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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-New X-Men #8

March 10, 2013
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Starting at the weakest…

BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #4 (Brian Azzarello / Lee Bermejo) DC

In the end this mini was just generally unsatisfying. Rorschach didn’t even really defeat any of the villains. THey just kind of got beat on their own and on one case, he got vengeance. That’s it. Not one of the better BW books.

FAIREST #13 (Lauren Beukes / Inaki Miranda) Vertigo

The best thing about this book is that this Rapunzel story finally ends. I have read some on-line reviews about this story and I just don’t get it. It was a pointless mess of a story with some really crappy art. Look at the bottom left of page three. Why do so many of the characters look like blow-up sex toys?

I enjoy Fables, and I hope this book goes back to that level of quality. If it doesn’t, I may have to dump it.

GREAT PACIFIC #5 (Joe Harris / Martin Morazzo) Image

Ruthanne doesn’t like this book at all. I like it more, but I do hope it moves on in some way. I am still wondering why he would have a tool that could fix all of the garbage problems and not use it to just eliminate this big garbage patch.

SNAPSHOT #2 (Andy Diggle / Jock) Image

This is a movie in comic form. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this were optioned. Interesting mystery. Interesting characters (once we got past the misogynistic bits in issue #1).

I’d watch it.

AGE OF ULTRON #1 (Bendis / Hitch / Neary / Mounts) Marvel

I really don’t like gimmick covers. Well, at least they didn’t charge extra. This book would have been $3.99 anyway.

This was a good kick-off to the story, but all it did was set the stage, so it wasn’t super-awesome on its own. Using Hawkeye and Spidey was a great idea. Cap at the end was chilling. I am looking forward to Bendis’ Avengers swan song.

SUPERIOR SPIDE-MAN #5 (Slott / Camuncoli / Dell / Delgado / Fabela) Marvel

Interesting turn. You had to see it coming when they used such a lame villain. That just changed Spider-man forever. Even when Peter comes back, having all those people SEE Spider-man pull the trigger HAS to change things.

ANIMAL MAN #18 (Jeff Lemire / Steve Pugh) DC

I am glad that Rotworld is over, but I am also glad that there were real consequences. The actual ‘execution’ was not super. It was kind of like the Damian offing where they ‘buried the lead’. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the cover, I would assume he was badly hurt as opposed to dead.

DIAL H #10 (China Mieville / Alberto Ponticelli / Dan Green) DC

Man, this has turned into a really good book! The secret of the new dial works on so many meta-levels. The ending was a big surprise and now I REALLY want to see where it goes from here. What other book would happily have the two leads be a women in her 60s (I am guessing) and an overweight couch potato… and then giving them a romance? Will it carry over to their ‘civilian’ guises? I’m not sure if I want it to. It would be gutsy but having a male/female partnership that ISN’T built on that is pretty cool too.

I have faith that whatever Mieville chooses, it will be interesting!

SWAMP THING #18 (Scott Snyder / Yanick Paquette) DC

Swamp Thing is Swamp Thing now! But Abby…no! I’ll admit that the mini-heartbreak was based on the OLD ST story, not the current one, because the current one hasn’t created that strong a connection. On the other hand, I don’t think Swampy would have done that in the old books, no matter what was saved.

AVENGERS #7 (Jonathan Hickman / Dustin Weaver / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

Damn, that was a good comic! I am no Hickman fan, and I have not been a big fan of his new Avengers run, but I have to give credit where it is due. THe intercut scenes were VERY well done. Bringing the New Unvierse into the Marvel Universe… yes! (Who is the Cipher, though?) Bring back DP7!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #8 (Bendis / Marquez / Gracia) Marvel

I have been enjoying this comic a lot, but what REALLY put it over the top this issue was Iceman and Kitty ‘translating’ the Captain America / Beast conversation. Oy my god, that was funny. Then when it cut to Cap and he is continuing that conversation at that exact spot. That was KILLER! Then Cap’s expression upon seeing Cyclops.

