Well, another week, another pick for my book of the week.this week, I have a lot of top flight competition. So many good reads. The Walking Dead was really really good. The end left my mouth hanging open. The Superior Spider-Man was very good. Everything happening with this “Goblin War” story is good. The interaction of Doc Ock as Spider-Man and the Green Goblin has made this confrontation worth the wait. The “Zero Year” story going on in Batman is awesome. Scott Snyder has done an outstanding job have adding new layers to the Batman story, while staying true to continuity, which is a very hard thing to do. And Captain Marvel surprised me with how good the first issue was. I am intrigued and can’t wait to see where they take one of the best female characters in comics.
As good as all those other books were, my pick this week is East of West. My praise of this books no end. I LOVE this book. Every single thing about this book make it prime example of why I love comics.
The art by Nick Dragotta is just amazing. He does a great job of conveying every human emotion, and what each character is going thru. The coloring by Frank Martin brings Dragotta’s art to life. Coloring is an often overlooked aspect of the comic book process, even by me. A good coloring job just really sets the great books apart from the good books.
To go along with all of this beautiful artwork, is phenomenal writing by Jonathan Hickman. Hickman is one of the best writers in comics right now. He is an amazing story teller. The dialogue is very witty, and every detail means something. He has taken the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, and just taking them into a direction I never saw coming. Who would have ever that death could be a sympathetic character? And yet, that’s exactly what Hickman has done in the book. Just how everything is tied together and how one string plucked affects so many others.
If you haven’t been reading East of West, you are really missing out. This is one of the best reads out there. So, go get it and thank me later.