This was a really solid week. I liked all of the books, to a certain extent.
Starting at the weakest, though…
THE MASSIVE (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse
This title started with some amazing world building, before moving into some less successful, but still decent, character building. Now they are moving into the meta plot… and I don’t think I like it.
Remember when suddenly someone was super-human and could stop nuclear missiles? I was hoping that was a momentary blip and would go away. No such luck.
Brian Wood, you are going to destroy this book.
DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #3 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Gary Erskine) Vertigo
This is the second book in a row on this list with the same problem. great premise, great characters, being pushed in a direction that is not incredibly suited toit. BY making the school this kind o tuber-haunted, uber-high-tech, demon-worshipping… thing, you have completely missed what made the original occurrences of these characters o strong.
There are regular boy swap happen to be dead. This isn’t Deadman.
UNCANNY AVENGERS #17 (Remender / McNiven / Leisten / Martin) Marvel
It is alway sought to be convincing when you are doing something that every single reader knows will be undone in the next issue or so. The world is destroyed and only Thor is left? Oh my god! I guess they are cancelling the rest of the Marvel line and… uh, no.
Having said THAT, they did quite a good job with it, and THAT is what really matters.
(Of course, this just means the inevitable reset will be what saves Rogue, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man.)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28 (Slott / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel
The throw down between Spider and Goblin is proceeding and it threatens to blow Otto’s world wide open. Is Carlie telling the truth or is it a secret plot… like it is with Lily?
Peter trying to keep himself viable hiding in Otto’s memories is a nice touch to remind us that he is there.
I wonder, when all this is over, if Otto will be dead or saved somehow. He would be a very different villain after this.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #7 (Ewing / Schiti / D’Armata) Marvel
Ah, yes. The book that actually FEELS like the Avengers to an old school reader like me. Forget Cap and Iron Man and Thor, the changes made to Avengers over the past handful of years, turning them into some sort of world army or whatever, can’t replace the old Avengers Mansion feeling, with a changing cast, but a changing SOLDIU cast, not people whipping in and out of rho reason. Characters talking to each other, not just strategizing.
Oh, this issue was good, too.
MIRACLEMAN #3 (Alan Moore / Alan Davis / Garry Leach) Marvel
Damn this is good stuff. Who would think I would be ranking a reprint book so high?
The only thing in this story is WHT would then leave Bates alone as a kid? If you think he is still a danger, you have to deal with him in some way. If you think he is innocent, you need to help him in some way.
Of course, since this is a reprint, I know what is still coming.
HAWKEYE #15 (Fraction / Aja / Eliopoulos) Marvel
First off, great cover.
This is just a great book. The fight with the Tracksuit mafia has context. Barney is an interesting addition to the cast as he has all the talents of Clint without the character. Still, better a cipher than a distraction. Bobbi.
Then, that ending. Whoa.
Well, it seems that the Brian Azzarello/Cliff Chiang run on WW is ending.
While the storyline has gone on too long, just compare it to Supes/WW to show how WW COULD be treated. Disappointing.
Well, that depends who they replace them with.
If they get a big name creator, doesn’t that mean they are dedicated to the character?
David Finch is a good artist… kind of. He is a big name, definitely.
Back to WW T&A.
A little late this week due to a crazy weekend. There are a few books on this list that actually came out the week before, but my comic store had a box go missing temporarily. Better late than never!
Starting at the weakest.
GREAT PACIFIC #13 (Joe Harris / Martin Morazzo) Image
Hmmm… this is kind of turning into a ‘wandering’ comic. The concept is fairly solid, but the plot is not.
You know, I think that is it for me. Consider the book dropped.
AVENGERS WORLD #3 (Hickman / Spencer / Caselli / Martin) Marvel
Uh… the whole issue for that? Zero plot advancement. Zero character advancement. Zero anything.
I was THAT close to dropping this book after reading this issue. It better get better.
UNWRITTEN APOCOLYPSE #2 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo
The first issue was great. The second issue was not. Guess how he came back? They concentrated on a story that he was in where he came back.
Yeah, okay. That part was pretty much a given… but that’s all this issue was.
X-MEN #11 (Wood / Anka / Mann) Marvel
My problem with this issue was the X-Men figuring out the plan. There was no reason for them to do so. It was a little too convenient. The Sentinel fight was decent, but that is about it. This isn’t a bad book but this wasn’t a strong issue.
