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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Fables #112 | December 25, 2011

So it is very early on Christmas morning (or very late on Christmas Eve… take your pick). We don’t celebrate Christmas much. Tonight was spent with homemade Nuts & Bolts and video rentals of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Grey Garden. Both good.


New comics do not stay unread simply because of a holiday!


FABLES #112 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / Green) Vertigo

What a charming book this was this month! It is a Christmas themed issue but it is no side-story. Rose Red has to decide what aspect of hope she wishes to be. The story and art are classic Fables. The reindeer are worth the price of admission alone.

I think I know who the spirit is that Rose needs to help. Roses are red, violets are… 🙂


ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #5 (Bendis / Pichelli / Messina / Ponsor) Marvel

Miles meets the Ultimates! It is good to see a negative reaction to Miles’ choice of code-names. It is also good to see that the understand why he would want to use it. Cool new costume. Was that a reveal about who his uncle is? I could go back and check but… Did he appear BEFORE Ultimate S-M #1?


WONDER WOMAN #4 (Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang) DC

I love the mood of this book. War is great (I can’t believe I just wrote that line…). Diana’ way of dealing with her recent revelation is pretty novel… and makes her seem more real. Cliff Chiang continues to be brilliant on this book. I can’t say enough… WW hasn’t been this good since Perez.


THE AVENGERS #20 (Bendis / Acuna) Marvel

Acuna is the absolutely right artist for this book. The way Osborne is one step ahead of Cap is great. Because, lets face it, if he doesn’t outsmart them, what does he have going for him? Protector actually said and did something? Will wonders never cease?


BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES! #1 (Grant Morrison / Chris Burnham / Cameron Stewart) DC

I don’t normally buy $7 comics, but this is really two issues stuck together. This is Morrison wrapping up the Batman Inc. story he was doing before the New 52 came along. The Batgirl story was solid and the wrap -up story was a head trip. I can be critical of Morrison but the way he made that story make sense… while not making sense at all was amazing. I really appreciated the text pages letting you know how everything ties together so  I don’t have to go back and check.


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676 (Slott / Ramos / Olzaba / Delgado) Marvel

I prefer my Spider-man comics to have Spider-man in them. This issue FEELS like a fill-in. I know it isn’t, but still. An o’kay read but that is it.


FANTASTIC FOUR #601 (Hickman / Epting / Magyar / Mounts) Marvel

So Johnny is back and that’s that?I think this story will read better collected. At least I hope so. Every issue I feel like I am asking myself what is going on.


THUNDERBOLTS #167 (Parker / Shalvey / Martin) Marvel

So an explanation for the Ripper stuff I suppose, but it is a fairly chaotic issue. This book continues to teeter.


X-FACTOR #229 (David / Lupacchino / Ortego / Milla) Marvel

Unlike this book, which I think has just fallen off. It just seems… random. I think this one is going to get the axe from my pull list.


  1. Personally, I’m still enjoying X-Factor – but it’s definitely random and strange. As was the Batman Inc. book! Holy crap!

    Solid choices, as ever. I’m reading Fables by the trade, rather than monthly (I actually just finished the new one this weekend, while at my folks’ place) – so it’ll be July when I read the current issue. But I’m looking forward to it!…

    Uncanny X-Force, Daredevil and Scott Snyder’s Batman are all at the top of my list for the week… (reckon I’ll have to just fire up a blog for such things at some point… seems I talk on here quite a bit!)

    Thanks Rusty! I look forward to this every week. All the best to you Ruthanne….

    Comment by shayneavecigrec — December 27, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

  2. Feel free to write full reviews here if you want Shayne! Always good to get more opinions!

    Comment by rpriske — December 27, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

  3. I think I’ve got a good idea of which aspect of hope Rose Red will be. She asked someone (a cow) what they most hoped for given all troubles they’ve gone through. The answer is simple. You “Hope for the Best”.

    Comment by Tony — January 6, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    • That fits Willingham’s style as well, I would think.

      Comment by rpriske — January 6, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

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