Stackology- 11.25.09

Because of the holiday, I wasn’t able to tear through this week’s batch of releases at my usual frantic pace, but that didn’t diminish the strength of this particular stack one bit. As something of a ballpark measure, in your typical week, Amazing Spider-Man will always drift towards the bottom, but this time it’s nowhere even near that. So here we are again, in that final shipping week of the month, with a pile of books filled with some of my favorite creators and monthly titles, yet forced to pick a favorite. Would it be Invincible Iron Man, which featured what has to be the monologue of the year from Tony Stark? Or would it be the New Avengers doing their best Ocean’s Eleven impression, aided by some simply awe-inspiring artwork from Stuart Immonen? In Blackest Night things took another horrible turn, and a victory grows more and more impossible with every issue. However, as it was last month around this time, J.H. Williams and Detective Comics impresses the most.

DAYS MISSING #4 (ARCHAIA)
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #39 (DC)
UNKNOWN SOLDIER #14 (VERTIGO)
FANTASTIC FOUR #573 (MARVEL)
CHEW #6 (IMAGE)
SECRET WARRIORS #10 (MARVEL)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #613 (MARVEL)
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #4 (MARVEL)
SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN #3 (DC)
UNCANNY X-MEN #517 (MARVEL)
GREEN LANTERN #48 (DC)
POWERS #1 (MARVEL)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #20 (MARVEL)
NEW AVENGERS #59 (MARVEL)
DETECTIVE COMICS #859 (DC)
BLACKEST NIGHT #5 (DC)

One sequence (honestly, one panel) was the deciding factor this week. This installment continues its run through Kate Kane’s beginnings, and though it was important to see her stand up for herself when confronted about article 125, and how exactly she met Montoya, I wasn’t as blown away as I was by the opening chapter. For a short while, anyway. Until I reached that final scene where Kate has a fateful run-in with a certain Dark Knight, while fending off a mugger. Which shouldn’t have been that exceptional a thing on its own, but what Williams and colorist Dave Stewart did with the art here was truly remarkable. Until this point, Williams was employing two very distinct styles for the past and present narratives, but in this sequence, both styles come together in a very subtle, yet beautiful way. Two characters that are rendered in two completely different visual styles touch one another, and you can feel that everything is going to change for one of them after this moment. I know we should all be used to this type of thing by now, but man, no one illustrates a comic book like this guy. If you’re not buying this (or planning to once it hits trade) I feel sorry for you. Seriously. (by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III)

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Stackology

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s