- BATMAN INCORPORATED #5
It should come as absolutely no surprise by now, but Grant Morrison once again introduces a concept — a revelation — in his years spanning Batman run that ties back to the very beginning. As in… 2006. It turns out the first thing he wrote was all part of the current villain’s (“Leviaithan”) master plan to finally destroy the city. In a very strange way. Those who wished back in 2006 that the Batman of #666, Damien Wayne’s unethical, brutal Batman of the future, would return get their way here. The dystopian scenario, of utter annihilation, is actually a vision of Bruce’s. A nightmare ala the dreams he was having back in the “Three Ghosts of Batman” storyline. It will be very interesting to see how the whole thing ends from here on out. Morrison is one clever writer, arguably one of the best… but Chris Burnham destroys this issue. He crushes it. His work is just paranoid and chaotic enough to capture the madness inside these pages: loose, fluid, dynamic. The colors are spot on as well, compliments of Nathan Fairbairn. If you can’t tell I really, really liked this issue. Love the direction while at the same time the throw back to Morrison’s previous installments. And super-mega bonus points for bringing back “the hole in things”… Dr. Hurt in such a unique way.
- SAGA #7
After a month off, one of the best new books of 2012 came soaring back last week with one of the biggest challenges Marko, Allana, and their child have faced thus far: grandparents. And if that sounds a little strange but oddly familiar it should, that is basically the tag line for this Image book from excellent and becoming legendary writer Brian K. Vaughan and not so upcoming artist Fiona Staples. The last page of the first arc (now available in trade paperback form) introduced Marko’s parents into the fold, that is expanded upon here by delving into the families past, as narrated brilliantly by the baby herself. Saga continues to show massive amounts of heart for being so otherworldly and just plain bizarre (see: Page 16… eww). I’m loving the world the creators have introduced, and continue to show us more bits and pieces and the series moves forward. I really hope Marko and his mom can track down the disembodied ghost teenager babysitter Izabel, I like her. If that sounds a little too weird for you then I’d steer clear.
- FURYmax #7
I get the feeling that I’m one of very few people actually reading this book. Which is really too bad, cause it’s Garth Ennis. And Garth Ennis really knows how to write historical fiction and characters like Fury and Castle, this is very much so his book. He’s been destined to do return to this character ever since Hollywood refused to adapt a Nick Fury movie to theaters on account of how he was writing the character at the time: a piece of shit, degenerate alcoholic who is but isn’t haunted by the people he’s killed and the shit he’s seen, and is essentially waiting to die. What’s even more fitting is how this book is structured (aging Fury in a hotel room somewhere, recording tapes seemingly for a memoir of some kind, drinking whiskey and recounting his militaristic career with little to no nostalgia) in relation to the new, movie and Ultimate verse, Sam Jackson inspired Nick Fury. The eyepatch wearing, old, white, bastard Nick Fury is aging out. He’s a dinosaur. A relic of America’s 20th Century military industrial complex that doesn’t recognize the world today, not that his was any better. This issue sees Fury going back to Vietnam, this time paired up with Frank Castle to track down a Northern General who’s “increasing performance by 30%”. Morally ambiguous, historical, simple… this is something everyone should be reading.