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Reading List 2013

May 25, 2013
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Getting some poetry in.

2013 in BOOKS

Faust McKenzie, Faux Reals by Chris Gilpin
Daughter of Regals and Other Stories by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Great Black North, edited by Valerie Mason-John & Kevan Anthony Cameron
Language Myths, edited by Laurie Bauer & Peter Trudgill
Tomy Bewick, My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You.
Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks

2013 in Comic Collections

The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Uncanny X-Men: From the Ashes
X-Men: The Fall of the Mutants
Richard Stark’s Parker Vol 1: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke
New Mutants Classic Vol. 1

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #26

May 23, 2013
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Starting at the weakest…

REVIVAL #10 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

I think this is my last issue. This has been all concept and no plot. The story has to go somewhere and have some reason. It has just gotten uglier and uglier and the latest addition of the racists has not been especially welcome. I was able to deal with it last issue but the discovery this time that the sherrif was not just humouring the old bastard makes me dislike the comic a little more.

AVENGERS #12 (Hickman / Spencer / Deodato / Martin) Marvel

Yeah. Could Hickman do what no other writer has done and convince me to stop buying the Avengers? This continues to be a meandering mess.

And, oh my god, the stupid in this issue. Hey, let’s all become teachers, even though we are in no way qualified and are likely to do more harm than good! Let’s include Spider-man even though he is acting completely amoral! Hey, what is up with him anyway? Who cares! Oh, and when some sort of flying dragons comes and takes the little demon children away, let’s just watch them go, even we have IRON MAN AND THOR STANDING RIGHT THERE!

Give me a break.

UNCANNY X-MEN #6 (Bendis / Irving) Marvel

I enjoy this book, and I didn’t dislike this issue, but the main story was a bunch of standing around waiting for a fight that just sort of barely happened. The side stories were good, though. THe new mutant looks interesting and the new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent looks VERY interesting.

YOUNG AVENGERS #5 (Gillen / McKelvie / Norton / Wilson) Marvel

Since I didn’t read Journey Into Mystery, I appreciated the Loki recap. He suddenly got a lot… less interesting. I am sure that was a very awesome and dramatic moment for JIM, but now I am left wondering why he is bothering with the YA crew. If it really is the Loki we all know, this is way beneath him. He actually SHOULD have taken Billy’s magic and left.

Hmmm…

UNCANNY AVENGERS #8 AU (Rememnder / Duggan / Kubert / Martin) Marvel

Another one of those Age of Ultron crossovers that has very little to do with… wait. That isn’t what happened here. Having Kang as the UA villain gave Remender the opportunity to have someone recognize what was going on and see the changes to the timeline, and even explain them a little. Other than that, this was really a UA issue and not a AoU issue, which was a nice change. I didn’t regret buying this one bit.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #20 (Jeff Lemire / Ray Fawkes / Mikel Janin / Vicente Cifuentes) DC

DC is really failing for me… except for this corner of it. What DC books am I still getting? JLD, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Dial H (Which is being cancelled)… and Wonder Woman, which is mostly for Ruthanne. Basically, what does DC do well? That area between superheroes and Vertigo. The darker edges where things are a little more messed up. Even the use of Flash here has been very good. Not only in the way they have used him but the way the others look at him.

Unfortunately there is going to be a JLD crossover with JLA and JL soon. This Flash appearance makes me dread it a little less. A little.

THE UNWRITTEN #49 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

I love the Unwritten version of Hell. Both of them. The fact that there is more than one really works for me, because they are stories. There is more than one story about Hell so there is more than one Hell. Perfect.

The use of the Orpheus story was very interesting. Tommy wants to understand. He is an explorer.

And now… Fables!?!

THE MASSIVE (Brian Wood / Danijel Zezelj / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

I just realized what this story really is. It is Moby Dick.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #10 (Slott / Stegman / Delgado) Marvel

Let’s start with that great Marcos Martin cover. Yes. I almost put this as the #1 book just so I had an excuse to post the cover.

I am fighting a battle over this book. Slott likes to show that Otto is BETTER at being Spidey than Pete was, while also failing at being an actual hero… or human being. But then there is Anna, who humanizes him a lot.

The struggle to BE Peter without Pete’s memories will be interesting as well. Having him in his head for all this time probably helped him, but what happens when he meets someone he should know, but doesn’t?

DAREDEVIL #26 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

Another great cover. I wonder if Samnee had planned for there not to be a logo and just have the clothesline do the job and then realized that it actually isn’t that clear. Samnee is great, but he isn’t Eisner.

The lead story was solid. I don’t think that is who they think it is because then they would have admitted it at the end. Better than last issue.

It was the back-up that really won me over, though. The juxtaposition of a world of super-heroes and people living with all-to-real problems was really well done. The panels where Foggy confronts the kids and they look at him like he is an idiot are great. This is great comics.


