Monday, January 21, 2013

Week in Comics 1/16/13

Almost completely forgot to write this, but here I am. I kind of liked getting a thought or two down on every comic, like I did last week, so let's do that again. Although I am not really sure what to do about the tags. SPOILERS FOR LAST WEEK'S COMICS.

2000AD #1815 (Dredd story)By Robbie Morrison and Peter Doherty
     Pretty much how I figured this storyline was going to play out. I wish the concept could have been drug out a little longer, but that doesn't seem to happen in the Dredd stuff I've read.

All-New X-Men #6
By Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez 
     Marquez does a good job of making the past X-Men look like a bunch of teens. I dunno how long he's going to be on this book, but I think it fits the tone a bit better than Immonen did.

Archer and Armstrong v3 #6
By Fred Van Lente and Emanuela Lupacchino
     Funny as always.

Avengers Assemble v2 #11
By Kelley Sue DeConnick and Stefano Caselli 
     I'm not sure if I just missed something, but it didn't really seem like the whole virus part of the plan was taken care of.

Avenging Spider-Man #16
By Christopher Yost and Paco Medina
     It's interesting to see how the rest of the Marvel U is reacting to Spider-Man's personality change, but you have to figure that they'd take a personality change more seriously. There is like aliens that have taken over someone's life. This issue does address how Ock can remain hidden despite the metric ton of mind readers walking around, so at least there is some reason this is working.

Batgirl v4 #16
By Gail Simone, Ed Benes and Daniel Sampere 
     Whatever your mind imagines to be the language that sentient alien pieces of shit use to communicate is what I want to write this in. It's the only language that can possibly express the levels of shit, shittyness and shititude contained in this book. This is a total hate read for me.

Batman v2 #16
By Scott Snyder, Gregg Capullo and Jock
     If there is one thing Scott Snyder does well, it's write Batman just walking through a place wrecking dudes. Obviously it wouldn't be as awesome without Capullo on art, who can definitely draw the hell out of Batman wrecking dudes.

Batman and Robin v2 #16
By Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
     This was a whole lot of punchin'. Pretty weird that Damian couldn't tell the difference between his dad and a Japanese man dressed like Batman, but he was under some stress so I'll let it slide.

The Black Beetle #1
By Francesco Francavilla 
     I am pretty predisposed to loving this comic. I am down for pretty much anything that has the 1930s-1940s noir pulpy feel to it. It doesn't hurt that Francavilla is an excellent artist.

Captain America v7 #3
By Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.
     I'm not really sure what to think of this comic. While I like the Idea of taking a dude who was already out of his own time and throwing him into some crazy sci-fi world, this is just really weird. Because the comic jumped ahead in time to when Cap had already been surviving for a while, we never really got introduced to the rules of the world. Its hard to tell if Cap is in an extraordinary circumstance, or if this is just and average Monday in this world.

Captain Marvel v7 #9
By Kelly Sue DeConnick and Filipe Andrade
     Woof on the art in this comic. It was just distracting. Instead of paying attention to a story about dinosaurs and cats, I was thinking this.

Conan the Barbarian v2 #12
By Brian Wood and Declan Shalvey
     This whole business with Belit has lasted a lot longer than I thought it was going to, so kudos for not being predictable. Similarly, other than breaking it off and moving onto to a totally new place and story, I'm not sure where this plot is going.

Daredevil v2 #22
By Mark Waid and Chris Samnee 
     Similar to Avenging Spider-Man I am really feeling like other heroes should take this change more seriously. Again, its fairly well justified, but I am always vigilant on the lookout for evil posing as someone I know. Also, way to be a downer Mark Waid.

Demon Knights #16
By Robert Venditti and Bernard Chang
     Well there goes my theory that Al Jabr is secretly Ra's Al Ghul. Also, why even have a mask/gag thing on a dude when his mouth is fused like that one scene in the first matrix?

Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #16
By Matt Kindt and Alberto Ponticelli
     I have to say, I had high hopes for this series when it first came out. It was crazy and not really like the rest of what DC was putting out, but it didn't really go anywhere. Things happened, but they didn't seem important to the world or the characters. It was just some issues of crazy stuff, which were enjoyable, but not that memorable.

