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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Lazarus #15

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

Starting at the weakest…

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

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

This comic ended on a very down note.

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

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

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

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

Multiversity has been great but this issue was disappointing.

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

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

Me too.

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

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

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

Uh, what? How about no.

BLACK WIDOW #15 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

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

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

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

And Galactus.

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

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

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

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

Maybe not.

LAZARUS #15 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

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

Looks like war.

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Silver Surfer #8

January 18, 2015
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This was a pretty big week… because of Star Wars alone. It was highly anticipated, but how was it?

Well, it isn’t comic of the week, so we’ll have to wait and see. Starting at the weakest.

SPIDER-VERSE #2 (Slott / Anka / Immonen / Lafuente / Lopez / Mackay / Vella / Puig / Herrara / Templeton) Marvel

This wasn’t… terrible. In fact it might have NOT been last if it wasn’t for how kind of uncomfortable the Anansi story made me. I don’t want to call it racist and I am a fan of Kathryn Immonen… but let me just leave it at ‘it made me kind of uncomfortable’.

The punk Spidey story was great. Hobart Brown… who is that again? The Prowler? Let me go look it up… American Sculptor and founder of Kinetic Sculpture Racing?

Wrong one.

Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac in The Episcopal Church?

Uh…no.

Yep, it was the Prowler.

Oh, and the Spanish story? Just no. I shouldn’t have to go on-line to find out what happens in a comic.

AVENGERS #34.2 (Humphries / Bengal / Curiel) Marvel

A fill in story to give us a better look at Starbrand? Or to GET RID of Starbrand?

I am all for the latter, but I don’t have faith that is what happened.

And I really dislike the art. The manga influence on American comics has been a real negative for me.

AVENGERS #40 (Hickman / Caselli / Martin) Marvel

Two overpriced Avengers comics in the same week? And their numbering is not even remotely close together?

Marvel is on drugs.

The worst part here is that this is NOT an Avengers story. It is a New Avengers story. Complete with a ‘shocking death’ that I don’t believe for a second. In fact, they kind of ‘killed off’ a whole bunch of characters that I guess were a big deal in New Avengers.

Whatever. Finish the Hickman run and let’s move on.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (Waid / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

This was a fun little Coulson / Ms. Marvel story fighting the Wizard….’s glove.

Plus a little backstory for Jemma Simmons (Ms. Steranko 🙂 )

The message at the end would mean more if this book was written by Willow Wilson.

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #9 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Ignore the cover. It has nothing to do with the contents of the comic.

This was a decent story but it was just so exposition heavy. Show us, don’t tell us, right?

ASTRO CITY #19 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross / Sinclair / Comicraft) Vertigo

Another Quarrel story… and it looks like another to come. At least I hope so, because the end of this book doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Astro City is great (Rusty’s Comic of the Year for 2014) but this issue does not especially stand out.

DAREDEVIL #12 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

The twist wasn’t especially impactful, but the comic overall was good. A nice chase scene and a great scene between Matt and Kirsten.

And great art, as always.

LAZARUS #14 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

This book just keeps getting better and better. Politics. Intrigue. Humanity. Betrayal.

I love that Hock’s ridiculous accusations are 100% accurate. I also love that they are still wrong, in execution.

Speaking of execution… it looks like a bi fight is coming. Lazari as samurai? Truth through combat?

And Michael Lark is killing it on this book.

STAR WARS #1 (Aaron / Cassaday / Martin) Marvel

Yes. It is as good as I had hoped. When the characters spoke, I HEARD them, in the proper voices. It didn’t hurt that John Cassaday’s art was absolutely on point.

I’ll admit that I was disappointed that the book is set after Star Wars and not after Jedi. That guarantees a certain amount of wheel spinning, but what are you going to do. They want Vader to be in the books.

Yes. I’m all in.

SILVER SURFER #8 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

Despite the minor disappointment about the Star Wars comic timeframe, it still seemed like it would get the top spot… until I read Silver Surfer.

Can you imagine? You have met someone. They seem pretty great. You are travelling around, having fun, seeing the universe, basically begin a Doctor Who companion… and then you find out that they are responsible for killing billions upon billions of people.

It is an aspect of Silver Surfer that is often glossed over. Why was he forgiven for that, exactly?

