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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: The Massive #22

April 27, 2014
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Pretty diverse week. Only one real stand-outs, but nothing too bad.

Starting at the weakest.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #5 (Toby Litt / Mark Buckingham / Russ Braun) Vertigo

So they are out of the boarding school, so that complaint is gone. Unfortunately this issue was not a lot better. It was very scattered, lacking any real coherence. The structure was hit and miss. The characters are still compelling enough.

THIEF OF THIEVES #20 (Diggle / Martinbrough / Lucas) Image

How many times can I say the same thing? This comic is a movie script. Straight up. That has its plusses and minuses.The characters are there but the plot is kind of jerky at times. This was not one of those times, though. Minus some for the attempted sex scene.

THE SAVIORS #4 (James Robinson / J.Bone) Image

I kind of love that they set up what looked to be a team, gave them personality, and then killed ’em flat, all within one issue.

Talking with the alien.

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0 (Jeff Lemire / Mike McKone) DC

I am not a JLA guy, but when it was announced that Lemire was going to be writing Justice League Canada, I knew I was going to give it a try. They changed the name, but this is still that book. It is pretty good (which is good, since they cancelled Animal Man for it). I kind of love that it starts with an autograph session.

Question… why is this #0? It clearly starts the story and carries onto the next issue. Why is it not #1?

UNCANNY AVENGERS #19 (Remender / Acuna) Marvel

Solid alternate futre timeline story. Bad guy time travellers trying to dave the earth while the heroes sacrifice everything.

Is Kang going to really save Katie Summers? Won’t that be weird when they go back to the regular time and Havoc and Wasp suddenly have a child?

DAREDEVIL #2 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

Shroud wasn’t always like that. I guess that is new for this story. I have to admit that I didn’t know he was blind. That makes a Shroud/DD California meeting an inevitability.

Is DD surrounding himself with a crack team of super-capable women to help him fight crime? If so, I approve.

ORIGINAL SIN #0 (Mark Waid / Jim Cheung / Mark Morales / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

Now THIS is what a #0 should be. It is some interesting backstory, giving us something to make the Watcher feel more… human, I guess… just before he gets his. It is kind of a sweet story, with real repercussions as Nova learns that his father is alive.

BATMAN ETERNAL #3 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Ray Fawkes / John Layman / Tim Seeley / Jason Fabok) DC

Falcone didn’t thrill me but Stephanie Brown? Yes please! I know some people think of her as Batgirl or Robin, but to me she was always best as Spoiler and this is as close to that as we have come in years.

LAZARUS #8 (Rucka / Lark / Arcas) Image

This book sometimes reminds me of when The Massive was at it best early. Where it lacked in plot it made up for in world building. This is like that. The characters all have immediate hooks and I want to see how things turn out for them, or don’t.

THE MASSIVE #22 (Brian Wood / Danijel Zelelj / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

Speaking of The Massive… this isn’t that. Ignore everything thou have read so far and jeu tread this book. It totally stands on its own and gives us the story of a group of African women trying to ensure that they take care of their own in a convoy across the Sahara.

This is really good comics. (and the art is AMAZING!)

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Swamp Thing #29

March 9, 2014
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This was a very solid week for comics. Not perfect and no truly outstanding books, but some very solid reads

TRILLIUM #7 (Jeff Lemire) Vertigo

The fact that this is ending next issue is the only reason I haven’t cancelled it. This book is just annoying to read.

I was just told that this book sells as much as three times what Animal Man sells for Lemire. That is crazy. Animal Man is a great book. This book is gimmicky for no purpose. The story is okay… but just okay. The art is really sloppy. And it is a pain to read.

Not a lot going for it.

MAGNETO #1 (Bunn / Walta / Bellaire) Marvel

Do you want to know something? I nearly didn’t buy Moon Knight but I was sold on Magneto.

I will not be buying issue #2.

This was wretched. Have I ever liked something by Cullen Bunn? I can’t recall. This was just nasty for no purpose. It was pretty much just copying the intro scenes for Magneto in the First Class movie. I am not opposed to comics about villains, but this didn’t work for me. What made it worse is that by comparison to the art, the story was amazing.

