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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Moon Knight #9 | January 22, 2012

This was a REALLY good week. A lot of top comics and even some strong showings from weaker books. Only one clunker (though I may have some smaller complaints about bits along the way.)

Starting at my favourite comic of the week and working back.

MOON KNIGHT #9 (Bendis / Maleev / Hollingsworth) Marvel

This has been a solid book from issue 1 but it really hits its stride here. It is a fight issue, but it is interspersed with flashbacks between MK and Buck to show where he got his new toys to outfit his delusional mind state. It also shows that Buck is on to him. The fight was beautiful, as was all the art. The cover deserves special recognition. Maleev is extremely talented.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

After a ‘less good’ issue, this book is right back on its game! The premise, with Peter getting a little look into the future and seeing the destruction caused by that look was really interesting (and of course the reason why that particular device will be destroyed at the end of the story, I am sure). How he is going to try and fix it is also interesting. I can’t wait for the second part and THAT is the sign of a great story!

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #6 (Bendis / Samnee / Ponsor) Marvel

Third Marvel book in a row. Second Spider-man book (though they are very different characters). Second Bendis book.

I was really looking forward to Chris Samnee joining this book. I have nothing against Sara Pichelli, but Samnee is a favourite of mine. This issue was an interesting mixed bag, though. The Mexico scenes were excellent… but the actual Spider-man scenes were less so. Having an artist draw Spider-man who isn’t great at drawing Spider-man may be a problem. Luckily this book does not lean on the ‘in-costume’ antics a whole lot.

THUNDERBOLTS #169 (Parker / Walker / Pallot / Martin) Marvel

If you are surprised to see T-Bolts this high on such a strong list, well so was I. This is the best issue in a while. Walker seems to really like the Camelot setting. His Merlin in particular is really well done. The story is strong and really hinges on the fact that these are not heroes.

There is a ‘but’ here. A big one. The Black Knight artfully carves off Troll’s clothes so now she is a little hottie underneath wearing a loincloth. Give me a break. That is stupid on SO many levels.

FABLES #113 (Willingham / Leonardi / Randall / Russell / Cannon / Fern / Bachs / Hughes) Vertigo

My partner in comic reading (and life) Ruthanne disagrees with my assessment of this issue (and the last). She would put Fables first, I think (and would drop T-Bolts a lot farther on the handling of Troll). Don’t get me wrong. The Fables book is really good. This is just a week of a LOT of really good books. My problem is that despite some really great artists (Adam Hughes and P.Craig Russell to name two) this still reads like a fill-in. In addition, in a book that trades heavily in fable (duh) Willingham seems to create a new one (as far as I know) and swipe heavily from native mythology (Turtle Island). If you wanted a Turtle Island story, why not make one instead of creating something that uses the story but makes it European? (If I am wrong and this is a case of parallel world stories then sorry to Bill.

WONDER WOMAN #5 (Brian Azzarello / Tony Akins) DC

WW has been at the top of this list recently. The change in artists stings, though it is the regular artist who has to take credit for the cover. Put that one under ‘poses you would never see male heroes doing’. The tentacle wrapped around the leg makes it a little icky.

It was still a good read but it lost some of that wow factor.

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN (Zeb Wells / Joe Madureira / Ferran Daniel) Marvel

Third Spidey book this week and I think that hurts this issue by comparison. The way Spidey wins is kind of silly, and the fact like the other heroes are acting like it is a big deal kind of seems dishonest to me. “Congrats, you accidentally beat the bad guy!”

AVENGERS #21 (Bendis / Guedes / Megalhaes / Keith) Marvel

A third Bendis book, but one I wouldn’t be especially proud of is I was him. (Aside: Ruthanne referred to Storm’s outfit as a ‘stripper costume’. I am not sure I agree with that – or that had ever crossed my mind – but I sure miss the punk rock / mohawk bad-ass Storm. She was way cooler then.) The art was not to my liking, in general. I have seen worse, but it didn’t make me hope to see more by the artist, that is for sure.

Overall, a very good week. Even the clunker is nowhere close to being on the chopping block for me. (And seeing how I have the entire run of Avengers back from 1963 – though not all the ancillary books any more – it is pretty unlikely I am cancelling this one anyway.)

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