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411’s Comic Reviews: Batman: Creature of the Night #1, Iron Fist #75, More

December 14, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Batman: Creature of the Night

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Unholy Grail #5

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Arthur’s fatal encounter with Modred unfolds and the walls of Camelot topple. But in a world where Arthur was tutored by a demon-in-wizard’s clothing, will the legendary events unfold the way you expect? And—if they do—can Arthur find redemption before the killing blow is struck?

From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Mirko Colak (The Punisher) comes a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

I was a little late to the Unholy Grail party but catching up was both fun and worth it. Taking the King Arthur legend and giving it a dark bend, Unholy Grail is epic in scope but gives us new insight on characters that many of us grew up reading about.

Arthur Pendragon was the king of all Britain. His story is legendary. Merlin, the Lady of the Lake, Excalibur, Camelot, the Knights of the Round Table, all filled stories that we think we know. In reality, Unholy Grail shows us that these bright lies painted over the truth and the gospel of Arthur’s bloody rise to power and his unholy reign. The legend of King Arthur is not the stuff of legends, but the fuel of nightmares.

Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mirko Colak present a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that pulls you in with riveting art work and story twists.

Head to the comic book story and request they carry this one.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Under:Scourge of the Sewers #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the dirt flows into the sewers.

LT Wilson Jericho, disgraced from his position above ground and now an officer in the sewer police, thinks he knows everything there is to know about what lies beneath. But scientist Sandra Yeatman is determined to discover the truth behind the legends, and something is threatening to crawl out and rip the city apart…

First issues for new concepts have a tough hill to climb. You have to introduce the characters and plot to draw in readers but not give too much away so the story has a chance to breath. I’ve read a number of first issues for books that have a great concept but crashed and burned when trying to get that story on the printed page.

Under: Scourge of the Sewers #1 avoids those bumps and gives us just enough to come back for issue 2.

Universe building can be complex but writer Christopher Bec and artist Stefano Raffaelo give us a great blend of landscapes and characters that avoid the usual cliches. While I might have a good idea of where things are going, I’m sure Bec is going to throw a few swings out way and keep things moving.

A great option for those looking for a change from the usual cape tales.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Iron Fist #75

Review by RobF

Iron Fist’s profile has been raised since his inclusion in the Netflix series of his own name as well as the Defenders. Here we see IF go back to his roots (yet again) with a reluctant Sabretooth as they track down a sacred book and the identity of Sabretooth’s old partner, the Constrictor. Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins don’t cover any new Danny Rand ground but show us a different side of Victor Creed.

It seems like Iron Fist has spent his whole career fighting/saving K’un-Lun. It would be nice to see him involved in something other than his beloved homeland. That being said, the underlying plot is what makes this story more interesting.

Sabretooth’s quest to find the Constrictor’s true identity is not only out of character for him but a welcome addition. For a homicidal maniac like Creed to show any type of loyalty is a surprise, his heroic/villainous sides are clearly at odds with his mission. Brisson writes him better than the star of the book.

I had never seen MIke Perkins artwork before but I can say I am a fan. His work is perfect for this high-energy fast paced story. I hope to see more of him in the future.

Iron Fist suffers from a lack of a true rogues gallery and a series of similar storylines. The addition of Sabretooth saves this issue from being a complete waste. Hopefully Brisson and Co. will bring more to the table in future editions.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

Batman: Creature of the Night #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

After taking a chance on Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 last week I decided to return to familiar waters this week and focus on my favorite comic book character, Batman.

As I mentioned last week, Batman can fit into any kind of story. Action, drama, horror, you name it, Batman can play a pivotal role and deliver a satisfying conclusion.

While I can’t say for sure, my first comic had Batman in it. From the visuals to being introduced to an entirely new form of entertainment, I was hooked and have continued reading a Batman comic, in some form, ever since.

I often pick up Previews and flip straight to the DC section to see what stories the Dark Knight will be involved in. Rarely am I disappointed.

In Batman: Creature of the Night #1, Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon come together to give Batman the Superman: Secret Identity treatment, delivering a great, unique spin on a character that’s been explored so often.

We meet young Bruce Wainwright , who lost his parents in a violent crime…and in his world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can’t keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night What happens next is the meat of the story and a fantastic read from start to finish.

Creature of the Night is a satisfying book, even if you’re not a Batman fan or think you’ve seen every type of Batman story told before.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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