From the Pull List: September 5th 2018
This weeks books, I’ll review them in the comments after I read them:
- Batman #54
- The Dead Hand #6
- Justice League #7
- Project Superpowers Vol. 2 #2
- Seeing Things #1
Batman #54 was a fantastic story by Tom King that reminds us of the strong relationship between Bruce and Dick. The story cuts from scenes of the past and future with beautiful transitions illustrated by Matt Wagner. The transitions take the same pose in the past and future yet the resulting emotion may be tears of pain to tears of joy. There is one moment when Batman cracks and then composes himself with Nightwing reassuring him that he knows he is alright, but he is there if ever he needs him.
The Dead Hand #6 written by Kyle Higgins has ended. I wasn’t prepared for the series to end so quickly, but it wraps up perfectly. This remnants of the Cold War era tale was a very enjoyable ride. Stephen Mooney’s artwork is bang on for this international mystery.
Justice League #7 was better than the last, though I felt like the story dragged on with too many closing scenes. Scott Snyder does a great job with the story leaving a lot open for the future. I wasn’t sure I was going to keep this book on my list and I wanted to see if the first arch would keep my interest. I’m still undecided, so I’m sticking it out for another arch. I felt that Jim Cheung‘s art didn’t suit the story though. It felt wrong. The style is fine for something else, but with a story this epic it needed more. I think his art is better suited for more light hearted and less cosmic tales.
Project Superpowers Vol. 2 #2 is a great story by Rob Williams. He does a fantastic job with these golden age characters that rivals that of The Avengers or Justice League. Especially with the play on old names and how they would be reacted to in our present time such as The Black Terror and citizens distrusting him and calling him a terrorist. Sergio Fernandez Davila’s artwork is absolutely stunning. It melds so well with the level of power in this story. I’m hooked and along for the ride on this one.
Seeing Things #1 is an independent comic by Michael Morton and is the first chapter of an engaging series. I’m not going to give too much away as you should really check this one out. The story centres around our protagonist Alexander Price who is gifted (or cursed) with the ability to see the spirits of the dead. Alexander adventures begin with a mission that he undertakes from one particular spectre that has him globe trotting in search of ancient relics that are guarded by mythological creatures that he must overcome. This is a perfect book for those that want to step away from the four-colour dynamics of the oversaturated superhero market. If you like tales of things that go bump in the night you must check this series out.