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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Ultimate Spider-Man 16.1

November 4, 2012
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Starting at the weakest, as always…

 

WINTER SOLDIER #12 (Brubaker / Guice / Thies / Breitweiser) Marvel

What went right in this comic: the mood is perfect, as always. You really get that underground espionage race against time back against the wall feeling.

What went wrong: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? He implanted a mission into his own head? What the hell? That is just about the stupidest thing I have heard this week…

Oooh drama! Wait, it makes no bloody sense…

 

AvsX: CONSEQUENCES #4 (Gillen / Brooks / Charalampois) Marvel

Okay… last issue or so there was a thing were Cyclops was using some sort of dust to get a message from somebody. First off, that makes no sense. This prison would let him have this little package of dust? Uh no. Let’s forget that, though. It isn’t important. What IS important is that they don’t tell you who he is talking to. If  you realized that the dust was actually metal you would guess it was Magneto, but they didn’t tell you that. (I figured it was him, but you never know.)

That leads to a big cool reveal on the last page.

A big reveal that was spoiled on the recap page. Well done, editorial staff. Well done.

Or not.

 

ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #3 (Waid / Samnee) IDW

I have rally enjoyed this series. I still liked this issue but I had a little problem with how it unfolded. I am glad the villain died the way he did because it made it seem more ‘real’. But then to have him act in an uncharacteristic manner, SO uncharacteristic that Waid felt the need to try and explain it through another character (didn’t work), just so the rest of the story could work… not so good.

Then it looks like they are just going to wantonly kill all the dinosaurs. Hmmmph.

 

SWAMP THING ANNUAL #1 (Scott Snyder / Scott Tuft / Becky Cloonan) DC

There are two kinds of annuals. The kind that are integral to the main story and those that are cool side projects. This one tries to be both, making a story that could fit between two panels in the main book, shoehorning in a backstory. Eh. That is kind of the worst type.

The actual story was good, though. Well written and nice art. The readers of the main book that miss it, however, will have missed nothing, really.

 

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 (no cover credits, but it is Williams / Walker / Livesay) Marvel

Avenging isn

‘t so caught up in on-going stories, so this is just a bigger than usual issue. What it really is, is fun. Entertaining story, witty dialogue, great art. What’s not to like?

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 (DeConnick / Rios / Bellaire) Marvel

Yes! Finally an explanation! Kind of…

Wait. She explained who was behind it, but do they ever explain the how? Did she just DECIDE to make her plane into a time machine? Did I miss that part?

I hope the new version of Captain Marvel is still out there somewhere. She isn’t a villain per se, but it could be interesting.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL #1 (Jeff Lemire / Mikel Janin) DC

This is the kind of annual that is right in thick with the main story. Miss this an you are screwed… and what a great story it is! Great massive climax, good vs bad and all that. THe new team si kind of pulled together (while also advertising the other ‘magic’ books out there from DC). Nice art as always.

Is it me, or does it feel like the Books of Magic are going to tie in with something going on over in Wonder Woman? I expected to here a BOOM when the portal opened.

 

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #8 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

This is the final issue and it is exactly what the series needed. It put a nice bow on the whole thing. I would now heartily recommend the sure to be coming trade. In fact, it seems to me that this should be optioned for a movie. It has that feel to it.

 

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #16.1 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Great, great issue. This comic is always good but the Betty story was perfect. I would have been unhappy if JJJ had printed the story, but I also would have preferred if he had bought it anyway, just to try and bury it. The surprise final page was… well too bad on one hand and great on the other. This isn’t a character I am a big fan of, but the reveal makes me more interested.

USM is one of the consistently best comics going.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-Star Western #0

October 3, 2012
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Sorry these are late. Next week’s will be even later as I will be in Saskatoon for the week. Chances are I will do two weeks at once next time.

Short even by my standards…

Working up…

 

WINTER SOLDIER #11 (Brubaker / Guice / Thies / Breitweiser) Marvel

This is wearing really thin. One of the good things about this book is the strong presence of Black Widow. Now she is all in-need-of-rescue and it is dragging out way too long. As I said last issue, her brain should be completely broken by now.

