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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

March 25, 2015
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When DC launched the New 52, Batman was not one of the books I picked up. I have never been a huge Batman fan and while there have been some GREAT Batman stories, I tend to find him a little repetitive.

Later I picked up some issues during Zero Year (or whatever it was called) and wan’t impressed enough for it to catch on, despite the raves for Snyder’s run.

And I like Scott Snyder. I really liked him on Swamp Thing.

So here is The Court of Owls, which kicked off the New 52. And again, it feels a litre repetitive. Going back to Batman’s origins and rewriting little bits to fit a later story means this whole thing is based on a retcon.

But it is a relaunch so if you a re ever going to do that…

But it is quite a good read. As said, ‘Batman pushed to his limits’ has been down to death, but this is a well done version of that story.

2015 in Comic Collections

Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1 (Snyder / Capullo / Glapion)
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 – Public Scrutiny (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: C.O.W.L. #9

March 24, 2015
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Let’s be honest… calling it the comic of the week when I am down to buying two books as arcs run out is a little silly.

Once again, I don’t mind because the comic was so good.

BLACK WIDOW #16 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

I am finishing this run with a story that flashes back to Natasha as a tot. Solid issue but nothing too ground breaking.

Still, seeing her pushed to shooting someone at that age works. The teaser for the next story seems… a little less interesting. We’ll see if I pick it up or not as a trade.

C.O.W.L. #9 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

This was a really great comic. Getting to see Radia in action, after she has been constantly pushed into a Mad Men type of a role. What really made this issue was her fight with Doppler.

He hit her with a latter out of his word balloon.

Picture that.

This comic is great. I still have two more issues to finish the arc.


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

March 23, 2015
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Some Remarks

Just like the William Gibson book, this is a collection by the author (in this case, Neal Stephenson), from various sources – mostly non-fiction

This is a real mixed bag. There are highs like the first line from a Shire-based Crime Thriller, and lows like a WAAAAAY too long and boring discussion about undersea telecommunications cable.

2015 in Books

Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

March 21, 2015
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Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 5

This is a new one for me. You might think I skipped some, but actually I HAD been buying the Ultimate Collections which are the equivalent of two of the smaller collections. The thing is, Volume 3 is out of print, so I had to switch to the smaller one.

Still good stuff, though I wanted to yell at Mary Jane often through the book. She is just sooo wrong (about Gwen) … while still being very realistic.

2015 in Comic Collections

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 – Public Scrutiny (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

March 21, 2015
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Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2

Bendis continued to absolutely kill it on this book, through his second year. Doctor Octopus… more Green Goblin… Kraven (who was hilariously perfect)… then there was GREAT interplay with Aunt May and some spot-on stuff with Gwen Stacy and Mary-Jane.

2015 in Comic Collections

Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Year in Comics: 2015

March 18, 2015
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I am splitting up these posts now that I am shifting to collections more and more.

This is a re-read. There is something about these issues that just blows away anything being done in the main universe with Peter.

Having said that, I like Miles a whole lot too.

The scenes with Peter and Mary are pretty much perfect.

2015 in Comic Collections

Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #21

March 16, 2015
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Just about at the end of the road. Only three comics this week and all of them are final issues for me.

STAR WARS #3 (Aaron / Cassaday / Martin) Marvel

This wraps up the first story. It is nice art and okay story, but I am kind of disappointed that they jumped back in time which guarantees that nothing will ever really happen to change anything. It can’t.

SILVER SURFER #10 (Dan SLott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

I am kind of disappointed with Surfer saying he loves her. What is wrong with platonic couplings?

ASTRO CITY #21 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross) Vertigo

The Quarrel story has been heartbreaking but a the same time… not. Beautifully done, from end to end.


