Monday, December 24, 2018

Cover #4 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Max is not having the best year of his career. Sales on his comics series are tanking, and his personal life is crumbling. Could it have something to do with his double life as a spy? Max learns the definition of “in too deep” as his worlds start to collide.

COVER is a major new project from longtime collaborators and Peabody Award winners Brian Bendis and Emmy-nominated artist David Mack. It’s a heartfelt valentine to comics creators, their creations and the genres they inspire.

Brian Michael Bendis's Cover #4 seems to wrap up the Max Field's initial adventure (if you can call it that) in the spy trade. The story continues with Max's torture and interrogation by fellow comics artist Essad Sinns. Fortunately for him, he is rescued, but finds himself stunned when he has to return to the Con and act like nothing happened. When he returns home, he crashes with his good friend Owen James and proceeds to relate what he has been through.

Once again, David Mack's art is beautiful. The style really fits the story.

I really like this book. It is fun, entertaining, and engaging. I'm not sure if there is a bigger story Bendis and Mack will be relating as the series moves along, but I'm in for the long haul. Max's cluelessness makes him an easy character to root for, and I'm curious to see how he develops as he experiences more of the spy life. I also really enjoy the glimpses at the art and stories of the fictional comics creators. I think I would really enjoy Ninja Sword Odyssey, Berlin Squad, etc.

Cover is a terrific book, well worth picking up. It's unlike anything on the shelf, and is a great read. Plus, since the characters are somewhat based on Bendis and Mack, I try to imagine the conversations they have regarding the circumstances their fictional counterparts are going through. Maybe a conversation between the two for the collected edition?

Additionally, this issue contains a reprint of the short comic-style tribute to Stan Lee that Bendis wrote for the NY Times. It is a sweet reflection on Bendis's relationship with Lee.

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

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