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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #20

February 19, 2015
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This would have been a small week anyway, but with my decision to cut back, I didn’t get Secret Six or Darth Vader. Down to four books (though next week is still nearly a full-sized week).

I am working out a system for one collections to buy. I am collecting older collections, trying to build my ‘library’, but that is coming out of a different pot of money. It is slower (unless I go on a poker tear… 🙂 )

It looks like the first book I am going to buy when I fully with over is Afterlife With Archie Volume 1. Assuming there isn’t a Lumberjanes collection yet.

For my ‘other’ collection, I have X-Men: Ghosts on order.

This week…

SPIDER-WOMAN #4 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

I should have dropped this book sooner. I thought this was still Spider-Vese, but it isn’t really. It is a little side note wrap-up and stage setting for the very different stuff to follow.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 (Dan Slott / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Olivier Coipel / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

So Spider-Verse ends in a big fight where suddenly the bad guys don’t seem nearly as tough for some reason. O’kay.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #36 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Another wrap-up as the X-Men in the Ultimate Universe story finishes up, with a number of hints at the Secret Wars story to come.

Is Secret Wars going to be all Beast’s fault?

ASTRO CITY #20 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross / Sinclair / Comicraft) Vertigo

This is the only book this week that I am not dropping immediately. There is another issue in the story.

And what a story it is! Showing how heroes age… the new super-powered ones, that is. This is the best thing along these lines I have seen since they did that aging Blue Beetle story.

Who am I kidding. This is better.


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

January 26, 2015
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Well, I wasn’t expecting THAT to be the comic of the week… and maybe it wasn’t. Look at that cover. Ick.

Oh well… I am sticking with it.

Starting at the weakest.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13 (Dan Slott / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Cam Smith / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

If nothing happens and a frenetic pace, still nothing happens.

FABLES #148 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / B raun / Loughridge / Dalhouse) Vertigo

Did Willingham just want to get this story in before it was over? This feels like a fall-in story or something that belonged over in Fairest.

The Jack story was funny, kind of.

SPIDER-WOMAN #3 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

Having Jessica complain about flirting her way through trouble doesn’t change the fact that you wrote this story to kick off her book. It was okay, but this whole thing is tainted by Spider-Verse/ I hope it is like Mighty Avengers and can survive starting its run tied into a sub-par cross-over.

ALL-NEW X-Men #35 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Another book where it feel sleek the story is not moving forward… but at least it is doing so with rock solid characterization and good art.

BLACK WIDOW # 14 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

Nice little ‘chain of evidence’ story as Natasha works her way up the ladder.

MOON KNIGHT #11 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

Continuing the great style of book with Marc on the outs with Khonshu and being held by the government. Things don’t look good.

THE AUTUMNLANDS #3 (Busiek / Dewey / Bellaire / Comicraft) Image

This is the book formerly known as Tooth & Claw. (Didn’t we go through this last year with FBP?)

I am still a little leery of the white saviour angle, but the sudden Sci-Fi tip was interesting. I’m still along for the ride!

ROCKET RACCOON #7 (Young / Andrade / Beaulieu) Marvel

Two things made this issue better than some previous ones: Groot was talking less and the scene where Rocket is worried about Groot.

Too talkative Groot is annoying and gets dull fast. But any scene where tough guy Rocket lets his guard down a little is a good thing.

This was nearly the comic of the week. As was The Autumnlands.

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #4 (Ewing / Ross / Coello / Rosenberg) Marvel

Well, well, well. First off, that Inversion thing is down with, so that is a good thing.

Mighty Avengers is the best Avengers title there is these days… easily.

Having said THAT, having the first stories with the new black Captain America as a bad guy was STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

So, how does this book deal with that? By DEALING with it. Immediately. Despite the terrible title that the book has been saddled with, having Sam Wilson as Cap is a pretty big deal and we need to treat it as such. With this issue, maybe they are finales tarting to do so.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #11

December 27, 2014
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This is the last RCotW for 2014. Next week is a skip week. I saw one book (Miracleman Annual) that I’ll get, but it can wait until the week after.

