Fanboy Comics Contributor Jason Enright brings you his top comic book picks for the week.
Daredevil Issue 9
by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera
Daredevil continues to be the best book that Marvel puts out each month. Waid continues to knock it out of the park with this issue, as Matt Murdock investigates the theft of his father’s casket. The inker Joe Rivera and colorist Javier Rodriguez really get to shine as they take Daredevil on a trip underground with beautiful dark panels where the red of his costume is the brightest color in the frame. The coolest part of this series is how the art team lets you “see” the world as Daredevil does with his radar sense. They even turn this around in this issue as Daredevil’s senses get clouded, and the reader starts to see things that Daredevil himself is now blind to. Throughout the story, Waid continues to build momentum toward the upcoming crossover with Punisher and Spider-man, but he never sacrifices the core story of the issue. This is a great time to pick up this award-winning series, and, as an added bonus, the graphic novel of the first arc has just been released, if you want to get caught up.
Peter Panzerfaust Issue 1
by Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins
This is a wonderfully strange little book that sees the classic Peter Pan story reimagined in World War II France. The story follows one of Peter’s lost boys, years after the war, as he recounts the story of how he was saved by a young rebel who led him to safety in the city. The action in this book is fast-paced and the writing stays tightly focused. The story is sprinkled with fun aspects of the Peter Pan fairy tale that never distract from the main story but add a sense of magic and wonder to Peter’s actions in the war. This book is pretty violent and won’t be one for the kids, but, if you want a good war story with a bit of magic thrown in, you won’t want to miss Peter Panzerfaust.
Batman Issue 6
by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Scott Snyder seemingly pushed Batman to the edge of his sanity in last month’s issue. This month we get to see a battered, broken Batman strike out at his captors. Snyder has really crafted a true threat to Batman with his court of Owls, who have trapped Batman and slowly weakened him in their maze. Capullo’s art really shines as a delirious Batman fights back against the Talon. Batman’s hallucinations continue from last month, and the artist plays with what the reader and Batman see throughout the fight. There’s even a hint at the terrible threat that Snyder is building for his Night of Owls crossover event starting later this spring. If there is one book from DC’s New 52 that everyone should read, it’s Scott Snyder’s Batman.