My Week in Comics: August 19, 2011

Not-so-happy endings and new beginnings were in store for me in my comics list this week. What did I get myself into? Read on and find out!

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Zatanna #16 is by no means a bad issue. In fact, it's a sort of tongue-in-cheek send-off for our hero, as Adam Beechen gives us a tired and weary Zatanna wanting nothing more than to get some beauty sleep before her big show in D.C. without some pesky visitor from Limbo Town wanting to learn how to rule the multiverse.

Knowing that this is the last issue of Zatanna before the big DC reboot, Beechen does his best to at least subtly acknowledge the reboot and wave goodbye to the audience before closing up shop himself. The last page even ends with Zatanna in a bikini drawn with love by Victor IbaƱez (the issue's artist), telling "D.C. (get it?) ticketholders" to "live with it" as she takes a well-deserved break. Sly, but good.

You can catch Zatanna rubbing elbows with other magic folks when Justice League Dark #1 drops on September 28. Until then, this gets a 2.5 out of 5.

And so we've come to Daredevil #2. If you though the first issue was simply a flash in the pan for Mark Waid, let this ish school you. Hard.

Seriously, this is Waid schooling everybody else on how to write a superhero comic book. You've got a tightly packed, compelling story in Daredevil's search for clues to his former client's inability to find anyone to defend him in court. Waid writes with a confidence I don't see too often in comics, and he packs in as much narrative in this book, even going so far as to building on what came before, making this slim pamphlet read like a crime novel starring a blind dude who can kick your ass with a billy club. A comic that's actually worth the $2.99? You're looking at it.

Speaking of looking, the book also has awesome visuals courtesy of Paolo and Joe Rivera. It's been a while since anybody has actually shown Daredevil's unique view of the world, and the Riveras' creativity shines through in every panel. I especially like Javier Rodriguez's colors. It's bright and fun, just like a superhero comic should.  Couple that with an exciting and unusual revelation at the end and a cameo by Captain America that ends with DD and Cap fighting and you've got yourself a recipe for what arguably is a well-done comic book.

If you're a fan of superheroes, do yourself a favor and follow Daredevil's adventures. You will not regret it. A solid 5 out of 5.

Can't believe I'm saying this, but Marvel's on a roll with ol' Hornhead here! I'll be missing Zee, though. Will you miss her too? And what did you think of this week's comics? Leave me a comment and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

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