Strong showing this week! Good to see the semi-annual appearance of Powers; I have no idea what’s happening in that book but I’ve been buying it for so long and it’s so rare that it actually comes out I feel I owe it to…me? Bendis? Marvel? My priorities are messed up. Otherwise, the Before Watchmen experiment continues while Grim Leaper concludes, Aquaman (hopefully) wraps up the Black Manta arc before heading into DC’s incredibly stupid #0 issue gimmick. Although certain web-comic creators would vehemently disagree, Gambit is actually pretty decent. Well, decent enough to warrant a purchase of a second issue. What did YOU buy this week?
Crazy week; no time for jibba-jabba though, let’s dive right in with this week’s Haul Thoughts:
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century #03 – Best book of the week. It’s going to take forever to unpack this. This, plus the other two entries in the Century series require another, closer read. In fact, I think it deserves it’s own post. There’s just so many bits to unravel & think about; it feels like I’d need to team up with a historian and a someone with a 20th Century Lit background.
Hit Girl #01– This series wil serve as a bridge between the events of Kick-Ass 1 & Kick-Ass 2. I can’t tell if I’m interested in the Hit-Girl vs. Mean Girls thing it seems to be shaping up to be.
Manhattan Projects #04- There seems to be a re-occuring dualities (or at least multiples) trend in MP; you have the multiple Openheimers inhabiting one body and now you have twin Einsteins. Hickman’s doing wonderful things with this series and it should be added to your pull ist post haste.
Batman Inc #02 – Still really liking this book, even though a)it’s most about Talia Al’Ghul (I don’t care) and b)it seems to only be somewhat concerned with the events of the last issue, instead spending the vast majority of time going over Talia’s upbringing and the ongoing chess match she has going with her father.
Dark Knight #10 – I enjoy the move in recent years (Batman Begins, Arkham Asylum, this) to make the Scarecrow super f’n creepy. If it’s not sewing his own lips shut then bloodily mumbling, it’s wearing a burlap sack over his head (which we all know is the scariest thing one can wear) and ditching the stupid farmers hat. One question though: Com. Gordon makes mention of the events from The Killing Joke; how/where does that fit into a post-52 world? When did it happen? Will it be addressd?
Before Watchmen: Nite-owl #01– What’s with the catchphrases ad cheers after Mason (original Nite-Owl) stops some perps? It was embarrassing. Stop it. I did like Rorschach busting balls though. Who knew a mentally scared quasi-midget had jokes? Though I guess he does show his funny side periodically in Watchmen, what with his “human bean juice” and “Big Figure. Small problem” lines. I also enjoyed the aftermath of the Crimebusters meeting which is only shown from in the original series to move the Comedian/Laurie story further.
FF # 19 – Kids adventure hour. Don’t care, though CBR gave it 5-stars.
Incredible Hulk #10– I really should stop reading this as it’s gotten quite bad in the last few issues. But every time I say that, an interesting line pops up that makes we ant to keep reading, like in this issue when the villain of the week says that after he kills the Hulk he’ll “eat grilled American & make love to many bears” which is just funny enough to get my money next month.
Justice League #10- Nothing much happening here. Or did I completely miss something?
Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12– I enjoyed Reed’s brief homage to John Turturro’s character in Miller’s Crossing, “…When you smart off to me it ruins it”. What’s up with Ghost Kid Stark? How could Reed have injected the Hulk with a needle? Isn’t the Hulk’s skin supposed to be SOMEWHAT more durable than your average humans? If so, wouldn’t the needle shatter? C’mon, this is brain science. The ending though was ultimately (ha!) satisfying, if a bit drawn out. This arc could’ve cut a few issues and been much better. Still, ya takes what you can get.
Wolverine & The X-men #12 – Second best book of the week. Even the AvX tie-in couldn’t ruin this. By the way, I love Kid Gladiator as a character, even more so after he smashed Giant Man (screw you, Pym!) right in the eyeball to which Pym exclaimed ” YOU PUNCHED ME IN MY EYEBALL!” Glad that original X-men fighting each other is raised, as when Ice man and Beast square off. Oh, and Thor basically calls Namor a fag. Really. Spider-Woman calling out Kid Gladiators new power with a “Stop making me feel creepy” was a fun throw away line. I hat ethe name the Phoenix Five, makes them sound like a boy band as opposed to the most powerful force on Earth. Another clever line from now-outed gay bigot Thor to Rachel grey”On your feet mind witch. Thor would have words with thee”. Hank McCoy tells Bobby Drake his little Ice-Man clones don’t taste half bad; Drake commands McCoy to “stop eating me!” However, you’re telling em that Rachel Grey can sneak up on Black Widow, super-spy? Nyet. WHEW. Then the book closes with an excellent line from Kid Gladiator as his dad & Warbird show up. Ok, so I clearly really liked this issue and was determined to give you a page-by-page description. You’re welcome.
Justice League Dark #10 – interesting enough but I’m losing focus. Don’t know who these people are. Argus? Wha?
Spider-Men #02 – Why are they fighting? Oh right, because it’s a crossover and they have to initially. This isn’t really all that interesting. I’m not going to miss anything by not continuing to read this.