That means that AFTER this post I will start crunching some numbers and generate my TOP 10 titles of the year. That should be fun.

Last year I guessed the book of the year would be Saga or Hawkeye and instead it was Ultimate Spdier-Man.

This year… Saga or Hawkeye? Daredevil? Ms. Marvel?

First, this week… starting at the weakest…

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9 (Remender / Cheung / Dodson / Yu / Kubert) Marvel

Well, it is over. It never got better.

Lots of this book makes no sense, like why did the villains make that video? After they were evil again? Why was Carnage in it? Does that mean they made it in advance? That shows a lot of ridiculous foresight.

The alignment swapping annual was still inane. It seems that the whole thing was just so Iron Man could get a shot in the arm and Sabretooth could replace Wolverine. Oh, and I guess Havoc is joining Uncanny as a bad guy or something.

What a terrible story.

BODIES #6 (Si SPencer / Meghan Hetrick / Dean Ormston / Phil Winslade / Tula Lotay / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

I have said it before: this was a really solid idea with really poor execution.

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #3 (Ewing / Ross / Coello / Rosenberg) Marvel

The Axis stink is hard to wash off. Okay cliche fight scene, but that is it.

THE MASSIVE #30 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

This was just an epilogue for the series. The comic had great moments but the arc went back to supernatural Mary, which was a bad way to go. The characters were good but the metaplot was weak.

SHE-HULK #11 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

A good She-Hulk / Titania tussle is always fun. This one had a bonus of Hellcat joining in – not to mention the mystery of Angie and her monkey. A big reveal just in time for the book to be cancelled… it turns out the secret villain was… who?

REVIVAL #26 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Moving the story forward. Alliances shifting.

ALL-NEW X-MEN ANNUAL #1 (Bendis / Sorrentino / Maiolo) Marvel

Finishing off the Eva Bell time travel story. Beautiful art and a heart-wrenching scene but the story was a bit light for an annual (or two).

This sets up future stories, it seems.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #12 (Litt / Buckingham / Vieceli / Santos / Loughridge) Vertigo

This book is not big on plot. Things just kind of happen and it only works if you care about the characters.

Luckily, I do.

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

That cover made me think we were actually getting back to the will.

Nope.

Instead we get a little power struggle between Magneto and Cyclops where both sides keep telling the truth.

Interesting.

C.O.W.L. #7 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

Who would have thought that a book that is fundamentally about politics would be so interesting?

DAREDEVIL #11 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

The different stories to kick of the issue were great. Reality vs truth or something. 🙂

Then the great Stunt-Master story. This reminds me, in a way, of the old Gladiator story, with a dark outcome.

Suddenly Stunt-Master is a real problem.

Waid and Samnee make good comics.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Ms. Marvel #10

December 23, 2014
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This was a pretty good week for comics. Starting at the bottom, as always.

INHUMAN #10 (Soule / Stegman / Isanove) Marvel

Medusa is just terrible as a person under an alignment swapping D&D curse. Her pony tail is ridiculous and her behaviour, as soon as she became evil, became incomprehensible.

Apparently while her alignment got swapped, her INT score also dropped by a many points.

Spidey also acted pretty dumb in this book.

I would drop it but I have hope that it will improve as soon as Axis is over. The Inhumans are set up to take the role of mutants now.(Screw you, Sony!)

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #8 (Remender / Yu / Alanguilan / Delgado) Marvel

It shows you how much I dislike the Inhumans book that it falls below the book that MADE it become so crappy.

Nothing on the big Wanda/Pietro/Magneto reveal. Okay.

One issue left.

SPIDER-WOMAN #2 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

Not as bad as issue #1, It was interesting that they dealt with Jessica’s pheromone power problem right off, because otherwise there would be some hypocrisy going on. (The Starfox version of the power had him branded a rapist).

I hope they get rid of it.

It is also kind of icky that her first story ends up with her getting macked on, no matter what the reason.

BLACK WIDOW #13 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

The usage of fall colours made this issue pretty beautiful. It was a nice contrast with Natasha getting ugly as she tries to get some back for Isaiah… or maybe because of her connection to him, or whatever.

