Measure Twice, Cut Once: Thanos & Nightwing
I have a problem. It stems from the number of comics on the shelf. There are so many interesting series, and I want to read them all. The problem is the cover price isn’t a penny and I have to waste all the time sleeping. With so many series and so few resources, I’ve had to instill an evaluation system for all the new books I want to try. The format I’ve created is entitled “Measure Twice. Cut Once.”
With the modern 5-6 issue story-arc format, it can be difficult to get a feel for a story in 1 issue. By reading through the 2nd issue, I have a pretty good understanding of how the story is going to progress and if it’s something I want to read. Sometimes, I love both issues. Other times, it’s a 1-1 and decisions need to be made. For this first post, I’ve decided to show you 2 of these 1-1 scenarios.
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mike Deodato
If you look back to the “Week Opinions” post from 11/21/2016, you’ll notice that I really enjoyed the 1st issue of this series. In the 1st issue introduced the world, touched lightly on its namesake villain, introduced a diverse cast of characters, and ended with an interesting twist that made me eager to read the next issue. Unfortunately, the 2nd issue didn’t quite resonate as well. With the 1st issue setting up an interesting premise, the 2nd was very predictable. In the first issue we learned Thanos is sick and looking for a cure. In usual fashion, Thanos tries to bully his way to a cure. I know he’s evil, but murdering the only creatures that might able to help doesn’t seem to be a very productive way to go about healing you. His son Thane, assembling a team to take down his father, picks some very predictable players with some pretty easy to guess motivations. The whole issue was very unimagined, and I personally do not enjoy when the main character is shown. If you’re not enjoying the main character, it’s probably not the book for you
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Marcus To
Nightwing has never held much interest for me, but I have heard nothing but wonderful things about his new series. A new arc, “Bludhaven”, started with issue 10, so I decided to give it shot. This arc sees Nightwing leaving Gotham for Bludhaven, an Atlantic City analogue that has been an important part of Nightwing’s past. He’s looking to take a break from being Nightwing to rediscover who Dick Grayson is, but quickly realizes that won’t be happening. The premise of a Nightwing-less Nightwing story really turned me off, but issue 11 made sure to put its hooks in. Nightwing has discovered a support group of reformed villains call the “Run-Aways” who are absolutely terrified of him, a reality he has trouble swallowing. A few of these Run-Aways are now being potentially framed for murders, the police are shutting Nightwing out, and he’s found himself the poster boy of Bludhaven’s new tourism campaign. The concept of reformed villains in a support group immediately grabbed me, and the everyone loves a good murder mystery. While the 1st issue of the arc didn’t grab me at all, the 2nd has me eagerly awaiting the next issue. Nightwing is definitely getting added to my pull list.