In some ways, this hits home. Very well done.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Wytches #2

November 15, 2014
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Yuck. That cover is super creepy.

I don’t know if it is just my mindset (I am having a really horrible week. Disheartening is the best word I can use, I think. Welcome to depression land…), but this week was very disappointing.

Starting at the weakest…

SPIDER-VERSE #1 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Young / Parker / Thompson / Medri / Cook) Marvel

When I ordered this, I thought it was going to be an integral part of the Spider-Verse story, which I was looking forward to because I really like Dan Slott’s Spider-man. Of course, Spider-Verse has been pretty awful so far and this is no exception. This is just a bunch if mini-stories that are incredibly repetitive and uninteresting.

There are some interesting creators in here. Too bad they weren’t involved in better comics.

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 (Ewing / Ross / Rosenberg) Marvel

For those that don’t know, I am an Avengers fan from way back. I started buying comics in about ’84 and I went back and filled in the entire run so I have every Avengers comic ever published under that title. The thing is, the comics that are currently published bear very little resemblance to the Avengers comics I loved. They are no longer an organization of heroes with a punctuated equilibrium of a revolving cast. Now they are just an army. They work for S.H.I.E.L.D. – a military organization.

If this is what the Avengers had been when I first started buying comics, I would have probably become a big X-Men fan or something instead.

But there has been a silver lining and that is The Mighty Avengers. This book is the ‘real’ Avengers, in my opinion. They are the team living up to the name. The fact that the writers have also taken the concept of diversity really seriously is an added bonus.

When the book was ‘cancelled’, I did not sweat it. I knew what was coming. They were trying to cash in on the publicity generated by Sam Wilson taking on the mantle of Captain America by relaunching. Falcon was already a member so they were just moving him to the forefront. No problem.

So why am I unhappy with the relaunch?

This story is tied in with Axis (which has been another big disappointment – not as bad as Spider-Verse, but pretty darned bad). In Axis there was some sort of magic ‘inversion’ where a bunch of people had their D&D alignment switched.

No, I am not kidding. This is an entire storyline based on a D&D gimmick.

So, this is our first time seeing Falcon in action as Cap… and he is the bad guy.

You have GOT to be kidding me! Marvel has done some stupid things in their time, but this is up there.

Well done Marvel. Let’s show some diversity but introducing a black Captain America… out of control as the bad guy.

Awful.

AVENGERS / X-MEN: AXIS #5 (Remender / Dodson / Dodson / Martin) Marvel

Remember what I said about Axis?

Can I just add that Kluh may be the worst idea since Clor?

Actually, it may be worse.

It feels like Marvel has turned into fan fiction.

SHE-HULK #10 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

This book is much better but it has such a glaring flaw that it is hard to get past.

No, NOT the idea that Jen is a better lawyer than Matt. (Keeping in mind that she practices law off and on in between other things in her life and he has pretty consistently been a top lawyer for the history of the marvel universe.) That is still possible.

It is the idea that a case like this would get to stand in front of a judge.

Let me see… the claim is that someone, while being held at gunpoint tries to talk his way out and when they shoot the other guy, he is liable.

Uh, what?

Steve could have been sitting there saying “don’t shoot me, shoot him!” and he STILL wouldn’t have been liable. Ridiculous.

This is generally a very good comic though.

KLARION #2 (Nocenti / McCarthy / Major) DC

This book is sometimes confusing but big, big, BIG brownie points for showing a CONSENT scene as being ‘hot’.

CONSENT IS SEXY!

Well done Ann Nocenti and DC Comics (for a change).

SILVER SURFER #7 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

These three are just adorable.

Yes, I said three. Toomey is absolutely a cast member in this comic.

Don’t use up all your space ideas Dan!

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Miles kicks some goblin ass. It looks we are going to get some resolution about his father. Pater… well, I don’t like the idea that he really is back from the sea, but it seems he is leaving the book for the time being… though why he lied to May, I am not sure completely.

But Katie… Katie… Katie…

Hail Hydra.

WYTCHES #2 (Snyder / Jock / Hollingsworth) Image

If there is a creepier book coming out… I don’t think I want to read it. Maybe it is my currently dark brain but this book fired on all cylinders.

Creepy and scary and beautiful.

That cover, though… yuck.


