Here are a few of the comics I read this week.
It was a pretty small week for me.
This isn’t everything I pulled. Just a small handful.
The most important thing you need to realize is that the new issue of DEADLY CLASS came out this week and it was awesome and I loved it and I love all of you too.
Also Merry Christmas. Or whatever.
DEADLY CLASS #17
(Rick Remender/Wes Craig)
Okay, so everyone shut up now because the new issue of DEADLY CLASS is out and nothing else matters.
Seriously though, DEADLY CLASS, dude. This book is my jam. My main jam.
It’s my everything.
There are a lot of books that I would label and “one of my favorites” but this book right here IS my favorite. My top, top favorite. I’ve loved this book from issue #1.
I’ve missed it in its three-month absence.
And this issue felt like a welcome home. Like catching up with old friends over a nice, warm cup of tea [I’m drinking tea right now].
This issue is basically just balls to the wall action. There’s death. There’s destruction. There’s heartbreak and love and laughter and happiness.
It’s the start of the freshman final. Which is basically just a battle royale where in order to pass all the students have to kill all the rats.
And it’s fucking awesome.
Someone is shot in the face on like the second page. There is acid thrown. Knives and bombs and death and murder. Alliances are formed. Friendships are betrayed.
And through all of it we are with my main man, Marcus, as he tries to stay alive and not get murdered to death.
You see Marcus is a rat, and literally everyone wants to be the one to kill his ass.
In all honesty Rick Remender is kind of hit or miss for me. I like some of his stuff, most if it probably. But nothing of his has ever really blown my mind. But that’s not the case with this book. With this issue and every other issue of DEADLY CLASS.
I honestly feel that this is the best comic book coming out right now. I seriously, seriously do.
And it doesn’t hurt that Wes Craig’s art is amazing. I’ve not really seen him do much else but all of his work on DEADLY CLASS has really been great.
I can’t recommend this book enough, really.
There’s a running joke at the shop that I must secretly work for DEADLY CLASS (or if not then I totally should) because I’ve seriously gotten a ridiculous amount of people to purchase the book by telling them how fucking awesome it is. By screaming it in their faces until they throw their hands up in surrender and just buy the damn thing already.
(Oh and also: in this issue there’s a character named Durp Flumpdunger – which is probably the best name ever!)
ROBIN SON OF BATMAN #7
(Patrick Gleason/Ray Fawkes/Scott McDaniel)
This is part five of the Robin War event.
Like I said last time, I’m really enjoying this event. But I hate to say that I think this might have been the weakest issues as of yet.
The writing was kind of choppy and clunky and the art seemed inconsistent and lazy. Or maybe sloppy’s a better word for it.
With the writing I think it was maybe because there are two credited writers. Patrick Gleason is credited for the plot and Ray Fawkes is credited with the dialogue. And I think the dialogue is mainly what I had a problem with.
I’m not too familiar with Ray Fawkes. I’ve seen his name here and there. I’ve probably read some things he’s written but if I have none of it has stayed with me. I’m not sure.
As for the plot. There was a lot going on. Good things, too. Things that will play out interestingly in the next issue, I assume. I hope.
The last page reveal was a good one. But I have some ideas on what it means and where it’s going to go. But I obviously can’t post them here because of SPOILERS.
All-in-all I think this was a rather weak issue with some good ideas that were executed poorly.
The next issue in the Robin War event (ROBIN WAR #2) is the conclusion and I hope it’s better than this issue.
PATSY WALKER, aka HELLCAT! #1
(Kate Leth/Brittney L. Williams)
I am not really all that familiar with Hellcat as a character. I was probably first introduced to her in Charles Soule’s awesome SHE HULK series, which was only like two years ago. And I haven’t gotten around to watching Jessica Jones yet…so this is pretty much new territory for me.
When I first saw HELLCAT! announced I was actually hoping it would at least have the same vibe as the most recent SHE HULK book. Unfortunately I’m not sure that it does. But it may just be too soon to tell. Or maybe it’s because I haven’t read SHE HULK since it was coming out.
