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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-New X-Men #6

January 20, 2013
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Wait a minute… didn’t Saga come out this week?

 

Starting at the weakest…

 

ULTIMATE IRON MAN #4 (Edmondson / Buffagni / Troy) Marvel

Let me reiterate what I have said before. At the moment there is only one Ultimate comic worth buying and that is Spider-Man. (That one is VERY good, however.)

This mini was… I don’t want to say terrible. I just found that I didn’t care about anything that was happening in it. At all.

 

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #11 (Kelly Sue DeConnick / Stefano Caselli) Marvel

Not bad but, is this book going to remain as ‘Avengers-lite’? I know it is supposed to be accessible for the movie crowd but hopefully it will get a bit more meat on its bones. I liked the use of the Hulk, though. (Which, of course, mirrored the Hulk’s usage in the movie…)

 

COMEBACK (Brisson / Walsh / Bellaire) Image

While this book has not lived up to its promise, it is interesting. A little bit of Rasl. A whole lot of Primer.

 

SAGA #9 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

This is the worst issue of Saga yet… which is to say it is still better than most comics on the market. I just found it kind of… dull this month. Gwendolyn is interesting and they just tied Slave Girl into the mains tory, but …still. A little lacklustre by Saga standards.

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL #9 (DeConnick / Andrade / Bellaire) Marvel

Just as Saga doesn’t have its normal spot, Captain Marvel’s normal spot near the BOTTOM of the list was obliterated this month! First off, I LOVE the new art! It keeps the non-mainstream, off-kilter look of the previous artists, while feeling less dark. It is pure style. I like it!

Plus, the story was great! Carol’s own Pepper Potts! Tony Stark acting like a dick! A cat… (side note… did this issue feel like it could be a Power Girl comic?)

Then, the ending was great! Looking forward to the next issue. I hope they can keep up the trend!

 

NEW AVENGERS #2 (Hickman / Epting / Magyar / D’Armata) Marvel

Let’s just start with that great Jock cover. Sweet. This issue was all talking… and it was very well done. I think the fact that the comic was really just a few scenes stopped that jerky feeling I often get from Hickman’s work. The characterization was mostly good… though when did Black Panther become such an asshole? (Exception: the scene with Namor was spot on.)

You know something is bad when Captain America suggests building the Infinity Gauntlet. Who is going to wield it? It would have to be Cap, no? Who else would they trust?

 

ALL-NEW X-MEN #6 (Bendis / Marquez / Gracia) Marvel

Is Marquez a fill-in artist or is he taking over, because with all due respect to Immonen, I like this better. With his experience on Ultimate Spider-Man it should be no surprise, but he gets that YOUTHFUL look down pat. Perfect.

Now, why is this book #1? Characterization. There are three major interactions here. Jean/Kitty (and a bit of Storm), Cyclops/Wolverine, and Angel/Angel. The first and last were both excellent… extremely. You really see how Kitty has matured and also see how dealing with mental powers it so difficult. The scene between the two Angels is just joyous and fun. I wasn’t sure what would happen because I don’t read X-Force and I have no idea what was going on with Angel. Is he sometimes Archangel or what?

The Cyclops / Wolverine thing was fine, but not as emotionally interesting as the other two, though it set-up that last page reveal.

I am really enjoying this book. Is it REALLY better than Saga? Overall, not even close. This issue though, you bet it was.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: All-New X-Men #2

December 2, 2012
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I actually had time to read my comics on the day I got them! Woot!

Starting at the weakest…

ULTIMATE IRON MAN #2 (Edmondson / Buffagni / Troy) Marvel

Tony Stark can be a charming asshole. You know the type… the guy that acts in horrible ways towards women but gets away with it because he does it with style.

In real life, regular guys HATE those guys.

In here, Edmondson has taken that charming asshole and made him not charming. What does that leave?

An unlikable protagonist and a pretty crappy comic.

