Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Paul Pelletier and Art Thibert
Variant Cover by: Paul Pelletier, Art Thibert
Steadily, the New 52 DC Universe has carefully hedged its bets with Aquaman, a bad joke given good substance, and the results come through in the story by Geoff Johns and the beautiful care taken by Pelletier and Thibert.
ALL-STAR WESTERN #17
Written by: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Moritat
Backup Art by: Staz Johnson
Cover by: Bill Sienkiewicz
The DC New 52 has given new life to the Jonah Hex franchise (and the western comic genre) with All-Star Western, but the real treat comes in the expansive unfolding of DC's old west universe, under a variety of talents.
BATMAN INCORPORATED #8
Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Chris Burnham
Though this issue moves at a break-neck speed, marking the death of Damian Wayne, Batman's sidekick/son, the scenario seems too contrived and falls flat, a rare bad note in Morrison's symphony, nonetheless beautifully rendered by Chris Burnham.
THE FLASH #17
Since he reshaped the entire DC Universe by running really fast (again), Barry Allen has been having establishing shot adventures in his hometown, most recently concluded here in his battle against overly intelligent primates (again), but the stale material of pre-chewed storyline is competently handled by Manapul and Buccellato, while the art shows new potential in the formalities.
AVENGERS ARENA #5
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Cover Artist: Dave Johnson
Artist: Kev Walker
UNCANNY AVENGERS #4
Writer: Rick Remender
Penciler: John Cassaday
Inker: John Cassaday
Colorists: Laura Martin and Larry Molinar
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Editors: Tom Brevoort and Daniel Ketchum
The extension of the Red Skull's plot to pit humans against mutants presents the first major threat to the newly integrated team of Avengers that include Havok, Rogue, and the Scarlet Witch; the solid script by Remender and award-winning artwork by John Cassady make this book a high-quality treat.
UNCANNY X-MEN #2
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Chris Bachalo
Cover Artist: Chris Bachalo
With the new relaunch of Uncanny X-Men, we see a disgraced and power-fragmented Cyclops attempting to assemble a school for wayward teen mutants in the hope of defending themselves against the various threats of humanity, given weight by Bendis and sculpted by Bachalo.
YOUNG AVENGERS #2
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artists: Jamie Mckelvie with Mike Norton
Kieron Gillen delivers a no-frils superhero team comprised of a younger generation of interesting characters, and Jamie Mckelvie and Mike Norton are having a good time with narrative design, in terms of asethetics, making this a surprisingly impressive exercise.