FABLES #138 (Bill Willingham / Russ Braun) Vertigo
An interesting little story about Gepetto that sets him as a resurgent bad guy down the line. I assume that he will be part of the big final story as Willingham has announced that he is going to wrap up Fables in the not-to-distant future.
ANIMAL MAN #28 (Jeff Lemire / Rafael Albuquerque) DC
This issue seemed really rushed, but with the book wrapping up, I guess they had no choice. Lemire wants to go and start making some real coin writing Justice League instead of a low seller like Animal Man. Too bad. This book used to be quite good and is still decent.
WONDER WOMAN #28 (Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang) DC
A decent issue. Dio has turned out to be more interesting than expected. The Apollo / Firstborn fight was pretty well down, so far. Looks like a big, multi-god blowout is in the offing.
UNCANNY X-MEN #17 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel
Asa character issue, this was very solid. It is unfortunate that the plot point moving forward is so ridiculous, but the story as a whole was good.
So, what was with Eva? What happened?
That part interests me a lot more than Hijack’s firing.
DAREDEVIL #36 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel
Here is the problem with multiple writers spanning years of a comic. Everyone knows who DD is! Then the comic works hard to turn that around so DD can have a secret identity again. Now everyone knows who DD is again!
Oh well. The writing is good and the art is amazing and I am looking forward to DD in SF.
SHE-HULK #1 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel
The success of Hawkeye seems to have opened the door of this type of book. Superior Foes falls into that category as well.
No complaints from me, because I really enjoy a smart, funny book. She-Hulk is the perfect character for this treatment and Soule did a good job. I am less fond of Pulido, but I like the general look of the book… I just don’t like Jen’s faces. Oh well.
I do with I got the Skottie Young cover variant.
AMAZING X-MEN #4 (Aaron / McGUiness / Vines / Gracia) Marvel
Do you know what made this book so great? The flashbacks. That and the Firestar stuff, but especially the flashbacks. This made you really FEEL how much the characters missed Kurt and that made the reunion scenes work that much better.
I felt like I had seen those scenes before, because they read just like the old Claremont book. Well done.
This was an odd week. First, I got my comics a lot earlier than usual. We are redoing the floors upstairs this weekend and we have been slowly boxing up stuff to get it out of the way so Ruthanne swung by Silver Snail to get some more boxes.
A: They were short a bunch o comics, which are coming in on Friday. I normally would be in on Saturday and get them then, but since we were early…
B: I had cancelled Batman, but still got it. I ordered the coming X-Men Legacy series (starring Nightcrawler and written by Chris Claremont) but got the last issue of the current series by mistake. Oh well. I read it anyway.
Oh, and I never picked up the Guardians of the Galaxy book that crosses over with the X-Men. Not sure I miss it.
Starting at the weakest.
X-MEN LEGACY #24 (Simon Spurrier / Tan Eng Huat / Craig Yeung / Jose Villarrubia) Marvel
Sure I was just coming in for the last issue so it might not make sense but… wow. This was absolutely terrible. This is an absolute mess. It doesn’t surprise me at all that it was cancelled.
If it is better when you read the prior issues, okay. But any comic should be READABLE without knowing every bit of what is going on. This comic wasn’t.
AVENGERS #26 (Hickman / Larocca / Martin) Marvel
The good news is that it was the only really bad book. I liked this one,d despite my general aversion to Hickman. I liked the multiple layers of faux Avengers. I am a big fan of the Super-Adaptoid. Plus, who doesn’t like A.I.M.? I do wish the beehive helmets on the inside of the comic matched the classic design on the cover, though.
BATMAN #28 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Dustin Nguyen / Derek Fridolfs) DC
So… I cancelled Batman last issue and don’t revet it. But this issue was quite good. But it isn’t REALLY the same comic. It is actually a sneak preview of the new Batman Eternal comic. I think I will keep THIS book cancelled and add Batman Eternal. Bluebird seems pretty great (though I am not a big fan of the gun thing), an dI don’t want to give away any spoilers but the end was pretty great.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27 (Slott / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel
Otto vs Green Goblin! (That is SOOOO NOT Osborne!)
