All Star Batman #8
Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks by Mark Morales
Colors by Dean White
Letters by Steve Wands
Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla
The eighth installment of All Star Batman brings a mind-bending trip with Mad Hatter as our tour guide. Scott Snyder continues to weave an intricate story and this issue brings some of the most complex story telling yet. Giuseppe Camuncoli depicts the chaos and confusion Batman is feeling in this issue with wonderfully creepy artwork. Rating: 9/10. Met expectations.
Written by Tom King
Pencils by David Finch
Inks by Danny Miki, Trevor Scott and Sandra Hope
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Deron Bennett
Variant Cover by Tim Sale and Brennan Wagner
In this weeks issue of Batman Bane shows us, and the rest of Batman’s rogues gallery, why he is not one to be trifled with. In brutal scenes, Bane makes his way through Arkham and its inhabitants on his way to retrieving the Psycho Pirate who is the only one that can tame his thirst for Venom. Tom King shows his skills at writing simple, yet extremely effective scenes and character moments and David Finch does a brilliant job bringing them to life. With a cliffhanger promising the match-up we’ve been waiting for, I’m very much looking forward to the next issue. 9/10. Met expectations.
God Country #3
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Geoff Shaw
Colors by Jason Wordie
Letters and Design by John J. Hill
Cover by Geoff Shaw with Jason Wordie
Only three issues in and God Country is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads. In this issue we get more of the raw drama from the Quinlan family wonderfully written by Donny Cates, and gorgeous artwork by Geoff Shaw to accompany it. Not only do we dive deeper into Emmett and Roy’s relationship, but we also get the first major confrontation between Emmett and the foes who have come to try and take the magic sword, Valofax. A surprise ending sets us up for an issue that looks to be action packed and possibly heart breaking. 9/10. Slightly above expectations.
Amazing Spider-Man #25
Written by Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Jacob Chabot, James Asmus, Hannah Blumenreich, Cale Atkinson,
Art by Stuart Immonen, Todd Nauck, Ray-Anthony Height, Tana Ford, Hannah Blumenreich, Cale Atkinson, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks by Wade Von Grawbadger, Walden Wong, Jordan Gibson, Cale Atkinson, Cam Smith
Colors by Marte Gracia, Rachelle Rosenberg, Jim Cambell, Andres Mossa, Jordie Bellaire, Cale Atkinson, Jason Keith
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna, VC’s Travis Lanham, VC’s Cory Petit, VC’s Clayton Cowles, Cale Atkinson
This week brings us a hefty issue of Amazing Spider-Man as writer, Dan Slott, sets the stage for things up to come. First of all, it’s hard to recommend any comic that is a ten dollar cover price. Besides that, I thought this issue was overall enjoyable. In the main story, Peter takes a trip to Shanghai to track down Osborn and finds himself running into someone he would never expect. Christos Gage and Todd Nauck bring us a story involving a character from the Learning to Crawl mini series that teaches you to not judge a book by its cover. We then get a Tsum Tsum story, written by Jacob Chabot and drawn by Ray-Anthony Height, involving Spider-Man’s cute little look-alike tagging along with Peter on a night of fighting crime.. Hannah Blumenriech writes and pencils a heart-warming story between Aunt May and Peter. Before finishing out with my favorite part of the book, a story showing what’s to come with Otto Octavius, we get a few humorous strips about the A-May-Zing Spider-Aunt, Aunt May. 7.5/10. Met expectations.
The Wild Storm #2
Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Jon Davis-Hunt
Colors by Steve Buccellato
Letters by Simon Bowland
Variant Cover by Jim Lee with Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair
Mr. Ellis continues to give the audience just enough to keep them interested in this second issue. We are introduced to some more players on the board, and the reader is left to make up their own minds on who to root for. Something I enjoyed about this issue is the way Ellis is able to give the characters different, and compelling motivations. It has me curious about what everyone’s agendas really are. Jon Davis-Hunt gives us a calculating and precise art style that does an excellent job of portraying the cold and callus decisions the characters are making. 7.5/10. Met expectations.