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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Miracleman #16

March 6, 2015
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A big challenge came to my ‘cut off the monthlies’ play.

A new Saga came out.

I persevered. I overcame.

Only four books this week.

AVENGERS #42 (Hickman / Caselli / Martin) Marvel

The core Avengers book might be the only book I will be in monthlies.

I mean, I have them all. I stopped buying every ancillary Avengers title, but I have all the core books.

Too bad it wasn’t better.

REVIVAL #28 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

This is the last issue of this one for me. I actually think Revival will be improved by reading it in trades. It is the ongoing story that matters, not the individual episodes.

SWAMP THING #40 (Soule / Saiz / Pina / Chung) DC

This is the last issue for everyone, not just me.

This was interesting as it teased itself into Morrison Animal Man territory without fully committing. A little bit of The Unwritten as well.

Interesting but not groundbreaking like Animal Man was.

MIRACLEMAN #16 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

This is the end of the Alan Moore run so it is a good jumping off point for me… though I am interested in reading the collected version by Neil Gaiman.

This would likely not have been the top book if it wasn’t for my shrinking list, but it is very solid. It is kind of the capstone to the whole thing and you could easily just stop here.

I have no idea what is coming next.

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Hawkeye #21

February 8, 2015
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If you read my last post you know that things are changing around here… well not quite yet. No books were dropped before I picked up this week’s comics. Eventually all will be dropped, but in the meantime I will mark the ones that are the last issues I am picking up as a monthly.

These are not evaluations of the book per se, but rather where they are in their arc.

Ironically, it was a pretty good week… though I am a little preoccupied so my actual reviews are even lighter than usual.

Starting at the weakest.

AVENGERS #41 (Hickman / Deodato / Martin) Marvel

I don’t love Hickman’s storytelling in this issue (or most of his issues) but I do like the coming together of the universes. We now know this will be Secret Wars.

(My Final issue: #44)

ANT-MAN #2 (Spencer / Rosanas / Boyd) Marvel

This was a fun little comic, and the addition of Grizzly has that Spider-Foes vibe to it.

(My Final issue: this one)

SWAMP THING #39 (Soule / Saiz / Chung) DC

DC Comics is an absolute train wreck. Apparently the New 52 sales are dropping like a stone so they are scrambling to ‘shock the world’ again with Convergence. That means they are cancelling one of the very few decent books they still have.

(My Final issue: #40)

MIRACLEMAN #15 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

Here is a good example of a book I will likely pick up in trade. The individual issues are $5 and what will the collection be?

(My final issue: #16)

MS. MARVEL #11 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Weird cover. Good comic. This wraps up a story so I will be dropping it here. I look forward to reading more in trade.

(My final issue: this one)

STAR WARS #2 (Aaron / Cassaday / Martin) Marvel

The relaunch of Star Wars from Marvel has been great. I still wish it was post-Jedi, but it is hard to complain when the comics feel this good. It messes with continuity but… oh well.

(My Final Issue: #3)

C.O.W.L. #8 (Kyle Higgins / Alex Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

Do many people buy C.O.W.L.? If not, they should. And I bet it will read even better collected. I guess I will find out…

(My Final Issue: #11)

SAGA #25 (Fiona Staples / Brian K. Vaughan) Image

This is the first issue of a new arc. Rather than buy a bunch of issue when I know I will likely buy the collection at some point anyway, I will drop it here.

Saga is a great comic.

(My Final Issue: this one)

WYTCHES #4 (Snyder / Jock / Hollingsworth / Robins) Image

Wytches is a tough read… just because it is so unrelentingly dark. Maybe so, but it is also incredibly well done.

(My Final Issue: #6)

HAWKEYE #21 (Fraction / Aja / Hollingsworth) Marvel

This is the penultimate issue of Fraction’s run.

As I read this, all I could think is that this should be a movie. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really match up with the Marvel Movie World’s ‘Big Picture’ style… but it still should be a movie.

Oh, and I also want some purple Chucks. Ruthanne tried to buy some for me once but the website she ordered them from turned out to be a scam.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Ant-Man #1

January 11, 2015
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This was a fairly disappointing week, including a TERRIBLE decision by Marvel and and awful series wrap-up by Bill Willingham.

Starting at the weakest.

MIRACLEMAN #14 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

This comic shouldn’t be in last. It had a number of good things going for it. The Winter scenes were especially good.

So why is it last?

Marvel.

