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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #20

February 19, 2015
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This would have been a small week anyway, but with my decision to cut back, I didn’t get Secret Six or Darth Vader. Down to four books (though next week is still nearly a full-sized week).

I am working out a system for one collections to buy. I am collecting older collections, trying to build my ‘library’, but that is coming out of a different pot of money. It is slower (unless I go on a poker tear… 🙂 )

It looks like the first book I am going to buy when I fully with over is Afterlife With Archie Volume 1. Assuming there isn’t a Lumberjanes collection yet.

For my ‘other’ collection, I have X-Men: Ghosts on order.

This week…

SPIDER-WOMAN #4 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

I should have dropped this book sooner. I thought this was still Spider-Vese, but it isn’t really. It is a little side note wrap-up and stage setting for the very different stuff to follow.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 (Dan Slott / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Olivier Coipel / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

So Spider-Verse ends in a big fight where suddenly the bad guys don’t seem nearly as tough for some reason. O’kay.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #36 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Another wrap-up as the X-Men in the Ultimate Universe story finishes up, with a number of hints at the Secret Wars story to come.

Is Secret Wars going to be all Beast’s fault?

ASTRO CITY #20 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross / Sinclair / Comicraft) Vertigo

This is the only book this week that I am not dropping immediately. There is another issue in the story.

And what a story it is! Showing how heroes age… the new super-powered ones, that is. This is the best thing along these lines I have seen since they did that aging Blue Beetle story.

Who am I kidding. This is better.

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #4

January 26, 2015
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Well, I wasn’t expecting THAT to be the comic of the week… and maybe it wasn’t. Look at that cover. Ick.

Oh well… I am sticking with it.

Starting at the weakest.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13 (Dan Slott / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Cam Smith / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

If nothing happens and a frenetic pace, still nothing happens.

FABLES #148 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / B raun / Loughridge / Dalhouse) Vertigo

Did Willingham just want to get this story in before it was over? This feels like a fall-in story or something that belonged over in Fairest.

The Jack story was funny, kind of.

SPIDER-WOMAN #3 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

Having Jessica complain about flirting her way through trouble doesn’t change the fact that you wrote this story to kick off her book. It was okay, but this whole thing is tainted by Spider-Verse/ I hope it is like Mighty Avengers and can survive starting its run tied into a sub-par cross-over.

ALL-NEW X-Men #35 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Another book where it feel sleek the story is not moving forward… but at least it is doing so with rock solid characterization and good art.

BLACK WIDOW # 14 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

Nice little ‘chain of evidence’ story as Natasha works her way up the ladder.

MOON KNIGHT #11 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

Continuing the great style of book with Marc on the outs with Khonshu and being held by the government. Things don’t look good.

THE AUTUMNLANDS #3 (Busiek / Dewey / Bellaire / Comicraft) Image

This is the book formerly known as Tooth & Claw. (Didn’t we go through this last year with FBP?)

I am still a little leery of the white saviour angle, but the sudden Sci-Fi tip was interesting. I’m still along for the ride!

ROCKET RACCOON #7 (Young / Andrade / Beaulieu) Marvel

Two things made this issue better than some previous ones: Groot was talking less and the scene where Rocket is worried about Groot.

Too talkative Groot is annoying and gets dull fast. But any scene where tough guy Rocket lets his guard down a little is a good thing.

This was nearly the comic of the week. As was The Autumnlands.

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #4 (Ewing / Ross / Coello / Rosenberg) Marvel

Well, well, well. First off, that Inversion thing is down with, so that is a good thing.

Mighty Avengers is the best Avengers title there is these days… easily.

Having said THAT, having the first stories with the new black Captain America as a bad guy was STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.

So, how does this book deal with that? By DEALING with it. Immediately. Despite the terrible title that the book has been saddled with, having Sam Wilson as Cap is a pretty big deal and we need to treat it as such. With this issue, maybe they are finales tarting to do so.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Ms. Marvel #10

December 23, 2014
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This was a pretty good week for comics. Starting at the bottom, as always.

