Reading: Comics Roundup

Some comics I’ve been reading as of late:

Silver Surfer (2016, 1-4): Silver Surfer travels the universe on his board having adventures with his human companion, Dawn Greenwood.  Dan Slott writes the Surfer as a Doctor Who type of character who saves the day on this planet and others. Dawn Greenwood is his Rose and makes sure that he “remembers” his humanity.  While it might seem like a knockoff, the story serves as both a tribute to Doctor who and yet remains original enough to be interesting. As good as Slott’s writing is here, its the artwork that is the show.  Mike Allred, who also contributes to the story, perfectly pencils the comic.  Even better is the work of his wife, colorist Laura Allred, who makes this one of the more vibrant comics I’ve read. It matches the stories perfectly in tone. No matter how gripping the plot can be, this is one comic that I just enjoy looking at the artwork and make sure I have the time to take it all in.

Archer & Armstrong: I’m only on issue 6 of this ongoing series by Fred Van Lente and Emanuela Lupacchino and I’m amazed by how hooked I am.  One of the reasons, I’m shocked is that I hate anything that smells conspiracy theory. This takes conspiracy theories and runs with it.  Everywhere is a secret group plotting.  Lente truly makes these groups menacing. It also helps that we have two likable leads who are very flawed characters. I can’t wait to read more.

Citizen Jack: A man who has no business being in charge of small business, much less the country, makes a deal with a demon to run for President.  His campaign makes him an everyman that people can identify with even though he hasn’t said much of substance.  I’m only one comic in and Sam Humphries has me hooked in that it would be funny if it weren’t so terrifying sort of way.  The artwork, by Tommy Patterson is both crude and detailed, again reflecting the tone of the writing.

What are you reading?

 

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