The misprinted a page so badly that it is impossible to read several word balloons. YES you can still figure out what is going on (and the back matter nonsense that is such a drain on this series is actually useful for a change as you can go and see the pencilled pages with the words written in).

Mistakes happen.

BUT, they ARE mistakes and the idea that Marvel is NOT going to replace these clearly defective books really pisses me off. They should be corrected and replaced. Period. The fact that Marvel is not doing so is ridiculous.

FAIREST #33 (Willingham / Hetrick / Dalhouse) Vertigo

What DIDN’T I dislike about this issue?

Let’s start with the cover. Adam Hughes is very talented and his specialty is drawing beautiful women. With this cover, he crossed a line. Enough said. (The bit with the bear reading was kind of funny, though.)

Then there was the comic. Willingham used the exile of Goldilocks to pitch 20-odd pages of the the merits of capitalism and the pitfalls of… well, socialism. Though really it was that sort of bogus ‘socialism’ that righty cons make up in their nightmares. The kind that sees communists in union leaders… that sort of thing.

Enough of that, this WAS the final issue of the series so how dod he wrap things up?

He didn’t?

This whole issue was just a prequel to try and get you to buy a graphic novel that he has coming out? THAT is how you wrap up the series.

Wow. Way to ruin what was left of your Fables legacy, Willingham. What is the last Fables issue going to be? A Republican part ad that is just a set-up for your next series, ‘Commie Hunter’?

ODY-C #2 (Matt Fraction / Christian Ward) Image

This issue is LOADS better than the first issue.

Which isn’t saying much. The story is comprehensible. That is a big bonus.

I am not dropping this yet because I have faith in Fraction. We’ll see.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 (Dan Slott / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Cam Smith / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

Why the full name cover credits? That isn’t Marvel’s style…

And the wheels just keep spinning… spinning… spinning…

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #7 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

As far as Spider-Verse issues go, this was slightly better. The Punisher appearance as kind of cool (and I wasn’t even fan of 2099). Hopefully Miguel stays here when the cross-over is finished. That would make the book fresher.

Somehow, I doubt it will happen.

SWAMP THING #38 (Soule / Pina / Chung) DC

This is the first o fondly two books and can say I just straight up enjoyed. That kind of horror tightrope that good issues of Swamp Thing walk is here in full force. The new Alec Holland is super creepy. The scenes with Weeds (what is her new name again?) and Arcane… then inviting Miki to join them… ick.

ANT-MAN #1 (Spencer / Rosanas / Boyd) Marvel

Let’s get the continuity problem out of the way. Cassie isn’t that young. At least she wasn’t. In fact, she was a super-hero called Stature.

Wait… wasn’t she dead. I am going to have go look this up… wait a second…

All right, apparently she was resurrected by Doctor Doom in Axis. But was she also de-aged?

Now that is out the way… ignore it. Continuity will just get in the way.

What we have here is a great story about a somewhat less than effective super-hero and father who wants to be better at both. It is well done. That is comic worth reading.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Miracleman Annual #1

January 4, 2015
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I didn’t think I was going to go pick up my comics this week, since I knew there were only two of them, but it turned out I was right near the store (Silver Snail on Bank St.) for other reasons so I popped in and grabbed them.

Two solid books. Neither of them blew me away but I was happy to read both of them.

Starting at the weaker of the two.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Waid / Pacheco / Taibo / Almara) Marvel

I was concerned about this one. I enjoy the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show but shows converted to comics are generally not a good thing… but this isn’t that.They have turned some of the characters for the show into comic characters (Coulson previously and now Fitz, Simmons and May) but the concept is a bit different. Coulson’s job is to co-ordinate superheroes and get the right ones in the right place to do their job and beat the bad guys. Interesting. There is a danger that the heroes will become ciphers, but Valkyrie got a bit of characterization here, so that was good.

Coulson’s background was pretty neat too.

Worth reading.

MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1 (Morrison / Quesada / Isanove / Milligan / M.Allred / L.Allred) Marvel

This was going to be a big deal. Grant Morrison had done a script for Miracleman back int eh day but then got guilted into not using it by Alan Moore… or something like that. Joe Quesada drew it. This is the first ‘new’ Miracleman story is quite some time but look at that creative team!

But… but… is that it? The story was just a weak little cut scene with Bates, I mean, it was done well, but it was just so… minor a story.

The second story, however, made up for it in droves! Peter Milligan wrote a story in the style of the old Miracleman comics, with a wink and a nod to the new ones. The Allreds were great as always and what a great ending! It reminds us that grim and gritty is not the only way to make comics!

Good job.