GG’s machinations have come to a head and I LOVED that he figured out who Spidey is and I loved that it made him think they could work out a deal and I REALLY LOVED that it didn’t work! Especially WHY it didn’t work!
This is going to be great!
ALL-NEW X-MEN #23 (Bendis / Immonen / Von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel
I was ready to not like this book as much after missing the Guardians of the Galaxy book that came before it.
But I couldn’t. This comic was just TOO great! Iceman and Rocket Racoon were just too…. yeah, great. I don’t like most of the GoG, but RR and Groot are tops. Corsair showing up to meet his son… yes. I just read today that they are going to have their own spin-off comic. I’ll probably give that a go.
Oh, and the Shiar are close to figuring out that who they put on trial LAST time was NOT Jean Grey.
A strong week… with a couple disappointments.
Starting at the weakest…
MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN #5 (Matt Kindt / Marco Rudy / Val Staples) Marvel
I should have stopped buying this after issue #1. What a terrible, terrible comic. The thing is, the art is very good… in a vacuum. It just doesn’t illustrate the story well. And I am not totally convinced that there is a story there to illustrate. Yeah. Terrible.
TRILLIUM #6 (Jeff Lemire) Vertigo
Just when I thought this book couldn’t get more annoying. I barely even read a couple of pages because flipping orientation page-to-page (which was already very annoying) was not enough for Lemire. Now he has us flipping back an forth on the same page. I almost think this is a big joke for him and he is laughing about figuring out ways to piss the readers off.
If this was an ongoing, I would drop it now. There are only two more issues though, so I guess I’ll see how it turns out.
LAZARUS #6 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image
Ugh. I like this book in general, but not this issue. The old trope of a woman using her sexuality to distract stupid men while her partners do something nefarious is old hat. This went beyond that. Instead she actually let them have sex with her, when I would argue that her speech made it clear she didn’t really want to. The guards who were taking advantage of the girl (even if she WAS just desperate for food and water…. even more so), were admonished…but that is it.
Yeah. I am not claiming that this is like the infamous rape joke that launched this blog, but it IS cheap writing that adds to the general rape culture.
(In fact, this shows how much I disliked the two comics below it on the list that this book wasn’t last.)
AVENGERS A.I. #9 (Humphries / Araujo / D’Armata) Marvel
I have enjoyed this book, and this issue wasn’t bad… there just wasn’t that much to it. No great Doombot quotes. The revelation that everybody can just do whatever they want in the Diamond makes any battle kind of pointless.
Yeah, there have been better issues… but the America vs rebelling nations analogy was spot-on.
X-MEN #10 (Wood / Anka) Marvel
First off, the art is a big step down from the Dodsons. With all of their faults, they are still very talented artists and this is more… journeyman art. This is a leo a bit of a bridge issue. Not a lot really happens. The reveal of who WILL be joining the villains was pretty interesting.
SWAMP THING #28 (Charles Soule / Javier Pina) DC
Not a bad issue overall, but it was saddled a bit with the origin of Capucine. She has not been an incredibly interesting character and her origin emphasized that. The scenes with the ex-Parliament were better.
FAIREST #23 (Marc Andreyko / Shawn McManus) Vertigo
From the James Bond-esque cover to the addition of Ramayan, this book was pretty solid… but just solid. Again, there seemed to be a lot of ‘bridge’ stuff and the bits with the mice… like what was up with the sex scene at the beginning? He can change back and forth if he says he loves someone? Is that it?
THE MOVEMENT #9 (Gail Simone / Freddie Williams II) DC
An up-tick of this book. Batgirl was a good addition to the mix… the girls’ dinner had just the right amount of tension-easing for Babs to let her guard down enough to get dropped. The fact that she is the daughter of a cop meant that there was no way these two forces would get along.
I am happy to realize that this story does not go into the Batgirl book, which I don’t buy.
BLACK WIDOW #3 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel
Another strong done-in-one adventure story for Natasha. Phil Noto continues to be amazing and they story’s morality part was telegraphed, but is still worked. I wonder if Natasha realized the big slip Isaiah made there?
Either he set her up, or Edmondson made a huge mistake in the script. In the space of one page, Isaiah went from assuming the job didn’t work out to knowing not only what when down, but why.
