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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.

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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: Multiversity: The Just #1

October 31, 2014
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Still catching up.. only one week behind.

This was a really solid week. Even the book I have as ‘second worst’ was actually pretty good.

BODIES #4 (Si Spencer / Phil WInslade / Dean Ormston / Tula Lotay / Meghan Hetrick / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

This mini continues to disappoint. What a great idea. What terrible execution.

I keep hoping.

LAZARUS #12 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Another solid issue of Lazarus. Lots of political maneuverings and lots of ‘Forever’ sub story. The only thing that is missing from this issue is the strong ‘waste’ story from issues back.

This has a very good storyline. I just wonder if there is an end game.

REVIVAL #24 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Similar to Lazarus – strong setting – good characters – good plot…. I just wonder of there it is going anywhere. Are we ever going to find out what happened? This isn’t Y, the Last Man – here, I think we need to find out.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Smith / Fabela) Marvel

The main story was good… despite the dumb reasoning behind Silk’s new costume. Ms. Marvel was written much better this time out… not Wilson, but better than last issue.

AND the back-up wasn’t as lame as Spider-Verse has been so far!

AVENGERS #37 (Hickman / Deodato / Martin) Marvel

I like it when the Avengers come across as rebels… fight the power, so to speak. It is a good counter to the militarized version they have been giving us.

This issue we kind of have both.

SHE-HULK #9 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

So, this book is cancelled. Too bad. I bet a better artist would have helped keep it afloat. (Not that Pulido is bad, per se, just that he isn’t going to provide a sales bump.

I like this legal battle going on around Cap but… this legal case makes no sense whatsoever. No court would even hear a case like this where there is clearly no question of guilt. Steve Rogers neither killed that kid nor is responsible for the action sod the criminals who did. End of story.

Now, I can see CAP thinking otherwise, because he holds himself to a very high standard – but not the courts.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #10 (Litt / Buckingham / Kelly Loughridge) Vertigo

Scary things fighting govern the nearly dead. Possessed dead bodies… well, possessed by the ghost of the body. Spectral snow. Skeptical doctors. Semi-skeptical parents.

A reference to The Jam.

If anything, this book was a little crowded.

THE MULTIVERSITY: THE JUST #1 (Grant Morrison / Ben Oliver / Dan Brown) DC

Hey Marvel, you know that Spider-Verse story you are doing? Want to see it done WAAAAAY better?

Is this the Kingdom Come Universe or just a reasonable facsimile?

Interesting characters – well written – moving the meta-plot along.

Good comics.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: The Massive #27

September 28, 2014
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Isn’t that a great cover?

My weekly ‘review’ (barely) of the comics I bought this week in ranked order from worst to best.

Not included… I picked up what I thought was the new issue of Sandman Overture but it was really some stupid ‘Special Edition’ with art process and script stuff. Whatever. Taking it back.

BODIES #3 (Si SPencer / Meghan Hetrick / Phil WInslade / Tula Lotay / Dean Ormston / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

Ugh.

This series hasn’t been great regardless but the special ‘police brutality’ issue was especially annoying because the writer slanted it so we would be on their side.

No thanks.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #3 (Weaver) Marvel

Remember how good the last issue of this book was, with Spider-Gwen?

This issue was pointless. Tons of bad exposition. A character that has no real reason to exist. There was no ‘small change to make a new character’. It is just a different person with a terrible costume.

What was the twist even supposed to be? Spidey but with big stupid boots?

INHUMAN #6 (Soule / Stegman / Gracis) Marvel

Inhuman Teen Squad saves the day. Then there was a little character advancement for Lineage and a Black Bolt teaser. That’s about it.

STEED AND MRS. PEEL: WE’RE NEEDED #3 (Edginton / Cosentino) BOOM! Studios

It was the ‘wrap everything up’ issue that was a little too pat. Not bad, though. Fun little mini.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #14 (Ewing / Larroca / Milla) Marvel

I am not a huge Salvador Larocca fan but it was a step up from Land. The story was… mostly okay. The basics were good but the Captain Planet thing was SUPER lame. This issue felt rushed so they could wrap up the series (before relaunching with the new Captain America).

I’ll be on board for the next iteration.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #9 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Ryan Kelly / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

A good issue but a little rushed in places. Hmmm… maybe not rushed. More like jerky.

Why is Chewbacca on the cover?

