Comics Recommendations for September 14

DC’s relaunch continues but Marvel had more in my pile this week. Here are my recommendations for this week.

  1. Do not miss Batwoman no. 1 by J.H. Williams III and William H. Blackman. It looks absolutely amazing. Just so, so good. It picks up right from Williams and Greg Rucka’s previous work with the character in Detective Comics 854-862 (collected as Batwoman: Elegy and available from comiXology, which I also give the highest recommendation) but it’s enough of a fresh start that you can just go from here. Comic Book Resources has an interview with Williams that has some spoilers along with some art from the book.
  2. Demon Knights no. 1 by Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves. Set in medieval times after the fall of Camelot, Demon Knights has a mix of old and new characters, though all are introduced completely fresh here. It’s a neat book in a cool setting where you have no trouble believing that a world filled today by aliens from Krypton and space cops with magic rings would absolutely have had real dragons a thousand years prior. A recent interview with Cornell.
  3. Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE no. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli. If you need a few (hundred) more monsters after reading Demon Knights, here you go. Jeff Lemire picks up the version of Frankenstein’s monster from Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers, last seen fighting strange happenings in Final Crisis as an agent of SHADE (Super Human Advanced Defense Executive). It’s sort of Hellboy and BPRD. Frankenstein’s team includes a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy (who’s the team’s medic), and a creature from the Black Lagoon. Interview with Lemire.

Honorable mentions:

I also very much enjoyed Green Lantern vol. 4. no. 1 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahkne. If you’ve been reading GL all along, this is as good as it’s been at its peak. The fresh start helps clear the slight drag of the post Blackest Night weight and lets the book strike off on its own. If you’ve been curious about GL, this is a great place to jump in. If you tried it before and it didn’t do much for you, don’t expect it to be radically different.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 9 no. 1 by Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss, and Georges Jeanty delivered on the promise made at the end of season 8 that it’s be a bit more “back to basics.” It picks up with the status quo established at the end of the last volume (handily laid out in one paragraph on the inside front cover) and then spends an entire issue just being about the main cast at a party. Paired with Angel and Faith no. 1 from a few weeks ago, I feel very good about the in-canon Buffyverse comics for the next year.

Daredevil’s recent relaunch surprised me, in that it was a series about Daredevil that I bought more than one issue of. The character has just never been very interesting to me. I’m sure that the Frank Miller and Brian Michael Bendis stuff is good, but I just have never been able to bring myself to care much about Matt Murdock. (I even had to look up to see how his surname is spelled just now.) Mark Waid’s book has been so good, though, that here I am, buying number three.

Other stuff:

Fear Itself no. 6 continued to underwhelm me. As much as I love Casanova, Matt Fraction just isn’t endearing himself to me here. I’ll very likely drop his The Mighty Thor book after Fear Itself ends (another Marvel character who never did much for me), and unless I hear good things I don’t see myself checking out the two post-Fear Itself books Fraction will be working on. This issue seemed to be entirely treading water, so much so that one will very likely be able to jump right from 5 to 7 without realizing anything’s missing.

I also checked out Mister Terrific no. 1 and thought it was good enough to give a few more issues, but just barely. Red Lanterns was better than I expected but I can see the glut of GL books becoming tiring really quickly. I didn’t care for the characterization of Robin in Batman and Robin vol. 2 no. 1. Damian Wayne was just written too petulant and disrespectful. He’s supposed to be that to some degree but in Morrison’s hands always had some pathos. I liked other parts of the book so will probably check out a few further issues as digital copies when the price drops by a dollar a month after release. New Avengers 16 was good and I thought the use of Hawkeye as a voicebox character for Bendis on the first two pages was hilarious.