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 (DeConnick / Soy / Barrionuevo / Quintana) Marvel

I like this book. Quite a bit, actually. I just don’t like that such an important plot point as WHY DID SHE SUDDENLY GO THROUGH TIME is being left as if it is a minor thing. At least mention it!

The next couple of issues are going to be drawn by Emma Rios! Sweet!

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #694 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

I graded this one too harshly. Ruthanne pointed out after that the airplane scene was pretty awesome. Which it was. I initially put it here because the wrap-up to the very uninteresting Alpha story was a very uninteresting and uncreative conclusion. That’s it? Really?

Please be better next issue, like the book normally is.

 

SECRET AVENGERS #31 (Remender / Scalera / Wilson) Marvel

Ruthanne doesn’t like this book. I think this issue is better than it has been. Good characterization and good fights. Neither great, but good.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #0 (Jeff Lemire / Lee Garbett / Cam Smith) DC

Young Constantine! Young Zatanna! This was just a good read. The characters were interesting. The story was solid, if a little predictable, but that is okay. JLD is SO much better under Lemire than it was under Milligan.

 

BATMAN INCORPORATED #0 (Grant Morrison / Chris Burnham / Frazer Irving) DC

Ruthanne has a legitimate bone to pick with this book. All these new characters (or fairly new characters within a relatively short time frame) and the only female hero is a sidekick? There is more than one kind of diversity, Grant.

Having said that, I quite enjoyed this book. A nice reminder of what Batman Inc. is supposed to be (and isn’t really in the regular book). Hopefully this is a sign that that real Batman Inc. is coming back. This is the only Batman book I read and if it remains just a ‘regular’ Bat book, I may stop.

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #3 (Len Wein / Jae Lee) DC

Comedian is well written here. Some of the writers seem to forget that he is a BAD GUY. He is not a hero. In any way.

Great at, as always from Jae Lee. My only real complaint here is that Len Wein doesn’t know how to pronounce Ozymandias. The way he has him sound it out is just wrong. It is an existing name, from long before Watchmen. Changing the pronunciation because you think it sounds cooler is just dumb.

 

NEW DEADWARDIANS #7 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

I LOVE that the reversal on the big twist was in the same issue AS the big twist. Dragging it out would have been cheap. It sure doesn’t feel like this book is almost over. This issue was a HIT for me.

 

ULTIMATES #16 (Humphries / Ross / Milla) Marvel

President Cap kicks ass. He had so many great scenes and great lines. Too bad the art was so poor.

 

ALL-STAR WESTERN #0 (Gray / Palmiotti / Moritat) DC

I kind of liked that Jonah didn’t really have an origin. I would have said it was a bad idea to give him one.

I would have… before I read this issue.

This is a great, bloody comic.  I would be happy to hand this to someone who thought the comics can only be about superheroes. (Though one of the things that made it good was the lack of Batman references that are all over the book normally.)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3

September 2, 2012
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This was a small week. I only got six comics and as such, even the comic of the week is not something that would normally win on a full sized week. Not to say I didn’t like it, because I did.

 

I also took advantage of Silver Snail’s end of summer sale and picked up a few trades. I got the first volumes of Shade, the Changing Man by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo, Top 10 by Alan Moore and Gene Ha, and X-Factor Visionaries: Peter David.

 

Starting at the weakest…

 

INFERNAL MAN-THING #3 (Gerber / Nowlan) Marvel

Yeah, so in the end, not so good. Lovely art by Kevin Nowlan but the story is just confusing and one-note. This also reminds me of how much better Swamp Thing is than Man-Thing.

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 (DeConnick / Soy / Kesel / Elson) Marvel

I really like what Kelly Sue DeConnick is doing with this book. I mean, if ANY book is going to send you the messages of feminism and strength in empowerment it should be the book and character that started as Ms.Marvel. I mean, that was the POINT of the character, once upon a time.

I would still like to know WHY she went through time. Also, her grand stand play sending the Japanese solider back to get his friends was just annoying. Gee, who wouldn’t think THAT would turn out badly. Over all, still good, though.

