TONS of great stuff this week! Let's get right to it.
Batman #656 - Written by Grant Morrison, Art by Andy Kubert and Jesse Delperdang.
Well, here is the second issue of the new Morrison Batman, I gotta say... I'm LOVIN' IT! (McDonald's, please email me about the address to send my cheque) It's so great to have Bruce Wayne back. Now I've liked Batman lately, but I've always sort of missed the fun of having Batman AND "millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne." It's great to have, as Morrison put it, the hairy chested love god back. Also, the art in this issue is excellent, which is important because it features Batman fighting an army of ninja MANBATS!!!
Daredevil #88 - Written by Ed Brubaker, Art by David Aja.
This fill in issue picks up after the big reveal in the end of 87, I won't say what that was, but I will say that it took me by surprise and I loved it! This is a great breather from the tremendous action of the past few issues. Now even though it's a breather from the action of "Devil in Cell Block D" that doesn't mean it's not exciting, we have a fight scene with NINJAS!!! (Perhaps a trend is emerging...)
Wonder Woman #2 - Written by Allan Heinberg, Art by Terry and Rachel Dodson.
At last we have the second issue of the new series, now complaints about lateness aside this is a beautiful looking issue. The Dodsons continue to deliver in the art department. The story? I don't know yet... I think this one may read better all at once, we'll just have to wait it out and see.
Flash #3 - Written by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, Art by Karl Kerschl.
Also arriving after a slight delay we have the third issue of the new Flash series. There's a different artist in this issue... Thank GOD! I hate to say it but the art from the previous 2 issues was so poor that I was thinking of dropping this title. The art in this issue is MUCH better and so with that problem solved I could jump right into the story. This is definately the best issue of the series so far, but unfortuneatly that doesn't mean it's that good. Truth be told I'm still bored, despite improving by leaps and bounds from the previous installments, the book still underwhelms. Oh well, we'll keep hoping.
For this weeks Pick of the Week we once again have a tie! I didn't want or expect another tie this week but after a great deal of deliberation (hence this not being up until saturday night) I decided that I couldn't choose one between the two of these:
Justice League of America #1 - Written by Brad Meltzer, Art by Ed Benes and Sandra Hope.
Wow. What a fantastic start to a new Justice League series. The characters are so believable and real, the story is barely begun and it's already compelling, this is as close to a perfect issue as you can get! I haven't been this excited since I read the first issue of Infinite Crisis!!! Within the first couple of pages you can already tell this is a Meltzer comic, his writing style which worked so well in Identity Crisis shines here, in fact it may even be better! The art is nothing short of spectacular, this is the best Benes work I've seen. Benes is an artist truly deserving of more recognition, it's so great to see him on this ultra high profile title! I'm waiting on tenser hooks (whatever the hell those are) for issue #2.
and the other title to share the title this week is:
New Avengers #23 - Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Oliver Coipel.
Oh how I wish Oliver Coipel could be the regular artist on Avengers! The artwork in this issue is really what places it so high in my regard. The panel layout is some of the most creative and exciting to look at I've seen, and the storytelling in his pencils is phenomenal. The story, while nothing truly epic, is really quite cool, giving us an insight into the motivations of Jessica Drew. It's got a lot to be happy about, S.H.I.E.L.D., HYDRA, explosions, everything!
Honorable mention this week needs to go out to 52 #16, while not as important as issue 15 still a consistently good read week in, week out.