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My Year in Comics

December 31, 2013
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Anyone who knows me knows that I like to play with numbers. So… how did this year in comics turn out according to Rusty’s Comic of the Week Reviews?

I purchased comics with 82 different titles this year. 17 of them were comics I only got one issue of… whether there was only one published (like Sandman Overture) or because they were a one-shot (like Mister X: Hard Candy). So, what was the comic of the year?

Saga?

Hawkeye?

Neither.

Based on my weekly reviews, my comic of the year was Ultimate Spider-Man.

That works for me as Bendis absolutely killed it on that book. It was good, issue after issue.

I still think the best single issue was Fables #134, but on average, USM wins the day.

Here are the actual rankings, based on the placement each week. (Lower Case indicates there was only one issue purchased by me this annum – small sampel size rules apply. * indicates I stopped buying the on-going during the year.)

1. Mister X: Hard Candy
2. The Saviors
3. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
4. Sandman Overture
5. SAUCER COUNTRY
6. SCARLET
7. HAWKEYE
8. SAGA
9. CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN
10. SEX CRIMINALS
11. ASTRO CITY
12. DAREDEVIL
13. Swamp Thing: Arcane
14. MIGHTY AVENGERS
15. AMAZING X-MEN
16. ALL-NEW X-MEN
17. FABLES
18. Avengers: The Enemy Within
19. THE UNWRITTEN
20. MISTER X: EVICTION
21. BATMAN
22. ANIMAL MAN
23. THIEF OF THIEVES
24. LAZARUS
25. SWAMP THING
26. YOUNG AVENGERS
27. UNCANNY X-MEN
28. TRILLIUM
29. AVENGERS A.I.
30. INFINITY
31. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
32. REVIVAL
33. X-MEN
34. THE MASSIVE
35. COLLIDER / FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS / FBP
36. UNCANNY AVENGERS
37. FAIREST
38. DIAL H
39. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY *
40. THE MOVEMENT
41. GREAT PACIFIC
42. SUICIDE SQUAD *
43. WONDER WOMAN
44. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE *
45. FANTASTIC FOUR *
46. ROCKETEER & SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION
47. X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM
48. AGE OF ULTRON
49. ROCKETEER: HOLLYWOOD HORROR
50. NEW AVENGERS *
51. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
52. Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan
53. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK *
54. ROCKET GIRL
55. SNAPSHOT
56. Ultimate Iron Man
57. SUPERMAN & WONDER WOMAN *
58. BATWOMAN *
59. AVENGERS
60. WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN *
61. Before Watchmen: Minutemen
62. BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS
63. FF *
64. MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN
65. Ultimate Comics: Cataclysm
66. BATMAN INCORPORATED *
67. AMERICA’S GOT POWERS
68. AVENGERS ARENA *
69. Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill
70. Wonder Woman: Cheetah
71. CAPTAIN MARVEL *
72. HUNGER
73. BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN
74. ALL-STAR WESTERN *
75. Before Watchmen: Rorshach
76. Inhumanity
77. Justice League: Dial E
78. PRETTY DEADLY
79. COMEBACK
80. Constantine *
81. Winter Soldier *
82. Before Watchmen: Moloch

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Rusty’s Reading List 2013

December 29, 2013
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Sometimes it seems like Garth Ennis really doesn’t like comic books. Other times it seems like he likes tham a whole lot.

That is Planetary in a nutshell.

2013 in BOOKS

Naked Poetry by Steve Miller
Zeppelin by Blaise Moritz
Go In My Glory Hole Heart by Regie Cabico, Cathy Petch & David Bateman
Am I Not by Em Kwissa
Heart Clench Year by Janice Lee
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
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
My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You by Tomy Bewick
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

2013 in Comic Collections

Planetary: The Fourth Man
Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
Preacher: Until the End of the World
Preacher: Gone To Texas
Swamp Thing: Murder of Crows
Swamp Thing: The Curse
Swamp Thing: Love and Death
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Y, The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Y, The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Marvel Masterworks Vol. 21: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.6: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks Vol.2: The Fantastic Four
The Best American Comics 2007, Chris Ware, Ed.
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.12: The X-Men
Marvel Masterworks Vol.11: The X-Men
The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
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 Reading List 2013

December 29, 2013
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Ultimate Spidey Vol. 2 was one of the books I picked up at the Silver Snail Boxing Day sale.

