MY WEEK IN COMICS – 28 JAN 2015

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BATMAN #38

This issue looks as good as ever but, as with the last issue, I’m still not sure. There’s a lot going involving the Joker, his history and his relationship with Batman. I’m glad Snyder is doing something different with the characters, but I think I’ll have to wait until the end of the storyline to make up my mind about the current ‘Endgame’ story.

3/5

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GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #3

This issue continues the storyline of the previous two issues, that some ancient supernatural threat is coming to Gotham, but is relatively stand-alone at the same time. The plot focuses on Corrigan and team investigating a girl who’s shadow appears to be possessed by a demon that kills its victims with a smallpox-like virus. As well as this primary storyline, we get flashbacks featuring Detective Drake and how she came to meet Corrigan.

As with the previous issues, Templemith’s unique art is a highpoint. The characters and story are good but, as with the previous issues, I have noticed a small flaw with Fawkes’ writing; the fast pace sometimes makes a few things a little confusing.

All-in-all though, a pretty fun issue, with the promise of bigger things to come.

4/5

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TREES #8

Whoa. After seven pretty slow, but very good issues, a looooot happens here. I’d read previously that Issue Eight would mark the end of the first arc of Trees, which makes sense as a lot takes place, meaning that the book will be rather different going forward. Be prepared for quite a few shocks.

The only real issue is that it took me about sixty seconds to read. As with some of his recent Moon Knight issues, Ellis’s script features very little dialogue, leaving a lot of the big moments to Howard’s art. This enforces my belief that this book will probably be enjoyed a lot better when collected and read together.

4/5

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1 and #2

Now here is a comic I wanted to like. I tend to avoid licensed projects because they’re only ‘canon’ until the next ‘canon’ story replaces it or Disney buys the franchise. Escape from New York though is one of my all-time favourite movies, so I thought I’d make an exception – I should have known better.

Nothing about this book did it for me. The story is dull, going from one event to another, far too quickly, featuring dull characters who would be more at home in Escape from L.A. (A film, which upon a recent reviewing, I realised isn’t as bad as I recalled, just as long as you don’t go in with high expectations.) The art, while not bad, wasn’t for me.

Worse than the poor storyline and flat supporting characters is the fact that writer Christopher Sebela just hasn’t nailed Snake. The dialogue doesn’t sound right, but worst of all here he’s become an OTT action hero. This comic Snake is trying too hard to be cool, whereas the real Snake is cool.

2/5

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