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

September 22, 2014
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Edge of Spider-Verse 2

 

Poetry is running me ragged but I found time to read some comics!

Starting at the weakest…

 

FUTURE’S END: WONDER WOMAN #1 (Charles Soule / Rags Morales / Jose Marzan Jr. / Batt) DC

Here is my second Future’s End book and it is no better than the previous one (Swamp Thing)… in fact, it is a lot worse.

In addition to being a story out of any sort of context with no attempts to give it any, the book i sporty written with sloppy art. I like both Soule and Morales normally, but this book feels mailed in.

In addition, this supposed to be Wonder Woman but instead of being written by the current or future WW writers, it is written by the Superman/Wonder Woman writer. If I wanted THAT book I would have purchased THAT book.

SHUTTER #6 (Joe Keatinge / Leila Del Duca / Owen Gieni / Ed Brisson) Image

I gave this book plenty of time to start making headway to some sort of interesting story.

Enough. Dropped.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #24 (Remender / Larroca / White) Marvel

This book was really sloppily written as well. It is like scenes were put in without any sort of overarching setting or tone. It was so awkward that I kept expecting characters to wake up and sic over that none of this is actually happening and their heads are being messed with.
The Magneto appearance is just bad.

UNCANNY X-MEN #26 (Bendis / Anka) Marvel

The Xavier’s Will story has been a big let down so far. (Plus, the Anka art is really, really bad.)

There WERE good comics this week… I promise.

MULTIVERSITY: SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 (Morrison / Sprouse / Story / Wong / McCaig) DC

Starting here. I really liked the first half of the book, setting up the Society concept, but the back half was less strong. Vandal Savage is relay stale and the time jump was jarring.

Still decent.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #33 (Gage / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

Followed by Marvel’s version of Multiversity. Decent story but still just one big fight scene.

AVENGERS #35 (Hickman / Cheung / Bradshaw / Medina / Weaver) Marvel

I have been critical of Hickman in the past and I probably will be again, but this is good comics. The corruption of the Avengers concept is perfect as I was just telling someone how the book I loved so much had become something else altogether. They are military now. They are the establishment.

They weren’t always. They used to push back against government interference. I miss those days.

FABLES #144 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / McManus / Loughridge) Vertigo

Beast… Ozma…

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #5 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

I think we get to find out what is up with this Peter next issue. I don’t believe for a second that he is the real deal.

Strong comic, but not the best Miles comic this week.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #9 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

Want to hear big praise? While I was reading this, it felt like I was reading a Neil Gaiman Sandman book.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #32 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

The young X-Men have gone to the Ultimate Universe! Jean Grey and Miles Morales, hanging out!

Big week for Bendis… though one was a dud.

DAREDEVIL #8 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

The Purple Man is a dangerous villain to use because he is so… creepy. Rapey. Icky.

Now it is about something every bit as creepy (if not more so) but without the rapey. Eventually.

It is very creepy.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (Latour / Rodriguez / Renzi) Marvel

Marvel is the place to go for strong, young female characters, it seems! Add this alternate Gwen Stacy to Kamala Khan and that is a great start!

Plus, who designed the costume? Sharp!

For a one-off style alt-comic, this is the bomb!

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #4

August 16, 2014
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MIles 4

 

This is actually LAST week. I was away doing a couple of shows down in Toronto and Whitby so couldn’t pick up my comics until now. I read last week’s first to give the illusion of schedule…

 

Starting at the weakest…

 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Kubert / Dell / Fabela / Beredo) Marvel

 

So this is the ‘next’ issue of the cancelled Superior Spider-Man. Cancelled because Otto is dead. Well, this is a time travel issue from back when he was alive to kick off the Spider-Verse storyline.

It is kind of boring, actually. Some inter-dimensional baddy is killing alternate Spider-Men and they all have to team up. Repetitive mini-scenes gathering Spideys. That’s it.

 

ROCKET RACOON #2 (Young / Beaulieu) Marvel

The appeal of this has worn off pretty fast. I never thought I would say this but Groot was annoying. (Or, more that the conversations between Rocket and Groot were annoying. Groot’s ‘side’ of the conversation just didn’t ‘sound’ right to me.)

I don’t know how long I will keep buying this.

