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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Animal Man #29

March 29, 2014
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Sorry this is so late…. since this is really comics from LAST week, but I have been pretty tied up with VERSeFest.

Starting at the weakest…

SOVEREIGN #1 (Roberson / Maybury) Image

I was a fan of iZombie. When it was cancelled Chris Roberson burned some bridges. I didn’t agree with everything he said but I supported his willingness to speak up. So when Image announced his new creator-owned book, I was on board.

Then I read it.

This comic is really bad. A pretty much incoherent story with unclear art to complete turn the book into a muddy mess.

Oh well. No issue #2 for me.

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #10 (Asmus / Carmenero / Pallot / Mossa / Cowles) Marvel

Why didn’t you put creator credits on the cover, Marvel? Were you trying to hide the fact that this issue was a fill in? (They sure didn’t try to hide it on the inside… the issue is titled ‘Filling In’)

Remember the smart, witty SFoS comic? This isn’t it.

I’m looking forward to the return of the REAL comic.

ROCKET GIRL #4 (Brandon Montclare / Amy Reeder) Image

Another one for the cancellation bin for us. We bought this because we are big fans of Amy Reeder. Well, the story is boring and the art is nowhere near the art that made us into fans. She is going more and more ‘manga’ instead of the beautiful work she did on Madame Xanadu.

Oh well.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2 (Gage / Rodriguez / Lopez / Briones / Gandini) Marvel

Annuals should be special. They shouldn’t read like a fill-in issue from a different creative team. This was a Urich Family story followed by a Wraith story, just filling in cracks for the regal brook. Hmmm…

It wasn’t awful, just no big deal.

AVENGERS WORLD #4 (Hickman / Spencer / Caselli / Mossa) Marvel

Not bad enough to drop, yet. Not good enough to praise.

X-MEN #12 (Wood / Anka / Mann) Marvel

As is often the problem with books that fight nigh-unstoppable villains, the ending is a little to pat. They can’t drag out a fight so they either figure out how to beat them, or they don’t… and since they are the heroes, which do you think happens?

Oh, and the roll-call scene and the beginning was absolutely ridiculous. (The Paul Smith-ian shot of Pryor was nice, though.)

UNCANNY X-MEN #29 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

The scene with Dazzler was maybe a little too disturbing. Meanwhile the scene with the Sentinels was maybe a little too formulaic.

This book is not as good as Bendis’ other X-book, but it is still quite readable.

SEX CRIMINALS #5 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

This felt a little weaker than previous issues, but still a solid read. The kegel-face but was kind of funny but not as great as some of the high points of previous issues (like the karaoke scene…)

UNWRITTEN: APOCOLYPSE #3 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

Well now we have the apocalypse the title implied. What a mess. No big shock about who the villain is, but wow… how are they going to get out of that/ Will the world remember this? Has this completely changed how the Unwritten world works? A world with time travelling hordes is not the world that the average Joe knew about before…

LAZARUS #7 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Whoa. That was sudden and brutal. Beautiful cover and wrenching story. All of it.

MS. MARVEL #2 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Everything about this book rang true. Her reactions. Her family. All of it.

But we REALLY need to move past the ‘my ideal image is of a white, blonde lady’. The quicker the better.

WONDER WOMAN #29 (Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang) DC

Can you smell it? That is the excrement hitting the fan.

Diana, God of War, leading her troops against the Usurper of Olympus? Yes please.

The good… this story seems to finally be reaching its climax.

The bad… when it does so, Azzarello and Chiang are leaving and we are getting a WW T&A book again.

DAREDEVIL #1 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

I am going to really miss the old Daredevil comic by Waid and Samnee. Hopefully this new one will be good… who is the creative team?

Oh. Okay then.

A silly renumbering, but what the hell. I like the setting. I like the new status quo with Matt as super-advising detective for the SFPD.

Oh hey, while you are there, say hi to our friends Nadine and Phil, would you?

Oh right… the review. Good comic. Buy it. Nearly comic of the week, but…

ANIMAL MAN #29 (Jeff Lemire / Travel Foreman) DC

I am going to give Lemire’s Justice League Canada a try, but it has better be good since this was cancelled to make room for it.

This book wavered between really good and Rotworld during its run, but this issue was absolutely stellar. Hands up, who though they were getting a FULL family reunion in this issue?

Instead they made it into a truly touching moment between those that were left behind.

I am not a fan of Lemire’s art and not Foreman so much either, but that didn’t distract me from the story which was perfect.

“Goodnight Cliffy.”

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Rusty’s Reading List 2014

March 26, 2014
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I have been reading this book for a little while and finally finished it. It is a full history of baseball’s Negro League’s All-Star Games.

It is really informative and does a lot to fill in the context and to show the one downside to integration… the ultimate collapse of the Negro Leagues.

