by David Henderson
‘Zero Year’ rages on as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo take us into the depths of the ‘Dark City’ with “Batman” #26 and more words I can put into quotation marks.
Let’s not mince words here: ‘Zero Year’ was a huge risk for Snyder and Capullo. They’ve had pretty much hit after hit since taking over “Batman” and were able to redefine the character and his world for a new universe while still keeping one foot firmly in the familiar. However, with ‘Zero Year’ they went back for a substantial arc (it’s been five issue, one of which was super-sized, and we’re not even close to done) to explore not only Bruce becoming Batman, but also his first year in the costume in a way no on else has and with a scope no one else has dared to go near. And yet it shouldn’t be surprising that they are still knocking it out of the park. For a story that could have run the risk of being a bloated and underwhelming retread of old material, Snyder and Capullo have injected a life into ‘Zero Year’ that makes this origin tale stand out from the rest. Here, in “Batman” #26, we find Bruce Wayne facing down with Doctor Death in a Gotham crippled by the Riddler’s blackout with the threat of another looming and Snyder stillmanages to tease new elements into the story.
by Matthew Meylikhov
Earlier this week, I read about an online service in which you could have a graphic novel mailed to you that you may never have read before once a month as part of a new ambitious semi-book club idea. Pronounced “Pullist” as one word (as in, the Pullist is the one creating the Pull List), Pullist is a new online subscription service in which a guest comic creator (such as this month’s Joshua Hale Fialkov) picks a book for you to read once a month, hopefully as something you’ve never read before, and all it requires is your blind trust and the cost of the trade.
by Michelle White
“Drumhellar” impressed us right out of the gate with its cheerful mix of humour, psychedelics and the paranormal, and with this second issue it continues to surprise and delight – if your definition of “surprise and delight” includes a vengeful bog-man, and I’m pretty sure it does.
Hello, and welcome back to Artist Alley! As you may have noticed from his insightful interview with Matteo Scalera in the previous column, I shall be alternating on this feature with David Harper. For my turn here, I shall be returning to “Drumhellar” with a further discussion with series artist and co-plotter Riley Rossmo, this time focusing on issue #2, released this week. Due to the nature of the column, with its detailed page analysis, I have to warn that SPOILERS are inevitable. And this edition also features some extreme imagery… so tread carefully!
by Matt Dodge
The full and bloody history of Owlman is revealed in an entertaining, but not unpredictable, issue of “Justice League” from Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.
by The Multiversity Comics Staff
As a reader, it is rare that there is something more exciting than a good new series. Packed with so much promise, new titles come with incredible expectations and when they hit them, we’re left with one of the best feelings we can get as new readers. The trick is to continue that momentum, and the following five books that ranked as our favorites for the year have undoubtedly done that past their first issues. Interestingly enough, they’re also all from Image Comics, and they find creators we’ve enjoyed previously taking their game to new levels in many ways.
by Vince Ostrowski
“Manifest Destiny” is the latest, and perhaps most vital, entry into the “alternate history” genre that comics like to play around in quite often. It is also one of the most exciting and unheralded new books on the stands.
by David Harper
Another week, another trio of big releases from Valiant. Take a look at micro reviews from yours truly, and share your thoughts in the comments.
by James Johnston
With Marvel’s latest event already at full steam, Matt Kindt and Paul Davidson take a look at how Inhumanity is affecting the youthful side of the Marvel Universe.
As a result of the Terrigen Bomb that Black Bolt and Maximus unleashed on Earth during “Infinity” more and more Inhumans are springing up around the world. Following up on the other ”Infinity” tie-in, “The Hunt,” “The Awakening” focuses on the teenagers of the Marvel Universe and how they’re reacting to the chrysalises popping up. Or at least that’s how it’s advertised. “Awakening” actually focuses a lot more on one of the new Inhumans: Fiona.
by Zach Wilkerson
The latest in the revived “Marvel Knights” line, “Marvel Knights: Hulk” continues the trend of combining fresh indie talent with the publisher’s biggest heroes, with terrific results.