 

SHUTTER #4 (Joe Keatinge / Leila Del Duca / Owen Gieni / Ed Brisson) Image

This is late for me. It came out last month but I just got it.

It was… just a little bit frenetic. Even though there wasn’t action, it still felt like it was charging through the story too fast.

Much like Rocket Racoon, this book is getting its warning notice.

 

FAIREST #28 (Buckingham / Braun / Dalhouse) Vertigo

The problem with Fairest right now is that it doesn’t feel like its own story. It is just supporting the final Fables story and us such it never feels… important. Plus, the bit with the Spider as Fly tries to let him be human for a bit… well, that’s cheating. That is not the sign of a good leader, in my opinion.

 

BLACK WIDOW #9 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

Hmmm… I am not sure I like the idea of a Black Widow then is more out-of-control ruthless than the Punisher.

 

MIRACLEMAN #9 (Moore / Veitch / Bryant) Marvel

This was quite a scandal when it first came out. Part of me thinks that the controversy is silly. The other part of thinks that the scene was drawn in a gratuitous fashion.

Of course the big pay off was actually AFTER the birth scene. Ma-ma?

 

MOON KNIGHT #6 (Warren Elis / Declan Shalvey / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

Ellis wraps up his run… by continuing to not give us any insight into Moon Knight whatsoever. A one page statement about love is not character development. Having said THAT, the was a decent issue as we got to watch the evolution of a villain.

Still, I don’t mind that Ellis is moving on.

 

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #24 (Spencer / Lieber / Ellis / Rosenberg) Marvel

The usual. If you have read this book, you know that is a good thing.

I wouldn’t be really thrilled about the sexual exploits of the one female character in the group becoming something for the others to joke about, but it surely wasn’t her who got the brunt of it. “Subtext” “I just need a minute” Funny.

 

SWAMP THING #34 (Soule / Pina / Wilson) DC

Like often happens in this book, a threat is built up as behind the scenes maneuverings and then is squashed quickly. It almost HAS to be that way do the power of the main character. A supporting cast, abruptly no more.

 

LAZARUS #10 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Wonder what happened to Jonah Carlyle? We get to find out. It isn’t nice. You have to feel bad for the poor guy.

Almost like when Jamie lost his hand… oh wait, is the parallel that blatant?

 

SHE-HULK #7 (Soule / Pulido / Vincente) Marvel

Much better than the last storyline. Here we have a one-off dealign with shrinking people so we get a Hank Pym appearance and some Hellcat in action… though Patsy is right, Jen is awfully condescending to her.

 

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #4 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Let me reiterate, I don’t think Peter is back. Moreover, if he IS back, that is a really bad idea and poor storytelling. But he isn’t.

Still, adding May and Mary-Jane to the mix is excellent. Also, the mystery of Katie Bishop… well, it doesn’t deepen per se. It appears, I guess.

Good stuff and keeping me interested in the next issue. In a relatively weak week, that gets you top marks.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: The Unwritten: Apocalypse #4

April 19, 2014
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Not a real strong week (and I don’t really like that cover I posted here, but it was the best book…).

Starting at the weakest.

WONDER WOMAN #30 (Brian Azzarello / Goran Sudzuka) DC

This is not the issue you want to hand someone if you want to convince them WW is a good book. Weak art, incoherent storytelling, just generally sloppy.

Why can’t Hera fix Hippolyta? Because there is more tension if she can’t, I guess. Why are the Amazons openly mocking Diana, and why is she acting like a completely ineffectual leader? Same answer, I suppose.

Oh yeah, what is driving force behind this issue? Zeke. Again. For two and a half years now.

The First Born is messed up.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

Yeah. Well, it wasn’t as bad as issue #30.

In fact, parts of it were quite good.

Here’s the deal… I really like Slott’s Spider-Man. I really liked the whole Otto story (though it had been played out a bit), AND I was looking forward to Peter’s return.

Too bad it was done so poorly. Last issue was an absolute mess. Otto acted like a complete idiot, COMPLETELY out of character, and committed suicide, for no real reason. Now Peter is back, and while I LIKE that, and the storytelling possibilities it gives, there was nothing this issue that made Otto’s decision LAST issue make any more sense.

Oh, and by the way… Peter is still dead. We now have Peter’s body being run by the memories of Peter. I am sure that will be ignored.

Oh, and the Green Goblin reveal was STUPID. STUPID. STUPID.

