Posted on 31 May 2010.
For those on the fence about where to spend their comic dollar.
For those that have been reading this book from the beginning, it’s pay off time. We get to see the actual Viltrumite War begin, and Invincible fighting along side his Father (go back and read the first few arcs and you see how bizarre this now is). The book is good fun and with a rematch with Conquest, it also promises to be bloody.
Sweet Tooth #10
Even though this book is another in the long line of Post-Apocalyptic tales, Sweet-Tooth is really a mystery against this backdrop, and with the Deer-boy close to becoming a victim of vivisection, we seem close to learning about where Sweet-Tooth came from. Get on board with writer Jeff Lemire now, before everyone starts riding him as the new writer of Superboy (Conner Kent).
Posted in features, headlines, Image Comics, staff picks, Vertigo
Posted on 24 May 2010.
It’s an all Vertigo pick list for this coming Wednesday, do you part to keep excellent Vertigo titles like Scalped and Sweet Tooth from being cancelled.
Still the best book being published today, I am now becoming repetitive in my praise of Jason Aaron’s masterpiece. Do yourself (and all of us) a favor and give the book a shot. If you like Breaking Bad or the Wire, this mature drama will definitely be to your taste. If anything, you’ll look cooler when you walk out of your LCS with this on top of your stack than Deadpool #900.
Unknown Soldier #20
And then there were 4. After this, only #20 more issues of Dysart’s groundbreaking title, so get it while you can. Also, check out our interview with Joshua Dysart if you are unsure about picking up the title., as Josh explains what makes this book so unique.
Posted in features, headlines, staff picks, Vertigo
Posted on 23 May 2010.
Things I thought when I read what I bought:
Avengers #1 (Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr.)
I actually like BMB, but it’s hard to believe this is the same dude that wrote “The Confession”. Wow, just wow, this is a shi%%y book. The breezy banter that is Bendis’ trademark just seems out of place here, and the book lacks the gravtias necessary after the 8 years of events that have had the heroes fighting (and sometimes killing) each other. The panel dump of each heroes reaction to being asked to join the avengers is just weak, at this point isn’t the name “Avengers” something most people would run from? This isn’t all BMB’s fault, JR Jr is even sketchier than he was in his Kick-Ass run and his relative sizing of characters is WAY out of wack. Steve Rogers looks PRE-super soldier serum size and spider woman likes like a transvestite. This is especially troubling when you realize that JR Jr is responsible for some of the best runs on Iron Man ever. Take a look at Iron Man #258 for just how well suited to draw Iron Man he is, and then look at what he phoned in on Avengers #1. Looks like this is where my status as an Avengers reader stops, unless Brubaker knocks one out the park with Secret Avengers.
Zatanna #1 (Paul Dini, Stephane Roux)
For those that don’t know, Dini wrote the Batman Animated Series and has been turning in one and done issues that feel like cartoon episodes for Streets of Gotham and Detective before Batwoman had her (too) brief run. Zatanna has the same cartoon feel to it, but has a more adult edge with the occult and magic theme and Zatanna’s ‘working clothes’. The book is a light read and Stephane takes advantage of the subject matter, the gratuitous bathtub-hands-free-cellphone scene is right on the money, and gives a solid start what looks to be a crime/magic noir take on the DCU. Like Johns, Dini finds a way to make (relatively) silly characters threatening, and based upon this initial tease, this book is worth a look for a few issues.
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Posted on 22 May 2010.
Unfortunately, Joshua Dysart’s well reviewed but low selling Unknown Soldier is coming to a close with issue #25. Josh took to twitter to confirm the news that Rich Johnston broke yesterday and to assure current readers that the book will end in a way worthy of what has come so far.
JoshuaDysart: The gig is, literally, up. Since Rich Johnson posted the news yesterday that Unknown Soldier will end with #25 I’ve been swamped with…
JoshuaDysart: loving emails from readers. The outpouring of affection and praise has been amazing. Thank you. The book may not have moved “enough” of…
You to keep it alive, but it moved enough of you for me. Thank you. I promise the book will end in an awesome, natural way and that when…
JoshuaDysart: read in trades, will feel like it was always meant to conclude this way. I’ve been preparing for this cancellation for a while and have…
JoshuaDysart: had plenty of time to sing it out right. I actually really, really like the way the series is going to end and feel like it should end…
JoshuaDysart: This way. Keep reading! Five more issues!
JoshuaDysart: Thanks to all the tweet mentions regarding the cancellation of Unknown Soldier. You guys are all awesome.
