This week, we’re spotlighting some experimentation, sci-fi epics, and the end of the road for the last of DC Rebirth’s original writers. Also, we’re rolling out a new segment designed to save you a few bucks.
The Flash #762 (DC Comics)
(w) Joshua Williamson (a) Howard Porter (c) Hi-Fi
Who would’ve thought at the beginning of DC Rebirth that Joshua Williamson would be the last original writer standing? Clocking in at 101 issues (per the solicit), Williamson’s run on The Flash has seen its fair share of highs, a couple lows, but mostly solid if unspectacular storytelling. But through it all, he has worked diligently to rebuild the Flash mythos that was decimated by the New 52. Whoever the next writer is, they owe a huge debt of gratitude to Williamson’s workmanlike effort to bring back so many of the elements that made the Mark Waid and Geoff Johns eras so celebrated.
FINISH LINE, FINALE
Barry Allen and the Reverse-Flash race for the last time in this fast-paced conclusion. For years, Eobard Thawne has tormented Barry Allen, and now the Flash knows the only way to win is to make sure the Reverse-Flash never runs again! The story years in the making comes to a close as Joshua Williamson finishes his epic 101-issue run on The Flash!
Savage Dragon #252 (Image Comics)
(w/a) Erik Larsen
Any time Erik Larsen utilizes a zero-fucks-given approach to Savage Dragon, the result is wildly entertaining. As someone who grew up reading the Sunday comics strips, this sounds amazing. As someone who’s become more of a student of the medium’s history, I look forward to seeing which classic strips Larsen pays tribute to.
Another wildly experimental issue wherein each doublepage spread is told in the style of a classic newspaper comic strip-from a Peanuts parody to a Dick Tracy sendup, from a Doonesbury lampoon to a Blondie satire, this issue is sure to amaze and inspire.
Rai #7 (Valiant Entertainment)
(w) Dan Abnett (a) Juan Jose Ryp (c) Andrew Dalhouse
I can’t think of a publisher who’s schedule has been more upended thanks to the pandemic than Valiant. While we still eagerly await the new Shadowman from Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis Hunt, as well as the upcoming Ninjak from Jeff Parker and Javier Pulido, at least readers can check out the latest issue of Rai, which is arguably the best “superhero” book being published right now.
Dan Abnett and Juan José Ryp explore “WILD FRONTIERS” in the most critically-acclaimed sci-fi epic of 2020! A mysterious supernatural storm has trapped Rai and Raijin with their enemies… but who will live to see daylight?
Bonus: What Looks Bad
X of Swords: Creation #1 (Marvel)
(w) Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard (a) Pepe Larraz (c) Marte Garcia
As much as readers lament event comics, crossovers are by far worse. In the former, a series you’re reading may have a tie-in issue, but it usually doesn’t detract from the series’ core story. More often than not, event tie-ins offer nothing of substantive value to an event’s core storyline. Crossovers, however, do interrupt the flow of a series’ story by forcing readers to check out other books. A given title may have parts 1 and 4 of a twelve part story, and the rest are spread out among 3-4 other books. This is why I’ve been dreading “X of Swords.” I want to read Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men without having to worry about what’s going on in Excalibur or X-Factor or anything else. Look at the solicit for this. It’s billed as “Chapter 1,” but it also says it’s continued from one series and continues in another. Screw that. Crossovers suck. If you want to support Hickman, go back and pick up the first several issues of Decorum over at Image.
X OF SWORDS, CHAPTER 1
A tower. A mission. A gathering of armies.