This Week’s Comics

I’ve officially run out of things to say about these light weeks.  With my pull list it’s apparently feast or famine.  Here are this week’s new and noteworthy titles.

  • IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #2 – Even without Mike Allred’s direct involvement the first issue was a lot of fun.  Big, BIG ups to Mike Norton for capturing the light-hearted spirit of an Atomics book while keeping his own distinctive style. 
  • PUNK ROCK JESUS #3 – This book right here?  This book right HERE?  It is INCREDIBLE.  Jump on now so you can tell the kids you read it when it came out.
  • ROCKETEER CARGO OF DOOM #2 – If you a) like Waid and Samnee on Daredevil, b) like The Rocketeer, or c) both, this book is a fun romp, full of secret agents, jet packs, and Americana.

That’s it for this week.  What looks good to you?

Sunnytime Review Show – Daredevil #9

Since it launched, I’ve had Mark Waid and Paulo Rivera’s Daredevil on my pull list.  I haven’t been able to track down the first issue, though, so I also haven’t been able to dive into it, even though I’ve heard nothing but great things.  Well, with issue 8 concluding the Spider-Man crossover I figured Daredevil #9 would be a good place to take the plunge and  actually get to read the thing!

I was a little wary, though.  Normally when a book gets such consistently good reviews it runs the risk over being overhyped.  In addition, Mark Waid was at the forefront of the Silver Age revival started in the late 90’s (and brought to reductio ad absurdum by Geoff Johns).  While Waid has consistently been a great writer, with the move in recent years to more high concept comics (think Jeff Parker, Jonathan Hickman, and (to some extent) Geoff Johns) I wasn’t entirely convinced he would fit in with newfangled crazy-idea, high-action, madcap stories that represent the best of the current crop of comic books.  (None of this is to say that all comics are trending this way, but when I look at my favorite comics these days that’s the common element I see.)

I needn’t have been concerned, as Mark Waid is obviously too good a writer to be dismissed due to trending styles, as he gets the high concept right with Daredevil and still manages to nail the nuance and characterization any good comic needs.  

Matt Murdock heads underground on the trail of coffins exhumed from a New York cemetary by the Moloids, for purposes unknown.  As he follows them further and further underneath the city, Rivera’s artwork REALLY gets to shine.  It’s moody and eerie, as befits a Daredevil comic, but where he really shines is his representation of Hornhead’s radar sense.  It’s graphic, detailed, and truth be told, how I always figured DD “sees” the world around him.  And then there’s the nicest touch: Waid and Rivera have CLEARLY thought about the benefits and limitations of a radar sense.  The panel of Daredevil navigating down the underground river is nothing short of amazing.  

I haven’t been this excited about finding a new comic since I discovered Atomic Robo.  If you’ve been looking for something new to check out or just want to see how good a superhero comic can get: Waid and Rivera’s Daredevil.