Still great.

Planetary is one I haven’t read in a while. I had only ever read Volume 1, but I picked up Volume 2. It is next on my reading list.

2013 in BOOKS

Naked Poetry by Steve Miller
Zeppelin by Blaise Moritz
Go In My Glory Hole Heart by Regie Cabico, Cathy Petch & David Bateman
Am I Not by Em Kwissa
Heart Clench Year by Janice Lee
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
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
My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You by Tomy Bewick
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

2013 in Comic Collections

Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
Preacher: Until the End of the World
Preacher: Gone To Texas
Swamp Thing: Murder of Crows
Swamp Thing: The Curse
Swamp Thing: Love and Death
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Y, The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Y, The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Marvel Masterworks Vol. 21: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.6: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks Vol.2: The Fantastic Four
The Best American Comics 2007, Chris Ware, Ed.
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.12: The X-Men
Marvel Masterworks Vol.11: The X-Men
The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
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 Reading List 2013

December 29, 2013
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My only question when it comes to the Bendis Ultimate Spider-Man is if it is the best Spider-Man ever.

You have to give respect to Stan Lee, but man, this is Bendis at his absolute best and Spidey is just great.

2013 in BOOKS

Naked Poetry by Steve Miller
Zeppelin by Blaise Moritz
Go In My Glory Hole Heart by Regie Cabico, Cathy Petch & David Bateman
Am I Not by Em Kwissa
Heart Clench Year by Janice Lee
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
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
My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You by Tomy Bewick
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

2013 in Comic Collections

Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
Preacher: Until the End of the World
Preacher: Gone To Texas
Swamp Thing: Murder of Crows
Swamp Thing: The Curse
Swamp Thing: Love and Death
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Y, The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Y, The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Marvel Masterworks Vol. 21: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.6: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks Vol.2: The Fantastic Four
The Best American Comics 2007, Chris Ware, Ed.
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.12: The X-Men
Marvel Masterworks Vol.11: The X-Men
The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
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 Reading List 2013

December 28, 2013
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A little different from Preacher. I bought this Power Pack collection at the Silver Snail boxing day sale. I don’t have Vol. 1 but I read all of them when they were first released. This volume has the classic X-Men and Warriors Three cross-overs. It also has the Power Pack and Cloak & Dagger graphic novel, but that isn’t really very good.

2013 in BOOKS

Naked Poetry by Steve Miller
Zeppelin by Blaise Moritz
Go In My Glory Hole Heart by Regie Cabico, Cathy Petch & David Bateman
Am I Not by Em Kwissa
Heart Clench Year by Janice Lee
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
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
My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You by Tomy Bewick
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

2013 in Comic Collections

Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
Preacher: Until the End of the World
Preacher: Gone To Texas
Swamp Thing: Murder of Crows
Swamp Thing: The Curse
Swamp Thing: Love and Death
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Y, The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Y, The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Marvel Masterworks Vol. 21: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.6: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks Vol.2: The Fantastic Four
The Best American Comics 2007, Chris Ware, Ed.
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.12: The X-Men
Marvel Masterworks Vol.11: The X-Men
The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
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 Reading List 2013

December 28, 2013
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I read the new Preacher volume that I got for Christmas.

This stuff is seriously messed up at times. Why do I like this again? Time to cleanse the palate.

2013 in BOOKS

Naked Poetry by Steve Miller
Zeppelin by Blaise Moritz
Go In My Glory Hole Heart by Regie Cabico, Cathy Petch & David Bateman
Am I Not by Em Kwissa
Heart Clench Year by Janice Lee
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
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
My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You by Tomy Bewick
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

2013 in Comic Collections

Preacher: Until the End of the World
Preacher: Gone To Texas
Swamp Thing: Murder of Crows
Swamp Thing: The Curse
Swamp Thing: Love and Death
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Y, The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Y, The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Marvel Masterworks Vol. 21: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.6: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks Vol.2: The Fantastic Four
The Best American Comics 2007, Chris Ware, Ed.
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.12: The X-Men
Marvel Masterworks Vol.11: The X-Men
The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
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 Reading List 2013

December 28, 2013
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I re-read the first volume of Preacher before I dig into the second volume, which was a gift from Ruthanne for Christmas.

