What I’m looking forward to on New Comics Wednesday!

Yes, I’m a day late and more than a few dollars short, but still, there are some good comics coming to me that I’m excited to read.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #2: After the lovely introduction that was issue one, I can’t wait to see how this series progresses.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1: I love the Captain Marvel character, and have really enjoyed the modern Ms. Marvel, especially after reading several volumes of the Mighty Avengers, so how will Carol carry on the legacy of Captain Marvel? I’m curious to find out how Kelly Sue DeConnick will accomplish that.

EXTERMINATION #2: Issue one wasn’t quite what I expected (both in good and bad ways), so this issue may make or break this book for me.

RACHEL RISING #9: It’s Terry Moore, what else do you need to know?

RESET #4: I’m really curious how this quirky book, but interesting premise, will end.

SAGA #5: Duh.

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.
  • DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #1: with stories written by Mark Millar. Millar?! Something just seems wrong about this, but I enjoyed the stories.
  • 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.
  • SHADE #10: So so so so so good to see Frazer Irving art again.
  • SIXTH GUN #23: Finally! Some plot movement.

What I’m looking forward to on New Comics Wednesday!

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #9: What? A Marvel book in my Looking Forward To list? Yeah. Why? The new Captain Marvel makes her first appearance (even though it’s technically after her appearance in her ongoing title, out the following week).

BATMAN #11: Despite the disappointing reveal of the long-lost brother from last issue, I am looking forward to seeing how Night of Owls will end, in this book anyway.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #2: Umm, because #1 was so awesome!

FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #33: This is the beginning of the Alan Davis written and drawn series of Marvel annuals. They had me at Alan Davis….

REVIVAL #1: I initially wrote this off as yet another zombie story, but the interview with the creators on the Word Balloon podcast changed my mind.

SHADE #10: I love this series in general, but I get more Frazer Irving art this issue!

Pull List Review: Week 1, June 2012

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

Action Comics #10 by Grant Morrison (w), Rags Morales (p), Rick Bryant (i), Brad Anderson (c), Patrick Brosseau, & Matt Idelson (e)

Just some quick notes about this issue:

  • I love that early Superman had a stash of different colored t-shirts locked away in locker 38 (for 1938, the year of Superman’s debut).
  • I also liked the conversation with older Superman and his new Justice League pals, especially Batman’s response to Superman’s question (“So what do we do now?”): “I don’t want to be part of a gang of authoritarian living weapons from America.” Is that a dig to the Authority and the lack of “of America” in the title of this comic book?
  • Clark Kent is dead?! What are you playing at Mr. Morrison?I know, I know, this old plot chestnut has been done to death; I just didn’t expect it so soon in this title, and with Morrison playing with it, I hope it’s more interesting than the thousand other times I’ve read it.
  • The one thing I really enjoy about this version of Superman is the friendship between Clark and Lois that developed before Clark went to work for the Daily Planet, which is something that I don’t think they have ever done.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 by Darwyn Cooke (w & a), Phil Noto (c), Jared K. Fletcher (l), & Mark Chiarello (e)

Screw the anti-BW screeching all over the Internet–this book is beautiful. Also, it was the one title in the series that I looked forward to the most because the one thing I always wanted more information on as I read Watchmen was the Minutemen group. Finally, I just love Darwyn Cooke’s stories and his art.

Bleeding Cool Magazine #0 by Rich Johnston, et al.

Did you get this? For $1.49 you get all the goodness of the Bleeding Cool website, though, you do lose some of the timeliness of the website. But I really enjoyed this inaugural issue and look forward to subscribing to this comic-related magazine come October (but the price can’t be $1.49, I’m sure).

Creator-Owned Heroes by Jimmy Palmiotti, Steve Niles, et al

Where Bleeding Cool is definitely a magazine, COH is part magazine, part comic book anthology. Along with the interview with Neil Gaiman (and other goodies), you get two surprisingly good short stories–“Triggergirl 6” by Palmiotti & Justin Gray (w) & Phil Noto (a) and “American Muscle” by Niles (w) & Kevin Mellon (a). In fact, I wasn’t at all interested in “American Muscle” and I enjoyed it almost as much as “Triggergirl 6”, which is to say a bunch.

I also read:

  • A vs X #5: Yawn.
  • Dial H #2: Also yawn–this reads more like an uninteresting Vertigo version of Dial H for HERO; I’ll probably be dropping this soon.
  • Earth 2 #2: I plan to talk about this on the podcast, but I am loving this book!
  • Extermination #1: Another title I plan to discuss on the podcast.
  • Fairest #4: I love, love, love Phil Jimenez’s art!
  • GI Combat #2: I’ll be dropping this soon, I think, unless I get a Haunted Tank story.
  • Looney Tunes #207: Holy cats! A DC comic numbering in the three digits!!! I got this because I thought Daffy Duck was the main focus, but he only gets seven pages. Sufferin’ succotash!
  • Ramiel #2: I just can’t get into the art with this one. Plus, it’s a smidge taller than all my other comics. Huh?
  • Smallville, season 11
  • Superbia #4: This will relaunch as an ongoing, but I don’t feel I got a real ending to what was set up in the previous three issues. Very disappointing ending to a strong lead in.
  • Swamp Thing #10
  • Worlds’ Finest #2: Also liking this book, but not as much as Earth 2.

Podcast Episode 24: Creator vs Contract + the New Vertigo 4

Using Chris Roberson’s public exit from DC as a springboard, we discuss the ethics of corporate contracts and what’s fair to the creators (note: we are not lawyers). Then, at about the 59:30 mark, we discuss the four new Vertigo titles (Fairest, Saucer Country, Voodoo Child, & New Deadwardians).

Thanks for listening!

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