Hey everybody, it’s resident grumpy Brit and music nerd Mal Foster here, introducing the first of (hopefully) many weekly columns dedicated to all things funny book related. I’ve always been a comic lover at heart but over my short yet fruitful life, I have dipped in and out of love with the medium. Right now im riding on the wave of resurgence, and to keep the flames of passion consistently fanned, I’ve decided to write about what I’m reading, what I want to be reading and more importantly what I should be reading. But it’s not all about me, I want to know what it is your currently reading and what your looking forward to. Not to mention what you would recommend me to pick up, I am just getting back into the habit and any recommendations, or suggestions are more than welcome. But with all the formalities and introductions out the way, lets get these beauties out of the boards, out of the bags and lets get down to business!
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Issues #11 – #15
Written by Doug Moench, Artwork by Paul Gulacy and Terry Austin
Since DC rolled it’s issues back to zero and started again with its new 52, I have been keeping my eye on two particular titles. Nightwing and Batman, both of which have had two pretty damn good issues released so far. I’ve tried a couple of other DC 52 titles such as Green Arrow but they just didnt resonate with me. Until issue three of both Bruce and Dick’s separate adventures see the light of day, I’ve decided to dip into some of my favourite Dark Knight story arc’s and trade paper backs. This week has seen me go over the Prey arc which ran from September 1990 to February 1991. The story follows insane megalomanic Dr Hugo Strange and his
quest obsession with Batman’s identity. After winning over the faith of Gotham’s mayor Wilson Klass, Strange is appointed as a consultant to a task force founded by the mayor and led by Jim Gordon. A task force given orders to bring Gotham’s caped vigilante to justice. The arc does a great job of fleshing out its main characters especially Strange, it really gets under his “psyche’s skin” and shows just how dangerous the doctor is. It also shows a truly fragile side to the caped crusader, focusing on just how much his origin has effected him. There’s also some really good character developments throughout the story arc too, especially with the character of Max Cort. Cort is a police sergeant recruited as a major figure in Mayor Klasse’s task force, but soon finds himself a little too close to Hugo Strange. You can understand why Prey was linked to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the publicly vilified version of Bats would slot in the universe Nolan has set up so far. Whether it has had any influence on the forthcoming flick is to still be seen, but whether it has or not takes nothing away from this book. The art work is good, not outstanding but still good, however its the writing behind Prey which sells it for me. Have you yourself read through Prey? If not does it sound like something you would enjoy? More importantly…are you enjoying anything in particular right now? If so what?
Looking at whats coming out this week via the good folks at Comic List, I gotta admit theres not an awful lot which is taking my fancy this week. I’ve heard many a good things about DC’s first issue of Huntress which see’s its follow up released this Wednesday. Of course if your keeping up with The Walking Dead weekly you’ve got issue # 45 heading your way courtesy of Image. Other than that the only other releases that have grabbed my eye are Marvel’s Avenging Spider Man #1 and issue #6 of Jennifer Blood by Garth Ennis (via Dynamite). Having said that I havent got round to reading through the prior five issues of that particular property yet, so that might be a good start. But what about you? What are you reading, and what are you looking forward to? I’d love to know, but until next week whatever your reading enjoy, and I shall see you here next week.