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #8 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel
This is the Hawkeye of villain books. Or something.
The Silvermane vs Shocker fight was brilliant. Boomerang trying to pick somebody up. Big Wheel. BIG WHEEL!
The reveal (to the rest of the team) that Tombstone is Beetle’s daddy.
The Sinister Six has five members… or maybe four.
How did I miss the first six issues?
MS. MARVEL #1 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel
This book would have landed a lot lower on the list if I hadn’t read interviews and seen some promo art.
A young, female, Pakistani-American, muslim super-hero headlining her own book.
Yeah. That is kind of a big deal.
They don’t shy away from the cultural differences but she doesn’t come across as a parody. STRONG writing. The art is not as good, but it gets the job done. It isn’t distracting.
Why would it fall lower, then? The last page.
Her first iteration of her powers as wish-fulfillment turns her into a blonde, white lady.
The thing is, I KNOW that isn’t where it is going – but wow. Leaving THAT as the last page cliffhanger with no pay-off?
Anyone who reads this review, though… trust me. This is NOT where the book is going, based on everything I have read.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #6 (Ewing / Schiti / D’Armata) Marvel
Another great written issue and the art is better! There is so much goo din this issue… Jessica’s concern about being Avengers again… Power Man’s interesting power set… the difference in opinion between Luke and Adam… but more than anything, addressing the comments about Monica’s relaxed hair style… without trying to justify anything. They SEE the concerns and are willing to face them.
Though I imagine there are many readers who don’t understand the exchange at all, it was very great.
Hmmm… not a terrible week but a few book stat a normally love were not as goos as usual. It left room for a nice upset at the top spot.
Starting at the bottom…
INHUMANITY #2 (Fraction / Bradshaw / Fabella) Marvel
Hmmm… when they announced that Matt Fraction was going to be spearheading the new ‘franchise’ for Marvel, that sounded kind of exciting.
Then the first issue came out, and it wasn’t really very good. Then they announced that Fraction had left the project and was replaced by Charles Soule, who I find kind of hit (Swamp Thing) and miss (Superman and Wonder Woman).
Then this issue came out, and it is pretty awful. Bad writing. Bad art. Bad comic.
But, it is still Fraction and it is not the regular artist (this was solicited as a one-shot and was renumbered because nobody ordered it…)
O’kay. I’ll still give Soule’s Inhuman a shot, but it is son a short leash.
THE SAVIORS #2 (James Robinson / J. Bone) Image
The first issue of this was my comic of the week (in a week where I only got two comics), but this issue is nowhere near as good. Alien tries to kill guy for unknown reason. Other guy saves him and gives him an explanation that is… just really generic.
Another possible short leash title.
FABLES #137 (Bill Willingham / Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun) Veritgo
A few good pages and a whole bunch of filler. The first Knights were named and a little bit of forward momentum on the Spratt / Bigby front.
The rest was just an overview of the world and a tip of the hat to the fact that the new North Wind isn’t a little kid anymore.
Not a terrible comic, but it felt like there was very little of substance.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26 (Slott / Ramos / Rodriguez / Martin / Lopez / Delgado / Olazaba / Vicente) Marvel
Why so many creators? Because the Peter scenes were by a different creative team than the Otto scenes. That was fine.
Kingsley is turning into one of my favourite villains. He appears to be the Scorpion of Marvel (L5R reference, woo-hah!). Meanwhile, the Green Goblin is most definitely NOT Norman Osborne. The biggest hint this issue was that it was Harry, which makes me think it isn’t.
I don’t know.
THIEF OF THIEVES #19 (Kirkman / Diggle / Martinbrough / Serrano) Image
Solid issue of ToT. I liked the ‘save’ and the counter-save and the arrest. The cheque was brilliant. The team is still out there. The black book that shows his plans within plans were also within plans.
MIRACLEMAN #2 (Alan Moore / Garry Leach / Steve Dillon / Alan Davis / Paul Neary / Mick Anglo) Marvel
Yes, I credited Moore. No copyright issues here. The Moore / Leach stuff is really, really good. (Though this time out you have to remind yourself how long this came out BEFORE Kingdom Come.) I still get kind of annoyed that I am paying for so much stuff I have no real interest in. I am not being this book for the 1950′s stories. I barely read them. I have no problem with classic comics… but these aren’t. They are just not that good.
