We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Warren Ellis
Art: Tula Lotay
James R: It's hands-down Warren Ellis' week for me - I had a tough time picking between this and Trees as my top pick, but in terms of sheer invention and novelty, Blue Rose was the best book I read in the past seven days. In many ways this is the exposition issue, as Ellis starts to explain the spectral and dream-like occurrences of the prior three issues. He plays with the whole notion of a rebooted universe (a uniquely comics event) and expands it magnificently. In the universe our narrative takes place in, the the reboot has malfunctioned; the new timeline features remnants from previous revisions. The question is simply 'Can the present be saved?' I've said before that my fear with Warren Ellis is that he simply runs out of narrative steam, but here he's pacing himself really well. As an absolute pretentious twit myself, I can't help but be won over by the layers of narration here - it's a SF story, but yet it's also a commentary on the need to restart and retell stories over and over. A special salute to the art of Tula Lotay; her work goes up yet another gear here, and her rendering of the possible apocalyptic future facing the current timeline was brilliantly done. An immensely classy book from first page to last, and it passed the James reread test: having finished it, I immediately wanted to go through it again. A perfect example of a writer and artist both at the top of their games creating something magical - I think this could be my vote for miniseries of the year. 9/10