With the number 7 being my favourite number, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that week #7 of Brown Bag Day has been one of the best of the new year. We have new titles including Kick-Ass #1, as well as continuing favourites that push the boundaries of comics week in and week out. Let’s get to it!
Time to Catch Up
Batman: White Knight #1-5
So I have to confess something. I first saw the issue of this comic a few months ago and was not impressed in the slightest. I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe I was tired or irritated in the moment because this is easily one of DC Comics’ best books written by one of DC’s best teams. Batman: White Knight tells the story of Jack Napier, the true identity of the Joker, who undergoes treatment to dissolve the Joker’s persona. Now cured from his sadistic sickness, Jack Napier decides to be Gotham’s white knight, using the people to attack the true villain of Gotham City: The Batman. This comic has been one of the best selling books in the last few weeks and constantly requires multiple printings. Brought to us by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth, this limited run (8 issues) is verbose, but worth the time and investment.
Comic Grade: (4 / 5)
Batman: Sins of the Father #1
Yes, there are two Batman books on this list and no, it is not because DC paid me to do so. Whereas Batman: White Knight explores an alternate fragmented timeline, Batman: Sins of the Father uses the popular narrative delivered by Telltale Games’ Batman. (If you have not played that game, or any Telltale games, you are in for a treat.) Exploring the relationship between Batman and Bruce Wayne, Sins of the Father uses information and experiences shared in the game, and translates them into a supplemental comic that follows the ebb and flow of the game. Great storytelling and great art by Christos Gage and Raffaele Ienco.
Comic Grade: (3.5 / 5)
Kick-Ass #1. *COMIC OF THE WEEK*
I have been waiting for this comic for a long time and boy did it deliver. By the great cup of Mark Millar and John Romita, the property which spawned two movies is back in a brand new way and better than ever. This Kick-Ass is different. Mark Millar was adamant about the representation of this new hero being “a prominent female person of color,” and hopes this change will help bring about a Kick-Ass TV show with an African-American female lead. More power to you, Mark. In this version of Kick-Ass, we meet Patience Lee, a gritty, determined military veteran who returns home from active duty to find her husband has left her and her two kids behind. Patience now cannot earn a living to support herself, her children, the bills, and the loans, and must figure out a way to make ends meet. The comic is packed with subtle nods to our current time in society, as well as serving a dark comedic look at what society does wrong. Must-buy of the week!
Comic Grade: (5 / 5) (For Mature Audiences)
Kill or Be Killed #16
Ed Brubaker’s story just keeps moving forward. In issue 16, the reader is treated to a slower, more cerebral read into what the main character Dylan, is feeling at this moment. His situation has begun to unwind and now he’s in danger of losing everything and everyone close to him, just to satisfy an entity that may or may not be there… Man, that is messed up. The action is light and the reading is heavy in #16, but the payoff is there and story has progressed 5 fold. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
Comic Grade: (4 / 5)
Old Man Hawkeye #2
So, so, SO glad Old Man Hawkeye is back! #1 left us on a solid cliffhanger, and issue #2 did not disappoint. Each issue delivers a small peek into the total destruction and carnage brought upon the now fallen heroes by Red Skull and the band of Villains. Hawkeye must now survive an assassin as well as a symbiote in a manner that only Clint Barton can. Hawkeye has now run into a small problem, that actually turns out to be a massive stumbling block, literally. As he sets off on this quest before he loses everything that he has, he must join forces with those he trusts, and that list shrinks every day. Ethan Sacks and Marco Checchetto mold this action-adventure story that is hitting all the right beats.
Comic Grade: (4.5 / 5)
Did we forget any comics this week? Comment down below and let us know! We want to join in on the stories that you are reading. Until next week!