UNCANNY AVENGERS #16 (Remender / McNiven / Dell / Leisten / Martin) Marvel
This book and a really BIG feel to it. The confrontations seemed epic. Captain America and Thor and Wasp epitomize what the Avengers should be. The fights with the separated twins felt important without just being energy thrown back and forth like a lot of the stories that pass for ‘big’ these days.
This is not the best Avengers book going, but it is easily #2.
DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #2 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Gary Erskine) Vertigo
This book does a lot to give Crystal even more character. It has the drawback of still having the ‘high-tech criminal enterprise’ laid over the classic boarding school… but it has the advantage that this isn’t in the forefront of the issue.
SAGA #18 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image
Last issue before the break…
So, what kept this from being #1? It was a really good comic with really good characterization… so what was the problem?
Well, ‘the push’ was ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. ‘It’s okay, I knew you could do it!’ when the alternative was pushing her and their baby to their deaths? That is the most idiotic thing I have read in a while. Just awful.
Plus, the sudden jump was jarring.
REVIVAL #17 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image
While Revival out in a really solid outing this time. It feel silk you know these characters now. As a bonus, no over racist characters this time out! The Weimar vs the skinned (?) guy was riveting, but nowhere near as much as the woods scene between Em and May. Then the little reveal at the end which reminds us that there is still a mystery going on here…
Big week with a drop and a surprising #1.
Starting at the weakest…
BATMAN #27 (Scott Snyder / Greg Capullo / Danny Miki) DC
More on the origin of Gordon’s coat? Really? Plus, the cops aren’t just bad…. they are bad enough to throw another cop in a pit of fighting dogs just to see what happens.
Ugh. Yeah, this just didn’t work for. This book has been more miss than hit and I am dropping it.
DC is really weak these days.
PRETTY DEADLY #4 (DeConnick / Rios / Bellaire / Cowles) Image
This book is five times better than it was the first couple of issues… which still doesn’t make it worth buying, in my opinion. Ruthanne likes it so we keep getting it.
AVENGERS #25 (Hickman / Larroca / Martin) Marvel
Well, this book wasn’t terrible. I liked the idea of finding a dead Hank Pym… to bad they solved the mystery for us immediately. Bad Avengers? Still, early strength Avengers should get whomped by the current level of power not he team.
AVENGERS WORLD #2 (Hickman / Spencer / Caselli / Martin) Marvel
I am good with the focus on Smasher (she sure looks like Yellowjacket at the end…), but I am less a fan of the yet-another-super-powerful-near-cosmic threat. I wonder how many people out there realize that the Entropic Man is not a new character?
X-MEN #9 (Wood / Dodson / Dodson / Keith) Marvel
Did Brian Wood create Arkea? He seems to be enamoured with her. Not a bad book. I actually think the Dodson’s (whom I like) is a bad choice with too many female characters because he does not differentiate between them very much. They were great on a book like Harley Quinn because they drew that one character very well without drawing attention to the fact that their range was a little limited.
I like the Sisterhood.
WONDER WOMAN #27 (Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang) DC
I think I am down to 3 DC books (this, Swamp Thing and Animal Man), and one os being cancelled.
This book is well done, but are we REALLY doing a story now about Zola and the baby being missing AGAIN? This book has got to expand its focus. It has been over two years with only one storyline.
THE MASSIVE #19 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse
As I list my second Brian Wood title, I will say that I considered dropping all Wood books… and any creators that came out as acting inappropriate towards women in the comic industry.
The thing is, I read Wood’s apology and I think it makes sense. Am I giving him too much of the benefit of the doubt? Maybe.
Oh… the comic. It is pretty good. Callum hunting down his past.
ANIMAL MAN #27 (Jeff Lemire / Rafael Albuquerque) DC
This is the DC book that is begin cancelled, so Lemire can go work on Justice League. Sigh.
It is Justice League Canada, though, so I am going to give it a shot. We’ll see.
What makes this book land as high as it does this month is the scenes with Ellen. Punching that reporter was great. Showing that there are real-life consequences to such an action was also great. The fight scene wasn’t much but Maxine and Socks ‘going the wrong way’ (I have a feeling they didn’t and the Red is just circular) and the Shepherd paying for it… good stuff.