Indestructible Hulk #3
By Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu
     Bruce Banner and his science team is shaping up to be a pretty sweet series. From a distance, the Hulk always looked insanely boring to me. But it's hard to pass up some sweet SCIENCE, which this book is delivering so far.

New Avengers v3 #2
By Johnathan Hickman and Steve Epting
     Maybe it's because I am not as well versed in the Marvel U as I am the DCU, but this book really seems like it's trying to have some gravitas that I am just not getting. The whole time I was reading it, I felt like someone was elbowing me in the ribs and going "See how cool all these guys are? They are like super important and secretly make super important decisions. Cool, right?"

Savage Wolverine #1
By Frank Cho
     This was probably not a good one to read on the train. I am fairly sure some type of elderly something was not impressed by Shanna the She-Devil. Other than causing some looks, I dig the concept of being trapped in the Savage Lands. Although pretty much all stakes are out the window when it comes to wolverine. Not only does he have the standard popular hero plot armor, but also powers that make sure there is basically no danger ever.

Threshold #1
By Keith Giffen, Tom Raney and Scott Kollins
     Meh

Venom v2 #30
By Cullen Bunn, Thony Silas and Rodger Robinson 
     How many different things has Eddie Brock been infected with? That dude needs to see a doctor or something.

X-Men v4 #40
By Brian Wood, Jefte Palo and Guillermo Mogorron
     I hope hey call that new dude TRANSFORMERS 4 or something.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Week in Comics 1/9/13

I am back from a holiday vacation, and I'm feeling like it's time to try something a bit different. I am going to do really short thoughts on ALL the comics I read every week instead of the few I've decided are worth talking about more. Maybe this will help me pay more attention to all the comics I read, maybe this will get me out of thinking I have nothing to say for some of the comics I was posting on here. So prepare yourself for a big list and maybe some SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEK'S COMICS.

2000AD #1814 (Just the Dredd story)By Bobbie Morrison and Peter Doherty
     I like the contrast between Dredd and Heller. Both coming up mentored by the same guy and ending up in completely different places in their old age. I'm actually not sure how old-ish Dredd is supposed to be now that I think about it.

Action Comics v2 #16
By Grant Morrison, Brad Walker and Rags Morales
     I am just not into the Legion. I tried with the relaunch, but it didn't happen. Also what the hell is going on in this series.

Age of Apocalypse #11By David Lapham, Roberto de la Torre and Renato Arlem
     This is a series I just kind of picked up in the middle, so I don't have the best grasp on what's going on but I like it for some reason. I've referenced it a few times in paste posts and I do really like the idea of alternate timeline ongoings.

Animal Man v2 #16
By Jeff Lemire, Steve Pugh and Timothy Green II
     These last two months have not been great for John Constantine on the whole being alive front. Also, I'm glad that this issue shows how insanely fucked people would be fighting the Flash.

Avengers Arena #3
By Dennis Hopeless and Kevin Walker
   Battle Royale was one of my favorite manga back when I was really into anime, so it's nice to see that this series is giving its props with the covers. I know almost nothing about all of these characters, so I'm glad each one seems to be getting some flashback time and explanation.

Batwing #16
By Fabian Nicieza and Allan Jefferson
     Even though Nicieza wrote the previous issue, it was finishing up a plot from Winick's run. This issue is a lot more like a reintroduction. It mentions who characters are and how Batwing came to be, so I'm hoping this is a new jumping on point for some people and a new direction for the series.

Cable and X-Force #3
By Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca
     I like that this comic has a kind of heist-movie feel to it. A ragtag team of people who maybe don't like each other getting together to do crazy stuff for mutant kind. I'm not a huge fan of Cable, mostly because of the 90s, but it hasn't really gotten in the way of this being an enjoyable read.

Detective Comics v2 #16
By John Layman, Jason Fabok and Andy Clarke
     I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't like the penguin. Even this Emperor Penguin storyline is not grabbing me at all. The main plot about the Joker gangs was kind of interesting until there was a old timey looking supervillain who was masterminding it. Why cant Batman just fight a bunch of crazy Joker gangs? I miss street level crime in Batman comics.

Dial H #8
By China Mieville and Alberto Ponticelli
     Dropped this series for a bit and then picked it back up recently. I'm still not totally sure if I like it or not.

