Weekly Comics Round Up! – September 19th

So here we are again chatting about the week’s comic releases.  Thankfully this week did not have any major spoilers posted in the major news outlets.  So what was on the spinner racks this week?

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #5

This is the final chapter of the Ghost Prison story, and this one is one heckuva last chapter. Everything is resolved and we get some massive twists thrown in at the end.  I don’t think anyone could have predicted how this one would end.  Because of that, I’m not going to spoil it here.  Suffice it to say, it’s a shocker.

I’ve pretty much loved everything about this book from the beginning.  Haden Blackman is a great writer and he really seems to understand Darth Vader, especially in this transitional time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  Darth Vader is a character that has many different layers and with a writer who doesn’t fully understand that, it’s easy to get a one dimensional character who is just evil for the sake of being evil.

In this book, we see the effect that Darth Vader has on those around him.  He twists those close to him, until they are as dark and damaged as he is.

Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #15

The splintered United States is on the verge of all out civil war.  We are beginning to see who is behind all of this, a puppet master pulling the strings and making these factions dance and war with each other.

There are only a handful of people who are fighting to keep everything together, The Ultimates.

Captain America fans have a lot to love in this book.  Ultimate Cap has been on the sidelines for a while now, but is now back fighting the good fight and he gets quite the reward for his efforts to bring the country back together.  It’s an unusual idea, but something I would love to see done for the character.  I think he has earned it.

Wonder Woman #0

These DC 0 issues are a strange mixed bag, like most of what DC is putting out.  This issue is a good one.  Different than expected.  I guess I’m not sure what I expect out of the DC 0 issues.  Some of them feel like origin stories, some are just artistic wikipedia entries, while others like this one are just out of timeline stories.

This story is a nice homage to Wonder Woman’s history, both in continuity and the comics history.  It is a story “reprinted” from the archives.

I do find it a bit odd, that a comic starring a powerful female character would open with a comment about the “monthly monster.”  I’m pretty sure that they are referencing publication deadlines, but it almost feels like they are referencing something else.  Add to that the story’s plot revolves around Wonder Woman running away once a month to fight and train.  It could just be me reading too much into it, but it is still just an odd choice.

This is the kind of story that would work as an anniversary issue or some other special event.  I hope they didn’t “waste it” on this 0 issue.

Daredevil #18

Something is seriously wrong with Matt Murdock.  Someone is systematically destroying parts of his life.  Ghosts of his past and skeletons in his closet are being brought out for all to see.

Mark Waid’s fantastic Daredevil continues.  There really isn’t much more I can say on this one that wouldn’t just be more gushing on how great it is.  My only complaint is the art, I preferred the art of the first issues as opposed to this, but that isn’t to say it’s bad, I just prefer the other artist.

This is one book I am always looking forward to.

Batwoman #0

Speaking of unusual 0 issues from DC and books I always look forward to.  I wasn’t sure how they were going to handle Batwoman’s 0 issue.  Because the character is not that old and her origins have been pretty well covered.

So, I feel sorry for readers who use this 0 issue as the jumping on point.  You will be confused and you might not understand the praise that gets heaped on this book.  However, for constant readers of the book, this issue is not really anything but a slight side step out of the current timeline and storyline.

What we do have is a very nice story of Kate talking to her semi-estranged father, explaining her choices and why she does the costumed crime fighting thing.

This is a sweet story, a nice break from the heaviness of the current storyline.

Once again, I don’t know what the overriding plan is for the 0 issues.

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