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?
6/17/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Justice League of America #1 – $5.99
Old Man Logan #2 – $3.99
Thors #1 – $3.99
Justice League of America #1
Writer/Artist: Bryan Hitch
DC Comics really needs to be congratulated on their recent comics, because they’re all moving the company in a direction I can firmly stand behind. There are new series being released that cater to new readers and, at the same time, their current series are moving in new and refreshing areas. Justice League of America #1 is no exception. Bryan Hitch is both the writer and artist for this series, bringing with him the flare and exceptional art that made Marvel’s Ultimates so much fun. This is a double-sized comic that comes at a double-sized price. I’m happy to say that you will get your money’s worth. Justice League of America begins and reads like a movie sequel. The comic wastes no time establishing the members of the League, since we already know who they are. Readers already know who each member is and what the League is for. Instead, the comic engages readers and goes right into the story. There’s a lot of action and mystery, the perfect recipe for this summer’s most entertaining comic. This issue’s plot explains that Superman’s death will destroy the universe, there’s a mystery corporation that even Batman doesn’t know about, and the Justice League is set on a wild goose chase that highlights how disjointed the team actually is. My only criticism with this issue’s story is the interactions between the team members. This is an established Justice League team and they’ve been working together for a while. But the way the members talk to each other makes it seem like they don’t know how to work together. Maybe that was Hitch’s idea and purpose, but Batman is extremely condescending. It got to the point where you could just feel Batman’s judgement sweeping out of the comic. On the art side of this issue, Hitch provides some beautiful work. Hitch’s pencils are dynamic and work best in the large-scale action sequences. From his work on Marvel’s Ultimates, he’s no stranger to team books. Each member is greatly drawn and detailed to their strengths. Green Lantern is bright, Batman hides in the shadows, and Flash is always moving. I know that the $5.99 price tag can be discouraging, but Bryan Hitch knows what he’s doing. Justice League of America is an entertaining story, setting up great potential for the future. Justice League of America is proof that Bryan Hitch can provide a great story to some beautiful pencils. This comic is worth buying.
Old Man Logan #2
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Marvel’s Secret Wars tie-ins are some of the best event comic tie-ins I’ve read in years. All of them are unique and have their own different story. Old Man Logan #1 was a beautiful book that was a very welcoming return to the Old Man Logan world. Old Man Logan #2 is equally as beautiful, but lacks a lot of story that makes this issue worth the price of admission. Bendis writes stories that are made with the end in mind. His plots can, at times, be very slow. Old Man Logan #2 suffers from this problem because not much happens in the issue. It felt like I read the beginning, blinked, and then the issue was over. Logan crosses over to a different territory and that’s about it. There’s no other plot progression besides this point. That being said, this issue does have its high moments. Logan sees his friends after years of thinking they were dead. You can feel Logan’s sadness and confusion. It’s a very somber, yet beautiful, moment thanks to artist Andrea Sorrentino. Old Man Logan is one of the best tie-ins to Secret Wars because of the art. Andrea Sorrentino’s panel layout is done exceptionally well. Action scenes are painted with vivid and bright background colors that intensify every moment and highlight Logan’s animal instincts. I could endlessly praise Andrea Sorrentino, but this comic isn’t a complete package. After the stellar issue #1, I’m sure Old Man Logan will be great. As of now, this is definitely a trade pick up. If you’re following Old Man Logan, you’re going to pick up this issue but if you don’t mind waiting, then the trade route is for you.
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Chris Sprouse
What’s more interesting than a Thor story involving a female Thor? How about a Thor story involving a police force of every known Thor ever?!? Thors is about God Doom’s police force of, well, Thors. Think CSI or Law and Order except every single character is Thor. The idea is absolutely ridiculous but that’s exactly what makes this comic fun. This issue stars the dynamic duo of fan favorite Beta Ray Bill teaming up with Ultimate Thor to solve a string of murders occurring across Battleworld. What makes Thors different from the other tie-ins is that the Thors are allowed to travel across Battleworld. The Thors are one of the few characters that understand the world is full of converging multiverses, which makes for a very interesting concept. Jason Aaron sets a mystery worthy of the Gods. And Chris Sprouse provides art worthy of drawing so many of the Gods. There is a lot of detail to this issue and fans will easily be able to spot their favorite Thor thanks to Sprouse’s ability to draw each Thor distinctively different. My only extremely minor conflict with this issue is the colors, but that’s ultimately a matter of personal preference. They felt very flat to me. That’s not to say that Chris Sprouse’s art or the color decisions by Marte Gracia were poor, it’s just not what I was expecting. It’s probably because Russel Dauterman and Matt Wilson’s art has completely spoiled my taste for current Thor comics. Thors #1 is a fantastic tie-in. It’s different, interesting, and works as a perfect supplement to Secret Wars. Thors #1 is a buy.
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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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