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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: The Unwritten: Apocalypse #12

February 1, 2015
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Quite a range of books this week… some were very good, some were less so…

Starting at the weakest…

BODIES #7 (Si Spencer / Dean Omston / Tula Lotay / Meghan Hetrick / Phil Winslade / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

Do you see all those names in the credits? This is what you get when you make a comic by committee.

SPIDER-MAN AND THE X-MEN #2 (Kalan / Failla / Herring) Marvel

This is old-school style super heroics/ I LIKE old-school style super heroics.

Too bad this one is written so badly. What was up with that dialogue? I have a feeling I won’t be getting this comic for long.

I have a feeling that nobody will.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #8 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

The Steam Punk Sinister Six were pretty cool and they are getting a spider version of Red Ronin.

But it is still Spider-Verse, which has dragged out WAY too long.

INHUMAN #11 (Soule / Stegman / Isanove) Marvel

Angsty Medusa as she ‘uninverts’. As crappy as THAT is, the Reader / Iso scenes were solid and that last page return was great!

REVIVAL #27 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Reviver fish! This book just keeper crawling along its creepy way but there was a couple things that were problems this issue. One, what the hell happened to open the book? Who got shot? Two, at the end, aren’t we past the time where people find a dead body and are surprised when it turns out to be a reviver?

UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 (Rick Remender / Daniel Acuna) Marvel

The great Acuna art really kicks this up a notch but we have a sold story (if a slightly iffy premise) that really gets things going. I don’t forgive Remender for pushing us into that Alignment-switching nonsense but this book is pretty good.

Wait a minute… did that say that Havoc kidnapped Wasp? Uh, why are the Avengers not trying to save HER?

UNCANNY X-MEN #30 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

Welcome to the problem with time travel.

It is kind of funny that THIS time slipped person shows up in THIS book, rather than the one with all the young time travellers.

BITCH PLANET #2 (DeConnick / De Landro / Peter / Cowles) Image

This book continues to impress.

How do you make a women’s prison exploitation flick and have it be feminist?

Well, honestly, so far you don’t… really. But DeConnick is including some great back matter so you have no reason to doubt her intention.

SEX CRIMINALS #10 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

The exploration into issues of depression and therapy have really changed this book… for the better. You still have the sex jokes and the wacky nature of the premise of the book, but there is something more laying just under (or sometimes ON) the surface.

Great stuff.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #12 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

This wraps up this volume of the Unwritten and MAYBE the Unwritten altogether. I am unsure.

This sure FEELS like an ending but they gave just enough extra to open it up if they want to.

They thing that bothered by in the extended ending was Lizzie. So, she ended up with Wilson? But then where is she at the very end?

Overall though, this book is really, really good. The way they defeated Rausch and Pullman made just too much sense, which is what makes me think they should stop in here. Any other threat would seem a little contrived.

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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #11

December 27, 2014
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This is the last RCotW for 2014. Next week is a skip week. I saw one book (Miracleman Annual) that I’ll get, but it can wait until the week after.

That means that AFTER this post I will start crunching some numbers and generate my TOP 10 titles of the year. That should be fun.

Last year I guessed the book of the year would be Saga or Hawkeye and instead it was Ultimate Spdier-Man.

This year… Saga or Hawkeye? Daredevil? Ms. Marvel?

First, this week… starting at the weakest…

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9 (Remender / Cheung / Dodson / Yu / Kubert) Marvel

Well, it is over. It never got better.

Lots of this book makes no sense, like why did the villains make that video? After they were evil again? Why was Carnage in it? Does that mean they made it in advance? That shows a lot of ridiculous foresight.

The alignment swapping annual was still inane. It seems that the whole thing was just so Iron Man could get a shot in the arm and Sabretooth could replace Wolverine. Oh, and I guess Havoc is joining Uncanny as a bad guy or something.

What a terrible story.

BODIES #6 (Si SPencer / Meghan Hetrick / Dean Ormston / Phil Winslade / Tula Lotay / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

I have said it before: this was a really solid idea with really poor execution.

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #3 (Ewing / Ross / Coello / Rosenberg) Marvel

The Axis stink is hard to wash off. Okay cliche fight scene, but that is it.

THE MASSIVE #30 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

This was just an epilogue for the series. The comic had great moments but the arc went back to supernatural Mary, which was a bad way to go. The characters were good but the metaplot was weak.

SHE-HULK #11 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

A good She-Hulk / Titania tussle is always fun. This one had a bonus of Hellcat joining in – not to mention the mystery of Angie and her monkey. A big reveal just in time for the book to be cancelled… it turns out the secret villain was… who?

