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.
Die #3 (Image): An extraordinarily powerful story about uni-directional class war and about fantasy stories about war. Stephanie Hans paints one hell of a god-send and her depictions of trench warfare are devastating. Kieron Gillen gets to the heart of JRR Tolkien’s works as promised on my podcast — http://bit.ly/DieGPpod). More people have made art about Tolkien than almost any other 20th century writer. But this is saying something new. It is poetry and politics on the page. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
Batman Who Laughs #3 (DC) Snyder and Jock are back at it again and they are putting on a clinic. This mini series has been flat out fantastic. From the idea of the Jokers ultimate revenge through corrupting Batman to all the alternate Bruce Waynes now in our universe. I’ve enjoyed it all. Its not just the grandiose moments that Snyder does well, its the little ones too. I like the idea of Batman being born the day he climbed out of the well. This kind of building on the Batman mythos is exceptional. The Grim Knight is a welcome addition and i hope to enjoy the one shot coming up. Bringing James Gordon Jr. Back is wonderful too as he was a great character and particularly unique. So far we are half way done with this mini series and from what I heard it really hits the fan from here out. The only downside I see is that I wish Snyder and Jock were the regular monthly team on the main book. If you haven’t been on Batman for a while you want to pick this one up. The dark knight at his finest. Overall: Not a qualm at all and awaiting with batted breath for the next installment. Score: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Star Wars Age of Republic Count Dooku #1 (Marvel)– In this one shot featuring the still mysterious Count Dooku, we find out more about his duplicitous nature As we meet him as he seeks out an arms syndicate, while accidentally running into a Jedi Knight shortly after Qui Gon Jinn had been killed by Darth Maul. As the reader sees moments where his former self is enough for most including the Jedi Knight they sent to believe that his intentions were pure, as he ponders for a moment, if he had stayed with the Jedi Order, would his Padawan still be alive? By issue’s end, he begrudgingly Kills everyone involved while expanding the Sith’s foothold in the Empire. Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy
Savage Sword of Conan #1(Marvel)- In this reboot of the series, we find the Cimirrian lost at sea. This is until he is found by a slave ship looking to sell him and his fellow captives, a plan he doesn’t want no part of. Eventually, he finds a way to escape, while discovering that the Captain is more than what he seems, as he becomes the first glimpse of a well known villain in the pantheon of adversaries Conan would face. By issue’s end, he burns the ship, frees himself and embarks on a new adventure. Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy
Wonder Twins #1 (DC/Wonder)– Zan and Jayna the Wonder Twins try to get the hang of Earth and high school in the new series from Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne. Byrne has a smooth, expressive art style that works for a more episodic, humor driven story even though Superman and Batman’s tales of high school woe are funnier than Zan running around like a dog in heat. Russell writes the Trinity like real people, which takes a while getting used to, and counterbalances this by writing the Wonder Twins themselves with more empathy and less as a SuperFriends joke. Jayna is definitely the more likable one in the easygoing, and hopefully, Zan gets more depth instead of just being a hormonal wannabe bro as the series progresses. Overall: 7.6 Verdict: Read
Ironheart #3 (Marvel)– Even though Vecchio and Geoffo’s interior art pales in comparison to Amy Reeder’s covers, Eve Ewing’s introspective and character driven, yet action packed run on Ironheart continues with a dark, moody third chapter. Riri is so busy trying to connect the pieces to a cellphone theft/human trafficking ring that she’s neglecting her schoolwork, friends both super and otherwise, family, and also feelings about the death of her friend Natalie. She would rather be getting in headstrong fights with ninja things and playing around with high end technology than opening up. Ewing and Vecchio make Riri a determined and likable character (Who is a stealth sneakerhead), but also give her flaws that make her story even more compelling although she’s struggling in the villain department so far. 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 (**).