By: Derek Ng.
9/16/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Captain America: White #1 – $4.99
Star Wars #9 – $3.99
Sex Criminals #12 – $3.50
Captain America: White #1
Writer: Jeph Loeb | Artist: Tim Sale
The return of the story that started in 2008…was it worth the wait? Yes. Buy this book. I don’t even want to waste your time. Go buy this book. Not only does this include issue #1, but it also includes issue #0 so you don’t even have to hunt that old one down in your local comic store. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are back together bringing a story that reminds me of Batman: The Long Halloween and the various other Marvel “Color” series. If you’ve read Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-Man: Blue, or Hulk: Gray, you know that the general theme of the series involves love interests. However, Captain America: White is about Steve Roger’s relationship with Bucky. The old solider tries to remember the friend he lost and it’s equally as touching as Peter thinking about Gwen. Loeb’s script of Steve training Bucky reads and feels very much like Bruce training Dick. Hopefully as the series continues (assuming issue #2 will come out in less than 7 years from now) their relationship will develop in a much different path from Batman and Robin. Tim Sale’s art always takes my breath away. I could look at his art all day and night. The art is dynamic and fluid. The art feels familiar (resembling John Romita Sr. or Kirby) but also new and exciting. The Marvel “Color” series often times has Tim Sale drawing homages to important or odd comic moments, which are fun to find and see his interpretations. I’m really glad Marvel has Sale and Loeb working together instead of just replacing them. The series wouldn’t be the same wouldn’t be the same without them. Welcome back Cap; just when we thought this series was dead, it turns out it was only frozen in time.
Star Wars #9
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Stuart Immonen
Jason Aaron is really knocking this series out of the galaxy. Star Wars continues to be fun and is really hyping me up for the new movie release in December. Every month this series continues to entertain, interest, and add to the newly christened Star Wars lore. Luke Skywalker continues to search for a means to learn how to become a Jedi while Han and Leia have adventures of their own. Very much in the same vein of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is detached from the rest of his friends. And following Luke around the galaxy is a very rewarding experience. This issue has a grand pay-off when Luke visits a pretty special temple. Not to spoil anything, but Luke is beginning to realize the massive amount of responsibility that would propel him to be one of the greatest Jedi to ever live. Stuart Immonen has been picking up where John Cassaday left off and boy is this book pretty. Stuart Immonen’s faces are much more detailed and smooth than those of John Cassaday. Both have very distinct art styles and Stuart Immonen’s is much better for facial expressions. Star Wars #9 is a solid book and one worth picking up. It’s never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan.
Sex Criminals #12
Writer: Matt Fraction | Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Oh man, what is there to say about this book? It’s so weird…like…think of something super weird and then multiple that by 1000. Sex Criminals is probably one of the most unique books out on the shelves today. Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky continue to just do whatever the heck they want. You think you know where the story goes but you don’t. It reads like Matt and Chip don’t even know where Sex Criminals will go (in the best way possible). It’s like 4chan and Reddit wanted to make a comic book. I don’t even know what to really say about this book because it’s a something you need to experience for yourself. I can’t even fully recommend this book to comic readers because it feels so niche. You either love it or are just lost by it. Sex Criminals is only $3.50, so if you want to read something weird, confusing, funny, and something you’ll be trying to figure out what happened for weeks, then it’ll probably be worth your money. In fact, for $3.50, it’ll be the most interesting thing you’ll purchase all week.
Panel of the Week:
Don’t skip chest day at the gym. Captain’s orders.
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!
Derek is comic book fan like none other. You can follow him on Twitter.