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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.

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Wonder Woman #35

November 4, 2014
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Caught up!

Starting at the weakest…

THE MASSIVE #28 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

I like The Massive overall, and I like Mary when she is just being Mary, but when she acts all super-space-alien or whatever, it interests me less.

The fact that she clearly CAN save Callum and needs someone else to mention it to her is just stupid.

MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (Robinson / Samnee / Timm / Lee / Bendis / Gaydos / Defalco / Goldberg / Hanna / Wein / Gulacy / A bunch of pin-up artists) Marvel

This is a surprisingly good anthology. Every story had its bonuses…. well, the Defalco Spider-Man story was a little weak, but that’s okay. Seeing a new Alias story was a treat.

SAGA #24 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Can I express how much I dislike casual rape references in comics? I don’t mean rape as a plot point (which i then judged on the merits of the writing), but just off-hand little nothing bits that have real purpose.

I dislike them enough to drop Saga all the way from it’s usual place at the top of the list down to here.

INHUMAN #7 (Soule / Stegman / Gracia) Marvel

The story of the missing Black Bolt along with some nice Maximus action. This book is hit and miss but this was a solid issue.

THIS is how to ramp things up for the upcoming movie. (So, do you think Kyle Mclachlan is Maximus or what?)

ALL-NEW X-MEN #33 (Benids / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Have I read a comic with art by Mahmud Asrar before? He is quite good! So is this comic. The scenes with Miles, Ganke and Jena sound like we are reading a Miles book (because, duh…) and that is a very good thing.

If the ultimate universe finally implodes and Miles comes over to the 616, I want him to join this team.

Ganke too. 🙂

SWAMP THING ANNUAL #3 (Soule / Pina / Carnero / Villarrubia) DC

A very strong, an unexpected, wrap to the Capucine story. It is interesting to get a comment about all stories needing endings in an on-going, monthly book.

Still, is it an ending? Ot just a new chapter?

Good week for Charles Soule.

WONDER WOMAN #35 (Azzarello / Chiang / Wilson) DC

This is the conclusion of the 35 issue Brian Azzarello storyline, and he wraps it in style! There were some really interesting swings to make it more than just “the good guys rally and beat the bad guys” which often happens in these epics. We get some interesting changes to the Zola / Zeke characters and in all it was very satisfying.

Too bad the next run looks so… bad.


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

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

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

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

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

Ugh.

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

No thanks.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #3 (Weaver) Marvel

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

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

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

INHUMAN #6 (Soule / Stegman / Gracis) Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

I’ll be on board for the next iteration.

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

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

Why is Chewbacca on the cover?

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

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

Kind of like people.

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

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

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

A nice story about labour negotiations and public perception.

Honest.

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

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

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

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


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Silver Surfer #5

August 30, 2014
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Much bigger week than last week. Some great comics, though.

Starting at the not so great comics…

STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #2 (Palmiotti / Gray / Hampton) DC

This is just unpleasant. I am not anti-dark. I am not anti-horror. But when the ‘hero’ of the book spends his time describing in some detail how he is going to torture his victim…

I watched a movie on Netflix last week called ‘Thursday’. (I do NOT recommend this movie…) In it I saw the same scene where one character was describing the torture he was about to inflict. But in the movie, that was the bad guy.

Two issues is, neither of them good. DROPPED.

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #7 (Fiffe / Milonogiannis / Bellaire) Marvel

I want to like this book but until they get a writer that understands things like plot and storytelling, I have had enough.

DROPPED

BODIES #2 (Si SPencer / Dean Ormston / Phil WInslade / Tula Lotay / Meghan Hetrick / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

I ‘nearly’ dropped this book as well, for the same reasons as the G.I. Zombie book. It is just unpleasant. We’ll see.

INHUMAN #4 (Soule / Stegman / Gracia) Marvel

Hmmm… this book has been okay and this issue us that: okay. Hopefully the story advances in some way.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #23 (Remender / Greene / White) Marvel

What happened to the art? It was really, really bad this issue.

The story has been working, though. I am interested in seeing where this goes.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.4 (Slott / Perez / Herring) Marvel

Now that we are past the rehashes, this book works as a nostalgic look at a different era of Spider-Man. They should have done it during the Superior time frame when we could have used that reminder more than we do now.

REVIVAL #23 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Hey Star Spangled… this is how you do a creepy horror book right. Super creepy. Super odd. Super engaging.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #8 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

Not very good storytelling this issue, but the character points were there.

