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Graphic Breakdown: Batman Watches The Watchmen…Finally!

Welcome back to Graphic Breakdown.

This has been a hell of a week for comic books. Let’s start with the best of the week!

 

All Star Batman #9
Written by Scott Snyder
Illustrated by Jock

I’m just going to come right out and say it: if you put Jock on a title, I’m buying it. I don’t care what it is. Jock is one of my favorite artists. His work is dynamic, well paced, and original. His artwork on this book is stunning as well.

This is the end of the storyline “Ends of the Earth.”

This issue features a battle of the wits against a surprise villain.

Snyder handles it with his usual pizazz. The writing is wonderful and deep. It’s a good read overall.

If you haven’t gotten in on this book, do so. It’s not only one of the best reads, month in and month out….it is also one of the more intelligent books out there.

This is a fine book indeed. Tell your friends.

RATING: A

 

Deathstroke #17
Written by Christopher Priest
Illustrated by Joe Bennett

I talk about every issue of Deathstroke like it’s the second coming. Here’s the reasons why: First, the covers. The covers on this single issue are by Bill Sienkiewicz and the other is by Shane Davis. They are both amazing. Pick one. You can’t go wrong.

Then there is the interior art. The art is always strong no matter who is doing it.

Finally, the story. Priest has crafted one of the best books to come out the past year.

This is part six of the “Twilight” storyline. It’s damn good. This issue focuses on a fight between Deathstroke and the new Power Girl. It’s action packed and plain awesome.

Pick this book up. For the best experience, pick it up from the beginning. Well worth your time.

RATING: A

 

The Wildstorm #3
Written by Warren Ellis
Illustrated by Jon Davis-Hunt

Warren Ellis is crafting quite a masterpiece on this title.

Ellis has been writing a lot of books over the years…some are bigger hits than others. For me, this is one of the bigger hits.

It takes characters you may remember and spins them around and takes them someplace new.

Angela Spica is wounded and she is on the run. Can she survive the forces that are after her? Is there something new that will help her her out of this? And will that something new change the universe as we know it?

It’s a great story. The art is something special as well. Jon Davis-Hunt really turns in some amazing artwork here. Pick this up. It’s another intelligent comic book, and I’m loving every second of it.

RATING: A

 

Batman #21
Written by Tom King
Illustrated by Jason Fabok

All right. This is a pretty damn good Batman book. Finally.

Tom King does a really nice writing job here. It’s a great step forward for the book in general. It’s also a step forward for the Rebirth storyline.

Batman is in his cave playing with the Comedian’s button.

Then, the Reverse Flash shows up. He fights Batman. That’s pretty much all that happens.

King does his usual thing of focusing on something specific and lingering there. He does the same in this issue.

Yet, this time it’s actually thrilling.

A huge chunk of that has to do with the artwork of Jason Fabok.

Fabok does a killer job here. It’s passionate. The storytelling is top notch. He just blows everyone else who has worked on this title since last year out of the water. It’s awesome.

Pick this up. It’s an incredible chapter in the Rebirth storyline. Maybe the best yet.

RATING: A

 

Nightwing #19
Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Javier Fernandez
Published by DC Comics

You would think with such a cool title bad “Nightwing Must Die” for a storyline, this book would have a lot more energy. As it stands, its a passable story with a passable plot line.

Dick Grayson has to confront demons from the past in this issue. It’s a fairly standard read. It should be more fun.

Seeley should be taken off this title at this point. He needs to recharge the old batteries so to speak.

The art isn’t bad. I wish it were more exciting. At this point now?

We need a Rebirth for the Rebirth on this title.

RATING: C+

 

 

Superman #21
Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Illustrated by Patrick Gleason

Another fine issue of Superman hits the stands this week! I cannot think of a time I’ve been this excited about a Superman title coming out.

Tomasi and Gleason really have found their groove here. Each issue feels like it links to the Rebirth mystery. It feels like clues have been strewn throughout the books. I cannot say enough about it all.

The mystery behind Hamilton gets even deeper in this issue.

And Superman has to make a choice about killing someone…in front of his son no less! There is tons of drama and suspense.

The last page killed me. It’s beautiful and mysterious. It gave me chills and I don’t even know why. That’s a testament to great storytelling and this book has it in spades.

RATING: A

 

Aquaman #21
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Scot Eaton

The H20 storyline continues On in this issue! It’s a fairly cool entry into the Aquaman mythos. The whole story went a little wacky.

Luckily, I love wacky.

This was a good time.

So apparently Aquaman and Mera discover exactly what it is they are hunting for. It wasn’t what they were expecting however. It turns out the strange water in the ocean is actually a portal to an alien world.

Like I said before, it’s wacky.

Abnett handles the writing well and the art by Eaton is good. Pick this one up. It won’t change your life, but it will entertain you for ten minutes or so.

RATING: B+

 

Lucifer #17
Written by Richard Kadrey
Illustrated by Lee Garbett

This issue is another solid entry in this comic book series. It continues the storyline “Blood in the Streets” and it’s a fairly good issue overall.

Richard Kadrey deserves a lot of credit for that. His writing is very good, and draws the reader right in. Lucifer is recovering from a demonic drug. Meanwhile, an assassin is trying to take him out. It’s a good hook, and Kadrey really brings it home.

The art is good too. Garbett has a real feel for this book and it shows.

Overall, a solid read. This is a sleeper book you should pick up.

 

RATING: B

 

 

Trinity #8
Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Emanuela Lupacchino

This is a follow up to the Superman: Reborn storyline! The opening sequence features Superman vs. Superman! It starts off kind of fun. Then, the whole thing fell apart for me.

The problem is, the whole issue just repeats information we already know.

Yes, there is someone who messed with time.

Yes, it involves the Watchmen. Let’s just get to it already.

I’m tired of the Green Guy in the hood and cloak who may or may not be Ozymandias from Watchmen staring at a screen saying “something is coming!”

The art is very good but I’m not a Cullen Bunn fan…at least when he writes for mainstream. The whole issue feels redundant. Pass.

RATING: C

 

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