By Molly Jane Kremer and Jarrod Jones. Happy New Comic Book Day! This is Casual Wednesdays With DoomRocket, where each week we discuss our feelings concerning the comics that mean the most to us, and the industry news that affects us all. This week, MJ & Jarrod reflect on ‘Wonder Woman’, share their Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues of the Week, and assess ‘Batman’ #24 and ‘Doctor Strange’ #20.
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MJ’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
The Unsound #1 — BOOM! Studios/$3.99
Paper Girls #15 — Image Comics/$3.99
Wonder Woman/Steve Trevor — DC Comics/$3.99
Heathen #4 — Vault Comics/$3.99
Shade, the Changing Girl #9 — DC’s Young Animal/$3.99
Jarrod’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Issues:
Babyteeth #1 — AfterShock/$3.99
Batman #24 — DC Comics/$2.99
Magnus #1 — Dynamite/$3.99
Superman #24 — DC Comics/$2.99
Tarantula HC — AdHouse Books/$14.95
REVIEWS FOR JUNE 7, 2017
Doctor Strange #20
Written by Jason Aaron.
Art and colors by Chris Bachalo and Kevin Nowlan.
Inked by Al Vey, John Livesay, Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba, & Kevin Nowlan.
Letters by VC’s Cody Petit.
MJ: It’s been a phenomenal ride. The final issue of Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s excellent run on Doctor Strange has come to an end, left to the annals of fondly recalled Marvel history. I’d recommend this series to any superhero fan who likes their comics with a healthy dose of the mystical, the horrific, and, well, the strange. Now pardon my weeping.
9 out of 10
Written by Tom King.
Pencils by David Finch and Clay Mann.
Inks by Danny Miki, Clay Mann, and Seth Mann.
Colors by Jordie Bellaire.
Letters by Deron Bennett.
JJ: Clay Mann’s grit is a snug fit for a self-serious book like Batman, and his fill-in pages — with bright, optimistic colors by Jordie Bellaire — are a nice visual break from David Finch’s anatomically all-over-the-place renderings. Bellaire’s balance between day and night creates a nice contrast for what Tom King is attempting to convey in this issue. Through her contributions, the reader remains oriented throughout King’s needlessly fractured narrative. The visuals provide a better sense of pacing than the the actual story itself.
6.5 out of 10
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Casual Wednesdays written and edited by J. Jones, produced by M.J. Kremer and J. Jones.
Intro interview music: “Talk to Me” by Jahzzar — YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)
Top 5 Most Anticipated Background music: “Runner Runner” Produced by Marc Dtwo — SoundCloud, YouTube (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs)