Recommendations for 9/2

This article was originally published at ComicBook.com on September 1, 2020.

HELLBLAZER: RISE AND FALL #1

Tom Taylor is the best writer working at DC Comics today; Snyder, King, Bendis, and Johns can eat their respective hearts out. His work on ideas that simply should not work, like Injustice: Gods Among Us, makes it clear that his grasp on the voices and strengths of DC’s icons is unmatched. That talent has been utilized to wring hope and joy from dour concepts, but now he is tackling one of the grimiest anti-heroes the publisher has ever produced. It’s a fascinating new challenge for the writer and when you pair it with one of the best pencilers operating in comics today, that quickly becomes must-read comics. Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1 arrives in a moment when John Constantine’s stories are the best they’ve been since the magician was jammed into the New 52. It inspires the thought that this excellent creative team is arriving at exactly the right moment to deliver another brilliant tale of London’s favorite con man turned sorcerer when his cynical presence is as appropriate as it has ever been. — Chase Magnett

Published by DC Comics

Written by Tom Taylor

Art by Darick Robertson

GODZILLA: THE HALF-CENTURY WAR HC

This is a reissue of a collection that has been available for almost a full decade, but if you have not read The Half-Century War yet, then now is the time to discover one of the great comics masterpieces of the 2010s. If you already possess some interest in kaiju films, then there’s an obvious appeal. The Half-Century War explores every facet of the genre centered on this titanic lizard from the small scale of a single attack to truly apocalyptic scenarios as it progresses across each new decade. Yet comics fans with no propensity for gigantic monster stories will still find a lot to love in these pages. Stokoe’s stylish pages deliver some of the most stunning action in modern comics with an abundance of devotedly detailed background elements. The story is a saga of obsession and hope, channeled through one of the medium’s best living cartoonists. All of this is to simply say, it’s not too late to find Godzilla: The Half-Century War for the first time. — Chase Magnett

Published by IDW Publishing

Created by James Stokoe

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