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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Lazarus #15

February 22, 2015
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More comics that last week, but three of them have reached the end of the line (two for me and another for everybody).

Starting at the weakest…

SHE-HULK #12 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

This is the last issue of She-Hulk and I have enjoyed the series over all but this issue was very unsatisfying. The big reveal was a super lame villain with a magic trench-coat? Jen is controlled and then she isn’t?

This comic ended on a very down note.

MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1 (Morrison / Lee / Williams / Sinclair) DC

I guess some people were really excited about a Jim Lee issue of Multiversity. I am not a huge Lee fan.

More importantly, the way this comic kicked off really set a sour note. Look! Hitler taking a dump! It is undignified but it is funny because it is Hitler! Let’s drag this out as long as possible!

Uh, no. Plus it didn’t feel like I was going a whole story in this one shot.

Multiversity has been great but this issue was disappointing.

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS # 5 (Ewing / Coello / Rosenberg) Marvel

Does this feel like the reveal happened too suddenly? DO you think their timetable was accelerated so they would match up with Secret Wars?

Me too.

FABLES #149 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Zullo / Loughridge) Vertigo

First off, what is with that cover? The figure work is terrible. It looks like something from a high school art class… and they didn’t get an A. Please, stick with Mark Buckingham if this is the art you are going to get for the cover.

As for the story… it was fine, I guess. It seem alike Willingham is tacking on an excuse for Snow and Red to fight. Red comes across pretty bad, though. “Now you have told me the story, I guess I will have to kill my sister!”

Uh, what? How about no.

BLACK WIDOW #15 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

I wasn’t a big fan of ‘Winter Soldier to the rescue’ but I guess it fits his new gig as the Watcher (or whatever he is…). Overall this is a just a good comic but I DO feel like the story is dragging out a bit too long.

SILVER SURFER #9 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

Ah, human emotions are such fragile things. Dawn rejects Surfer when she finds out he participated in mass (mass, mass, mass) murders but then panics when she thinks he is in trouble. Very believable. Good writing.

And Galactus.

MOON KNIGHT #12 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

This is the last issue I am getting but I expect that there will be Moon Knight trades in my future.

Khonshu is back where he belongs but this story gives a whole greater depth to that character.

Is Moon Knight backed by a ‘good guy’? Maybe?

Maybe not.

LAZARUS #15 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Like Moon Knight, this is my last issue of Lazarus but I expect I will buy trades at some point. This issue is stellar. Normally I don’t like like fight scenes in comics too much, but this one is incredibly well done, and just enough politics on the side to make it work.

Looks like war.

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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: 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: 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: Daredevil #9

October 31, 2014
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A couple of weeks behind but I won’t let an amazing festival and an extra week with my family and a couple of features out on the west coast to stop me from posting this!

Starting at the weakest…

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #5 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

I normally really like Peter David’s writing but this book hasn’t been great thus far. Add to that a cross-over with Spider-Verse… which has been pretty bad up until this point and you have the makings of a weak comic.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 (Way / Wyatt / Herring) Marvel

What did I just say about Spider-Verse? Yeah.

So far, the Spider-Gwen issue has been the only Spider-Verse comic worth reading. The whole event has been a waste up to this point.

ORIGINAL SIN ANNUAL #1 (Latour / Cisic / Chuckry) Marvel

I don’t think I ordered this. I am pretty sure I was in the computer for getting Original Sin and got this as well… but that’s okay. It was actually okay. In fact, it was pretty much better than the mini that spawned it. Not saying much. It had that 50s Sci-Fi feel. Too bad the art was so sketchy.

FABLES #145 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / Loughridge) Vertigo

Hey, Steve Leialoha was in a comic store I was in last week. (Hi Gareth!)

First off, the cover gimmick was jarring this time. The look of the cover was too stirringly different than the inside first page.

The comic was pretty good though. Just a big fight scene, but done okay.

I have to admit, I am not sad that Fables is ending. It was a great comic at times but it feels like it has run its course.

