Comic Book Reviews for July 19, 2017

The 3 Week Diet
A new X-Men team forms and the Power Rangers look to the future.

It was another big week of comics. Batman #27 explored the sad origin of a silly Gotham villain. Astonishing X-Men #1 introduced a brand new team of mutant heroes. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #17 kicked off a major new storyline for the series. And Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter made his return to comics with Sisters of Sorrow #1.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.

Aquaman #26
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Written by Dan Abnett | Drawn by Stjepan Sejic

Stjepan Sejic has done an amazing job in only two issues on Aquaman. Sejic’s art is so dynamic and mesmerizing that he’s elevating a good script by Dan Abnett into something even greater. Abnett may even be playing to Sejic’s strengths through Dolphin’s facial expressions and body language, which are her only ways to communicate with Aquaman. Sejic captures the subtleties of her face so well that it is easy to fill in the gaps and figure out what she’s saying without words. Sejic’s use of color has also given Atlantis an even greater depth and it truly feels alien and familiar at the same time. The long-term success of this book is going to come down to Abnett’s ability to keep things interesting now that Aquaman is no longer king. So far, this has been a masterful way to turn this book into one of DC’s finest superhero adventures. -Blair

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Batman #27
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Written by Tom King | Drawn by Clay Mann

“Writer Tom King has taken a fairly risky approach to depicting the events of ‘The War of Jokes and Riddles.’ That war has mostly unfolded in the background of the series, with King and his partners less concerned with chronicling the battles themselves than the effect they’re having on the major players and those innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. That approach continues in Batman #27, the first of several interlude issues focused on the origin story of Kite-Man. This issue succeeds in transforming that villain from goofy comic relief to tragic, integral player in this devastating conflict.” -Jesse

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Green Arrow #27
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Written by Benjamin Percy | Drawn by Jamal Campbell

Another issue, another team-up between Green Arrow and another hero. And of course, the team-up is preceded by prerequisite hero vs. hero fight. In this case, it’s Wonder Woman, and it’s somewhat refreshing that Benjamin Percy leaves Oliver Queen truly humbled by the encounter. There’s a fun bit of history between them that comes out as well, and they play off of each other nicely. However, the issue is more truly alive when Black Canary teams up with Emiko back in Star City. That’s a very cool sequence illustrated by Jamal Campbell, who turns in a very solid performance. A lot of Green Arrow’s success has come from the artists who have teamed up with Percy, and Campbell could be a welcome addition to this book. As for the story, the ideas behind the Ninth Circle’s strategy are interesting, but in execution, they’re just another group of supervillains. -Blair

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Injustice 2 #6
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Written by Tom Taylor | Drawn by Mike S. Miller

This issue aims to fill in some critical back-story in terms of Supergirl’s arrival on Earth and how she came to be allied with Black Adam and Wonder Woman in the video game. The first chapter collected here feels a bit superfluous, as it does little but retell the same “death of Krypton” story we’ve seen in the game and countless other places. But the second chapter proves far more compelling, as we see Kara’s reaction to awakening on a strange world that treats her no-longer-infant cousin as a villain. Tom Taylor also impresses with his depiction of Black Adam, casting him as an imposing warrior who nonetheless has gained a sense of mercy and compassion through his friendship with Superman. Injustice mainstay Mike S. Miller makes his sequel debut here. Miller’s style doesn’t quite have the clean, dynamic appeal of artists like Bruno Redondo, but he succeeds in crafting emotionally rich figures and in capturing the scope of Krypton’s destruction. -Jesse

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Justice League #25
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Written by Bryan Hitch | Drawn by Tom Derenick

This issue finds itself in a slightly odd place as it attempts to both chronicle another epic clash between the League and their latest world-shattering foe and build the way towards an even bigger conflict to come. It’s not particularly successful when it comes to the former. Writer Bryan Hitch and artist Tom Derenick introduce a villain named Shirak here, one so powerful he once required the entire, combined might of the Green Lantern Corps to be defeated. That sounds cool, but nothing about the way Shirak is depicted, visually or in terms of motivation or personality, does anything to elevate this villain above the crowd. The best that can be said for this conflict is that it shines a spotlight on Simon Baz’s troubled past and struggle to become a better man. Batman’s storyline is the main draw, however, as he converses with the captive Molly and debates the nature of the multiverse and the ominous “Rebirth” Molly promises is coming. These scenes succeed in highlighting the scope of the DC Rebirth event, though there’s little indication if the teases Hitch drops in this issue are building towards a major storyline in Justice League or simply alluding towards the event of Doomsday Clock. -Jesse

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Nightwing #25
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Written by Tim Seeley | Drawn by Minkyu Jung

As much as I enjoy Nightwing as a character, it seems like it’s easy for writers to get trapped in the idea that he’s essentially a second-rate Batman. Tim Seeley gives Nightwing a lot of heart, and he goes out of his way to save his enemies. But it still feels like a Batman move when it really needed something more. Unfortunately, Seeley also uses this issue to strip away the best part of this book by derailing Nightwing’s relationship with his girlfriend, Shawn. Their breakup is messy and unsatisfying, which, granted, isn’t too far from reality. However, it seems like the series is less enjoyable without that dynamic, and Nightwing’s new day job isn’t exactly riveting. If this is the new status quo, then it’s disappointing. At his best, Nightwing should be able to carry a story on sheer charisma alone. This feels like several significant steps backwards. -Blair

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Superman #27
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Written by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason | Drawn by Scott Godlewski

There’s a quandary in this issue. Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan, spend the issue living up to the ideals of Superman while on vacation… but it’s boring. On one hand, it’s an admirable attempt to shine a light on some real American history and present an argument in favor of compassion towards others. And yet, it’s really tedious. This reads like an educational comic that DC was giving away in a cereal box. It takes a lot of skill to thread the needle between preachy and entertaining, and it just doesn’t happen in this issue. That’s unfortunate, because Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have at least one very genuine moment of joy, where the Man of Steel and his son use their powers to have fun on a scale no one else can match. That was great, but one page out of twenty isn’t enough to redeem the entire issue. Scott Godlewski’s art is serviceable, if occasionally goofy. However, the main Superman book should be better than average, and not this dry. -Blair

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The Wild Storm #6
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Written by Warren Ellis | Drawn by Jon Davis-Hunt

Now that’s the Warren Ellis I remember. Great action and horrible bastards. It’s not often you see a 15-panel page, but Jon Davis-Hunt not only makes it work, he uses it to amp up the tension of a very memorable sequence. Let’s put it this way: there’s only one real action scene in this book, and that’s all that it needs. The rest of it is largely an exposition dump between Angela Spica and Jacob Marlowe, as he explains what’s happening and part of who he really is. The truly impressive part is how readable the issue is even though very little actually happens. And the glimpse of what Void really is was unsettling. This isn’t the Wildstorm universe you may remember. So far, it’s become a place worth exploring. It still has a long way to go before it reaches the heights of Ellis’ previous Wildstorm run, but this was a great issue and an encouraging step in the right direction. -Blair

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