So I work part-time at a comic book shop.
I read about 20-30 comics a week, give or take.
These are a few I read this week.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #46
(Geoff Johns/Francis Manapul)
Most of the members of the Justice League are now New Gods and they’ve been off dealing with their own shit (as seen in the series of, in my opinion, rather weak one-shots over the last few weeks). Which leaves the few “non-god” members are left to fight off Darkseid’s loyal followers. And it’s looking like it’s up to Wonder Woman to hold this team together.
The story this month was good. It wasn’t great, as nothing major happened. Aside from a surprise character appearance and a few smaller things here and there.
But the art is where this issue really shined.
Francis Manapul is my DUDE!
Seriously, his art is this issue is on point. It’s maybe some of the best I’ve seen him do, even though I’m rather new to his work.
It was really just truly beautiful.
WE ARE ROBIN #7
(Lee Bermejo/Carmine Di Giandomenico)
This is part four of the Robin War event.
And I have to say I’m surprised at how much I’m really enjoying the thing. I’m not a huge fan of events as it is but I think they’re handling this one just right. Not too many issues (a small mini-series that crosses only a few titles – so it’s not too painful a thing on the old wallet), good art across the board, and a solid, enjoyable story.
The story this time: We’re with all our Robins still trapped in the futuristic cage prison thing. The Court of the Owls show up and pit Tim Drake and Jason Todd against each other in a fight to the death, in an attempt to find the next Gray Son of Gotham.
I’m also really enjoying the Dick Grayson/Gordon-as-Batman team-up.
And also basically any time Damian opens his mouth you know it’s going to be good and snarky and bratty.
That little dude’s a badass. Obviously.
The art in this part of the event is by Carmine Di Giandomenico, who I’m not super familiar with, but I thought it was good and fun and fit the story great.
(Robert Kirkman/Ryan Ottley)
Invincible is always one of my favorite books. It’s always one of the first I read when it comes out. Basically, I just fucking love everything about it.
I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I was super late to the Invincible party. I didn’t start reading it until this year. After months of being harassed and abused by my fellow comic shop employees for never having read the thing. They were unrelenting. They said very hurtful things. They hit me and spit at me. It’s a good thing I always have at least one or two knives on my person, or I may not be here today.
But anyway, once I started reading it, I was hooked. I was so into the book that I read all 21 trades back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to…well, you get it. And then quickly caught up on the rest of the issues to take me up-to-date with the story.
But so, the reboot?
My only problem with it, honestly, is that it was only three issues. It just seems like a weird side-step. But in this issue we do find out why he was sent back in time. And the ramifications of his time-travel.
So I like it but I was still a bit disappointed in it. I just don’t feel that there was enough to it. Maybe if they stretched it out over a few more issues there could have been more of an impact. Maybe he could have traversed through his past a bit more. Maybe, but I don’t know.
And then also there’s the hard bit of info we get in the letters page. Not going to spoil anything there though. Just let me say that I’m sorry and I’m hurting too.
THE GODDAMNED #2
(Jason Aaron/r.m. Guera/Giulia Brusco)
Jason Aaron is another one of my DUDES.
I’m a huge fan of his work. SOUTHERN BASTARDS is one of my favorite current on-going books and his THOR stuff is great too. I’m currently working my way through SCALPED (another one I was harassed for not having read) and I’m really, really enjoying it, though it did take a bit, maybe one or two of the trades, for me to really get into the story. I’m most of the way through the seventh trade now and I’m totally loving it. I imagine I’ll have the rest of them finished before the end of the year.
And on top of that, he’s got a great beard, a great attitude (from some interviews I’ve read with him), and he just seems like a cool dude.
So, yeah, Jason Aaron is my DUDE!
I remember when I first heard that he was getting back together with r.m. Guera and that they were going to take on the bible, I was immediately on-board.
Because basically anything Jason Aaron is doing I’m on-board with.
I’m sad to say that this book hasn’t hooked me yet. It hasn’t gotten into me yet the way his other stuff has. It has all the classic Aaron pieces I’ve come to love but I just haven’t clicked with it yet.
I’m not giving up on it, not by any means (same way I feel about DOCTOR STRANGE and THE MIGHTY THOR). I have faith that Jason Aaron will hook me, much the way he did with SCALPED. And I’m fine with giving him the time to do it.
Basically I’m cool with just reading anything and everything the dude writes.
