This Week in Comics: 7/25/12

This week in comics, Saga #5 still doesn’t exist for some reason, National Comics launches with Eternity #1, and Image continues to blow minds with Prophet.

National Comics: Eternity #1

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 33 (Final)

After reviewing and ranking 416 ongoing comics, in addition to reviewing dozens of miniseries issues and one-shots, my eight-month mission to read every DC New 52 issue published each week comes to an end.

I set out to do six-months, but was encouraged to keep going until the first wave of cancellations after month eight.  It was a harder undertaking than I expected, especially with real life (including a new baby, two jobs and recurring dental issues) encroaching on my comic book reading time.

Now I aim to ease back on my “ranting” and focus on some creative writing projects.  Also, I start a new job after next week, so I better focus on proving my worth to my new masters.

Anyway, as usual, each comic is scored out of five.  A final leaderboard ranks each title based on their average rating.

Warning, there could be spoilers ahead, although I try to avoid them.

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Parts 24 and 25

 

Since there was only one ongoing this week and I was disastrously behind with last week’s reviews, I’ve just rolled them together in one article.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five.  From here on out, I’m only going to update the leaderboard once a month – at the end – to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain (excluding reviewed one-shots and mini-series).

Warning, there could be spoilers ahead, although I try to avoid them.

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Review: All-Star Western #2

All-Star Western #2, cover by Moritat

Whatever else you say about the relaunch, you can’t say it didn’t give us some fascinating books.  All-Star Western #1 was compared in some circles (including here) to a Western take on Sherlock Holmes.  Narrated by a doctor – Doctor Amadeus Arkham, who would later go on to build Gotham’s Arkham Asylum – it features an unlikely pair faced with a mystery/conspiracy reaching into high society.  This issue continues that plot, but at a much brisker clip.  Stronger in almost every single way than the first issue, this would be an unquestionable winner if not for a lackluster back-up introducing readers to El Diablo.

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Review: All-Star Western

Jonah Hex has long been a staple of the DC Universe Western.  In fact, when Westerns went out of style – both in comics and in mainstream American culture – Hex was the only Western hero DC still published semi-regularly.  And with the Western seemingly coming back in fashion (the very popular True Grit, No Country for Old Men and 3:10 to Yuma films, as well as upcoming TV shows like Hell on Wheels (AMC), Gateway (TNT), Hangtown (ABC), Ralph Lamb (CBS) and others), now seems like a good time to highlight him and hope to hell that the hilariously horrible Jonah Hex film hasn’t hurt his reputation.  It shouldn’t have – no one saw it.  And it’s a good thing DC took that chance, because All-Star Western is one of the best debuts of DC’s New 52.

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