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?
3/25/15 C.C.P. Reviews:
Batman and Robin #40 – $2.99
Darth Vader #3 – $3.99
New Avengers #32 – $3.99
Futures End #47 – $2.99
Batman and Robin #40
Writer: Peter Tomasi | Artist: Patrick Gleason
I just have to say that DC has clearly noted that even super-powered people hate paper cuts (check out this month’s Superman). Anyway, Peter Tomasi knows how to humanize Batman. Every issue of his run has helped me understand the struggle and pain of Bruce Wayne being a father. The father-son dynamic is the best part of this series, and this issue plays to that strength. The return of Damian has been a lot of fun to read and Patrick Gleason handles everything wonderfully. He’s able to successfully capture everything from the large-scale story moments to the tiny details of emotion in Bruce’s face. This story is a good conclusion to a memorable Batman and Robin chapter. If you really want to read this arc, I say wait and pick up the trade. If you want a jumping point to start the series, try next issue! The dynamic duo is back and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Darth Vader #3
Writer: Kieron Gillen | Artist: Salvador Larroca
Darth Vader is great when Gillen and Larroca prove why Vader is the most feared symbol of the Empire. Darth Vader #3 is perfect when Gillen and Larroca show moments of Anakin Skywalker…the person Vader once was. Darth Vader is a much slower paced comic than the main Star Wars title, but equally as important. Gillen is crafting a story that continues to expand the new Disney universe and I’m enjoying Vader’s new companions. As of right now, Doctor Aphra and the two droids are a welcomed addition to the story. Instead of focusing on action, the plot of this series is focusing on Darth Vader’s character. What does the most feared symbol of the Empire do when he’s defeated or on his own? Pick this series up Star Wars fans. Do; there is no try.
New Avengers #32
Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Only 2 more months until everything dies. Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers series has been one of the most thought-out plots in a long time. New Avengers #32 follows the Unworthy Odinson, Hyperion, Starbrand, Nightmask, Abyss, and Ex Nihlo on their “suicide” mission. This issue is action-packed, which is great for Deodato. I really appreciate Deodato’s art style (it’s full of shadows) and it works well with grim situations. I thought I was watching an episode of Dragon Ball Z which, for the record, is not a bad thing. If you haven’t been following Marvel’s Avenger’s arc, then wait for the trade. You’ll want to read all of this in one sitting before everything dies.
Futures End #47
Writers: Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Jeff Lemire, Brian Azzarello | Artist: Andy McDonald
Oh man, has Futures End been a ride these past 3 weeks!. This issue is the issue we’ve been waiting for: Batman Beyond. This issue is all about Batman Beyond and his attempts to stop Brother Eye. It may not be the Batman Beyond we know and love (hint hint), but what the heck, he still counts. This issue ties with Earth 2; all you have to know is that their world is ending and they’re looking for an escape. For all the build-up, I wasn’t too shocked or stunned because I’ve read this story before…it’s very Age of Ultron-like, unfortunately. This is sad, because I really do love Batman Beyond and wanted his story to be memorable. With that said, buy this issue if you love Batman Beyond. Buy it before it’s gone. If you don’t love Batman Beyond, definitely flip through before you buy, because it’s not worth the story investment since we are nearing the finale of Futures End.
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!
Derek is comic book fan like none other. You can follow him on Twitter.