REVIVAL #26 (Tim Seeley / Mike Norton) Image

Moving the story forward. Alliances shifting.

ALL-NEW X-MEN ANNUAL #1 (Bendis / Sorrentino / Maiolo) Marvel

Finishing off the Eva Bell time travel story. Beautiful art and a heart-wrenching scene but the story was a bit light for an annual (or two).

This sets up future stories, it seems.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #12 (Litt / Buckingham / Vieceli / Santos / Loughridge) Vertigo

This book is not big on plot. Things just kind of happen and it only works if you care about the characters.

Luckily, I do.

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

That cover made me think we were actually getting back to the will.

Nope.

Instead we get a little power struggle between Magneto and Cyclops where both sides keep telling the truth.

Interesting.

C.O.W.L. #7 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

Who would have thought that a book that is fundamentally about politics would be so interesting?

DAREDEVIL #11 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

The different stories to kick of the issue were great. Reality vs truth or something. 🙂

Then the great Stunt-Master story. This reminds me, in a way, of the old Gladiator story, with a dark outcome.

Suddenly Stunt-Master is a real problem.

Waid and Samnee make good comics.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #18

December 14, 2014
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This has been a trying week, capped off by having to say good-bye to a loved pet, Zane the cat.

Big comic week, but I am lopping two of them off.

Starting at the weakest…

KLARION #3 (Nocenti / McCarthy / Florea / Johnson / Major) DC

I wasn’t thrilled with issue #1. I was happy with issue #2, but mostly due to one scene. This issue is a muddy mess. If there is a story here, it is well hidden.

Dropped.

SHUTTER #7 (Joe Keatinge / Leila del Duca / Owen Gieni / John Workman) Image

This book just didn’t turn out to be the book I was hoping for. It appears to be random craziness for the sake of random craziness.

Dropped.

SPIDER-MAN and the X-MEN #1 (Kalan / Failla / Herring) Marvel

This books as close to getting dropped after only one issue. I don’t have a lot of patience for bad writing. The plotting and scripting are just sloppy.

I am giving it another chance, but its leash may be very short.

AVENGERS / X-MEN: AXIS #7 (Remender / Kubert / Delgado) Marvel

Kin at Silver Snail asked my a very good question: why am I still getting this? I clearly don’t like it.

True, but believe it or not, this issue was a little better. And did they just drop HUGE bombshell in this issue? Wanda and Pietro are NOT related to Magneto? What?

BITCH PLANET #1 (DeConnick / De Landro / Peter / Cowles) Image

How can a comic both my pretty good and be disappointing? When your expectations are so high.

Will this book by a strongly written feminist comic under the guise of a women-behind-bars exploitation flick? Well, it has the potential and it has already started. Forget Orange is the New Black, this is a feminist Oz, and much better for it.

SEX CRIMINALS #9 (Fraction / Zdarsky) Image

This book has flashes of brilliance but this issue was a little more mundane. The argument was interesting but the Ana backstory was a little trite. She looks like an interesting character going forward, though.

UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1 (Bendis / Sorrentino / Maiolo) Marvel

There was very little story here for an oversized book, but what was there was interesting. And beautiful art!

I’ll admit that when Ava came back from her trip, I did not realize that she had aged so much. Did I just miss that, or was it not clear?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 (Ryan / Peterson / Atkinson / Nitz / Salas) Marvel

There is nothing really special about this book BUT at a time when the Spider-Man stuff is totally bogged down in the never-ending Spider-Verse stuff, it is nice to get some old school Spidey.

It is interesting that both stories had bit about Spidey not ‘quipping’.

“Don’t you have anything better to do?”

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11 (Dan Slott / Olivier Coipel / Wade von Grawbadger / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

As for as Spider-Verse goes, this issue was okay. The Spidey/Ock fight was interesting and I like how Peter outsmarted Otto to win. The look at the Spidey cartoon version was kind of cute.

Do we NOW have the big boss? Will this story end anytime?

ROCKET RACCOON # 6 (Young / Parker / Beaulieu) Marvel

How do you get a Christmas reference without it begin a Christmas story? The Planet of Misfit Mechs!

How do you get the same vibe as Groot without overplaying Groot? A mech that only speaks in binary!

Fun comic.

AVENGERS #39 (Hickman / Deodato / Martin) Marvel

Illuminati vs Avengers… vs more Avengers? The Captain Marvel vs the Hulk scene was worth the price of admission alone.

