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Scarlet Book One – Bendis & Maleev

On Thursday, Newbury Comics had a “buy one get one for a $” trade paperback sale. You know I was all over that. I ended up grabbing a few my brother was into too. One that he specifically wanted was Scarlet: Book One. I was game. The cover looked cool enough, and the combination of Bendis and Maleev was a seller for me. I read it. Gave it a go immediately.

Spoilers: 1 page in, and I was already anti-hooked. Breaking the fourth wall is not my thing. Deadpool is not cool. I just don’t get into it. I like to suspend my grasp on reality when I read comic books. I don’t need a character lecturing me. I appreciate messages and undertones. Get your message across through the actions and story. Speaking of the story, how the hell did this “girl next door” turn into a semi-trained killer over night? How did a felon (she must be a felon, right?) get any of those guns? How did she get the drop on a trained police officer, even if he was corrupt and under the influence? How does she know to dump her wig in a puddle to remove prints? I’m sorry, but my suspension of reality can only stretch so far for a comic book that lacks leotard heroines or mutant aliens. Those are my two cents on that. /Spoilers

I’ll give you this, though, the artwork from Maleev is refreshing. I like it. Slight throwback style, not the crisp, refined images we are accustomed. I’m a fan. For that reason, I’d suggest picking up the 5 issue series from daggettscomics. The hardcover I picked up is cool, but how many variant covers do you need to look at? And the script? Probably not super necessary either.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #11

Recently Marvel has been doing some good things with event books. Avengers #500? Game changer. I think this set the tone and bar for Marvel U to do great things with issues that by sheer number SHOULD be great.

This issue certainly fits in with the pedigree.

#11 – Daredevil 100 (volume 2)

Incredible cast of artists including Lee Bermejo, Gene Colan, John Romita Sr and more recent DD favorites Maleev, Lark, and Djurdjevic. Brubaker holds it down and if you are a fan of any modern books, check this one out. It might make you rethink how cool Daredevil can be.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #12

So if you have been detached from the comics world for a minute, lemme catch you up.

Essentially, the Scarlet Witch flipped the entire world inside out and created an alternate reality before reverting to the one we know and love… except that now there’s a whole lot less mutants. (I would go with the “no more mutants” tag, but you know, it’s outdated.)

In the process, she kinda killed Hawkeye, who obviously was not okay with that. So… what happens next?

#12 – New Avengers 26

Hawkeye finds her, disguised as a simple villager in the frozen in time villages of Wundagore Mountain. The Witch seduces him, things go down, and he realizes he is in no position to exact revenge from a demigod. Bendis spins a great yarn, one of the many in New Avengers, but Alex Maleev is on point. A style which is both gritty and smooth, he was the perfect artist to pen this issue – an underrated feature is his ability to develop facial emotion and buildup through his panels, which is on full display here.

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Top 100 Summer Comics… #77

I try not to get too hyperbolic on things on here.

I know most of the time I fail miserably, primarily because I try to cull the crap and just give you stuff I love.

This will be slightly different, because I will allow myself to delve into some hyperbole with regards to a comic series and creative team that restored my faith in comic books.

#77 – Daredevil 62 (vol.2)

Bendis is applauded everywhere – his work on Daredevil is his best in my opinion. The tone and pace is perfect for the character, and much like Peter David nailed the X-Factor team in my last post, Bendis just killed Matt Murdock. Frank Miller level “got it”.

But the shining force here is Alex Maleev. The artist was born to draw a dark, street level comic book. What sets this issue apart in my mind was the visual of Maleev’s Black Widow. Not just a typically drawn beautiful woman – he drew her with a uniquely Post-Kremlin beauty that is awe inspiring.

I’ll stop there. I could keep going on… and on…

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