 

WINTER SOLDIER #9 (Brubaker / Lark / Thies / Gaudiano / Breitweiser) Marvel

From empowered women to the opposite. Black Widow has become a brainwashed pawn. With the number of times Natasha has been brainwashed, reprogrammed, deprogrammed etc., it is a surprise her mind hasn’t broken completely. Still, Bru does a good job with the save / twist. This book reads like an spy/action movie and that works. I wonder if this book will maintain this standard when he leaves, as has been announced.

 

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #6 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

I run hot and cold on this book, but I quite liked this one. Delving into the downsides of living forever is good. Plus, they have finally introduced the hero of the book.

What? Salt isn’t the hero? But he is a poet, what else could he be?

 

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #11 (Zeb Wells / Steve Dillon / Frank Martin) Marvel

One of those ‘tear-jerker’ comics that actually doesn’t do the job because it is a little proscribed. Still a very good comic and a nice reminder of what makes Peter into the hero that he is. Solid story telling. I really like Steve Dillon’s art, but I didn’t think it fit here. The Chris Samnee cover worked a lot better. I would have liked to see that in the interior.

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #3 (Darwyn Cooke) DC

Silhouette has become my favourite Watchmen character… and she was hardly in Watchmen. Maybe that is why. Cooke is able to tell her story without treading on holy ground. Maybe it is also because so many of the other characters are so unlikeable. Comedian is loathsome here. The cut scenes with Dr.Gretchen are really powerful.

As I said, in a stronger week, probably not a contender for top book, but still a very solid read. If anyone asks about Before Watchmen, I would recommend Silk Spectre, Dr.Manhattan and Minutemen without hesitation. Most of the others are middle of the road, with Nite Owl being the exception and the one book I am no longer buying.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-Star Western #11

July 31, 2012
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Kind of an odd week. I can’t really rave about any books, but neither was there any that I had a real problem with. I went to the Jays game in Toronto yesterday and paid for it with a nasty burn and a bit of heat stroke. These are going to be even briefer than usual because of that.

 

Starting from the weakest.

 

SECRET AVENGERS #29 (Remender / Scalera / Wilson) Marvel

Decent story but the art is really not my cup of tea. I also don’t like the inconsistency in the portrayal of Taskmaster. Still worth reading.

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #690 (Slott / Camuncoli / Janson / Green / D’Armata) Marvel

I really like Slott’s run… a lot actually. But every multi-part story seems to have an issue where t feels like nothing really moves forward. This is that one.

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #15 (Brubaker / Bunn / Eaton / Magyar / Guru eFX) Marvel

The only thing that holds this one back is the buy-in on the villains. I dont’ mean the masterminds, but rather the guys he actually fights. Who are they? Why do we care other than that they are wrecking stuff?

 

THE ULTIMATES #13 (Humphries / Tan / Pallot / Milla) Marvel

I quite liked this issue. The feeling of large scale disaster really is working. It reminds me of when they kicked the old New Universe into overdrive. I hope this Divided We Fall story doesn’t lean too much on the X-Men because I don’t read that book.

 

WINTER SOLDIER #8 (Brubaker / Lark / Thies / Guadino / Breitweiser) Marvel

Making the characters seem like they are really worried about Natasha is a trick when we aren’t at all, but they are pulling it off. Lots of tension and in a book like this, tension is key.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #11 (Jeff Lemire / Mikel Janin) DC

How do they make such an interesting comic while doing things that I do NOT approve of when I see them described. Timothy Hunter? Seriously? But it keeps working!

 

AVENGERS #28 (Bendis / Simonson / Hanna / Keith) Marvel

What a neat, innovative way to tell the story! Not as good as New Avengers was, but Bendis is really giving it his all to round out his run.

 

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #5 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

This book was not one of my favourite Vertigo books but it is getting better and better. The undead suffragette stuff is awesome! The mystery turn has got me interested inTHAT part of the comic for the first time!

 

ALL-STAR WESTERN #11 (Gray / Palmiotti / Moritat / Kolins) DC

WIthout a stand-out book, what puts this at the top of the list is Tallulah. She doesn’t need to hang around and wait for Jonah to rescue HER! No sir!


