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411’s Comic Reviews: Thanos #10, Batman #30, More

September 7, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Thanos 10

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Thanos #10

Review by RobF

Thanos and the Avengers? Thanos fighting for the side of good? Not a likely story but a good one nonetheless. Thane, the son of Thanos, powered by the Phoenix Force decided death was too good for his father and banished him to a lowly powerless existence. But you can never count the Mad Titan out.

Thanos had to go to his own version of Hell to get his powers back, Hell being a member of the Avengers and the savior of Earth. For Thanos nothing could be worse. Anyone could figure that it wouldn’t last and he would be back to his evil self as fast as possible. The best part is his reaction: when he recognizes the situation and wicked laughs at the attempt. My fascination with Thanos is never ending: a psychopath who accesses a situation and determines how it best suits his interests. He will team with anyone and do anything to further his agenda. Jeff Lemire clearly understands this and writes accordingly.

German Peralta’s style is perfect for this type of story. His depictions of a weakened Thanos are spot on and with Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors make this a great looking issue. Thanos is one of the few villains that, written correctly, can carry a series. The Marvel Universe is better with him in it, scheming and plotting its demise. Let’s hope there are plans to continue.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Daredevil #25

Review by Jonathan Durden

I can’t exactly say that Marvel has been hitting out of the park lately, mainly because I only read a few titles from the publisher. But what I do know is that for this particular title, I love every issue. Charles Soule simply knows how to write not only Daredevil, but Matt Murdock as well.

With this issue, we have the finale of the Supreme arc, wherein Murdock attempts to make a case that will allow masked heroes to testify without having to reveal their identity. Instead of dropping criminals at the door of a police station, they now are able to become a part of the legal process that ensures they are put behind bars.

As I was reading the issues that make up this arc, I could tell that this is something Soule had planned for quite some time. I think that’s important because not only is it good storytelling, it gives the reader a sense of importance and completion to know that this was thoroughly planned out and that every beat of it was intentional. Some comics just don’t give that feeling to the readers.

The art is no doubt in my top five for all the comics I’m currently reading. Alec Morgan’s art with Matt Milla’s colors make for a sensational combination. One thing I look for when I read a comic, especially from one of the “Big Two” because it’s more common with them, is how they handle the action sequences. I’ve read countless Marvel or DC titles where the book will be going well up till the action hits and then it turns into a jumbled mess that takes my eyes a good while to adjust and figure out what is going on in the page. With Daredevil, however, Morgan sets up a particular action sequence really well and it’s easy to tell who is who and what’s happening. He paces out the fight by breaking it down into panels, and I’ve found that those are the easiest for me to wrap my head around rather than a double page spread of craziness.

One thing that became clear as I read this issue was that I will be keeping an eye out for this entire creative team. Soule, Morgan, Milla. All of them. They all blew me away with this issue and I can’t wait to read the next one to see where Soule is going to take us next.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Batman #30

Reviewby Sankalp G.

Just when you think that the War of Jokes and Riddles (WOJAR) can’t get any better, King throws the readers off the loop by another interlude: the second part of The Ballad of the Kite Man.

Initially I avoided reviewing the first one as it was a fun issue to distract from the stakes and the tension in the series but build it even more in the background. It had its own charm. This issue is an upgraded version of it and deserves to be read by everyone.

There are revelations here. Which side Batman joins, what is the state of the battleground, and, of course, casualties. Even though the issue center around Kite Man, it’s still Batman’s story and King never lets us forget it. WOJAR continues.

Kite Man is one of the characters that King has shown a lot of affection towards. The readers will also love him, yet pity him after reading this issue. Batman has another interesting villain in his rouge gallery.

Clay Mann’s art is great here. It never grabs too much attention from the reader to distract him from the story, nor is it bland as to just fade away in the background. It’s perfect for this kind of issue and the story told by King is absolutely brilliant, which uses the art to it’s full potential.

I am not going to spoil this issue, as i think it’s best for readers to find it out on their own. The final twist, Kite Man’s journey & life, his significance, is all laid out perfectly and it should be read by the reader. At the end of the day, I will still consider it as an interlude but the quality of the issue makes it one of best issues of WOJAR.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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