Saturday, January 06, 2018
Comic Shop Comics: January 3rd
It strikes me as similarly tragic that Sale is just drawing covers for Batman, rather than interiors. As I know I've said at least a half-dozen times before, it would be great if they called upon Sale to draw the interiors for a done-in-one issue, of which this is an example...although, in this particular case, the specifics of the story don't seem to be of the sort that would make it an ideal showcase for Sale's talents.
What are those specifics? Writer Tom King and artist introduce us to maybe the worst Batman villain ever--"Master Bruce," a young boy who has his parents murdered and carves the names Thomas and Martha into his own cheeks. As a one-off, I'm sure it's fine, but, given King's habit of long-term plotting, I have a feeling Master Bruce and Master Bruce will meet again.
In the second half, someone comes out of the Lazarus Pit in the labyrinth, using up one of its three resurrections. It...is not a character I would have expected to see resurrected.
I likely would have passed, given how much Star Wars I have in my life these days and that this is at the IDW price point of $3.99/20-pages, but it is drawn and co-written by Elsa Charretier, the incredibly gifted cartoonist from Marvel's under-read Unstoppable Wasp series (and who also did some notable work for IDW's Star Wars Adventures comics. That, and it's set on Hoth and features tauntauns. I kind of love tauntauns, and often think of them fondly during Ohio winter's.Charreteir's partner Pierrick Colinet gets a co-writer credit, even though he is a boy.
I hope to talk more about the book and the suite of weekly books elsewhere in the near future, but for now suffice it say that it is an elegantly told, elegantly drawn Star Wars comic appropriate for readers of all-ages...which one would assume all Star Wars comics would be these days, but, well, Marvel's weird about this stuff sometimes.