And to show that he’s not bitter, some of that trademark Dysart humor on the way out the door:
JoshuaDysart: For two years we executed a comic that flirted with both pulp nonsense & real-life genocidal truth. As far as I’m concerned, we won.
JoshuaDysart: “If you’re gonna tell the truth, you better make them laugh. Otherwise they’ll kill you.” US wasn’t a funny enough book about genocide.
JoshuaDysart: My next book will be called WISE CRAKIN’ PROTAGONIST!
JoshuaDysart: Featuring a sassy talking puppy who experiences first hand the human sex trafficking trade.
Posted in headlines, NEWS, Vertigo
Posted on 16 May 2010.
PLAYSTATION COMICS STORE UPDATE
2000AD Prog #1679
Atomic Robo Vol.3 #1
The Flying Friar #1
Garters & Ghouls #1
G.I. Joe #17
G.I. Joe: Operation HISS #3
The Immortal Iron Fist (2006) #15
The Immortal Iron Fist (2006) #16
The Immortal Iron Fist (2006) #17
The Immortal Iron Fist (2006) #18
The Immortal Iron Fist (2006) #19
The Immortal Iron Fist (2006) #20
The Immortal Iron Fist (2006) #21
The Lexian Chronicles #4
Sonic the Hedgehog #3
Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers #2
Transformers: Spotlight #20
Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 #6
IPHONE/IPAD/IPOD COMICS UPDATES
Bloodrayne: Twin Blades #1
Ghost Rider #4 (of 6)
Ghost Rider #5 (of 6)
Ghost Rider #6 (of 6)
Hack/Slash: The Series #25
Hack/Slash: The Series #26
Hack/Slash: The Series #27
Hack/Slash: The Series #28
Last Blood #3
New X-Men #31
New X-Men #32
New X-Men #33
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #4 (of 5)
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #5 (of 5)
Stingers #2 (of 5)
The Boy Who Made Silence #5 (of 12)
The Boy Who Made Silence #6 (of 12)
Wolverine #1 (of 4)
Wolverine #2 (of 4)
Wolverine #3 (of 4)
Wolverine #4 (of 4)
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Posted on 16 May 2010.
A few books that should ship this Wednesday (5/19/10) that you should think about adding to your pull list:
American Vampire #3 (Scott Snyder, Stephen King, Rafael Alburquerque)
Combining two genres, Vampires and the Old West, was a stroke of genius and by splitting the story about Skinner Sweet into two timeframes, the narrative of the two stories is woven into a larger tale. Both Snyder and King are in top form and Rafael is putting his ankle in it when it comes to art duty. Definitely a book to read the same week Red Dead Redemption comes out.
The Walking Dead #72 (Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard)
In keeping with this horror theme, we have the preeminent zombie book here again. This arc focuses on putting this extremelywounded (both physically and mentally) group in a ‘normal’ setting and the build up to the pay off should be worth it.
Posted in features, headlines, Image Comics, staff picks, Vertigo
Posted on 16 May 2010.
Quick takes on some comics I bought:
Too bad comics aren’t worth more when they have errors like baseball cards, because the artist on the cover is not the artist that drew the book. Sandu Florea’s name is on the cover but it’s Guillem March on the inside, which is a good thing from my perspective. March draws some really original ‘bat-poses’ but overall the issue feels like a rushed second half to a two-part story that only serves to eleveate Firebug and possible redirect for the Riddler. If you have been holding off like I have on Batman (I started again at #697 in anticipation of #700, but there really is no lead-in) then holding off here won’t hurt.
Wow, what the hell. I think Marvel learned it’s lesson that having a super powerful Superman-like character doesn’t work well in the Marvel U, and not to state the obvious by now, but there is one less Sentry to worry about now. It most of these event comics, especially the Bendis’ one, there seems to be a strong build up with a limp, quick finish. It’s like they just flipped a switch an now everything is OK. I understand that they are setting the stage to mine this material for years until they move to the next phase, but this whole event seemed unnecessary and poorly thought out.
Black Widow #2
I picked up the first two issues on a whim and have to say they have been pretty enjoyable. Props to Marjorie Liu for crafting a sharp opening act that showcases the alter egos of some of the Marvel U’s biggest names and weaving a mystery that draws you in. The art by Daniel Acuna fits the story and with the thick lines it pops off the page. I suggest picking this up and giving at least the first arc a try.