The good thing? The way Peter was written. The way GG recognized who he was after ONE quip. I laughed out loud at that.

BATMAN ETERNAL #2 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Ray Fawkes / John Layman / Tim Seeley / Jason Fabok) DC

Solid issue in that ‘moody Batman’ genre. The shock of everyone realizing that Gordon was arrested is counter-weighed a bit by the reader knowing he was set up and that there is no way he won’t be cleared of the charges.

The reveal at the end… was kind of weak. That was a big build up for a fairly boring character.

X-MEN #13 (Wood / Mann / Briones) Marvel

A nice character issue. I liked the insights into Storm, Monet, Psylocke…
I wish Jubilee wasn’t a vampire.
I am not a big fan of the uber-powerful villain types that Wood seems to like, but he was hardly dealt with here.

Overall, a good week for the X, as the next book was…

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

…even better. Another character piece (though aren’t Bendis’ books almost always that?). An interesting thought, which may be overlooked, is the elements of abuse in here. Look at how Dazzler is treated. Now look at how Maria Hill is treated. There are some similarities.

I am interested in where Hijack is going. I am interested in the Sentinel attacks. I am interested in Mystique’s potentially growing band of drug-addicted mutants.

I also really hope that Dazzler is the one to kick her ass.

MS.MARVEL #3 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Speaking of characterization… this is all that. Even the bit characters seem to have a personality. Wilson could have made that a regular robbery, but instead we get the shooter to BE someone.

I am still waiting for Kamala to stop turning into a blonde. I am sure it will come.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #4 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

This was a really great book. The way they built the tension was top notch. Tom has just created an army for someone else, in order to get some information. I am sure he will regret that. Wilson is out of his depth and Pauly Bruckner! That was just about the saddest scene I can recall in recent comic memory.

Wow.


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.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Animal Man #29

March 29, 2014
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Sorry this is so late…. since this is really comics from LAST week, but I have been pretty tied up with VERSeFest.

Starting at the weakest…

SOVEREIGN #1 (Roberson / Maybury) Image

I was a fan of iZombie. When it was cancelled Chris Roberson burned some bridges. I didn’t agree with everything he said but I supported his willingness to speak up. So when Image announced his new creator-owned book, I was on board.

Then I read it.

This comic is really bad. A pretty much incoherent story with unclear art to complete turn the book into a muddy mess.

Oh well. No issue #2 for me.

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #10 (Asmus / Carmenero / Pallot / Mossa / Cowles) Marvel

Why didn’t you put creator credits on the cover, Marvel? Were you trying to hide the fact that this issue was a fill in? (They sure didn’t try to hide it on the inside… the issue is titled ‘Filling In’)

Remember the smart, witty SFoS comic? This isn’t it.

I’m looking forward to the return of the REAL comic.

ROCKET GIRL #4 (Brandon Montclare / Amy Reeder) Image

Another one for the cancellation bin for us. We bought this because we are big fans of Amy Reeder. Well, the story is boring and the art is nowhere near the art that made us into fans. She is going more and more ‘manga’ instead of the beautiful work she did on Madame Xanadu.

Oh well.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2 (Gage / Rodriguez / Lopez / Briones / Gandini) Marvel

Annuals should be special. They shouldn’t read like a fill-in issue from a different creative team. This was a Urich Family story followed by a Wraith story, just filling in cracks for the regal brook. Hmmm…

It wasn’t awful, just no big deal.

AVENGERS WORLD #4 (Hickman / Spencer / Caselli / Mossa) Marvel

Not bad enough to drop, yet. Not good enough to praise.

X-MEN #12 (Wood / Anka / Mann) Marvel

As is often the problem with books that fight nigh-unstoppable villains, the ending is a little to pat. They can’t drag out a fight so they either figure out how to beat them, or they don’t… and since they are the heroes, which do you think happens?

Oh, and the roll-call scene and the beginning was absolutely ridiculous. (The Paul Smith-ian shot of Pryor was nice, though.)

UNCANNY X-MEN #29 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

The scene with Dazzler was maybe a little too disturbing. Meanwhile the scene with the Sentinels was maybe a little too formulaic.

This book is not as good as Bendis’ other X-book, but it is still quite readable.

