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Graphic Breakdown: Another Feather in the ‘Metal’ Cap, Improvements in Atlantis, A Spiritual Quest Out of Gotham & More!

Welcome back to Graphic Breakdown!

October is trucking along! Here are some reviews of the comics that came out this week!

 

Aquaman #29
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Stjepan Sejic

Man, Stjepan Sejic breathed a new life into this title. The art is so fresh and well done you can’t take your eyes off of it. This was a bold move to put him as the artist on this title and it shows. The writing is pretty damn good as well.

Mera is trying to break into the dome surrounding Atlantis. She brings in somebody who may be able to help her. That person?

The Titan known as Tempest! But he’s sworn off doing magic!

While this is going on Aquaman and Dolphin are fighting against the army of the Drift as well as Krush’s criminal gang!

The story by Abnett is on overdrive. He has never been on fire this much. The action and drama in this book are quite intense.

I want a hardcover of this story immediately. It’s that good. Pick it up now.

RATING: A

 

Batman #33
Written By Tom King 
Illustrated by Joelle Jones

Tom King had been knocking it out of the park with this title. Joelle Jones has been doing the same on other titles. Here they work together!

So what does that mean? You guessed it! This issue is quite excellent.

Quite excellent indeed.

So Batman and Catwoman are engaged! Who would have thought!

Batman leaves Gotham and goes on a spiritual quest hoping to get himself whole. Batman wants to be more than a superhero.

Yet, there are forces at work that won’t let him. Therefore he must fight back! This is a new way of looking at Batman that I’m quite enjoying. It’s by two of the best creators in comic books. Pick it up. You won’t regret it.

RATING: A

 

Batman: The Drowned #1
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Phillip Tan

This is a Metal tie in! Which means I immediately love it!

Metal is one of the wackiest storylines I have read in recent years and I can’t stop gushing about it.

This is another feather in the Metal cap!

This is the Batman version of Aquaman and it’s the origin storyline. This is a kind of nightmarish mix of Batman and the Atlantean and it’s bold and awesome. This issue explains more aspects of the Metal universe and it’s damn good.

They even got Aquaman‘s writer Dan Abnett on board to write this. He’s killing it here too. Add on the art by Tan and you’ve got one hell of a book.

Pick this up. It’s truly just some amazingly good comic books.

RATING: A

 

The Wild Storm #8
Written by Warren Ellis
Illustrated by Jon Davis-Hunt

Warren Ellis is something else.

He writes original stories each time out that you haven’t you seen before. He’s constantly pushing the limits of what can be accomplished in a comic book. I just love his writing. He’s great in his own unique way and has been for years.

Jacob Marlowe has told Angela Spica that he is not of this Earth. Then he informs her of just where he is from.

How did he get to this planet?

And there is also another question….why is everyone trying to kill Angela Spica?

The story is tops and the art by Davis-Hunt is amazing. His art is just awesome. This is another top tier book. Pick this up. It’s one of the best books of the new year!

RATING: A

 

Astro City #48
Written by Kurt Busiek
Illustrated by Mike Norton

Astro City is still trucking along and this is a decent enough issue of the series.

The story is pretty well written. Busiek is still a solid writer. He has lost a bit of his luster over the years but he still has some strong points.

G-Dog learns the secret of where he comes from in this issue. He has to process that.

Busiek makes him a compelling character. This issue shows where he comes from and where he is going. It may surprise you indeed.

The art by Mike Norton isn’t my favorite. It’s a little more cartoony than what we are used to.

Still, the story is decent enough to read and it did move me in one spot. Pick it up. This is a decent series still.

RATING: B

 

Wonder Woman/Conan #2
Written by Gail Simone
Illustrated By Aaron Lopresti

This meeting of the two iconic characters rages on here! It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure watching the two meet. This issue was highly entertaining and I wasn’t expecting it to be as cool as it was.

Wonder Woman has escaped the gladiator arena!

Thank the Lord! But things are now worse!

How can they be worse?

She is chained to Conan who is now refusing to fight. They are sold to a pirate ship. Then, when there is a storm, they fling themselves from the ship. And what is waiting for them?

You guessed it! Sharks!

Simone writes a very enjoyable issue overall. I had a nice time reading it. The art by Lopresti still didn’t amaze me, but it’s okay. A fun issue.

RATING: B+

 

Harley Quinn #30
Written by Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti
Illustrated by John Timms

This funny storyline where Harley Quinn has decided to run for mayor continues on in this issue.

The writing is typically kooky. With these books you know what you are getting and the writers deliver that here.

Harley Quinn is running for mayor. And lo and behold, she might actually win! This issue shows us how Mayor Deperto is going against her and is trying to find a way to take her out!

John Timms is a good artist and here he struts his stuff. This book is a book where you know what to expect and they deliver it time and time again.

RATING: B-

 

 

Injustice 2 #12
Written by Tom Taylor
Illustrated by Daniel Sampere

This has not been a half bad series. I may have to go back and read the previous ones.

Tom Taylor takes the classic DC characters and turns them on their head a bit.

The heroes fight against Ra’s Al Ghul in this issue. Batman may have made a mistake in his plans, however.

Will this destroy everything? Can Ra’s be stopped? And will the Presidential Inauguration be destroyed?

The story is decent and the art is decent as well. Injustice has a big following and it has an audience for sure due to the video game. Not a bad issue overall.

RATING: B

 

Future Quest Showcase #3
Written by Jeff Parker
Illustrated by Ariel Olivetti

Jeff Parker writing on Future Quest is always a treat. This is a fine issue indeed. It’s a well structured issue for sure and Parker writes with passion.

This issue tells the tale of why Metallus looks so horrible. It turns out the Space Force are the ones responsible!

Space Ghost must stop Metallus and his team from taking their revenge and destroying the universe. It’s a wild tense tale with tons of action and character.

The art by Olivetti is wonderful. It flows beautifully and works with Parker’s writing perfectly.

Pick this up. It’s always a good time indeed!

RATING: B+

 

Bombshells United #4
Written by Marguerite Bennett
Illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage

This has been a wonderful surprise. The Marguerite’s have been doing some great work on this title and it’s been very good to read. It’s been an unexpected good time month in and month out.

Clayface is on the loose!

This issue shows Wonder Woman trying to protect the Bombshells. The problem is Clayface could be anyone and nobody can be trusted!

Bennett does a good job setting up a tense, crazy story.

The art is dang good too. These two women make for a great team. Pick this up. They have found their groove.

RATING: B+

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