By: Derek Ng.
7/29/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Superman #42 – $3.99
Daredevil #17 – $3.99
Guardians Team-Up #8 – $3.99
Writer: Gene Leun Yang | Artist: John Romita Jr.
I want to really like the Truth storyline, I really do. Actions Comics, Batman/Superman, and Superman and Wonder Woman have all presented a more interesting Superman. In those series, Superman is vulnerable, weaker, and re-discovering what it means to be Superman. As a prequel to a weaker Superman, I was hoping the main Superman series would be really interesting. Unfortunately, Superman #42 is an average issue. I wrote before in my review of Issue #41 that I was worried about how Superman’s new power would be overused for the sake of weakening him. Personally, I feel like Superman continues to abuse his new power because it’s an easy way to depower our champion. I understand that Superman is getting more careless, but he seems to rely too heavily on his new explosive power despite the cost. This bothersome personal gripe aside, the highlight of this issue is Lois finding out that Clark is Superman (but honestly, he wasn’t really trying to hide it at all in this issue). Together they face a new enemy who believes in the power of information. John Romita Jr.’s art continues to impress with each Superman issue he continues to work on. His facial details have especially improved in this issue and made the reveal much more impactful and emotional. But besides the reveal, I can’t say much more about this average issue. I do have faith in this creative team and the eventual direction for Superman. However, at this point I just want the Superman main series to catch up to the other series. Look through the issue if you’re interested in buying the identity reveal to Lois, otherwise this issue may be a pass.
Writer: Mark Waid | Artist: Chris Samnee
When you think about a consistently solid “buy” comic series, Daredevil is an obvious choice for Marvel fans. Daredevil #16 was a fantastic issue about the conflict between Fisk and Matt Murdock. Daredevil #17 follows up this conflict with an even more entertaining, action-packed, and emotional issue. Fisk continually proves why he’s one of Daredevil’s greatest foes. He’s the Kingpin for a reason and he always knows how to turn the tables on his opponents. The core of this issue continues to be Daredevil vs. Kingpin. Both characters are always adapting to the situation and trying to reverse their opponent’s leverage. Matt’s friends are held hostage and he has to die in order to save them. As he begins to fight Ikari, Matt tries his best to come up with a solution. It’s a classic game of chess between the forces of good and evil. But before Matt could even start his counterattack, an unknown element flips the table. Daredevil #17 read like a roller coaster that’s full of thrills. Chris Samnee continues to flex his Daredevil muscles and works the action like the seasoned veteran he is. The scenes are intense and fast-paced and the flashbacks are integrated perfectly with the pace of the issue. Daredevil #17 is a buy as the series builds to its conclusion with this creative team. It’ll be sad to see Waid and Samnee go, so let’s all enjoy this last incredible ride with them.
Guardians Team-Up #8
Writer: Ray Fawkes | Artist: Bengal
I was not planning to review Guardians Team-Up #8, but the cover caught my eye and I decided to give the issue a try. This comic is an art book. Guardians Team-Up #8 is a solo issue following the team-up of Groot and Silver Surfer. Together they seem to be in the midst of a great battle and rescue mission. Altogether, this issue had 3 panels of characters speaking, that’s it. There is very little actual dialogue. For the most part, the reader has to “read” Bengal’s art and infer what the story is through his panel work. And it’s definitely a very pretty story to read. What’s appealing about the Silver Surfer and Groot is that both of these characters are gentle giants. They have great power and are kind in nature. This kindness is definitely highlighted because their actions spoke louder than anything they would say. Fawkes and Bengal deserve to be praised for showing how kind Groot and the Silver Surfer are without any words. Bengal’s art and Fawkes choice of lacking dialogue really show how dire the rescue mission is. Characters aren’t throwing around witty banter or talking to each other, they’re focused on the mission. The comic creates a sense of panic and danger, quite unusual for a Marvel comic. If you’re a Silver Surfer fan or Groot fan, I recommend picking up this issue. It’s a Guardians comic that may stay with you for a while.
Panel of the Week:
What a classic look…
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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