THE HONOR ROLL: November 23, 2012

Welcome to the Honor Roll, a weekly feature highlighting five of the best comics from the week, as decided by Comicosity’s E-I-C Aaron Long. Last week was an epic week for comic releases, and this week was a worthy successor to it. Check out my thoughts on five great books from Wednesday, November 21.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Richard Elson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

So, yeah, lots of hype about this one, and it is deserved. Slott writes this character SO WELL. This is a really hard comic to talk about without spoilers, so I’m going to be rather brief and vague on purpose. This comic’s reveal is huge for the series, and propels it into issue #699 and #700 with a massive velocity. If you have read the reveal, I strongly urge you to go back and read through the issue and watch for Slott’s subtle clues, it is really quite brilliant. Elson’s art is solid as well, not letting the script down and working very diligently to not give away the secret before the reveal. This is a well crafted comic.

COMEBACK #1
Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Michael Walsh
Publisher: Image Comics

This is one of the most unique concepts I’ve read in a comic this year. Time travel is something we’ve seen many times, but not like this. This felt like a half-breed of Inception and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for me, and I really enjoyed it. Brisson has got a really interesting concept here, and I like that it is a contained mini-series. All will be revealed, and I can’t wait to see what the secrets of this book are. Walsh’s art is great, and I think this title will be a great springboard for him into the mainstream publishers (if he so desires).

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1
Written by Mark Waid
Art by Leinil Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics

A new volume of Hulk, and yet another take…but I like it. This is dramatically different than Jason Aaron’s thoughts on Banner/Hulk, but also a lot more movie friendly for readers drawn in by what they know of Banner from films. Waid is cooking up an interesting angle with Banner attempting to balance Hulk rather than control him, and Yu pencils an absolutely fierce gamma-radiated machine. There is a jaw dropping splash panel in this book worth the price of admission alone, and I look forward to the next issue if for no other reason than to see what Yu is going to bring to the table next.

HAWKEYE #4
Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Javier Pulido
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Hawkeye is undoubtably one of the breakout books of 2012, and this issue continues the sharp writing Fraction has delivered in the previous three. David Aja is missed, but Javier Pulido does a great job of maintaining the style of the series. Fraction manages to keep this title fresh and throws curveballs right where they need to be. Final thought: Kate Bishop rules.

AVENGERS #34
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Brandon Peterson, Mike Mayhew, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson & many more…
Publisher: Marvel Comics

And with that, the Bendis era of Avengers comes to a close, and I really enjoyed his final issue. Bendis ties this volume of Avengers up very cleanly, tying up loose ends he created in the series and leaving a pretty clean sandbox for Hickman to come play in. There are great moments in this comic with iconic Avengers characters, and the jam session from the art heavyweights was a very interesting touch. This comic was a fitting end to what has been a fantastic run by an author I have been very happy to have read for the past several years on this title, and I look forward to reading this book again when I embark on a complete re-read of the Bendis years down the road.

And now, I ask, what were your top five? Sound off and let me know your Honor Roll in the comments section!

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4 Comments

  1. Matt SantoriGriffith said:

    Wonder Woman #14 was definitely one of my top books this week. Love seeing Diana embracing her newfound sister. I also loved Batwoman #14. So so glad I stuck it out with that book. Seeing Kate stand tall next to Wonder Woman herself is brilliant.

  2. Moms Read Comics said:

    Wonder Woman #14 was very emotional and well done, setting up things to come. ASM #698 has to be the book of the week though. No matter what I’ve been reading and enjoying this week (sorry the girlie romance of JL #14 sucked me in,) I keep coming back to ASM and that feeling it left me of, “What the heck?!”

    Has anyone read Catwoman #14? I know it’s a Death of the Family tie in, but I just can’t bring myself to read Catwoman.

    On a side note, I’m loving the artwork of Supergirl. I was very surprised by the route “H’El” is taking with Supergirl and her best friend Siobhan is done so well (along with the “awkward family moment” at the end of the book.

  3. Matt SantoriGriffith said:

    I may have to check out Supergirl again. I bought it for awhile and loved Siobhan’s introduction, but fell off. I tried Catwoman with the #0 issue and fell off pretty quickly. 🙁

  4. Christian Orellana said:

    I just read ASM #698 yesterday. I managed to avoid all the spoilers, and by the time I finished reading my feeling was, exactly, “What the heck?!”. Well said, @momsreadcomics:disqus!

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