Um, hi! I'm back at least for a little while! Did you miss me?
I had a stack of comics that I finally got through (well mostly, I've still got to catch up on some new titles.)
Here's a brief look at some titles I have read52
remains very uneven and I thought that #34 was very talky and not at all intresting.Action
844 and 845 - cutsey and okay, but I really didn't want to see the Superman movie in the comic.
All-Star Superman - This is my favorite title of the year (when it came out). The perfect superhero comic book.
Amazing Spider-man - I won't dignify this title with a review. Pitiful.Astonishing X-Men
18-19 - what? huh? pretty!Batman
- I loved Mandrake and Ostander in the Spectre. This story line is a bad LOTDK that they must have done in their sleep. Quite terrible. Please do Morrison or nobody else. Batman Confidential #1? Dreck.
Batman and the Mad Monk 3-5 - just excellent storytelling/art as always and a damn fine story. Keep doing more of these Matt!
Captain America - how can this be so good and be a tie-in to Civil War? Really good stuff. But it's Brubaker, what do you expect?Daredevil
- not a surprise hit (just a hit). Really good stuff. But it's Brubaker, what do you expect?Desolation Jones
7-8- Ellis doing crime, perversion and nihilism as only he can.Detective
- The last issue I got was the Joker/Robin issue and it was very good actually. Unfortunately, I was too offended by the Poison Ivy gratuitious storyline to continue this title.Fables
- continues to be excellent every month and the one title I look forward to the most. The Christmas issue was very interesting, a nice one-off that added to the larger story arc.Immortal Iron Fist 1-2
- surprise hit of the year. Really good stuff. But it's Brubaker, what do you expect?
Invincible 27/38 - has been pretty good. Kirkman has stayed away from most of the gross violence that has pestered this title a few times. I've dropped it however in protest of Kirkman's treatment of his gay lead in Marvel Team-Up.
Jack of Fables 1-6 - I'm not sure yet how I feel about this title - if I like it or not. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be - or how it's supposed to be different from Fables, but it's entertaining enough and has enough of the Fables type mythology twists that I enjoy so to keep me interested. I've given it to the end of 7 to see if I continue.
Superman Confidential - the second issue, which I quite like, was much better than the first. Shows good promise.The Lone Ranger
1-3 - just okay. The plot is moving at a snail's pace. The art is a bit too 90's in places. This could be a much stronger work if it had better plotting. Interesting introduction spices things up at the end of #3.Nextwave: Agents of Hate
8-11 - about to come to an end, sadly, because it's been a damn fun ride this year. One of the best titles of the year just because it never took itself or any comic book seriously and just had fun. Many people are making much out Nextwave #11's mural of Commie Pinko Gorrillas, laser-eye Stephen Hawkings, the Wolvarillas, Snakes on the Planesand much ado about the Modok Elvii
, but does anyone freaking care about the appearance of The Living Brain!!??
New Universal #1 - this could go either way at this point, but I'm going with promising for now. It's good enough to make me want to try #2.
Powers 20-21 -I still struggle with the question of does the hyper-violence, harsh language, and frequently sexist attitudes serve the story and tone of the book or is it gratuitous? Depending on the issue, it could be either. I'm not fond of the Deena and Walker getting powers story idea, but I'm willing to see how it continues to play out.
Busiek and Pacheco are a great team on this very fun title. Making me care about Superman is not an easy thing and I'm loving this title.
Spider-Man loves Mary Jane - adorable - a real treat on a monthly basis and the best Spider-man book out there.Spider-Man Reign
#1 - DE-pressing. Very bleak and morbid. Not at all what I'd want from a Spider-man story. And as others have commented, very derivative in several aspects of The Dark Knight Returns. Not fun at all although I almost feel compelled to get the other issues to see Peter turn it around. If he doesn't, though, it will be just too damn depressing to stand.Thunderbolts
107-109 - merciful wrap up to the most exposition heavy comic book ever. Fabian I'm afraid took the fun out of this book by making things so damn complicated he wasted at least 3/4 of each book explaining (and not always well) what was going on. I'm not sure if the Ellis take-over is good or bad. In many ways I just want this to die.True Story Swear to God
1-2 - I found #2 to be exceptionally good. Belands' relaunch at Image has kept the story going for those of us who know it and seems like it would be accessible for those new to it. I hope he's seeing a rise in visibility for this excellent work.Ultimate Power
1-2 - porn face.Ultimate Spider-man
- the clone storyline is pretty wild but fun; we'll see how it all turns out before rendering final judgment. I thought the twist about Peter's dad was pretty obvious.Welcome to Tranquility
#1 - was okay but not really my cup of tea, surprisingly. I thought I would enjoy an Astro City-esque take on retired heroes but found Googe's nose circles very distracting and the discussion of the Gentleman's sexuality off-putting. The worse crime? This was boring; I didn't care about any of the characters. Doody.Wildcats
#1 /Authority #1
- wacky, crazy, Marvel-Boy-lite fun /um, ok, that was different - much less fun.