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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: C.O.W.L. #6

November 30, 2014
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Interesting week. My taste is moving away from superhero comics… but I actually don’t think that is it. I LOVE superhero comics, but superhero comics have just been getting… bad. The entire DC 52 line is bad and seemingly getting worse. Marvel is cross-over crazy, which would be fine, but the crossovers just aren’t good. (Axis is awful and Spider-Verse isn’t much better.)

So, what do we have this week.

ODY-C #1 (Matt Fraction / Christian Ward) Image

The latest creator owned comic by Matt Fraction. It is very ambitious. And it is quite disappointing.

How many variants of the Odyssey do we really need? Plus that art is of the type that is more worried about looking triply than actually telling a story.

The big gatefold was just an unneeded info dump.

Disappointing.

THE MASSIVE #29 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

A comic that had flashes af brilliance and flashes of ridiculousness seems to be ending on the latter. Too bad.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #6 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

As mentioned before, Spider-Verse has been striking out. One of the problems is that the villains are so dull so when they throw out big fight scenes like this one, they don’t resonate. Lady Spider could have been interesting but Peter David wrote this issue like her only interesting quality is that both Miguel’s brother and Daemos found her attractive. Lame.

BODIES #5 (Si SPencer / Phil Winslade / Meghan Hetrick / Dean Ormston / Tula Lotay / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

This is probably the best issue of this mini yet. The past and resent stories were remarkably clear. The future one was not but it also got to be home for the big twist. For the first time, I feel like I am looking forward to what comes next.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #11 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

Moving the story towards resolution. Gunning down childhood heroes (I loved the Tim Hunter reference). Blowing a trumpet. Ending existence.

Next?

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #11 (Litt / Buckingham / Kelly / Loughridge) Vertigo

The main story was just wrap up but the sweet parts of this comic were very sweet. The passing of a mother, acknowledgement of wrongs done and a family photo. A ghostly kiss but mostly, the little epilogues with two cats and a couple of proud parents.

Nice.

CAPTAIN AMERICA and the MIGHTY AVENGERS #2 (Ewing / Ross / Coello / Rosenberg) Marvel

The first issue of this relaunched title was awful. The same reasons should have made this issue bad too, but they didn’t. Axis is still terrible but instead of focusing on that, they looked at the human side of what happens when someone like Luke Cage because awful and selfish. The team stood strong (and actually fought some bad guys!).

Much better. (But I am still looking forward to Axis being over.)

LAZARUS #13 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Remember what I said when I reviewed that last issue of Klarion? Making verbal consent the norm is a GOOD THING.

They did it again.

Meanwhile, the scene with Forever and her family… the scene with Forever and the Lazari… Forever and Joachim… all great.

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #17 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

I thought LAST issue was the LAST issue.

Turns out THIS issue is the LAST issue.

I nice wrap-up where everything gets spelled out for those people who need such things. (The Lost complainers, mostly… use your brains people!)

The two big reveals were Abner and one I won’t spoil. There also is one about who Fred is talking to, but that is just cute and not incredibly relevant. (I also hope the new mob boss is reflected in future comics.)

Good issue to a mostly great comic.

C.O.W.L. #6 (Higgins / Siegel / Charretier) Image

What a great comic. It is the origin of Grey Raven, told in the form of a sixties era comic, complete with period style ads and moralizing.

Is that his real origin or just ht public version? I actually hope it is the latter so we can see how things have changed since his early days.

The mix of corruption and ideals is a story that goes ever on…


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #10

November 26, 2014
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What a range this week! From really bad to really good.

Starting at the weakest…

WONDER WOMAN #36 (M.Finch / D.Finch / Friend / Oback) DC

Since I have been married there are two comics that I have consistently purchased. Avengers (for me) and Wonder Woman (for Ruthanne).

That ends now.

David Finch has gone on record as saying that Wonder Woman is not a feminist. What a load of crap.

If that wasn’t bad enough, as expected, the art is awful. I didn’t realize HOW awful, though. Why does Diana look 15? Well, a face of 15 on a porn star’s body, of course.

What a shift away from the very strong previous storyline.

Oh… and the writing is actively bad. It reminds me of the worst of 90’s Marvel.

DC is really, REALLY sucking these days. What DC books do I still buy? Swamp Thing and..

AVENGERS #38 (Hickman / Caselli / Martin) Marvel

What was that other book I said that I have been buying right through my 21 year marriage (and beyond)?

Yeah.

Still, this book has been up and down a lot. This issue was a whole lot of wheel-spinning.

When is Hickman finishing up and moving on?

Can we get Bendis back? Stern?