BATMAN EUROPA #2
(Matteo Casali/Brian Azzarello/Giuseppe Camuncoli)
This is another book I wasn’t sure about, even after reading the first issue. The idea of the book alone strikes me as something you’d maybe read in a shitty bit of amateurish fan-fiction.
Joker and Batman teaming up to find a cure for a disease they were both infected with. I don’t know, man.
But all told, I’m actually digging the book. The art alone is amazing. But really, the shining star in this book, for me at least, is the Joker. I just love how much fun he’s having with the whole thing. As he and Batman hurry across Europe, trying to track down a cure, and also whoever may have infected them.
Batman’s all worried and serious about the whole thing, as he tends to be, and Joker’s just living it up. He’s just happy to be teaming-up with his boy, Bats.
A couple times Batman has to even remind him that they are in fact dying and that they need to get to work. That they’re not actually on a vacation, and that there isn’t really any time for sight-seeing.
So I’m digging it, yeah. It’s nothing groundbreaking or anything like that. But it’s just a fun little 4-parter mini-series.
And I’m excited to see the duo hit up Paris in the next issue.
UNCANNY INHUMANS #3
(Charles Soule/Steve McNiven)
I like Charles Soule a lot. I don’t know if I’d go as far to say that he’s one of my DUDES just yet. But I usually enjoy his stuff. So I’ll say that he’s maybe in the DUDE reserves. Or something. I have no idea what I’m even talking about.
Anyway, I’ll be honest here, I don’t really know shit about the Inhumans. I don’t have much history reading the characters and I don’t really know anything about them individually.
I do know, though, especially after this issue, that Black Bolt is a total badass. Seriously.
This issue finds the Uncanny Inhumans teaming up against Black Bolt and Medusa’s son, Ahura. And we find out what’s happened to him while he was serving under Kang, and why he hates the Inhumans, and what the hell is going on…kind of, maybe. Again these characters are all brand new and kind of foreign to me so I’m probably missing some stuff here, vital information or whatever.
But McNiven’s art is always great, and after a shaky first issue I think he’s really done his best on the series, so far, in this issue.
I’m looking forward to the next issue.
(Grant Morrison/Dan Mora)
The first thing that struck me about this series is that it’s goddamn Santa’s origin as told by Grant Morrison. After reading the first issue I was all in. Great art and the thing seemed like it was going to be a violent ride.
Plus, did I mention that it’s Grant Morrison writing Santa’s origin!!!
In issue 2 we see Klaus (aka Santa) basically just being a badass. He sneaks into the village with a sack of toy slung over his shoulder and proceeds to deliver them to all the oppressed children. This is a village where all toys are banned. Collected and given to the village rulers’ son, the brattiest little kid you ever wanted to punch in the face a bunch of times.
Klaus fights a bunch of dudes and sneaks about. He’s already becoming quite the myth. The townspeople refer to him as the Yuletime Spirit
Dan Mora’s art is amazing.
He’s a name I’ve seen here and there more and more recently. And after this book, he’s definitely an artist I’m going to be looking out for.
Klaus is an exciting and fun book and I’m excited to see where it goes in the next four issues.
(Mark Millar/Rafael Albuquerque)
This is another book I was super excited to hear about. And after reading the first issue I began recommending it to customers in the shop as a kind of subdued SLING BLADE. A simpleton superhero. A normal schmo with some unexplainable abilities.
I’m obviously a huge Millar fan and I really liked that HUCK #1 was a bit more wholesome than his usual style.
Huck’s just an all-around good guy. He likes helping people. He tries to do at least one good deed a day. It’s kind of nice to think about.
Imagine the world if every one of us set out to do just one good thing a day. It’d be nice. I think.
But now Huck’s secret is out and the media is literally pounding on his door to break this story. The story of the small-town gas station attendant that helps people. But Huck can’t just hide away from them. Because there are people out there that need to be helped.
He moves about the crowd and people ask him to help them locate a missing husband or a missing daughter or a missing dog. And Huck writes it all down and gets to work with the helping.
This issue felt kind of rushed to me. There wasn’t much in the way of character development or anything like in the first issue. We get a few flashes of something weird that happened in Siberia in 1981 at the very beginning of the issue and we are introduced to two new characters briefly at the very end.
The cliffhanger is strong in this issue.