Solid.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #34 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Not much is moving forward in this ‘rely X-Men go to the Ultimate Universe’ story, but that is perfectly all right. The characterization in this – particularly in the Jean/Jean/Miles story – is just excellent. Great writing.

FABLES #147 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / McManus / Moore / Loughridge) Vertigo

As Fables moves towards its conclusion, the story has remained satisfactory. I’m not really thrilled with Lancelot just standing there and not trying to actually BEAT Brandish, but that’s that.

The Rose story was also quite good.

MULTIVERSITY: THUNDERWORLD #1 (Morrison / Stewart / Fairbairn) DC

This was Multiversity… kind of, but mostly it was an old school Captain Marvel story, complete with the whole Marvel Family, facing off against Sivana and his crew.

Done perfectly.

Who else has done Captain Marvel this well in modern times? Jeff Smith. Anyone else?

WYTCHES #3 (Snyder / Jock / Hollingsworth) Image

The matter of a missing daughter from the point of view of the father who knows just enough to know there is something wrong but not enough to do anything about it… or even get anyone to believe him.

Chilling.

SANDMAN OVERTURE #4 (Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III / Dave Stewart) Vertigo

Normally when books are this late, I kind of lose interest. Instead, this issue was much better than #3! The father of the Endless!! And we are going to see the mother!! And we got a little Daniel, time tripping fun!

Clearly Destiny is the preferred child. He takes after Dad in a big way.

MOON KNIGHT #10 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

How to turn someone into an assassin. Spectre was hardly in this but when he showed up, it was dramatic!

What happens next?

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #8 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Right up until he last comic I read, this was going to be Comic of the Week. It is a great book.

We get part one of the Origin of Miles’ father and what a story! The S.H.I.E.L.D. / Hydra thing is a little cliche, but it is done so well! Plus the little comments about how black men are treated by police, without that becoming THE story were interesting.

As I approach the end of the year, I am interested in seeing what is going to com rout as my book of the year. In 2014 it was Ultimate Spider-Man…

Ms. MARVEL #10 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Here you have a superhero comic. AN action comic. Yet Willow Wilson has PACKED it with great commentary about how youth are treated in today’s society. This story is about how the work dwells kids that they don’t matter and how it is such bullshit and what it really means to be someone with a life ahead of them, with so much available to accomplish.

Great, great comic.


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.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Edge of Spider-Verse #2

September 22, 2014
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Poetry is running me ragged but I found time to read some comics!

Starting at the weakest…

 

FUTURE’S END: WONDER WOMAN #1 (Charles Soule / Rags Morales / Jose Marzan Jr. / Batt) DC

Here is my second Future’s End book and it is no better than the previous one (Swamp Thing)… in fact, it is a lot worse.

In addition to being a story out of any sort of context with no attempts to give it any, the book i sporty written with sloppy art. I like both Soule and Morales normally, but this book feels mailed in.

In addition, this supposed to be Wonder Woman but instead of being written by the current or future WW writers, it is written by the Superman/Wonder Woman writer. If I wanted THAT book I would have purchased THAT book.

SHUTTER #6 (Joe Keatinge / Leila Del Duca / Owen Gieni / Ed Brisson) Image

I gave this book plenty of time to start making headway to some sort of interesting story.

Enough. Dropped.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #24 (Remender / Larroca / White) Marvel

This book was really sloppily written as well. It is like scenes were put in without any sort of overarching setting or tone. It was so awkward that I kept expecting characters to wake up and sic over that none of this is actually happening and their heads are being messed with.
The Magneto appearance is just bad.

UNCANNY X-MEN #26 (Bendis / Anka) Marvel

The Xavier’s Will story has been a big let down so far. (Plus, the Anka art is really, really bad.)

There WERE good comics this week… I promise.

MULTIVERSITY: SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 (Morrison / Sprouse / Story / Wong / McCaig) DC

Starting here. I really liked the first half of the book, setting up the Society concept, but the back half was less strong. Vandal Savage is relay stale and the time jump was jarring.