SAGA #23 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Not the best issue of Saga… mostly it was plot advancement without any of the super groovy stuff that makes this book so amazing. Izabel’s story was nice. I was yelling at Marko again this issue. He is really stupid at times.

Kind of like people.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.5 (Slott / Perez / Herring) Marvel

This hidden mini has been hit and miss but this issue was quite good. The art was perfect and the ‘origin of quips’ was nicely handled. The way the mini wrapped makes be think morel only on the whole thing.

C.O.W.L. #5 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

A nice story about labour negotiations and public perception.

Honest.

THE MASSIVE #27 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

The Massive! In The Massive! Who would have thought?

And what the ship was DOING is just great! No explanation about how it was hiding but I am sure that will be tied into Super-Mary.

Something very big is about to happen between Callum and the baby. I can feel it.


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: Saga #21

July 25, 2014
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This was a very violent week…

Starting at the weakest…

100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: AVENGERS #1 (James Stokoe) Marvel

There have been a few of these but this is the first I have purchased. The conceit is that some big Marvel comics are done as if it were the 100th Anniversary of the book…. so in this case, as if it were 2063.

Nice idea. Too bad the comic is so lame. I hope comics aren’t really like this when I am 95.

DAREDEVIL #6 (Waid / Rodriguez / Lopez) Marvel

Great Chris Samnee cover. Big opportunity for Waid to use Original Sin to create a big twist in Matt’s life.

So how does he use it? He turns Jack Murdock into a wife-batterer. Really? The best you could come up with was to destroy an important, classic character?

Weak. Really weak.

STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #1 (Palmiotti / Gray / Hampton) DC

Hmmmmm… an updating of G.I. Zombie by the people who did the same job on Jonah Hex. I like the idea. I like the story in general. But it is just so… violent.

I’ll stick with it for now, but if I don’t enjoy reading it, I may not keep with it.

This is not the only book this week with that problem.

REVIVAL #22 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Revival turned ugly this week. It seems that everybody is pretty twisted this week. Rasch is suddenly a sexual predator and Hine has tapped into a pretty messed up under-belly in New York.

Again, not a bad story per se, but very unpleasant to read. Hmmm…

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

Silk does not thrill me so far. Another randomly, overly-sexualized female character. Her back story makes no sense thus far… and neither does she. This was not a very well-written issue. Can we blame Original Sin on that? Why not…

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #5 (Fiffe / Pinna / Woodard) Marvel

Big fight scene, but one that was not too objectionable. Cloak and Dagger’s sex scene was not exactly subtle. Nice cover.

DETECTIVE COMICS #27 SPECIAL EDITION (Bob Kane / Bill Finger / Brad Meltzer / Bryan Hitch / Scott Snyder / Sean Murphy / Chip Kidd) DC

This was a free comic celebrating the first appearance of Batman on his 75th Anniversary.

There was reprint of that first story, which you have probably read ten times by now. Bad but important. Then there is a modern remake by Meltzer and Hitch. Has this appeared somewhere before? I feel like I have read it. Then a weird, uh… re-mixed version? Or a bit of one?

As far as free comics go, this one was pretty good!

THE UNWRITTEN APOCALYPSE #7 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

This was a very good book, and in the running for book of the week, right up until the last scene. Did Lizzie suddenly become incurably stupid? Why in the world would she think that Tom had just decided to rape that girl, while the rest of his friends are following him up the hill? It makes ZERO sense. It is way out of character and, well… involves Lizzie acting so stupid as to insult the reader.

The REST of the book is beautiful and smart.

WONDER WOMAN #33 (Azzarello / Chiang / Wilson) DC

What happened there at the end? Did Zeke make WW a new body or did he make a new WW?

A big fight scene, but a pretty darned good one. How can you make a WW comic where she is tied up the whole time? This is how.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 (Ewing / Land / Leisten / Milla) Marvel

The 70’s flashbacks really seem to suit Land, who I normally don’t like at all. This is a great story and I hope that Luke’s dad sticks around. “Want to go meet your granddaughter?” Great line.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #7 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Ryan Kelly / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

Who would have thought that this book would have the same plot as Daredevil?

Kind of.

In this case, though, we had no investment in Charles’ father. I like the new characters. They have… well… character.

Good book. Lovely book.

SAGA #21 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

I am still mad at them but at least Marko is trying…. not hard enough, but he is trying.

FIX THIS!


