Picks of the Week March 23-29

Emma: Batman Inc. #4 Savor this one folks, because issues #4 and #5 are all you’re going to be seeing of DC’s #1 crime fighter Kate “Batwoman” Kane until her long awaited solo series launches in the fall. While Kate makes a discovery that prompts her to reopen the murder of her late aunt Kathy, Bruce reminisces about a youthful fling with his mother’s sister in law while trying not to kill another old flame of hers.

Wolverine & Jubilee #3 Oddly slow moving issue, but very welcome cameos from Armor, Pixie, and Rockslide in an issue that is otherwise Logan Doing What Logan Does in an admittedly funnier way than usual. I’m not sure what to think overall and won’t say too much before it wraps but I’m not expecting any kind of shocking outcome from this mini given that Jubes is solicited to appear in X-23 still very much with the fangs. Although I’m not sure if this is a mini any more since the “limited series” tag wasn’t on the cover of this issue, but that could have been a printing error.

Daredevil: Reborn #3 I’m really digging Diggle’s approach (har har) to wiping the slate clean following Shadowland. It’s very nakedly one of those things that gets commissioned to fill the space between a poor storyline (in this case Shadowland) and the incoming revamp, but I like those little exercises when they are basically a talented writer flexing some muscle to prove the viability of their take on the character. Like Darwyn Cooke’s Selina’s Big Score. While nowhere near as ambitious, Daredevil: Reborn none the less proves that Andy Diggle knows exactly what he’s doing with Matt. Too bad it’s not actually him who’s going to be relaunching Daredevil. That job is going to Mark Waid, which ought to be interesting.

Daken #7 The thing about this series is that it is a lot like Death Note if Death Note had way less meaningless pontificating and had characters who were either likable, compelling or both. So really it’s not very much at all like Death Note except there is a lot of time spent proving just how clever Daken is, but it’s actually interesting because love him or hate him he’s always entertaining. Of course this issue ends with Laura and Gambit landing in Madripoor which means that the months of waiting are finally over. It’s time for the battle of the Wolverine Babies!

Off the printed page this week, my most important pick is Prince Gomolvilas’ take on the casting rumours around the Hollywood adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal manga epic Akira. Just between you and me, I stuck around after he instructed white people to stop watching. ;D

Can you believe it’s another week I haven’t picked up comics?  I know, convention season might make you think it’s all about the comics, but mostly it means I don’t have time to go to my LCS.  I do have a pick of the week, even still.  Namely?  The smackdown of Robert Granito by Mark Waid and Ethan van Sciver at Megacon. Thanks to Mark and Ethan for standing up to someone who is a stain on the world of comics.

About emmahouxbois

Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer trans woman from the wilds of Canada, most recently spotted in the Pacific Northwest. She is currently Comics Editor for The Rainbow Hub, a two time IWC Women's World Champion, and has written for the web since 2005 for sites including Playboy, Bitch Media, and Graphic Policy.
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