« on: Today at 03:53:05 pm »
What, nobody read anything this week?
Here's mine (yes, I read far too many, I know):
WEEK OF 04-26-17:
JUDGE DREDD: JUDGMENT DAY TP - Not the greatest Dredd story. Suffers from the same kind of "event burnout" as Marvel and DC crossover stories... trying to up the stakes, the scope, the mass destruction with every new one. FIVE whole Mega-Cities got wiped out! Lucky thing they were the ones which hadn't any characters with their own series set in them, eh? This isn't the more careful, mature Garth Ennis, and it also suffers from the old "too many artists spoil the
broth comic" syndrome.
FLASH #21 - This was the first actual issue of The Flash I've read since September 2011. Part 2 (of 4) of "The Button". What do the Watchmen have to do with the DC multiverse? Oh yeah, I guess they got an entry in Grant Morrison's Multiversity Handbook, so they're connected now. No idea where Psycho-Pirate popped back in from, but presumably the same place as Wally West and Eobard Thawne, (a.k.a. Professor Zoom, a.k.a. The Reverse-Flash) were hiding out for 5 years. Or maybe it had something to do Mr. Mxyzptlk? Johnny Thunder? Who knows, it's probably not leading anywhere anyway, if it's anything like those Superman crossovers that teased that something big was in the offing.
DETECTIVE COMICS #955 - "The League of Shadows" arc continues. Not as good as the previous 2 stories (now TPs) in this title. I may drop it if the next arc isn't better.
WONDER WOMAN #21 - Still haven't figured out what's going on in this book. Also wonder if Greg Rucka has. Nice artwork, though.
THANOS #6 - Not bad. Not as interesting as Jim Starlin's stories. But far more interesting than Jason Aaron's. Still, considering what else Marvel is publishing these days, this is far from the worst.
BEN REILLY THE SCARLET SPIDER #1 - Oh, the humanity! (Or the clonity! or something.) Forget it. It's junk.
MAN-THING #3 (of 5) - I was pretty dubious about this from the first issue, but I'm actually liking it more than I thought. More of a tongue-in-cheek approach than most Marvel readers would be willing to put up with though, I'd guess. This would be the very first of R. L. Stine's work I've read. I reckon it bears more of a kinship with Steve Gerber's work on the character than might be immediately obvious.
DOOM PATROL #6 - First issue I've read since #2. Nick Derinton turns in some nice artwork here. I can't really get into Gerard Way's writing, though. I always wind up feeling like I'm reading "Diet Grant Morrison".
GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #7 (of 7) - Another lighthearted, if inconsequential romp. Knew it wouldn't last. Deadpool shows up at the end to razz them when their franchise gets pulled.
KILL OR BE KILLED #8 - If you like Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips' work, you're probably already reading this. If you don't, then you don't, I guess. Always a good read for me. See, you don't really need TV. Just Brubaker/Phillips comics, which are like a good HBO or Showtime series.
SAVAGE DRAGON #223 - It's hard to see it unless you actually read it, but this is actually a pretty different superhero comic. Hard to overcome the decades of continuity to get onboard with it, though.
DOLLFACE #4 (of 4) - Alright, you got me. This miniseries turned out to be a waste of time.
FOREVER WAR #3 (of 6) - Pretty good, if a little dated now, SF story. Nice artwork.
BATMAN THE SHADOW #1 (of 6) - Why is The Shadow going around murdering people? Not criminals, just regular people. ??? That IS the mystery, I guess.
BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 #4 (of 6) - This concludes Act 2 of a 3-act play. Act I (issues #1&2) took place in 1944, when the 1966 Batman was still an un-orphaned child, and Princess Diana was still Wonder Woman, fighting WWII; Act II is taking place in 1966, on Paradise Island (guest appearance by Diana's "little sister", Drusilla a.k.a. Wonder Girl); and for Act III, issues 5&6 will jump forward to 1977 (which explains how Batman '66 can meet Wonder Woman '77 without time-travel being involved). Tying all three acts together is the frequently-resurrected Ra's Al Ghul (and daughter Talia, a mere child in the first 2 issues), in his Batman '66 debut.
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #25 - Green Lantern/Green Arrow guest-star, and plenty of nose-tweaking of Denny O'Neil's "hard-travelling heroes" is had. Green Lantern is heard to say about Green Arrow, "Oh, here we go with the 'hideous moral cancer rotting our very souls' again..."
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #4 (of 12) - Not as interesting as I'd hoped. Luck of the draw when you've got a different creative team on each issue. But then you can't really follow the story if you don't buy all 12 of them, can you?
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #17 (of 17) - It was a fun book while it lasted. I wish there had been more with Hedy Wolfe and the whole thing about Patsy's mom turning her daughter into a series of comic book stories.
NICK FURY #1 - If I didn't hate the character*, I'd probably have liked this, since I generally enjoy James Robinson's work, and the art was good. *Trust me, you don't want to get me started.
X-MEN BLUE #1 & 2 - At least it's a little less grim than your typical X-Men comic. This is the Original 5, btw - "O5" for short. It's referenced in the comic. Still hard to care too much, but if you're not as jaded as I am about X-Men comics, then there's hope to be found here, I guess.
SPOOKHOUSE #4 - Lighthearted take on the classic-type horror comic short story. I like it, I like it a lot. Eric Powell masterminded this series, with help in this issue from Steve Mannion.
HILLBILLY #6 - Eric Powell is in full force here. He's got the ear for dialect. Backwoodsy horror drawn from an American folkloric tradition. Witches are traditional hags, but Rondel (hillbilly of the title) wields the Devil's Meat Cleaver (sort of like a hill-folk Thor). It's some fine stuff.
LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE PIRATE'S GHOST #2 (of 3) - Best of the "pulp hero"-style comics by longevity, although whenever Francavilla gets in the act with his Black Beetle or The Spirit, he's giving The Lobster (his name's not really Johnson; it's too complicated to explain) some serious competition. This story might just hold some small clues to The Lobster's origin and/or true identity, which up until now has remained a complete mystery.
ANNO DRACULA #2 (of 5) - This might be the best Titan comic I've seen yet. I'm a sucker for alt-history stories, though -- especially those with good writing and artwork, like this one has.
MICRONAUTS: WRATH OF KARZA #1 (of 5) - The previous IDW Micronauts series concluded with issue #11 last week, so this miniseries will carry on the story. Baron Karza wants the Earth as his new power base, and is prepared to wipe out humanity to replace the inhabitant with the survivors of the Microverse.
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #10 (of 12) - It looks like we may have seen the young Kong's baptism of fire in this issue. Although it seems the natives of Skull Island still have to change their society somewhat before it resembles the one in the classic movie.
SPLITTING IMAGE! 80-PAGE GIANT (1-shot) - The parody here is dated (1993) in this all-reprint special, but Don Simpson is really an under-rated cartoonist whose work I sorely miss. And I have to give the Image founders credit for poking fun at themselves (or at least, Rob Liefeld and Jim Valentino for poking fun at the rest of them, along with themselves).