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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Saga #15

October 31, 2013
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This week had one of the most anticipated comics in years… at least to me.

Yet it wasn’t the comic of the week.

ULTIMATE COMICS CATACLYSM #0.1 (Fialkov / Suayan / Kirk / Woodard) Marvel

Bridging Hunger with Cataclysm. Unfortunately, Hunger was boring. I am looking forward to the real Cataclysm mini, with Bends and Bagley.

AVENGERS A.I. #5 (Humphries / Schiti / D’Armata) Marvel

So, the art is Schiti? Actually, it isn’t that bad.

What knocks this book down this week is the Alexis transformation. There is a memory block! She thinks hard! It is broken now!

That’s it?

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #2 (Bendis / Cho / Gracia) Marvel

This ended up pretty lacklustre. So the young X-Men can’t go back in time because of… what? Was that in the Wolverine & X-Men issue that I didn’t get? Because the future X-Men have no problem going home. The deaths mean nothing. The Brotherhood stayed here? That means something. Kitty and the youngsters have joined Cyclops?

This comic wasn’t great but there is story potential going forward.

INFINITY #5 (Hickman / Opena / Weaver / Ponsor) Marvel

This crossover has gotten better. It has moved all the way up to – doesn’t suck. I still am looking forward to it begin over.

AVENGERS #22 (Hickman / Yu / Alanguilan / Gho) Marvel

See Infinity #5.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20 (Slott / Camuncoli / Dell / Fabela) Marvel

He knocked out her tooth?! What the hell?!

I didn’t care for that at all. I like the new Parker company though. That will be interesting when Peter comes back.

SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2 (Charles Soule / Javier Pina / Kano) DC

Bit by bit, Swamp Thing is turning back into classic Swamp Thing. This was a good issue and a great evolution of his powers. I’m not sure I liked the mentor, but the Lady of the Weeds was pretty cool. Swampy is a really good comic.

SANDMAN OVERTURE #1 (Neil Gaiman / J.H. Williams III) Vertigo

I was SOOOO looking forward to this. Gaiman’s Sandman is one of… if not THE… high-water marks for long form comics. He is joined by one of the best design artists going. How could this not be good? How could they possible screw this up?

Well, neither Gaiman or Williams did… and this is almost a silly point… but the ads really annoyed me. Two page ad spreads interspersed throughout the comic whenever there was a scene break.

I hated it. It ruined the flow of the story. Comics used to be like this, but Vertigo books are usually held to a higher standard.

Great comic with that nitpick.

SAGA #15 (Brian K. Vaughan / Fiona Staples) Image

Which opened the door for the best CURRENT comic going to day. New inspiration for Alana. A dramatic turn of events for The Will and Sophia. An awesomely ridiculous cover. This is good comics. (If it wasn’t for that ad issue, Sandman would have taken it, though.)


Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Avengers A.I. #3

September 8, 2013
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This week was pretty solid, but without any books pushing to the top of the stack… or the bottom.

Starting at the weakest…

X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1 (Bendis / Cho / Gracia) Marvel

There was nothing wrong with this book per se, but the whole thing just seemed a rehash of the discussions from the individual comics, all as a set-up for the end, with the pay-off waiting for the cross-over.

INFINITY #2 (Hickman / Opena / Weaver / Ponsor) Marvel

This is one of those rare times where Hickman’s style really works for the book. The choppy delivery gives the feeling of urgency and desperation. Plus the plot actually moves forward! A son you say… Is his name… Luke… Cage?

Probably not. (In fact, that would suck.) But it would set up that line…

FAIREST #19 (Williams / Sadowski / Jimenez / Braun) Vertigo

Beautiful cover, but with Hughes, that is pretty common. THe story was a little weak, but interesting. It shows what happens when ‘regular’ people interact with ‘spirit’ people. The regular people come out the worse for wear.

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17 (Slott / Stegman / Livesay / Delgado) Marvel

Did we know about the Tiberius Stone / Spidey 2099 connection before? That is pretty impressive forward planning on Slott’s part otherwise.

I was never a fan of the 2099 line, but could we end up with THREE Spider-men in the 616? And none of them Peter?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #16 (Bendis / Immonen / von Grawbadger / Gracia) Marvel

Here is the pay-off from Battle of the Atom. The future X-Men were pretty interesting, complete with a great (though predictable) end game reveal. What really made this issue shine was the characterization between Jean, Hank and Scott. Great stuff.

TRILLIUM #2 (Jeff Lemire) Vertigo

This was nearly #1 (and it probably should be, really), but the art is still a negative. The back-and-forth between the two characters was great. We still have no idea what is going on, but that is okay… so far.

AVENGERS A.I. #3 (Humphries / Araujo / D’Armata) Marvel

Why did I like this issue so much? I didn’t like the first two issues that much. It is the Diamond. I really, REALLY hope that when this shakes out, there continues to be this new ‘land’ on the Marvel Earth – like the Savage Land, Atlantis, Wakanda, etc. for the A.I.

Great concept.