Adding some ratings to my comments again. Not something I’ve done for a while, but it’s hard putting into words when I don’t have a lot of time.
Namor: Best Defense # 1
At first I thought this was boring, and because I’ve read a lot of Aquaman recently, it felt too similar.
However, Chip Zdarsky has a nice steady flow with his writing this issue, and it was quite pleasant in places to sit back and let the story wash over me, but overall it made my eyes heavy.
The artist, Carlos Magno, is a little inconsistent, but his art has a style similar to the detailed line work of Andy Clarke, who I feel is really underrated and under utilised.
Plot wise, Namor looks to bulk up Atlantis by bringing back the Vodans and integrating them as allies, having been living in some form of exile in the depths for centuries. He chooses to venture out on his own as he does not have the support of his people, whose myths and legends of the Vodani have grown over the years and painted them as savages.
I have zero affinity for Namor, but I’m reading this as a lead into the new Defenders set up.
It’s heavy on the politics but I suppose enjoyed it enough, there’s an interesting last page which sets up a link to one of the other books, out next week.
My only major complaint is the colour palate, which is dull as dishwater.
This isn’t a killer concept on the level of some of the stuff Mark has come up with, but that’s not really a problem because the book is enjoyable to read.
Albuquerque’s art looks better than it has for a while. He’s changed his style a bit for this book, less lines, more blacks and a generally cleaner style. I like it.
The colours from Marcelo Maiolo are also great, particularly his rendition of light, whether it be sun or artificial - it adds a bit of atmosphere.
The heart op scene was genius, totally caught me off guard and utterly hilarious.
This isn’t fully my cup of tea, just not the type of book I’m massively interested in, but I’ll keep reading as it was fun and I’d like to see where Millar is heading with it.
The post wedding events feel a little decompressed, but I supposed that has been necessary. what a twist on the last page, holy fuck
Some great art here as well. Never heard of Jorge Forbes, but he’s a great find.
Doomsday Clock # 8
That was really intense. The whole Firestorm piece was quite emotional, disturbing and just kept escalating. I actually felt really anxious and an overwhelming sense of dread, as well as frustrated on Firestorm and Superman’s behalf - because there’s such strong parallels to the world we live in just now and the constant animosity and acts of aggression and unwillingness to listen to reason.
It was great to see the focus on DC superheroes. I’ve said from the start that’s what this is meant to be. Not Watchmen 2 and I feel that is becoming more evident as we go.
Also, the meaning of the title is becoming abundantly clear, with the tensions between the US and Russia over the metahumans issue.
I love how we are 2/3s of the way through and I have no idea where this is headed.
Die # 1
Gillen’s script is great. The plot and setting are right up my street. Bunch of misfit metal loving teens in the early 90s meet to play a RPG designed by one of them (I’m sure many of us can relate to this) for his friend’s birthday…drama unfolds
Unfortunately the art renders the early 90s setting a little bit redundant. There’s no details, no backgrounds, no sense of place. Not only that it’s quite raw as well in places. Which I don’t get because I’ve seen some of her covers before and I thought they were great. However there’s also a couple of great pages in the rain at night, that are a bit more abstract. I’m hoping she hits here stride as the book goes on and her storytelling is mostly absolutely fine.
Good first issue and the back matter chat with Gillen is also good.