dr strange 12 continues full on and strongly, a perfect showcase for Bachelo’s unique art and wonderful imagination. Aaron really plays to his strengths and Antonio Fabelo’s colours are getting a great showcase, playing a big part in the look of this issue.
future quest 5 is a really assured book, some amazing artwork - but the massive cast makes it a bit hard to follow as does the main storyline being limited to around 10-12 pages a month. It’s really stop start for that reason and I think I’m going to reluctantly drop it and maybe watch out for a big collection in the future, that can be read in one sitting - not really working great on a monthly basis, despite the high quality.
green arrow 8 is still flowing effortlessly, although I’m slightly confused on a couple of things that I’m sure will be cleared up as we progress thru this arc. Otto Schmit does art and colours here and I love his loose, confident style that almost touches Lemire and Kindt territory. His colours are also lovely and I wanted to transport to that island for a few hours myself.
green lanterns 7&8 I was done with this title, but the ads for the next arc made me want to come back, in case Humphries first 6 issues were just an unfortunate blip, especially as they happened to feature the red lanterns who I feel have had extreme overexposure. So I went back and picked up 7 & 8 to read the first 2 chapters of this 3 part arc.
I have to say this was a most welcome change of pace and focus. ‘Family Matters’ is the title of the arc and as you’d guess it deals more on the character development side of things and touches on stuff like Jessica’s anxiety issues and Simon’s Lebanese family dynamics, which is all really interesting and relatable stuff. The first 6 issues were like a bad space buddy movie, really drawn out - but humphries seems to have a handle on things now and shows glimpses of the solid, fun stuff that he displayed on his Star Lord comic at Marvel.
Where previously the book was on par with the worst of the new 52 GL stuff, these 2 issues have been genuinely exciting, well meaning, funny and a joy to read - and there’s a lot packed into them, but never in a turgid sense.
I just hope they never lost too many readers with what came before.
I’m glad I u-turned on this.