Earth 2 #8
By James Robinson and Yildiray Cinar
     So, is Apokolips in this series Apokolips 2? Did both universe's Apokolips just decide to invade Earth and one did a bad job? I don't even know why I am still reading this.

Fairest #11
By Lauren Beukes and Inaki Miranda
     Recently, I read all of Fables and it's spin-offs/tie-ins. Now I am all caught up and digging this series a lot. I hope there is more exploration of Fables from different parts of the world. In this or other series.

Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1
By Keith Giffen, Scott Kolins and Andrei Bressan 
     I am just not a fan of DCU's space stuff. I don't really like Green Lantern, but I also don't hate it. It's just there. And the fact that this served basically no purpose to the New Guardians series and instead was to sell the upcoming space anthology made me enjoy it even less.

Marvel Universe vs The Avengers #4
By Johnathan Maberry and Leandro Fernandez  
      Through this series I've mostly thought, "Wasn't Marvel Zombies already a thing?" and the answer is yes.

The Phantom Stranger v4 #4
By J. M. DeMatteis, Dan DiDio and Brent Anderson
     This series is really trying to ride the line between Justice League and Justice League Dark. It really wants to be knee deep in the magic stuff, but it has to keep going "HEY THE TRINITY WAR IS AN EVENT THAT IS COMING UP"

Punisher: War Zone v3 #3
By Greg Rucka and Carmine Di Giandomenico
     I hope Greg Rucka writes the Punisher forever. I hope the Punisher never shaves and stays Big Boss forever.

Scarlet Spider v2 #13
By Christopher Yost and Khoi Pham
     My favorite thing about this series is that it takes place in Texas. It's nice to see some superhero action away from the east coast.

Secret Avengers #36
By Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera 
     I've sat here for a few mins trying to remember what I think of this, and all I can think is that it's crazy.

Star Wars v(?) #1
By Brian Wood and Carlos D'Anda
     As a kid I was really into Star Wars, but I never really got into the expanded universe stuff. As an adult I am not that into Star Wars, but I loved DMZ, Northlanders and Demo, so I figured i'd check it out. So far it's interesting. I'm kind of surprised that it takes place between Episode IV and V since it doesn't seem like there is much story to tell there.

Superior Spider-Man #1
By Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman
     I was a little wary of this series after the events of Amazing Spider-Man #700, but i have to say I really enjoyed this. The section right at the end was very well done. It was intense, up close, and brutal. It was something I haven't seen in a Spider-Man comic and that is worth the read alone.

Swamp Thing v5 #16
By Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette
     Goddamn this series is good.

Sweet Tooth #40
By Jeff Lemire
    I enjoyed this series quite a bit. Lemire's off-kilter art elevated everything else about the book and really made it a unique read.

Thor: God of Thunder #4
By Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic 
     Despite how much I love Norse stuff, I never really got into Thor. Until this series. The story being split across three times is great and the art is fantastic. I can't compliment this book enough.

Thunderbolts v3 #3
By Daniel Way and Steve Dillon
     Some people really like Steve Dillon's art. I am not one of those people. I first ran into him on Hellblazer, where I was alright with his art, but then I saw the other things he has penciled and realized that pretty much everyone looks the same. In the credits page for this issue the Punisher and Red Hulk have nearly identical faces making similar expressions. Often, artists can kill a series for me and this might be one of those.

The Walking Dead #106
By Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
     One of the things I really liked about this series was that Rick was slowly transforming into almost a villain. He went from pretty innocent to hardcore and it was a great read. Now that's slowed down a bit, and it definitely seems like Kirkman is having fun just torturing the characters for a while.

Wolverine and the X-Men #23
By Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw
     I jumped into this series mid-stream, but it's been a pretty fun read. I'm thinking Jason Aaron might be good at writing comics.

Worlds' Finest #8
By Paul Levitz, George Perez, CAFU, and Cliff Richards
     There is a lot of artists on this issue, and that is never a good sign. Suddenly it cuts from a style I don't like to a fantastic one and back a few times within a page or two and then a completely different one. My problem with this series from the get go has been art, and I really wish they would get it sorted. going by artists on this issue, I vote CAFU stays on.

Man, I read a lot of comics. I am not sure if this was more or less fun than my usual posts, so we'll see if I do it next week. Man, it wont even let me tag all the comics.