SEX CRIMINALS #5 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

This felt a little weaker than previous issues, but still a solid read. The kegel-face but was kind of funny but not as great as some of the high points of previous issues (like the karaoke scene…)

UNWRITTEN: APOCOLYPSE #3 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

Well now we have the apocalypse the title implied. What a mess. No big shock about who the villain is, but wow… how are they going to get out of that/ Will the world remember this? Has this completely changed how the Unwritten world works? A world with time travelling hordes is not the world that the average Joe knew about before…

LAZARUS #7 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

Whoa. That was sudden and brutal. Beautiful cover and wrenching story. All of it.

MS. MARVEL #2 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Everything about this book rang true. Her reactions. Her family. All of it.

But we REALLY need to move past the ‘my ideal image is of a white, blonde lady’. The quicker the better.

WONDER WOMAN #29 (Brian Azzarello / Cliff Chiang) DC

Can you smell it? That is the excrement hitting the fan.

Diana, God of War, leading her troops against the Usurper of Olympus? Yes please.

The good… this story seems to finally be reaching its climax.

The bad… when it does so, Azzarello and Chiang are leaving and we are getting a WW T&A book again.

DAREDEVIL #1 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

I am going to really miss the old Daredevil comic by Waid and Samnee. Hopefully this new one will be good… who is the creative team?

Oh. Okay then.

A silly renumbering, but what the hell. I like the setting. I like the new status quo with Matt as super-advising detective for the SFPD.

Oh hey, while you are there, say hi to our friends Nadine and Phil, would you?

Oh right… the review. Good comic. Buy it. Nearly comic of the week, but…

ANIMAL MAN #29 (Jeff Lemire / Travel Foreman) DC

I am going to give Lemire’s Justice League Canada a try, but it has better be good since this was cancelled to make room for it.

This book wavered between really good and Rotworld during its run, but this issue was absolutely stellar. Hands up, who though they were getting a FULL family reunion in this issue?

Instead they made it into a truly touching moment between those that were left behind.

I am not a fan of Lemire’s art and not Foreman so much either, but that didn’t distract me from the story which was perfect.

“Goodnight Cliffy.”


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Hawkeye #17

March 15, 2014
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A very solid week for comics. Even the bottom comic wasn’t so bad, and there was a battle for the top spot.

Starting at the weakest…

FBP #8 (Simon Oliver / Robbi Rodriguez) Vertigo

Sometimes this book gets a little hard to follow… but just a little. The art is partly to blame. I don’t dislike it per se, but sometimes it obscures the storytelling. The end for example… I KNOW who those two are, but only because of the story narrative.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #24 (Bendis / Immonen / von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel

I really like this book, but it is this low because I am NOT buying the Guardians of the Galaxy books, which makes following this one a little hit and miss. As usual with Bendis books, it is the characters that carry the day. That little Angela / Gamora interaction was a good example.

Did they REALLY kill Jean Grey’s family? Was that in the old death of Jean Grey storyline or after?

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29 (Slott / Gage / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

You know, Dan Slott, when you keep saying “don’t spoil the big surprise” and then there ISN’T a big surprise, you kind of lose all your credibility.

Was it supposed to be the new ownership of the Spider-Slayers? IT IS ON THE COVER! Was it the death of an annoying character nobody was invested in anyway?

Sigh.

The comics was still good. (And that is STILL not really Norman…)

BLACK WIDOW #4 (Nathan Edmonson / Phil Noto) Marvel

This comic continues to be really solid. Wonderful art and a pretty good story carries the day… but I WOULD like it if Edmonson raised his game a little and it wasn’t just mission after mission. Give Natasha some actual supporting characters. Down time.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #8 (Ewing / Schiti / D’Armata) Marvel

This continues to be the best Avengers comic on the market. Having Schiti on the art certainly helps. He is not the best artist going, but his so much better than the tracer. I like Adam getting his own storyline. He is an interesting character (though the power disparity concerns me, as always). The White Tiger bit worked really well too. I also really liked the Young Avengers stuff. (I have Wiccan on Twitter…)

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #9 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

“He can’t drink that? Where would it go?” was Ruthanne’s admonishment towards Silvermane.

This is just a fun book.

I do have a question, though, what was with the waiting symbol when Boomerang was on the phone? Wait… I just figured it out.

Ha.

