I have read too many stories to be shocked by most of them anymore. But the first volume of Sleepless subverted my expectations in such a way that I feel compelled to recommend it to you, dear reader, so that you also can spend ten minutes flipping back and forth between Sleepless‘s final pages, your jaw hanging agape at what has just occurred.
I will not spoil Sleepless Vol. 1’s ending in this review, because I think you should feel that ending’s power for yourself. But I will talk about how Sleepless builds to that ending in ways that both set it up and make it surprising, paying off the book’s main points of tension.
I don’t know that any recent Batman story has made me feel more joy than Batman Universe. Together, writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist Nick Derington, and the rest of the Batman Universe team have crafted a humorous, action-packed story that positions Batman as a reader’s guide to the wider DC Universe – which is a wondrous place packed full of Hawkpeople, dinosaurs, immortal villains, telepathic super-gorillas, and so much more.
What is it about G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward’s Invisible Kingdom that is so compelling? I believe it’s that Kingdom melds so many different explorations of modern society together so seamlessly, and that it uses its characters’ desires to do so.
Over at Multiversity Comics, I reviewed a Spider-Man comic that means much more to me now that I’ve been married nearly five years. Click on through for a look at a classic issue from J. Michael Straczynski’s The Amazing Spider-Man run, as well as some ruminations on what goes into making a marriage work.