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

July 2, 2012
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Compared to some recent weeks, this one was not great. A bunch of decent books, but not the onslaught of awesome we get sometimes.

Starting from the weakest.

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #4 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

My problem with this book is that it is so weak on plot. We are four issues in and very little has happened. Everything is setting up character, with little regard for story. Sometimes that works (see earlier issues of iZombie). It started to work in issue 3, but I am back to finding myself not really caring about what is going on. I don’t care for the art much either.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #10 (Jeff Lemire / Mikel Janin) DC

The book isn’t bad, but the little touches that Lemire throws in (Constantine hangs out in the ‘House of Mystery’ while they hunt for the ‘Books of Magic’) make this feel like a parody book. “What if the Vertigo books were superhero books?” I need to ignore all that to get to the fact that this is a decent read. This is not the Hellblazer Constantine. Deal with it. One doesn’t affect the other and that is a good thing.

I like the idea of a return of Abnegazer, Rath and Ghast but I don’t really like their new designs.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1 (J.Michael Straczynski / Andy Kubert / Joe Kubert) DC

Updated BW rankings: 1. Silk Spectre, 2. Minutemen, 3. Comedian, 4. Nite Owl

Maybe the upcoming titles will make me feel better about this issue, but the characterization of Rorschach and Dr. Manhattan were really… off. Rorschach told a sex joke about Nite Owl’s costume being too tight after he talked to Silk Spectre. Really? It was VERY out of place. The Crimebusters meeting was a lot better back when things like Manhattan noticing Silk Spectre were subtle.

I liked Dan, but all of the trappings of the book were off. It is like JMS was given the Nite Owl assignment but really wanted to write all of them… but not well.

ALL-STAR WESTERN #10 (Palmiotti / Gray / Moritat / Garcia-Lopez) DC

I like Tallulah, but the forced inclusion of Batman elements is really annoying me. This Court of Owls nonsense has no place in a Jonah Hex comic. They just look ridiculous in the owl masks… overall, the sooner Hex gets away from Gotham, the better it will be.

The Bat Lash back-up was great. It was funny and the Garcia-Lopez art even outshone Moritat, who I normally quite love but this issue had some spots that felt… rushed. Next… Dr. Thirteen? I didn’t know there was a western version…

BATMAN INCORPORATED #2 (Grant Morrison / Chris Burnham) DC

This is the story of Talia and it works very well. In a DC line that has done everything it can to invalidate and erase past continuity, Morrison wrote an issue to ensure the backstory that he needs still exists in this post-post-crisis universe. Talia is a character the vacillates between characiture and a-level villain and it looks like Morrison has her firmly in the latter camp. Her betrayal of he father at the end of the book sets up the coming issues weel. The cover is a little odd. Is that an Az-Bats helmet? What are El Gaucho and the others doing there? Who is the guy with Azrael and Batwing?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 (Slott / Camuncoli / Janson / D’Armata) Marvel

Slott makes ASM one of the best books of the old style. It isn’t all events and bombast. (Even when there is is an ‘event’ like the previous Doc Ock story, what made it so is marketing. It continued to be a regular book where one issue came after the next without five cross-overs etc…)

It is all about Peter. Without saying it, this issue shows that his idea of responsibility is changing. It doesn’t just mean, don’t let that mugger run past you. It means doing what you can to help, all the time.

Also, I LOVE the science side of this book now. Horizon Labs is the best thing to happen to the ASM book since… I can’t even remember. Certainly well before the JMS run.

ULTIMATES #12 (Hickman / Humphries / Ross / Garney / Milla) Marvel

Wow, did this book get good all of a sudden! This was a low, teetering book earlier in the run. What is the difference? I think it is Sam Humphries. I am not sure because Hickman’s name is still on the cover, but I think Humphries’ storytelling style is a lot clearer than Hickman’s is.

The defeat of Reed Richards was inventive and exciting… as long as you don’t say it out loud. When you try to explain that Tony convinced his tumour to convince the city to stop supporting Reed… well, that just sounds crazy.

Great, though.

Side note: I want to see the West Coast Avengers that they teased a few issues back.

