Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 11/24
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.
These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.
Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #1 (Marvel)– In what is probably the best story to come out of this major Marvel event , we get TChalla as Johnny Blaze with a touch of Thor. We find TChalla being thrown out of Wakanda by Tchaka, and being forced to become a stunt performer where he meets the Spirit of Vengeance. He is content with just being Johnny Blaze until TChaka dies at the hands of an enhanced Mbaku. By issue’s end, he goes head to head with Mbaku defeated. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
American Carnage #1 (DC/Vertigo)** – Another more than solid debut in the latest Vertigo re-launch, this is part “Incognegro,” part “Black KKKlansman,” and pretty well addicting from the get-go. One can quibble with whether or not an obvious stand-in for the Mercer family would have such close ties to the Klan and Neo-Nazis rather than employing intermediaries, but Bryan Hill’s script is breakneck-paced, punchy, and reasonably thought-provoking, while Leandro Fernandez’s art is all stylish modern noir. Good times ahead, indeed. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Black Hammer: Age Of Doom #7 (Dark Horse)** – The conclusion to this two-part Col. Weird story doesn’t really do anything “metafiction”-wise that Grant Morrison hasn’t already done dozens (if not hundreds) of times before and better, but it’s still a plenty fun read and Rich Tommaso’s art is, as always, nothing short of brilliant. Getting back to the main storyline will be nice, but this has been a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable side-step. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy
Batman #59 (DC)** – The idea that Bane has secretly taken over Arkham Asylum and The Penguin is selling him out in order to save his own skin should, by all rights, be pretty dramatic fodder for a story, but Tom King’s script feels lazy and insubstantial, both Batman and Jim Gordon hit character “beats” that feel inherently false, and the lack of anything like genuine suspense is palpable, Fortunately, what King does manage to do is play to his artist’s strengths, and he gives Mikel Janin plenty of opportunity to shine on an early-issue dramatic double-page spread, as well as some unpleasantly violent fight scenes. Not bad stuff on the whole, but not worth spending your hard-earned money on. Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Read
Lucifer #2 (DC/Vertigo) – I was feeling pretty lukewarm to this latest series starring the Prince of the East after a lackluster first issue, but I’m glad I stuck around for one more because Dan Waters’ disparate plotlines now appear to be moving toward a mysterious but powerful point of convergence, and the art by Max and Sebastian Fiumara, which was already pretty stellar, has definitely kicked into another, altogether creepier, gear. Looks like I might be hanging with this one for awhile after all! Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).