Haul Thoughts: This Past Week’s Comics

Jumping in with both feet, straight into the squishy mass of picture books.

Batman Inc #01 – Overall, tremendous book.  However, this issue raised a number of questions, like : is Chris Burnham purposefully aping Frank Quitely’s art style, or is it more of a homage? If the New 52 is a clean sweep of continuity, why is Robin acknowledging the death (or temporal disappearance) of Bruce Wayne? How could any casual reader pick this up and get what was going on?  That said, I did  enjoy the homage to The Dark Knight Returns with the inclusion of the Mutants towards the end of the book.  Also, BAT COW.

Wolverine and the X-Men #11 – The whimsy of the earlier issues is gone, ground under the boot heel of this never ending yet increasingly stupid AvX crossover.

Wolverine #307 – I think after the next issue which concludes this Dr. Rot (who?) story arc I’m done with this book.  I liked Wolverine Goes to Hell and the subsequent issues but this is nowhere on par with those. This did increase my interest in picking up Barry Windsor-Smith’s landmark Weapon X  series though.  Maybe next week.  Two points in this issue: 1) Dr. Rot’s use of a wire hanger on Wolverine was terrifying and 2) Charlie Chainsaws? Really?

X-Men #29 – Buyers remorse on page 1. I’d give this to my nephew but I want him to have a positive image of comics.

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #11 – Very nice nod tot he West Coast Avengers. Otherwise, this seems like another never ending arc. Everyone please die.

The Walking Dead #98 – More of the same but an interesting build towards issue #100, a shocking death & an even more shocking escape.

Hulk #8 – Most surprising book I picked up.  Without spoiling anything, there’s a very clever twist on the Hulk mythos here.  I’m not a huge fan of Dillon’s art here for the Hulk though.  I know it can’t/won’t be Silvestri all the time/ever again but Dillon does better with just straight human characters.  His Hulk is…odd.  Curious how Hulk is so eloquent these days.  Best quote from the issue “You wouldn’t like me when I’m not angry”. Another Hulk issue, another creepy sex bit: this time we have a man/dog hybrid named Pit Bull who’s car is full of non-human/dog hybrids, just straight dogs.  So, uhhh…what’s going on there?

SuperCrooks #2 & #3 – picked both up.  I’ve liked the execution of a super villains-meets- Ocean’s Eleven vibe; even more I like that the mark is quite possibly one of my favorite comic book characters of all time.

FF#09 – Free elections have consequences, don’t they Mr. Storm?

Batman Annual #01 – surprisingly good! I like this updated look at Mr. Freeze’s super-twisted back story.

Amazing Spider Man Annual #39 – Garbage. Don’t read.

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