2013 Reading List

May 20, 2013
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If you are looking for a good book of short stories… skip this book by Donaldson.
What really got it off on the wrong foot for me is that after the Covenant books (which were great) had a (believable) protagonist who was also a rapist, the first story I read by Donaldson that ISN’T a Covenant story has the lead female character threatened by a rapist. It just kind of soured things for me.

2013 in BOOKS

Daughter of Regals and Other Stories by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Great Black North, edited by Valerie Mason-John & Kevan Anthony Cameron
Language Myths, edited by Laurie Bauer & Peter Trudgill
Tomy Bewick, My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You.
Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks

2013 in Comic Collections

The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Uncanny X-Men: From the Ashes
X-Men: The Fall of the Mutants
Richard Stark’s Parker Vol 1: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke
New Mutants Classic Vol. 1


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2013 Reading List

May 19, 2013
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2013 in BOOKS

The Great Black North, edited by Valerie Mason-John & Kevan Anthony Cameron
Language Myths, edited by Laurie Bauer & Peter Trudgill
Tomy Bewick, My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You.
Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks

2013 in Comic Collections

The Walking Dead Volume 2: Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Uncanny X-Men: From the Ashes
X-Men: The Fall of the Mutants
Richard Stark’s Parker Vol 1: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke
New Mutants Classic Vol. 1


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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Ultimate Spider-man #23

May 19, 2013
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Small week… some good books though.

Starting at the weakest…

AGE OF ULTRON #8 (Bendis / Peterson / Mounts) Marvel

If this is such a big cross-over, couldn’t they have gotten a better artist?

Nothing happens. I mean, stuff happens, but nothing you couldn’t explain away in a few lines. This mini is hit and miss. Great ideas but not always the best execution.

AVENGERS: THE ENEMY WITHIN #1 (DeConnick / Hepburn / Bellaire) Marvel

So, why did this need to be its own comic? Really, this is just an issue of Captain Marvel with Spider-woman and Thor guest starring. That’s okay. I read Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, so getting this cross-over was going to happen anyway.

Buy this if you already buy Captain Marvel. If you don’t, this isn’t going to change your mind.

WONDER WOMAN #20 (Brian Azzarello / Goran Sudzuka / Cliff Chiang) DC

Sudzuka is a better fill-in than Tony Akins.
There was nothing WRONG with this comic… but are we ever going to get something different? The gods send someone after the kid. Wonder Woman et al fight to save the baby. Rinse, repeat.

This is getting very, very repetitive.

FABLES #129 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leiloha / Pepoy) Vertigo

Well, I got what I wanted… but I wish there was a little more too it. They didn’t outsmart him. They just cast a spell and had a fight. But, the right person won and now it is ‘her other half’ that needs the saving. That works.

Oh, and Rose Red was awesome… (and right).

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #23 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

One year later…
It is the same story you would expect, just not so time-compressed. Miles’ girlfriend was a bit of a surprise. The pressures from Ganke and Jessica are the right ones.

But the best part of the comic? Jefferson. “Kid’s got play all of a sudden.”

Excellent stuff.


2013 Reading List

May 12, 2013
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We have enjoyed the Walking Dead TV show and finally decided to give the comic a try.

2013 in BOOKS

The Great Black North, edited by Valerie Mason-John & Kevan Anthony Cameron
Language Myths, edited by Laurie Bauer & Peter Trudgill
Tomy Bewick, My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You.
Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folks

2013 in Comic Collections

The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Uncanny X-Men: From the Ashes
X-Men: The Fall of the Mutants
Richard Stark’s Parker Vol 1: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke
New Mutants Classic Vol. 1


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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #4

May 12, 2013
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This was a small, and not great, week. The comic of the week wasn’t even great. Good reads, but nothing exciting.

Starting at the weakest…

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #15 AU (Ewing / Guice / Palmer / D’Armata) Marvel

This comic was… pretty stupid and fairly pointless. Starting from having the Ultrons pretend to be Daleks right through to a super-powered soccer player… really?

I am guessing this book may have been interesting for people who read the Captain Britain and M.I.6 book. THat is just a guess because the comic acted like we would already know and care about this characters.

SUICIDE SQUAD #20 (Ales Kot / Patrick Zircher) DC

I loved the old Suicide Squad but when this run started, it just wasn’t very good, so I stopped buying it. With this new writer, I had heard that better things were expected so I decided to give it a try.

So far so… we’ll see. It is very violent, but it seems to be purposely violent. Are they just torturing these characters for fun? Killing people as a motivational tool? My biggest complaint seemed to be reversed int he same issue as they implied that their expendable characters couldn”t actually die… but then they seemed to take that back, which is good.

We’ll see.

UNCANNY AVENGERS (Rick Remender / Daniel Acuna) Marvel

Interesting. The arrogance of Sunfire was well done as it was obvious that he was doing it to mask his fear. (That line with Thor offering him a hug was terrible, though. It was like Remender had a line he wanted to put in and there was nobody suitable to say it and he just made Thor say it anyway.)