ASTRO CITY #10 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross) Vertigo

While I like this book… I am a guy. I think I know some people who would not agree with Kurt’s (also a guy) take on how a woman’s strength should apply in this situation. As I said, it works for me, but…

Still, a really good comic, and nearly in the top spot.

HAWKEYE #17

Fraction / Eliopoulos / Aja / Bellaire) Marvel

Well, what can you say about that. Damn good issue, dog.

It was not quite as good as the Pizza Dog issue, but it had that feel. This comic keep showing you what you can accomplish while still riding in the super-Marvel lane.

Great comic. One of the best going these days (along with Saga.)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Hawkeye #15

March 2, 2014
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This was a really solid week. I liked all of the books, to a certain extent.

Starting at the weakest, though…

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

This title started with some amazing world building, before moving into some less successful, but still decent, character building. Now they are moving into the meta plot… and I don’t think I like it.

Remember when suddenly someone was super-human and could stop nuclear missiles? I was hoping that was a momentary blip and would go away. No such luck.

Brian Wood, you are going to destroy this book.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #3 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Gary Erskine) Vertigo

This is the second book in a row on this list with the same problem. great premise, great characters, being pushed in a direction that is not incredibly suited toit. BY making the school this kind o tuber-haunted, uber-high-tech, demon-worshipping… thing, you have completely missed what made the original occurrences of these characters o strong.

There are regular boy swap happen to be dead. This isn’t Deadman.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #17 (Remender / McNiven / Leisten / Martin) Marvel

It is alway sought to be convincing when you are doing something that every single reader knows will be undone in the next issue or so. The world is destroyed and only Thor is left? Oh my god! I guess they are cancelling the rest of the Marvel line and… uh, no.

Having said THAT, they did quite a good job with it, and THAT is what really matters.

(Of course, this just means the inevitable reset will be what saves Rogue, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man.)

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28 (Slott / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

The throw down between Spider and Goblin is proceeding and it threatens to blow Otto’s world wide open. Is Carlie telling the truth or is it a secret plot… like it is with Lily?

Peter trying to keep himself viable hiding in Otto’s memories is a nice touch to remind us that he is there.

I wonder, when all this is over, if Otto will be dead or saved somehow. He would be a very different villain after this.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #7 (Ewing / Schiti / D’Armata) Marvel

Ah, yes. The book that actually FEELS like the Avengers to an old school reader like me. Forget Cap and Iron Man and Thor, the changes made to Avengers over the past handful of years, turning them into some sort of world army or whatever, can’t replace the old Avengers Mansion feeling, with a changing cast, but a changing SOLDIU cast, not people whipping in and out of rho reason. Characters talking to each other, not just strategizing.

Yeah.

Oh, this issue was good, too.

MIRACLEMAN #3 (Alan Moore / Alan Davis / Garry Leach) Marvel

Damn this is good stuff. Who would think I would be ranking a reprint book so high?

The only thing in this story is WHT would then leave Bates alone as a kid? If you think he is still a danger, you have to deal with him in some way. If you think he is innocent, you need to help him in some way.

Of course, since this is a reprint, I know what is still coming.

HAWKEYE #15 (Fraction / Aja / Eliopoulos) Marvel

First off, great cover.

This is just a great book. The fight with the Tracksuit mafia has context. Barney is an interesting addition to the cast as he has all the talents of Clint without the character. Still, better a cipher than a distraction. Bobbi.

Then, that ending. Whoa.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-New X-Men #23

February 13, 2014
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This was an odd week. First, I got my comics a lot earlier than usual. We are redoing the floors upstairs this weekend and we have been slowly boxing up stuff to get it out of the way so Ruthanne swung by Silver Snail to get some more boxes.

A: They were short a bunch o comics, which are coming in on Friday. I normally would be in on Saturday and get them then, but since we were early…

B: I had cancelled Batman, but still got it. I ordered the coming X-Men Legacy series (starring Nightcrawler and written by Chris Claremont) but got the last issue of the current series by mistake. Oh well. I read it anyway.

Oh, and I never picked up the Guardians of the Galaxy book that crosses over with the X-Men. Not sure I miss it.

Starting at the weakest.

X-MEN LEGACY #24 (Simon Spurrier / Tan Eng Huat / Craig Yeung / Jose Villarrubia) Marvel

Sure I was just coming in for the last issue so it might not make sense but… wow. This was absolutely terrible. This is an absolute mess. It doesn’t surprise me at all that it was cancelled.

