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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Batwoman #5 | January 15, 2012

There was a lot of fighting this week… and some of it was pretty well done! Cutting another book this week… sadly. You will see.

BATWOMAN #5 (J.H. Williams III / W. Haden Blackman) DC

Williams is simply amazing. Every page is a work of art and all of it is DESIGNED rather than just drawn. He shows that some artists are not functioning to the level that they could be. It is beautiful stuff. Williams is subbing out for Amy Reeder Hadley next, I believe, but she is a great artist too! It will be interesting to see what she does while under the shadow of Williams.

The story is good too, but honestly, the art is almost TOO good to pay much attention to the story. 🙂 I like Bones so Batwoman’s new associates are very welcome.

THE UNWRITTEN #33 (Carey / Gross / Perker) Vertigo

As I said, a lot of fighting this week. Even The Unwritten involves a full frontal assault (albeit Dragoon-aided). Things are starting to be spelled out here and the ideas that come out of the workings of the Unwritten world work towards their ultimate conclusions… almost. The question is… why don’t they ‘write him out’?

BRILLIANT #2 (Bendis / Bagley) Icon

The quality of Scarlet got me to give Brilliant a try. It is very different but still well worth a read. The Bagley art and Bendis dialogue makes it feel like Peter Parker is going to wonder in any some point. The characters are strong and while the plot is unfolding slowly it is still keeping me hooked.

NEW AVENGERS #20 (Bendis / Deodato / Beredo) Marvel

So an issue that is just one long fight scene and drawn by Mike Deodato. Sounds like something I would slag, right? Well, I would have thought so, but this was a really entertaining comic! Deodato was nowhere near as bad as he normally is. The different characters were actually different and not cut-outs of each other! The only real thing I didn’t like came on the last page because I hate being reminded that such a stupid character exists.

ULTIMATE X-MEN #6 (Spencer / Medina / Barberi / Vlasco / Lokus) Marvel

First off, what is with that cover? When was the last time Kitty looked ANYTHING like that, it either world? Leaving that, Rogue redeemed herself as a character SOMEWHAT, but still has a ways to go. The surprise ending was something I projected before it happened, though I didn’t think they would admit it yet. I didn’t read Ultimate X-Men before the relaunch… so I don’t know how big a surprise that was.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 (Brubaker / Davis / Farmer / Martin) Marvel

The only thing I don’t like about this story is the seen-it-before syndrome. Cap losing his serum powers is a story I feel like I have read a few times already. It is working okay so far, and I quite like the Serpent Squad (though I would like to see the return of the Serpent Society). The new Cap book reads a bit like the old Mark Gruenwald issues and that is a very good thing. I think the Davis art really helps that feeling.

SECRET AVENGERS #21 (Ellis / Immonen / Von Grawbadger / Sotomayor) Marvel

Sigh. The best thing about this issue is the knowledge that it is Ellis’ last. I don’t dislike Ellis and I have liked SOME of his run (last issue was REALLY good) but his apparent dislike of Steve Rogers is really a problem for me. I tried to look at this issue two ways: once as is and once with a mental substitution of Nick Fury in for Steve Rogers. With that chane, the book was actually quite good. Fury was ruthless. Beast was his conscience. Rhodey was good. Natasha was good. Valkyrie was good.

But it wasn’t Fury. It was Rogers.

Look, I am NOT getting into a debate about torture. My problem is not about whether it is okay to torture someone or to casually discuss killing your own team without first trying to find a better way. My problem is that Steve Rogers WOULD NOT do those things. Beast was saying things that Rogers should have been saying.

Looking forward to Remender.

BATGIRL #5 (Gail SImone / Adrian Syaf / Vicente Cifuentes) DC

Neural implant surgery? In a tossed off line? You need to do better than that.


If you don’t do that, Gail, and soon, I am dumping this book. You are making those who complained about taking her out of the chair right.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #677 (Waid / Rios / J.Rod) Marvel

This is part one of a cross-over with Daredevil and it is written my Mark Waid, the DD writer, instead of Dan Slott. It feels like a fill-in. Quite disappointing. Also, I liked Rios’ art on the Osborne series but it doesn’t feel right here. The dialogue is light and playful and the art is dark and ominous. There is a disconnect.

SUICIDE SQUAD #5 (Adam Glass / Federico Dallocchio) DC

Someone tell me when this gets better. I’m not waiting anymore. (Bring back Ostrander! Or maybe Simone!)


AVENGERS SOLO #3 (Van Meter / Barrionuevo / McCann / Henry) Marvel

The back-up is good. The lead is not. I’ll run this out because I like the Avengers Academy story but I really wish it was McCann on the lead story.


  1. Funny, here I was all excited that I loved the heck out of an Avengers title this week – and it seems we’re of very differing opinions for it! The portrayal of Steve Rogers in this feels fine by me. By the very nature of Commander Steve Rogers existing, he’s going to have to deal with far harder tasks in far heavier ways. Thus the separation from Captain America. He doesn’t really have a choice as Commander Rogers, and I think he’s finding appropriate ways of dealing with that. It’s why I love Secret Avengers most out of the Avengers titles, and Uncanny X-Force most out of the X-titles… so many grey areas make for actions unlike those that might otherwise come to play from these people.

    Brilliant was pretty close to my Five Faves for the week, but didn’t quite make it all the way in there. Nice to finally have some more movement there. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode and Pigs were also quite close. Both worth checking out, in my mind.

    New Avengers and Batgirl were both decent, while Captain America was one of my least favourite books of the week (yes, even below Suicide Squad – sure Ostrander wrote a way better Squad, but I’m enjoying watching thise one find its footing. Especially looking forward to ‘The Hunt for Harley Quinn’ over the next two issues!).

    I’ve come to the conclusion this week that I’ll probably enjoy Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E. more in trades than monthly – and that I’ve little reason right now to read Green Lantern, Incredible Hulk, Deathstroke, Superboy or Justice League International…

    The New 52 has whittled down to 18 in just over 4 months, and I suspect a couple more might not last another month.

    Comment by shayneavecigrec — January 16, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    • My problem with the portrayal of Rogers is that is goes against decades of characterization. Go ahead and tell this exact same story, just sub in Fury or Bucky and I would be perfectly fine with it. I don’t read X-Force but it seems they took pains to populate it with characters that would work in that setting. Cap just doesn’t.

      Comment by rpriske — January 16, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

  2. I think Rogers’ evolution to the point portrayed in the issue makes perfect sense, given what’s gone down in the past decade, between the Civil War, his “assassination,” Fear Itself and taking over the largest spy/police agency in a harder grittier world than he’s ever known. It’s obvious he doesn’t like it, but it does make sense (to me!) that he’d have to soldier on with those decisions in this setting…

    Comment by shayneavecigrec — January 16, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

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