Last week was busy with trailers and such. Here’s a little catch-up on last week’s comics!
This is possibly the strongest issue of Daytripper yet, enough to change my thoughts on the book from “awesome” to “Eisner.” While the ideas I put forward in my full review of Daytripper #3 appear to still be true, I have to admit that I expected the events of this issue to happen in issue #9 or #10. This admittedly-subjective “hey, wait, what?” continues to make me happy, as it means I still have no idea where they go from here. I haven’t been so consistently surprised by something I’ve read in a long, long time. It looks like that’s not going to change any time soon.
I’m a fat sucker for pulp crime comics. I suppose it’s something of a blessing that our plate has been full enough that I haven’t been able to touch on Criminal: The Sinners since we opened our doors. I’m a little sad, now that this arc has finished, that I wasn’t able to give it the full treatment; hopefully that’s something I can fix when the next installment comes around.
Sometimes you need a hook in this sub-genre. Human Target is a good example. So much of Christopher Chance’s character hangs on his mastery of disguise that the subsequent TV adaptation lost all of the comic’s flavor by removing that element. Criminal, however, gets by simply on the strength of its characters. Each issue was a chance to see just how badly screwed up Tracy Lawless’ situation had become. The resolution was both better than I’d anticipated and appropriately dark. Also, the art throughout, both in Sean Phillips’ lines and Val Staples’ colors, is perfect. I love that they’re unafraid to fill the pages with black, just to the edge of pure expressionism. I’m looking forward to the next series (and maybe I can finally dig into that hardcover…).
The end of this arc brings some surprise deviations from Punisher-standard narrative tropes. Jason Aaron’s having fun with his own sandbox to run Frank around in. Not only does this plotline end up with Frank getting his ass kicked, but said ass-kicking nearly kills him as well- close enough that I actually wondered if that was going to be the point of it all.
I love this version of the Kingpin, though, and I’m glad he’s fully established and apparently ready to keep on as a main player in the series. We find out just how cold he can be in #5, in amazingly restrained Dillon glory. There’s probably a comparison to be made between the events in this issue and the recent Cry For Justice ruckus, but I don’t think Fisk would give a shit, and that’s really all the difference in the world.
Next up appears to be a rather unhinged-looking Bullseye. I don’t have the same depth of affection for Bullseye that I do for the Kingpin, but in Aaron’s capable hands, I’m sure I’ll find something new to love about the character.