There are a lot of heroics in this week’s reviews, but also a bit of mystery. We picked a few of this week’s new releases that we thought were standouts. This is the fourth of our seven-part series of New Comic Book Day blog articles.
SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep as many spoilers under our hats as possible, but a nugget may sneak through to our reviews.
Paper Girls #5
By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
This issue of Paper Girls is packed with a ton of story that will help to form the next issues and story arcs to come.
So many questions are answered as we finally find out who Erin’s mysterious teenage saviors are. Are they friends or foes? Will they help Erin back to her fellow paper girls? Who is the mysterious leader behind the adults hunting the younger generation, and why would they go to all these extremes to catch these kids?
As always, Brian K. Vaughan does it again with an amazing story out of left field that keeps us on the edge of our seats, and the amazing Cliff Chiang knocks it out of the park with his unique art and visual storytelling. [Steve M. at Milwaukie TFAW]
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
I believe in Miles Morales!
After facing reality bending events, Miles has to adjust to a whole new world as he joins the 616 Marvel Universe continuity after proving himself in the Ultimate Marvel Universe.
The balance of school, social life, and superheroics proves difficult for our hero, as it did for underdog Peter Parker, but Miles has come in to the main Marvel universe swinging!
The art is top notch, and the foundation for a long game story is being set out from the start. While not a great jumping-on point for those with no experience with the character, it is a solid introduction. Plus it gives ample reasoning for going back to check out Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and the Spider-Men crossover event to witness the great hero that is Miles Morales. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]
Deadpool Mercs for the Money #1
By: Cullen Bunn, Salva Espin
From the writer of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and the artist that gave us Mrs. Deadpool, comes an absolutely wacky filled first issue of Deadpool and the Mercs for Money!
Deadpool has rounded up a group of the finest misfits to do what he loves and does best: Cracking one-liners while kicking butt and getting paid for it! He leads this misfit group on a simple mission: retain this mysterious box from a research facility and give it to the people that paid them. However, if anyone knows anything about this Merc with the Mouth, it’s that nothing ever seems to go his way exactly. The Mercs with the Money’s curiosity peaks and they just have to see what is in the crate they are transporting.
What is it??? What makes this so important??? Well, you will be just as shocked as I was. Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin definitely are headed in the right direction with this Deadpool series. I rate it 10/10 chimichangas! [Darcey M. at Universal TFAW]
Detective Comics #49
By: Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Chris Sotomayor, Wes Abbott
We’ve always known Bruce Wayne as Batman, but the recent events we’ve seen in Batman and Detective Comics thrust Jim Gordon into the cape and cowl. Tomasi is striking gold here in a story that puts the new Batman squarely in an existential crisis. Jim’s always worked inside the confines of the law, but when a cold-case from his past comes calling, he begins to question his beliefs and ideals in conjunction with the liberties that come along with the suit.
Pasarin’s makes great use of space in this issue, and the city really stars as another character in what could otherwise easily turn into a “kick-punch” book full of non-stop action. I’m also really enamored by Chris Sotomayor’s colors on this issue. I think you’ll dig it. [Josh C. at TFAW.com]
What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!
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