Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:
Ultimate Avengers 3 #4
Secret Avengers #7
Captain America #612
Walking Dead #79
Ultimate Spider-Man #150
Invincible Iron Man #32
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #3
-WHAT WAS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF LOCKE & KEY?
First thing that caught my attention was that is was being told via storytelling gimmick, in this case the days of a single month. But upon reading (and re-reading), the really special thing was that it used that gimmick to tell more story in a strong way. Most of the book is centered around a pair of relationships building up and breaking down, but breaking up the tension are days where we see single panels of grand, life-or-death adventures that are peppered through the month. Seeing a hurtful comment between family members, and then turning the page to a panel of menacing squirrels is something that, in the hands of lesser artists, would have come off as stupid and forced. But that’s what makes Locke & Key special; it can handle the balancing act and make it look easy. Brilliant work, and one of the best single issues of the year.