Sheesh. What a week of misses. Nothing was outright bad, aside from one book (see below), everything failed to meet expectations. There wasn’t much to read outside the big two, and none of them delivered anything other than mediocre. Meh.
Arkham Manor #1
Initially I thought this would be a Batman Universe book, a la Gotham Academy. Instead, this was a straight up Batman book. While the opening was easy to follow, I felt like I missed something. When did Arkham Asylum crumble? When and how did Bruce lose Wayne Manor? The opening arc seems interesting, with Batman going undercover, but not sure where the series could go from there. The art by Shawn Crystal was problematic, with Batman mostly appearing small and meek (see above), save for the last panel. A descent opening issue.
AXIS Hobgoblin #1
This was utterly pointless. The opening page advises to read AXIS #3 first, though I don’t see why. It’s never explained in either book why Hobgoblin is a good guy now, except for money. This wasn’t poorly written, but the entire conceit wasn’t strong to begin with. The entire AXIS event is starting to feel like a bungle.
Mark Millar stuck the landing. Everything about this series seemed out of his wheelhouse, delivering a heartfelt story over one full of action and profanity. The ending was smart, making it believable for a 60 year old hero to rise up and defeat an empire while the last page was sweet. Read this series.
Multiversity the Just #1
I have no idea what’s going on. The first issue of Multiversity was easy enough to follow (relatively speaking). The last issue was a bit confusing, and this one more so. Taking it by itself, it’s somewhat easy to digest. Every character was smartly identified in panel at least. As a whole however, doesn’t follow. The entire meta comic book mystery seems to be the only through line, one that isn’t enjoyable for me at least. Having difficulty follow Morrison’s past DC work, I’m hellbent on understanding this one. Outlook is not so good.
While AXIS has been disappointing thus far, Avengers is firing on all cylinders. Both this and New Avengers is weaving in interesting ways. Right now, most of the story hinges on the mystery of how they arrived at this place. One characterization, shown at the end, feels worn. This broke the set up a little for me. Still good, hope it pans out.
What did you read this week? Comment below!