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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

April 19, 2015
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StrayBulletsVol1

How did I avoid reading Stray Bullets until now?

Well, for one thing, I am kind of glad I did.

If I had read issue #1 on its own, I would have thought, “kind of violent… kind of ugly… what’s the point?”

Then, if I had read issue #2 I would have thought, “kind of violent… kind of ugly… completely unrelated to issue 1… what’s the point?”

But then, all of a sudden, it made sense to me. This is all one story, told in layers, jumping through time, where a scene from one issue can make a different comic suddenly much better. Issue #1 is incredibly brilliant once you have read later issues. An off-hand comment from a character in issue #2 makes the end of a later issue way more poignant… stuff like that.

Brilliant comic, but you really MUST read it as a collection.

Stray Bullets Vol. 1 – Innocence of Nihilism (David Lapham)
Chew Vol. 1 – Taster’s Choice (John Layman / Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
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 Year in Comics 2015

April 17, 2015
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chew_vol1_tpb

Hmmm… I heard so much good response to Chew. Then I read the Chew / Revival one-shot and, well, it was pretty terrible… especially the Chew half.

But, I thought, maybe it wasn’t fair because the context was a problem Maybe the book was as great as people claimed, in its own milieu.

Spoiler: It isn’t.

I don’t regret buying it. It was an okay little read, but I just don’t understand the love for it. Just begin a little quirky does not make it a great book. The plot is paper thing and it seems more worried about the shock value (which wears off really fast) instead advancing the story.

Oh well. If you have a copy, read it, but I wouldn’t recommend buying it.

Chew Vol. 1 – Taster’s Choice (John Layman / Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
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 Year in Comics 2015

April 14, 2015
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Walking Dead 6

Hmmm…. the last couple of volumes of Walking Dead have made me squirm somewhat. The rape and torture of Michonne was at least off-panel but her revenge was front and centre.

It came across a little bit like torture porn.

The story is still solid, but I didn’t care for that too much.

The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
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 Year in Comics 2015

April 7, 2015
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TheWickedAndDivine_vol1-1

I hadn’t heard much about this book, other than knowing that Gillen / McKelvie make some pretty good comics. My familiarity with the team comes from Young Avengers, which was a very solid book.

This book is pretty impressive. It has a pretty great concept (like a divine Strikeforce: Morituri), with compelling characters, beautiful art and great writing. It is a little sex obsessed, but not TOO much.

Good comics. Recommend.

The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
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 Year in Comics 2015

April 5, 2015
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lumberjanes_v1_cover

Wow, what a delightful book. I completely understand why so many people were raving about t his book when it came out. What the junk!

Ruthanne described it as a comic book based on Leslie Knope’s Pawnee Goddesses thrown into the supernatural realm…

That works wells enough as a description. In the midst of reading it, we were looking up all the strong women who were referenced (as exclamations… ‘Holy Bessie Coleman!’)

One thing that confused me is that the credits say it was WRITTEN by Noelle Stevenson (and Grace Ellis) and drawn by Brooke Allen. But compare the art to Stevenson’s art… even on the design pages. Then compare it to Allen’s design pages.

Isn’t this Noelle Stevenson on art?

Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
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… Weak?

April 5, 2015
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uncanny avengers 3

Since I started filtering out my monthlies, I keep doing this post and saying, “Well, it may not be a full week, but I still stand behind the comic of the week…” or something to that effect.

This week, not so much.

I got two books that each have one more issue in the current run.

Luckily I also got two great looking tradebacks, but those are for another post (once I read them).

AVENGERS #43 (Hickman / Mayhew / Martin) Marvel

Sigh. Right after I decide that I will keep getting the main Avengers title even after I stop all other monthlies (I mean, I have them all so far, right back to 1963), the next issue I rad was downright awful.

First off, the art is terrible. I mean it really looks rushed. The story isn’t much better. It is choppy and I am pretty sure that half of what happens doesn’t make sense because I don’t read New Avengers, which is inexcusable.

What a mess.

Thankfully, when Secret Wars is all over, it seems that Hickman will no longer be leading the Avengers.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #3 (Rick Remender / Daniel Acuna) Marvel

Well the art is much better in this comic, right off the bat. The story is better as well, though still has that, ‘fighting in a vacuum’ quality that I sometimes get from Remender’s books. Hi sense of ‘place’ is not always to be liking.

Overall, a decent book, but this wouldn’t be near a Comic of the Week ‘award’ if I was still getting a full complement of books.


Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

March 29, 2015
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Southern Bastards Vol 1

Well, well. I had never read Southern Bastards before but had heard very good things. This volume read like a movie… almost a cliche one.

And then it wasn’t.

Who is the star of this book? I think that is about to change drastically.

Very solid read.

Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
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: Wytches #5

March 29, 2015
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Wytches 5

Three comics left… and a little disappointing overall.

MULTIVERSITY: ULTRA COMICS #1 (Morrison / Mahnke / Alamy / Altaeb / Baron) DC

Multiversity has been hit and miss with an emphasis on hit. The strength has not been the ongoing story, however. Rather it was the glimpses of different worlds under the eye of Morrison.

This issue looked to be something different, and it was. This was closely tied in with an ongoing thread throughout the others and it was really going to… uh, no. Nice conceit but it really didn’t DO anything. For the first five to ten pages I was thinking, “This is going to be comic of the week.” By the time I was finished I thought, “Uh… so that was it?”

One issue left.

DAREDEVIL #14 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

After a great issue last time out, this one was quite disappointing. The ‘new’ Daredevil is kind of ridiculous and his sudden attitude change is a little spurious. This was also one of those kind of choppy reads. The intro of Owl’s daughter and suddenly they were teaming up with no real interaction… do you think Waid is trying to get his story in before everything god wall Secret Warsish?

One more issue for me.

WYTCHES #5 (Snyder / Jock / Hollingsworth / Robins) Image

This was very solid. It seems like a hard shift from spooky and mysterious to hard reality and… still pretty darned spooky. It started to feel less a psychological horror story and more a monster movie.

And when did Sailor’s dad become the star of the book?

All in all, good, scary comics.

One more issue for me.


Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015

March 25, 2015
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batman-the-court-of-owls_hc-cover-art

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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COWL-9-Cover

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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