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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.

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: C.O.W.L. #6

November 30, 2014
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Interesting week. My taste is moving away from superhero comics… but I actually don’t think that is it. I LOVE superhero comics, but superhero comics have just been getting… bad. The entire DC 52 line is bad and seemingly getting worse. Marvel is cross-over crazy, which would be fine, but the crossovers just aren’t good. (Axis is awful and Spider-Verse isn’t much better.)

So, what do we have this week.

ODY-C #1 (Matt Fraction / Christian Ward) Image

The latest creator owned comic by Matt Fraction. It is very ambitious. And it is quite disappointing.

How many variants of the Odyssey do we really need? Plus that art is of the type that is more worried about looking triply than actually telling a story.

The big gatefold was just an unneeded info dump.

Disappointing.

THE MASSIVE #29 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

A comic that had flashes af brilliance and flashes of ridiculousness seems to be ending on the latter. Too bad.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #6 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

As mentioned before, Spider-Verse has been striking out. One of the problems is that the villains are so dull so when they throw out big fight scenes like this one, they don’t resonate. Lady Spider could have been interesting but Peter David wrote this issue like her only interesting quality is that both Miguel’s brother and Daemos found her attractive. Lame.

BODIES #5 (Si SPencer / Phil Winslade / Meghan Hetrick / Dean Ormston / Tula Lotay / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

This is probably the best issue of this mini yet. The past and resent stories were remarkably clear. The future one was not but it also got to be home for the big twist. For the first time, I feel like I am looking forward to what comes next.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #11 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

Moving the story towards resolution. Gunning down childhood heroes (I loved the Tim Hunter reference). Blowing a trumpet. Ending existence.

Next?

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #11 (Litt / Buckingham / Kelly / Loughridge) Vertigo

The main story was just wrap up but the sweet parts of this comic were very sweet. The passing of a mother, acknowledgement of wrongs done and a family photo. A ghostly kiss but mostly, the little epilogues with two cats and a couple of proud parents.

Nice.

CAPTAIN AMERICA and the MIGHTY AVENGERS #2 (Ewing / Ross / Coello / Rosenberg) Marvel

The first issue of this relaunched title was awful. The same reasons should have made this issue bad too, but they didn’t. Axis is still terrible but instead of focusing on that, they looked at the human side of what happens when someone like Luke Cage because awful and selfish. The team stood strong (and actually fought some bad guys!).

Much better. (But I am still looking forward to Axis being over.)

LAZARUS #13 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Remember what I said when I reviewed that last issue of Klarion? Making verbal consent the norm is a GOOD THING.

They did it again.

Meanwhile, the scene with Forever and her family… the scene with Forever and the Lazari… Forever and Joachim… all great.

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #17 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

I thought LAST issue was the LAST issue.

Turns out THIS issue is the LAST issue.

I nice wrap-up where everything gets spelled out for those people who need such things. (The Lost complainers, mostly… use your brains people!)

The two big reveals were Abner and one I won’t spoil. There also is one about who Fred is talking to, but that is just cute and not incredibly relevant. (I also hope the new mob boss is reflected in future comics.)

Good issue to a mostly great comic.

C.O.W.L. #6 (Higgins / Siegel / Charretier) Image

What a great comic. It is the origin of Grey Raven, told in the form of a sixties era comic, complete with period style ads and moralizing.

Is that his real origin or just ht public version? I actually hope it is the latter so we can see how things have changed since his early days.

The mix of corruption and ideals is a story that goes ever on…