By: Derek Ng.
9/23/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Grayson #12 – $3.99
Kanan: The Last Padawan #6 – $3.99
Writer: Tim Seeley & Tom King | Artist: Mikel Janin
Interestingly, the two issues I bought this week involve flashbacks. One issue provides an emotional and meaningful series of flashbacks, while the other’s story is slightly lacking. Grayson #12 is the one issue you should read this week. Dick Grayson has gone through a lot this year. He pretended to be dead, left Gotham, ditched the costumes, and became the literal “butt” of DC Comics’ jokes. Even if you haven’t followed Grayson, all you need to know is that he’s not dead anymore. It’s time for him to come back to Gotham and find out what happened to Bruce after Scott Synder and Greg Capullo’s Endgame. Each reunion with his allies (Red Hood, Red Robin, Robin, and Batgirl) is very cleverly and emotionally written. The page is full of past conversations and flashback art by Mikel Janin. But at the same time, in typical spy fashion, the flashbacks drive the story because Grayson is actually telling secret messages to his allies. My favorite part of this issue is that the flashbacks are meaningful. Yes, they are sentimental, but more importantly Grayson needs his friends in order to conclude the story that started 12 issues ago. The flashbacks serve a purpose. And Mikel Janin provides some really beautiful pages (especially when Dick speaks to Barbara). This is an extremely entertaining issue. It makes me wish Grayson came back to Gotham in order to claim the mantle of Batman, but I can settle for Nightwing. Grayson #12 is my buy of the week.
Kanan: The Last Padawan #6
Writer: Greg Weisman | Artist: Pepe Larraz
I’m a big fan of Marvel’s Star Wars comic series and spin-offs, and Kanan: The Last Padawan has been very entertaining up until this issue. This book is not bad by any means, but it just doesn’t compare to the quality that’s been established since issue #1. Grayson’s flashback was meaningful while Kanan: The Last Padawan’s flashbacks seem lazy. All the flashbacks refer to events that happened in issues #1-5. Why am I paying for another book if all the material is from previous ones? The actual amount of story progression was minimal and disappointing. Instead of moving on to a new arc, we’re stuck in the “previously in…” recap. My main issue is that the events of the flashback are too fresh in the reader’s mind to have any impact. I expect more from Greg Weisman because he’s already written a great first arc. Pepe Larraz’s art is a nice mix of the animated show and Star Wars’ comics. Again, his talent in this particular issue only disappoints because there is very little story progression. I would pass on this issue and pick it up again starting with issue #7.
Panel of the Week:
This is why Damian became such a good Robin. Batman and Robin will never die. Grayson and Damian may have been the best dynamic duo.
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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