2013 in BOOKS

Naked Poetry by Steve Miller
Zeppelin by Blaise Moritz
Go In My Glory Hole Heart by Regie Cabico, Cathy Petch & David Bateman
Am I Not by Em Kwissa
Heart Clench Year by Janice Lee
Against All Things Ending by Stephen R. Donaldson
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
My Mouth Hurts Too Much To Fight You by Tomy Bewick
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes

2013 in Comic Collections

Preacher: Gone To Texas
Swamp Thing: Murder of Crows
Swamp Thing: The Curse
Swamp Thing: Love and Death
Saga of the Swamp Thing
Y, The Last Man Vol. 2: Cycles
Y, The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Marvel Masterworks Vol. 21: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.6: The Fantastic Four
Marvel Masterworks Vol.2: The Fantastic Four
The Best American Comics 2007, Chris Ware, Ed.
Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3
Marvel Masterworks Vol.12: The X-Men
Marvel Masterworks Vol.11: The X-Men
The Walking Dead Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars
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: The Saviors #1

December 27, 2013
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All right, so it was a small week. A really small week.

But still, combining Christmas and the Silver Snail Boxing Day sale, I have a bunch of tradebacks to add to my reading list.

But this post is about the new comics that came in for me. Both of them.

AVENGERS #24.NOW (Jonathan Hickman / Esad Ribic) Marvel

This was a pretty decent comic, actually. A lot better than the Infinity story generally was. Unfortunately it seems to be tying in with New Avengers which I have now dropped.

So, without ever really playing with the new team format, they are now dropping it? Are they back to just a big roster who are all on-call.

Sigh. Remember the days of a team line-up of 6 or 7 that hung around Avengers Mansion? I miss those days. A lot.

It is actually the reason why I am not as big a fan of Kurt Busiek’s run on the Avengers as other people are. He caused this, in my view.

Oh well.

THE SAVIORS #1 (James Robinson / J.Bone) Image

First off, forcing myself to misspell Saviours over and over is really annoying.

So, this book is They Live but instead of magical Ray-Bans it is pot that gives you the true sight.

I can dig it.

This is a fun little book so far. It reminds me of RASL but with intentionally less gravitas. This could be fun.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #34

December 23, 2013
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When I picked up my books tho sweet, Kin at the Silver Snail told me to read Saga last because it was the best comic of the week.

That is usually a safe bet but, man, there was a lot of great comics this week!

Starting at the weakest…

ANIMAL MAN #26 (Jeff Lemire / Cully Hamner) DC

Animal Man is cancelled and the reports are that it is Jeff Lemire who has decided to pull the plug. After reading this issue, I no longer believe it. AM has been great but this issue reads like somebody who is wrapping things up in a somewhat off-hand, out-of-the-blue manner. I don’t buy it. I think he was told that sales weren’t good enough or something. (I don’t know the actual figures.)

I do know that they are giving him Justice League, which will pay a lot better.

Too bad.

PRETTY DEADLY #3 (DeConnick / Rios / Bellaire / Cowles) Image

Well this issue was better than the first two, but at this point I am only buying it because Ruthanne likes it. I think it is a bit of a mess. Can anyone actually explain the plot just by reading it once?

X-MEN #8 (Wood / Dodson / Dodson / Keith) Marvel

I am not normally someone who gets really caught up in little logic points. People don’t always behave in logical ways and sometimes people have to make bad decisions in order to move the plot forward.

But this… the security at the X-Mansion (or whatever it is called now) is so lax that Mary can just walk in but just good enough to catch her on her way out? That’s convenient. It wasn’t even hard. That is just ridiculous.

I like the Sisterhood that is forming, though.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.4 (Casey / Green / Chapman / Rodriguez) Marvel

The second part of that Spidey burn victim story. It got a little better, but not a lot.

Hopefully the next issue is better. I wonder when it comes out.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.5 (Reed / Grevioux / Chen / Weeks) Marvel

Well, that was quick. And it IS better. A fun little story with the Fantastic Four. Nothing too weighty. Nothing to important either. Just fun. The back-up is a message story. It feel alike it is the 80’s again… in a good way.