ALL-NEW X-MEN #22 (Bendis / Immonen / von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel
A strong characterization issue, which I tend to say a lot on Bendis books. The scene with Scott, Jean and Warren did ‘talking head’ in a great way. The Bobby scenes showed him off very well. Even the fight scene had a great level of kinetic energy, despite being a little one-sided.
I will have to remember to pick up the Guardians books, though they sure don’t look appealing based on that splash page. (Angela? How about getting some clothes?)
BLACK WIDOW #2 (Nathan Edmondson / Phil Noto) Marvel
Better than the first issue. The art is still spectacular but the writing mad dup some ground as well. Isaiah just got a little emote interesting and with the Iron Scorpion we now have a possible recurring villain for the book. Good, good…
I would recommend this book to a new reader.
MIGHTY AVENGERS #5 (Ewing / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel
Ah, Otto. The crazy thing is, he had a point… which he illustrated in the worst possible way. Arrogance will often be the undoing os such characters. Luke and Jessica sending Danielle away and then laying in to Otto was awesome. Is Jessica going to be more… active in this comic? I hope so (which does NOT mean going into costume with a codename…)
The best part of this book, and what nearly pushed it even higher? The last page. Complete with classic logo.
How about USING that logo on the book? No?
HAWKEYE #16 (Fraction / Wu / Hollingsworth) Marvel
This was the top book of the week right up until I pulled the final comic out of the bag.
Note: Issue 15 has not yet come out. This seems weird, but remember that right now Hawkeye is basically two separate comics – one about Clint and one about Kate. They also have different artists. I am guessing this is why 15 fell behind.
I don’t care. This was a really good, fun comic. Kate is pure charm. She i slough but not too tough. It looks like she has had enough of L.A., though. After the events of Young Avengers she is cleared to go back to New York. Will the two books-within-a-book intersect again?
THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #1 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo
The Unwritten went on a little hiatus and then came back with a new name and a new #1. I guess sales needed a little pump.
Well, it seems like it was the fresh start it needed because the last storyline was incredibly disappointing (what a waste of a Fables ‘crossover’), but this one has fresh life (pun intended, if you read the book). The scene of Tommy trying to make to back to life were absolutely great. I don’t know what is going to come after this, because that is a one-off, but the different characters and lands that he pushed through without telling us what was going on, and getting clearer and clearer… yes. It worked from end to end.
Now, what has happened while he was gone?
A very solid week. A good number of really good reads.
Starting at the weakest.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: INHUMANITY #1 (Gage / Hans) Marvel
Does Christos Gage READ Superior Spider-Man? This wasn’t even the same character. At all.
ALL-NEW X-MEN #21 (Bendis / Peterson / Anderson / Silva) Marvel
The book jus didn’t flow. Things happened but they didn’t feel like one page moved to the next. The art was pretty suspect as well. Not awful but not very strong.
MIRACLEMAN #1 (Moore / Leach / Anglo / Lawrence / Conroy) Marvel
I have been really looking forward to this, and the Moore / Leach parts were very solid, though not deep enough to warrant a higher spot.
Unfortunately I also had to pay for a bunch of other filler. The old Mick Anglo pages were pretty bad and the sketches and interview etc. should have been on a website for free, to padding out a $6 comic.
ASTRO CITY #8 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross / Sinclair / Comicraft) Vertigo
Astro City is a great book. It works better with shorter stories, though, and this is at least a three parter and this is a middle part. A fun little Confessor / Samaritan tussle worked. Good book, but not a stand-out this week.
DAREDEVIL #35 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel
Daredevil is really consistent. I was wrong about Foggy last issue and the way the Serpents get Matt to defend their guy works… though he probably would have done it anyway.
AMAZING X-MEN #3 (Aaron / McGuiness / Vines / Gracia) Marvel
Beast makes this book. He is great in here.
Do any of you read Bleeding Cool?
On Bleeding Cool they mock Beast for saying he is atheist (though in this one he says agnostic). They say it is ridiculous for someone who has met gods and seen heaven and hell to say such thing.
He explains it perfectly well here. Beast may have been to ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ but he has also been to other dimensions and worlds that don’t claim any divine status. He has no reason to think this is any different, just with delusions of grandeur.