I also fine that Wasp has been acting WAY out of character. It is a point of view he wanted in the book, so he gave it to someone, even though it doesn’t fit well. I suppose that is the problem with characters with long histories. They were much more heroic in past eras and now we need them to be more… gritty.

AVENGERS #11 (Hickman / Deodato / Martin) Marvel

Speaking of odd characters choices… Black Widow is written differently from book to book. Does anyone recall that she used to lead the Avengers? Casually suggesting that torture and killing are the best way to handle things?
Now people will argue that it IS in character and they are not wrong. She is just very inconsistent.

Shang Chi is awesome in this issue. Sam and Bobby are pretty fun, too. That poker scene is sloppy and awful, but you can’t win them all.

ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR #4 (Roger Langridge / J. Bone) IDW

This is a fun issue. That’s about it. That makes it the best book of the week.

One note… I will often speak out against sexism in comics, even when there can be excuses for it.

Do you know how to get away with it? Adam Hughes knows. So do the Dodsons.

Do it with style.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Animal Man #20

May 8, 2013
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Decent week. A good pile of good comics.

Starting at the weakest…

DIAL H #12 (China Mieville / Alberto Ponticello / Dan Green) DC

The tricky bit when doing a comic this crazy is that sometimes you run the risk of straying over the line from wacky awesomeness to just pointlessly weird. This issue went the wrong way over that line. Open Window Man? really?

The pace was frenetic but it just became disorienting and the story suffered.

AGE OF ULTRON #7 (Bendis / Peterson / Pacheco / Martinez) Marvel

Oh my god! Everything has changed!

Well, duh. And that was the whole issue. It was fine but it was the sort of issue you have to get through to go from the last one to the next one, without having much to offer itself.And the art wasn’t great, either.

Where are the super-brood?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #11 (Brian Michael Bendis / Stuart Immonen / Wade von Grawbadger / Marte Gracia) Marvel

This comic was damaged by the messed up publishing schedule. The big reveal was already spoiled in Uncanny, as was the result of the big reveal. Since this issue was mostly just about that, it felt a little pointless. The bit with Jean and Kitty was good. And yes, Jean is scary.

SWAMP THING #20 (Charles Soule / Kano / Alvaro Lopez) DC

The effect of Scarecrow’s chemicals on Swampy was really well done. That is the perfect nightmare for someone who has become as powerful as he has.

Superman was a straight up dick, though. He clearly needs help and Supes just utters vague threats.

I don’t know where Soule is going to go with the book, but his introduction to it was solid.

SNAPSHOT #4 (Andy Diggle / Jock) Image

So, everything gets wrapped up with a nice, happy ending.

Or not.

Wow, was that depressing.

MISTER X: EVICTION #1 (Dean Motter) Dark Horse

In a book where style takes front seat over story, it is still a pretty solid story! Especially the back-up. The scene where Shrodinger starts directing traffic is great.

If you are fan of design in comics, as I am, do not hesitate to grab any of Motter’s Mr. X books.

THE MOVEMENT #1 (Gail Simone / Freddie Williams II) DC

Did we really need a watered-down, super-hero version of Scarlet?

Yes, actually. I know plenty of people – good people – that if they had super-powers this is exactly what they would do. SUper-heroes are very pro-establishment as it stands, so it is nice to see the other side. I have faith that Simone can do this grey area, after she handled the darker areas so well in Secret Six (a book which should still exist…)

FAIREST #15 (Sean E. Williams / Stephen Sadowski / Phil Jimenez) Vertigo

Bad cover. No wait, great cover, but bad choice for a cover. Giving away the final page reveal on the cover is kind o fa bad idea, no?

This was a very good comic, and I am happy with it, but if this becomes yet another arc where the man is the actual start… well, that would suck.

The first issue was absolutely top-notch, though, so hopefully not.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9 (Slott / Stegman / Delgado) Marvel

I really enjoyed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

This comic was good, too.

The funny thing is, if you look at things a certain way, Otto did nothing wrong. That wasn’t Peter. It was just the memory of Peter.

Still, there is much gnashing of teeth because people thought this was how Peter was going to come back.

Fret not, little ones. Peter will come back.

Just like Steve did. And Clark before him. And countless others.

HAWKEYE #10 (Fraction / Francavilla) Marvel

You really notice it was Aja isn’t here… but I still quite like Francavilla. This book is a little more surreal than it has been, but it takes you where you need to go and does it in style. It doesn’t take you where you might WANT to go, but that ship sailed last issue.

ANIMAL MAN #20 (Lemire / Leon / Green II / Silver) DC

I don’t really understand how this warrants its own story, but I don’t care. This is just a really good story. Trim off the Buddy stuff and just read about Red Thunder.

I want to see his movie. A much, much sadder version of Kick-Ass.