- A quick note to start off this roundup. I'm pretty sure that not a single one of these comic came out on July 21. That might strike you funny; it does me as well. My comic purchases have dropped off dramatically so it has been a few weeks since I visited the local shop. I let issues build up until the trip is worthwhile. Enough of me. On with the comics.
- Batwoman: Elegy deluxe hardcover edition - Collecting all seven issues of Greg Rucka and J. H. Williams III's run together on Detective Comics, there was now way I could leave this book on the shelf. I'm not a huge fan of most DC comics, but I'm a huge fan of Rucka. His work here, setting up a great character, along with amazing art by Williams, makes this a high recommendation for anyone with an interest in superhero comics. My one quibble is that the comics make great use of two page spreads that look beautiful in single issue, but lose the inter margins because of the binding. Read it; it's wonderful.
- The Man With The Getaway Face - I loved Darwyn Cooke's first Parker adaptation, The Hunter. And now I'm eagerly awaiting the second, The Outfit, which is actually based on the third Parker novel. But instead of skipping the second book entirely, Cooke decided to adapt it as a prelude to The Outfit because it has some bearing on the rest of the series. Since it's scheduled to be printed as the opening chapter to the next comic, I was going to leave this one on the shelf. But curiosity got the better of me. Cooke's art, as in the previous book, is beautiful and expressive. The oversized pages in this issue let you really study it. The story was great, as well, though I wonder if the original was just as slight or if Cooke had to simplify a lot to get it all in. Either way, I'm looking forward to The Outfit even more now.
- Scarlet issue 1 - Brian Bendis finally returns with a new creator owner book alongside Alex Maleev. Scarlett seems to be about a young woman how becomes a terrorist/revolutionary in the face of overwhelming corruption and apathy. I doubt I'll be back for the second issue. If it gets a lot of praise, I'll check out the trade down the line, but the story completely failed to grab me. Plus, Maleev's artwork has never really clicked for me. (That's all I'm going to say about that because I'm no artist and I don't want to come across as a d-bag.)
- X-Women one-shot - The long awaited (by me at least) collaboration between Chris Claremont and Milo Manara finally made it to the U.S. in this one shot edition. As I expected, the art was wonderful while the story was rather light and fluffy. Honestly, that's all I really wanted from the book. Anyone looking for an important, mature story might be missing the point. I would like to see it in a large European-scale book though instead of the standard American comic size.
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