Sunday, December 16, 2012

Week in Comics 12/12/12

My god have I not been doing any comic stuff lately. Someday I will get back to actually reading things before Sunday. Anyway, SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Batman v2 #15
By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Backup by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Jock
     Similar to last issue, some stuff just came off weird to me. This time it was some of the dialog. I'm not sure if it was supposed to reflect Batman losing his cool, but lines like "YOU ARE NOTHING--BUT DEGENERATE FILTH" read really awkwardly in my head. And the framing dialog about pupils, I like as a concept, but the way its phrased like Batman psyching himself up is strange to me.
     Then there's the scene where Bruce tells a story that has no real point, and seems to only piss off the rest of the family. On a metatextual standpoint I can see wanting to have an encounter like this, but I am not sure why Bruce would decide to go "Oh, BTW the joker possibly knew who we were all along, but probably not because I say so" from a character standpoint. He doesn't want to tell everyone about Alfred and upset them, but he does want to tell a nearly decade old anecdote that will only upset them.
     I get the sense that all of this is to show that Batman is off his game, but it comes out more like out of his character. It's like Snyder wants that post Jason Todd era Batman, but that was an era where Batman shut everyone out. It clashes with all the scenes of dealing with the rest of the bat-family.

Batman and Robin v2 #15
By Peter J Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
     This issue was fantastic. It was all talking, but managed to get across the Joker's point in a way that wasn't weird. There was none of the king Batman stuff, it was just the Joker telling Damian why all the bat-fam needs to go away. It pretty much communicated everything the last 2 issues of Batman tried to in a way I enjoyed and understood way more. Plus the Joker did some seriously creepy stuff with his face. Somehow this issue beat out Batman #15 in terms of my enjoyment.

Demon Knights #15
By Paul Cornell and Bernard Chang

Monday, December 10, 2012

Week in Comics 12/5/12

I totally meant to do this last night, and then I ate a bunch of crappy food and passed out. Then, I meant to do it on the MAX this morning, but completely zoned it. So, now it's officially into the next week, BUT I DON'T LET THE MAN'S CALENDAR KEEP ME DOWN. SPOILERS FOR LAST WEEK'S COMICS. Although, my thoughts on these may be a bit short.

Animal Man v2 #15
By Jeff Lemire, Timothy Green II and Steve Pugh
     Pretty much more of the same. Which isn't a bad thing, but it's one of those issues where a lot of not much happens and then there is a shocking reveal on the last page. Pretty common in current comics, which sometimes makes issues that don't really stick with you. I'm sure they'd serve a lot better for Trades, but waiting a month for a light issue is always kind of a bummer.

Batwing #15
By Fabian Nicieza and Fabrizio Fiorentino
     I really hope these solo adventures keep up. Batwing is developing some much needed personality.

Detective Comics v2 #15
By John Layman, Jason Fabok and Andy Clarke
     Again with this series. The main plot is solid and the backup seems way more interesting. They tie pretty closely together, but Clayface yelling "NOOOO" has nothing on Clayface being super sad in a sewer reading old love letters.

Swamp Thing v5 #15By Scott Snyder and Marco Rudy

Worlds' Finest #7
By Paul Levitz, Kevin Maguire and George Perez
     Did not think I'd see any comic ever mention Kony 2012.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Week in Comics 11/28/12


All-Star Western v3 #14
By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Moritat
     This is, as far as I can remember, the first story I've read to be labeled with the BLACK DIAMOND banner. Like all of All-Star Western's tie ins, the actual plot elements that tie the series into the crossover are barely present. I wouldn't be surprised if the first half of the next issue dealt with it a little and then dropped the plot entirely.
     I'm not really sure what's going on with this book. It just leaves me wanting something more, but I can't pin down what it is. It feels too small, which can work, but I like my historical fiction to be grand. It should be huge and full of detail, which I feel this series is lacking. Instead it's smaller stories in one city and it's not quite doing it for me anymore. Hex needs to move on and do some traveling.

Batman Incorporated v2 #5
By Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham
     I think what I loved most about this issue was its demonstration of how Morrison continues to not give a single fuck about the rest of the DCnU. That's not to say the rest of the issue wasn't fantastic as well. Similar to Rotworld, I would read the hell out of an alternate future ongoing of the Batman #666 future. It wouldn't really make sense to have one based on what happens in the issue, but I don't even care. This issue pretty much does everything that Earth 2 hasn't. AKA be interesting and actually make me unsure of what will happen to the characters next.

The Flash v4 #14
By Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
     All I could think about for the first half of this issue was that there should have been an Abbot and Costello style routine on "Gorilla invasion" vs "Guerilla invasion." Once I got over that idea, I got a pretty solid issue that I can't really form a thought on. I've probably said this too many times, but The Flash is just a good series. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, it's just a very well done superhero story. Which is what makes it hard for me to put how I feel about it into words. It doesn't fail to meet expectations and it doesn't do completely insane things, so there is nothing I can really point at and discuss.

I, Vampire #14
By Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino
     Talk about a world where you don't know what's going to happen. I've referred to this series as being like a Vertigo title before, and it still holds true. New characters and a loose connection to DCU mean things can actually happen and characters can actually play out their arcs. I'm pretty interested to see what will happen to this series. It's definitely at its best when not dealing with other DCU stuff, but that means that a lot of people aren't going to pick it up because someone they like is in it. I'm glad it has survived thus far  and I hope it keeps on for a while even being under the radar as it is.

Talon #2
By Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Juan Jose Ryp
     It seems like a lot of series this week are just reminding me why I am disappointed in other series. Here is a book that contains a high tech heist, a room full of treasure, and yet this isn't Catwoman. Why is the high adventure crime all happening in a series about taking down the Court of Owls? Well, I'll take it where I can get it, because this issue was good. Each issue seems to be building off the last and giving me a lot of hope for this series.