Clever Titles are for Better Writers Comics Round-Up 04/03/13

Another week, and another pretty phenomenal week for comics. Sure, 90% of that is because of James Stokoe, but heck, what more do you need? COMICS! Sometimes they are great.

SPACE JAM OF THE WEEK

Godzilla: Half-Century War #5 written, drawn, colored, and lettered by James Stokoe, color assists by Heather Breckel:

“So, here we finally are.”

It’s going to be a while before I can accept that the best Godzilla comic of all time has ended. Stokoe’s always been an incredible artist, but this mini-series really showed his improvement as a writer, so I am looking forward to seeing him take these skills back to Orc Stain. In the meantime, while I’ve heard good things about IDW’s other Godzilla comic, I don’t think I’m ready to move on. G:HCW has kind of wrecked me for Godzilla-related stories for the foreseeable future. I realize I haven’t really addressed the contents of the comic very much, but look. It’s James Stokoe drawing Godzilla, and Ghidorah appears, which is all you really need to know.

Harbinger Wars #1 written by Joshua Dysart & Duane Swierczynski, drawn by Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain, and Mico Suayan, colored by Brian Reber, lettered by Dave Lanphear:

“It’s time you heard the news, friend. I’m everybody’s problem.”

Indestructible Hulk #6 written by Mark Waid, drawn by Walt Simonson, colored by Andres Mossa, lettered by Chris Eliopoulos:

“Thor?”

For anyone who doesn’t know, Walt Simonson’s seminal run on Thor in the ’80s is pretty much the only reason anyone likes the character. Now he’s working with Mark Waid, which makes this comic’s incredible. I’m not sure how long he’ll be on the series, but hopefully he’s the new ongoing artist.

Locke and Key: Omega #4 written by Joe Hill, drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez, colored by Jay Fotos, lettered by Robbie Robbins:

“Fuck it, let’s do it the hard way then.”

Thanos Rising #1 written by Jason Aaron, drawn by Simone Bianchi, colored by Simone Peruzzi, lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles:

“It’s okay.”

Jason Aaron hasn’t done good job of establishing origins for villains lately, which is odd, considering how well he developed most of the cast of Scalped. The origin story in the most-recent issue of Thor: God of Thunder felt trite, and Aaron repeats a bit of the same story here. So many of Aaron’s recent villains almost feel like hyper-extensions of the  “One Bad Day” story from Batman: The Killing Joke, in that every mass-murdering psychopath started out as a very special boy, or caring father, and circumstances led to… blah, blah, blah. It’s not a terrible idea, but seeing it repeated multiple times within a month (the third one is Dog Logan, from Wolverine and the X-Men) gets a bit tiring. Maybe he can make it work with the four remaining issues of the mini-series, but so far it isn’t interesting. Still, Simone Bianchi finally got an actual colorist, which means whom makes his art clearer than anything Bianchi has done on his own in years.

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