This Week’s Comics Haul – A Fourth of My Paycheck

The important take away this week is thatwhen I say I’m not going to buy a book anymore, more often than not…I’m still going to pick it up.  Case in point with:

Wolverine 310 – arts improved but what do you expect when Simone Bianchi is back on the title. I don’t think Loeb’s really bringing it this issue but I’m definitely intrigued as to how & why Sabretooth came back. He was killed via the Muramasa by Logan himself (apparently the only weapon that can kill Wolverine dead.) and once more in Hell.  Yet he’s back, popping up the last few months. Other points of interest: a)Who could possibly pick this book up and figure out what’s going on? This is a perfect example of why a reboot is needed.  Completely choked with bizarre continuity. b) So they’re up in Alaska and Logan’s savior shows up in a one piece bathing suit.  You’re not cold?? c) Once more back to Silver Foxes and back to Weapon X. How many times is this material going to be revisited?

AvX 7 -Magick v. Scarlet Witch; this should be interesting.Here’s my problem with Wanda: her powers are so ill-definied that they could be anything. So she’s shooting hex bolts one minute, then wiping out 99% of the mutant race, then completely neutralizing the Phoenix? BE CONSISTENT. Speaking of, what did Clint shoot at Emma to completely scramble her? I know he continued on that road by soccer kicking her, Pride-era Shogun Rua syle.  But then it ends poorly for Mr. Barton, but what did you expect, you kicked a demi-god in the face!Favorite line of the issue goes to The Black Panther and “…the Black Panther prowls the boundary between super science & magic”.  Has anyone else noticed that they can never draw Hope right. Sometime she looks like a super model and other times ( like this issue) she looks like a 12 year old. Interesting move by Emma which leads to a fantastic splash page to close out the issue.  Anyone else notice the cool little touch of Namor crushing the balcony he was holding on to after his disagreement with Cyclops?

Uncanny X-men 15 – Assault on Sinister! If Marvel’s 616 universe is happening in one analogous to ours, albeit with super heroes, how does anyone take them seriously? You’re telling me that the Marvel U 616 Conan isn’t making cracks at Cyclops’ red thong? Fox & Friends aren’t calling Emma a tramp? The Phoenix Five’s (still hate the name) condescension and verbal head-patting of the other X-Men is pretty funny.  “Don’t get up, we’ve got this”.  Somehow I expect Sinister to hand them their asses and need a save.  But that’s just me.

Animal Man 11 – Very cool call back to the original Animal Man series to open this issue.  Buddy gets a warning from his quas-saviors to “Be still, this will hurt very much. ” Alberto Ponticelli might be the perfect artist for this series; his drawings of The Rot are truly grotesque.

Swamp Thing 11 -We’re finally on the cusp: The Green & The Red vs. The Rot begins next issue! This issue is just the final set-up push to get there.  Not really feeling Marco Rudy’s art for this series though, much preferred Yanick Paquette.

Thief of Thieves 6 – A question for anyone reading this book: The hand image that makes up a portion of the title on both the cover and the credits page…is that a famous image from something, possibly Hitchcockian? That image also makes up a Tumblr & WordPress theme so it has to be fairly well known.  This seems like a bridge issue too; the big payoff looks to be (but probably won’t be) next issue. Which I think will help determine where this series is headed.  Because right now it seems like this could just be a 7 issue mini-series.

Amazing Spider-Man 688- Synchronicity ( and not The Police album)! The Lizard shows up just in time to coincide with the release of the Amazing Spider-Man. Here’s a question: how does Spider-Man heal? He gets the piss beat out of him on the reg but as far as I know he doesn’t have any sort of accelerated healing powers. My favorite part of this issue is when Mary Jane called out P.parker for his incredibly dumb new motto “When I’m around, no one dies”. I think she’s the mouthpiece for the comic book community because that is just the absolute thing SM has ever said. Another issue: does SM have some sort of voice modulator in his mask or something?  He bursts into Horizon labs where he works with people (geniuses, mind you) that he begins shouting at.  How do they not match Spidey’s voice with Parker’s? C’mon!

Amazing Spider-Man 689 – Moebius drooling over bloodwork is a perfect tough, as is The Lizard pretending to cry.”What is the proper human response to the? Ah. Flailing limbs. Wet eyes. Mewling.” Madame Web lives in my neighborhood (Astoria!!).

More after the jump, including the Book of the Week.

Before Watchmen – Ozymandias 1 – Book of the Week. This is the strongest entry in the Before Watchmen series so far.  I like the little callouts to the past (Watchmen) which is actually the future. Notable: Adrian’s dad, the perfumer (hello, Nostalgia) and the poster on his childhood bedroom wall.  Interesting they went out of their way to raise the “Ozymandias = gay” issue.  The Gunga diner makes a welcome appearance. Since you really only see Moloch as a broken down old man in Watchmen, seeing him here as a seductive devil figure is an interesting shift. I think they’re getting a little too cheeky with the Tales of the Black Freighter homage, Crimson Corsair.

Danger Club 3 – Are you reading this series?  Go back and start at #1.  It’s cool & violent & mysterious & I can’t wait for the next issue.


Detective Comics 11 – Where does one get a cape? Batman & Mr. Toxic both have them, so somebody is supplying them; who is it? I must know.

Sweet Tooth 35 – This may not be my ideal art style, but Jeff Lemire’s writing way more than makes up for that tiny fact.  Another series that I highly suggest, in the vein of Y: The Last Man. Strange, sad, compelling, mysterious, addicting.

2 thoughts on “This Week’s Comics Haul – A Fourth of My Paycheck

  1. I thought Swampie was delayed? Also, I just read Wolverine: Evolution, the whole arc leading into issue 310, also, it’s great how Marvel skips issue 309 just to get to this. Apparently 309 is coming out next month? or week? wtf? I dropped Thief of Thieves after three. That series was moving at a snail’s pace. There was nothing keeping me behind the characters there. Plus a 3.99 book for a total of twelve pages with dialogue just didn’t do it for me. I’m waiting for the final Sweet Tooth trade. The first four were fucking fantastic. One of my favorite series. I dropped Detective after last month. Daniel’s art was the only thing going on that and when he stopped, the writing couldn’t save it. I am pumped about the new team, however. Even though this was a fairly critical post, I am pumped about the majority of books I picked up this week. . . though I do need to start cutting back. I feel you on that fourth of your paycheck bit. Oh I ordered Batman: Earth One by Johns. Looks pretty promising. I wasn’t going to look at Ozymandias, but from your review, I’m gonna give it a go.


  2. If they are skipping terrible Wolverine stories in favor of less terrible ones, I’m all for it. I may have to drop ToT as well; I’ll just read it while I’m loitering in one of the comic stores. I hear you on Detective. It seems like the momentum is dropping a bit on a lot of DC books. Let me know what you think of Ozymandias. Do you like Jae Lee? I really dug his work on the early Dark Tower stuff.



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