Yeah, the art is atrocious.

I won’t be buying issue 2.

UNCANNY X-MEN #18 (Bendis / Rudy / Staples) Marvel

Ah, Marco Rudy. There are times when I like his art and I am a big fan of artists who put some thought into design, but the actually drawing this issue was weak and some of the design elements were lorry thought out and made the book hard to follow.

It was too bad, because the story was quite good.

FAIREST #24 (Marc Andreyko / Shawn McManus) Veritgo

This was a decent story. Starting with a great, though unrelated, cover. The back story for our little Rat-Father was fun. Cindy kicking butt was good. The reminder of how Fables can be really resilient was nice.

A solid, though unspectacular, read.

THE MOVEMENT #10 (Gail Simone / Freddie Williams II) DC

Are those wings attached? If not, why would she leave them on?

That sex scene was the weak point of an otherwise great story. (I have nothing against sex scenes, but this seemed really random and out of place.) Using the book to illustrate the inequity of justice was spot on. Of course they pretend it is about the part o frown they are from, but it is the colour of his skin they are talking about.

Too bad this book is cancelled.

MOON KNIGHT #1 (Warren Ellis / Declan Shalvey / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

I almost passed on this because I generally find Ellis is overrated, Shalvey is not to my taste, and Moon Knight is not a very interesting character. I like the Bendis series, but this wasn’t likely to be that.

I am glad a decided to give it a try. First off, while I haven’t been a big fan of Shalvey in the past, THIS was really good. Other than the villain, I like fall of the way this was drawn.

Yet another twist on the story of Moon Knight is expected. SO now he does NOT have multiple personalities. Until this book is cancelled and another writer has another go at it and brings them back.

Whatever. Good first issue.

THE SAVIORS #3 (James Robinson / J.Bone) Image

I liked the gathering of like-minded folks. I also liked how that fell apart so fast.

Did it HAVE to be the Canadian, though?

SHE-HULK #2 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

Here is my admission: we are big Hellcat fans in this house.

Did she HAVE to be stupid and drunk? Still, it was nice to see her and it looks like she is joining the cast! Yay!

That new building is pretty nifty. I like this book.

AVENGERS A.I. #10 (Humphries / Araujo / D’Armata) Marvel

This book is often good with on thing that makes it better. That is usually something said by Doombot. This time it was Gascheck. That whole scene was excellent.

(Though, unless something has changed, Sunspot is NOT invulnerable.)

REVIVAL #18 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

This is all about Randy Decker, the zen bowler. His whole scene showed some of the real horror in a world like this. Add to that the chilling scene with Cooper to end the book and you have a really good comic book.

SWAMP THING #29 (Charles Soule / Jesus Saiz) DC

Good week for Charles Soule. The Sureen were excellent. The fact that all was not as it seemed was a bit predictable, but it still kept me interested. The New Orleans adventure of Weeds and Wolf is a nice addition.

The last time I remember that sort of ‘communion’, it was a sex scene.

Good, good comic.


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: The Saviors #1

December 27, 2013
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All right, so it was a small week. A really small week.

But still, combining Christmas and the Silver Snail Boxing Day sale, I have a bunch of tradebacks to add to my reading list.

But this post is about the new comics that came in for me. Both of them.

AVENGERS #24.NOW (Jonathan Hickman / Esad Ribic) Marvel

This was a pretty decent comic, actually. A lot better than the Infinity story generally was. Unfortunately it seems to be tying in with New Avengers which I have now dropped.

So, without ever really playing with the new team format, they are now dropping it? Are they back to just a big roster who are all on-call.

Sigh. Remember the days of a team line-up of 6 or 7 that hung around Avengers Mansion? I miss those days. A lot.

It is actually the reason why I am not as big a fan of Kurt Busiek’s run on the Avengers as other people are. He caused this, in my view.

Oh well.

THE SAVIORS #1 (James Robinson / J.Bone) Image

First off, forcing myself to misspell Saviours over and over is really annoying.

So, this book is They Live but instead of magical Ray-Bans it is pot that gives you the true sight.

I can dig it.

This is a fun little book so far. It reminds me of RASL but with intentionally less gravitas. This could be fun.