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: The Massive #23

June 1, 2014
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Another week where I let you know whether I liked the comics I bought and how much.

Starting with the weakest.

GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN #1 (Caramagna / Koblish / Caracuzzo / Ciregia / Casagrande / Seeley) Marvel

In my library I have a copy of the first Amazing Spider-Men Marvel Masterworks. It includes reprints of the first ten issues of Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

This week’s comic retold early stories – the Spidey origin and his first encounters with the Vulture, Doc Ock and Sandman. Straight up retelling. Nothing of any importance added. It was as if you picked up those old issues and read them… with two very important distinctions: the writing was weak and the art was terrible.

Don’t buy this. It is awful.

THIEF OF THIEVES #21 (Diggle / Martinbrough / Lucas) Image

Sigh.

The issue as a whole wasn’t that bad but once again, a writer thinks that only way to make a ‘bad guy’ seem really bad is to have him rape somebody. It is the same story that I read last week in Miracleman, but at least in that case the books as reprinted from the 80’s before we had a better idea of the damaging nature of this sort of rhetoric.

He could have just killed her. You want to make him seem really awful and still have him mutilate her? Well, that is pretty awful, but okay. So what did raping her first add?

We get it. He is an awful human being.

Weak, WEAK writing.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #10 (Ewing / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

Is this the first appearance of the Watcher’s wife? A Watcher with lipstick?

The characterization of Ulana was fine. The visual portrayal was absolutely ridiculous.

Oh, was Uatu having a child a new reveal? If so, why did you give it away ON THE RECAP PAGE?

CHEW / REVIVAL #1 (John Layman / Rob Guillory / Tim Seeley / Mike Norton / Mark Englert) Image

Hmmmm… I read a review the other day that said that the Chew side was really good but the Revival side wasn’t funny enough… or something to that effect.

Allow me to rebut…

This crossover was stupid. The only part of the crossover I liked was Cooper explaining WHY they were doing a crossover (with a little Saga thrown in there for good measure).

Having said THAT, the Revival story was quite good. I wouldn’t bat an eye if it was in the regular comic. Chu was just a guest appearance that added pretty much nothing. Revival is a good comic and this was a good issue of that.

Then I flipped it over. Chew was terrible. I am very glad I haven’t been convinced to try this comic, and now it is pretty certain that I won’t. It is just a one-note gag all the way through. (Oh, and if you are going to cross-over with another comic, do you think you should MAYBE READ the other comic? Revival is NOT about Frankenstein people with limb grafting abilities. At all.)

Half a good comic.

BATMAN ETERNAL #8 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Ray Fawkes / John Layman / Tim Seeley / Guillem March) DC

A little chaotic, and not in a good way. Very sketchy. Still, another Stephanie Brown sighting, even if it was just to remind us she is still out there…

UNCANNY AVENGERS #20 (Remender / Acuna) Marvel

This was pretty solid despite being just one long fight scene.

I am very interested to see if they actually have everyone remember what happened and have Wasp and Havoc actually have a child together. This would be a very big character change for both of them.

When is the Giant-Man / Polaris team-up?

INHUMAN #2 (Charles Soule / Joe Madureira / Marte Gracia) Marvel

Issue #1 was so-so. Issue #2 was better. I am not sure I dig the Nuhuman label but I really liked Medusa’s (Lady Big Hair) portrayal in this book. Captain America was reasonable so she responded in a reasonable manner.

Having a sovereign nation in the middle of the Hudson probably won’t fly with the U.S. government, though. Tow them out to sea and Attilan Island will be the new Genosha or whatever that X-Island in San Francisco was called.

Because, let’s be honest here, this IS an X-Book.

AVENGERS #30 (Hickman / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

It is no secret to readers of this column that I am no fan of Hickman. AND this is following a New Avengers plot line in the Avengers and I didn’t like New Avengers.

Having said that… this was pretty good issue. Iron Man is played straight up as a villain here and I am starting to wonder when the rest of the heroes are going to stop putting up with his crap. Future Hawkeye was pretty cool (as you would expect). I liked it.

MS. MARVEL #4 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

YES! It took four issues for someone to say that the world didn’t need another BLONDE superhero (read: white). What they needed is Kamala Khan.

Yes! The character of Kamala IS this book and having her turn into a Captain Marvel clone undercut that. Now THIS is the future of the book.