AVENGERS / X-MEN: AXIS #6 (Remender / Dodson / Dodson / Delgado) Marvel

The ridiculous ‘inversion’ thing is still going on. Ugh.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 (Dan SLott / Olivier Coipel / Wade Von Grawbadger / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

I was never one of those anti-event comic people. But both Axis and Spider-Verse have been really weak so far. The worst part in the case of Spider-Verse is that the Spider-Man comic was really good before this story. When is it over?

UNCANNY X-MEN #28 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

This is better written than the cross-over books. I am just not a fan of the super-over-powered character story.

INHUMAN #8 (Soule / Larraz / Isanove) Marvel

I go hot and cold with Inhuman. The book got better with the Maximus / Black Bolt story has been better but I wasn’t thrilled with Bolt just flying off for no apparent reason.

The thing with Maximus’ hands was… icky.

SPIDER-WOMAN #1 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

This reminds me of the Mighty Avengers relaunch and how it was tainted by Axis. This book has the same problem with Spider-Verse.

I think the Spider-corner of Marvel will be the place to go for female-led books AFTER this story line is done (with Spider-Woman, Silk and Spider-Gwen), joining great books like Ms. Marvel and Black Widow… but for now, it is still more Spider-Verse wheel spinning.

BLACK WIDOW #12 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

Speaking of Black Widow, this was a decent issue. (The Anderson Cooper appearance is kind of funny.)

I would like to see some more character rather than just mission stuff.

FABLES #146 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / Lee / Loughridge / Chung) Vertigo

Was that what Spratt’s role was also meant to be? The vehicle for turning Rose Red, so to speak? If so, nice planning. Things are turning a little… darker. Even Rose’s speech patterns were a little more… earthy, I guess I’ll say. She is changing. The end is coming.

REVIVAL #25 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Another episode in this horror town. Ibrahim messed up and now we have crucifixions.

This book has the episodes down, but I also wonder sometimes if they have a long term plan or not.

ASTRO CITY #17 (Busiek / Grummett / a bunch of inkers) Vertigo

Another solid issue of Astro City, though not one of the best ones. We basically got an old-school JLA issue, with the added freedom for Busiek to actually kill someone – which would have been hard to do if he was actually Hawkman.

MULTIVERSITY: PAX AMERICANA #1 (Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely / Nathan Fairbairn) DC

If Watchmen didn’t already exist, I would call this issue brilliant. Instead it is a very well done pastiche. It is kind of weird to see the characters that inspired Watchmen used in a Watchmen knock-off.

An interesting use of time shifting to give us a story that needs to be assembled by the readers as they go. Kind of like… well, you know.

MOON KNIGHT #9 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

This was incredibly well done. A look into the psyche of Moon Knight with a real interior motive ending in a bad situation. This book is well written and well drawn. It isn’t one of my favourite books but if it stayed at this level it would become one.

DAREDEVIL #10 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

Wow.

Daredevil is often a great book bu this issue surpassed that. Right from a graphic representation of depression to kick things off, to a more practical view of it at the end.

I thought I had reached the end of a very good book. Satisfying and sad. Then I turned the page and I almost cried.

Wow.

Apparently the Waid / Samnee run is ending soon. Too bad.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Wytches #2

November 15, 2014
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Yuck. That cover is super creepy.

I don’t know if it is just my mindset (I am having a really horrible week. Disheartening is the best word I can use, I think. Welcome to depression land…), but this week was very disappointing.

Starting at the weakest…

SPIDER-VERSE #1 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Young / Parker / Thompson / Medri / Cook) Marvel

When I ordered this, I thought it was going to be an integral part of the Spider-Verse story, which I was looking forward to because I really like Dan Slott’s Spider-man. Of course, Spider-Verse has been pretty awful so far and this is no exception. This is just a bunch if mini-stories that are incredibly repetitive and uninteresting.

There are some interesting creators in here. Too bad they weren’t involved in better comics.

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 (Ewing / Ross / Rosenberg) Marvel

For those that don’t know, I am an Avengers fan from way back. I started buying comics in about ’84 and I went back and filled in the entire run so I have every Avengers comic ever published under that title. The thing is, the comics that are currently published bear very little resemblance to the Avengers comics I loved. They are no longer an organization of heroes with a punctuated equilibrium of a revolving cast. Now they are just an army. They work for S.H.I.E.L.D. – a military organization.

If this is what the Avengers had been when I first started buying comics, I would have probably become a big X-Men fan or something instead.

But there has been a silver lining and that is The Mighty Avengers. This book is the ‘real’ Avengers, in my opinion. They are the team living up to the name. The fact that the writers have also taken the concept of diversity really seriously is an added bonus.

When the book was ‘cancelled’, I did not sweat it. I knew what was coming. They were trying to cash in on the publicity generated by Sam Wilson taking on the mantle of Captain America by relaunching. Falcon was already a member so they were just moving him to the forefront. No problem.