INHUMAN #10 (Soule / Stegman / Isanove) Marvel

Medusa is just terrible as a person under an alignment swapping D&D curse. Her pony tail is ridiculous and her behaviour, as soon as she became evil, became incomprehensible.

Apparently while her alignment got swapped, her INT score also dropped by a many points.

Spidey also acted pretty dumb in this book.

I would drop it but I have hope that it will improve as soon as Axis is over. The Inhumans are set up to take the role of mutants now.(Screw you, Sony!)

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #8 (Remender / Yu / Alanguilan / Delgado) Marvel

It shows you how much I dislike the Inhumans book that it falls below the book that MADE it become so crappy.

Nothing on the big Wanda/Pietro/Magneto reveal. Okay.

One issue left.

SPIDER-WOMAN #2 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

Not as bad as issue #1, It was interesting that they dealt with Jessica’s pheromone power problem right off, because otherwise there would be some hypocrisy going on. (The Starfox version of the power had him branded a rapist).

I hope they get rid of it.

It is also kind of icky that her first story ends up with her getting macked on, no matter what the reason.

BLACK WIDOW #13 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

The usage of fall colours made this issue pretty beautiful. It was a nice contrast with Natasha getting ugly as she tries to get some back for Isaiah… or maybe because of her connection to him, or whatever.

Solid.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #34 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Not much is moving forward in this ‘rely X-Men go to the Ultimate Universe’ story, but that is perfectly all right. The characterization in this – particularly in the Jean/Jean/Miles story – is just excellent. Great writing.

FABLES #147 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / McManus / Moore / Loughridge) Vertigo

As Fables moves towards its conclusion, the story has remained satisfactory. I’m not really thrilled with Lancelot just standing there and not trying to actually BEAT Brandish, but that’s that.

The Rose story was also quite good.

MULTIVERSITY: THUNDERWORLD #1 (Morrison / Stewart / Fairbairn) DC

This was Multiversity… kind of, but mostly it was an old school Captain Marvel story, complete with the whole Marvel Family, facing off against Sivana and his crew.

Done perfectly.

Who else has done Captain Marvel this well in modern times? Jeff Smith. Anyone else?

WYTCHES #3 (Snyder / Jock / Hollingsworth) Image

The matter of a missing daughter from the point of view of the father who knows just enough to know there is something wrong but not enough to do anything about it… or even get anyone to believe him.

Chilling.

SANDMAN OVERTURE #4 (Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III / Dave Stewart) Vertigo

Normally when books are this late, I kind of lose interest. Instead, this issue was much better than #3! The father of the Endless!! And we are going to see the mother!! And we got a little Daniel, time tripping fun!

Clearly Destiny is the preferred child. He takes after Dad in a big way.

MOON KNIGHT #10 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

How to turn someone into an assassin. Spectre was hardly in this but when he showed up, it was dramatic!

What happens next?

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #8 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Right up until he last comic I read, this was going to be Comic of the Week. It is a great book.

We get part one of the Origin of Miles’ father and what a story! The S.H.I.E.L.D. / Hydra thing is a little cliche, but it is done so well! Plus the little comments about how black men are treated by police, without that becoming THE story were interesting.

As I approach the end of the year, I am interested in seeing what is going to com rout as my book of the year. In 2014 it was Ultimate Spider-Man…

Ms. MARVEL #10 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Here you have a superhero comic. AN action comic. Yet Willow Wilson has PACKED it with great commentary about how youth are treated in today’s society. This story is about how the work dwells kids that they don’t matter and how it is such bullshit and what it really means to be someone with a life ahead of them, with so much available to accomplish.

Great, great comic.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #10

November 26, 2014
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What a range this week! From really bad to really good.

Starting at the weakest…

WONDER WOMAN #36 (M.Finch / D.Finch / Friend / Oback) DC

Since I have been married there are two comics that I have consistently purchased. Avengers (for me) and Wonder Woman (for Ruthanne).

That ends now.

