Pull List Review: Week 2, June 2012

Here are some thoughts about the comics I read that were released during the second week of June, 2012.

Batman #10 by Scott Snyder (w), Greg Capulo (p), Jonathan Glapion (i), FCO Plascencia (c), Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy B (l), & Mike Marts (e)

I remember when Batman was relaunched as part of the New 52, and I and some of my fellow comic book readers were complaining about how Lincoln March looked too much like Bruce Wayne, so obviously something was wrong with what Capulo was doing art-wise. In fact, Capulo had even counter-argued this on Twitter, writing that the similarity was done for a reason. Well, this issue reveals that Capulo was indeed correct, and how did we all (ok, me) miss it? Because I didn’t think that Snyder would actually go to that old soap opera mainstay of the long-lost, evil relative suddenly appearing. Regardless of the disappointing plot turn, Capulo’s art has definitely grown on me and I really like what he’s done with Batman in this title.

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1 by Darwyn Cooke & Amanda Conner (w), Amanda Conner (a), Paul Mounts (c), Carlos M. Mangual (l), & Mark Chiarello (e)

I knew that I would enjoy Before Watchmen: Minutemen, but despite the fact that Darwyn Cooke was writing Silk Spectre, I didn’t have great expectations for this book. After all, Silk Spectre is one of the Watchmen characters that I didn’t particularly care for anyway. Hoo-boy, was I wrong. Thanks mostly to Conner’s art, this was a delight to read. I actually care about young Laurie, and I don’t even mind Laurie’s inner thought panels, the kind of which usually grate on me. And what a strange relationship Laurie and her mother have (I’m referring to the mock attack scene)–this is a good example of adding to the back story of these characters making them richer for it, as well as potentially our reading experience of the source material. (In fact, it might be interesting to see how the Before Watchmen stories affect and inform my reading and enjoyment of Watchmen as a whole once these limited series’ are over.) While I love the art in general, there are a few times that Conner throws in some callbacks that can be seen as trying too hard (as in “hey! look at me!”), such as the last panel on page 3 with the light shining a circle above the broken snow globe in the foreground. Then there’s the silhouetted couple later in the book which is reminiscent of the similar, recurring image in Watchmen. But these are minor nits in an impressively drawn comic book.

The Massive #1 by Brian Wood (w), Kristian Donaldson (a), Dave Stewart (c), Jared K. Fletcher (l), & Sierra Hahn (e)

One thing I always have enjoyed about Brian Wood’s work is his dialog, which helps to create full-fledged characters, and that’s what draws me into this book. I don’t really care about the origins of the global catastrophe–Wood can play a The Walking Dead card in that he never has to reveal that for this comic to work. What may work against him is the hunt for the Massive by the main characters. You’d want to be careful and not get a negative reaction from the readers to the just-keeping-the-answers-out-of-reach tactic à la Lost. Finally, I’m of two minds about the back matter: 1) I enjoy the depth of information/setting that the material provides, but 2) the use of photos, maps, and redacted reports with comic art in them pull me out of the comic book world that I just read for 22 pages. Do you know what I mean? Still, I’m in it for a little while at least, though I’ve yet to stick with a Brian Wood story long term.

I also read:

  • BATGIRL #10
  • BATMAN & ROBIN #10: Damian’s a massive dick again, and I don’t care for how Tim is portrayed.
  • BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #10
  • DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #1: with stories written by Mark Millar. Millar?! Something just seems wrong about this, but I enjoyed the stories.
  • DEMON KNIGHTS #10
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #607
  • GREEN LANTERN #10
  • MIND THE GAP #2: I want to talk about this on the podcast, but I’m not sure how long I’ll stick with it.
  • RAVAGERS #2
  • SAUCER COUNTRY #4
  • SHADE #10: So so so so so good to see Frazer Irving art again.
  • SIXTH GUN #23: Finally! Some plot movement.
  • SUICIDE SQUAD #10
  • THE SPIDER #2
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