2014 in Books

Black Baseball’s National Showcase – Larry Lester
A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
Stephen R. Donaldson – Fatal Revenant

2014 in Comic Collections

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 2


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Rusty’s Reading List 2014

March 21, 2014
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Storm of Swords

I think I forgot to put a couple of poetry chapbooks in here. Hmmm… what were they…

2014 in Books

A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
Stephen R. Donaldson – Fatal Revenant

2014 in Comic Collections

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 2


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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Hawkeye #17

March 15, 2014
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A very solid week for comics. Even the bottom comic wasn’t so bad, and there was a battle for the top spot.

Starting at the weakest…

FBP #8 (Simon Oliver / Robbi Rodriguez) Vertigo

Sometimes this book gets a little hard to follow… but just a little. The art is partly to blame. I don’t dislike it per se, but sometimes it obscures the storytelling. The end for example… I KNOW who those two are, but only because of the story narrative.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #24 (Bendis / Immonen / von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel

I really like this book, but it is this low because I am NOT buying the Guardians of the Galaxy books, which makes following this one a little hit and miss. As usual with Bendis books, it is the characters that carry the day. That little Angela / Gamora interaction was a good example.

Did they REALLY kill Jean Grey’s family? Was that in the old death of Jean Grey storyline or after?

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

You know, Dan Slott, when you keep saying “don’t spoil the big surprise” and then there ISN’T a big surprise, you kind of lose all your credibility.

Was it supposed to be the new ownership of the Spider-Slayers? IT IS ON THE COVER! Was it the death of an annoying character nobody was invested in anyway?

Sigh.

The comics was still good. (And that is STILL not really Norman…)

BLACK WIDOW #4 (Nathan Edmonson / Phil Noto) Marvel

This comic continues to be really solid. Wonderful art and a pretty good story carries the day… but I WOULD like it if Edmonson raised his game a little and it wasn’t just mission after mission. Give Natasha some actual supporting characters. Down time.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #8 (Ewing / Schiti / D’Armata) Marvel

This continues to be the best Avengers comic on the market. Having Schiti on the art certainly helps. He is not the best artist going, but his so much better than the tracer. I like Adam getting his own storyline. He is an interesting character (though the power disparity concerns me, as always). The White Tiger bit worked really well too. I also really liked the Young Avengers stuff. (I have Wiccan on Twitter…)

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #9 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

“He can’t drink that? Where would it go?” was Ruthanne’s admonishment towards Silvermane.

This is just a fun book.

I do have a question, though, what was with the waiting symbol when Boomerang was on the phone? Wait… I just figured it out.

Ha.

ASTRO CITY #10 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross) Vertigo

While I like this book… I am a guy. I think I know some people who would not agree with Kurt’s (also a guy) take on how a woman’s strength should apply in this situation. As I said, it works for me, but…

Still, a really good comic, and nearly in the top spot.

HAWKEYE #17

Fraction / Eliopoulos / Aja / Bellaire) Marvel

Well, what can you say about that. Damn good issue, dog.

It was not quite as good as the Pizza Dog issue, but it had that feel. This comic keep showing you what you can accomplish while still riding in the super-Marvel lane.

Great comic. One of the best going these days (along with Saga.)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Swamp Thing #29

March 9, 2014
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This was a very solid week for comics. Not perfect and no truly outstanding books, but some very solid reads

TRILLIUM #7 (Jeff Lemire) Vertigo

The fact that this is ending next issue is the only reason I haven’t cancelled it. This book is just annoying to read.

I was just told that this book sells as much as three times what Animal Man sells for Lemire. That is crazy. Animal Man is a great book. This book is gimmicky for no purpose. The story is okay… but just okay. The art is really sloppy. And it is a pain to read.

Not a lot going for it.

MAGNETO #1 (Bunn / Walta / Bellaire) Marvel

Do you want to know something? I nearly didn’t buy Moon Knight but I was sold on Magneto.

I will not be buying issue #2.

This was wretched. Have I ever liked something by Cullen Bunn? I can’t recall. This was just nasty for no purpose. It was pretty much just copying the intro scenes for Magneto in the First Class movie. I am not opposed to comics about villains, but this didn’t work for me. What made it worse is that by comparison to the art, the story was amazing.

Yeah, the art is atrocious.

I won’t be buying issue 2.

UNCANNY X-MEN #18 (Bendis / Rudy / Staples) Marvel

Ah, Marco Rudy. There are times when I like his art and I am a big fan of artists who put some thought into design, but the actually drawing this issue was weak and some of the design elements were lorry thought out and made the book hard to follow.

It was too bad, because the story was quite good.

FAIREST #24 (Marc Andreyko / Shawn McManus) Veritgo

This was a decent story. Starting with a great, though unrelated, cover. The back story for our little Rat-Father was fun. Cindy kicking butt was good. The reminder of how Fables can be really resilient was nice.

A solid, though unspectacular, read.

THE MOVEMENT #10 (Gail Simone / Freddie Williams II) DC

Are those wings attached? If not, why would she leave them on?