Great comic.


Ruthanne’s Comic of the Week: Fairest #8

October 16, 2012
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I was away all last week at the CanadianFestival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon. It was a lot of fun… one of the best iterations of CFSW ever.

That meant I wasn’t here to do reviews so this time out the comics are ranked in the order Ruthanne liked them, though the reviews are still mine.

 

From weakest on up…

 

WORLDS’ FINEST #5 (Levitz / Ordway / Craig / Perez) DC

No Kevin Maguire? Unfortunate, though Ordway is a decent sub.

Note to Paul Levitz: making a joke about Power Girl getting her clothes torn off her body every issue doesn’t make up for having Power Girl’s clothes torn off her body every issue.

This book is on thin ice.

 

DIAL H #5 (China Mieville / Mateus Santolouco) DC

This book is starting to feel like Mieville has a plan. That is a good thing. UP until now it has felt that things were just happening, but it seems like he is building a bigger narrative. It remains to be seen whether than narrative will hold up or not.

 

ANIMAL MAN #13 (Jeff Lemire / Steve Pugh / Timothy Green II / Joseph Silver) DC

Days of Future Past, Animal Man edition. The most interesting part of this issue is the Baker family story. They wouldn’t really kill Cliff, would they?

 

SWAMP THING #13 (Scott Snyder / Yanick Paquette) DC

I though the Rotworld Red/Green stories were going to be parallel alternate futures but it seems that they may be int he same world. I could sub Abby it for Cliff above, but I already know the answer to that one.

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #695 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Green / Fabela) Marvel

Gearing up to issue 700 (and the ‘end of the series’). I am pretty sure the end panel is a swerve and Hobby doesn’t really know Peter’s secret. It will just be that he has captured his tech guy. I found the Bugle’s behaviour here quite reprehensible. That little news story would put Peter and his family in incredible danger (assuming he was what he said he was). I think Peter should sue them.

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #2 (Brian Azzarello / Lee Bermejo) DC

The brutality of this comic is overwhelming, both given and received by Rorschach. We are watching him deteriorate as a human being. We know we won’t see his ultiamte fate in this mini, but you can see how it could happen. He is a mess and no caring waitress is going to change that.

 

THIEF OF THIEVES #9 (Kirkman / Asmus / Martinbrough / Serrano) Image

I like this book but I really hope every arc isn’t about somebody using his son as leverage to get him to work for them.

 

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #12 (Aaron / Kubert / Dell / Martin) Marvel

So Cyclops was kind of right at the start, but lost his mind on the way. Cap (and the Avengers)was kind of wrong at the start but kept his head and fought the bigger threat. Works for me.

I am interested to see where this goes from here. The return of the mutants was a good call. The ‘no more’ had run its course.

 

AVENGERS ACADEMY #38 (Gage / Grummett / Hamscher / Sotomayor) Marvel

This would have been my comic of the week. It is chock full of smart writing, Every page had something worth spotlighting. Gage’s way with these characters is masterful. What a shame that it is coming to a close next issue. Apparently it is guilty of excessive awesomeness.

 

FAIREST #8 (Lauren Beukes / Inaki Miranda) Vertigo

I know why Ruthanne has this at #1. They finally made the book about female Fables actually ABOUT a female Fable. Having said that, I would put this as high. After 7 issues of great art, this one was quite disappointing. Also, I am not a big fan of running to the witch to solve every problem (but finding out that the witch is Rapunzel’s mother? Is that new info?)

A good book, but not as good as AA, in my opinion.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Saga #6

August 20, 2012
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A really solid week for comics.

 

Starting at the weakest.

