I don’t usually review single issues of comics, but two books came out last week that I have to mention.
The first is the final issue of Jeff Lemire’s Vertigo title, Sweet Tooth.
After 40 issues of heartbreaking bleakness in a post apocalyptic world that is part “The Road” and part Wizard of Oz, Lemire wraps up his story with an ending that is incredibly touching (I actually got choked up reading it) while being wholly unsurprising. This is the only ending that could have happened. He’s not stopping the action in the middle of the Journey, he’s showing us the logical conclusion to mankind’s constant folly, and incessant attempts to control nature and biology. If this book doesn’t speak to you, you have no heart.
I can’t wait until there’s an omnibus. I’d gladly shell out a hundred bucks for it.
The other book that blew the doors off my expectations was Punisher War Zone #3. This may be Greg Rucka’s single best issue of any comic, ever. And this is the guy who wrote the hell out of Batman and Gotham Central.
It’s Punisher “versus” Thor, and although blows are exchanged, the battle is more for hearts and minds than blood and honor. Neither character doubts the other’s resolve, and neither character judges the other too harshly. There is a mutual understanding and respect between the two that is reflected in some of the best dialog I’ve read in comics. Ever. That’s right, two “evers” in one post.
This is a fantastic series. Read it.