If it is better when you read the prior issues, okay. But any comic should be READABLE without knowing every bit of what is going on. This comic wasn’t.

AVENGERS #26 (Hickman / Larocca / Martin) Marvel

The good news is that it was the only really bad book. I liked this one,d despite my general aversion to Hickman. I liked the multiple layers of faux Avengers. I am a big fan of the Super-Adaptoid. Plus, who doesn’t like A.I.M.? I do wish the beehive helmets on the inside of the comic matched the classic design on the cover, though.

BATMAN #28 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Dustin Nguyen / Derek Fridolfs) DC

So… I cancelled Batman last issue and don’t revet it. But this issue was quite good. But it isn’t REALLY the same comic. It is actually a sneak preview of the new Batman Eternal comic. I think I will keep THIS book cancelled and add Batman Eternal. Bluebird seems pretty great (though I am not a big fan of the gun thing), an dI don’t want to give away any spoilers but the end was pretty great.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27 (Slott / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

Otto vs Green Goblin! (That is SOOOO NOT Osborne!)

GG’s machinations have come to a head and I LOVED that he figured out who Spidey is and I loved that it made him think they could work out a deal and I REALLY LOVED that it didn’t work! Especially WHY it didn’t work!

This is going to be great!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #23 (Bendis / Immonen / Von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel

I was ready to not like this book as much after missing the Guardians of the Galaxy book that came before it.

But I couldn’t. This comic was just TOO great! Iceman and Rocket Racoon were just too…. yeah, great. I don’t like most of the GoG, but RR and Groot are tops. Corsair showing up to meet his son… yes. I just read today that they are going to have their own spin-off comic. I’ll probably give that a go.

Oh, and the Shiar are close to figuring out that who they put on trial LAST time was NOT Jean Grey.


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: Uncanny X-Men #16

January 19, 2014
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A very solid week. A good number of really good reads.

Starting at the weakest.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: INHUMANITY #1 (Gage / Hans) Marvel

Does Christos Gage READ Superior Spider-Man? This wasn’t even the same character. At all.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #21 (Bendis / Peterson / Anderson / Silva) Marvel

The book jus didn’t flow. Things happened but they didn’t feel like one page moved to the next. The art was pretty suspect as well. Not awful but not very strong.

MIRACLEMAN #1 (Moore / Leach / Anglo / Lawrence / Conroy) Marvel

I have been really looking forward to this, and the Moore / Leach parts were very solid, though not deep enough to warrant a higher spot.

Unfortunately I also had to pay for a bunch of other filler. The old Mick Anglo pages were pretty bad and the sketches and interview etc. should have been on a website for free, to padding out a $6 comic.

ASTRO CITY #8 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross / Sinclair / Comicraft) Vertigo

Astro City is a great book. It works better with shorter stories, though, and this is at least a three parter and this is a middle part. A fun little Confessor / Samaritan tussle worked. Good book, but not a stand-out this week.

DAREDEVIL #35 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

Daredevil is really consistent. I was wrong about Foggy last issue and the way the Serpents get Matt to defend their guy works… though he probably would have done it anyway.

AMAZING X-MEN #3 (Aaron / McGuiness / Vines / Gracia) Marvel

Beast makes this book. He is great in here.

Do any of you read Bleeding Cool?

On Bleeding Cool they mock Beast for saying he is atheist (though in this one he says agnostic). They say it is ridiculous for someone who has met gods and seen heaven and hell to say such thing.

Bull.

He explains it perfectly well here. Beast may have been to ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ but he has also been to other dimensions and worlds that don’t claim any divine status. He has no reason to think this is any different, just with delusions of grandeur.

I prefer when my comics don’t try to make some sort of definitive statement about religious accuracy. To be more specific, I prefer when EVERYTHING works, no matter what your perspective. It make setter stories.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25 (Slott / Gage / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

Until the end, this book would have been much lower. I didm’t like the ‘Flash is dying’ thing because it rues the suspense. However, the end was great. Otto using the opportunity to try and fix his rep was genius.

Nobody falling for it was even better.

UNCANNY X-MEN #16 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

Magneto meets Mystique and her new ‘brotherhood’.

And he kicks their asses.

Sweet.


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