X-Force takes a sharp turn and Batman finds an impostor


CBR is reviewing this week’s biggest comics, including Clear, Batman: The Imposter, Star Trek: The Mirror War, X-Force, and Superman and the Authority.

Each week, CBR has your guide to browsing through new and recent comic book releases, specials, collected editions and reissues, and we’re dedicated to helping you choose the ones that are worth your hard-earned money. It’s a little slice of CBR that we like to call Major issues.

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CLAIR # 1 (BEST JACKET PRESS)


Clear function

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With Clear # 1, Scott Snyder teams up with Francis Manapul and Andworld Design for a mysterious and futuristic murder. In this first digital series, most of the inhabitants of a future dark cyberpunk use Veils to mask the world as it really is with personal digital facades that cover the real world with whatever they desire. In this context, Sam Dunes is drawn into a potential murder mystery that strikes very close to his home.

While this comic wears its cyberpunk influences on its sleeve, the new world tech and neon-noir art of Manapul separates it from its genre contemporaries. Throughout the book, flashes of individual veils are cut into layouts, creating brilliant, almost hallucinogenic collages. Although most of this issue is ultimately devoted to the introduction Clear of world, it’s a world worth diving into.

X-FORCE # 24 (MARVEL)


Colossus of the Force X

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While X-Force wasn’t light on the action, the central narrative of the mutant spy title was kind of a slow burn. However, Benjamin Percy, Martin Coccolo, Guru-eFX, and Joe Caramagna are boiling long-simmering stories. X-Force # 24.

As this issue continues the title exploration of Beast’s moral rot, Colossus takes center stage for much of this issue, which turns his idyllic life into heart-wrenching contortions. While it has been largely absent from the past big X-Men stories, this issue brings it back into the limelight thanks to a clever and thoughtful mechanism that makes good use of the ubiquitous X-Line texts. Coccolo and Guru-eFX deliver solid work that matches the creeping horror of the story well and helps set the stage for the grim reveals to come.

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BATMAN: THE IMPOSTER # 1 (DC)


Batman the impostor

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In DC’s latest Black Label series, The batman Screenwriter Mattson Tomlin joins forces with Andrea Sorrentino and Jordie Bellaire to cast the Dark Knight in a gritty Gotham City mystery in Batman: The Impostor. Through the eyes of Batman ally Dr. Leslie Thompkins and a Gotham City detective, this first film follows a young Batman as he deals with a fake Dark Knight murder on his behalf.

With a resolutely anchored approach, The impostor looks like a Batman movie with no apparent villains. Sorrentino and Bellaire’s ink art perfectly captures Gotham City’s grime and the weariness of its inhabitants before being unleashed on stunning cover pages. While Robert Pattinson’s Batman won’t be hitting theaters this year, this debut bodes well for Dark Knight’s cinematic future.

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STAR TREK: THE MIRROR WAR # 1 (IDW EDITION)


Star Trek The Mirror War feature

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While the Enterprise team of Star Trek: The Next Generation never quite reached the Live Mirror Universe, IDW Publishing more than made up for that with its ongoing TNG Mirror Universe saga. In Scott and David Tipton, Gavin Smith, Charlie Kirchoff and Neil Uyetake Star Trek: The Mirror Wars # 1 kicks off in earnest as the evil crew of the Enterprise embark on their final mission.

With two previous entries featuring the mirror universe counterparts of TNG’s main cast, this issue follows the MU Enterprise team as they take action to restore the Terran Empire to full strength. While the introduction of Miles O’Brien and Guinan to this world adds some novelty to the proceedings, this story still feels like a standard Mirror Universe adventure in its early days. Still, Smith’s art strikes the right balance between cartoonish abstraction and capturing the likenesses of TNG’s cast, and fans of the series will likely find something to love here.

SUPERMAN AND AUTHORITY # 4 (DC)


Old Superman and the Authority

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While Superman and the Authority # 4 may be the end of a miniseries and the last DC work in Grant Morrison’s career, this comic is more of a forward-looking turn of the page than a true ending. In this issue, Morrison, Mikel Janin, Jordie Bellaire, and Tom Napolitano finally assemble the full team of Superman’s aging Authority as they take on classic Superman villains before heading to the farthest corners of the DCU. .

With a seasoned and humanistic Superman at its core, Morrison’s story is filled with an expert display of deep continuity and ingenious character pairings. The sleek art of Janin and Bellaire gives the debates a decidedly modern look and sensational character designs. In an effort to set up future storylines for DC’s main Superman titles, Superman and the Authority reads like a generational passage of the torch that reaffirms Superman as the man of tomorrow.

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