ASTRO CITY #18 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross) Vertigo

Maybe it is because I am getting older but this issue really hit home for me. Not the origin so much (though it was fine), but the glimpse into the life of aging super-heros. Things just start getting harder to do…

I get it.


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.


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Daredevil #9

October 31, 2014
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A couple of weeks behind but I won’t let an amazing festival and an extra week with my family and a couple of features out on the west coast to stop me from posting this!

Starting at the weakest…

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #5 (David / Sliney / Fabela) Marvel

I normally really like Peter David’s writing but this book hasn’t been great thus far. Add to that a cross-over with Spider-Verse… which has been pretty bad up until this point and you have the makings of a weak comic.

EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 (Way / Wyatt / Herring) Marvel

What did I just say about Spider-Verse? Yeah.

So far, the Spider-Gwen issue has been the only Spider-Verse comic worth reading. The whole event has been a waste up to this point.

ORIGINAL SIN ANNUAL #1 (Latour / Cisic / Chuckry) Marvel

I don’t think I ordered this. I am pretty sure I was in the computer for getting Original Sin and got this as well… but that’s okay. It was actually okay. In fact, it was pretty much better than the mini that spawned it. Not saying much. It had that 50s Sci-Fi feel. Too bad the art was so sketchy.

FABLES #145 (Willingham / Buckingham / Leialoha / Pepoy / Loughridge) Vertigo

Hey, Steve Leialoha was in a comic store I was in last week. (Hi Gareth!)

First off, the cover gimmick was jarring this time. The look of the cover was too stirringly different than the inside first page.

The comic was pretty good though. Just a big fight scene, but done okay.

I have to admit, I am not sad that Fables is ending. It was a great comic at times but it feels like it has run its course.

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #2 (Remender / Kubert / Martin) Marvel

Speaking of big fight scenes… another fairly well done one. With a predictable ending, but hey.

MS. MARVEL #9 (Wilson / Alphona / Herring) Marvel

Not the best issue of this book, but it was still solid. How did Lockjaw get so small?

Marvel’s Operation: Try To Make People Actually Give A Damn About The Inhumans is in full effect, I see.

UNCANNY X-MEN #27 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

This was a step up from the uber-powerful mutant storyline. Cyclops is the reasonable one? That’s a switch.

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #16 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

The ending was kind of abrupt, but it was still good. This was a very enjoyable comic overall and finding out what was behind Boomerang’s scheming was pretty cool. It totally fits his background too. Nice.

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #10 (Carey / Gross / Chuckry) Vertigo

Back into the Harry Potter world! Pauly Bruckner! Secret manipulations!

This is just a good comic.

MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #6 (Bendis / Marquez / Ponsor) Marvel

Well, they are still trying to claim that is really Peter, but of this first time they have shown it really probably isn’t. Ultimate Ben Reilly?

DAREDEVIL #9 (Waid / Samnee / Wilson) Marvel

Purple Kids. Emotional breakdowns. Matt finally realizing that someone can’t go through all that he has gone through without there being some mental scars left behind.

I want to read his book.


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

September 22, 2014
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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!


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15

September 7, 2014
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Not the best week ever. A lot of okay books and not many that blew me away.

Starting at the weakest…

SWAMP THING: FUTURES END #1 (Soule / Saiz) DC

(Shouldn’t that be Future’s End?)

Fancy cover. Well written. Good art. Interesting characters.

So why is it last?

Because stories have beginnings, middles and ends. This book is all middle. That would be okay if it were part of an ongoing arc, but it isn’t. This is a one-shot.

If you a re going to do a snapshot of five years int he future, in had better be a self-contained story. This was rubbish.

ORIGINAL SIN #8 (Aaron / Deodato) Marvel

A two-issue story stretched over eight issues. New status quo for old white Nick Fury, Bucky and the Orb.

The last one could be interesting. Maybe.

Winter Soldier is an incredibly lame character and Nick Fury ALWAYS goes back to being fine.

UNCANNY X-MEN #25 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

Hold on now… so Charles did something smart but kept in a secret and now everyone is mad. Scott is acting like an ass and all as a set-up to face some uber-powerful mutant. Yawn.

The Bendis X-books are normally good but this is a BIG letdown after the build up to the will. I am looking forward to getting BACK to the will and learning more about the Mystique thing.

SPIDER-MEN 2099 #3 (David / Sliney / Fabela)

This was fine. That’s it.

ROCKET RACCOON #3 (Young / Bealieu) Marvel

Why was this better than last issue? The mention of Half-World. Yes. I loved that old RR mini.