So why am I unhappy with the relaunch?

This story is tied in with Axis (which has been another big disappointment – not as bad as Spider-Verse, but pretty darned bad). In Axis there was some sort of magic ‘inversion’ where a bunch of people had their D&D alignment switched.

No, I am not kidding. This is an entire storyline based on a D&D gimmick.

So, this is our first time seeing Falcon in action as Cap… and he is the bad guy.

You have GOT to be kidding me! Marvel has done some stupid things in their time, but this is up there.

Well done Marvel. Let’s show some diversity but introducing a black Captain America… out of control as the bad guy.

Awful.

AVENGERS / X-MEN: AXIS #5 (Remender / Dodson / Dodson / Martin) Marvel

Remember what I said about Axis?

Can I just add that Kluh may be the worst idea since Clor?

Actually, it may be worse.

It feels like Marvel has turned into fan fiction.

SHE-HULK #10 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

This book is much better but it has such a glaring flaw that it is hard to get past.

No, NOT the idea that Jen is a better lawyer than Matt. (Keeping in mind that she practices law off and on in between other things in her life and he has pretty consistently been a top lawyer for the history of the marvel universe.) That is still possible.

It is the idea that a case like this would get to stand in front of a judge.

Let me see… the claim is that someone, while being held at gunpoint tries to talk his way out and when they shoot the other guy, he is liable.

Uh, what?

Steve could have been sitting there saying “don’t shoot me, shoot him!” and he STILL wouldn’t have been liable. Ridiculous.

This is generally a very good comic though.

KLARION #2 (Nocenti / McCarthy / Major) DC

This book is sometimes confusing but big, big, BIG brownie points for showing a CONSENT scene as being ‘hot’.

CONSENT IS SEXY!

Well done Ann Nocenti and DC Comics (for a change).

SILVER SURFER #7 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

These three are just adorable.

Yes, I said three. Toomey is absolutely a cast member in this comic.

Don’t use up all your space ideas Dan!

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Miles kicks some goblin ass. It looks we are going to get some resolution about his father. Pater… well, I don’t like the idea that he really is back from the sea, but it seems he is leaving the book for the time being… though why he lied to May, I am not sure completely.

But Katie… Katie… Katie…

Hail Hydra.

WYTCHES #2 (Snyder / Jock / Hollingsworth) Image

If there is a creepier book coming out… I don’t think I want to read it. Maybe it is my currently dark brain but this book fired on all cylinders.

Creepy and scary and beautiful.

That cover, though… yuck.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Tooth & Claw #1

November 6, 2014
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What’s this? Rusty’s comics ON new comic day? Unheard of!

Don’t get used to it.

Starting at the weakest…

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #4 (Remender / Yu / Alanguilan / Delgado) Marvel

Wait… did I miss an issue? What the hell is going on here?

I literally have no idea.

MIRACLEMAN #13 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

Space comics rarely appeal to me. It feels like I have read this issue before… just with added nonsense.

Plus, the back-ups are getting ridiculous. Does anyone want to pay an extra dollar (or two) to see Totleben’s rough pencils?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 (Dan SLott / Olivier Coipel / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

So this is part one? And the 10+ comics that are part of this cross-over that I have already read or just… prologue? Seriously?

Well, at least the art on this one is nice.

(Oh, and the whole ‘do you want to know the story behind Spier-xyz? Then buy…” No thanks.)

Spider-Ham is really part of this story. That is all you need to know.

FAIREST #31 (Buckingham / Braun / Dalhouse) Vertigo

Mark Buckingham is a better artist than he is a writer. That is no big insult because he is a very good artist. These issue just get more and more jerky and busy.

SWAMP THING #36 (Soule / Saiz / Hollingsworth) DC

Here is where I stop being grumpy. Abby! Machine people! An intriguing reveal! Good art! Good writing!

(It seems that this comes before the Annual. Was that said anywhere?)

ROCKET RACCOON #5 (Young / Parker / Beaulieu) Marvel

I comic, fully (nearly) narrated by Groot.

Yes.

It is as wonderful as it sounds.

TOOTH & CLAW #1 (Busiek / Dewey / Bellaire / Comicraft) Image

I had forgotten I ordered this, but Kin at Silver Snail hooked me up.

And boy, I am glad he did!

This reads like a fantasy novel, and I mean that in the best way. It feels like we have just been launched into a sprawling epic and I can’t wait to see who the great champion is. (My guess… a human.)


Rusty’s Reading List 2014

November 5, 2014
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I have read some of Grant Morrison’s run on the X-Men before, but not all of it. This is volume 1, introducing Cassandra Nova, Xorn and the destruction of Genosha.