STEED AND MRS. PEEL: WE’RE NEEDED #2 (Edginton / Cosentino / Grassi) Boom!

The first issue I talked about the great Peel art. That is still there, but this time I want to talk about the ‘voices’ of both protagonists. Perfect. You can HEAR them talking.

Fun comic.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #31 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

How many times are we going to see the old X-Men fly off to Xavier’s will reading?

Still, the Warren / Laurie stuff was great and the new mutant with the dimension gateway powers is an interesting hook. Miles / X-Men Crossover by Bendis? Yes please!

AVENGERS #34 (Hickman / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

Captain America doing the right thing is always the right way to go. Yes!

Let’s get back to reminding the readers that being a hero means doing heroic things. You don’t rationalize and try to find the best of a bad situation. No. You fight and you win.

THE MASSIVE #26 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

I am still disappointed that this book went the supernatural route, but at least it is doing it well. We are starting to get answers and… finally… The Massive.

C.O.W.L. #4 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis / Stephane Perger) Image

Sometimes this book tends to the seamy side a little too much for my taste, but this is a really well written book and it looks beautiful.

Modern union busting tactics by the cops!

SAGA #22 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Damn it! This really kind of pisses me off. He was right! All the way through the argument, he was right! And then he had to do something stupid that immediately makes him the one in the wrong. But… that is right and the way it works.

Damn it Vaughan! Why do you have to make a comic so good that I actually care about the stupid people in it?

SILVER SURFER #5 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

This book made me happy. Saga was probably better, but too bad. Happy wins.

Toomie! That is sticking! Yay!

The conversation between the boy and the Hulk… yes.

Stupid Saga…


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Saga #21

July 25, 2014
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This was a very violent week…

Starting at the weakest…

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

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

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

DAREDEVIL #6 (Waid / Rodriguez / Lopez) Marvel

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

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

Weak. Really weak.

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

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

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

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

REVIVAL #22 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The REST of the book is beautiful and smart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kind of.

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

Good book. Lovely book.

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

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

FIX THIS!


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Ms. Marvel #5

June 28, 2014
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Maybe it is my general mood, but I was a little disappointed (at least) by most of the comics this week, even when there were some I normally really like.

Oh well… some weeks are like that.

Starting at the (very) weakest…

CAPTAIN CANUCK SUMMER SPECIAL (Richard Comely / Paul Gardner / Dean Henry / George Freeman / Claude St. Aubin) Captain Canuck Inc.

I was given this for free by Kin at the Silver Snail, and as such, I tried to be kind…. but wow.

Let’s start with the cover that is reproduced as the first page of the first story… with added Booster Juice product placement.

I guess Booster Juice wouldn’t pay the ‘front cover’ rate.

This comic is poorly written and poorly drawn. It is just generally bad.

Oh well.

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #4 (Fiffe / Pinna / Woodard) Marvel

Now a cover like this had me a bit at odds because part of me says that it is kind of cheap, but the other part of me sees a really nicely illustrated cover. I wish David Nakayama did the interior art because it is really, REALLY sloppy. The less said there, the better. Bad.

The PLOT is solid and the information conveyed is good, but the actual scripting is just as bad as the art. The conversation is jerky and awkward. The whole comic flowed poorly.

It is too bad, because the revelation about Jessica Drew deserved better.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #21 (Remender / Acuna / White) Marvel

This story has been going on much too long, but it has turned interesting lately… until now. The big plan is to turn Rogue into one massive Deus Ex Machina? What is this, Captain Planet? “And if we all join hands and believe in ourselves…”

The betrayal worked and I was very happy to see ‘concluded’ on the last page.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

Slott’s Spidey has been steady. Not ‘blow you away’ but worth reading. This issue falls into that.

Of course he is writing Black Cat SOOOO out of character that we just have to accept that it is his take on her and move on, because none of her makes any sense otherwise.

REVIVAL #21 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Revival hits NYC! Solid story here as Dana goes all X-Files and (maybe) the rules change once again.

Revival is worth reading, but it is definitely a long-haul book.

THE MASSIVE #24 (Brian Wood / Danijel Zezelj / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

Another beautifully drawn part of a very solid Mary story. Strong woman (which is Wood’s theme these days after taking some particularly negative press), tension, anti-capitalism, etc. All good. BUT, more of the ‘Mary is some sort of Super-Person’, which is very bad. It pulls the issue down a bit.