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: 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: Sex Criminals #6

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

Starting at the bottom…

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

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

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

Ugh.

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

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

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

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

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

Dropped.

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

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

Dropped.

ORIGINAL SIN #4 (Aaron / Deodato) Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAREDEVIL #4 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well done.

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

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

And some great Chris Bachalo art.

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

SEX CRIMINALS #6 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

Wow.

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

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

I FELT this book.

Very well done.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-New X-Men #26

May 4, 2014
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It was Free Comic Book Day today and while I did indulge a little bit, you won’t so those books reviewed here. There wasn’t anything out that I was interested in (having missed out on Rocket Racoon) so I just picked up a couple of things for Ruthanne… an Archie Digest and a Hello Kitty comic. (Could anyone find the Catbug in the second Find Catbug spread?)

This week’s books, starting at the weakest…

AVENGERS WORLD #5 (Hickman / Spencer / Caselli / Mossa) Marvel

This was the only actually bad book I picked up this week. It was a mess.

“Manifold can’t help and no other teleporter can either.”

“Manifold goes to another universe for no reason whatsoever.”

“Manifold comes back and now he can help… for no reason whatsoever”

AVENGERS A.I. #12 (Humphries / Araujo / D’Armata) Marvel

I didn’t realize this book had been cancelled until now. That’s okay. It was a decent enough read but nothing I will really miss. This was… not a great wrap-up, but not terrible. The scene where Dimitrios gets past Galactus was too simple without enough pay-off. Beating him was too easy.

Doombot was awesome, as always.

BATMAN ETERNAL #4 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / John Layman / Ray Fawkes / Tim Seeley / Dustin Nguyen / Derek Fridolfs) DC

I know that if a book is weekly you are going to need multiple artists… but this issue was kind of jarring with a very dramatic slide in art quality. It was messy with poor fundamentals.

Also, Batman’s treatment of Batgirl was kind of off. She wasn’t doing anything that Batman doesn’t do all the time. I guess he didn’t like seeing it in someone else. Falcone continues to not impress.

AVENGERS #28 (Hickman / Larocca / Martin) Marvel

I would rather NOT have this book tie in with New Avengers, since I dropped that book. Oh well… at least they did a decent job with it. I like it when they remember that Bruce Banner is really smart.

The Adaptoid stuff doesn’t make any sense, but I am not sure it is supposed to and it was a very small part of the book.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

If this were a normal sized book, it would likely have been comic of the week. Well, maybe. Paying $5.99 for a bunch of ads masquerading as story was annoying. At least the Electro and Black Cat parts were ads for THIS book. And I am planning to buy the Peter David Spider-Man 2099 book but there is no way I am getting New Warriors and this lame Kaine story sure didn’t convince me otherwise.

The main story was awfully good, though. I looked forward to the ongoing story of Peter dealing with the fall-out from Otto.

SILVER SURFER #2 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

This book showed exactly why I don’ t;irk cosmic books. That fight scene was BORRRRRING. Nothing you can do about it. Throwing energy back and forth in space is boring.

So why is this book so high?

Dawn Greenwood. The energy added to the book by this character is palpable. Good job folks in making a book about a character like Silver Surfer actually interesting.

UNCANNY AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 (Rick Remender / Paul Renaud) Marvel

The only thin that would have made this book better would have been Art Adams interiors instead of just a cover.

This book was just fun in a way that only Mojo could be. The marketing guys set the book up so the immediate cheescakey pool scene felt like it was over-sold Hollywood time. The teen Avengers was a great knock on the upcoming teen Batman show.

This was just fun… and completely ignoring the regulate Uncanny Avengers book.

ALL-NEW X-Men #26 (Bendis / Immonen / von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel

The scene with adult Cyclops and teen Jean was perfect. Absolutely perfect… well, as long as you include the Kitty part.

The scene read… real.

Well done.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Sandman Overture #2

April 5, 2014
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Pretty big week with some pretty good comics. A couple of clunkers and a stop though.

Starting at the bottom…

SURVIVE #1 (Bendis / Quinones / Beredo) Marvel

I originally didn’t order this but I figured with Bendis writing it and using it as a segue into the New Miles book and the new Ultimates book… but no. This was pretty bad. A bunch of scenes of people saying…. hey, there is a new status quo! But let’s not talk about it too much because we are just going to talk about it again when each of the new books launches!