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #2 (Remender / Kubert / Martin) Marvel

Speaking of big fight scenes… another fairly well done one. With a predictable ending, but hey.

MS. MARVEL #9 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Not the best issue of this book, but it was still solid. How did Lockjaw get so small?

Marvel’s Operation: Try To Make People Actually Give A Damn About The Inhumans is in full effect, I see.

UNCANNY X-MEN #27 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

This was a step up from the uber-powerful mutant storyline. Cyclops is the reasonable one? That’s a switch.

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #16 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

The ending was kind of abrupt, but it was still good. This was a very enjoyable comic overall and finding out what was behind Boomerang’s scheming was pretty cool. It totally fits his background too. Nice.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #10 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

Back into the Harry Potter world! Pauly Bruckner! Secret manipulations!

This is just a good comic.

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #6 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Well, they are still trying to claim that is really Peter, but of this first time they have shown it really probably isn’t. Ultimate Ben Reilly?

DAREDEVIL #9 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

Purple Kids. Emotional breakdowns. Matt finally realizing that someone can’t go through all that he has gone through without there being some mental scars left behind.

I want to read his book.


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: Fables #143

August 30, 2014
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A little late as last week got away from me. I have this week;s comics so it shouldn’t be as long before the next post.

Starting at the weakest…

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #6 (Fiffe / Pinna / Woodard) Marvel

I am thinking of dropping this. This issue was just a big fight scene with nothing to give it context. There were emotional notes, but in vacuum. Poor storytelling all around.

DAREDEVIL #7 (Waid / Rodriguez / Lopez) Marvel

So, last issue I was mad because Mark Waid turned Jack Murdock into a wife-beater for no good reason. This issue he fixed that and made into into a good story about postpartum depression.

That should be a good thing but he shoe-horned it into a stupid story about Wakanda that made ZERO sense AND was bloody racist.

To be fair, it is the same racist that just about every writer gets when dealing with Wakanda, but that doesn’t excuse it.

“No, they are HIGH-TECH spears!”

Uh, no.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #8 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

The problem with this issue is the leftover problem from last issue. It depends on thinking that everyone would suddenly assume that their good friend is a rapist when someone they don’t know claims it… in a situation where they know that there are things railing against them that have weird powers.

It is just stupid and insulting.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #13 (Ewing / Larocca / Milla) Marvel

Better. Key cool moment? Luke’s dad talking to Power Man.

MULTIVERSITY #1 (Morrison / Reis / Prado / Ruffino) DC

This was a lot better than I expected and for a while I thought it might be book of the week. I consider Grant Morrison to be generally overrated, but when I read this book, I got the same feeling I did when I read issue #1 of Crisis on Infinite Earths by Wolfman and Perez.

High praise.

MS.MARVEL #7 (Wilson / Wyatt / Herring) Marvel

Another charming issue of a charming title. Kamala is just great. The bit with her telling Wolverine that she wants to help people without hurting people – amazing.

Oh and, “Hellooo, it’s called having an imagination.”

I would recommend this book to anyone.

FABLES #143 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / Sturges / Akins / Loughridge) Vertigo

Cryptic review that you won’t understand until you have read the book: I haven’t closed it yet. Hold on, Babe! Hold on!


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Sex Criminals #6

June 21, 2014
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Some good comics… some bad comics… some dropped comics…

Starting at the bottom…

THE UNWRITTEN APOCALYPSE #6 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

If you have read this and know me, you know why I didn’t like this one.

Rape isn’t funny. Yes he is the bad guy but tell me that scene wasn’t supposed to make him seem bad-ass or something?

Ugh.

This is normally a good book so I’m not dropping it for this, but someone talking about how cool it will be for him to stick his big unit into those little (Probably quite underage) girls… let’s just say it isn’t my cup of tea.

X-MEN #15 (Wood / Buffagni / Briones) Marvel

This comic did not make any sense. At all. We get a scene where The Future (what a stupid name…) confronts Jubilee and takes Shogo. Then we get a scene where Jubilee still has Shogo. Okay. I guess we are jumping around a bit on the timeline. Then we get a scene where The Future confronts Jubilee and takes Shogo… but it is completely different than the first one.

