Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 7/4
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. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.
These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.
Batman The Adventures Continue #7 (DC Digital) Now this is more like it! After the last few snoozefest issues finally we have something new. Really love how Azrael is introduced as an ally rather than a foe. His Azrael non Batman design rocks too. It is very reminiscent of the Phantasm design which I dig a lot. Also love the mock title cards that are homage to the original Batman The Animated Series. That is such a nice touch. Ty Templeton does such a great job keeping the characters on model and this issue was good to just have Bruce and Alfred at work without being bogged down by the rest of the fam. Seeing Catwoman show up too was such a joy. The animated series always seemed to get the Batman/Catwoman relationship right. Lot happened in this issue and we still have Jason Todd waiting in the wings. I am looking forward to what’s next. I got that old Bat feeling back! Mr. Dini and Mr. Burnett, don’t let me down! Score: 9 Verdict: Buy
The Boys: Dear Becky #2 (Dynamite) – The Boys: Dear Becky #2 is a marked improvement from the first issue with Garth Ennis and Russ Braun with silly dialogue galore and darkly, hilarious parodies of Thor and the Thunderbolts. However, they go deeper than these broad satires of megacorporations, superheroes as IP, and British tabloids and look at the addiction to violence that Butcher experiences in the past and Hughie does in the present day. These are men who have found good women, but maybe don’t deserve them with both Annie and Becky staying off-panel. Braun’s art in this issue really caught my eye as he goes from Butcher torturing a Thor-expy in a crematorium burner to using somber lighting and sober facial expressions for Hughie and Butcher to express their feelings. The comic The Boys just might work in 2020… Overall: 8 Verdict: 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 (**).