I’ll admit, growing up the way I did, I have a hard time with her parents. I am trying not to judge because they seem awful to me.

C.O.W.L. #1 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

Another great new book from Image! This is treated like a super-hero union, but it seems more like a private Super-hero police force. Either way, it is quite interesting and visually appealing. (I love the cover design!)

Of course, it would be nice if some of the characters were a little more likeable…

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #6 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun) Vertigo

I have been fairly critical of this book thus far… until now! This was a very fun book, capturing the right mix of whimsy and threat that earlier DBD stories did. Done right, this book could be the new Books of Magic, and I consider that high praise.

THE MASSIVE #23 (Brian Wood / Danijel Zezelj / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

The cynic in me wonders if Brian Wood decided to write this story with very positive, strong female presence after he had his “female comic creators are not your personal dating pool” comeuppance.

Regardless, whatever the motivation, this has been a GREAT story. I am not such a fan of the supernatural elements of the character but this issue doesn’t dwell on those. This is just good storytelling and strong character work.

I just read that tho book plans to end with issue #30.. Keep telling stories like this one and I will miss it.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: The Massive #22

April 27, 2014
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Pretty diverse week. Only one real stand-outs, but nothing too bad.

Starting at the weakest.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #5 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun) Vertigo

So they are out of the boarding school, so that complaint is gone. Unfortunately this issue was not a lot better. It was very scattered, lacking any real coherence. The structure was hit and miss. The characters are still compelling enough.

THIEF OF THIEVES #20 (Diggle / Martinbrough / Lucas) Image

How many times can I say the same thing? This comic is a movie script. Straight up. That has its plusses and minuses.The characters are there but the plot is kind of jerky at times. This was not one of those times, though. Minus some for the attempted sex scene.

THE SAVIORS #4 (James Robinson / J.Bone) Image

I kind of love that they set up what looked to be a team, gave them personality, and then killed ’em flat, all within one issue.

Talking with the alien.

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0 (Jeff Lemire / Mike McKone) DC

I am not a JLA guy, but when it was announced that Lemire was going to be writing Justice League Canada, I knew I was going to give it a try. They changed the name, but this is still that book. It is pretty good (which is good, since they cancelled Animal Man for it). I kind of love that it starts with an autograph session.

Question… why is this #0? It clearly starts the story and carries onto the next issue. Why is it not #1?

UNCANNY AVENGERS #19 (Remender / Acuna) Marvel

Solid alternate futre timeline story. Bad guy time travellers trying to dave the earth while the heroes sacrifice everything.

Is Kang going to really save Katie Summers? Won’t that be weird when they go back to the regular time and Havoc and Wasp suddenly have a child?

DAREDEVIL #2 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

Shroud wasn’t always like that. I guess that is new for this story. I have to admit that I didn’t know he was blind. That makes a Shroud/DD California meeting an inevitability.

Is DD surrounding himself with a crack team of super-capable women to help him fight crime? If so, I approve.

ORIGINAL SIN #0 (Mark Waid / Jim Cheung / Mark Morales / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

Now THIS is what a #0 should be. It is some interesting backstory, giving us something to make the Watcher feel more… human, I guess… just before he gets his. It is kind of a sweet story, with real repercussions as Nova learns that his father is alive.

BATMAN ETERNAL #3 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Ray Fawkes / John Layman / Tim Seeley / Jason Fabok) DC

Falcone didn’t thrill me but Stephanie Brown? Yes please! I know some people think of her as Batgirl or Robin, but to me she was always best as Spoiler and this is as close to that as we have come in years.

LAZARUS #8 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

This book sometimes reminds me of when The Massive was at it best early. Where it lacked in plot it made up for in world building. This is like that. The characters all have immediate hooks and I want to see how things turn out for them, or don’t.

THE MASSIVE #22 (Brian Wood / Danijel Zelelj / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

Speaking of The Massive… this isn’t that. Ignore everything thou have read so far and jeu tread this book. It totally stands on its own and gives us the story of a group of African women trying to ensure that they take care of their own in a convoy across the Sahara.

This is really good comics. (and the art is AMAZING!)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Sandman Overture #2

April 5, 2014
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Pretty big week with some pretty good comics. A couple of clunkers and a stop though.