Fatale #06 – Woody Allen appears at a decadent Hollywood sex party! Brubaker is good at drawing you in then stringing out a story. Some sort of cult/Scientology parable here, along with something terrifying on film.
American Vampire #28 – a very unexpected return. Why aren’t you reading this?
No time for love, Dr. Jones! And no time for thoughts on this week’s haul just yet. Soon though, friends. Soon. This week though, instead of alphabetically, I’ll sort my acquisition list by the order in which I am most excited to read them, with number one OF COURSE being:
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Century #03 – This requires its own post.
The Manhattan Projects #04 – How good is this series? Strong hints of Planetary here, and in all the good ways.
Batman Incorporated #02 – I’m slowly turning from a Marvel Zombie…
Hit Girl #01 – I can’t help it, I love Millars stuff (with the exception of The Unfunnies which was definitely truth in advertising.
Before Watchmen – Nite Owl #01 – I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the other BW titles, so I’ve some hopes for this.
American Vampire #28 – Read all of the back issues over the past two weeks; this is a solid series.
Fatale #06 – I can honestly say that I like everything Brubaker writes. Criminal, Incognito and now Fatale. His fedora & moustache obviously contains all of his writing powers, I must have them!
Justice League Dark #10 – Don’t auite recall what happened last issue, but it was clearly interesting enough for me to pick up the following one.
Batman The Dark Knight #10 – Is Finch still on this book?
FF #19 – Think it’s going to be a wrap on this series too. Do we really need two Fantastic Four/Future Foundation books?
Incredible Hulk #10 – Didn’t I say I was done buying this series?
Spider-Men #02 – If this is another 20 pages of set-up I’m going to be pissed.
Ultimate Comics Ultimate #12 – I hope everyone dies.
Amazing Spider-Man #687 – Excellent cover art, so-so resolution to the story with the death of a “Who? Oh. Who cares?” character. Also, there was a blatant rip off of one of the most emotional and epic spider moments from the past, ever. Look in the comments for details as again, no spoilers but this had nowhere near the poignancy that the orignal moment did. (Hint: It involves the Juggernaut. The original, not this Colossus bastardization).
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #01- So I picked this up, I just haven’t read it yet. Have you been reading American Vampire? You should be.
Avengers #27 – I was never clear on who the Protector was in the first place, so him apparently getting the boot form The Avengers is no big deal. The whole book moves so quickly from betrayal to betrayal to a non-resolution; the two best things about this book were: A) The cover and B)When it was over. They also completely gloss over HOW this particular squad of Avengers managed to avoid burning up in the sun. You have all of the members on the ship, preparing to fry, Thor is outside the ship, grimmacing and clearly prepping for the worst and then VOILA! they’re on the Kree home world stomping the Protector flat. Done with this book.
Batman #10 – WEAK SAUCE. How many times are they going to retcon the Batman mythos?
Batman & Robin #10 – Damien is a giant asshole and a wonderful character to read. His casual dismissal of hardened criminals and more experienced Robin’s is balanced by his running off to get his dog for a portrait and as he dashes out of panel you can see his shoe laces are untied. Balancing the psychotic assassin side with the 10 year old boy side is a clever little touch. Details like that let me know both the artist and the writer are actually putting some thought into their books.
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #01 – It’s not a bad read at all, though it has a heavy Archie vibe. Still, I don’t get why these (and more coming) exist. Well, okay, I get why they exi$$$t, but was Watchmen really begging for prequels? No. But what the hell, I’ll read them. BONUS: Check after the jump for the oh-so-clever (ed.note: It’s not clever) facial joke.
Fantastic Four #607 – Another clever moment involving kids, this time a little punk bad mouths The Black Panther within T’Challa’s earshot and while walking backwards, backs into the king. Like all loudmouths, he quickly goes mum and mutters something about wanting to ride Elephants with Franklin. I found it to be a nice joke panel. Otherwise, something about Egyptian gods and a well I don’t even know.
Incredible Hulk #09 – This series is so uneven! Hulk’s in Atlantis (well, the Atlantean version of a hick border town, really) where some stupid nonsense happens. Best part: Sailor to Captain: “The cannons are loaded with hammerheads. Crabs are whipped into a frenzy. And every Atlantean on board is heavily armed and drunk to the gills.” Moments later, Captain to sailor: “KEEP FIRING! KEEP DRINKING!” Otherwise, not important. Skip this.
Invincible #92 – Totally getting this out of habit only. Once issue #100 hits I’m out.
Spider-Men #01 – Complete and total set up issue. Avoid.
Ultimate Comics X-Men #13 – Done reading the Ultimate Comics line. I don’t care about what’s happening, any of the remaining characters and the plots are stupid.
Uncanny X-Force #26 – Another X-book I’m going to stop reading. A fleet of Omega Red variations show up, can’t kill Wolverine or alterna-Nightcrawler, Deadpool sucks now that he doesn’t have his healing factor anymore, I do not care about Fantomex or Psylocke sooooo….passing on UXF from here on out.
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