Green Lantern seems to have jumped weeks again, filling out an already good schedule.
Red Hood And The Outlaws
Written by W. Haden Blackman & J.H. Williams III
Art & Cover by J.H. Williams III
Colour by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Todd Klein
A fantastic issue that sees art and writing return to the jaw dropping form shown in the opening arc almost a year ago. The story takes on a dual narrative that sees Batwoman confronting Bloody Mary in a hall of mirrors, and Wonder Woman fighting the servants of Medusa elsewhere (which seems overly fortunate in terms of timing). With it becoming increasingly clear that the supernatural elements of the case fall outside of Batwoman’s experience and expertise she suggests teaming up with Diana.
There are some truly fantastic page layouts, that incorporates as much of Wonder Woman’s influence as Batwoman’s. Even the more mundane scenes are peppered with brilliance, like Dr Bones in a Hawaiian shirt. The writing feels strong, and gives Wonder Woman a good bit of space in the issue.
I can;t wait to see what issue #13 brings. Issue #0 (next month) promises to be an origin tale, which I fear may be a bit too much of a retread of known facts, but fingers crossed it pulls off something good instead.
DCU Presents #12
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Jorge Jiménez
Colour by Guy Major
Lettered by Dezi Sienty
Cover by Ryan Sook
The issue starts with possibly the best opening catch up page I’ve seen. Kid Flash gets to break the fourth wall talking to the audience, bring everyone up to date with the events covered in Teen Titans and getting all the explanations out of the way in one go.
This issue is fun from start to finish, which holds things together over the rougher patches of story. .
Kid Flash meets/fights/befriends/falls for/shows remarkable insight into/fights three dino-teens in the streets of China Town. I’m not sure there’s much more you need to know.
“Hal Jordan is not your enemy”
A bit of a duff issue, that sees the story move forward, and has a few stand out moments feels a little flat in retrospect. I know I’m possibly being harsh, but that’s the feeling I’ve got.
There’s a break to catch up with the Guardians plans, indicated by a change in art, that feels a little shoehorned in, but not as much as the alternatives ways of showing this would be.
Once again we get hints of the future, and it doesn’t look at all bright.
The story kicks off with out pause from where things were left last issue, with Roy still recounting his tale to his captors.It’s very much his issue, despite being part of Starfire’s story.
The art feels a bit, well, rounded this month, devoid of the usual sharp lines and edges. Hopefully we’ll see Kenneth Rocafort back on full duties soon.
Next month’s #0 issue promises the origins of Jason Todd, so it’ll be worth seeing how much that story has been altered in the New 52.
Rather oddly my digital copy ends with an page advertising the Secret Six. I’m all in favour of that, but it feels a little oddly placed.
Wonder Woman #12
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and Cover by CLiff Chiang
Coloured by Matthew Wilson
Lettered by Jared K. Fletcher
Wonder Woman kicks serious ass. That’s all you need to know really. Well, two bonuses for you. 1) The cover bears no real relationship to the story. 2) Oh boy does this arc end on a high of story telling.
Story by Tim Seeley
Art by Mike Norton
Coloured by Mark Englest
Lettered by Crank!The horror turns up a notch this month, and its to the detriment of the story. The considered pace of the first issue is no where to be seen really, as violence overtakes things. As this is only issue #2 it’s hard to judge things, but such a shift feels like bad pacing rather than a deliberate upping the ante. I’ll be quiet happy to be corrected come issue #3 though, but this is slipping more towards zombie fare than the more thoughtful opening promised.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples
Letters & Design by FonografiksThe most interesting this issue isn’t the story (which is fucking great), but the afterword that explains how the story could have come to a depressing end this issue had the book not been so well received. Be part of something awesome and go read it.
Saucer Country #6
Written by Paul Cornell
Art & Colour by Jimmy Broxton
Letters by Sal CiprianoA Field Guide To Flying Saucers takes what might have been an info dump and makes use of it in a fantastic way. If you’re not reading Saucer Country go and read this issue anyway, if only for the ideas it might put in your head.
“You might be mistaken about the light in the sky, but not about Gandalf.”
The Shade #11
Written by James Robinson
Art and Colour by Frazer Irving
Lettered by Todd Klein
Cover Art by Tony Harris
The penultimate the arc off in preparation for the last issue being an origin story.
The artwork this month is what really stands out, evoking a sense of scale that having Gods rampaging across London needs to work. The writing sadly doesn’t quiet live up to the promise of the previous issues or the artwork, getting a little too lost in the metaphysical.
I’m finding it impossible to pick one comic to recommend above the others this month. Batwoman is back on exceptional form, DCU Presents is great fun, Wonder Woman pulls no punches, Saga continues to make me go wow, and Saucer Country is masterful.
Buy them all, and then the hard decision of which to read first can be your not mine.