Weekly Comic Round Up 5/11

This week we’re doing things a little differently for our Weekly Comic Round Up. Instead of a podcast, we’ll be doing small articles instead, as we give our thoughts on this week’s issues that we read. As always, we’ll be giving our thoughts on the issue and give a little background on what the issue is about and whether or not it is worth picking up. So let’s start things off with our favorite cat-burglar.

CATWOMAN #52
This issue marks the end of the “Faceless” story arc for Catwoman as well as serving as the series finale. Unfortunately, Catwoman will not have a solo book for Rebirth, so this will be the last time we see her leading her own title, for awhile at least. Again, Frank Tieri does a brilliant job characterizing Selina. He really has a grasp on her character and it shows in her innor monologue. Inaki Miranda’s artwork is absolutely brilliant, it’s a shame that he doesn’t have Rebirth work because his style is truly unique. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have much artwork in this issue as he’s joined by guest artists as well, and it can be rather jarring. This story arc however, while fun, was clearly just a quick story to wrap up this run and like most DC books right now has a sense of being rushed. The ending is rather unremarkable and just ends abruptly. Compared to the first story arc with the Frost Diamond, Faceless falls a little short in terms of quality. This series has actually been one of my favorites from DC Comics and it’s a shame to see this series end. I would have loved to have seen Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda continue their adventures into Rebirth. Here’s hoping Selina Kyle gets another chance to prowl the streets of Gotham again.
Score: 7.5/10

BLACK PANTHER #2

Wakanda is in turmoil and many are questioning the leadership of their king. T’Challa is dealing with multiple issues at once including a full blown riot by a woman named Zenzi, the escape of two Dora Milaje as well as finding a way to help restore his sister, Shuri. Ta-Nehisi Coates has done a solid job bringing us into the world of Black Panther and while he does a great job at times, the big issue about this series is how unfriendly it is to new Black Panther readers. Black Panther was, to many, the star of Captain America: Civil War and it got many eager to try out T’Challa’s new series. If you are completely new to the character or have never reader a Black Panther book, you’re going to be pretty lost. That’s really the only major complaint I have about the book right now. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous as well. I’m eager to see where they take this book.

Score: 8/10

ACTION COMICS #52

We continue the “Final Days of Superman” story arc with the Trinity haven’t returned from China after coming to a dead end. Their story in this issue is rather dull but the real story takes place between the imposter Superman, who has been trying to convince Lois Lane that he is the real Superman, and the Superman of the pre-Flashpoint universe. The imposter Superman brings Lois Lane to his home and the interactions between the characters here is what really made this issue standout. It was fun to see young Jon confuse the “New 52” Lois Lane for his own mother. This story arc has been a lot of fun so far, and this issue really shines from bringing the pre-Flashpoint Superman into the mix. Had it just focused on the Trinity again, it would have been a rather dull story.

Score: 6.5/10

BATMAN #52
It’s a little weird seeing a Batman issue without Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo but don’t let you drive you away from the title. James Tynion IV takes over writing duties for this issue and gives us a little bit of Batman’s origin. Don’t worry, it’s not showing us the Wayne’s death again, by now everyone in the world knows how Batman came to be. Instead we focus on Bruce and his tactics on getting over the death of his parents. He keeps a notebook with steps and tasks he wishes to complete in order to move past their death. I was a little hesitant of Tynion because he’s been rather hit or miss for me but this issue was a definite hit. We also get some great moments between Alfred and Bruce and this issue reminds us that Bruce Wayne is first and foremost human, with real human emotions and issues. If we can expect this kind of writing from James Tynion IV, we’re in for a real treat when he takes over Detective Comics this summer for Rebirth.
Score: 9/10

That’s all for this week. Please feel free to tell us what comics you picked up this week and what you thought about them!

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