Monthly Archives: September 2020

Scar Issue

Batman: Three Jokers #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist/Cover artist: Jason Fabok
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Mark Doyle
Publisher: DC Comics/DC Black Label imprint
Price: $6.99 US

It comes as no surprise that DC is inundating its readership with so many Joker-related comics over the past year. Given the financial and critical success of the Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, it stands to reason the publisher wouldn want to capitalize on that boosted profile. While I haven’t delved into the “Joker War” event in the main Batman titles or some of the other Black Label books featuring the Clown Prince of Crime, I was anticipating this limited series. I was thoroughly impressed with Geoff Johns’s work on Doomsday Clock, as it represented a huge leap forward in the complexity of his plotting and maturity of his characters, and as such, I was hoping for more of the same from Three Jokers. Sadly, this book doesn’t boast the same kind of strength. It has its cool moments, but it feels rushed.

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Of Gods and Monsters

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics hardcover graphic novel
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Tom Scioli
Publisher: Random House/Ten Speed Press imprint
Price: $28.99 US/$38.99 CAN

My introduction to comics came in the late 1970s, and I was a DC kid from the start. As such, my first exposure to the work of Jack Kirby probably didn’t come until I saw his covers on the Super Powers comics tying into the toy line featuring DC heroes in the mid 1980s. I wasn’t impressed with Kirby’s style, as I was far more enamored of the work of such artists as George Perez and Jim Aparo. It was only later in life that I came to understand the depth of Kirby’s influence on American comics as a whole, and today, I can clearly see that influence at play in Perez’s dynamic and bombastic action scenes, for example.

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