CBFU: From the Belgian Shop – September the 7th

First of all a disclaimer: last week I had zero time to write reviews and I figured since the main From the Shop weren’t reviewing either, it’d be a good time to take a break for a week. This week I’m a day behind, again since time management. But fear not! From now on, I should be able to review weekly comics again on time, that time being Wednesdays.

For the main reviews of this week’s comics, head over to CBFU: From the Shop to know what’s banging this week.

If you want to know what other comics are coming out this week, check out Previewsworld, where I get all my information on weekly published comics.

1. Batman #6 by Tom King & Ivan Reis

Tom King’s Batman run previously left of with the end of the “I am Gotham” storyline, which was great. This issue kind of deals with the aftermath and is basically the epilogue to the storyline, as well as setting up the next storyline in the last page.

As previously stated, Tom King hasn’t really reached his full potential with this book, but this issue looks the most promising one so far. Tom King reaches deep into his pockets to gather a full spectrum of emotions and symbolism, like we’re used from his writing style. Dealing with the repercussions of last issue’s events, this issue mainly focuses on Gotham Girl and how she lives with the fact that her brother died by her hands. It puts a spotlight on her emotions, but also on those of Batman himself. Tom King allows Batman to show a more human side of himself, where he’s able to show his emotions. For far too long Batman has been depicted as an emotionless, methodical vigilante who only cares about saving Gotham and who denies emotions to cloud his vision. Tom King really tries to change that depiction, and he succeeds like only he can.

The art isn’t as good as David Finch’s art was, but it’s good as well. Ivan Reis’ art suits this issue better than Finch’s art would have, since this issue isn’t focusing on fight scenes, but rather on emotions. The soft and more smooth art style makes the things stand out that should stand out. Although it’s a little bit inconsistent at times, it’s still very enjoyable and easy to watch.

All in all, this issue is once again a banger by Tom King’s hand. He adds some new depth to Batman’s character and it promises for the future. This issue confirms that this is one of the best DC books right now.

9/10 Lugos

2. Moon Knight #6 by Jeff Lemire, Wilfredo Torres, Francesco Francavilla & James Stokoe

Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight has been hitting hard. Easily one of the best books at Marvel and certainly the most thought provoking book out there right now. This book is of the highest quality and it shows no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

This issue of Moon Knight is by far the craziest one Jeff Lemire has put out so far. We meet yet another alias of Marc Spector, this time Steven Grant. Or was it Jake Lockley? Or wait, is he Marc Spector all this time? Who knows? We don’t, at least, and Moon Knight himself doesn’t know either. The book is so thought provoking and goes so deep, it’s one of the most brilliant approaches to writing comics I’ve seen lately. It makes you think about whether or not everything is real in the book, whether or not it’s an illusion or a dream, or even something completely different. Jeff Lemire delves even deeper into the craziness of Marc Spector’s mind (or Jake Lockley’s? Or was it Steven Grant’s?) and keeps proving that this isn’t just some cheap knock-off of Batman. Moon Knight is more and deeper than that.

Just like last month’s issue, this issue’s art was by Torres, Francavilla and Stokoe. Torres drew over half of this book, which is less than he did in the previous issue. I think that due to him taking on more, that’s why it lacks a bit more finesse than last time. It’s a little inconsistent and unfinished at times. Stokoe’s art is still a big thumbs down, but happily it’s just two pages so I don’t botter that much. Francavilla’s art is the best in this book. It feels very dark, even though it’s really colourful, defining for Francavilla’s art style. It really suited that part of the story and the colors, by himself, all felt right in place.

Jeff Lemire on fire. That’s all I need to say.

9.5/10 Lugos

3. Bloodlines #6 by J. T. Krul & V Ken Marion

Marvel and DC aren’t really well known for publishing original books outside of their canon universe, with only the occasional Watchmen being published outside of continuity. This Bloodlines series is another one of those non-canon books that have nothing to do with the main DC Universe.

This book was a surprise for me. I didn’t really expect it to be very good, I really expected it to be really meh. The concept sounded generic and the creative team isn’t really well known either. But this book definitely succeeded my expectations. This six issue mini tells about a group of school kids who randomly get superpowers due to an alien virus. As I said, generic. But Krul found a way to tell it in a rather original way and he added some aspects to the story that made it seem more interesting than the concept would imply.

This issue was a fine ending to the series, although it felt a little rushed and not really fleshed out. The final battle was only one page, which was way less than it should have been. The characters each go their ways in a pretty cliché kind of way. And one character got completely wasted only to appear in an open ending that didn’t really add anything to the book, besides the possibility of a follow-up series.

The art wasn’t the best, but it was certainly acceptable. More than once it felt sketchy and rushed, but other times it felt right like it should be. The art really captures the action of the book, which is a plus.

Good writing, acceptable art, decent book. If you were doubting to buy this book, go for it. If you only just now heard of it, you might as well try something new.

6/10 Lugos for this issue
6.5/10 Lugos for the whole series

That’s it for this week. Join me next time as I review more comics!

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Scott Hanna & Marcelo Maiolo

Benno
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