Staff Picks – Week of 10/07/2019

Second Coming #1
Mark Russell (w), Richard Pace & Leonard Kirk (a)
AHOY! Comics

Joe says: The long awaited series that was resurrected by AHOY! is here; uncensored and well worth the wait. Russell’s script is laugh-out-loud hilarious (and Liz can attest as she overheard me whilst I was reading) and it’s only elevated by Pace and Kirk’s artwork.

Whilst jabs are certainly taken at Christianity, it’s decidedly not the blasphemous attack that the “controversy” would have you believe… if anything, I found it a very positive reflection on Christianity and the satirical commentary (that Russell always does so well) was aimed at those who misinterpret it. All this through the lens of a superhero comics makes it a layered and engaging read and I can’t wait for the next instalment.

Black Hammer Justice League #1
Jeff Lemire (w), Michael Walsh (a)
Dark Horse/DC

Mattia says: It’s finally here the big crossover announced a few months ago by Dark Horse and DC.

The world of Back Hammer meets the world of the Justice League.

For any of you that are not familiar with the Black Hammer world, all you have to know is that a group of old timer super heroes are stuck in a farm in the countryside as a result of a great cataclysm that happened years before. They can’t escape insurmountable force field stands between them and the free world (I’m a big fan of the series).

In this first issue we encounter a stranger magician that basically swap the two team into their two different universe leaving our characters in a state of confusion.

I know, nothing big happens in this first issue but I’m sure Jeff Lemire one of the most prolific artist on the comics scene will know how to entertain us in this five issues mini-series backed by the art of Michael Walsh which certainly does not regret the drawing of the regular artist on the series Dean Ormston.

Batman Universe #1 (of 6)
Brian Michael Bendis (w), Nick Derington (a)
DC Comics

Chief says: Batman Universe (originally Batman Giant and sold only in Wal-Mart in the US) arrives with a lot anticipation, at least for me. It’s technically the first Bendis on Batman (although he has written the Bat before, for Batman Chronicles and Event Leviathan which is out now, but written after this).

It doesn’t disappoint. Bendis manages to bring all the fun from his Marvel days to this book. It feels a lot more ‘street’ than, say Leviathan, because of the fantastic opening, where Bats is heading for a collision with the Riddler, seen first-person-shooter style, as he conducts a conversation with Alfred.

The book makes a point of grounding the action a bit more, noting the over-reliance on tech that some bat-books can be guilty of, and having Bats go ‘manual’ as he puts it. It’s always nice for me when a book can take a criticism of it’s character and integrate it into the body of the book. This becomes a proper detective story by the end, something that the bat stories now sometimes miss. The art by Nick Derington is squirming with action and life, giving us humour and grit that recalls the lighter moments of Morisson, Quitely & Tan’s Batman & Robin run. Bendis and Derington also find time for appearances from Green Arrow, Jinny Hex and few other DCU faces. This was a great time. More please.