Serenity: Leaves On The Wind #2
Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, and Karl Story follow up their somewhat staid first issue with… well, at least a more dramatic followup. Truthfully, this is a book entirely for the fans, and while that’s not a bad thing, by the same token it means the staff takes a few things for granted. A solid issue, but, as I said, entirely for fans of the show.
Bryan J.L. Glass and Victor Santos continue their story of a worn-out child star turned superhero, and it’s actually become a strong superhero book in its own right. This issue is all about how screwed up Cadence Lark is, and how she got that way. It’s a pretty interesting story, and it’s something unique as it handles both its topic of how police and media might react to a superhero and its screwed-up heroine with a far lighter and more thoughtful touch than you might expect. Highly recommended.
Jackson Lanzing, Colin Kelly, and Marcus To continue their story of rich guys trying to change the world through hacking. The twists in this issue are pretty easy to see coming, but the concept is still pretty engaging. Marcus To’s art could stand to be a little more detailed and sharper, but overall, it’s a pretty well executed concept.
Dead Boy Detectives #3
Toby Litt, Mark Buckingham and Gary Eskine continue to push this book away from its Sandman roots, and that’s a strength. The current arc has steadily improved, and we’re looking forward to seeing where it goes once this current arc wraps up.
Halo: Escalation #3
Chris Schlerf, Sergio Arino, and Juan Castro & Jason Gorder continue the first ongoing in the Haloverse. It’s a fairly solid SF action book in its own right, although Schlerf’s scripts continue to remain limited by the plots of the games. It’s fun, though, and worth a read if you’re a fan of the game.
Steven Grant and Jose Holder continue their story of con-men and espionage. It’s a pretty solid action book, but nothing special, and Holder really could use an inker so he could focus more on his art; it’s a little too loose, although it’s well laid-out. Worth a read for fans of international intrigue.
Black Science #4
Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera continue to deliver a pulpy, violent and thoughtful story of alternate universes and personal flaws. It’s a superb book that I don’t want to spoil, so suffice to say, it’s worth picking up. Highly recommended.
Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly wrap up their lacerating reply to 300 with a strong final issue. This comic has been a smart book right from the start, but it’s also been consistently great throughout its run. Highly recommended.
Samurai Jack #5
Jim Zub and Andy Suriano continue their adaptation of the Cartoon Network cult series, and it continues to be great. It’s a mix of goofy comedy, action, and melancholy that really makes the book stand out; kids can read and enjoy it, but adults will also get a lot out of it as well. It’s simply a well-written, well-drawn book, with or without the license. Highly recommended.
The Wake #6
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy pick up where the first five issues left off, a century or two into the future when fish men have sunk a fair amount of the world and are trying to sink more. If you haven’t been following this book, it’s actually a pretty good jumping-on point, and definitely worth checking out.
Five Weapons #7
Jimmie Robertson took a somewhat cliched concept, a high school full of assassins, and made it into a clever riff on outsmarting your opponent… but now Enrique, our hero, is being knocked off his game by Tyler, who knows him better than anybody and is trying to get him killed. This continues to be a clever, funny riff on the concept, and a gem of a book. Highly recommended.
Captain Midnight #8
Joshua Williamson and Fernando Dagnino actually mostly make this about a teleporting anti-hero, Helios, and set up the conflict this book has been building to since issue #1; Captain Midnight going after the time-traveling Nazis. It’s solid superheroics, but this book has consistently felt like it hasn’t quite hit upon what makes it different, and Helios being more interesting as a mercenary than Midnight as a square-jawed hero is a problem reflected by that. Still worth a read, but one hopes Dark Horse finds just where this book belongs in their line of superhero books soon.
Mass Effect: Foundation #8
Mac Walters and Tony Parker continue telling stories of the Mass Effect universe. They’ve gone into full prequel mode for Mass Effect 2, and it’s interesting, albeit we know how the story ends. But hey, if you like the games, it’s a lot of fun.