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

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

Don’t get used to it.

Starting at the weakest…

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

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

I literally have no idea.

MIRACLEMAN #13 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAIREST #31 (Buckingham / Braun / Dalhouse) Vertigo

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

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

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

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

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

I comic, fully (nearly) narrated by Groot.

Yes.

It is as wonderful as it sounds.

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

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

And boy, I am glad he did!

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


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #16

October 11, 2014
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I didn’t think I would get a chance to do this write-up (or even read all the comics) before I left for CFSW, but I was wrong. So once more into the breach before I head off to poetry Disneyland…

Starting at the weakest…

MIRACLEMAN #12 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

When I read the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TPB I was struck with how quickly Moore went to rape as plot device. He did it again here.

The introduction of Miraclewoman just HAD to involve Gargunza raping her over and over, did it? And she was o’kay with it? Somehow?

Ick.

KLARION #1 (Nocenti / McCarthy / Major) DC

Hmmm… I remember Ann Nocenti’s writing begin much more… coherent. This story isn’t bad per se, but it is a little opaque.

CALIBAN #7 (Garth Ennis / Facundo Percio) Avatar

I think I have to go back and reread the whole series because this issue made no sense at all. Why is she not dead? Why was she suddenly able to beat the crap out of something that handily killed everyone else? Was it just by shooting herself full of drugs?

That’s kind of weak. (Too gory as well.)

Overall, with the ending fixed up, this will make solid Alien-esque movie.

AXIS #1 (Remender / Kubert / Martin) Marvel

Meh. I am not a fan of uber big baddies whose claim to fame is just POWER. Then the heroes just fight and fight and fight unable to do anything until… they do. Weak writing.

Also, just last week (I think) I was talking about how it was nice to show Wanda as purely heroic. One week later she is a weak puppet. Great.

AVENGERS #36 (Hickman / Caselli / Martin) Marvel

Wasn’t I saying that Hickman is getting better? Well he is back to just throwing stuff at the wall and assuming that the writer will get it… or not care bough to bother. The universe is imperilled and Thor and Hyperion are travelling across the multiverse to die!

Uh, what? What has implied that they are going to die? What has happened that says that they need to?

Sloppy writing.

ROCKET RACCOON #4 (Young / Beaulieu) Marvel

Poor Rocket. Plus another blast from the past character. But wait… plot twist!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Smith / Fabela) Marvel

While it is nice seeing Ms. Marvel get out into the Marvel Universe, it was pretty clear that Dan Slott does not have the same grasp on the character that Willow Wilson does. She just wasn’t quite right.

Whoa, Saturnyne… cold.

WYTCHES #1 (Snyder / Jock / Hollingsworth) Image

At the top of this column I spoke of Alan Moore using rape as a plot device. Scott Snyder does that as well, but somehow it felt more… legit? I guess? If Sailor really did manifest some powers, or called on someone that did, it makes ensue that it happened when she was driven to the ultimate fear. Also, having the assailant be a young woman also changes the dynamic somewhat.

That aside, this is a creepy, creepy book. In a good way.

SEX CRIMINALS #8 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

The introduction of Robert Rainbow was hilarious. His little imaginary striptease was just funny…. all the while reading… real. Suzie’s eye wandered and then snapped back. Real life.

But that ending… no!

ASTRO CITY #16 (Busiek / Anderson) Vertigo

That cover above is ‘thing’ Vertigo is doing this month with the story actually starting at the first page. The issue of Fairest last week was like that too.

What a story. Wow. A story of bullying and redemption. A story of of desperation and loneliness. And then a story of a trans-woman finding a new way of being, overlaid with super heroics while not acting like the trans nature of the character is something… weird. It just is.

Well done. INCREDIBLY well done.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Moon Knight #8

October 9, 2014
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Yes this is a little late, but that is nothing next to the next couple of weeks. I am off to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word on Sunday and after the festival I am doing a (very) mini tour and spending time with my family out west.

I will still ‘review’ the book shut it will be three weeks from now and then three weeks reviewed in quick order, likely.

This week was okay. Starting at the weakest.

Edge of Spider-Verse #4 (Chapman / Bonetti / Gandini) Marvel

Well, this was a better COMIC that the previous issue, but it didn’t do much for Spider-Verse. Spider-monster who then just dies? There is a story going forward which may or may not be anything. Meh.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #4 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

There is nothing ‘wrong’ with this title, but it also isn’t drawing me in very much. It is almost the definition of adequate.