MOON KNIGHT #7 (Brian Wood / Greg Smallwood / Jordie Bellaire) Marvel

Interesting. In seems Wood is trying to keep the mood of the previous run while actually giving us a story rather than just vignettes.

If that is the case, this book should be a lot better going forward than the previous six issues would indicate.

MIRACLEMAN #10 (Moore / Veitch / Ridgway / Anglo) Marvel

Solid lead story with pointless filler, much like the previous issues. The Bates thing is interesting and while I don’t much like the idea that Liz is a puppet, the baby is quite intriguing.

SHE-HULK #8 (Soule / Pulido / Vicente) Marvel

Hands up anyone who didn’t see the last page coming? Anyone?

Doesn’t matter. Good comic. (Though I WOULD Like some explanation as to why Steve is old now. I don’t read the Cap book.)

FAIREST #29 (Buckingham / Braun / Dalhouse) Vertigo

The Owl and the Pussycat story was sweet. Reynard is an idiot but it is the former that really carried this book.

BLACK WIDOW #10 (Edmondson / Noto) Marvel

The time slipping was a little unclear at first. Also, setting up someone like they are going to be a big reveal and then making them someone you jus introduced is a little weak…

But still… strong writing. Strong art. Strong characters. (Though that was the movie Hawkeye, not the comic one.)

SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #15 (Spencer / Lieber / Rosenberg) Marvel

This is just good comics. Funny without begin silly. Intersting characters while still not giving them TOO much depth (which is odd… but it works).

The book is cancelled, but I would suggest picking up the trades. (Though you can skip the non-Spencer issues.)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Hawkeye #19

August 6, 2014
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This was quite a good week and it has a GREAT comic topping things off.

Starting at the weakest…

BODIES #1 (Si Spencer / Meghan Hetrick / Dean Ormston / Tula Lotay / Phil Winslade / Lee Loughridge) Vertigo

Why so many creators? Well the gimmick is that there are murder investigations going on in different time periods that are somehow connected and each time period has its own creative team. Sound interesting? I thought so… but not so far. The first issue was kind of dull and the art was especially disappointing hidden behind a really great cover.

I am not giving up on it.

X-MEN #17 (Wood / Diaz / Briones / Mounts) Marvel

So, I planned to drop this book, accidentally didn’t, and the next issue (last issue) was quite good!

That lasted one issue. Huh.

Let’s see what the next story line brings…

AVENGERS #33 (Hickman / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

This Cap-goes-forward-through-time-thing has been okay but this issue was quite weak. Not much actually happened. And why was Star Brand all over the cover?

So… is this story just designed for Cap to trust Tony at the end? I hope not.

AVENGERS WORLD #10 (Spencer / Checchetto / Mossa) Marvel

Things coming together? That’s a good thing, I suppose.

UNCANNY X-MEN #24 (Bendis / Anka) Marvel

Kris Anka is one of those ‘design’ artists. He can come up with some great designs but doesn’t seem to be so great at actually drawing. This issue was especially badly drawn (to my taste, anyway)… plus the whole issue was just about getting Scott on site.

Oh, except for that wedding bombshell. That could be pretty interesting…

THE MASSIVE #25 (Brian Wood / Garry Brown / Jordie Bellaire) Dark Horse

This is where the books this week start getting quite good. The event is still happening? Well, that is pretty cool. I haven’t really liked the supernatural element of the book, but I am all for super-science. Mary is great when she isn’t stopping nuclear missiles with her brain.

And Cal is really, really sick.

CALIBAN #5 (Garth Ennis / Facundo Percio) Avatar

So, is this booked optioned for a movie yet?

The first part of the book – the explanation part – dragged a bit but the tension ratcheted right back up quickly.

How many issues is this supposed to run? They are running out of characters.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #22 (Rick Remender / Daniel Acuna) Marvel

The big complaint about big work-ending, time-travel stories is the big reset button at the end. You KNEW that Rogue and Scarlet Witch weren’t going to stay dead. You KNEW that the world would go back to what it was.

Oh but wait… Wasp and Havoc were still a couple and still remember having a baby? Sentry, Grim Reaper and Daken are still ‘alive’? What is going on with Rogue? And Wonder Man?

Well… cool.

STEED AND MRS PEEL: WE’RE NEEDED #1 (Edginton / Cosentino) Boom Studios

I didn’t order this but Ruthanne was with me at Silver Snail and saw it so we picked it up and added it to the file. I am glad we did!

