10. Ultimates 2 #6
|Writer: Al Ewing/Pencils & Inks: Travis Foreman/Colors: Matt Yackey/ Letters: Joe Sabino|
9. Dark Days: The Forge #1
|Writers: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV/ Pencils: Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr., Scott Williams, Klaus Johnson, Danny Miki/ Inks: Alex Sinclair with Jeremy Skipper/ Colors: Steve Wands/ Letters: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair|
8. Dark Nights: Metal #2
|Writer: Scott Snyder/ Art: Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion|
7. Divinity #0
|Writer: Matt Kindt/ Art: Renato Guedes/ Letters: Dave Lanphear|
6. X-O Manowar #1
|Writer: Matt Kindt/ Art: Tomas Giorello/ Colors: Diego Rodriguez/ Letters: Dave Sharpe|
There's great narrative contrast between how Aric is clearly feeling about all of this and how he's performing in battle. He's wiping the floor with these goons, but isn't happy to see it. If there's one narrative weakness to this book, it's that things go a little as planned, as the commander describes the battle as it happens. Thankfully, it's backed by incredible action set-pieces with, again, stunning artwork. There are so many panels or backgrounds that I would want hanging in my room as paintings, and it only gets better.
This comic feels like a video-game but reads like a great science fiction story. We're one hundred percent behind Aric as we take this new adventure with him, and the opening pages really hammer home the world and where his character is, so we can just jump right in with him. It's a true jumping on point for the character. Anything you would need to know for this is explained as he discusses his time on "Urth," but it's not done in some bland expository way. It's done in a way that he's trying to cope with what's going on as well as explaining it to a woman he thinks he loves?
Plus, there's the new power dynamic at play: the suit. There's definitely a feeling throughout the book that something is missing, and it's the suit, but Aric doesn't want the suit. Well, why? He clearly yearns for the ability to rid himself of violence, and the suit is the fastest means of doing so. It creates interesting and thought-provoking questions going forward into the series. It's a great starting point for an even greater series.
5. Detective Comics #965
|Writer: James Tynion IV/ Pencils: Eddy Barrows/ Inks: Eber Ferreira/ Colors: Adriano Lucs/ Letters: Sal Cipriano|
4. Moon Knight #14
|Writer: Jeff Lemire/ Art: Greg Smallwood/ Colors: Jordie Bellaire/ Letters: VC's Cory Petit|
3. Batman/Elmer Fudd #1
|Writer: Tom King/ Art: Lee Weeks/ Colors: Lovern Kindzierski/ Letters: Deron Bennett|
2. Mister Miracle #4
|Writer: Tom King/ Art: Mike Gerads/ Letters: Clayton Cowles|
1. Batman #21
|Writer: Tom King/ Art: Jason Fabok/ Colors: Brad Anderson/ Letters: Deron Bennett|