C.O.W.L. #2 (Kyle Higgins / Alex Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

Did this comic have more than one cover available? Because, if so, I sure wish I got a different one.

The insides of this comic were great – art and story – to the point that it could have been in the running for book of the week. But that cover. Oy.

YES, the scene is inside the book (kind of) but it is a fairly minor scene. The great stuff with Grant and his son and the impact of Grant feeling… less than adequate is great comics. The strip club scene worked on its own, but the cover makes the book look like it is Sin City. It isn’t.

SAGA #20 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Do you know what stopped this book from being number one? Because of the time I spent yelling at the characters.

So why is it still #2? Because I care enough about the characters to get angry that they are in the process of messing everything up.

MS. MARVEL #5 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

It took five issues but her is Kamala’s thought-caption: “I’m not here to be a watered-down version of some OTHER hero… I’m here to be the best version of Kamala.”

YES!!

Great comic. Well written. Suitable art. Nice package.

(Yes, Saga is still probably better, but I am mad at both Marko and Alana…)

(C.O.W.L. might have been better if the cover wasn’t so tacky.)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Saga #19

May 25, 2014
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A fairly big week and I was pretty happy with most of the comics!

Starting at the weakest…

ORIGINAL SIN #2 (Jason Aaron / Mike Deodato) Marvel

Chaos does not generally make good comics. Throwing a whole bunch o stuff at the wall is not good storytelling.

One example… there are three villains. Two of them are given ‘reveal’ captions to give their (stupid) names. The third, even though he is not hidden in any way, was not. Who was that sick, Thing-like guy? Do we have to read another book to find out? Sloppy.

BATMAN ETERNAL #7 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Ray Fawkes / John Layman / Tim Seeley / Emanuel Simeoni) DC

Hmmm… a couple of weaker issues in a row. Not a good sign for a weekly book. A lot of stuff that happened seemed random, but at least it was built around a core plot. The art was terrible. Look at that Catwoman reveal. Just awful.

X-MEN #14 (Wood / Mann / Briones) Marvel

Getting into the better books now. This was fairly solid but was a little “A to B”. So they are a team now because Storm told Wolverine? Do the X-Men have some sort of a official squad registration process? Did Storm fill out all the needed paperwork?

MIRACLEMAN #6 (Moore / Davis / Ridgway) Marvel

I liked the dream struggle with Gargunza. He almost felt like the protagonist. The use of rape as a simple plot point to make bad guys seems bad is wearying, though. This was 1984, however. Maybe it didn’t feel so weak back then.

AVENGERS WORLD #6 (Spencer / Checchetto / Mossa) Marvel

What I DON’T like about the Avengers these days is the Avengers Army feel. It makes characterizations take a back seat. So an issue like this which is all about characterization (albeit for a character I don’t generally care for), it is quite an improvement.

WONDER WOMAN #31 (Brian Azzarello / Goran Sudzuka) DC

I groaned when Zeke was missing. Again?

But this one was well done. Change is scary and hard to take. That was well illustrated here. (Forgetting that the next writer is probably just going to change it back.)

UNCANNY X-MEN #21 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

Things are coming to a head! I don’t know who the secret villain is but the interaction between Magneto, Blob and Dazzler was great. I LOVED the artistic choice of showing the old Magneto/Blob scene. Well done.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

Peter dealing with the changes to his life. Pretty interesting. Peter as a jailer? Hmmm…

I really, REALLY like the fact that Anna Maria seems to be staying as an important character.

UNWRITTEN: APOCOLYPSE #5 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

Is it just a given that the best Unwritten issues are the ones spotlighting Pauly Bruckner?

And that last page!

DAREDEVIL #3 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

Strong issue as usual, but I have a question… Julia Carpenter? Spider-Woman? (I think she is called Madame Web now.)

If it is a DIFFERENT Julia Carpenter, that is pretty sloppy. She was a pretty major character at one time.

Nice Saga reference. 🙂

SAGA #19 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

THAT LAST PAGE!!!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOO!O!!!!!!!!!


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Revival #17

February 1, 2014
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Hmmm… not a terrible week but a few book stat a normally love were not as goos as usual. It left room for a nice upset at the top spot.

Starting at the bottom…

INHUMANITY #2 (Fraction / Bradshaw / Fabella) Marvel

Hmmm… when they announced that Matt Fraction was going to be spearheading the new ‘franchise’ for Marvel, that sounded kind of exciting.