Uh, what? Was the first one supposed to be him visualizing it or something? Seeing into a false future?

Maybe it would have been clearer if the art was any good, but it wasn’t so…

Dropped.

AVENGERS WORLD #8 (Spencer / Checchetto / Mossa) Marvel

Another book with lousy art – though different lousy art from the last one. Plus the entire book was just a roll call with a different super team… including a ‘hero’ named ‘The Baby Killer’. (I know it is supposed to be that is very young and a killer but still…unpleasant.)

Dropped.

ORIGINAL SIN #4 (Aaron / Deodato) Marvel

This ‘event’ isn’t a story as much as an excuse – a trigger if you will – for stories around the marvel universe. Because of that, the main story is kind of weak. Once again, we have a bunch of people running around, acting in pretty random manners, just so they can get to an send result.

But that end result is pretty cool. We may have just seen a HUGE status quo change for a long-standing Marvel character. Until a new writer changes it back.

Oh, putting Bucky and Punisher in the same room just shows how lame a character Winter Soldier has become.

WONDER WOMAN #32 (Brian Azzarello / Goran Sudzuka) DC

Another one of those bombshell covers… but another pretty inoffensive one, as these things go.

It feels like things are really coming to a head. If this were stand alone story, rather than an on-going, I would assume that we were about to see the ultimate defeat of the First Born and the elevation of Diana to Queen of Olympus… but that would sure screw over whichever writer follows Azzarello.

AVENGERS #31 (Hickamn / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

This title is the best example of what makes Original Sin a good idea (the story trigger aspect), but at the same time we are all ‘scene’, little ‘plot’ right now. But, having said that, they are pretty good scenes. Great art… whenever Black Widow is not busting out… and Hawkeye doing what Hawkeye does beat… talking for the reader. “Does anyone know what the hell is going on around here?”

FABLES #141 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leiloha / Pepoy) Vertigo

The finale to Fables is not here, but we can feel it coming. Medea reminds us why Snow is bad-ass and people start to pick sides… sides that their leaders do not even realize exist yet.

When I opened up to ‘The Last Story of Flycatcher’ I was excited and then… one page? Really?

DAREDEVIL #4 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

Whoa. So that is what Shroud was up to? Suddenly this ‘kiddie book’ is talking some real shit and doing so in a way that was powerful but not maudlin.

Waid nailed this story point perfectly and Samnee is one of the best artists in the business.

SILVER SURFER #3 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

I am automatically going to be predisposed AGAINST this book because of the space theme. I am automatically going to be predisposed FOR this book because of the Allreds. So what is the deciding factor?

Well, there is one of those creepy cymbal monkeys that is really the heart of an extra-normal entity. There is Silver Surfer’s cosmic surfboard (snerk) getting a new, awesome nickname (double-snerk). There is a big decision that is strong in the way that no decision was actually made!

And there is one of the strongest, most well-rounded new characters in comics. Dawn Greenwood is a PERSON. She is strong despite being in over her head. She is heroic. She is decisive. She is REAL.

Well done.

UNCANNY X-MEN #22 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

A really, really solid issue of this title. We got a villain reveal (though killing him off like that was a little lame), the repatriation of Dazzler, the return of Magento, the crystallization of the REAL villain for the book, increased mutant/human tension, and Maria Hill NOT acting like an idiot.

And some great Chris Bachalo art.

This was really close to being my book of the week.

SEX CRIMINALS #6 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

Wow.

What has made this book great? Humour. Humour. Humour. Inventiveness and humour.

So what happened this issue? Well, there was SOME humour, but all of a sudden we got a peek at someone who has serious mental health issues, dealing with them and having his life turn… grey. He was revitalized by the end but for those pages, we got a glimpse of a world where everything gets ‘smoothed out’. Deadened.

I FELT this book.

Very well done.


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.


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.


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