Still decent.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #33 (Gage / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

Followed by Marvel’s version of Multiversity. Decent story but still just one big fight scene.

AVENGERS #35 (Hickman / Cheung / Bradshaw / Medina / Weaver) Marvel

I have been critical of Hickman in the past and I probably will be again, but this is good comics. The corruption of the Avengers concept is perfect as I was just telling someone how the book I loved so much had become something else altogether. They are military now. They are the establishment.

They weren’t always. They used to push back against government interference. I miss those days.

FABLES #144 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / McManus / Loughridge) Vertigo

Beast… Ozma…

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #5 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

I think we get to find out what is up with this Peter next issue. I don’t believe for a second that he is the real deal.

Strong comic, but not the best Miles comic this week.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #9 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

Want to hear big praise? While I was reading this, it felt like I was reading a Neil Gaiman Sandman book.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #32 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

The young X-Men have gone to the Ultimate Universe! Jean Grey and Miles Morales, hanging out!

Big week for Bendis… though one was a dud.

DAREDEVIL #8 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

The Purple Man is a dangerous villain to use because he is so… creepy. Rapey. Icky.

Now it is about something every bit as creepy (if not more so) but without the rapey. Eventually.

It is very creepy.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (Latour / Rodriguez / Renzi) Marvel

Marvel is the place to go for strong, young female characters, it seems! Add this alternate Gwen Stacy to Kamala Khan and that is a great start!

Plus, who designed the costume? Sharp!

For a one-off style alt-comic, this is the bomb!


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Silver Surfer #5

August 30, 2014
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Much bigger week than last week. Some great comics, though.

Starting at the not so great comics…

STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #2 (Palmiotti / Gray / Hampton) DC

This is just unpleasant. I am not anti-dark. I am not anti-horror. But when the ‘hero’ of the book spends his time describing in some detail how he is going to torture his victim…

I watched a movie on Netflix last week called ‘Thursday’. (I do NOT recommend this movie…) In it I saw the same scene where one character was describing the torture he was about to inflict. But in the movie, that was the bad guy.

Two issues is, neither of them good. DROPPED.

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #7 (Fiffe / Milonogiannis / Bellaire) Marvel

I want to like this book but until they get a writer that understands things like plot and storytelling, I have had enough.

DROPPED

BODIES #2 (Si SPencer / Dean Ormston / Phil WInslade / Tula Lotay / Meghan Hetrick / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

I ‘nearly’ dropped this book as well, for the same reasons as the G.I. Zombie book. It is just unpleasant. We’ll see.

INHUMAN #4 (Soule / Stegman / Gracia) Marvel

Hmmm… this book has been okay and this issue us that: okay. Hopefully the story advances in some way.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #23 (Remender / Greene / White) Marvel

What happened to the art? It was really, really bad this issue.

The story has been working, though. I am interested in seeing where this goes.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.4 (Slott / Perez / Herring) Marvel

Now that we are past the rehashes, this book works as a nostalgic look at a different era of Spider-Man. They should have done it during the Superior time frame when we could have used that reminder more than we do now.

REVIVAL #23 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Hey Star Spangled… this is how you do a creepy horror book right. Super creepy. Super odd. Super engaging.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #8 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

Not very good storytelling this issue, but the character points were there.

STEED AND MRS. PEEL: WE’RE NEEDED #2 (Edginton / Cosentino / Grassi) Boom!

The first issue I talked about the great Peel art. That is still there, but this time I want to talk about the ‘voices’ of both protagonists. Perfect. You can HEAR them talking.

Fun comic.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #31 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

How many times are we going to see the old X-Men fly off to Xavier’s will reading?

Still, the Warren / Laurie stuff was great and the new mutant with the dimension gateway powers is an interesting hook. Miles / X-Men Crossover by Bendis? Yes please!

AVENGERS #34 (Hickman / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

Captain America doing the right thing is always the right way to go. Yes!

Let’s get back to reminding the readers that being a hero means doing heroic things. You don’t rationalize and try to find the best of a bad situation. No. You fight and you win.

