Angel And Faith Season 10 #2
Honestly, the split focus of this book, between Faith as a corporate bodyguard and Angel as London’s vampiric Batman, does it no favors, but it’s a solid, entertaining read that fits in well with the franchise. It’d just be nice to see this book be a little more than just more of the same.
Black Dynamite #2
After a somewhat uneven first issue, this book hits its stride with the silly, over-the-top action that made the movie so amusing. Black Dynamite has an enemy, a woman, and a haircut, and really, that’s all he needs. If you’re looking for a goofy book, this will do the job, especially with Marcelo Ferreira and Sal Buscema’s amusingly dynamic art.
Dead Letters #2
A private detective in Purgatory is a fairly standard idea, but this book makes it work partially because it knows that, and instead builds up the character of Sam, who doesn’t quite know who he is but isn’t shy about getting in over his head. It’s still looking for the hook that will launch it further, but it’s a solid book so far.
Teen Titans Annual #3
The first run of Teen Titans gets wrapped up just in time for the relaunch coming soon. Honestly, the payoff here is largely for those that have been following the book right from the start, and it’s hard to get too invested if you haven’t been reading the book religiously. Still, at least the plotline gets a wrap-up.
Moon Knight #3
This book continues to be one of the most oddball, and well-done, books Marvel puts out. Warren Ellis keeps up the “one-and-done” theme of showing off different aspects of Moon Knight’s personality with a ghost story about punk gangs, and how Moon Knight can fight ghosts. It ends on a creepy and poetic note that’s completely unexpected but suits the book. Highly recommended.
Magneto stumbles across the last villain he’d expect, with the last motivations he’d expect, in this third issue. Mostly, Cullen Bunn is out to establish that Magneto is, at best, an anti-hero; he’s violent even by his standards in this issue. But it also makes it clear what he will and won’t tolerate as a person, making this book fascinating, if disturbing.
Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula start paying off the last two issues in spades. We learn a bit more about Veil and where she comes from… and it’s not good news. If you haven’t been reading this, pick up the last two issues and this one: It’s a great horror book and Fejzula is a brilliant choice artistically. Recommended.
This is a bit of a low-key point in the run, which brings out a bit that this is designed somewhat to be collected as a trade. But although it’s talky, Charles Soule and Javier Pulido make up for it by making the book really, really funny. The Laterviair airline design alone is worth the money this book costs, but it’s also a rather touching rumination on what it means to be a lawyer when you’re required to be a zealous advocate for your clients. Highly recommended.
Batman Eternal #5
It’s unintentionally funny that Vicki Vale gripes about how there are no reporters anymore, just Buzzfeed writers, and then promptly does something no reporter would ever do. Aside from that, this book is starting to come into focus a bit as it shifts to the Bat-cast. If DC’s plan is to feature characters that sometimes can’t carry a series, that might be an excellent idea. Still, I’m on the fence about this one, and I can’t imagine I’m alone in that.
Bad Blood #5
This inventive, clever miniseries ends on a rather… abrupt note, partially due to far too much exposition. But it’s a good one for Jonathan Maberry and Tyler Crook to go out on, and while this series has its bumps, the sheer inventiveness and clever ideas carry it a long way.
Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight #8
Alex DeCampi and Gary Erskine wrap up their goofy mix of camp sex comedy and Satanism. The mix of genres is a bit uneven, albeit DeCampi has some nice twists, and the book is a fast, funny read. Worth picking up for fans of well-done trash.