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Rusty’s Reading List 2015

March 13, 2015
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Tolkien Guide

I picked up this book from the discount section at Chapter’s… and that is about its value. The section that outlines Tolkien’s life and such was interesting but then there is a big ‘major works’ section that just runs through The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, scene by scene. Then it goes over characters and such. I can’t imagine anyone reading this book who didn’t already read those books so…

2015 in Books

A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman

2015 in Comic Collections

X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire


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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Miracleman #16

March 6, 2015
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A big challenge came to my ‘cut off the monthlies’ play.

A new Saga came out.

I persevered. I overcame.

Only four books this week.

AVENGERS #42 (Hickman / Caselli / Martin) Marvel

The core Avengers book might be the only book I will be in monthlies.

I mean, I have them all. I stopped buying every ancillary Avengers title, but I have all the core books.

Too bad it wasn’t better.

REVIVAL #28 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

This is the last issue of this one for me. I actually think Revival will be improved by reading it in trades. It is the ongoing story that matters, not the individual episodes.

SWAMP THING #40 (Soule / Saiz / Pina / Chung) DC

This is the last issue for everyone, not just me.

This was interesting as it teased itself into Morrison Animal Man territory without fully committing. A little bit of The Unwritten as well.

Interesting but not groundbreaking like Animal Man was.

MIRACLEMAN #16 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

This is the end of the Alan Moore run so it is a good jumping off point for me… though I am interested in reading the collected version by Neil Gaiman.

This would likely not have been the top book if it wasn’t for my shrinking list, but it is very solid. It is kind of the capstone to the whole thing and you could easily just stop here.

I have no idea what is coming next.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #13

March 1, 2015
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As my comic list dwindles, the idea of a ‘Comic of the Week’ gets a little more muddy since I may be passing over better books just because of where they are in the storyline.

And boy did I fell that this week. I got five books and I read the firs three last night before going to sleep. I put them down saying… wow, what a bunch of garbage. Why was I wasting money on this stuff?

I am happy to say that when I woke up this morning and read the other two, the outlook got markedly better.

Starting at the weakest.

BODIES #8 (Si Spencer / Dean Ormston / Tula Lotay / Phil Winslade / Meghan Hetrick / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

I have complained about this book before but now it is finished. There were the occasional sparks of… conference along the way but they were an illusion.

Inscrutable plot, poor scripting, often bad art (depending on the chapter). This book has literally NOTHING going for it.

Realizing I spent over $30 on this makes me happy I am switching to trades.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 (Rick Remender / Daniel Acuna) Marvel

This comic was nearly as bad.

Well maybe not NEARLY as bad, but it was pretty darned bad. There is no story, there is just strung together scenes. Setting is ignored as nothing more than a moving backdrop behind the shots.

Storytelling is more than this.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 (Dan Slott / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Cam Smith / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

If I had realized I was going to b switching to trades I would have dropped this book before Spider-Verse. I have really enjoyed Slott’s run on the book but this story was just not very good… and it was very long.

Now it is over. Some characters switched around a bit but nothing I found that I cared about. There are still too many damned Spider-people. The little hint at Secret Wars was cute and I guess there is going to be some spider-sense repercussions but… whatever. Moving on.

INHUMAN #12 (Soule / Stegman / Isanove) Marvel

This was one of the relative bright lights this week and mostly because of a great little scene with Iso and Black Bolt. “Why is he touching me?” “Then he can earn it.” “What if I don’t want to…”

YES! Personal autonomy is tough when you are dealing with a monarchy. BENEVOLENT or not. A monarchy is intrinsically repressive. Speak!

DAREDEVIL #13 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

Speaking of…

AMAZING COMIC!

When this started I was kind of groaning inside. How is it possible to make Kisten NOT be a damsel in distress? That is NOT her personality but the nature of super-hero stuff… with DD’s id public…

It was clear that this is what Waid WANTED to counter but I couldn’t figure out how… until he did it. HE WASN’T THERE FOR YOU, DAREDEVIL! The Dare-splainign lien was gold. The way they played out Kirsten’s attitude was excellent.

And the little Shroud/mystery villain hook was good as well.

And that is a wrap on three of the books. I have two more issues of both Daredevil and Uncanny Avengers to buy.


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