But also: that’s not to say that this book is bad or anything because it didn’t really have the SHE HULK vibe I was hoping for. Because it’s not. I don’t think so, at least.
The first issue was fun and light-hearted and quirky. And I think it might prove to be an entertaining read as it continues to come out.
The basic story here is Patsy Walker, aka HELLCAT!, is trying to get her life together after it all starts to fall apart in one avalanche of a crap day.
Nothing groundbreaking, I’ll admit. But like I said it was fun and light and breezy.
(Charles Soule/Ron Garney)
I am digging this new Daredevil. But then again I’ve always liked Daredevil so maybe I’m biased.
Seriously though, aside from the soundtrack and a few minor things, I actually even like the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie.
Shut up, I don’t care how much of a pile of crap you think that movie was.
The first thing that stands out about this new Daredevil series is the art. I love it. Ron Garney’s art with Matt Milla’s colors. It’s a nice thing to look at.
And I really like the black Daredevil suit with the red accents. The way it pops. Looks kind of like SIN CITY a bit to me.
The story so far is okay. It’s good but it’s nothing spectacular. I’m not really digging Tenfingers. But I do like the idea of his church and his followers. I think there’s a lot to that. A lot of fun ways this story can play out.
As you know from the first issue. Matt Murdock is now a prosecutor. He’s switched sides. Now he works in the D.A.’s office. And I like that, because after the speech he gave Billy Li in the first issue, he’s a total badass.
And I think as the story progresses this will give us a bit of conflict.
It’s funny because a customer came into the shop yesterday and was saying that she hates that he is now a prosecutor. Because she’s a defense attorney and because, in her words, prosecutors are the enemy.
And I like that in this issue we get a bit more background on Daredevil’s new sidekick (or whatever he is) Blindspot.
My biggest complaint with the book is that we’re still not getting a lot of info about what’s really going on. About how he went from being publicly outed as Daredevil to having his identity secret again. About what happened between him and Foggy. About why he’s no longer in California.
About a lot of thing.
But I like Charles Soule’s writing. And as a working attorney himself I feel like he is the perfect writer for a book like this.
I’m excited for the things to come. Especially with the last page reveal here.
(Brian K. Vaughn/Fiona Staples)
Brian K. Vaughn is definitely at the top of my favorite comic writers list. I’ve always liked his stuff and I recently read PRIVATE EYE and that’s probably going to end up being the favorite book I’ve read this year.
It’s great and he’s great and SAGA’s great and just…yeah, great.
I’ve always liked SAGA, though, so it’s no surprise I liked this issue, too.
The art is amazing. Fiona Staples work is always beautiful. The story was good. It’s nice to see Marko and Alana working together again.
This issue had it all. Action. Adventure. New aliens. Sex and nudity. And also Ghus. (I love that little guy).
Like it always has been, this issue of SAGA was just a fun read.
(Dennis Hopeless/Javier Rodriguez)
I really like Spider-Woman as a character. I was somewhat underwhelmed with the last series (back before the world ended in SECRET WARS…or whatever happened). But this newer series has been pretty good so far.
Jessica Drew’s super pregnant and no one knows who the father is and she’s not talking. It’s a weird premise, kind of. I guess. But it’s been okay.
In this issue she’s waiting in the hospital that Captain Marvel recommended to her and the place is taken hostage by a bunch of Krulls. And it’s up to Spider-Woman and a rag-tag group of other super pregnant aliens to fight them off.
I feel like Javier Rodriguez’s art is perfect for this book. It’s kind of light and airy and playful. The same kind of vibe I’m getting from the writing. The colors are good and bold and deep.
I just think everything about this book looks good and I’m interested in seeing where this thing goes.
(John Layman/Rob Guillory)
Chew is a book I’m honestly not even sure why I continue to read. I pick it up every month when it comes out and I read it and I say the same thing. That I’m done. That I won’t read another issue. But then next month another issue comes out and I read it and I start all over again.
Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with the book. It’s fun and John Layman’s writing is fine and inventive, and Rob Guillory’s art is always good.
But for me at least there’s just nothing else there.
I’m just not feeling it anymore.