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

You have GOT to be kidding me! That was awful and people have been talking about how great it was. THAT is how you bring him back? THAT?

It is pretty bad when a fan theory on Bleeding Cool is ten times better than what the writer comes up with.

Dan Slott… this was terrible. Zero creativity and terrible characterization.

If I wasn’t generally enjoying the book, I would drop it now.

Looking forward to the return of Amazing…

AMAZING X-MEN #5 (Aaron / McGuinness / Vines / Gracia) Marvel

Not THIS Amazing…

Yeah. I bought this book because I really like Nightcrawler. But this wasn’t very good, overall. The resurrection was cheesy. Fighting pirates in hell or whatever… yeah. Not for me. Now Nightcrawler is getting his own boo, so this one is dropped.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #4 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Gary Erskine) Vertigo

Ruthanne and I chatted about this and decided not to drop it. I really like the characters – including Crystal. This story was pretty bad, though. They took the classic Gaiman issue and turned into a funhouse parody of itself. What made the boarding school so chilling is that it was so NORMAL. Not this.

Hopefully the book gets better.

AVENGERS #27 (Hickman / Larroca / Martin) Marvel

I am enjoying this evil Avengers story more than any of the Hickman run so far (damning with faint praise). I don’t like the art (especially the AIM costumes and Captain Marvel’s odd look), but the story works for me. I wish the scene on the cover actually happened because I like that era of Super-Adaptoid. There has obviously been a Hulk bait-and-switch.

Yeah. Not bad.

SILVER SURFER #1 (Dan Slott / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

I was a little disappointed in this book only because my expectations were so high. This book was all set-up with no pay-off. I would say it is ‘written for the trade’, so to speak.

That’s okay. I’m along for the ride.

FABLES #139 (Bill Willingham / Steve Leialoha) Vertigo

Wait, what happened to the Knights story? This is cute and everything, but I was enjoying the other one. Oh well. I guess Bucky needed a break.

This appears to be the kick-off to the eventual demise of this book. I guess that is because they are going back to the Homelands.

Hands up… who thinks Danny Boy is a double crosser?

UNCANNY AVENGERS #18 (Rick Remender / Daniel Acuna) Marvel

Decent alt-reality type story, like the old X-Men ones. They do a good job setting up the new status quo while also giving us the tip-off about how everything is going to get fixed. Pretty nice last page where we get a nice reveal.

THE MASSIVE #21 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

Nice double cross. Nice cast addition. Nice plot motion…

Though I do wish that the forward motion of the plot wasn’t tied in to this super-Mary thing. I am not a fan of that aspect of the story.

Oh well. Looks like it is entrenched. Better get used to it.

BRILLIANT #5 (Bendis / Bagley) Icon

I was ready to drop this. When I saw it came out (after what, a year?), I said to myself that if this wasn’t really good, I wasn’t waiting around for issue 6.

Thing is, it was really good.

The various reactions tot he exposure of powers was well done. You had fear. Fascination. Greed. The whole thing.

Hopefully the next issue comes out in a little more timely fashion…

HAWKEYE #18 (Fraction / Wu / Hollingsworth) Marvel

I heard a rumour that this book is ending… does anyone know if that is true? I hope not.

The Kate in L.A. stories aren’t quite as good as the Clint in NYC ones. Kate is every bit as interesting a character, but not having Aja hurts… despite Wu being quite talented.

But now it seems that these seemingly disparate threads are coming together! Oh boy!

(Of course, Clint still appears to be bleeding out on his apartment floor…)

MIRACLEMAN #4 (Alan Moore / Alan Davis / Garry Leach) Marvel

Man, this book is good. I actually have the old traceback of A Dream of Flying, which is now really hard to get. So I have read these issues but I am coming up to the end of what I have.

How often are reprints some of the best comics coming out?

The Warpsmith stuff doesn’t do it for me, though. Oh well.

SANDMAN OVERTURE #2 (Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III) Vertigo

Wow. This was one beautiful book. Beautifully written. Beautifully drawn. If issue 1 brought us back into the world of Sandman, this issue made it feel like we had never left.

Absolutely mind-blowing.

If you are NOT reading this book, I hope it is only because you are waiting for the collection.