Cullen Bunn and Dale Eaglesham try pretty hard to make Sinestro an anti-hero, and honestly, it is fairly interesting. The problem, though, is that it’s a little too similar to the other Cullen Bunn book starring an iconic supervillain over at Marvel, which is also out this week. But it’s still giving Sinestro a little more depth, and that’s always welcome. Also, hell of a cover: DC, make this a poster!
Original Sin #2
It turns out the murder of the Watcher was just the start of this mini. Jason Aaron enjoys pulling out the z-list villains in this book, but he also builds a compelling mystery worth reading, supplemented handily by Mike Deodato.
Also, the Punisher and Dr. Strange need to team up more often.
I’m deeply torn on this book. On the one hand, Daniel Bayliss puts a ton of effort into this book, cleverly working in chess motifs and styles across the panels in ways subtle and obvious. On the other, Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert are writing a book that seems aimed squarely at the trade; the general thrust of the book is clear, but it can barely keep its convoluted plot straight. I’m recommending it if for no other reason than I feel it’s becoming clearer as it progresses, and thus worth reading; even if I wind up hating it, it’s still going to be a unique book.
The art’s slightly improved, but I’ll be honest: This book opens with a long, loooooong exchange of dialogue that runs several pages, feels like it’s brought straight from the novel this series is based on, and it’s somewhat preachy to boot. And to be honest, Jonathan Maberry is capable of far better; he just wrapped up the superb Bad Blood proving as much. It’s an OK book, I guess, but there’s little here worth your time unless you really liked the novel.
The New 52: Future’s End #3
Honestly, this book’s beginning to lose me a little bit, not least because everybody involved is either a jerk or working on becoming one. It feels like this might be better suited as a monthly following one character rather than a weekly focusing on all the DC characters who’ve had their New 52 books canceled. Similarly, a call forward isn’t really shocking when you’re showing us a shocking event that’s being disproved in its own splash panel. Still interested, but I’m hoping it turns around and picks up some narrative momentum.
Matt Murdock goes toe-to-toe with the Shroud, only to discover the real menace is… the Owl, of all villains. Chris Samnee and Mark Waid do a superb job of making the Owl an actual menacing villain, while keeping the tone surprisingly light for such a serious book. A hoot, and highly recommended.
The Witcher #3
This unexpectedly moody and clever book continues. It’s got enough to do with the video game that the title makes sense, but Paul Tobin and Joe Querio work well together to create a sense of longing and foreboding in a cursed house that’s somehow… wrong. Rapidly becoming one of my favorite books from Dark Horse, and highly recommended.
Buffy Season 10 #3
You’d be forgiven for thinking Nicholas Brendon writing this issue is a gimmick because, well, it kinda is. But by the same token, it being a gimmick doesn’t mean he’s bad at the job. The book’s pretty much what you expect out of Buffy, and a good read for fans.
This issue is a solemn testament as to why Magneto, as dark and dangerous as he is, is necessary in the 616. Also it’s a demonstration of how dangerous he is; suffice to say all he needs to end a fight is a length of barbed wire and a Purifier to wrap it around.
The first arc of this superb book ends with a revelation about Velvet that’s actually somewhat sad: She’s so deep in the spy world, and so are all the people she knew, that betrayal is just a matter of course for them. Highly recommended, and we can’t wait for the next arc.
Forever Evil #7
Well after it needed to, we get the final issue of this crossover. And, hey, it’s fun, at least, but hopefully the next crossover, DC picks up the pace. Also, one wishes Mazahs was a better-established character; it feels like the book is just winging information at us until it ends. Also, I’m really not sure how I feel about Hipster Ted Kord, but that’s a nerd argument for the comments.
One things for certain with this team: They don’t play nice. Matt Kindt unfortunately doesn’t really manage to dig into the ethical ramifications of shooting to kill when you’re supposedly a hero, and it’d be nice if this book had a bit more depth; it’s hard to root for a hero when he destroys a jetliner full of brainwashed civilians.