That sex scene was the weak point of an otherwise great story. (I have nothing against sex scenes, but this seemed really random and out of place.) Using the book to illustrate the inequity of justice was spot on. Of course they pretend it is about the part o frown they are from, but it is the colour of his skin they are talking about.

Too bad this book is cancelled.

MOON KNIGHT #1 (Warren Ellis / Declan Shalvey / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

I almost passed on this because I generally find Ellis is overrated, Shalvey is not to my taste, and Moon Knight is not a very interesting character. I like the Bendis series, but this wasn’t likely to be that.

I am glad a decided to give it a try. First off, while I haven’t been a big fan of Shalvey in the past, THIS was really good. Other than the villain, I like fall of the way this was drawn.

Yet another twist on the story of Moon Knight is expected. SO now he does NOT have multiple personalities. Until this book is cancelled and another writer has another go at it and brings them back.

Whatever. Good first issue.

THE SAVIORS #3 (James Robinson / J.Bone) Image

I liked the gathering of like-minded folks. I also liked how that fell apart so fast.

Did it HAVE to be the Canadian, though?

SHE-HULK #2 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

Here is my admission: we are big Hellcat fans in this house.

Did she HAVE to be stupid and drunk? Still, it was nice to see her and it looks like she is joining the cast! Yay!

That new building is pretty nifty. I like this book.

AVENGERS A.I. #10 (Humphries / Araujo / D’Armata) Marvel

This book is often good with on thing that makes it better. That is usually something said by Doombot. This time it was Gascheck. That whole scene was excellent.

(Though, unless something has changed, Sunspot is NOT invulnerable.)

REVIVAL #18 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

This is all about Randy Decker, the zen bowler. His whole scene showed some of the real horror in a world like this. Add to that the chilling scene with Cooper to end the book and you have a really good comic book.

SWAMP THING #29 (Charles Soule / Jesus Saiz) DC

Good week for Charles Soule. The Sureen were excellent. The fact that all was not as it seemed was a bit predictable, but it still kept me interested. The New Orleans adventure of Weeds and Wolf is a nice addition.

The last time I remember that sort of ‘communion’, it was a sex scene.

Good, good comic.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Hawkeye #15

March 2, 2014
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This was a really solid week. I liked all of the books, to a certain extent.

Starting at the weakest, though…

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

This title started with some amazing world building, before moving into some less successful, but still decent, character building. Now they are moving into the meta plot… and I don’t think I like it.

Remember when suddenly someone was super-human and could stop nuclear missiles? I was hoping that was a momentary blip and would go away. No such luck.

Brian Wood, you are going to destroy this book.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #3 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Gary Erskine) Vertigo

This is the second book in a row on this list with the same problem. great premise, great characters, being pushed in a direction that is not incredibly suited toit. BY making the school this kind o tuber-haunted, uber-high-tech, demon-worshipping… thing, you have completely missed what made the original occurrences of these characters o strong.

There are regular boy swap happen to be dead. This isn’t Deadman.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #17 (Remender / McNiven / Leisten / Martin) Marvel

It is alway sought to be convincing when you are doing something that every single reader knows will be undone in the next issue or so. The world is destroyed and only Thor is left? Oh my god! I guess they are cancelling the rest of the Marvel line and… uh, no.

Having said THAT, they did quite a good job with it, and THAT is what really matters.

(Of course, this just means the inevitable reset will be what saves Rogue, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man.)

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28 (Slott / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

The throw down between Spider and Goblin is proceeding and it threatens to blow Otto’s world wide open. Is Carlie telling the truth or is it a secret plot… like it is with Lily?

Peter trying to keep himself viable hiding in Otto’s memories is a nice touch to remind us that he is there.

I wonder, when all this is over, if Otto will be dead or saved somehow. He would be a very different villain after this.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #7 (Ewing / Schiti / D’Armata) Marvel

Ah, yes. The book that actually FEELS like the Avengers to an old school reader like me. Forget Cap and Iron Man and Thor, the changes made to Avengers over the past handful of years, turning them into some sort of world army or whatever, can’t replace the old Avengers Mansion feeling, with a changing cast, but a changing SOLDIU cast, not people whipping in and out of rho reason. Characters talking to each other, not just strategizing.

Yeah.

Oh, this issue was good, too.

MIRACLEMAN #3 (Alan Moore / Alan Davis / Garry Leach) Marvel

Damn this is good stuff. Who would think I would be ranking a reprint book so high?

The only thing in this story is WHT would then leave Bates alone as a kid? If you think he is still a danger, you have to deal with him in some way. If you think he is innocent, you need to help him in some way.

Of course, since this is a reprint, I know what is still coming.

HAWKEYE #15 (Fraction / Aja / Eliopoulos) Marvel

First off, great cover.

This is just a great book. The fight with the Tracksuit mafia has context. Barney is an interesting addition to the cast as he has all the talents of Clint without the character. Still, better a cipher than a distraction. Bobbi.

Then, that ending. Whoa.