Welcome to this week in comic book reviews! The staff have come together to read and review nearly everything that released today. It isn’t totally comprehensive, but it includes just about everything from DC and Marvel with the important books from the likes of Image, Boom, IDW, Scout, Aftershock, and more.
The review blurbs you’ll find contained herein are typically supplemented in part by longform individual reviews for significant issues. This week that includes Batman: The Imposter #1, The Immortal Hulk #50, Clear #1, and James Bond: Himeros #1.
Also, in case you were curious, our ratings are simple: we give a whole number out of five; that’s it! If you’d like to check out our previous reviews, they are all available here.
Batman ’89is encroaching on becoming a version of The Dark Knight filtered through Tim Burton’s aesthetic as Harvey Dent begins his descent into Two-Face. The issue opens with a few unexpected curveballs before settling into the main thrust, seeing Harvey fall from grace and Gotham City rattled. Bringing Catwoman back into the mix allows Sam Hamm to channel some of the kink and humor that laced the original Burton movies. The social issues tackled in previous installments are still present but referenced more subtly than before. However, it’s the art team that truly steals the show in this issue. Joe Quinones infuses readers’ first glimpse at Two-Face with equal part shock, tragedy, and grim comedy. Harvey’s eyes are full of sadness and confusion as he delivers a line of text that might as well be “Is there something on my face?” Quinones subtle frames the scene of Barbara Gordon riding with Harvey to the hospital, Barbara’s expression changing depending on which half of Harvey’s face is in the frame, reflecting her conflicted feelings. Quinones also excels at depicting Gotham’s cityscape, conveying the twisted gothic noir of the film. Meanwhile, colorist Leonardo Ito gets to shine during a hallucinatory dream sequence, melding EC Comics’ and Batman ’66 pop art stylings into a potent, eye-catching blend. Previous issues of Batman ’89 were solid, but the team seems to now be firing on all cylinders. — Jamie Lovett
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Even with some questionable mental healthcare and slightly jarring visual moments, Batman: The Imposter #1 is the gritty, complex story that the main Batman title wishes it were telling. By leaning into the internal and external darkness, this comic is opening up… Brinkwire Summary Entertainment News.