Then the first issue came out, and it wasn’t really very good. Then they announced that Fraction had left the project and was replaced by Charles Soule, who I find kind of hit (Swamp Thing) and miss (Superman and Wonder Woman).

Then this issue came out, and it is pretty awful. Bad writing. Bad art. Bad comic.

But, it is still Fraction and it is not the regular artist (this was solicited as a one-shot and was renumbered because nobody ordered it…)

O’kay. I’ll still give Soule’s Inhuman a shot, but it is son a short leash.

THE SAVIORS #2 (James Robinson / J. Bone) Image

The first issue of this was my comic of the week (in a week where I only got two comics), but this issue is nowhere near as good. Alien tries to kill guy for unknown reason. Other guy saves him and gives him an explanation that is… just really generic.

Another possible short leash title.

FABLES #137 (Bill Willingham / Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun) Veritgo

A few good pages and a whole bunch of filler. The first Knights were named and a little bit of forward momentum on the Spratt / Bigby front.

The rest was just an overview of the world and a tip of the hat to the fact that the new North Wind isn’t a little kid anymore.

Not a terrible comic, but it felt like there was very little of substance.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26 (Slott / Ramos / Rodriguez / Martin / Lopez / Delgado / Olazaba / Vicente) Marvel

Why so many creators? Because the Peter scenes were by a different creative team than the Otto scenes. That was fine.

Kingsley is turning into one of my favourite villains. He appears to be the Scorpion of Marvel (L5R reference, woo-hah!). Meanwhile, the Green Goblin is most definitely NOT Norman Osborne. The biggest hint this issue was that it was Harry, which makes me think it isn’t.

I don’t know.

THIEF OF THIEVES #19 (Kirkman / Diggle / Martinbrough / Serrano) Image

Solid issue of ToT. I liked the ‘save’ and the counter-save and the arrest. The cheque was brilliant. The team is still out there. The black book that shows his plans within plans were also within plans.

Nice.

MIRACLEMAN #2 (Alan Moore / Garry Leach / Steve Dillon / Alan Davis / Paul Neary / Mick Anglo) Marvel

Yes, I credited Moore. No copyright issues here. The Moore / Leach stuff is really, really good. (Though this time out you have to remind yourself how long this came out BEFORE Kingdom Come.) I still get kind of annoyed that I am paying for so much stuff I have no real interest in. I am not being this book for the 1950’s stories. I barely read them. I have no problem with classic comics… but these aren’t. They are just not that good.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #16 (Remender / McNiven / Dell / Leisten / Martin) Marvel

This book and a really BIG feel to it. The confrontations seemed epic. Captain America and Thor and Wasp epitomize what the Avengers should be. The fights with the separated twins felt important without just being energy thrown back and forth like a lot of the stories that pass for ‘big’ these days.

This is not the best Avengers book going, but it is easily #2.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #2 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Gary Erskine) Vertigo

This book does a lot to give Crystal even more character. It has the drawback of still having the ‘high-tech criminal enterprise’ laid over the classic boarding school… but it has the advantage that this isn’t in the forefront of the issue.

SAGA #18 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Last issue before the break…

So, what kept this from being #1? It was a really good comic with really good characterization… so what was the problem?

Well, ‘the push’ was ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. ‘It’s okay, I knew you could do it!’ when the alternative was pushing her and their baby to their deaths? That is the most idiotic thing I have read in a while. Just awful.

Plus, the sudden jump was jarring.

REVIVAL #17 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

While Revival out in a really solid outing this time. It feel silk you know these characters now. As a bonus, no over racist characters this time out! The Weimar vs the skinned (?) guy was riveting, but nowhere near as much as the woods scene between Em and May. Then the little reveal at the end which reminds us that there is still a mystery going on here…


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #34

December 23, 2013
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When I picked up my books tho sweet, Kin at the Silver Snail told me to read Saga last because it was the best comic of the week.

That is usually a safe bet but, man, there was a lot of great comics this week!

Starting at the weakest…

ANIMAL MAN #26 (Jeff Lemire / Cully Hamner) DC

Animal Man is cancelled and the reports are that it is Jeff Lemire who has decided to pull the plug. After reading this issue, I no longer believe it. AM has been great but this issue reads like somebody who is wrapping things up in a somewhat off-hand, out-of-the-blue manner. I don’t buy it. I think he was told that sales weren’t good enough or something. (I don’t know the actual figures.)