MIRACLEMAN #11 (Moore / Totleben) Marvel

Of course Miracleman is well behind ‘adequate’. This is a relatively weaker issue, though. We get hints at the future and some aliens. This is probably better in the context of the story to come.

WONDER WOMAN #34 (Azzarello / Chiang / Wilson) DC

This was almost lower. WW is an important icon. That ‘rhymes with witch’ line was beneath her.

The rest of the comic was pretty solid, though. Hera’s scenes were great and the reveal at the end was excellent! The forgotten brother!

FAIREST #30 (Buckingham / Braun / Dalhouse / Major) Vertigo

Fun cover. Here is a point where a little of objectification really works for the story… and it was a fun story (if a little simple).

A nice little detective story, almost going back to the roots of Fables.

SWAMP THING #35 (Soule / Saiz / Hollingsworth) DC

The rise of the machine, indeed! I liked the sneak peek we got at the machine folk earlier, so my appetite is whetted for this storyline.

BLACK WIDOW #11 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

This book seems a little disconnected from the rest of the MU, but that is okay. Natasha felt a lot more in character in this issue, which was nice. Still great art by Phil Noto. Solid book.

SILVER SURFER #6 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

A great bonding moment between Surfer and Dawn, unfolded in a cute story.

I assume it is no real revelation to anyone, but this are, in a lot of ways, Dr. Who stories…

UNCANNY AVENGERS #25 (Remender / Acuna) Marvel

Better than I would have guessed. Red Skull is a great villain and the X-Avengers were competent and up to the challenge. Seeing the difference between Magneto and Wanda reminds us that she is NOT the villain some see her as – at least not inside.

MOON KNIGHT #8 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

Not the usual comic of the week fare but it was a very well told story that moves Moon Knight’s status quo forward… or back, maybe. Back to the roots of the character while still utilizing the changes in the current title.

Just a good comic.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15

September 7, 2014
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Not the best week ever. A lot of okay books and not many that blew me away.

Starting at the weakest…

SWAMP THING: FUTURES END #1 (Soule / Saiz) DC

(Shouldn’t that be Future’s End?)

Fancy cover. Well written. Good art. Interesting characters.

So why is it last?

Because stories have beginnings, middles and ends. This book is all middle. That would be okay if it were part of an ongoing arc, but it isn’t. This is a one-shot.

If you a re going to do a snapshot of five years int he future, in had better be a self-contained story. This was rubbish.

ORIGINAL SIN #8 (Aaron / Deodato) Marvel

A two-issue story stretched over eight issues. New status quo for old white Nick Fury, Bucky and the Orb.

The last one could be interesting. Maybe.

Winter Soldier is an incredibly lame character and Nick Fury ALWAYS goes back to being fine.

UNCANNY X-MEN #25 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

Hold on now… so Charles did something smart but kept in a secret and now everyone is mad. Scott is acting like an ass and all as a set-up to face some uber-powerful mutant. Yawn.

The Bendis X-books are normally good but this is a BIG letdown after the build up to the will. I am looking forward to getting BACK to the will and learning more about the Mystique thing.

SPIDER-MEN 2099 #3 (David / Sliney / Fabela)

This was fine. That’s it.

ROCKET RACCOON #3 (Young / Bealieu) Marvel

Why was this better than last issue? The mention of Half-World. Yes. I loved that old RR mini.

MOON KNIGHT #7 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

Interesting. In seems Wood is trying to keep the mood of the previous run while actually giving us a story rather than just vignettes.

If that is the case, this book should be a lot better going forward than the previous six issues would indicate.

MIRACLEMAN #10 (Moore / Veitch / Ridgway / Anglo) Marvel

Solid lead story with pointless filler, much like the previous issues. The Bates thing is interesting and while I don’t much like the idea that Liz is a puppet, the baby is quite intriguing.

SHE-HULK #8 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

Hands up anyone who didn’t see the last page coming? Anyone?

Doesn’t matter. Good comic. (Though I WOULD Like some explanation as to why Steve is old now. I don’t read the Cap book.)

FAIREST #29 (Buckingham / Braun / Dalhouse) Vertigo

The Owl and the Pussycat story was sweet. Reynard is an idiot but it is the former that really carried this book.

BLACK WIDOW #10 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

The time slipping was a little unclear at first. Also, setting up someone like they are going to be a big reveal and then making them someone you jus introduced is a little weak…

But still… strong writing. Strong art. Strong characters. (Though that was the movie Hawkeye, not the comic one.)

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #15 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

This is just good comics. Funny without begin silly. Intersting characters while still not giving them TOO much depth (which is odd… but it works).