THE MASSIVE #18 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

I am considering dropping this book. The world building that Wood did to start the book was amazing. Then he gave someone super-powers, and then ignored it. This story was about a random revenge quest.

It isn’t terrible… at all… but it is starting to lose my interest.

REVIVAL #16 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Revival has a bit of the same problem, but not to the same degree. I’, sticking with this one.

That is a very lovely cover. Too bad it has absolutely nothing to do with the insides of the comic. Is that a theme this week?

This was a pretty violent issue. Explosions and blood every where, but that doesn’t mean what you think it might.

WONDER WOMAN #26 (Brian Azzarello / Goran Sudzuka / Jose Marzan Jr.) DC

A solid issue of Wonder Woman. The Zola story was pretty transparent, but that’s okay.

Diana kind of messed up pretty hard here, but that is good. Nobody should be perfect. (Remember what I said above about making mistakes to advance the plot?)

I do wonder if the story will change at some point so WW isn’t just reacting.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #15 (Remender / McNiven / Dell / Martin) Marvel

Well, we didn’t get an INSTANT reversal, but I wasn’t expecting one. What is that? The villains weren’t begin honest? NO!

This book got as high as it did because of the Wasp / Sentry fight. The Wasp is a GREAT character when written right, and Remender did a good job here.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #24 (Slott / Gage / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

The disappointing part was the info that Flash NEEDS Venom now. It changes everything. Now we know that we will get a revision to status quo when this story is over, as it pertains to Venom.

However, Otto’s arrogance is the story here. He thinks of Venom as just another tool that only he is smart enough to utilize. That works on many levels.

Also, his interaction with May… what a shift! His mind has hanged and he doesn’t even know it.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #20 (Bendis / Peterson / Asrar / Silva) Marvel

Speaking of covers that don’t match the comic… is that supposed to be what Jean saw in Scott’s mind? Maybe?

It is hero time. Fighting Purifiers and helping out another hero in need. This works for me. I DO hope that they don’t stay with older Scott’s group because then both Bendis X-Books are kind of interchangeable… or at least have the potential to be.

SAGA #17 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Best book of the week? Not quite, but not for lack of trying. The scene with the reporters was great. The scene with The Will bleeding was great. Marko and Alana hiding while Klara goes to defend Heist worked on many levels. The Heist / Prince scene was great! The opposite of war?

Then… it got sad. Quickly.

How could there be two books better than this?

YOUNG AVENGERS #14 (Gillen / McKelvie / Vieceli / Ward / Wu / Norton / Wilson / Loughridge / Bellaire) Marvel

Here is a book made up of people talking. Sound exciting? It is is pretty great. These are fully fleshed people, with feelings and thoughts and emotions and…and…and…

I am not a fan of jam books and that was a bit of a drawback, but the character beats in this issue were spot on, over and over. When Young Avengers first came onto the scene, Kate Bishop was the wonderful new character that never really fully blossomed. Now, wight he Fraction Hawkeye book and here, that has changed in a big way.

Noh-Varr is an idiot.

DAREDEVIL #34 (Waid / Rodriguez / Lopez) Marvel

Wow. That speech. Not the Daredevil one – the Kristen McDuffie one. With one set of word balloons, Waid has made me care about the character more than the previous issues combined. So what does that mean is next? Game of Thrones time.

My prediction: good news for Foggy. Bad news for Kristen.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Mighty Avengers #4

December 15, 2013
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This was a fairly big week, but not a hugely strong one. Some decent comics but some disappointments as well.

Starting at the weakest.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.3 (Casey / Green / Van Meter / Rios) Marvel

So… this isn’t even a single mini? It is a couple of unrelated two parters? Or something?

The first issue was my comic of the week last time out. The second and third issues both came out today. The second one was good but this one is an unrelated change to another story. A bad story.

So, Peter just randomly gets torched to the point of disfigurement as an excuse to get him into a villain’s hospital? Uh, what? Isn’t getting burned alive kind of a big deal? “He heals fast?” Not THAT fast. He isn’t Wolverine.

