Friday, October 25, 2013

Comic Book Review - 10/23/13

My pull list this week was rather short but this was compensated by just how entertaining the comics were. This week I got Aquaman #24 (DC) and Samurai Jack #1 (IDW).

Aquaman #24 (DC): Writer: Geoff Johns. Artist: Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons

This is the second to last issue of the "Death of a King" storyline, which will also be Geoff Johns end on Aquaman. I have greatly enjoyed Johns run and his characterization of Arthur Curry and his relationship to the Atlantis and specifically the throne. This issue in this regard does not disappoint. Geoff dedicates the entire issue to the history of Atlantis, how it sank and who is responsible for its demise. This history is intricately connected to Arthur and Merra and could have large ramifications for the character down the road. I have been looking forward to a history of Atlantis for a while and this satisfied all of those cravings.  My only complaint is the entire issue is a history of Atlantis and we must wait until next month to see how this information will move forward the plot and story.

This is a must read for any Aquaman fans or Geoff John fans. Geoff is great at world building and this issue expands the history of Atlantis and simultaneously puts its future in jeopardy.

I give it a 4.5 out 5

(P.S. Also, Aquaman has a beard again!!!! Its epic.)

Samurai Jack #1 (IDW) Writer: Jim Zub. Artist: Andy Suriano. 

For those who were fans of the Cartoon Network show "Samurai Jack" or those who have never heard of the show, this is a great place to jump in and read. The story picks up with Jack stranded in the future seeking a way to get to the past and kill the evil demon Aku. The art is in line with the show, which helps create a sense of continuity with the show. The art is also amazing because Suriano was the artist that did the original Samurai Jack character designs so the award winning art is a highlight of each page and panel. Zub shows that he is able to tell a classic Samurai Jack story: (1) Jack finds a possibility of returning to the past, (2) Jack must fight tons of warriors and robots, (3) Jack gets one (small) step closer to returning to his home. This formula, which is prevalent in the show, appears again in the comics and I found it engaging.

My only complaint is it takes a moment getting used to Jack talking more in the comics then in the show and I wish the story was a little longer. I felt that the story was a little short but I can not complain too long because the art is so amazing.

For old fans and new, I highly recommend picking up Samurai Jack #1. 

I give it a 4 out of 5 

Do you agree? Disagree? What were your favorite parts? 

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