The book is cancelled, but I would suggest picking up the trades. (Though you can skip the non-Spencer issues.)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #4

August 16, 2014
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This is actually LAST week. I was away doing a couple of shows down in Toronto and Whitby so couldn’t pick up my comics until now. I read last week’s first to give the illusion of schedule…

 

Starting at the weakest…

 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Kubert / Dell / Fabela / Beredo) Marvel

 

So this is the ‘next’ issue of the cancelled Superior Spider-Man. Cancelled because Otto is dead. Well, this is a time travel issue from back when he was alive to kick off the Spider-Verse storyline.

It is kind of boring, actually. Some inter-dimensional baddy is killing alternate Spider-Men and they all have to team up. Repetitive mini-scenes gathering Spideys. That’s it.

 

ROCKET RACOON #2 (Young / Beaulieu) Marvel

The appeal of this has worn off pretty fast. I never thought I would say this but Groot was annoying. (Or, more that the conversations between Rocket and Groot were annoying. Groot’s ‘side’ of the conversation just didn’t ‘sound’ right to me.)

I don’t know how long I will keep buying this.

 

SHUTTER #4 (Joe Keatinge / Leila Del Duca / Owen Gieni / Ed Brisson) Image

This is late for me. It came out last month but I just got it.

It was… just a little bit frenetic. Even though there wasn’t action, it still felt like it was charging through the story too fast.

Much like Rocket Racoon, this book is getting its warning notice.

 

FAIREST #28 (Buckingham / Braun / Dalhouse) Vertigo

The problem with Fairest right now is that it doesn’t feel like its own story. It is just supporting the final Fables story and us such it never feels… important. Plus, the bit with the Spider as Fly tries to let him be human for a bit… well, that’s cheating. That is not the sign of a good leader, in my opinion.

 

BLACK WIDOW #9 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

Hmmm… I am not sure I like the idea of a Black Widow then is more out-of-control ruthless than the Punisher.

 

MIRACLEMAN #9 (Moore / Veitch / Bryant) Marvel

This was quite a scandal when it first came out. Part of me thinks that the controversy is silly. The other part of thinks that the scene was drawn in a gratuitous fashion.

Of course the big pay off was actually AFTER the birth scene. Ma-ma?

 

MOON KNIGHT #6 (Warren Elis / Declan Shalvey / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

Ellis wraps up his run… by continuing to not give us any insight into Moon Knight whatsoever. A one page statement about love is not character development. Having said THAT, the was a decent issue as we got to watch the evolution of a villain.

Still, I don’t mind that Ellis is moving on.

 

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #24 (Spencer / Lieber / Ellis / Rosenberg) Marvel

The usual. If you have read this book, you know that is a good thing.

I wouldn’t be really thrilled about the sexual exploits of the one female character in the group becoming something for the others to joke about, but it surely wasn’t her who got the brunt of it. “Subtext” “I just need a minute” Funny.

 

SWAMP THING #34 (Soule / Pina / Wilson) DC

Like often happens in this book, a threat is built up as behind the scenes maneuverings and then is squashed quickly. It almost HAS to be that way do the power of the main character. A supporting cast, abruptly no more.

 

LAZARUS #10 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Wonder what happened to Jonah Carlyle? We get to find out. It isn’t nice. You have to feel bad for the poor guy.

Almost like when Jamie lost his hand… oh wait, is the parallel that blatant?

 

SHE-HULK #7 (Soule / Pulido / Vincente) Marvel

Much better than the last storyline. Here we have a one-off dealign with shrinking people so we get a Hank Pym appearance and some Hellcat in action… though Patsy is right, Jen is awfully condescending to her.

 

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #4 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Let me reiterate, I don’t think Peter is back. Moreover, if he IS back, that is a really bad idea and poor storytelling. But he isn’t.

Still, adding May and Mary-Jane to the mix is excellent. Also, the mystery of Katie Bishop… well, it doesn’t deepen per se. It appears, I guess.

Good stuff and keeping me interested in the next issue. In a relatively weak week, that gets you top marks.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #3

July 13, 2014
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I wasn’t able to go get my comics last week. I got both week’s worth this week, read them, ranked them, and then split them back to their respective week so this is LAST WEEK’S list.

This week was bigger than the other, but the book of the week also only ranked third when I put them all together.

Starting at the weakest.

MIRACLEMAN #8 (Moore / Austen) Marvel

This comic actively angered me. We pay $5 for this comic. Normally that means you get multiple stories and then back-up material. I would rather they drop the old Mick Anglo stuff and charge less, but that might just be me.

