September was a hell of a month for comics. Busy, totally packed with lots of amazing titles that really went straight for the heart. It was hard to narrow it down to just the really solid handful we have here when there were so many books amazing our, but these are the ones that really stood out from the pack.
A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #11 (IMAGE)
Rick Remender (W), Andres Lima Araujo (A)
The final issue to what has, quite possibly, been one of the strongest titles on the stands in 2022, A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance takes a massive leap forward in time and ties the entire story together in a brilliant, brutal, heart-wrenching, gut-punching finale. Remender consistently delivers on unflinching narratives that rip the reader apart, and Araujo’s art—cinematic and inspired—presents the story in a way that’s impossible to look away from. It’s all the more impressive because A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance plays out with a limited amount of dialogue which only serves to punctuate the action and the moments when the characters interact verbally.
The previous issue was a knife to the heart that left behind an ugly, puckered scar, but with the end of A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance we get closure and an ending that lands absolutely perfectly. Also, I’ve been saying this since the first issue, but I would not be even a little bit surprised if in the next year or so A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance gets optioned for a show or movie. It’s that good. And deserves it.
Read A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance #11
Bruce Campbell (W), Eduardo Risso (A)
Who do you call if you want to make a comic book about killing Nazi zombies and make it a scathingly unapologetic romp through some of the worst moments of World War 2 but still have it be a goddamn good time?
Bruce Campbell, obviously.
And Bruce totally nails it. Sgt. Rock vs The Army of the Dead is a thrill-a-minute splatterfest that throws you right into the trenches with Sargeant Rock and Easy Company as they face off against Hitler’s army of undead super soldiers. It’s gory, grotesque, and fun as hell. Cannot recommend it enough, and with issue one it’s the perfect time to get in on the action.
Read Sgt. Rock vs The Army of the Dead #1
Ghost Rider #6 (MARVEL)
Benjamin Percy (W), Brent Peeples (A)
Full disclosure, I was kind of on the fence when I heard there was going to be a new Ghost Rider series coming out in 2022 written by Benjamin Percy. It’s not that I don’t think the guy can write, I just haven’t been the biggest fan of most his stories in recent years. But I am an unapologetically giant Ghost Rider nerd and I’m glad I gave the new series a chance because it is one hell of a ride—pun whole-heartedly intended.
Taking it back to its horror roots, Percy gives us a Ghost Rider at his most fragile and possibly most unhinged, and in issue six we get to see an exorcism orchestrated by Wolverine. Because everyone loves Wolverine (and Percy happens to write that book, too), but it works out. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the art is totally rad, utterly gruesome, and impossible to look away from. A great series.
Read Ghost Rider #6
Matthew Rosenberg (W), Alex Paknadel (W), Emma Vieceli (W), Pasquale Qualano (A)
Tying in to the main, on-going DC vs Vampires title, All Out War tells the story of a covert band of super powered operatives on a desperate mission to upend the undead status quo and all their victories and tragedies—and their tragedies are numerous. It’s one of the most brutal books DC has put out in a long time, serving up equal parts ultra violence and heartbreak, betrayals and bloodletting. And they do it to an absolutely awesome effect by having the book predominantly delivered in grayscale but punctuated by reds. It’s very, very cool.
You don’t really have to have a functional knowledge of the primary series to get into All Out War, either, it works very well as a standalone story. To be honest, the only problem I have with it is that the book feels like it goes by so damn fast I’m left with my head spinning and upset that I have to wait a whole damn month for the next issue.
Read DC vs Vampires: All Out War #3
007 #2 (DYNAMITE)
Phillip Kennedy Johnson (W), Marco Finnegan (A)
003 has been killed and James Bond mourns her death after he realizes he very likely got her assassinated by the Myrmidon organization. Bond is still in a fugue over the fact that he no longer feels he can trust MI6 and has taken the very Fleming-esque view he’s going to end up in a ditch for people he doesn’t respect. Fleming always had Bond on the cusp of quitting or believing hat he was going to die in the line of duty, which this Bond certainly feels like as well. We also get more information on 003 that probably would have been better spent before she was killed. Myrmidon is just another evil organization, in this case a PMC that has no allegiance to anyone (which seems like bad business), but I’m interested in seeing where they go with it.