Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 3/19/2022
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/Superman: World’s Finest #1 (DC)– Mark Waid, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain turn in a high energy, high emotion team-up book in World’s Finest #1. Set in the earlier days of Batman and Superman’s crime fighting career, the book has them working as a well-oiled machine until Metallo injects Red Kryptonite into Superman’s heart causing him to transform uncontrollably. Mora and Bonvillain go into almost body horror mode showing the effects of the injection on him, and they and Waid bring in the Doom Patrol to figure out to cure and counter it. But the greatest part about World’s Finest #1 is that Batman and Superman have a genuine friendship as Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent that’s established in a flashback sequence and echoes into the main plot with Batman trying to pry him loose mentally. World’s Finest #1 has an old school vibe with modern visual storytelling techniques, and honestly it’s just nice to see the Doom Patrol in something comics related again. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy
Joe Hill’s Rain #3 (Image)– Joe Hill’s Rain continues to explore the dimensions of grief, loss, and the apocalypse while still having strong thriller elements. David Booher’s narration works well with Zoe Thorogood’s art and Chris O’Halloran’s flat state to get in the head of protagonist Honeysuckle as she, a new friend, and eccentric kid Templeton travel to Denver to tell her girlfriend’s father about his daughter’s death. The introduction of a cop character adds tension and some context about what’s going on in the world outside of Colorado while Thorogood probes at the depth of loss with wide panels of people being skewered by this deadly rain. The bond between the three travelers grows in Rain #3, but even in the face of tragedy and loss of life, some humans continue to be assholes adding another dimension of conflict beyond avoiding the rain. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy
Nightwing #90 (DC)– Tom Taylor continues to revisit the strong relationships that Dick Grayson has with the various denizens of the DC Universe in Nightwing while weaving into the larger plot of Blockbuster trying to take out Dick Grayson. Geraldo Borges is the artist on this issue, and he and regular colorist Adriano Lucas bring an action movie flair to Nightwing #90 with explosions, flying devris, and finally Wally West running into a hail of bullets. Taylor and Borges remember that Wally and Dick are best friends, and Wally helps save the residents of Dick’s apartment building while offering him a safe place to crash in Keystone City. There are a lot of down beats in Nightwing #90 (the kidnapping of Barbara Gordon, Dick’s apartment building’s destruction), but Tom Taylor finds a lot of humor and warmth in the bond between Wally West and Dick Grayson before springing them into action. Nightwing continues to have its cake and eat it too with strong guest stars that logically make sense in the story, showing Dick’s desire to improve Bludhaven no matter the cost, and exciting art especially in the action scenes. Overall: 8.7 Verdict: Buy
Eternals: The Heretic #1 (Marvel)– In his last comics work before his passing, Ryan Bodenheim brings genocidal Eternal and patriarch Uranos to life with Kieron Gillen, Edgar Salazar, and Chris O’Halloran. This issue delves into such evil that the Machine takes a break from sassy narrator duties while Uranos and Thanos bond over efficient ways of committing genocide and contempt for their families. Uranos snarks at Thanos for only killing 50% of the universe in a full page spread that shows the sheer force of his power, but they end up being kind of buddies by the end of the one-shot. Bodenheim and Salazar give Uranos a cragginess in his appearance to go with Gillen writing him as utterly believing in his principles. He might be behind bars, but Eternals: The Heretic establishes as a true, very behind the scenes power player in the Marvel Universe. Overall: 8.4 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 (**).