THIS issue, though, had much less. You had the wrap up to the Gargunza story. It was fine but very simple. Then we get some stupid Cat Yronwoode filler that doesn’t even make any sense because they took it out of context with the reprints it was referring to. THIS shouldn’t have been bonus footage but instead it is a ‘main’ story. They should have dropped the Anglo stuff and given us another full story (original issue 9).

I feel ripped off. If this was normal, I would be dropping this book right now.

THIEF OF THIEVES #22 (Diggle / Martinbrough / Lucas) Image

You know what? I have had enough of this book. Not much more to say. It isn’t terrible, it just goes nowhere. It meanders and we basically get the same story over and over and over and over.

Dropped.

IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #4 (Kaare Kyle Andrews) Marvel

What a beautifully rendered book.

What terrible storytelling and (frankly) offensive characterization.

It four issues, Andrews has completely ripped Iron Fist apart, with no reason given, turned him into a selfish predator who takes advantage of women to try and fill some emptiness (that was never referred to before now), and made his title character completely unsympathetic.

The character of Brenda is incredibly insulting and a horrible stereotype. Ugh.

Dropped.

MOON KNIGHT #5 (Warren Ellis / Declan Shalvey / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

This book shared some similar problems with Iron Fist… without the offensive parts.

It is very well drawn (not as good as the Andrews stuff in IF, but still very good).

It is very badly written (not as bad as the… etc.)

Warren Ellis has a rep that is well deserved but sometimes it feels like he cuts corners way too much. Here was have a story that has no first act. At all. Jus throw us in there, don’t explain anything, and let in unfold. Why was the girl kidnapped? There is an oblique reference to a crime family but that is it.

It is one long fight scene that seems to want to evoke that terrible Dredd movie or something.

I am NOT dropping this, because I consider this a misstep rather than an indictment against the book.

ORIGINAL SIN #5 (Aaron / Deodato) Marvel

So, is THIS why the mini exists? They continue to have th problem that it isn’t a story as much as a plot device.

I have a hard time getting worked up over changes to Nick Fury. They happen all the time. They always get reversed. Always.

SWAMP THING #33 (Charles Soule / Javier Pina) DC

Interesting storytelling technique. The book was about the conversations at him while Swampy fighting unending hordes of… something… was the back story.

Hmmm….

FAIREST #27 (Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun) Vertigo

Bucky writing instead of drawing. Interesting. I like the concept…. though it was done back in the second Fables book. The animals are revolting! (“They certainly are!”)

Seeing how the books are wrapping up, who knows how this one will turn out!

LAZARUS #9 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Somehow I think that Casey and Michael have just become the most interesting characters in the book (with all due respect to Forever).

The whole ‘Lifted’ concept is problematic, but this whole work is that. Where are they going with it? When is it all going to come tumbling down?

BLACK WIDOW #8 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

Problem: you shouldn’t need to read the recap page to understand what is going on and the whole Bucky / Natasha scene and final page wouldn’t make any sense at all if you hadn’t read the crappy Winter Soldier story.

Having said that, I quite liked this comic. Noto’s art con tunes to be wonderful and the character of Natasha has just the right level of opacity. The Isaiah story is also getting really interesting.

ROCKET RACCOON #1 (Young / Beaulieu) Marvel

I have (had?) the old Bill Mantlo Rocet series… but this is a little bit different. TH sold one was like a serious version of Captain Carrot. This one is just fun. Space fun, but fun nonetheless.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the best Groot appearance I read this week (next week?). Groot as wrestler is kind of weird.

Will this level of wackiness maintain? Will I get tired of it?

DAREDEVIL #0.1 (Waid / Krause / Kalisz) Marvel

Why does this comic exist? I am unsure. Maybe it was meant to be a Daredevil Annual or something. Regardless, it is a really good story. It was interesting to me that Daredevil – who is very familiar with any number of artificial lifeforms – completely dismissed the idea that the Adaptoid could be a ‘real person’. I wonder what the Vision would have thought if he witnessed that.

In the end, he feels bad because he cared at all.

Really?

I don’t like that part, but it still felt real. Good story. Well done.

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #3 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

David Marquez is a brilliant artist. Open the book to page #5. Look at that page. Look at Katie and Miles. Even look at Ganke. This is a perfect, non-action, page. I would like to own this page.

Please, please, please let this all be a trick. No return of Norman. No return of Peter. Just no.


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