Posted in features, NEWS, REVIEWS, wednesday loot
Posted on 28 April 2010.
Some random thoughts on some books I bought.
I picked up the Iron Man By Design variant which says “Iron Man does not appear in this Issue” on the back. Neither does Thor. Much like Gillen’s ‘Loki’ one-shot, he shows a deft touch and dealing with the god of mischief and finally resolving story arcs set up by JMS. Recent previews have shown the Fractions debut on Thor has been pushed by a an issue or two, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The Walking Dead #71
Again, I have to heap more praise on this book. Kirkman delivers a pretty wicked twist and not one zombie appears in the issue. Evil really is in the eye of the beholder and we finally enter a phase were we get a new perspective on the crew we’ve been following and just what sort of toll these people have paid. For the first time you realize just how deeply affected Rick and his son really are, and it’s a brutal scene. TWD is easily my second favorite title after Scalped, do yourself a favor and don’t miss this issue.
Iron Man #25
As much as I love what Matt Fraction did with this volume of Invincible Iron Man, it seems a bit odd that what took several issues to undo is practically redone in a few pages. Worse, the best part, the new armor (Mark MMXVIII?) is all a ‘secret’, Tony just has an epiphany and rolls to Reed Richard’s lab and now has Super Extremis Armor, but we are invited to keep reading to see all the new capabilities of the armor. As a huge Iron Man fan, new armor is something you look forward to, and I feel shortchanged on what we are given in this oversized issue. Stark’s new company direction (I like the fact that Stark turns down an Asgardian bail-out) harkens back to the Circuit Maximus days and the whole issue feels like an homage to the late 80′s Invincible. Hopefully, Fraction is only using some of these rehashed beats to set the table before he sets off in a new and fresh direction.
Posted in features, headlines, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, REVIEWS, wednesday loot
Posted on 19 April 2010.
Ultimate Comics Avengers #6
Say what you will about Mark Millar, but this was one of the better books out of the Ultimatum fiasco. I came this far, so I have to see how this all wraps up with Father Cap vs. Son Red Skull. This incarnation of Red Skull is pretty brutal, and Millar seems to be juxtaposing how far a moral man like Cap will go against a nihilistic and amoral man like Skull. If Cap kills Red Skull, you have a pretty good idea of how a Millar Batman/Joker finale would end up.
Peter David has long been one of the better writers around, and his X-Factor has been consistently one of the better X titles. While the other books recycle the race war story line (which is stupid, since humans would be worried about any metahuman, regardless if they were born with the power or had a freak accident), David was doing his own thing and it was very entertaining. Well, they have sucked him into the latest X-event, but it’s worth taking a look at to see how David puts his own unique signature on it.
Posted in features, headlines, Marvel Comics, publishers, staff picks
Posted on 18 April 2010.
My take on a few books I bought last Wednesday.
Secret Six #20 (DC)
Man, Gail Simone is no joke, flirting ever so close with the limits of a non VERTIGO title. After the cliffhanger ending of #19, the premise plays out in a sort of Mel-Gibson-Witness “Give me back my son!” (or for you youngins, Liam-Neeson-Taken) style, and it is very well done. Catman is front and center and like the legend of Keyser Soze, he shows these men of will what will is. Highly recommened.
Powers #4 (Icon)
Brian Michael Bendis decides to turn in his David Mamet (or Garth Ennis) issue of Powers (count the ‘number of f-bombs) and it’s actually a pretty gripping read. The premise here, one that seems tangentially related to Marvel’s current retelling of the WWII era Marvel, is where do you go for thrills when you have already saved the world from war. Bendis’ is weaving a noir mystery that streches back a centrury using the newly revealed immortal status of Walker. This book is going bi-monthly, which is a shame as it starting to really get interesting. Also recommended.
Siege Loki One-Shot (Marvel)
One thing I didn’t like about Siege was that it seems a sudden and unoriginal way to end Osborn’s Dark Reign. All of a sudden, an Asgardian blows up a football game (didn’t we do that to kick off Civil War? Stamford, anyone?) and Loki decides to tell Osbourne to take on Asgard. Just seemed very forced to me. Well, thank Odin that Marvel has Kieron Gillen on the payroll, because this guy just made the whole thing seem plausible. While I dig Matt Fraction, I don’t think they should pull Gillen off Thor for him. Gillen really gets the tone of these gods and all I can say is that if you were on the fence about Siege, this book goes a long way to making that sudden swerve way more plausible and sets the stage for what could be the most insane version of Loki yet.
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