Blissfully light week. Yes, yes, I love reading them, but it's always nice to see a week I don't have to drop $20 on comics. Only 2 titles, all DC, and each at $3!
Brightest Day #9
Written by GEOFF JOHNS & PETER J. TOMASI
Art by IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON,
ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK & JOE PRADO
Covers by DAVID FINCH
1:10 Variant covers by IVAN REIS
The resurrected have discovered their purpose for being back, but where will the knowledge lead them? Who is the new Aqualad? And what strange event is taking place around the White Power Battery in New Mexico?
On and on it goes...OK, anybody know or understand what the hell is going on with Green Arrow. Yeah, I'm not reading his book. Last I saw him was the end of that painfully bad Justice League: Cry for Justice mini-series. Prometheus had wiped out a large chunk of Star City, along with GA's granddaughter, along the way ripping off his adopted son's arm. That would be Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow/whatever the hell they're calling him this week.
So, Ollie killed him.
Which some people felt was out of character for DC's biggest old hippie, but I was OK with because I really got the character during Mike Grell's late 80's-early 90's run, where he was kind of a vindictive son of a bitch. So, I wasn't upset...
I was just bored.
God, Cry for Justice was awful.
How many more issues in this crossover? Will we start wrapping up soon?
Jonah Hex #59
Written by JUSTIN GRAY & JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art and Cover by JORDI BERNET
This one's got it all: Classic HEX foe The Gray Ghost! Gunfights! The dust storm to end all dust storms! Lovers on the run! Jealous brothers! Art by living legend Jordi Bernet! And, of course, the man himself – Jonah Hex!
Look, I can't just keep harping on how great this series is. It just is. It's completely solid month in, month out, and the artists they get are just brilliant. It seems like getting to illustrate an old-fashioned western really excites people, and brings out the best in them. Jordi Bernet has kind of become the de-facto regular artist, and his style, wit, and storytelling techniques perfectly compliment Gray and Palmiotti's scripts. He's like a slightly more cartoonish Joe Kubert, if you want my opinion.
Of course, I think he only does about half the issues...fancy that. Y'know, fill-in artists to keep the series on schedule? Why hasn't anyone thought of this? Oh, wait...they did, back when shipping schedules weren't at the whim of an artist's perfectionism, or simple desire to sit down and draw the damn thing.
I'll grant that this series is designed to have rotating artists, but...man, come on...The series is compelling and solid each month, and I've been exposed to a lot of new artists. It's win-win.
Editors ought to think about it.