This is the first Boom book I have picked up and this one was spot on. The Diana Rigg (because she IS her) was just perfect, and really, isn’t that the selling point of the book?

A reminder to the rest of the comic industry that you can make strong, smart and sexy without it being gratuitous.

C.O.W.L. #3 (Kyle Higgins / Alec Siegel / Rod Reis) Image

Last issue was hurt by the cover but this issue is great all around. Showing the 60s era sexism and then reminding us how it effected some of the women and THEN reminding us that it wasn’t ALL sexism. Well done.

SANDMAN OVERTURE #3 (Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III) Vertigo

Classic Sandman. A wandering journey. An added character to give the Dreams someone to talk to. Ideas. Images. Vistas. Threats. Ideas.

Did I say ideas twice?

Dreams.

This book is like revisiting an old friend… who once taught you what comics could be.

HAWKEYE #29 (Fraction / Aja / Hollingsworth) Marvel

BRILLIANT!

BLOODY BRILLIANT!

This book might not be QUITE as good as the Pizza Dog issue, but it is close. Seeing the world through the viewpoint of someone suddenly deaf and down SO WELL.

There is sign language (with no cheat sheet to help you through). There is lip reading shown in a great fashion.

My question is, does Matt Fraction know someone who is deaf who helped him out with this? Is the lip reading part… accurate?

Wow. What a great book.


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: Saga #19

May 25, 2014
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A fairly big week and I was pretty happy with most of the comics!

Starting at the weakest…

ORIGINAL SIN #2 (Jason Aaron / Mike Deodato) Marvel

Chaos does not generally make good comics. Throwing a whole bunch o stuff at the wall is not good storytelling.

One example… there are three villains. Two of them are given ‘reveal’ captions to give their (stupid) names. The third, even though he is not hidden in any way, was not. Who was that sick, Thing-like guy? Do we have to read another book to find out? Sloppy.

BATMAN ETERNAL #7 (Scott Snyder / James Tynion IV / Ray Fawkes / John Layman / Tim Seeley / Emanuel Simeoni) DC

Hmmm… a couple of weaker issues in a row. Not a good sign for a weekly book. A lot of stuff that happened seemed random, but at least it was built around a core plot. The art was terrible. Look at that Catwoman reveal. Just awful.

X-MEN #14 (Wood / Mann / Briones) Marvel

Getting into the better books now. This was fairly solid but was a little “A to B”. So they are a team now because Storm told Wolverine? Do the X-Men have some sort of a official squad registration process? Did Storm fill out all the needed paperwork?

MIRACLEMAN #6 (Moore / Davis / Ridgway) Marvel

I liked the dream struggle with Gargunza. He almost felt like the protagonist. The use of rape as a simple plot point to make bad guys seems bad is wearying, though. This was 1984, however. Maybe it didn’t feel so weak back then.

AVENGERS WORLD #6 (Spencer / Checchetto / Mossa) Marvel

What I DON’T like about the Avengers these days is the Avengers Army feel. It makes characterizations take a back seat. So an issue like this which is all about characterization (albeit for a character I don’t generally care for), it is quite an improvement.

WONDER WOMAN #31 (Brian Azzarello / Goran Sudzuka) DC

I groaned when Zeke was missing. Again?

But this one was well done. Change is scary and hard to take. That was well illustrated here. (Forgetting that the next writer is probably just going to change it back.)

UNCANNY X-MEN #21 (Bendis / Bachalo / Townsend) Marvel

Things are coming to a head! I don’t know who the secret villain is but the interaction between Magneto, Blob and Dazzler was great. I LOVED the artistic choice of showing the old Magneto/Blob scene. Well done.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 (Slott / Ramos / Olazaba / Delgado) Marvel

Peter dealing with the changes to his life. Pretty interesting. Peter as a jailer? Hmmm…

I really, REALLY like the fact that Anna Maria seems to be staying as an important character.

UNWRITTEN: APOCOLYPSE #5 (Mike Carey / Peter Gross) Vertigo

Is it just a given that the best Unwritten issues are the ones spotlighting Pauly Bruckner?

And that last page!

DAREDEVIL #3 (Waid / Samnee / Rodriguez) Marvel

Strong issue as usual, but I have a question… Julia Carpenter? Spider-Woman? (I think she is called Madame Web now.)

If it is a DIFFERENT Julia Carpenter, that is pretty sloppy. She was a pretty major character at one time.

Nice Saga reference. 🙂

SAGA #19 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

THAT LAST PAGE!!!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOO!O!!!!!!!!!


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