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Weekly Hit (and Miss) List: 10/6/2011

by Ben Peirce

The Weekly Hit (and Miss) List is a rundown of the best and worst things I read this week regardless of their original publication date. It doesn’t have to be new – just new to me.

Checking in a little late this week, but not because I was particularly busy or even lazy.  I just plain forgot.   But that just means I have a few extra days worth of comics to choose from.  Let’s get to it…

THE HITS

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #1-4 | Icon | Ed Brubaker (w), Sean Phillips (a) w/ Val Staples & Dave Stewart (c)

If you’ve read any of the previous installments of Ed Brubaker’s crime noir series, Criminal, then you know that the man has a gift for this type of story.  Each Criminal mini series offers up a self-contained tale from the underbelly of society, which intermingle and tie loosely together to form a larger continuity.  What makes Last of the Innocent special is that series artist, Sean Phillips and world-class colorists, Val Staples and Dave Stewart get to stretch their artistic legs through a series of flashbacks done in a faux-Archie Comics style.  It brings some levity and punctuates the backstory of Riley Richards, a small-time crook plotting to kill his millionaire heiress wife.  It’s 4 issues (compared to 6, in previous volumes) and the pacing is perfect.  Nothing is wasted and the tension remains high for every panel of this captivating tale of reprehensible people who you just can’t help rooting for. BUY IT

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Weekly Hit (and Miss) List: 9/26/2011

by Ben Peirce

The Weekly Hit (and Miss) List is a rundown of the best and worst things I read this week regardless of their original publication date. It doesn’t have to be new – just new to me.

2 and 2 this week and while I’d planned to spotlight 3 leading women of the New 52, I decided to throw in a Marvel #1 to balance things out. 

THE HITS

Batwoman #1 | DC | J.H. Williams III (w/a) & W. Haden Blackman (w)

It should come as no surprise that this book made the hit list. I’ve only been eagerly awaiting it’s arrival since oh … April of 2010. We spoke with J.H. Williams III when this series was announced over a year ago but since then we got only a #0 issue before the book was shelved (presumably in preparation for the DC relaunch).  Well, I’m here to tell you today that it was worth the wait! Fans of Kate Kane’s adventures in Detective Comics will be very pleased to see her story pick up right where it left off and Williams’ art is an absolute thing of beauty. Continue reading Weekly Hit (and Miss) List: 9/26/2011