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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Swamp Thing #22 | July 4, 2013


Not as good a week as last week, but some solid stuff.

Starting at the weakest.

AVENGERS A.I. #1 (Humphries / Araujo / D’Armata) Marvel

This was certainly the most disappointing book of the week. The set-up last week – the Age of Ultron special issue featuring Hank Pym – was great… but all we have discovered this week is that Sam Humphries is no Mark Waid.

I guess we already knew that after the Ultimates.

Oh well. This is neither written well nor drawn especially well. I like the idea and I thought I liked the characters but so far:

Vision is no longer Vision. He is now a generic android.

Doombot got really annoying really fast.

Monica Chang is such the stereotypical ‘bitch’ character that it takes what COULD be a great female role and turns it into caricature.

Pym is… well, any actual character development has just been thrown out the window. He just recreated Ultron and acts like it is no big deal.

Victor Macha is… the one character I liked in this issue.

Hopefully it gets better.

DIAL H #14 (China Mieville / Alberto Monticelli / Dan Green) DC

This books alternating between beautiful and incomprehensible mess swung more towards the latter this issue. Mieville seems to excel on individual ‘moments’ but has a real problem with over-arching plot.

FAIREST #17 (Williams / Sadowski / Jimenez / Gren / Pepoy) Vertigo

The first annoyingly sexist depiction of the week.

This issue is really just a flashback and one small plot advancement. There just isn’t enough here for this book to score higher.

THE MOVEMENT #3 (Gail Simone / Freddie Williams II) DC

The second annoyingly sexist depiction of the week. Yes, it i swritten by Gail Simone, but that doesn’t mean that the first few pages isn’t a little bit too much ‘baseball bat’ plot development. Later, with the ‘Missy’ line? Much better handling of the concept.

AVENGERS #15 (Hickman / Spencer / Caselli / Martin) Marvel

The third annoyingly sexist depiction of the week: this issue’s cover.

Look at how well most of the cover is drawn. This is Yeinil Yu and the artist has talent. Now look at BLack Widow’s chest.

What… the… hell.

Someone has been borrowing Greg Land’s porn collection.

The inside of the comic is much better. Actual plot development! Decent ‘against-terrible-odds’ fight scenes! Triumph (if only temporary)! Goofy Skrull faces!

Banner’s right hand/left hand thing was too stupid for an actual genius, but whatever. This was a better comic than it has been.

MISTER X: EVICTION #3 (Dean Motter) Dark Horse

A nice wrap-up to the mini. Mister Smith was interesting. A liked his treatise on tattoos and defining of self. I wish I understood the hidden tattoo better. I get the dichotomy, but not why it was created differently than the others.

Looking forward to more Mister X!

THIEF OF THIEVES #15 (Kirkman / Diggle / Martinbrough / Serrano) Image

Best ToT issue in a while. I think it was more actual heist set-up, and less double-triple-quadruple cross for barely any reason. Yes, the book still has a problem with repetition, but this issue worked.

SWAMP THING #22 (Charles Soule / Kano) DC

Seeder is awesome! Who thought the Whisky Tree would work out well? Instead it turned into a DC version of Crossed. Constantine is great in here… better than in JLD. The art is beautiful too.

Very good book. With all respect to Scott Snyder, Charles Soule has made this a much better read.

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