David Finch has gone on record as saying that Wonder Woman is not a feminist. What a load of crap.

If that wasn’t bad enough, as expected, the art is awful. I didn’t realize HOW awful, though. Why does Diana look 15? Well, a face of 15 on a porn star’s body, of course.

What a shift away from the very strong previous storyline.

Oh… and the writing is actively bad. It reminds me of the worst of 90’s Marvel.

DC is really, REALLY sucking these days. What DC books do I still buy? Swamp Thing and..

AVENGERS #38 (Hickman / Caselli / Martin) Marvel

What was that other book I said that I have been buying right through my 21 year marriage (and beyond)?

Yeah.

Still, this book has been up and down a lot. This issue was a whole lot of wheel-spinning.

When is Hickman finishing up and moving on?

Can we get Bendis back? Stern?

AVENGERS / X-MEN: AXIS #6 (Remender / Dodson / Dodson / Delgado) Marvel

The ridiculous ‘inversion’ thing is still going on. Ugh.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 (Dan SLott / Olivier Coipel / Wade Von Grawbadger / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

I was never one of those anti-event comic people. But both Axis and Spider-Verse have been really weak so far. The worst part in the case of Spider-Verse is that the Spider-Man comic was really good before this story. When is it over?

UNCANNY X-MEN #28 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

This is better written than the cross-over books. I am just not a fan of the super-over-powered character story.

INHUMAN #8 (Soule / Larraz / Isanove) Marvel

I go hot and cold with Inhuman. The book got better with the Maximus / Black Bolt story has been better but I wasn’t thrilled with Bolt just flying off for no apparent reason.

The thing with Maximus’ hands was… icky.

SPIDER-WOMAN #1 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

This reminds me of the Mighty Avengers relaunch and how it was tainted by Axis. This book has the same problem with Spider-Verse.

I think the Spider-corner of Marvel will be the place to go for female-led books AFTER this story line is done (with Spider-Woman, Silk and Spider-Gwen), joining great books like Ms. Marvel and Black Widow… but for now, it is still more Spider-Verse wheel spinning.

BLACK WIDOW #12 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

Speaking of Black Widow, this was a decent issue. (The Anderson Cooper appearance is kind of funny.)

I would like to see some more character rather than just mission stuff.

FABLES #146 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / Lee / Loughridge / Chung) Vertigo

Was that what Spratt’s role was also meant to be? The vehicle for turning Rose Red, so to speak? If so, nice planning. Things are turning a little… darker. Even Rose’s speech patterns were a little more… earthy, I guess I’ll say. She is changing. The end is coming.

REVIVAL #25 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Another episode in this horror town. Ibrahim messed up and now we have crucifixions.

This book has the episodes down, but I also wonder sometimes if they have a long term plan or not.

ASTRO CITY #17 (Busiek / Grummett / a bunch of inkers) Vertigo

Another solid issue of Astro City, though not one of the best ones. We basically got an old-school JLA issue, with the added freedom for Busiek to actually kill someone – which would have been hard to do if he was actually Hawkman.

MULTIVERSITY: PAX AMERICANA #1 (Grant Morrison / Frank Quitely / Nathan Fairbairn) DC

If Watchmen didn’t already exist, I would call this issue brilliant. Instead it is a very well done pastiche. It is kind of weird to see the characters that inspired Watchmen used in a Watchmen knock-off.

An interesting use of time shifting to give us a story that needs to be assembled by the readers as they go. Kind of like… well, you know.

MOON KNIGHT #9 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

This was incredibly well done. A look into the psyche of Moon Knight with a real interior motive ending in a bad situation. This book is well written and well drawn. It isn’t one of my favourite books but if it stayed at this level it would become one.

DAREDEVIL #10 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

Wow.

Daredevil is often a great book bu this issue surpassed that. Right from a graphic representation of depression to kick things off, to a more practical view of it at the end.

I thought I had reached the end of a very good book. Satisfying and sad. Then I turned the page and I almost cried.

Wow.

Apparently the Waid / Samnee run is ending soon. Too bad.