 

AVENGERS #29 (Bendis / Simonson / Hanna / Keith) Marvel

What a mess. The last Bendis Avengers issue (New) gave us a talky issue to answer some possible complaints / concerns about the AVX plot, with great success. This issue tries to do the same but crashes and burns. Let’s start with the art. I am a BIG fan of Walt Simonson. Period. But this issue was just not so great. Ruthanne was quite put off by the Spider-Woman butt shot right up front, while I just found it a little…sloppy.

Then comes the plot. The question is, why doesn’t Xavier just shut down everyone psionically? You could ask the same question about every story ever published in the Marvel Universe! How do they normally get around that? Simple, Xavier doesn’t DO that. It is against his code of ethics.

Oh wait, except this time. He is on the Avengers side but won’t stop the X-Men. Oh, but he is more than willing to totally breach his own ethics by MIND-WIPING EVERYONE INVOLVED!

Ridiculous.

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #1 (Brian Azzarello / Lee Bermejo) DC

I am not opposed to Before Watchmen. At all. Some of them have been very good. Some of them have been very bad ( {ahem} Nite Owl {ahem} ). But this is the first one that has made me go… why?

I am just not sure there is anything more than need be said about Rorschach. If you do anything to change him, that’s no good, but otherwise you are just retreading the character we already know.We’ll see…

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 (Kelly Sue DeConnick / Dexter Soy) Marvel

The time travel story has been fairly predictable, but I see what DeConnick is doing with it. For the second issue in a row she is letting us in on a little HERstory, if you will. It is a nice touch without being preachy at all. The art is a little…manga for my taste, but it isn’t bad. At least it isn’t all cheesecakey like DC would have done with this book. Benes or somebody…

 

AVENGERS ACADEMY #35 (Gage / DiVito / Sotomayor) Marvel

So it turns out this story is the book’s swansong. Too bad. It has been a solid read. Too bad they can’t maintain a decent art team. Grummet is good but the rest have been fairly subpar.

The story unfolds the way you know it has to, complete with that little “you can only be cured ONCE!” caveat. Still, it was a nice read and the scenes between Hazmat and Mettle really worked.

 

BATWOMAN #12 (J.H. Williams III / W. Haden Blackman) DC

This is half way back to being a good comic! Great art! Now if only we could get a decent writer so the story is a little more comprehensible.

 

WONDER WOMAN #12 (Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang) DC

Much better. Gods fighting. Strife living up to her nature and a traitor! A new King of the Gods! This book is just a very solid read.

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #691 (Slott / Camuncoli / Janson / Green / D’Armata) Marvel

Dan Slott just did something I didn’t know was possible. He made me care about the Lizard. Lizard stories have a certain pattern to them. Connors turns into the Lizard. Spidey fights the Lizard. Spidey turns the Lizard back into Connors.

Slott turned that on its ear. It still felt the same until the ending when the nature of the creature changed, or at least the way we look at him. Then that final inner monologue…

 

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #10 (Brubaker / Kubert / Dell / Martin) Marvel

This issue did what it had to do. It moved Emma into a full villain and forced Cyclops to go face her so that he can become the PHoenix in full by the end of issue #11 so he can fight, and lose, and die in issue #12.

But it did it well.

 

SAUCER COUNTRY #6 (Paul Cornell / Jimmy Broxton) Vertigo

This issue (with a new artist, yes?) gives us a lot of talking to know where we stand about UFOs and aliens in the world of the story. It kind of reminded me of watching JFK… and I am one of the few people who would say that is a good thing.

 

REVIVAL #2 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Nice. This book is only on issue 2 but I am really enjoying following along The exorcist on the cover will be an interesting addition to the cast. I already feel like I CARE about the characters… and that morgue scene… who didn’t see it coming but it was awesome anyway! When will this be optioned?

 

SAGA #6 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Kin at Silver Snail accurately predicted that this would be my comic of the week. Right-o! The characters… ALL of the characters… are note perfect. A rocketship tree! Breaking the sword! Grandparents!

Only one bad thing… no new issue for the next two months?! Aaaarrrgghhh!!