On the Stack

It’s that time of the week again, it’s time for me to discuss my comic book top 5! Additionally any other books worth mentioning for being great in quality (or not so great) will also get name dropped here.

5. Superman Unchained #6 was another solid issue. While I felt the plot did little to amaze me, the book is still well paced and wonderfully drawn. This issue has two big moments, the first being Batman and Wonder Woman coming to Superman’s aid. The second, and most importantly, this issue (as have all the previous) features a kick ass Lois Lane. So far it’s been Lois who has stolen the show so far in the book. So nothing special, but was another solid outing for a book ending all too soon.

4. The Shadow continues to surprise me on a month to month basis. For me, it’s the little book that could. With an all star writer like Chris Roberson at the helm and a visual artist like Timpano on board the book has come alive with energy. This issue is from the perspective of a man from The Shadow’s past. Now destitute and bitter about the world, he reflects on his life as he kills to survive. The final scene has him confront The Shadow, to which The Shadow goes into his normal spiel, what made this exceptional was the contrast between the two men. Both so similar and both became lost. One sought to find hope while the other swore it off.

3. Animal Man #29 was heartwarming and incredibly well done. The book featured an excellent farewell to one of the best books DC published every month, and definitely tugged at the heartstrings. From Lemire’s hand drawn cover to the last panel of the book. This book was stunning, and provides yet another reason why it truly is a shame to have it yanked from us so soon.

2. Batman and Aquaman #29 was a book packed to the brim with energy, drama, and action. The confrontation with Aquaman at the beginning is playful yet serious, and is exactly how I feel both of them would interact given the situation. We see Batman still struggling with his grief, and Aquaman enraged by the injustice’s committed upon the pod of whales. Gleason especially does a great job at bringing the horror of the whale carcasses to life, and seeing how both men interact with the scene. The finale is explosive, with a very active Ra’s almost getting caught by the Dark Knight. Though he escaped, Batman must now turn to yet another hero, Wonder Woman, to help him in the next leg of his journey to recover Damian’s body.

1. Finally the most stellar issue of the week was Wonder Woman #29. Now nearing the end of their prolific run on the title, Azzarello and Chiang produce what has become a common theme for the book, awesome single issues. Nearly every month Wonder Woman consistently shocks and amazes me in a way that no other book on the shelf does at this moment. This issue features a slew of status quo changes including the restoration of Hera’s powers, the return of the Amazon’s, and Wonder Woman finally accepting her role as Goddess of War. I’m sure Azzarello and Chiang have quite an explosive finale in the works, and have no doubt that it will be spectacular.

Until the next time, what was your favorite book this week?

Rn

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