Top Comic Book Picks of the Week: 12/08/21
New week, new comics. So which were the best to release this week?
From Krakoa to Las Vegas, this week’s comics had something for everyone, from political intrigue to gourmet horror.
But what were the best releases this week?
Best comic book releases this week:
Batman # 118
Written by Joshua Williamson, illustration by Jorge Molina, colors by Tomeu Morey
A new era for Batman began and is led by current DC Universe Architect Joshua Williamson. Even before reading this issue, Williamson’s record, with runs on Flash and its creator owned series nail rodent, was stellar, so there was a good chance this issue would be a good start to a new race. After reading it? It is absolutely fantastic first issue at its race.
This problem basically begins where James Tynion IV’s race left off, with Gotham celebrating the magistrate’s defeat. It’s a very different way of throwing a Batman glitch, let alone executing it, and it works great, very well, mostly because it helps make the twist that happens to work better.
The start of this issue and the twist is a great reason Batman would leave Gotham and set up an interesting story for the future.
Hell # 3
Written by Jonathan Hickman, illustration by RB Silva, Stefano Caselli, Valerio Schiti and Adriano Di Benedetto, colors by David Curiel
Some of the best parts of Jonathan Hickman’s tenure on the X Men titles was the political intrigue he brought to Krakoa Island and Hell is probably the best example of this. Most of each publish in this series, with each issue of 52 pages each, focused on the internal political struggles unfolding within the Quiet Council and the fact that each page is compelling is a testament to the greatness of a Hickman writer. Making the vast majority of the over 150-page series political so far is a bold move and one that has worked incredibly well.
It also helps that the art continues to be stellar in this issue, even though there are three artists working on this issue alone. Each of them has a distinct style, but none of them clash at all. Each artist also brings the perfect amount of nuance and rhythm to each page they’ve worked on, which helps bring out the emotions of the characters on the page better.
Dark Knights of Steel # 2
Written by Tom Taylor, Art by Yasmine Putri, Colors by Arif Prianto
One of the main complaints I’ve seen pressuring Tom Taylor (which I’ve also been guilty of at times) is that a lot of his shows read like fan fiction, almost like pimping. And this is somewhat the case here too. However, that complaint doesn’t quite hold up as this is an alternate universe whose sole purpose is almost to be fan fiction, and The Boy performs well because of it.
The only characters who look like their main universe counterparts are Batman, Wonder Woman, and Constantine. Everyone feels like a new character sharing a name and certain characteristics, which is all the better for this fantastic universe. This keeps us on our toes as to what is going to happen and because of it the last two pages hit incredibly hard.
But the real star of this book is Yasmine Putri. Her artistry is simply phenomenal and will almost certainly make her nominated for an Eisner, if not win the Eisner. She’s so good at it series. Her acting is incredibly dynamic, but her artistry really shines in her ability to bring out the emotions of the characters and the world around them. It’s not something every artist manages to do well, especially when it feels right on the nose sometimes, but their artistry is so good it just doesn’t matter.
The devil’s reign # 1
Written by Chip Zdarsky, Art by Marco Checchetto, Colors by Marcio Menyz
With everything going on at Chip Zdarsky daredevil series it was like Reign of the devil was going to be something completely different from what it turned out to be. Now that it’s here, this first issue sets the plot pretty well. This is basically the personal version of Wilson Fisk Civil war, simply as revenge on Daredevil erasing his identity. It’s pretty brilliant. Take a plot that’s already been done, have it affect characters other than Daredevil, but still keep the stakes incredibly personal between Daredevil and Kingpin. It’s classic Daredevil storytelling from start to finish.
The art in this act, despite some really weird colorings for Luke Cage, is also excellent, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The art of Checchetto has always been one of the highlights of the recent daredevil series, so seeing it branch out into the bigger world, while still being Daredevil-centric, is great to watch. Even if the story isn’t good – which it isn’t here, the story is great – his art will always be the highlight of the comic he’s working on.
Silver coin # 7
Written by Ram V, Art and Colors by Michael Walsh
Anthology comics are often a rare beast in today’s editorial landscape, but every once in a while an anthology, often of horror, will come out that will be just plain fantastic. The silver coin is one of those that came out recently and it might just be the best publish nowadays. It’s a compelling read that makes you worry about the main character in just a few pages, while immediately creating a sense of dread as soon as you open the issue.
As well as being an incredibly frightening problem, thanks to series creator and artist Michael Walsh, it is a problem condemning places like Las Vegas and the people preying on the less fortunate. This is where most of the horrors of this problem come from. Not gore and violence, although there is gore and violence, but rather following this man who was basically a draw and being treated like a pawn in a game for the rich. It is an extremely well done problem.
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