The Clown Prince of Crime: Azzarello and Bermejo's "Joker"
Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s “Joker” (2008) sure takes de Batman mythos to a whole new level. With compelling illustrations by Bermejo and top story-telling by Azzarello, the legendary nemesis of the caped crusader takes the reader through the low, crime infested streets of Gotham city like it has never been done before.
This week's pull list
A bit late because of NAMM, but here we go!!
- Birds of Prey#5 - Truly miss Gail Simone’s incarnation, but this something that is nearly all new. Starling is an awesome character as is the rest of the BOPpers. There’s tons of badassery in this, but this particular issue sort of takes the time to give us a bit of exposition on all of them. Will be sticking around for more!
- Green Lantern Corps#5 - When the Corps title first emerged after Geoff John’s Rebirth it took a while for me to get into this title as it all felt superfluous and uninteresting until the title started preluding the Sinestro Corp War. At this point after the reboot, I’m feeling the title is kind of back where we started. I’m a sucker for a power ring, but this series has gotten a bit boring. THAT SAID…seeing Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood as alien Green Lanterns drinking under Guy’s Bar was pretty exciting for a film geek like me.
- Wonder Woman #5 - Really missing Cliff Chiang’s art on this one, but that isn’t the sole reason why I think it’s probably the weakest issue so far in this generally strong series. I hope its ramping up from here because I’m loving this reboot title. Azzarello is doing a great job.
- Batman #5 - SCOTT freaking SNYDER. This book is amazing. This is a Batman we haven’t seen before. Mad. Just plain mad. The experiment Snyder and Capullo pull off in this issue is just as insane as the turmoil Bruce Wayne goes through. The Court of Owls are messed up and can’t wait to see them crossover with the rest of the bat-family. It also seems that they might be trolling some of digital comic readers who use self-orienting smartphones or desktop computers, since its really hard to flip them…
- Nightwing #5 - I love Kyle Higgins’ work, especially on this title, but I’m a bit monster’d out.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws #5 - I’m actually getting more and more into this one. We start to see Jason Todd redefining himself as not being hung up on his relationship to the bat-family as well as some interesting battles.
- Catwoman #5 - Despite all the hate this book has been getting, for mostly good reasons, I have been enjoying this title. This issue shows a lot of what type of character Selina Kyle is and the action pacing was pretty dead-on.
- Ultimate Spider-man #6 - One of the titles I look forward to the most because of how fun and different it is. I really miss Sara Pichelli’s art. Although Chris Samnee’s artwork is good, it sort of changes the tone that was already established.
- Daredevil #8 - Second half of the crossover with last week’s “Amazing Spider-Man” Mark Waid is giving Daredevil a strong comeback.
- Spaceman #2 and 3 - Vertigo sold the first issue for a dollar and from reading that I got really intrigued. The story of an ape-ish man designed for space travel, rejected, and his struggle in a post-apocalyptic Earth. I love everything I’ve read from Brian Azzarello.
- Chew #23 - One of the best comics out there. This week had a particularly awesome cover fitting the “Major League Chew” arc title. Image rules.
- Morning Glories #15 - This issue of Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma’s series about a group of teenagers attending a literally murderous school is, like usual, enthralling but still leaves you hanging…and its fun that way. More questions than answers. This one particularly focuses on Zoe, “The one most likely to cheat on you” and her past. Image rules.
- Superior - Conclusion/Double issue. An angel gets it’s wings every time Mark Millar completes a series (sorry War Heroes angel!). I’ve loved this book and the ending was fun, despite what I thought was a cop-out resolution, but then again in a story that has a space monkey giving kids super powers you kind of can’t be stringet on the rules. Highly recommended all the same.