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Graphic Breakdown: ‘Moon Night’, ‘Saga’, ‘Bloodshot’ & ‘American Flagg’ Flashback!

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Happy New Year to all! Let’s get started!!

Moon Knight #10
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Greg Smallwood
Published by Marvel Comics

Man, Jeff Lemire has become a spectacular writer (more on this later). His Moon Knight is becoming legendary slowly.

There’s a new storyline in this issue and it’s a great place to jump on to one of the best series in the last year.

Marc Spector was born in Chicago, but where was Steven Grant born?

This story goes deep into Spector’s past, picks up where Lemire and Smallwood left off in New Egypt…and redefines the history of Moon Knight as you know it!

Complimenting the story perfectly is the art from Smallwood. His art is on point, and it’s so well done. This is the work of his career.

Pick this up. It’s literally the best book coming out from Marvel Comics right now.

RATING: A

 

Saga #41
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics

Saga is one of those books that, in a few years, will be regarded the same company as such books as Bone. It’s an outer space epic, and its mind blowing.

Start from issue one and catch right on up!

The storyline this time is called The War For Phang. Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages.

This arc is a self-contained “event” they’ve been building to since the very first issue.

Vaughn is a great writer. This is his best work.

Same with Staples on art: This is her best work.

Combined, they make a fantastic book, and it’s one of the best hitting stands each time it comes out.

RATING: A

 

Bloodshot Reborn: Bloodshot Island TPB
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Mico Suayan
Published by Valiant Comics

This was completely awesome and one of the biggest surprises of last year. Bloodshot and his team of Bloodshots fight Deathmate in a comic book story bonanza. This is it folks…the comic book equivalent of seeing the film Predator for the first time.

Live. Die. Rejuvenate. Each day, Bloodshot and his fellow castaways from Project Rising Spirit awake to find themselves hunted by the unstoppable engine of destruction called Deathmate.

And each day, they die…only to begin their escape once more after the nano-technology inside them repairs their fatal injuries.

As Bloodshot and his new teammates begin to understand the brutal logic behind their island prison, will the biggest threat to their survival be the horrors that await in the jungle around them…or each other?

The art is stunning. The story is stunning. The whole thing is stunning. What a great tale. I wish I could read this again for the first time. It’s that good.

RATING: A

 

BURIED TREASURE

American Flagg Volume One
Written and Illustrated by Howard Chaykin
Published by Image Comics

This is a legendary book from the inimitable Howard Chaykin!

Come join Reuben Flagg and his cohorts as they try to police a futuristic world rife with politics, humor, and talking cats.

In 2031, chaos is the new world order. Worldwide nuclear and chemical conflict, environmental disasters and nationalism have driven the United States government — and the corporations that own it — to the relative safety of the planet Mars. The government and its parent companies, now renamed the PLEX, run things in absentia from the red planet.

The only real law on Earth is enforced by the Plexus Rangers. Reuben Flagg was the star of a television series dramatizing the fictional adventures of one such Plexus Ranger. When Flagg was replaced by a hologram, he was drafted into the Plexus Rangers and assigned to protect the city of Chicago.

Along with Raul, the smartest talking cat alive, and Luther Ironheart, the stupidest robot ever, and surrounded by a bevy of the most beautiful women of the 21st century, Flagg faces an uphill battle protecting and defending the American way of life…or rather, what’s left of it.

Chaykin has never been better than with his writing here. His art? Well, it’s hard to imagine Flagg without it. If you haven’t read it and heard about it, pick it up. You can find a cheap copy somewhere. It’s downright excellent.

RATING: A

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