In this issue Tony and Savoy meet up to discuss something important. Savoy’s hired a guy that can essentially send you back in time if you dine with him. They go back in time. Crazy/weird shit happens. They argue.
And yeah. That’s about it.
I think maybe now I’ll actually be done with this book. I read too many other comics to continue with a book I’m not feeling completely.
I don’t know.
(Eric Kripke/John Higgins)
Here’s how JACKED #2 can easy be described. Fat, shitty dude takes magic pills becomes less shitty. He feels better. He fucks better. His kid actually likes him. Rescues woman from abusive coke-dealer boyfriend. Fights a dude. Fights a dog. Is hero to all.
There’s not much else to the story. Add some totally bitching swear words and you have JACKED.
I’m kind of bummed because I honestly was hoping this book would be better. I was hoping it would be something kind of like Grant Morrison’s THE FILTH. It has the same kind of look to it. But, sadly, it’s not.
And it’s also not very good. I don’t care about the character or what he’s doing or this super awesome ultra magic pill he takes.
Sadly, though, this is how I’ve kind of felt about all of the new Vertigo books that have been coming out. They all showed up with a lot of promise but they just haven’t really delivered yet.
VENOM SPACE KNIGHT #2
(Robbie Thompson/Ariel Olivetti)
I’ve never really read any Venom before. And honestly I’ve never really cared about the character at all. But the thing that drew me to this book was the art.
Ariel Olivetti’s art is ridiculous. I’m not sure if it’s digital or painted…or a combination of both…or maybe even something else entirely. Something I have no idea about at all.
But whatever it is, and however he does what he does, it’s beautiful.
And seriously, in my opinion it’s worth checking out the book for the art alone.
It’s kind of funny. But when I was first getting back into comics in 2011, I was more about the story. About the writing. I think it’s because I’m a writer myself and the story really needs to be good to keep me invested in it. So art was always second to the writing. But as I got more and more into comics these past few years and with the wide variety of the comics I read, I’m starting to think that maybe the art is more important.
If not more important than at least equally important.
The story here is okay. It’s not great but it’s good. Flash Thompson is kind of annoying with his little quips as he’s fighting. Or whatever. He just reminds me of Spider-man or maybe even Deadpool in that regard.
But it’s a space adventure (hence the title of the damn book) and I’m a sucker for cool sci-fi space shit.
And I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much I’ve enjoyed these first two issues.
I love it when a book comes out of nowhere – from completely off my radar – and it’s something I’m truly having fun with.
Also, seriously, dude, the art – DAMN!
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #4
(Jeff Lemire/Humberto Ramos)
This is a pretty busy issue. But I think it’s because Ramos’ art is a bit over-stimulating. It’s too frantic and busy. I think.
It also, in my opinion, doesn’t really fit the story.
I’m a huge fan of Lemire’s, though, which is probably why I’m still reading this book at issue four anyway. But this issue is definitely good. And the last page reveal here is CRAZY. And I’m definitely excited to see what’s going to happen next.
The basic story here is the terrigen mist is killing off all mutants. And Sinister is trying to “save” the mutants. (By kidnapping them and experimenting on them – but whatever).
But seriously the story’s decent and just enough to keep me coming back for the next one.
BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #12
(James Tynion IV/Scott Synder/Ed Brisson/Javier Pina/Goran Sudzuka)
I really didn’t want to like this book.
I really, really, really didn’t want to.
The idea of getting into another weekly book from DC seemed like too much. Too many issue. Too much time. Too much money.
From my past experiences with weekly books they’re too messy, too full of fluff. I don’t know.
But that’s beside the point. Because I’ve been really enjoying BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL. And this issue was no different. The art could have maybe been a little better but it wasn’t too bad. And the story was solid.
It was just Dick and The Sculptor inside some shared brain space digging through Mother’s past.
And it was good.
I’d been waiting to get some more information on Mother, the strange, super powerful lady that made her name creating made-to-order children for the uber-rich.
We get some of Batman’s interaction with her (but I have some thoughts on that – which I won’t share here because of SPOILERS – but hopefully they will be addressed next week).
Also anything with Harper Row (aka Bluebird) I’m totally into.