It is a very well written book. I am no fan of Frank Quitely (he has great skill as an artist – it is his art choices that I am not a fan of), and here he unleashes that bizarre Emma Frost outfit that we were stuck with for a while.

Overall, a good read.

2014 in Books

Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To – Shane Koyczan & Gareth Gaudin
Company – Max Barry
Ball Four – Jim Bouton
Live for a Living – Buddy Wakefield
The Cremation of Sam McGee and other poems – Robert Service
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America – Joe Posnanski
Haiti Glass – Lenelle Moise
Anathem – Neal Stephenson
Arc Poetry Magazine #73
Light – Souvankham Thammavongsa
Adventures in Hi-Fi: The Complete R.E.M. – Rob Jovanovic & Tim Abbott
Oblivion – David Foster Wallace
Waiting for the Weekend – Witold Rybczynski
Black Baseball’s National Showcase – Larry Lester
A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
Fatal Revenant – Stephen R. Donaldson

2014 in Comic Collections

New X-Men Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 – Grant Morrison
Starman Omnibus Vol. 2
Starman Omnibus Vol. 1
The Mighty Thor by Walter Simonson Vol. 2
Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 1
Batman and Son
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

November 5, 2014
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KoyczanGaudin

This book is brilliant. Shane’s poetry matched with Gareth’s art is just perfect.

As far as I know, if you missed the Kickstarter you need to get this directly from Gareth’s store in Victoria or Shane’s website.

Do so. You will not regret it.

2014 in Books

Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To – Shane Koyczan & Gareth Gaudin
Company – Max Barry
Ball Four – Jim Bouton
Live for a Living – Buddy Wakefield
The Cremation of Sam McGee and other poems – Robert Service
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America – Joe Posnanski
Haiti Glass – Lenelle Moise
Anathem – Neal Stephenson
Arc Poetry Magazine #73
Light – Souvankham Thammavongsa
Adventures in Hi-Fi: The Complete R.E.M. – Rob Jovanovic & Tim Abbott
Oblivion – David Foster Wallace
Waiting for the Weekend – Witold Rybczynski
Black Baseball’s National Showcase – Larry Lester
A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
Fatal Revenant – Stephen R. Donaldson

2014 in Comic Collections

Starman Omnibus Vol. 2
Starman Omnibus Vol. 1
The Mighty Thor by Walter Simonson Vol. 2
Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 1
Batman and Son
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: Wonder Woman #35

November 4, 2014
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Caught up!

Starting at the weakest…

THE MASSIVE #28 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

I like The Massive overall, and I like Mary when she is just being Mary, but when she acts all super-space-alien or whatever, it interests me less.

The fact that she clearly CAN save Callum and needs someone else to mention it to her is just stupid.

MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (Robinson / Samnee / Timm / Lee / Bendis / Gaydos / Defalco / Goldberg / Hanna / Wein / Gulacy / A bunch of pin-up artists) Marvel

This is a surprisingly good anthology. Every story had its bonuses…. well, the Defalco Spider-Man story was a little weak, but that’s okay. Seeing a new Alias story was a treat.

SAGA #24 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Can I express how much I dislike casual rape references in comics? I don’t mean rape as a plot point (which i then judged on the merits of the writing), but just off-hand little nothing bits that have real purpose.

I dislike them enough to drop Saga all the way from it’s usual place at the top of the list down to here.

INHUMAN #7 (Soule / Stegman / Gracia) Marvel

The story of the missing Black Bolt along with some nice Maximus action. This book is hit and miss but this was a solid issue.

THIS is how to ramp things up for the upcoming movie. (So, do you think Kyle Mclachlan is Maximus or what?)

ALL-NEW X-MEN #33 (Benids / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Have I read a comic with art by Mahmud Asrar before? He is quite good! So is this comic. The scenes with Miles, Ganke and Jena sound like we are reading a Miles book (because, duh…) and that is a very good thing.

If the ultimate universe finally implodes and Miles comes over to the 616, I want him to join this team.

Ganke too. 🙂

SWAMP THING ANNUAL #3 (Soule / Pina / Carnero / Villarrubia) DC

A very strong, an unexpected, wrap to the Capucine story. It is interesting to get a comment about all stories needing endings in an on-going, monthly book.

Still, is it an ending? Ot just a new chapter?

Good week for Charles Soule.

WONDER WOMAN #35 (Azzarello / Chiang / Wilson) DC

This is the conclusion of the 35 issue Brian Azzarello storyline, and he wraps it in style! There were some really interesting swings to make it more than just “the good guys rally and beat the bad guys” which often happens in these epics. We get some interesting changes to the Zola / Zeke characters and in all it was very satisfying.

Too bad the next run looks so… bad.