3 titles really stood out for me this week;
The Walking Dead #59
Issue #59 was less focused on relationships, and all about the action. As thrilling as this was, it didn’t feel quite as satisfying as the last 2 issues, where the focus was more on exploring the dynamics between various characters. What ‘The Walking Dead’ did provide was thrills, and it looks as if issue 60 is going to provide more of the same. Review here.
The Stand: American Nightmares #1
Is this the finest comic adaptation of a book yet? Very probably. The task of bringing Stephen Kings epic apocalyptic tale to this format could have been a disaster, but this is anything but. In fact, it is a triumph of excellent artwork from Mike Perkins and superbly paced plotting thanks to the writing of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The trades for this adaptation are to be a must-have. The second chapter, ‘American Nightmares’, follows on from ‘Captain Trips’, with some of the main characters now being firmly established;
Stu Redman making his break for freedom,
Fran Goldsmith, dealing with the death of her father and the attentions of Harold Lauder
Nick Andros, weighing up his options and those of his surviving tormentor
Larry Underwood, discovering the comfort of strangers
and right at the end of the issue, saving the best until last, the blackest evil that is Randall Flagg….
A real highlight of the Marvel line-up.
Young Liars #13
Inspired, brilliant and unhinged – all qualities missing from a lot of titles, but generally never in short supply on this one. ‘Young Liars’ is a disorienting pleasure, giving you queasy thrills while making you question what is real within the world that Lapham populates with the likes of Danny Noonan, Sadie Hawkins and the nefarious conglomerate, Brown Bag Holdings. In this issue, Danny Noonan turns out to be some guy called Johnny Jukebox, and Sadie is actually a girl called Loreli. Well, maybe….you cannot take anything for granted with the ‘young liars’. Great issue, and the pick of the bunch this week. Review here.
There were some other decent titles out this week, with Batman – Battle for the Cowl #1, and Captain Britain & MI13 #11 being especially worthy of mention. The Captain Britain title has quickly moved on from its roots in the Secret Invasion to become something unique and British, while managing to incorporate and integrate into the wider Marvel Universe.
Unfortunately, one of the titles I was looking forward to, Resident Evil #1, turned out to be ridiculous (since when has Resident Evil been set in space???), monotonous (the action sequences seemed stilted and predictable), and the writing jarred (an example being the lyrics-quoting STARS team leader). No Chris Redfield, no fun and no point. I hope it picks up in quality quickly.