Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Cover #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Cover goes to Paris as Max is sent to the iconic Angoulême International Comics Festival, where he is about to receive their highest award. But did he earn it...or is it all part of an international spy cover operation? As the worlds of spycraft and comics clash in ways Max could never have imagined, his life—and more importantly, his artwork—begin to collapse around him! Don’t miss the latest chapter of this fierce new comic by the Inkpot, Peabody and Eisner Award-winning talents of Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (SUPERMAN, Kabuki, Jessica Jones)!

Cover #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack is cool. We are dropped right back in to the story that left off in issue #2. Max Field has been captured and is being interrogated by Esad Sinns, international comics star and apparent foreign intelligence operative. The majority of the issue is spent with Max explaining how he got to where he is now, and he still hasn't given us the complete story.

Cover is becoming one of my favorite books. I've long enjoyed David Mack's art and stories (I loved the original Kabuki book) and Bendis is a terrific writer. Cover seems a perfect blend of their strengths, and the story flies by. Bendis does a great job adding depth to Max Field. He has a nice blend of naivete, wide-eyed wonder, and trust that makes him an easy character to root for. Julia, Max's CIA contact, is just believable enough yet still manipulating. I want to like her, but Bendis puts a touch of dishonesty and arrogance in her that causes the reader to second guess everything. With such a limited cast, Mack and Bendis are doing a wonderful job of creating a very believable world and scenario.

In addition to the main story, I really enjoy the panels from Ninja Sword Odyssey. Mack and Bendis have interspersed bits and pieces of the comic Max is famous for, allowing the reader to get a glimpse of why he is popular. I'm also sure that the parts of Ninja Sword Odyssey we get tie in to the theme and story of Cover. And I've got to say, if Ninja Sword Odyssey were an real comic, I definitely be reading it (hint hint, Bendis and Mack).

Cover #3 is another fun book from the duo of David Mack and Brian Michael Bendis. It's an entertaining what-if and this current issue continues the storyline, pushing the plot forward while still leaving us wanting more. I'm looking forward to seeing how or if Max Field can get out of his current predicament.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Jinxworld in exchange for an honest review.

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