I do know that they are giving him Justice League, which will pay a lot better.

Too bad.

PRETTY DEADLY #3 (DeConnick / Rios / Bellaire / Cowles) Image

Well this issue was better than the first two, but at this point I am only buying it because Ruthanne likes it. I think it is a bit of a mess. Can anyone actually explain the plot just by reading it once?

X-MEN #8 (Wood / Dodson / Dodson / Keith) Marvel

I am not normally someone who gets really caught up in little logic points. People don’t always behave in logical ways and sometimes people have to make bad decisions in order to move the plot forward.

But this… the security at the X-Mansion (or whatever it is called now) is so lax that Mary can just walk in but just good enough to catch her on her way out? That’s convenient. It wasn’t even hard. That is just ridiculous.

I like the Sisterhood that is forming, though.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.4 (Casey / Green / Chapman / Rodriguez) Marvel

The second part of that Spidey burn victim story. It got a little better, but not a lot.

Hopefully the next issue is better. I wonder when it comes out.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.5 (Reed / Grevioux / Chen / Weeks) Marvel

Well, that was quick. And it IS better. A fun little story with the Fantastic Four. Nothing too weighty. Nothing to important either. Just fun. The back-up is a message story. It feel alike it is the 80’s again… in a good way.

THE MASSIVE #18 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

I am considering dropping this book. The world building that Wood did to start the book was amazing. Then he gave someone super-powers, and then ignored it. This story was about a random revenge quest.

It isn’t terrible… at all… but it is starting to lose my interest.

REVIVAL #16 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Revival has a bit of the same problem, but not to the same degree. I’, sticking with this one.

That is a very lovely cover. Too bad it has absolutely nothing to do with the insides of the comic. Is that a theme this week?

This was a pretty violent issue. Explosions and blood every where, but that doesn’t mean what you think it might.

WONDER WOMAN #26 (Brian Azzarello / Goran Sudzuka / Jose Marzan Jr.) DC

A solid issue of Wonder Woman. The Zola story was pretty transparent, but that’s okay.

Diana kind of messed up pretty hard here, but that is good. Nobody should be perfect. (Remember what I said above about making mistakes to advance the plot?)

I do wonder if the story will change at some point so WW isn’t just reacting.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #15 (Remender / McNiven / Dell / Martin) Marvel

Well, we didn’t get an INSTANT reversal, but I wasn’t expecting one. What is that? The villains weren’t begin honest? NO!

This book got as high as it did because of the Wasp / Sentry fight. The Wasp is a GREAT character when written right, and Remender did a good job here.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #24 (Slott / Gage / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

The disappointing part was the info that Flash NEEDS Venom now. It changes everything. Now we know that we will get a revision to status quo when this story is over, as it pertains to Venom.

However, Otto’s arrogance is the story here. He thinks of Venom as just another tool that only he is smart enough to utilize. That works on many levels.

Also, his interaction with May… what a shift! His mind has hanged and he doesn’t even know it.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #20 (Bendis / Peterson / Asrar / Silva) Marvel

Speaking of covers that don’t match the comic… is that supposed to be what Jean saw in Scott’s mind? Maybe?

It is hero time. Fighting Purifiers and helping out another hero in need. This works for me. I DO hope that they don’t stay with older Scott’s group because then both Bendis X-Books are kind of interchangeable… or at least have the potential to be.

SAGA #17 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Best book of the week? Not quite, but not for lack of trying. The scene with the reporters was great. The scene with The Will bleeding was great. Marko and Alana hiding while Klara goes to defend Heist worked on many levels. The Heist / Prince scene was great! The opposite of war?

Then… it got sad. Quickly.

How could there be two books better than this?

YOUNG AVENGERS #14 (Gillen / McKelvie / Vieceli / Ward / Wu / Norton / Wilson / Loughridge / Bellaire) Marvel

Here is a book made up of people talking. Sound exciting? It is is pretty great. These are fully fleshed people, with feelings and thoughts and emotions and…and…and…

I am not a fan of jam books and that was a bit of a drawback, but the character beats in this issue were spot on, over and over. When Young Avengers first came onto the scene, Kate Bishop was the wonderful new character that never really fully blossomed. Now, wight he Fraction Hawkeye book and here, that has changed in a big way.

Noh-Varr is an idiot.

DAREDEVIL #34 (Waid / Rodriguez / Lopez) Marvel

Wow. That speech. Not the Daredevil one – the Kristen McDuffie one. With one set of word balloons, Waid has made me care about the character more than the previous issues combined. So what does that mean is next? Game of Thrones time.

