By: Derek Ng.
Let’s not beat around the bush, comics are getting expensive. With so many new issues, epic sagas, and never-ending disasters, my wallet can only take so much. Cover Price is a weekly comic review with the set budget of $15. I mostly pick my choices based on cover, price, and hype. Which company suckered me into buying their issues this week? Were the issues I picked up worth the $15 cut? Were the issues you picked up worth your money?
6/24/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Batgirl #41 – $2.99
Superman #41 – $3.99
Daredevil #16 – $3.99
Writer: Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher | Artist: Babs Tarr
It’s hard to believe that Batgirl is still a $2.99 comic when it’s one of the best books DC Comics is currently putting out. The creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, and Babs Tarr have just finished their first arc and are knocking it out of the park with the second. Batgirl #41 is about the new “Robocop” Batman and his upcoming relationship with Batgirl. There is a great duality between Barbara’s relationship with her Dad and Barbara’s relationship with this all new Batman. There is a strong sense of emotion within this issue because both characters (Barbara and Jim Gordan) know that this new Batman could tear their relationship apart. Both characters reminisce about the memories they have and they both foresee the future they’ll lose together. One issue in, and I’m already liking this arc’s story more than the previous. I mentioned in previous reviews how important it is for the art of a comic to match the tone of the story. Babs Tarr’s Batgirl gets better and better with each issue. Batgirl is fun, funny, and sexy. The bright colors, mixed with action and slight humor, remind me of a Batman animated series. Unimportant fights have Batman fighting criminal scum in a Looney Tunes-inspired cloud of smoke and Barbara’s exaggerated emotional expressions make her more relatable and overall fun. For $2.99, this is one of the best comics out there and definitely worth a buy. Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher’s touching story mixed with Babs Tarr’s lively art makes this issue the stand out of the week.
Writer: Gene Luen Yang | Artist: John Romita Jr.
New Superman writer Gene Luen Yang joins John Romita Jr. in plotting the beginning of Truth! Thanks to the work of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, my interest and curiosity in this storyline was piqued. While I’m excited to welcome Gene Luen Yang to the Superman team, I can’t say this issue met my high expectations. Even though this issue is the first part of the Truth storyline, it reads and feels like it is still a prequel to the main event. No one knows about Superman’s identity yet and Clark seems to be having some trouble with an anonymous caller who is threatening to reveal Clark’s secret. But that’s as far a plot as this issue reaches. Ever since Clark has unlocked his new solar flare power, I personally feel like he’s using it too much. I understand the need for Clark to use it story-wise (he loses his powers), but it seems forced. For a power with such high consequences, you would think Clark would only use it if he has absolutely no other choice. Regardless, I am happy to report that Superman #41 is the first issue where Clark uses his solar flare power and manages to keep all his clothes on! John Romita Jr. art with Klaus Janson’s inks and Dean White’s colors continues to impress and grow on me. John Romita Jr. does a great job with strong characters like Superman. There are some minor gripes with some of the panels (like how too many characters wear sunglasses in a building), but they don’t detract from the overall enjoyable experience. After reading Action Comics #41, I was overly excited for this new storyline. Unfortunately, Superman #41 doesn’t do enough for the progression of this plot to be any more than a typical Part 1 set-up issue. While fun, I recommend that Superman #41 a comic worth looking through before you buy. That all being said, I believe that Superman #42 will be much more enjoyable, and I have faith for this creative team’s new direction.
Writer: Mark Waid | Artist: Chris Sammee
Ever since Mark Waid has taken over the Daredevil series, each story has reached critical acclaim and is widely loved. But sometimes you take a break and leave a series only to return when a new plot garners your attention. Well, if you left Daredevil, it’s time to come back. Daredevil #16 features the return of Matt’s nemesis, the Kingpin. By this moment, Matt has exposed his identity as Daredevil for quite a while. He’s fully embraced being in the public eye, but it’s time to protect his friends and loved ones. What makes this issue so great is the mental chess than Fisk and Murdock play. These two have dealt with, confronted, and fought each other numerous times, but Waid still manages to make this encounter still feel different. Both characters are trying to gauge the weakness of the other. Daredevil uses his heightened senses while Kingpin tries to find the loophole in Murdock’s words. The increased tension ultimately results in a payoff of excitement for what the future of Daredevil could be. Chris Samnee’s art doesn’t miss a beat of this tension either. Samnee has been working with Waid on Daredevil for quite some time, and this duo is unbreakable. Samnee’s pencils and attention to detail add weight to every word of dialogue. Characters are drawn purposely to not show any emotion, making the conversation so much more compelling. When Matt finally reveals his proposal to Kingpin, all I can say is that this creative time has got me hooked (again). With only a few issues left, you won’t want to miss this story line. Daredevil #16 is a buy.
Panel of the Week:
Father and Daughter. Barbara says what every reader is thinking.
There are many, 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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