NEW COMICS 4 THIS WEEK (09/13/23)
*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*
Batman # 1 (Facsimile Edition)
Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham # 1
Batman Incorporated # 12
Batman & Robin # 1
Creepshow # 1
Daredevil # 1
Ghost Rider # 18
Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer # 1
Incredible Hulk # 4
Miles Morales: Spider-Man # 10
Undiscovered Country # 25
Batman # 1 (Facsimile Editon)– This is by far a timeless collection of early Batman stories where most of the dialogue comes off as goofy (“Quiet or Papa Spank” ?!?) but the action sequences are still entertaining (It’s weird to see Batman use a gun) and I feel like new Batman fans will be shocked by the quality of these classic stories but nevertheless, this edition would be the perfect addition to any Batman fan’s collection, just remember when reading this, take the dialogue with a grain of salt and just have fun with it.
Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham # 1– Rafael Grampa brings his unique yet grim style to this new series that finds Batman tracking down a serial killer while making the ultimate decision, and this is in order for him to continue with the war on crime, he begins making plans to kill off Bruce Wayne so that he can be The Dark Knight 24/7. Grampa’s ravishing artwork does a fine job of bringing new layers to Batman as well as crafting a Gotham City that feels more dangerous than its previous incarnations which fits perfectly with the tone that Grampa is setting. This tale of total vengeance and seeing where this murder mystery heading really makes for an intense story that proves what a perfect Batman story it’s becoming and fans are in for a rare treat.
Batman & Robin # 1– The Dynamic Duo is BACK!! Joshua Williamson and Simone Di Meo usher in a new era for the Caped Crusader and The Teen Wonder but what started out as a big deal felt like a slow burner given who the writer is. Joshua Williamson is without a doubt one of DC’s most prominent writers but the writing feels flat to where the readers want more. The father/son dynamic between Bruce and Damien is wholesome in its own unique way as they’re both trying their best to connect with each other ( I find it funny that Damien is going to start High School) after being at odds for so many years but the one thing that’s holding this issue from being stupendous is the over-reliance of references from the current “Gotham War” arc that really drags the story down but nothing ever clicks which is a shame. This is an issue that had plenty of promise but never got off the ground. Hopefully, things will get better next issue.
Daredevil # 1– The new creative team of Saladin Ahmed and Aaron Kuder takes everyone’s favorite Man Without Fear for a new beginning that swaps out the legal aspects for a priest who’s working with orphans but finds himself facing a demon who possesses Elektra and returns to his life as Daredevil. From the looks of things, it seems as if Ahmed pushes Matt Murdock’s Catholic background to the forefront leaves him with more questions and regrets, but then he manages to find a great balance between justice and religion that takes readers back to Frank Miller era and if I’m being honest, Ahmed has already proven that he has the chops to write DD to where he can completely outshine Miller…..yes I said it. This looks to be a great start for DD and from what I’ve read, it looks like we’re in for a suspenseful rollercoaster ride.
Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer # 1– I couldn’t believe it when saw this title because of the sheer silliness of the premise but after reading it, it gets interesting. Harriet Tubman is one of the most well-known figures in American history, but to see her in the role of a demon slayer just feels weird yet the story flows with ease thanks in part to writer/creator David Crownson who, in my opinion, has the utmost respect for African-American history but mixes in some elements of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” for good measure. Parts of the story are genuinely good but again, seeing Ms. Tubman slay demons is something you have to take with a grain of salt, but it would not surprise me if this was optioned to me as a Netflix series……believe me, it would happen sooner than later.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around. I will see you all next time.