Starting at the bottom…

SURVIVE #1 (Bendis / Quinones / Beredo) Marvel

I originally didn’t order this but I figured with Bendis writing it and using it as a segue into the New Miles book and the new Ultimates book… but no. This was pretty bad. A bunch of scenes of people saying…. hey, there is a new status quo! But let’s not talk about it too much because we are just going to talk about it again when each of the new books launches!

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

You have GOT to be kidding me! That was awful and people have been talking about how great it was. THAT is how you bring him back? THAT?

It is pretty bad when a fan theory on Bleeding Cool is ten times better than what the writer comes up with.

Dan Slott… this was terrible. Zero creativity and terrible characterization.

If I wasn’t generally enjoying the book, I would drop it now.

Looking forward to the return of Amazing…

AMAZING X-MEN #5 (Aaron / McGuinness / Vines / Gracia) Marvel

Not THIS Amazing…

Yeah. I bought this book because I really like Nightcrawler. But this wasn’t very good, overall. The resurrection was cheesy. Fighting pirates in hell or whatever… yeah. Not for me. Now Nightcrawler is getting his own boo, so this one is dropped.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #4 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Gary Erskine) Vertigo

Ruthanne and I chatted about this and decided not to drop it. I really like the characters – including Crystal. This story was pretty bad, though. They took the classic Gaiman issue and turned into a funhouse parody of itself. What made the boarding school so chilling is that it was so NORMAL. Not this.

Hopefully the book gets better.

AVENGERS #27 (Hickman / Larroca / Martin) Marvel

I am enjoying this evil Avengers story more than any of the Hickman run so far (damning with faint praise). I don’t like the art (especially the AIM costumes and Captain Marvel’s odd look), but the story works for me. I wish the scene on the cover actually happened because I like that era of Super-Adaptoid. There has obviously been a Hulk bait-and-switch.

Yeah. Not bad.

SILVER SURFER #1 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

I was a little disappointed in this book only because my expectations were so high. This book was all set-up with no pay-off. I would say it is ‘written for the trade’, so to speak.

That’s okay. I’m along for the ride.

FABLES #139 (Bill Willingham / Steve Leialoha) Vertigo

Wait, what happened to the Knights story? This is cute and everything, but I was enjoying the other one. Oh well. I guess Bucky needed a break.

This appears to be the kick-off to the eventual demise of this book. I guess that is because they are going back to the Homelands.

Hands up… who thinks Danny Boy is a double crosser?

UNCANNY AVENGERS #18 (Rick Remender / Daniel Acuna) Marvel

Decent alt-reality type story, like the old X-Men ones. They do a good job setting up the new status quo while also giving us the tip-off about how everything is going to get fixed. Pretty nice last page where we get a nice reveal.

THE MASSIVE #21 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

Nice double cross. Nice cast addition. Nice plot motion…

Though I do wish that the forward motion of the plot wasn’t tied in to this super-Mary thing. I am not a fan of that aspect of the story.

Oh well. Looks like it is entrenched. Better get used to it.

BRILLIANT #5 (Bendis / Bagley) Icon

I was ready to drop this. When I saw it came out (after what, a year?), I said to myself that if this wasn’t really good, I wasn’t waiting around for issue 6.

Thing is, it was really good.

The various reactions tot he exposure of powers was well done. You had fear. Fascination. Greed. The whole thing.

Hopefully the next issue comes out in a little more timely fashion…

HAWKEYE #18 (Fraction / Wu / Hollingsworth) Marvel

I heard a rumour that this book is ending… does anyone know if that is true? I hope not.

The Kate in L.A. stories aren’t quite as good as the Clint in NYC ones. Kate is every bit as interesting a character, but not having Aja hurts… despite Wu being quite talented.

But now it seems that these seemingly disparate threads are coming together! Oh boy!

(Of course, Clint still appears to be bleeding out on his apartment floor…)

MIRACLEMAN #4 (Alan Moore / Alan Davis / Garry Leach) Marvel

Man, this book is good. I actually have the old traceback of A Dream of Flying, which is now really hard to get. So I have read these issues but I am coming up to the end of what I have.

How often are reprints some of the best comics coming out?

The Warpsmith stuff doesn’t do it for me, though. Oh well.

SANDMAN OVERTURE #2 (Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III) Vertigo

Wow. This was one beautiful book. Beautifully written. Beautifully drawn. If issue 1 brought us back into the world of Sandman, this issue made it feel like we had never left.

Absolutely mind-blowing.

If you are NOT reading this book, I hope it is only because you are waiting for the collection.


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.


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