Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book of the Week for 10-17-12

Happy New Comic Book Day! Yes, new comics are out. But before you head to your lcs, keep reading. You're going to want to make note of this book in the slightest chance that you did not pick it up last week. Which of course sounds crazy, but you know, it happens.

Before we get to the champ, take a look at the competition: The Activity #9, AvX: Consequences #2, Batwoman #13, Birds of Prey #13, Captain Marvel #5, Daredevil #19, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #183, Hawkeye #3, Justice League #13, New Avengers #31, Nightwing #13, Shinku #5, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow #18, Supergirl #13, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16, Uncanny X-Men #20 and Venom #26.

You already know there were several good reads in there. Some of the highlights were: AvX: Consequences #2, Birds of Prey #13, Daredevil #18, Hawkeye #3, Shinku #5 and Supergirl #13. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy some of the other books, but these were the best reads of the week. But of course one has to rise above the others.

Let's give a round of applause to the creative team behind Daredevil #19: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez. This issue was another homerun. Just look back at all the industry awards this title has taken home this year and you'll see that's a common assessment of their work.

Mark Waid and company have been taking Matt Murdock on a journey like he's never been on before. Waid shows off his strong grasp of who Daredevil is, in and out of costume, with some amazing writing. Readers learn why Matt is seemingly losing his mind. I can't speak for everyone, but I've been extremely curious as to what's been going on with Matt in recent issues. The pacing for it all has been handled expertly. It didn't drag on and it wasn't so quick to make you question it.

Chris Samnee has been progressively making me a fan of his work. The man of the hour looks great with and without the mask. Every character has a distinct look. The panels have a nice flow through the pages. Javier Rodriguez' touch just makes it better. The colors of DD's costume look great. When Daredevil is out at night, the city sky is lit up beautifully.

You should definitely pick this up if you haven't. It's a great book. I'll point back to all the industry awards. If you did read this issue, let the world know what you thought and whether you liked it (which I'm sure you did). Thanks for looking.