So while I’m enjoying the character and the overall feel-good nature of this story I just don’t think issue 2 was all that great.
But this is Mark Millar we’re talking about here so I’m guessing he’s got all of this under control.
MS. MARVEL #2
(G. Willow Wilson/Takeshi Myazawa)
I was late to pick up the previous run of MS. MARVEL. I just recently read all four trades, and I just really enjoyed the fun, kind of light-hearted story.
Sometimes it’s good to read something that’s just fun. Not everything has to be all doom and gloom.
It’s okay to smile and laugh sometimes.
It was a good series that I felt hit a rough patch with all the SECRET WARS stuff (which I’m loving, don’t get me wrong, I just think it put an abrupt end to numerous series that weren’t ready for it).
But we’re back now and Ms. Marvel is back at it. Although she’s still slightly confused about what actually happened with the whole world-ending-but-not-really-ending thing. She just knows that time passed and now she’s an Avenger (which is awesome) and Bruno has a new girlfriend (which is not at all awesome).
Plus there’s a mysterious real-estate group buying up all the homes and businesses in JC.
So it’s Ms. Marvel against Hope Yards.
It’s Ms. Marvel against gentrification. It seems.
But obviously this is not some simple neighborhood revamp. Far from it.
I’m definitely still enjoying this book. The writing is good and the art fits the tone and feel of the story.
The last page reveal is for sure going to kick things up a notch for Kamala.
TOKYO GHOST #4
(Rick Remender/Sean Murphy)
I’m digging TOKYO GHOST. Both the writer and the artist are two of my DUDES. I like a lot of Rick Remender’s stuff. But my top-top-top Remender book is DEADLY CLASS. After that I’m basically on-board with just about anything he does.
And Sean Murphy, man. His art is insane. I just can’t even with it.
I’ll get any book Sean Murphy does the art for. No questions asked.
This is a violent issue. Violent and bloody and sword-fighty. That’s awesome enough to begin with but to see it all drawn out on the page by Sean Murphy is so much better. And Matt Hollingsworth’s colors really complement his work well.
The story shows us a bit of Teddy’s past with the Constables. Back when he was high on the tech and known as Led. Back before they left and he promised to get off the web.
We see some of the people from Teddy’s past. The people that brutalized him when he was a child, the people that basically drove him to the Constables. And we see what he did to them when he was stronger, when he wasn’t the weak kid they preyed upon.
And, man, it was intense.
Not a whole lot else happened in the issue. Just a pretty epic samurai fight across the beautiful scenery and down a whole bunch of waterfalls. But two things happened at the end of the issue that leave me wanting more.
TOKYO GHOST is no DEADLY CLASS but it’s still an enjoyable story. And I’m looking forward to see what happens next.
THE MIGHTY THOR #2
(Jason Aaron/Russell Dauterman)
I want to preface this by saying that I really like Jason Aaron. He’s one of my top favorite writers. He’s my DUDE!
But..but…but…I’m afraid he’s starting to stretch himself a little thin – with huge titles like SOUTHERN BASTARDS (which he took a little break from last issue), DOCTOR STRANGE, THE GODDAMNED, and THE MIGHTY THOR. I’m afraid to say that they’ll all been kind of…underwhelming as of late.
That’s not to say that this issue of THE MIGHTY THOR is bad. Because it’s not. It’s good and fine. I just wasn’t feeling it. It felt like a step back, so to speak. I don’t think anything happened and I’m really not a fan of Malekith. And the Frost Giants. And Loki. There’s just a lot of stuff going on here that I’m not into.
I don’t know.
But Dauterman’s art is primo. And Matthew Wilson’s colors are great.
But I’m just sorry to say that I wasn’t feeling this issue.
(Robbie Thompson/Tana Ford)
Cindy Moon can’t get her shit together. She’s got too many things on her plate. Being a superhero, being a super villain, working for Fact Channel under the always lovely J Jonah Jameson, and also not sleeping…like ever.
This book is kind of a stressful mess but I feel like that was the point. You can really get a feel that Silk is barely keeping her head above water.
The art in this issue (by Tana Ford) was good but I didn’t think it really fit the issue. It just felt a little too cartoony.
I really enjoyed Silk’s previous series but I’m sorry to say that this one is close to getting cut from my monthly haul. I’ll give it another issue or two though.
I always feel bad when I decide it may be time to break up with a book. I don’t know why. It’s weird.