By: Derek Ng
12/02/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Daredevil #1 – $3.99
Star Wars #13 – $3.99
Totally Awesome Hulk #1 – $4.99
Writer: Charles Soule | Artist: Ron Garney
Daredevil is a particularly unique book to pick up because readers have been spoiled with Mark Waid’s Daredevil for a long time. Moving from Bendis’ much darker run on Daredevil to Waid’s dramatic change of tone leaves Charles Soule with the option to take Daredevil wherever he sees fit. The results of Soule’s choice leads to a story that is much more traditional Batman than the Daredevil readers have come to expect. The tone is a mix of Bendis’ and Waid’s. Matt Murdock resumes his darker personality and has a new mentee for the lighter moments of the plot. In a sense, the new character, Blindspot, becomes Daredevil’s own “Robin,” if you will. He sticks around pretty much to Matt sane. My overall impression is that I do like Blindspot and the mentor role is a fun, new plot device for Daredevil. Daredevil has always been a mentor to characters like Spider-Man, so why not have Daredevil teach a new hero? What I didn’t like about this issue was the changes in Daredevil’s supporting cast, such as Foggy. For some reason Foggy has become detached from Matt and seems to heavily dislike him. Something happened at the end of Secret Wars that has allowed Matt to erase everyone’s memory of him as Daredevil except Foggy’s memory (a One More Day type of story). And similar to how MJ disliked Peter for such a burden, Foggy hates Matt. Moving from the caring Foggy in the previous Daredevil run to this new bitter Foggy is a change that feels forced and unsatisfying. Veteran comic artist Ron Garney returns to Marvel with this issue and it’s great to see his art. The heavy use of shadow helps with the series darker tone and the distinct lack of vibrant colors emulate Matt’s more serious attitude. Make no mistake, this is not the same Daredevil that Mark Waid gave us. This is Soule’s version and while it may be too early to fully judge his direction, it’s off to a good start minus some bumps. Daredevil #1 is worth checking out before you buy.
Star Wars #13
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
If Star Wars isn’t on your pull list by now, you either don’t like Star Wars as a series or just don’t like fun comics. Star Wars #13 continues the action-packed epic of Vader Down with some of the best scenes this event has to offer. Make no mistake, this event has been nothing but action. While the Darth Vader series followed Darth Vader kicking some serious Rebel ass, Star Wars follows Luke and the gang desperately trying to capture Vader. The amount of match-ups in the issue is straight fan service. We have Vader’s evil droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 versus R2-D2, Chewbacca versus 0-0-0 (who looks a lot like C-3P0), and Han Solo versus Doctor Aphra. The fights are just perfect. Jason Aaron has become a master in his craft. The fights have a good pace, are humorous, entertaining, and extremely satisfying. Seeing new comic-created characters go up against their established film-established counterparts is amazing. And Mike Deodato Jr.’s art is sure to be a crowd pleaser. His style of shading and detail add a layer of quality to this event crossover. When you finally see Deodato’s Vader, you know the situation is grim. Buy this comic. Buy this series. With the movie coming out soon, Star Wars is hotter than ever and Marvel’s comic series continues to make a fantastic read.
Totally Awesome Hulk #1
Writer: Greg Pak | Artist: Frank Cho
Every time Marvel “relaunches” their comic series, there has to be a new “superior” version of an old character. It started with the controversial, yet highly successful, Superior Spider-Man and last time, readers got the short-lived Superior Iron Man. This time, Totally Awesome Hulk is here to smash old, puny Banner! Fan-favorite Hulk writer, Greg Pak, returns to a much different Hulk and really knocks it out of the park from the start of the issue to the end. This issue is FUN. Hulk comics have been more serious as of late but this series is anything but. Totally Awesome Hulk follows the new Hulk, Amadeus Cho. Amadeus is much younger and more confident than Bruce. He believes that the Hulk is totally under his control (which if you know Hulk stories) never goes well. But for the time being, it’s nice to see a Hulk in control of his powers and actually enjoys what he’s doing. Amadeus Cho has never had so much power before, so it’ll be interesting to see how Pak will choose to develop this character. Pak also creates a shroud of mystery as to how Cho got the Hulk. What happened to Banner? There are hints of what happened that are just enough to pique your curiosity. With Frank Cho on the art duties, this series is sure to be a blast. Frank Cho’s art is perfect for strong characters put into a lot of action. Frank Cho is able to capture Pak’s script so well and breathe life into every page. You can tell this is going to be a fun series because Amadeus Cho looks like he’s having fun thanks to Frank’s attention to detail. Totally Awesome Hulk was a superior entry in Marvel’s All New and All Different. I definitely recommend checking out this new series and buying the issue.
Panel of the Week:
R2-D2 is a potty mouth.
(With special bonus panel because this page is too awesome!!!!!)
There are many more books released by DC and Marvel this week. I wish I could read them all but my wallet can only take so much. What did you read this week? Which issues would you put on your $15 budget this week? Remember to read and buy what you want and support your favorite writers and artists!
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