SPIDER-MEN #2 (Bendis / Pichelli / Ponsor) Marvel

Here is the book that they fell short on delivering in issue #1. The fight between Peter and Miles was great in that it really boosted up Miles, without making Peter look weak. Everything unfolded the way it should, including the addition of Nick Fury. THe talk between Peter and Nick was excellent. In one massive word ballon Bendis showed that ‘decompressed’ storytelling is not all he can do. 🙂

After the first issue there was a debate about which Mysterio that was. Both??!?! They are the same guy?

Awesome.


Rusty’s Comic(s) of the Week: America’s Got Powers #1 & 2

June 3, 2012
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Really good week, despite being somewhat small. Of course, since it was small, and because of a reprint available, I tried a new book that was getting really good reviews…

 

Starting at the relative weakest book and moving up.

 

ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #1 (Jeff Lemire / Timothy Green II / Joseph Silver) DC

I love the Animal Man book and it is often one of the top books in a given week. So, what is wrong with the Annual?

I have certain standards with an annual. It should be something different from the regular book. It needs to give us something special. They didn’t go that route with this one. Instead it reads just like any other issue of Animal Man… which would be okay except it is a regular issue but worse. It gives us a flashback to a prior version of Animal Man and Swamp Thing. It is a certain that is completely skippable as it adds nothing to the general story. Also, the art is way worse than the regular book.

This sounds harsher than I mean it to. The book was still worth reading, but it couldn’t compare to the better comics of the week.

 

RASL #14 (Jeff Smith) Cartoon Books

This is the penultimate issue of the run. I get the impression that RASL will read better as a whole than it does as individual issues, but it is still very good. I both look forward to seeing how it wraps up and seeing what Jeff Smith does next. Word is that RASL has been optioned for a movie. I think that could really work.

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #39 (Reed / Garbett / Lucas / Fabela) Marvel

Brian Reed is no Dan Slott as far as Spidey goes, but this is a solid book. This DOES fit into my criteria for an annual as it gives us a different writer, so a different take from the regular book. This one is sentimental in the right way, but suffers a bit for having no actual challenge for the heroes. When the only thing they have to do to defeat the ‘enemy’ is to go to where he is, it takes a little bit of the suspense away. Also, it seemed a little too easy for Spidey to accept the ultimate wrap up in the sotry. I think I would have preferred a little less time-hopping and a little more of Peter’s reactions to the situations he was faced with.

 

THE ULTIMATES #11 (Hickman / Humphries / Ross / Milla) Marvel

First off, the cover credits lie. There are many more artists involved. There must have been deadline issues and they got people to jump in. Add to that list (Guice / Kirk / Zircher / Aburtov). It didn’t distract too much.

It is funny how a book can turn around. Ultimates was sliding for me and was in danger of getting the axe. Since they blew up Washington, though, it has become a very interesting read. (I DO think it is odd that this can share a universe with Ultimate SPider-Man yet Miles never says anything about major cities being destroyed and Texas forming their own country. That is some pretty major stuff not to pay attention to.)

This is edge of the seat stuff and I look forward to each issue. (For the record, in my opinion, the cliffhanger is a trick.)

 

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #3 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

Any of the last few books could have been my book of the week this time out, including this one, which was having a tough time clicking with me. This issue really worked as we got some great scenes with a zombie fence and a brothel. This is the characterization that had been absent thus far. The reason I put this one at the bottom of the top (so to speak) is while the characterization was perfect, how it advanced the plot wasn’t clear to me. We’ll see.

 

SUPER CROOKS #3 (Mark Millar / Leinil Yu) Icon

The plan starts to come together… and then starts to fall apart. This book is a little more gruesome than I prefer, but the gore is pretty effective. The way they get their info is pretty ingenious and risky, which shows in the end. This is a mini, right? It reads like one, but I don’t know how long it is set to run.

The one real complaint is that the book is the lack of female characters. The one they have is quite good, despite her tendency to lounge around in little bikinis. (For the record, I have no problem with a character that likes to lounge around in bikinis, but when she is the ONLY female character, it is… well…)

 

AMERICA’S GOT POWERS #1 & 2 (Jonathan Ross / Bryan Hitch) Image

I didn’t get this the first time around, but the reviews have been very positive. Certainly enough for me to take notice. When I was scanning the racks this week I saw issue #2 and also saw that Silver Snail had second printings of #1 (with a black & white cover, though. I didn’t really care for that), so I grabbed both.

