Smoke and Mirrors #1
by Mike Costa, Jon Armstrong, and Ryan Browne
Mike Costa’s Smoke and Mirrors is awesome. It’s an intriguing new world with limitless possibilities filled with intriguing characters. Much of this first issue is used to introduce us to his unique setting and the main character, but he does it in an organic and interesting way. What makes this book awesome is that it unfolds slowly, and, like a good illusion, it draws you in. Before you know it, he’s turned the tables on you and not everything is what it seems. Ryan Browne’s art is great, too, and he’s put a lot of detail into his facial expressions which support the strong characters well. The coolest thing about this book, though, is that Costa has worked with an actual illusionist to insert a magic trick into every issue. It’s a clever trick and really fills the book with a sense of wonder. If you’re looking for a fun new world to dive into, then make sure you pick up Smoke and Mirrors.
Wonder Woman #7
by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang
The second arc of Wonder Woman promises to introduce us to even more cool interpretations of the Olympic gods as Diana prepares to venture into Hades to retrieve her lost friend. Before she can take on Hell itself, she must first visit the armorer of the gods and equip her and her allies for the journey. Azzarello does a good job of keeping the action going in what could be a quiet set up story, but where he really shines is giving us strong character interactions that give us a more in depth look into the kind of hero Diana is, and how much more she still has to learn. Of course, you can’t talk about this new Wonder Woman book without talking about Chiang’s art. His panels and action scenes are awesome, but he really shines in his character designs. No two gods have been alike, and even though he reinterprets them into his world, he always manages to incorporate aspects of their mythology into his modern take. If you missed the first arc, this issue is a great jumping on point, and don’t forget to pick up the trade of the first six issues when it comes out this May.