ALL-STAR WESTERN #14 (Gray / Palmiotti / Moritat / Windslade) DC

Not the best outing for this book in either writing or art. Neither are BAD, but neither do they shine. Barbary Ghost needs to put on some bloody clothes. I’m not a fan of adding Mr. Hyde to the Hex mythos, nor I am a fan of adding Eclipso (I assume…)

The insistence on including modern DC elements into this book is the biggest weakness it has. Do you remember how good Jonah Hex was BEFORE the new 52?

BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #4 (Len Wein / Jae Lee) DC

In the previous issues a somewhat pedestrian plot was overcome by beautiful art. Not this time. The art is nowhere near so creative and in spots (Page 3) in looks… awkward. The comic itself continues to read less like a story than a too-long What-Has-Gone-Before synopsis.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14 (Jeff Lemire / Graham Nolan / Victor Drujiniu) DC

This book was a pretty fun way to get a look at 3 lesser shown characters on the team – including 2 that are new and have their own books (though 1 is now cancelled.) A fin spotlight on Black Orchid, Amethyst and Frankenstein as they wander through the House of Mystery. Not a good idea.

I am enjoying this comic more than I would have thought. Lemire is a good writer.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #4 (Darwyn Cooke / Amanda Conner) DC

This mini wraps up with the weakest of its four issues. Still wonderful art and great characterization, but there are a few weak storytelling parts and that bit where Laurie impales that dude with her stiletto didn’t work for me at all. ¬†Overall a very good mini… the best of all of the BW books.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 (Rick Remender / John Cassaday / Laura Martin) Marvel

So Red Skull is now Sylar. (Any fans of Heroes in the house?) Good book. Skull recruiting Scarlet Witch makes perfect sense, and Wolverine’s take on Havok leading the team echoes mine. Last week in Captain America, Remender tried to sweep questions about motivation under the rug by mentioning them and then moving on. He kind of does that again here, but to better effect.

After last week, I am really glad to read a Remender book that I enjoy.

FF #1 (Matt Fraction / Michael Allred / Laura Allred) Marvel

Yay! More Allreds! This book is going to be fun, you can just tell. Ms. Thing isn’t in the book yet (well, she is, but not as Ms. Thing), and that is going to be weird. How will She-Hulk take to her? I don’t get why people like Medusa, but that is a small thing.

Speaking of small things, it is nice to get a real Ant-Man back after that O’Grady business was dealt with over in Secret Avengers. (Black Ant? Really?)

This is just good comics.

BATMAN INCORPORATED #5 (Grant Morrison / Chris Burnham) DC

This look into a possible future doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it was so well done that I didn’t care. Damian as Batman is a frightening possibility anyway and this book just confirms that. The emotion on Damian’s face when Bruce tells him he can’t be Robin is just perfect… but I think everyone hopes that it isn’t true.

NEW AVENGERS #34 (Bendis / Deodato / Beredo) Marvel

As disappointed I was in Bendis’ last Avengers issue – this book makes up for it. Is it a great comic? Not really. The Dr. Strange fight scenes as an excuse to put in a bunch of jarring art (not bad – just wrong. Tell me that was jarring to turn to that Red Hulk page…) were not good. But the Luke Cage stuff more than made up for it. Some people have criticized Bendis for using Cage as his pov character, but this issue did it to great effect. Watching Bendis say goodbye to the Avengers as Luke Cage was sweet.

Plus, a hint at a new Cage / Jessica led Heroes for Hire book? Written by Bendis? I would buy the shit out of that book!

ALL-NEW X-MEN #2 (Brian Michael Bendis / Stuart Immonen / Wade von Grawbadger / Marte Gracia) Marvel

Two Bendis books top this week’s list! Out with the old and in with the new… which is the old. This comic works just based on the Iceman seeing Iceman panel. I’m not sure which of them looks goofier. ¬†This book hits all the right notes. The shocked nature of the original five. Beast’s desperation. The stupidity of the plan. Wolverine realizing that Jean was alive. (One minor nitpick – Jean suddenly getting her ‘new’ powers was a little too convenient in her timing. I think before it was implied that it happened through intensive training, no?)

I am so looking forward to watching this book unfold… and I’m not even a very big X-Men fan.