RandoMonday: Queen and Country v1

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

 

Queen and Country v1 by Rucka, Rolstan, Luth, Sakai, and Konot.

I love spy stories, whether it’s James Bond, Atomic Blonde, Red Sparrow, or Velvet. And if one of my favorite writers is involved, even better. I’ve had this digital trade for a while now and the randomizer got me to read this finally.

The story itself is simple: British SIS spy Tara Chace assassinates a retired Russian general, Odessa wants revenge and attacks the SIS HQ, killing a couple agents, SIS Director of Ops wants revenge and works against MI5’s operation to apprehend those responsible, and Chace is used as bait by MI5 to draw out the Odessa assassins.

I don’t know why, but I expected a grander story (I blame James Bonditis), but there’s certainly nothing wrong with what we got in this first trade, though I would have liked a bit more personality/characterization. Most of what we see is only in relation to the characters’ jobs, but maybe that was the point: their jobs are all-consuming.

Rolstan’s art also is fine, but the simple, almost cartoony quality of it, for me, detracts from the tone the story is trying to evoke. It doesn’t help when you see the Tim Sale covers–I would have loved to see this comic drawn by Sale.

The question for me now is do I buy the next collection?

What did you think of this comic book?

The Gutters: Post Holiday Blues

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This episode I talk about what I did over Christmas and New Year’s, and I provide some podcast recommendations and some talk about the movies (including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2) and tv I’ve watched. Plus, how work’s been going lately.

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New Comics Wednesday (1/15/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

My comics

  • FREEDOM FIGHTERS #12
  • LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #3
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY GN – A new Jay Faerber comic book!
  • UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #3
  • VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #7
  • FIVE YEARS #7
  • SECOND COMING #6 – Pick of the week! – I’m very curious how this story will end. The premise sounded interesting to me from the get-go (superhero taking Jesus under his wing at God’s request), then it was cancelled at DC Comics, and later it launched at Ahoy. It’s a strange comic in many ways, but that’s one reason I like it.

Interesting that I have two limited series ending and two #3 and #7 issues. I’m not a maths guy, but I love symmetry in numbers (and, really, everything else).

Other comics

  • HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2019 – A part of me still wishes I’d ordered this.
  • CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS GIANT #1 – If this giant has “new” Crisis content, I am VERY curious what it is. I might have to keep an eye out for it at my local Wal-Mart and inspect the comic for, umm, defects or something.
  • LAZARUS TP VOL 06 – You can never go wrong with a Lazarus collection.
  • JESSICA JONES BLIND SPOT #1 – I have a soft spot for Jessica (I’m waiting for the trade).
  • THOR #1 – Considering the great Jason Aaron-written run that just ended was, I’m curious how this will go.
  • COURTNEY CRUMRIN TP VOL 06 THE FINAL SPELL – I’ve only read the first volume (so far), but I quite enjoyed it to the point that I’m keeping an eye out for new content all these years later.

Best comic I read recently

BATMAN #85 by King, Janin, Petrus, Bellaire, Cowles, Daniel, Morey, Wielgosz, Meares, and Rich

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The end of the Tom King-written Batman run. I have loved this King run from day 1! Add artistic collaborators Janin and Mann (and others) and we got a delicious helping of Batman comics! It hasn’t been all fantastic — King sometimes overwrite and can be didactic, but he helped create a unique vision of the Batman that we haven’t seen before, at least not to this extent. I’m definitely looking forward to the Batman/Catwoman limited series from King and Mann.

What are you getting this week?

RandoMonday: Astonishing X-Men #9

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

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Astonishing X-Men #9 by Whedon, Cassaday, Martin, Eliopoulos, Ryan, Lowe, and Marts.

The Danger Room is ALIVE!!! And apparently trying to kill Kitty and some students while Wolverine, the newly (then) returned Colossus, Cyclops, Beast, and Emma Frost spend most of the issue trying to do … anything. Then they do exactly what the Danger Room wants — freeing it.

I want to highlight Cassaday and Martin’s art. Cassady is always a great draftsman, but I particularly enjoyed how he varied his page layout and panel structure — the former allowed for a bunch of full page shots of all these characters but the latter without making the pacing boring and one-note (plus, he just draws pretty). Martins colors really heighten the tension, going from normal lighting to a hellish landscape, and back to convey a false sense of danger averted!

Christmas Gab Bag 2019

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Happy holidays! I joined George from Meanwhile at the Podcast for the our third annual talk about some Christmas comics. Specifically, we discuss:

  • Image Comics – Dynamo 5 Holiday Special (2010)
  • Boom! Studios – Rugrats: C is For Chanukah (2018)
  • DC Comics – DC Holiday Special (2017)
  • DC Comics – Superman Vol. 1 No. 369 (1981)
  • Marvel Comics – Merry X-Men Holiday Special (2018)
  • Marvel Comics – Marvel Team-Up Vol. 1 No. 127 (1982)

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