Stupid.

And the Black Cat back-up wasn’t much better.

UNCANNY X-MEN #15.INH (Bendis / Anka) Marvel

Talk about disappointing…

I have been really enjoying Bendis’ X-books. This one has a fun premise – a ‘girl’s night out’. But… but…

First off, the Kris Anka art wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t great. That isn’t my real issue with this book, though. It is the blatant racism.

Look, mutants used to be a not-so-subtle metaphor for racism. Later they become a not-so-subtle metaphor for homophobia.

So what do we get this issue? Well, the Inhumans are here and they are treading the EXACT same paths as mutants did. Sudden powers. Scared people.Feared and mistrusted. Blah, blah, blah.

So what happens when the X-Men encounter them?

They won’t help them because they aren’t mutants. Uh what? Weren’t you helping mutants because of a shared experience of being cast out by the status quo? Ho wis this different?

Oh, it is because they don’t have the same genetic make-up that you have?

So instead of being a metaphor for fighting against racism, mutants have become a metaphor for perpetuating racism.

Sigh.

SUPERMAN / WONDER WOMAN #3 (Charles Soule / Tony S. Daniel / Matt Benning) DC

I wish this book was better.

Dropped.

THE ROCKETEER & THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION #4 (Waid / J. Bone / Fajardo) IDW

The same goes for this book, but it is a mini and it is over. I like the Rocketeer. I like the Spirit. I like Mark Waid.

This book is much less than the sum of its parts.

LAZARUS #5 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

This book seems to be all concept and no plot. It still has promise, though. I hope it gets more consistent.

BATMAN #26 (Scott Snyder / Greg Capullo / Danny Miki) DC

I keep thinking I might drop this book. Well, not yet. What puts this one onto the ‘good list’ is the idea that Bruce Wayne would be ‘anti-cop’. That makes so much sense that it seems almost odd that he has spent so long being a supporter of the police.

The ‘origin of Gordon’s coat’ was kind of silly, but it served its purpose.

FBP #6 (Simon Oliver / Robbi Rodriguez) Vertigo

Much like Batman, here is a book that always seems to be on the ‘we’ll see’ list. This issue handled things a little better. It feels like the promise of the book is finally paying off. This is a cop book where weird stuff happens. Cool. BE that.

AVENGERS A.I. #7 (Humphries / Araujo / D’Armata) Marvel

Do you get the impression that Sam Humphries preferred the old version of Blade Runner where they had a voice over to explain everything to the viewers? Pym’s exposition is sloppy storytelling. Period.

The Doombot stuff was classic, though. It made up for the Pym-narrator and a kind of stilted Daredevil.

ASTRO CITY #7 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross / Sinclair / Comicraft) Vertigo

Astro City is at its best when it gives us a street level view. This issue is the opposite of that as we get the story of Winged Victory. Still good, but not as great as the book can be.

There was a letter int he back saying the exact opposite. The writer was complaining that seeing these one-off characters isn’t as interesting as the ongoing stories of the major super-heroes. I disagree COMPLETELY. In this book, the heroes are the SETTING. It is the CHARACTERS that make it shine.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.2 (Morrell / Janson / Buccellato) Marvel

This is part two of the book that was my top pick last week. This was a good story. I read that David Morrell didn’t like tho issue. There were changes from what he wanted that he didn’t like. I am sorry to hear that, but the end story was a solid read that showed what makes a hero. That is very rare in comics these days. I liked it.

CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #2 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

A nice series of flashbacks to the big flood to give a nice, street level view of heroics. They can’t fight Galactus, so what do they do? Save people. The ned would be a big deal if the USM book was still going. But it isn’t and I strongly believe that when it comes back, it won’t be part of the Ultimate Universe so it won’t even matter. It should give us an interesting issue 3, though.

I am kind of disappointed in the reveal about WHY Miles’ dad is anti-super. It is kind of… mundane.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #4 (Ewing / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

Why did I enjoy this book so much? Character,character, character. Ewing writes these characters like he is Bendis. They feel like people – well-rounded and interesting.

But, let’s be honest here – what REALLY put it over the top? Danielle Cage. Apparently being adorable is now a super power.

Poopy Man!


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