Nice series! The set up in issue #1 was excellent and the expanded characterization in issue #2 worked very well! Maybe reading both made each better than if I had just read one, but that is okay. I understand that Ross is some BBC guy, but he has comic pacing down cold (maybe Hitch has helped him out a bit here).

In some ways this is like reading The Boys without feeling dirty afterwards. (Nothing wrong with feeling dirty sometimes…)


Rusty’s (Ruthanne’s) Comic of the Week: All-Star Western #8

May 1, 2012
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This week we switched things up a bit. I am still doing the mini-reviews, but the order is based on Ruthanne’s rankings. When they are substantially different than mine, I’ll let you know… and why, when possible.

 

Starting from the weakest book…

 

FURY OF FIRESTORM #8 (Ethan Van Sciver / Joe Harris) DC

Ruthanne pointed out that the bottom bunch could have gone in any order. None were books that she found actually bad. I likely would have had this book here as well. The problem with Firestorm is that it is all ‘concept’ and very little ‘story’. There are ‘Firestorms’ from lots of countries and they fight. I think you can tell Van Sciver’s politics by paying attention to which of them are ‘good guys’ and which are ‘bad guys’… but having said that, they made the new Firehawk French…

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY #629 (Bunn / Vitti / Tartaglia) Marvel

Forget what I said above… this was the worst book this week, in my opinion. By far. The characterization was actively bad. It is like the development of Hawkeye through the 80’s never happened. Ugh. The art makes the story look good, though. It was bad. In some ways it is worse even than those FF issues after Fantastic Four came back. You can’t even claim this was  a style choice. It looks very amateur.

Very disappointing. (I am very much looking forward to the Fraction / Aja Hawkeye book!)

 

SECRET AVENGERS #26 (Remender / Guedes / Breitweiser) Marvel

I liked this a lot more than Ruthanne did, I think. Solid, solid book. I love the way Remender is using Beast. He tells it like it is, and doesn’t pussyfoot around the feelings of the other heroes… when it is deserved. This book also makes me look forward to a future book. The new DeConnick Captain Marvel looks very promising.

The Guedes art is okay, but putting Alan Davis on the cover makes me really wish he was on the inside as well.

 

MOON KNIGHT #12 (Bendis / Maleev / Hollingsworth) Marvel

This is our first big divergence, as I thought this was a very good comic. However, I know what has left a sour taste in Ruthanne’s mouth, and she is absolutely right. Echo is nothing more than a ‘Girlfriend-in-a-refrigerator’. She was killed for no reason other than to make Moon Knight mad. Now I am not a big Echo fan, but this was a pretty shoddy end for her.

This may be the biggest reason I am looking forward to DeConnick’s Captain Marvel book. Female characters shouldn’t only exist as fodder for the make character’s adventures and emotions.

 

THE TWELVE #12 (J.Michael Straczynski / Chris Weston) Marvel

This is pure epilogue, but it is very well done, just like the rest of the series. (Though that little hint of a Rockman story seemed very sad…)

Anyone who fell off this series or didn’t give it a chance should read it collected. The publishing schedule on this was ridiculous but now that it is done, it is a very good book, deserving of a place on your bookshelf.

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #10 (Brubaker / Davis / Farmer / Martin) Marvel

Every issue I say the same thing, but every issue it is true. Good, old style superhero fun. Villainous plots and superheroic efforts to save the day. Sharon’s method of defeating Machinesmith was great.

And the Alan Davis art! Yes!

 

THE ULTIMATES (Hickman / Ribic / White) Marvel

Here is a book that I would have quite a bit lower. Certainly below the Twelve, Secret Avengers, Captain America and DEFINITELY Moon Knight. Having said that, for a Hickman book, I found this pretty easy to follow. It was still way over the top, as his style. (How is all of this going on without there being an impact in Spider-man?)

I do really like the way Hickman is writing Reed and Hulk together. That is very well done.

