This week I’m going to do something I plan to do rarely: talk about multiple books in one review. My pull list this week was so good that I honestly could not just pick one, so I am going to talk about a grand total of four books: the newest issues of The Storyteller: Witches, New Avengers, Death of Wolverine, and Manifest Destiny. So let’s get this show on the road!
The first book I am going to talk about is Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, Tale Two of Four, “The Snow Witch,” written and drawn by Kyla Vanderklugt. I talked about the first issue of this series last week, and I am so excited to say that the second issue is just as amazing. The story is rooted in Japanese folklore and has the tragic beauty that so many Japanese folktales have. The art is stunning once again, and the completely different layout really helps the story feel special. I have a soft spot in my heart for Jim Henson and for Storyteller stuff. I loved this book.
Next up is Marvel’s New Avengers #25, “What Happened When the World Woke Up,” written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Kev Walker, taking place seven months in the future from current Marvel time. This broken and scarred world has seen the New Avengers fall apart and apparently they are worse off than ever before. This issue did an awesome job of showing me a broken Marvel Universe that is a logical progression from where the story was before the time jump. Walker’s art is new but fits seamlessl with where the story has gone. It’s a little grittier and dirtier then we are used to, and that works. A great job all around.
Now for another Marvel title, the fourth and final issue of Death of Wolverine, “History,” written by Charles Soule with art by Steve McNiven. It all ends here: the saga of Logan, the most popular X-Man and arguably the most popular Canadian in all of existence. I am so glad that Marvel did what they said they were going to. I am glad it ended the way it did. It was beautiful in art and prose, and it ended well. That’s all I want to say because I don’t want to spoil this for anyone.
Finally is Manifest Destiny #11, written by Chris Dingess with art by Matthew Roberts. This issue concluded the third arc in the series and it was an awesome end. I have talked about this series before as well and I quite love it. This story reunited the Clark’s team with the boat and brought to an end the story of the Giant Frog. The art is as good as always and the writing has never been better. Honestly, this is a book that everyone should be reading.