THE MASSIVE #26 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

I am still disappointed that this book went the supernatural route, but at least it is doing it well. We are starting to get answers and… finally… The Massive.

C.O.W.L. #4 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis / Stephane Perger) Image

Sometimes this book tends to the seamy side a little too much for my taste, but this is a really well written book and it looks beautiful.

Modern union busting tactics by the cops!

SAGA #22 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Damn it! This really kind of pisses me off. He was right! All the way through the argument, he was right! And then he had to do something stupid that immediately makes him the one in the wrong. But… that is right and the way it works.

Damn it Vaughan! Why do you have to make a comic so good that I actually care about the stupid people in it?

SILVER SURFER #5 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

This book made me happy. Saga was probably better, but too bad. Happy wins.

Toomie! That is sticking! Yay!

The conversation between the boy and the Hulk… yes.

Stupid Saga…


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #14

August 17, 2014
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Caught up, now. This week was both better and worse than the week I just finished.

Starting at the weakest:

AVENGERS WORLD #11 (Spencer / Ienco / Mossa) Marvel

You know, I just don’t think I care enough about this book. Avengers Next are really lame – “What if all the Avengers had sex with each other?” The scattered storyline… the sub-par art..

Yeah, I’m done. DROPPED.

NIGHTCRAWLER #5 (Claremont / Nauck / Rosenberg) Marvel

Someone once told me that we should be glad for the openly racist because we KNOW there are racists out there and these one make them easy to spot and deal with.

The same goes for sexism.

Nightcrawler isn’t a book that would get yelled at or protested against over its sexism, but in a way it is more insidious because it does it without drawing too much attention to itself.

The first storyline had Kurt begin overly-protective of Amanda, despite the fact that she is an accomplished witch and was very capable of taking care of herself. I tried to give Claremont the benefit of the doubt and that was going to be a plot point where Amanda stood up for herself and Kurt learned he was wrong to act like that.

Instead she was written out of the book. In fact, she was damn neared ‘fridged’.

This issue there was something that may have gone without notice if I wasn’t already kind of unhappy about the way things had gone. Rachel takes Kurt into the Danger Room with a bunch of students. SHE sets of a scenario for the students. Kurt has down nothing at this point and is just along for the ride. She says she loads “one of my favourite [sic] worlds”. In it “Kurt’s the hero; I’m his sidekick.”

That’s one of her faves, is it? She just loves getting to play a ‘sidekick’? Oh, and keep in mind that these ‘roles’ had zero bearing on the rest of the story. She just said it. Because.

Do I condemn the book for that? No. But the trend is clear as day. DROPPED.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

I enjoy ASM in general, but I found I didn’t much care for this issue. I think part of it is the damage that Slott has done to the Black Cat recently. She is completely out of character.

Plus that Peter and Silk thing is just…gratuitous.

X-MEN #18 (Guggenheim / Talibao / Tadeo / Mounts) Marvel

New creative team? Is it better?

Meh.

And is this the third storyline already in this book focusing on female X-Men that deals with babies?

Really?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #30 (Bendis / Pichelli / Gracia) Marvel

This issue wasn’t bad but yet another book with the will ‘reveal’ was kind of lame. Warren and Laura’s ‘date’ was nice development, as was the new relationship between Jean and Emma.

ORIGINAL SIN #7 (Jason Aaron / Mike Deodato / Frank Martin) Marvel

Careful, Marvel. You nearly added some actual plot there. Nearly.

In fact, this book should have been lower on the list. In the end, is this entire mini going to be just setting up the new Winter Soldier status quo? A character I don’t care about anyway?

SHUTTER #5 (Joe Keatinge / Leila Del Duca / Owen Gieni / Ed Brisson) Image

This issue was much better than the last. This was about character and interaction and an interesting little mystery about dear old dad. Saved.

INHUMAN #3 (Charles Soule / Joe Madureira / Marte Gracia) Marvel

When I saw an issue of this came out, I assumed it was going to migrate to the bottom of my list, and possibly off it.