 

NEW AVENGERS (Bendis / Deodato / Conrad / Beredo) Mavel

This issue made me dislike Deodato even more. ‘How could that be?’ you may ask. “This issue was really great!’ It is true. The art in this issue was absolutely stunning. So why does this make me like Deodato more?

Because he HAS great skill as an artist! So when he draws characters (ESPECIALLY female characters) as carbon copy cliche cutouts of one another, he is doing it on PURPOSE!

With that out of the way… yes, what a beautiful book. Tying Iron Fist to the Phoenix is the right kind of ‘retcon’ (as the term is often misused). It doesn’t ‘change’ anything. It just adds to it.

 

NEW DEADWARDIANS (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

Here is a book where our tastes diverge in the other direction. Two issues in and this is NOT a very good comic. The story is barely moving. It is almost like Abnett said “hey, I have a great idea for a comic’ and stopped there. I also don’t like the art. Simple, I like. This is too simple. It looks like an issue of The Unwritten with the talent of the artist dialled quite a bit back.

The worst thing is that this is a miniseries, and it feels like we are still reading the prologue.

 

SUPER CROOKS #2 (Mark Millar / Leinil Yu) Icon

Ruthanne put this very high despite hating the cover. I don’t like it quite as much as she does. I liked it a lot but I felt the violence level was pretty gratuitous. Ruthanne though tit was fun.

Yeah, I can’t figure her out some times. 🙂

Solid comic. Well worth a read.

 

ALL-STAR WESTERN #8 (Palmiotti / Gray / Moritat / Scherberger / Green) DC

We agreed on what the best comic of the week was. All-Star Western is just good comics, week in and week out. I wish the infiltration had gone a little further so we could see what Hex was actually willing to do… also , I wonder how much longer he should be willing to put up with Arkham. I know that Ruthanne really likes Cinnamon too, and what’s not to like? A strong female character who looks good without showing as much skin as she possibly can and every opportunity? What is a shame is that it is so unusual.

I like the art in both stories. Moritat is a stylish choice, and in the back-up it reminds me of Art Adams, and there is nothing wrong with that!


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-Star Western #7

April 2, 2012
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This week was overshadowed by a variety of much more important things (as can be seen on my other blogs and elsewhere) but I still managed to get this week’s comics read. A solid group over all, but another cancellation happened… though not of the worst comic I read this week.

As always, from best to worst….

 

ALL-STAR WESTERN #7 (Gray / Palmiotti / Moritat / Scherberger / Green / Austin) DC

Just when the bloom was coming off Hex in Gotham, off they go to New Orleans! The addition of Nighthawk and Cinnamon (especially Cinnamon) is just what this book needed! Ruthanne liked to point out how nice it was to have a strong female character, who actually wore clothes over all her parts…

Arkham continues to be a good foil for Hex. The art is beautiful as always and the Art Adams style in the back-up works as well, despite being very different from Moritat.

 

THE UNWRITTEN #35.5 (Carey / Gross / Walta) Vertigo

This must be the last .5 issue, no? If so, it is a good one to go out on. It gives us a story of the people (well, one of them) who work on the grid. It looks like this one is leading into the NEXT Unwritten arc, rather than just referencing back story of the current one.  The .5 issues worked for the most part, though there were some clunkers, but I am looking forward more to the next regular issue.

 

SECRET AVENGERS #24 (Remender / Hardman / Breitweiser) Marvel

This is how you do a team-is-facing-insurmountable-odds-before-they-overcome-them-next-issue issue. The surprise at the end wasn’t a big one, but the notes along the way worked very well. I like the robot council and the fighting spirit of the team. This is the best Avengers title right now… after coming off a run where it was the worst (Not counting Solo).

 

MOON KNIGHT #11 (Bendis / Maleev / Hollingsworth) Marvel

The thing I am most afraid of, as Moon Knight comes to a close, is that this run will just become a footnote. Bendis is leaving the Avengers and whoever takes over will bring in Moon Knight and ignore all that was done here to make him more interesting. He will go back to just being a cheap Batman impersonator with a twist. That would be a shame.

