Micro reviews for the week 7/6/22 – Multiversity Comics
There is a lot to cover on Wednesdays. We should know that as a whole, we read an insane amount of comics. Even with a large review staff, it is difficult to get everything. With that in mind, we are back with Wrapping Wednesday, where we look at some of the books we missed in what was another great week of comics.
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Batman # 125
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Illustrated by Jorge Jimenez and Belén Ortega
Colored by Tomeu Morey and Luis Guerrero
Written by Clayton Cowles
Reviewed by Quinn Tassin
“Batman” # 125 is an excellent new start for Bruce Wayne. It is not that this is a problem that is taking some revolutionary steps, but that this new creative team clearly sheep what makes Batman comics compelling. This edition revisits all the classics; there is a gala crashed by villains, someone who kills rich Gothamites, a Robin is put in mortal danger, and Batman is accused of murder. There is a clear love for this character on every page. You may also feel that Zdarsky is beginning to question the character. For each new development, history reflects.
The great thing about “Batman” # 125 is that it manages to be thoughtful about Gotham and its history as it leans into the tropics that we all know and love. It contains serious introspection on the cost of Bruce’s mission, while maintaining a sense of fun. The issue is also the perfect pace. It does an excellent job of telling a complete, exciting story with action and pathos to spare, planting the seeds for future development and exploring Bruce Wayne as a character.
The artwork here is absolutely incredible. Jimenez is an experienced “Batman” artist, but submits some of his best work here. He does an excellent job of keeping a constant sense of movement to the problem and brings special explosive energy to action sequences. Morey is an excellent pairing, and his colors are crucial to the control of the tone of the case. The simple highlight, both in writing and art, is the gala. More specifically the moment that takes off the tuxedo jacket and comes out of the crowd wearing the cape and wearing belt with a partially unbuttoned shirt and bataranger between the fingers. The moment is both visually striking and feels like a demonstration of this team’s dedication to getting in touch with a more classic Batman feel.
The backup story, starring Catwoman, is solid, albeit forgettable. Selina Kyle trying to help keep the peace during a raging gang war in Gotham feels right. Taking care of yourself and collaborating with some of the bad guys (for non-nefarious purposes) feels even more appropriate. The Executor is an absolutely charming new character who is guaranteed to be exciting to read in the future (it would be especially fun to see other Bat family members interact with him) and his mission for Catwoman is both genuinely surprising and immediately exciting. The hunt for the penguin’s children is guaranteed to be a rolling story; Plus, given his own feelings about being left behind by Gotham’s elite, there’s probably a lot of emotional material to explore with his own abandoned children.
Final verdict: 9.5- A thoughtful, exciting and promising new start for Caped Crusader
Black Panther # 7
Written by John Ridley
Illustrated by Stefano Landini
Colored by Matt Milla
Written by VCs Joe Sabino
Reviewed by Alexander Jones
Seeing an outsider challenge the authority of a ruler is always fascinating to watch. Author John Ridley and artist Stefano Landini address the well-known “Black Panther” trope, but add enough context to distinguish this new era of “Black Panther” from others. T’Challa is in an incredibly vulnerable state in this case and has been suspended from Wakanda. Ridley has been preparing for this story across the last half dozen editions. Ridley is just about to get to the exciting ending of ‘The Long Shadow’, but must finish setting up the pieces for a big match in “Black Panther” # 7.
Stefano Landini’s artwork is animated, but very precise. Landini is good at capturing facial details that are perfect for a story packed with so much espionage. Landini’s page layout is incredibly unconventional and quickly helped me immerse myself in the story. When Shuri flies through a crowbar barrier, Landini focuses his eye on a large panel with smaller panels to support the additional technology. Shuri has a strong focus in the story, and when she encounters Akili, Landini changes the structure of the page and stretches expressions during this heated exchange of words. One aspect that could have been improved in this edition is the side structure of the cliffhanger. The composition of the page where Shuri and her friends are framed is strange from a design point of view.
For a problem centered around building up to a big fight, “Black Panther” # 7 is incredibly tense and entertaining. Ridley’s characterization between T’Challa and Storm breaks the meta-subtitle and will increase your enjoyment of “X-Men Red”. Ridley takes the time to concretize Akili’s current rule as well. “Black Panther” is not afraid to explore details and show how Akili finds it difficult to hold on to power. Ridley does a great job of telling readers how high the stakes are in the story when Shuri is so desperate to ignite a working revolt. Ridley also continues to use Wakanda’s technology in interesting ways by using Shuri.
Final verdict: 8.0 – “Black Panther” # 7 transcends well-known narrative tropes with exciting elements of espionage.
There’s something wrong with Patrick Todd # 1
Written by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Gavin Guidry
Colored by Chris O’Halloran
Written by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Reviewed by Alexander Manzo
The “There’s Something Wrong With Patrick Todd” debut version of this new series feels like both the beginning and middle of something bigger. Ed Brisson gives the audience a teenage character who uses his psychic powers to control people to steal money from banks, but that is only to pay rent for the small apartment he shares with his mother. Although he “abuses” his powers according to most people’s definition of what is considered “good”, given the clues about lower income, it does not seem that Patrick Todd uses them too much of a selfish game. Brisson also gives Patrick a similar legal code Dexter by using criminals as pieces in his bank robberies. The audience also gets a story about a detective who notices a pattern of these criminals committing thefts without remembering their actions. Still, this cop is not the only antagonist for young Patrick. This debut edition is a quick read that ends with an actually confused man chasing the main character.
Gavin Guidry is the illustrator for this series, and his sharp line work keeps this story grounded and the reader locked in. Patrick’s psychic powers are translated into luminous eyes that also give off the mood that he may not have complete control over either the person or his full potential. Although there are no gore or action sequences, there is a moment when the person Patrick had once controlled, turns into something that seems like a brain aneurysm that gives the audience an excellent shock to their system. The colors of Chris O’Halloran also help with the mood in the story arc when it starts bright during the robbery and help lighten the mood with some jokes from Brisson. So when the second half starts, the tones become much darker and fit the mood when the reader begins to understand the reasoning behind his actions and the structure of the last act.
Final verdict: 8.2 – This edition is a solid hook for a new series which, despite feeling a bit short, has many stories to draw the reader back to number two.