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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: The Unwritten #45 | February 3, 2013

Starting at the weakest…

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: DOLLAR BILL #1 (Len Wein / Steve Rude) DC

Coming in, I would have said that THIS is what Before Watchmen SHOULD be. Comics giving story to characters who don’t have it. Let’s hear more about this character who had such a minor role in the original series.

Too bad the comic wasn’t very good.

Starting with the art… I love me some Steve Rude, but this looked mailed in. Then, the story… there was a good plot here, but the constant homophobia and the stupid cliched lawyers and then the ‘let’s fire through his super-hero phase just to get to the end… poor execution.

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #5 (Len Wein / Jae Lee) DC

The idea that Before Watchmen would be an attack on Alan Moore has always been ludicrous to me. It is a compliment to the strength of his original story and the depth of the characters.

Until now. I understand that when Len Wein was the editor on Watchmen, he thought that the ending sounded like a rip-off to a TV show called Outer Limits. Now that he gets to write his own Watchmen comic, Wein came out and SAID it was a rip-off of Outer Limits.

Not cool.

 

ALL-STAR WESTERN #16 (Gray / Palmiotti / Moritat / Winslade) DC

The good: Jonah Hex recuperating. The interplay between him and the nurse… him and the old woman… him and Jane Eyre.

The bad: Mr. Hyde. It doesn’t work in the context of the comic. Get back to telling westerns and stop trying to turn it into League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or Batman prequels.

The ugly: The Tomahawk back-up is an absolute mess.

 

AVENGERS #4 (Jonathan Hickman / Adam Kubert / Frank D’Armata) Marvel

I really don’t like Hyperion on the team for the same reason I didn’t like Sentry on the team. This isn’t the Justice League, it is the Avengers, and an over-powered Superman knock-off just doesn’t work in this context (or in the Marvel Universe at all). I like A.I.M. here and the spin-off threat from the previous mini-arc.

As I have documented, I really don’t like Hickman’s style of storytelling. Jerky. Convoluted when there is nothing to be gained from being convoluted. He forgets that the purpose of storytelling is to tell a story, not bits and pieces of a story that will eventually makes sense… maybe.

 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2 (Dan Slott / Ryan Stegman / Edgar Delgado) Marvel

Well, that was dealt with… badly, but what are you going to do? Otto changing his mind doesn’t make a whole lot of sense… but if he didn’t, this comic would quickly become unreadable. I know that if ‘Spidey’ and MJ had gone through with having sex, I would have dropped this book. There are places for levels of story. A Spider-man comic is not the place to have a rapist leading the book.

Now, that is NOT what happened, and the story was told well, but the end was a cop-out that left a little to be desired, logically. Oh well. Could have been worse.

 

BATMAN INCORPORATED #7 (Grant Morrison / Chris Burnham) DC

Morrison is another ‘jerky’ writer, but this book is really starting to come together. THe biggest addition to the Batman mythos Morrison has pulled off is that he has suddenly made Damian likeable. The little punk, with the addition of a few animals, has shown a side that makes his tough-guy side… better. I mean LOOK at the scene where he is playing with that kitten. Damian!

Well done.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #16 (Jeff Lemire / Ray Fawkes / Mikel Janin) DC

This new world that Lemire and Fawkes have created has made a good book even better. Constantine alone is worth the cost of this book. The ‘I’ll distract you while Orchid sneaks up behind you’ bit was awesome.

I wasn’t going to buy the new Constantine book (I consider the cancellation of Hellblazer for the introduction of a New 52 book to be somewhat of an abomination) but with Lemire and Fawkes writing it… I think I am going to have to get on board.

 

HAWKEYE #7 (Fraction / Lieber / Hamm / Hollingsworth) Marvel

A well written, two-story, book set during Hurricane Sandy. The first story would have made this book, comic of the week, easily, if it had been full length. The second story would have put this book close to the BOTTOM of the list. One very good story and one really lousy story (in story and art)… but the first story is REALLY good, so overall, a good comic.

 

THE UNWRITTEN #45 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

The Hawkeye backstory left room for a different top dog this week and Unwritten gets the nod. This story of Savoy and a troubled child and zombies is the sort of mix that makes Unwritten so good when it is on… and it is on.

 


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