My prediction: good news for Foggy. Bad news for Kristen.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Hawkeye #14

November 30, 2013
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This was a pretty good week, overall, though I am also dropping a book.

Starting at the weakest.

PRETTY DEADLY #2 (DeConnick / Rios / Bellaire / Cowles) Image

This is the bottom book but it is NOT the one I am dropping. Why? Ruthanne really likes it.

I like the writer. I like the artist. I like the genre.

So why don’t I like this book?

Simple, I have no idea FROM THE COMIC, what it is about. (I know some from interviews, but that shouldn’t count.)

It just doesn’t make any sense. A series of pretty pictures (and they ARE that) does not make a story.

NEW AVENGERS #12 (Hickman / Deodato / Martin) Marvel

This issue sums up the PROBLEM with this book in microcosm. “You think Thanos and the Builders were tough? Wait until you face someone who is a REAL threat!” This book can do nothing but crank up the intensity. That is Hickman’s thing… make bigger and bigger threats, ad nauseum. That isn’t good storytelling. Just wait until the face the architects! is not my idea of interesting.

Many know I am a BIG Avengers fan from way back. That might have this book on my pull list a little longer than normal, but lets be honest. This isn’t an Avengers book any more than Avengers Arena is an Avengers book.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #14 (Remender / McNiven / Dell / Martin) Marvel

I don’t believe the end of this book for a second, and that is a good thing.

Oh, spoiler warning, I guess.

Still here? This issue they killed off Scarlet Witch, Rogue and Wonder Man. If I believed it was legit, I would drop this book right now.

This isn’t about begin attached to characters. Inf act, I am in the George Martin school of ‘kill ’em when people like ’em’ philosophy. No, my issue is them killing off two major female characters just like that. There is a shortage of TOP Marvel female characters and they kill two of them with no real pay-off?

Well, that’s why I don’t buy it. We’ll see.

INFINITY #6 (Hickman / Cheung / Morales / Ponsor) Marvel

The best part o this comic is the info on the cover that says it is the last issue. It was an okay read (which is why it is higher than the previous two books), but that is all. As an EVENT, it failed on all levels. The ONLY thing this story will be remembered for is launching the new Inhumans line… which has now been delayed three months. Well done.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #19 (Bendis / Peterson / Da Silva) Marvel

I quite like the Bendis X-books, but this one didn’t really stand out. Fighting mutant-hating soldiers with big guns. Been there, done that. A lot. Also, Cyclops suddenly turns into a moron, why? And the art wasn’t great. Not terrible, but not great.

THE MASSIVE #17 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

The environmentalists versus the old school whalers. I was firmly on the side of the Ninth Wave… but then Callum wants to shoot him? Huh?

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #22 (Slott / Gage / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

When Peter comes back, he may be right out of friends. The Avengers… Black Cat… now Venom.

This book hits right on all levels. Character, story, subplots, everything.

REVIVAL #15 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Finding Em’s killer? All right! I’m onboard. Anything involving super-creepy Jordan? You bet. The oddly awesome Mr. Majek? Great!

Just… can we drop that racist asshole?

SAGA #16 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

No the best issue of Saga, though still great. I am not a fan of dropping the word ‘faggots’ in, though it clearly was used to make that exact reaction. It also gave those two newshound an extra layer of character right away. The Klara / Oswald pairing is interesting and so on.

A good issue of a great comic.

THIEF OF THIEVES #18 (Kirkman / Diggle / Martinbrough / Serrano) Image

There are two points in a heist story that are mutually exclusive but are the points everyone is waiting for. One: the point where you find out that the plan wasn’t what you thought it was, and was actually way smarter OR Two: the point when the meticulously laid-out plan goes inevitably wrong.

This issue was the former. This is where the comic excels. When it gets away from that, it suffers, BUT can you just have the same two stories over and over?

HAWKEYE #14 (Fraction / Wu / Hollingsworth) Marvel

If you see Wu in the credits then it is a Kate Bishop issue. Fraction pulls off charming very, VERY well. She is trying to be a sped-hero on a bicycle. The fact that she pulled it off while obviously against overwhelming odds while kind of stumbling to a resolution while having an understated position on same-sex marriage (or as it should be know, ‘marriage’).

If Saga was a good issue of a great comic, Hawkeye was a great issue of a great comic.


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