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411’s Comic Reviews: Batman #29, Green Arrow #28, More

August 17, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Batman 29

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Fu Jitsu #1

Review by Steve Gustafson

Fu Jitsu is the world’s smartest boy, and has been for the last hundred years. Wait, what? Fu is an un-aging genius, and has had adventures around the globe and around the galaxy. From Einstein and the Wright brothers, to Gandhi and Johnny Unitas, Fu has met everyone in history while protecting Earth from Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man, and his dangerous magi-science.

Fu exiles himself to Antarctica to try to forget the painful break up with his ex-girlfriend, Rachel. Meanwhile, Wadlow returns from the far-flung future and sends James Dean, his ultimate assassin, to kill Fu at the South Pole. And you thought your teenage years were tough?

From Jai Notz, the award-winning writer of El Diablo, Suicide Squad Most Wanted and Dream Thief, comes this action-packed new series with art from Teen Titans Annual artist Wes St. Claire!

Let me start this review by saying that AfterShock is putting out the best lineup in the comic book industry today. If you’re looking for something unique, something fun, something fresh, head to your local comic book shop and demand they stock AfterShock! Thank me later.

After reading last week’s offering from AfterShock, Dark Ark, I was curious what Fu Jitsu would bring to the table. I can safely say I wasn’t disappointed and I now have something new to add to my pull list.

I try to avoid comparing a new book to an established one. It does a disservice to both. While I’ve seen some people say it’s along the lines of Hellboy, I can safely say this book stands on its own and if you’re a fan of comic books, you’re going to enjoy Fu Jitsu.

Writer Jai Nitz has spun a tale so intricate, so alluring, that when you come to the end of the first issue, you’ll wish you could travel through time to grab #2. Each page has an energy to it, thanks to the art by Wes St. Claire.

In interviews Nitz says this is a comic book for people who are fans of comic books. It’s hard to explain what that encompasses but that would be an apt tagline to put on the cover.

The first issue does a great job setting everything up and giving us a taste of what to expect. Pick this one up and enjoy the ride!

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Mister Miracle #1

Review by RobF

The New Gods have been around forever but good stories are few and far between. The recent “Darkseid War” has painted them in a positive light and DC is riding that wave with a Mister Miracle mini-series. Tom King and Mitch Geralds tell a compelling story about Scott Free, a man who finds out that living life can be more painful than cheating death.

This issue starts on a sour note with Miracle lying on his bathroom floor, the remnants of a suicide attempt all around. Apparently all is not well in the world of Scott Free. He his haunted by the spectre of Darkseid at every turn, and it is effectively ruining his life. Tough love, sympathy, adulation: nothing can snap him out of this downward spiral. Where this series goes is anyone’s guess but I am certainly curious to find out.

Rarely to art and story mesh as well as King and Gerald’s. Geralds’ art fits this story so well and the colors go from light to dark to match the mood, like we are inside Miracle’s brain, seeing what he sees. I see a lot of Alan Moore/Klaus Janson influence here and I love it.

Mister Miracle is a master entertainer. There is not one trap he cannot escape. But the one thing he can’t escape is his destiny. This is a side of Scott Free that no one has ever seen before and I have serious doubts that he will come out the other side whole. This series has all the ingredients to be a modern day classic.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Green Arrow #28

Review by Jonathan Durden

Read Jonathan’s interview with World Reader writer Jeff Loveness!

Green Arrow has been kind of hit-or-miss for me lately, but this most recent arc “Hard Travelling Hero” has me engrossed for every page. It is consistently good so far. It takes Ollie to the cities of many of the Justice League heroes on his search to get to the bottom of this Ninth Circle operation. So we get him interacting with the Flash, Wonder Woman, and now Superman. Writer Benjamin Percy does a great job of depicting these meetings and team-ups.

The art is some of the best I’ve seen lately. Juan Ferreyra’s style looks like it is painted and adds a lustrous and full feel to each panel. Not to mention he does the coloring too, so he knows exactly what he wants and it turns out great every time.

Our B storyline involves Black Canary and Emiko “Red Arrow” Queen hunting down the Underground Men to find out who’s in charge of them taking impoverished citizens and trafficking them. On top of that, Ollie has to build a case for himself to clear his name of murder with the help of a lawyer that knows her only way out of this mess is to prove him innocent.

There is a lot that is going on in this series, and it’s worth taking a look. Percy handles the story very well, and there are no wasted characters. Everyone here has a reason to be and they are all given important tasks. Ferreyra is outstanding on art, as is Otto Shmidt who sometimes comes in for the art. There is a lot to like about this series, and I look forward to the next issue wherein Ollie goes to meet up with Batman in Gotham!

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Batman #29

Reviewby Sankalp G.

When reviewing Marvel’s “Secret Empire” I had mentioned a simple but complex dinner scene. I thought it was very well written. But The eight-course dinner scene with Bruce Wayne, the Joker and the Riddler crafted by King is truly a masterpiece here. This issue is going to be the ‘polarizing’ issue in this arc, with a completely different solution to the problem.

The issue is based around the fact that Batman is powerless and won’t be able to do anything to stop this war but Bruce Wayne may able to achieve something. Bruce arranges an eight-course dinner with both parties (the Joker and the Riddler) to negotiate. Fantastic writing and really great art carry forward the story, which comes to the simple fact: Batman needs to choose a side, if he wants to stop the war.

The writing in this issue is fantastic. All the character stay in their characters, which is sometimes hard to achieve in dinner like set pieces. The art by Janin has been great too, and it was needed to be as this kind of issue needs expressions to drive the reader, which he achieves here.

The decision taken by Batman to choose a side is polarizing to say the least. King has truly made this series his own and has already taken a big decision (Batman and Catwoman), so I expect him to deliver in this regard too.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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