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Nick White - Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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  • All-Star Batman #10
  • Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1
  • Future Quest #12
  • Grass Kings #3
  • Lazarus Sourcebook #2

Big, big, big issue for All-Star Batman, as the title begins its second arc sans rotational artists (the first, if you recall, was the Two-Face-centric arc that prominently featured John Romita Jr on pencils).  Aaaaaaaand, while I’d argue that this arc’s penciler of Rafael Albuquerque is one that DC/Batman/Scott Snyder fans are more accustomed to, his style is still a polarizing one.  Let’s be clear, it’s one that I enjoy for its energy and roughness…but I “get” why some might give it a “pass.”  In this arc called “The First Ally” it deals with “when the Dark Knight is taken down by a new enemy whose attacks he cannot counter, he uncovers a plot spanning generations.”  SCOTT.  ARE YOU WRITING “COURT OF OWLS” AGAIN?  BECAUSE THIS KINDA SOUNDS LIKE “COURT OF OWLS.”  HECK, ALBUQUERQUE WAS EVEN AROUND FOR THAT, TOO.  I’m kidding, but look.  Alfred is gonna have a big part (including in the kicking of asses) and Hush is back.  This could get interesting.

Is it time for another one of Valiant’s one-shots, from the quartet celebrating classic tales from the last twenty-five years of the publisher’s history?  Yup, it is.  This time, it’s a tale revolving around the exploits of Gilad Anni-Padda, in Eternal Warrior: Awakening.  We’ve got Robert Venditti fresh off his Wrath of the Eternal Warrior run assuming the writing reins again, and Renato Guedes on pencils (he just drew Bloodshot Reborn #0).

Paul hit the nail on the head when it came to Future Quest: it was fun, I hope it still finds a way to come back again (Jeff Parker has suggested it’s largely a matter of having time/ideas on the part of Evan Shaner and himself)…BUT…there were too many fill-in artists.

Man, both the first and the second issues of Grass Kings were a slow burn.  It’s Matt Kindt, though…and while he’s not the slave to plotting that Warren Ellis or Jonathan Hickman can sometimes be, you can rest assure he’s got some sort of a trajectory in mind.  We’re starting to see the perils facing the Grass Kingdom, though: the lack of assertive leadership from the inside, and the local police authority pressures from neighboring towns.  Now the real question remains: WHY and HOW do we end up with this young woman stumbling out of the lake?

Finally, there’s that Lazarus Sourcebook.  It’s not that Greg Rucka and Michael Lark have created a universe that’s either boring or inaccessible to the point that I need a guide…it’s that sometimes I need a real reminder of this book’s first-rate world-building.