Review, recommend, and discuss the week in comics.
1 (What I got).
Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #1 (of 5) by John Layman and Fabiano Neves. The artwork is clean and bright -- not so good for a horror book, and the writing is dull. Layman makes a point to go through a host of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness lines to try to charm the reader who knows those movies, and it feels forced. Also every single member of the Avengers responds when Ash shoots the intercom at the front of the mansion. Not good. All the life -- pardon the irony here -- has been sucked out of the original series.
Justice League of America #6 by Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes. The conclusion to the Red Torrnado story, and a very strong conclusion at that. This book has really surprised me, no moreso than in the ending. Endings are very hard, but Meltzer comes up with a powerful one that both affirms the status quo while also being quite dark. This has been a great six issues, which I never expected.
The Authority #2 by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha. Remember that about three quarters into last year Morrison launched his new vision of The Authority? Well one quarter into this year, you can now read the next 22 pages. There is an obligatory "meta" scene that bugs me but also HAS to be there -- and Morrison is smart to deal with it right off the bat -- but overall this is a great comic book. Morrison's challenge was to make the team, designed to feel HUGE, feel HUGE again. His "realistic" idea for them is crazy, but he has done it -- in the last page of this issue you FEEL how HUGE one character is. Again, surprising.
In comic book news CNN covered Captain America #25, in which Captain America dies post-Civil War. The complaints one could make about that are many but let's start with one from the standpoint of good storytelling -- if that was what you wanted to do that needed to be in the Civil War core series. Or stop the company line about how the story is in that series, and the tie-ins are just part of the bigger picture. I did not buy it. I am very tired of events now.
New Satacracy 88 up at itsallinyourhands.com.