But he did it with a grin, making wise cracks to go along with the cracked heads he was dishing out. As it should, this series wraps everything up with a showdown fight between Matt and the Kingpin. Matt’s life has once again been torn open for the world to see. But most of that has been Matt’s doing along the way, trying to take away anything that the Kingpin could use against Daredevil. Not to give away the finale completely, but you’ll find the final panel at the bottom of this page. We see Matt swinging through the city. Alive. And showing just a hint of a smile.
Southern Bastards Vol #2 TPB
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist & Colorist: Jason Latour
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
I know a lot of credit for the success of that book gets handed out to Jason Aaron. While I am not disputing that, I would say an equal amount, if not more credit should be given to Jason Latour. He’s doing the heavy work for this title. Aaron delivers an excellent script for each and every issue, but Latour is capturing the look and feel of the South. You can drive through a lot of the south and see highlights from this book. If this was a scratch-and-sniff book, I’m sure Latour would help capture the smell of the South. This almost makes me want to take a trip south from here. ALMOST! The only thing keeping me from getting in the car right now is the fear that I might encounter a real-life Euless Boss. See, this volume gives us a peak inside of how Euless Boss came to be. A scrawny kid who wants nothing more than to make the football team to impress his father. A kid who will practice harder and longer until he is good enough to make the team. When his skills are not good enough to get him a college scholarship, he makes the move to become a coach on the team, doing whatever he has to do to get the job. When I say whatever, I mean WHATEVER! Seriously, you need to be reading this book.
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #1
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
I hope you watched John’s Treat Yo Self video last week (scroll down for a link). One of the books John featured was Shattered Empire, which begins in the closing minutes of Return of the Jedi. We are introduced right away to the pilots of Green Squadron, guiding those fast A-Wings into the Rebel attack of the second Death Star. Specifically, we meet Shara Bey, who uses the call sign Green Four. She provides cover for the Falcon’s attack on the core, and then covers Commander Skywalker’s escape in the Imperial Shuttle. When the battle ends, Shara makes her way down to surface of the moon, where she reunites with her husband, one of the Rebel commandos that worked Captain Solo’s assignment to take out the shield generator. The next day, the Rebels assault an Imperial stronghold on the other side of the moon. The Rebels are triumphant, but the news is grim. The Empire is not going to give up just yet. The story and the art are a perfect combination, and I cannot wait to read the second issue of this mini-series.
Finally, let’s rewind last week, and fast-forward this week!
- Jerry debuted a new feature, I’ve Got Issues.
- Half of John’s Four Comics I Want list featured Star Wars titles.
- Speaking of Star Wars books, any guesses what John went over this week in his newest Treat Yo Self video?
- For Throwback Thursday, Jerry reviewed the first adventures of the Teen Titans.
- John and Jerry interviewed writer CW Cooke, discussing Solitary, Kickstarter campaigns, and 1980s comics stuffed in newspapers.
- Jerry’s preparing his list for Four Comics I Want for NCBD this week.
- John has a super-secret video coming to us on Wednesday.
- For Throwback Thursday, Jerry keeps looking at troubled teen-agers, but this time over at Marvel. What an uncanny idea!
- For the podcast this week, we will have a preview of the Free State Comicon on October 3.