Mark Waid and Chris Samnee bring back that beloved superhero… The Shroud? Waid actually has a lot of fun with this minor character, contrasting his grimdark style with Matt Murdock’s rather more lighthearted approach. A great followup to the first issue, and highly recommended.
The Witcher #2
This adaptation of the video game continues to be a surprisingly atmospheric and clever book. Paul Tobin and Joe Querio deliver a moody, folktale-esque story that stands on its own two feet and brings a lot of style and character to what could have been a dull, standard story. Highly recommended.
Buffy Season 10 #2
Really, they need to stop writing this book like a TV show and let it be a comic book. Or just wrap up the concept altogether, really. Fun for fans, but not much else.
Evil Empire #2
I was worried, on reading the first issue, that this book would get dumb and preachy fast. Sure enough, the second issue immediately stumbles down that road. The basic premise is that a right-wing Presidential candidate, upon losing his marbles and murdering his wife, isn’t immediately pegged as a psycho but instead becomes the figurehead of a nihilistic movement in the United States. The characterization is flat: Everybody is either a noble progressive hero or Snidely Whiplash meets Hannibal Lecter. It’s Frank Miller-grade stupid, and somebody at Boom! should have sent Bemis back to the drawing board.
Ransom Getty and Ryan Winn deliver solid art, but this book is frankly too clumsy and obvious in its script to recommend. If Bemis can be more thoughtful, it might be salvageable, but it’s hard to see that happening.
Batman Eternal #3
Honestly, this book lost me at the “shocking twist” at the finale. Basically, the character making the announcement just told every cop in the GCPD, “I am corrupt, terrible at the job I have just been appointed to, or both! Please ignore me!” It’s a lot to swallow and the book doesn’t do a good job of selling it. Hopefully next week it can turn this around.
Tomb Raider #3
Nicolas Daniel Selma still doesn’t feel like the right artistic choice for this book, but Gail Simone’s script is so good, it’s easy to ignore. Highly recommended, even if you’re not a fan of Tomb Raider.
The Saviors #4
After the stunning twist in the third issue, where this book has already wiped out half its cast, Tomas has to try and escape Mexico with aliens on his ass. The result is a suspenseful, beautiful book, well-suited to J. Bone’s style. Highly recommended.
Halo: Escalation #5
The bad guy’s ultimate motivation here is a bit spotty… but, eh, the book’s fun enough, even if you’re not a Halo fan. Don’t put it at the top of your subs, but if you’re looking for a bit of solid SF action, this will scratch that itch.
Eternal Warrior #8
Greg Pak, Robert Gill, and Mark Pennington wrap up their trip to the year 4001 AD with what should be a happy ending… and is instead a musing on how everything about humanity, including its own self-destructiveness, is a cycle. It’s a well-told story, and a curiously sad one. Highly recommended.