The Best Thing I Read This Week Was: Thanos #3
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colorist: Frank Martin
Maybe it should not come as a surprise that this book topped my pull-list of comics that shipped 25 January 2017. Lemire and Deodato. Who else would it be? But it caught me off guard for several reasons. I don't like Thanos. Other than Sinestro, I'm not really a fan of the "villain gets his own comic" schtick. Well, Sinestro and Deathstroke, depending on how you classify the latter. And finally, I just don't care about Thanos. But this comic made me stand up and take notice. It's pretty damned amazing how Lemire concurrently humanizes and monstrifies this character; making him equal parts a child to pity, grown into adulthood through a life of violence, bigotry, and sorrow, as well as a craven serial killer. Deodato's art is simply, as always, just to die for. And it's the first time I've actually liked Gladiator, who I normally think of as the Marvel Universe's ultimate tool-shed. It's a no-brainer, this is going on the recurring pull-list, no doubt. Only question now is whether this is an ongoing or a limited series. Still trying to figure that out.
SCORE 8.5 / 10.0
Other comics of note last week:
Odyssey of the Amazons #1
Story and Script: Kevin Grevioux
Designs, Pencils, and Cover: Ryan Benjamin
A great original take on a tale that pre-dates Wonder Woman. Pitches the notion that all Amazons did not originally live on Paradise Island. That throughout the years, many had become scattered and lost, subsequently then absorbed into the tribes of various lands. Hessia and her brute squad are charged by Hippolyta to sally forth and gather all lost Amazons to her banner. Along the way, this Amazon spec ops squad makes many new friends and new allies, but also new enemies. As the story closes, they travel far north to rescue a group of their sisters who have been kidnapped, and prepare to encounter gods and enemies of another mythology. Great art, a solid story, heart-warming interaction between a cast of strong, and highly diversified female characters. We need more books like this.
SCORE 8.0 / 10.0
And that's it for the week that was in comics, folks. There were a high number of books just below the honorable mention cutoff; like 5 out of my pull-list of 12, to be exact. Be sure to check back for my reviews of new comics, as we settle in for the week shipping Wednesday, 01 February. I have not drafted my pull-list just yet, but I'll get right on that now that I have posted TBTIRTW. And be sure to check out this past week's reviews of Assassin's Creed: Templars #9, Star Wars #27, and Savage #3.
Stay safe, be good, and Good Hunting!