 

THE TWELVE #11 (J.Michael Straczynski / Chris Weston) Marvel

I hope when this is all done, people will realize how good a book this is, without all the innumerable delays. The main story wraps up here, though we still have one more issue. In a way this reminds me of the original Squadron Supreme mini where they covered some great concepts but in a way that minimized their effect. That was too bad and I can see that happening here.

 

AVENGERS 24.1 (Bendis / Peterson / Oback) Marvel

If you are an Avengers fan, skip the crappy AvX #0 and read this comic instead. It gives you the Vision / Wanda meeting from his perspective, but is just generally done better. The art is just okay, but the story is spot on. Vision’s reaction to Scarlet Witch and She-Hulk really sets the stage for what will follow (as long as new writers don’t screw it up… do NOT put them back together!)

 

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #1 (Dan Abnett / I.N.J. Culbard) Vertigo

This was very disappointing. It wasn’t bad, but I expected so much more. The idea is great but the execution was fairly plodding and pedestrian. The art is not very compelling and… well, of the four new Vertigo launches, it wasn’t as good as Fairest or Saucer Country but it was better than Voodoo Child.

 

THE NEW AVENGERS #23 (Bendis / Deodato / Conrad / Beredo) Marvel

This one suffers due to the problems with the publishing schedule. Here we see the fight where Skaar switches sides and fights the Dark Avengers… which we have already seen the results of what, last week? The week before?

Decent little scrap, nut nothing to it, storywise. This is why I’m not buying AvX:Vs. It might have been okay if the books came out in order.

 

THE ULTIMATES #8 (Hickman / Ribic / White) Marvel

I am beginning to realize… I just don’t like Hickman’s style. His ideas a good, but he implements them in a vey jerky way. I prefer the narrative to be more straight forward, even when they ideas are not. I prefer to try and figure out WHY something is happening and not have to decipher WHAT is happening.

I liked the bit with Reed turning the Hulk, though.

 

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #5 (Zeb Wells / Leinil Francis Yu / Gerry Alanguilan / Sunny Gho) Marvel

This story would have been okay if both Spidey and Cap acted AT ALL like they do in other books. The whole plot was based on faulty logic. First off, it showed Cap as a terrible artist from back when he was a kid. Uh, did Wells read the books in the 80’s where Cap actually WAS a comic artist? He sure doesn’t think much of the quality of the comics from the 80’s, I guess. And Spidey thinking that he and Cap could be pals because Cap used to draw and Spidery liked Science? Uh… what?

 

THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #7 (EthanVan Sciver / Joe Harris) DC

This book just keeps hanging on. The interplay with the two main characters is interesting but the rest is a little too chaotic. Van Sciver may have a bit of Hickman-disease… though it isn’t quite the same.

 

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0 (Bendis / Aaron / Cho / Keith) Marvel

I have been looking forward to AvX, but this issue has taken some of the bloom off that rose. Both stories were not interesting. The Scarlet Witch story was really bad, with the reactions from Ms.Marvel and Spider-Woman being downright baffling. The art was AWFUL. I am never a big fan of Cho, but this was seriously crappy. He draws women VERY badly and his Modok was cartoonish. The callback to Avengers #58 was just cheesy.

The Hope story was a lot better… even with the art, despite still being Cho. The bit where she puffed up was funny without being silly. It gave some decent characterization without everything seeming oddly set. I am normally a Bendis fan, but in this one I have to give the only props to Aaron.

I hope the main mini is better than this.

 

FF #16 (Hickman / Dragotta / Epting) Marvel

Oh, by  the way, your daughter is an idiot. The big reveal at the end is completely predicated on that fact. Great.

Yet that still didn’t seem as stupid as Reed’s super-erector-set building. Plus the art was terrible, as usual. I cut Fantastic Four this month and now FF joins it. These were good briefly, but that time has come to an end.

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY #628 (Asmus / Brubaker / Francavilla) Marvel

This story ended. I found that I didn’t care about anything or anyone in it. Te shift away from WW2 (and Chris Samnee) has been the kiss of death for this book. The only reason it isn’t joining FF on the scrapheap is that it gets a new direction starting next issue. I am going to give it a try.