But this issue was actually pretty good! YES it is the Xavier School vs the Brotherhood all over again, but that doesn’t make it a bad story. Seeing things through the eyes of the ‘new mutants’ may not be novel, but it works.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #2 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

All of a sudden, this book is about… people. There is a reason why so many people rave about Peter David’s skill with characterization. 

Strong characters with reasons to care.

SEX CRIMINALS #7 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

This was not as amazing as the previous issue, but it was still pretty solid. We got to add a new character to the inner circle, but most importantly Fraction dealt with the dark side of teenage hormones in a respectful way. He did it without turning Jon into a predator and made it feel ‘real’.

ASTRO CITY #14 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross) Vertigo

As usual, Busiek has this amazing talent to introduce a character and have us care for them almost immediately. Ellie is great and weren’t you ready to scream the second Fred showed up? You could tell immediately that he is a user and a loser. The story became very sad and I was incredibly happy to see the words ‘To Be Continued’ at the end.

Someone needs to make this right. Probably Arthur.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #5

July 13, 2014
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Now this is actually this week…. smaller selection, but arguably better, over all.

Starting at the weakest.

JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA #3 (Lemire / McKone / Smith / Ortego / Maiolo / Dalhouse) DC

Sigh. I WANT this book to be better. A Canadian based Justice League written by Jeff Lemire? That sound great. Unfortunately it is just kind of tired old JLA retreads. The core DC stuff just isn’t very good.

Dropped.

NIGHTCRAWLER #4 (Claremont / Nauck / Rosenberg) Marvel

I nearly dropped this one too. I was grumbling through the sexist over-protectiveness of Nightcrawler over Amanda Sefton but I rode it out because I figured it was going to be a plot point. Kind of like the racial problems in Ms. Marvel. In Ms. Marvel I was right. In this book, not so much. Rather than deal with it, they just wrote Amanda out.

I’m not dropping it yet, but it is right on the edge.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

Disclaimer: I was never a 2099 fan. I tried them all when they first started and I didn’t really like any of them, including this one. If this book was SET in 2099, I wouldn’t have picked it up, but I like Miguel’s appearance in the main book so I thought I would give it a go.

So far, so good. He is a little too willing to kill for my taste, but okay. What really made this book for me was the last Liz Allen page. Yes. Smart. Dangerous. Let’s see how that goes.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.3 (Slott / Perez / Herring) Marvel

The first two issues of this sneaky mini were not very good. This issue was better. Clash is a cliche but showing the problems that Pete dealt with from a different perspective worked a little better this time out.

CALIBAN #4 (Garth Ennis / Facundo Percio) Avatar

This is turning out to be a very solid mini. Very Alien, of course, and that is a good thing for me. The ‘attack’ was believable while still being stupid. How many characters are left?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #29 (Bendis / Immonen / von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel

I am not a big fan of ‘mental’ fights, but this issue worked pretty well. We also get to see the problem with time travel, as Xavier can just keep attacking over and over. Why doesn’t Kang do that?

I think that next time he ends up dead, just to close that can of worms.

Angel & X-23?

AVENGERS #32 (Hickman / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

I’ll give credit where it is do – this is a very good issue of Avengers. I think that Franklin is lying, and I think that trying to convince Captain America that the lesser of two evils is the way to go is kind of ridiculous (if he buys it), but the whole conversation worked and the secret of the tree (not the space ship part) was awesome.

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MEN #13 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

This book was nearly the comic of the week. I am almost regretting the decision. I wish these top two books were actually on different weeks because they both topped last week’s (still very good) USM book.

As if this book weren’t hilarious enough… that Beetle Bechdel line was KILLER. This is the kind of book that you say, “if you aren’t reading Superior Foes, give it a try.” Just make sure it says Spencer not eh cover because those fill-in issues were less good.

DAREDEVIL #5 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

This book edged SFoSM by a nose. It was the extra emotional impact as we got to see how much DD actually cares for Foggy. Loves him, really. The Death of Foggy (so to speak) was shown in flashback and this was just great comic with great art and very strong storytelling.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #12

May 18, 2014
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This was quite a disappointing week. A number of comics ‘under performed’,

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There were still some good ones, though.

