Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fast Thoughts For The Week Of July 11, 2012

I didn't get much chance for reviewing comics this past week, what with all the San Diego Comic Con news and there's not a lot I can say about most of what I read. So here are my thoughts, in brief, on everything I didn't feel up to a full review of.

BATMAN #11 - This issue is the final chapter of The Court of Owls event that has dominated the Batman books over the last year and the final fight between Batman and one of the assassins known as The Talons is everything we could have hoped for.

If you aren't reading this book yet, I can't help but wonder about you. Sadly, unlike previous issues, there's not a lot I can say and very few scans I can show that will not give away some major spoilers. Suffice it to say Scott Snyder is writing the best Batman story in years and Greg Capullo's artwork is amazing.

DEMON KNIGHTS #11 - The plot thickens as The Demon Knights journey deeper into the heart of an corrupted Avalon. Here, most of them nearly give into the darkness and have their bodies and minds warped. Thankfully, they find an unexpected ally - the Once and Future King Arthur!

Paul Cornell and Diogenes Neves have created something truly magical with this book. It is a must-read for all fans of fantasy literature in general, sword and sorcery in particular and quirky comics in specific.

RESURRECTION MAN #11 - I wish I could say I was surprised by the news that this book had been canceled. Like Mister Terrific before it, it was unique, well-written and far too strange for the common clay of the New 52. It's too late for me to save it. It's too soon for me to mourn it. All I can do is say that I enjoyed this issue - and every issue before it - because of how Abnett and Lanning made every single issue accessible to new readers, laying the concept bare, simply and subtly.

Mitch Shelly will live on, we are told, somewhere in the DCU. We can only hope that we can get all of his story told in the time left and that his amnesia will not be a persistent thing.

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