Comics Review: Saga #15, Absolution: Rubicon and Batman: Detective Comics #25 Zero Year

(Source: Image Comics)

(Source: Image Comics)

Some spoilers ahead.

Things go from crazy to demented on Saga #15 and it’s good. Saga is already becoming a classic with just 15 issues. Jump in with both feet, but I’m warning you, the waiting is really a killer. It’s reminding me of how Powers has become an invisible series that a lot of people remember but hardly a few are aware that it’s still spawning issues.

Marko and Alana are still on the run. Or are they? As they talk to Dr. Heist they are somehow compelled to start a regular life, playing board games, thinking about getting jobs and whatnot. That threw me for a loop, but I guess they’re thinking they’ve managed to ditch their pursuers and are home free or they are on drugs (not a completely outlandish theory, see below). It’s really a matter of time until their enemies catch up.

My interests right now rests with The Will, Gwendolyn and the little girl. The Will’s visions of the The Stalk continue. However, after a visit from what seems to be an insurance company team called Cozen Claims and Adjustments, The Will gets a call that might explain why he’s been talking to The Stalk. And then things get really crazy. I’m not spoiling that one, it’s good.

Strongly recommended. Get the collected editions if you want to jump in.

(Source: Avatar)

(Source: Avatar)

Christos Gage’ Absolution 6-issue mini-series was a purchase of mine last week. It was decent but it felt like it needed something more and the art felt a little too webcomic-ky at times. Now I’m regretting not saying anything about it.

This week, police-superhero-turned-vigilante John Dusk is back with Absolution: Rubicon. The government decides to free one of his former enemies, possibly the worst of them all. Polymath is a supervillain that once defeated by an attack gains a skill that counters it. Suffice to say, that deal goes south and the city is under siege.

John gets an offer that he can’t refuse. One of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods gets together and offers to house and protect him if he will clean out their streets. It’s anarchy versus order as the law turns into a completely irrelevant dream and all that matters is brute power.

It’s a guilty pleasure and not everyone’s cup of tea. It will remind you quite a bit of Irredeemable. John Dusk’s power (his aura can form shapes a-la-Green-Lantern) can seem a bit silly specially in the first volume.

Recommended, but test out the previews first.

(Source: DC Comics)

(Source: DC Comics)

The review for Batman Detective Comics #25 Zero Year is last because they really don’t need any help. Zero Year is a nice arc, and I’m hoping Forever Evil doesn’t get to crossover in it. I want a TPB or a collected edition of Zero Year when it’s done with no other entanglements.

This issue is all about Gotham’s other hero, James Gordon. Still a lieutenant, he’s out on the streets constantly having to deal with the corruption of his fellow members of the Gotham City Police Department who steer him wrong at every turn. The issue is very minimal about Bats, but it’s for the best. We get to see James starting up, fighting his way through the muck and almost getting killed. One of Gotham’s often mentioned landmarks, the New Trigate Bridge, is referenced again here.

Although I feel it’s a bit unnecessary to make it rain every night, it’s delight to read a comic that focus on Gotham City and the GCPD. The comic felt sure enough about its content to avoid bringing in the Dark Knight unnecessarily, except for one frame. It’s a necessary appearance but I’m glad the issue didn’t automatically let him take over. You also get a chance to see a young Bullock.

Recommended if you like police stories set in Gotham City, and why wouldn’t you.

That will do for now.

(Source: Comixology)

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