Starting at the weakest.

DEADLY HANDS OF KING-FU #1 (Benson / Huat / Yeung / Aburtov) Marvel

Marvel’s track record with new books hasn’t been stellar lately. Sure, they have Ms. Marvel. Nightcrawler has been relatively okay. But this is the third new #1 I picked up (after an AWFUL Magneto and a disappointing Cyclops) where I won’t be buying issue #2.

The art is poor and the writing is choppy. There is nothing to hook you here and they even fridge someone (though I think it won’t stay that way…)

Dropped.

FABLES #140 (Bill Willingham / Steve Leialoha) Vertigo

Wow. Speaking of disappointing…

This didn’t feel like a Fables book at all. Not having Buckingham hurts but mostly it was the poor storytelling in both art and dialog. You couldn’t even tell who these people were if you hadn’t read the previous issue. Sloppy.

The non-deaths were kind of funny, but not enough to save the book.

BATMAN ETERNAL #6 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Ray Fawkes / John Layman / Tim Seeley / Trevor McCarthy) DC

This title is very disjointed. It is almost like the old Batman Family title with someone trying to tie the stories together into one loose narrative. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Batwing felt like he could have been anyone and Spectre wasn’t really used at all. Of the hit and miss nature of the title, this was a miss.

NIGHTCRAWLER #2 (Claremont / Nauck / Rosenberg) Marvel

What save this title is the impression I get that they are going to deal with the sexism involved. Nightcrawler is acting in a real patriarchal manner towards Amanda which would bug me more if it was unaddressed. It looks like that won’t be the case. Otherwise it would join the other Marvel start-ups and the drop list.

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #2 (Fiffe / Pinna / Woodard) Marvel

Hmmm… the free-for-all worked. It was a little disjointed but not so much that it ruined the scene. The characterization, though, was problematic. Why is Bombshell suddenly acting like an idiot with no real lead-up? More importantly, why would Black Widow NOT MENTION THAT SHE WAS JABBED IN THE CHEST WITH A HYPODERMIC NEEDLE FILLED WITH SOME SORT OF LIQUID?

Oh, about that… did she actually change her name to Black Widow IN the book? Did I forget that or did they just start calling her that?

JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA #1 (Jeff Lemire / Mike McKone) Marvel

I know it is really called Justice League United, but my copy says Canada on the cover!

This is an okay superhero comic but nothing really makes it stand above any others. Stargirl got a chance to shine and for some reason the Adam Strange ‘origin’ reminded me of Hellcat, and that brought a smile to my face. (Oh, and #0 was not #0. It was #1. It was not a prequel. It was the first issue and this is the second. Period.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #27 (Bendis / Immonen / von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel

Not much to say. Psychic fights aren’t very exciting, but Bendis rights these characters so they are interesting.

Is that healer immortal now? I guess that will come up in Uncanny.

SHUTTER #2 (Joe Keatinge / Leila Del Duca / Owen Gieni / Ed Brisson) Image

Not as good as the first issue, but there is still potential there. A lot of chaos, which is not great for characterization usually. I like that she can get hurt. I like her Felix butler/clock. I like the Lion Squad (though not the name…)

AVENGERS #29 (Hickman / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

All right, why isn’t this in New Avengers?

So Steve and Tony are now fighting… again?

How many times are we going to do the SAME STORY?

Having said all that… this comic was quite good. Good art. Decent storytelling (especially from someone not known for good storytelling, like Hickman). Pleasant surprise.

ASTRO CITY #12 (Busiek / Graham Nolan / Ross / Broome / Comicraft) Vertigo

This was the only book this week that I loved from end to end. While Nolan is no Anderson, he brings a certain Carmine Infantino-esque feeling to the pages. The story of addiction didn’t have to be about a super villain, but the fact that it was adds a certain element. I really liked the idea of constantly changing gimmicks to try and stay ahead of the game.

Astro City is consistently good comics.


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