I prefer when my comics don’t try to make some sort of definitive statement about religious accuracy. To be more specific, I prefer when EVERYTHING works, no matter what your perspective. It make setter stories.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25 (Slott / Gage / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel
Until the end, this book would have been much lower. I didm’t like the ‘Flash is dying’ thing because it rues the suspense. However, the end was great. Otto using the opportunity to try and fix his rep was genius.
Nobody falling for it was even better.
UNCANNY X-MEN #16 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel
Magneto meets Mystique and her new ‘brotherhood’.
And he kicks their asses.
Need more be said about the way my brain works.
Last year I listed Book 3 of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Convenant on my reading list.
This year I read Book 2.
For the first time.
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With no further ado…
From the weakest…
CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #3 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel
So it seems that the Ultimate line is NOT being mothballed after Cataclysm, which seems odd. Other than Bendis’ Spidey, none of the books are any good. I guess that are going to try and change that.
This comic is also not that good, but for a whole different reason. Because the UU is weak, I decided not to buy all the Cataclysm books. This one is the extension of the Spidey book, so I though it would hold up. Not so much.
Also, I went from hoping that Miles’ dad would somehow join him in the 616 to wanting to punch him in the face, so there is that.
AVENGERS WORLD #1 (Jonathan Hickman / Nick Spencer / Stefano Caselli) Marvel
So, what makes this different than the regular Avengers book? It is a big cast book facing ridiculously overpowered foes. So?
Oh right, HICKMAN ISN”T WRITING IT! They have him listed as a co-writer but I understand that is a bit of an overstatement.
Well, is it better than the regular Avengers book? So far, yes, but it is early. The plotting is clearer, for one.
YOUNG AVENGERS #15 (Gillen / McKelvie / Cloonan / Doyle / Quinones / Norton / Wicks / Bellaire / Wilson) Marvel
This is the actual final issue of YA. It should have ended last issue. This book was entirely superfluous. They got to make a statement that the whole team is ‘not straight’ which is not true, and they got to wrap up the not-Patriot thing with an offhand and pointless explanation that made no sense.
Great series. Lousy final issue.
THE MOVEMENT #8 (Gail Simone / Freddie Williams II) DC
This was a solid issue. Heroes got to be heroic. They bucked overwhelming odds to save a bunch of people and now they get to meet one of Gail’s other ‘pets’, Batgirl. (Too bad they can’t meet the Secret Six.)
AVENGERS A.I. #8 (Sam Humphries / Andre Araujo / Frank D’Armata) Marvel
So, whose side are we supposed to be on? The A.I.s are RIGHT to fear and distrust the humans. The humans are RIGHT to think that it is too dangerous to allow them to continue as is.
SWAMP THING #27 (Charles Soule / Jesus Saiz) DC
Getting his job back seemed a little too easy, but wow! The Parliament of Trees! Screwing over Lady Weeds! Alec has mad himself some (more) pretty major enemies here!
FAIREST #22 (Marc Andreyko / Shawn McManus) Vertigo
Cindarella. Lots of transformed mice. A stone Fairy Godmother. What is left?
Oh right. Evil stepsister.
This Cindarella story is SO much better than the last couple of Fairest arcs.
BLACK WIDOW #1 (Nathan Edmondson / Phil Noto) Marvel
That’s right. Phil Noto interiors, not just the covers.
And yeah, this book LOOKS amazing. The DESIGN is worth the cost all on its own.
Too bad the story seems a little weak. Not terrible, but it hold stye book back a little bit. Hopefully Edmondson can make this book as great as it looks.
FBP #7 (Simon Oliver / Robbi Rodriguez) Vertigo
I have been lukewarm on this book… until now! What a great issue! This Agent Reyes is a great addition! A story of blackmail and seeing the sorts of practical problems these physics loops can cause. Nice. I hope the book stays at this level.
SEX CRIMINALS #4 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image
This book is just flat out funny.
Criminals are born! Playing with powers for good… and revenge! Hey, who appointed those costumed yahoos to be the sex-crime police?
(Kind of like most costumed vigilantes, I guess…)
For those that don’t know, this is not some kind of poem comic, but the sex content is high, clearly, But it is really, really funny.