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Comics Corner – Threepeat – “The Rest” Edition (Part 3 of 3)

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  • Angel After The Fall #12 – I could have sworn that this book was supposed to end with this issue. Unfortunately I wasn’t that lucky. I mean, that was really the only reason I was holding on at this point. There was just a couple more issues so I stuck by the horrible art and the convoluted story. Well, no longer. Angel is off the list. As much as I loved the show, this book has been a huge disappointment. It’s taken too long to get to the point and by now I have no idea what’s going on. It seems like Wolfram & Hart have been behind everything forever which is sort of a bummer and also sort of expected. At this point though, I don’t care. Let Gunn just kill Angel and everyone else and then himself. That’ll make for a satisfying ending. Otherwise I’m just going to try and forget this whole thing ever happened and just use the TV show ending as the one I stick to.
    Rating: ★★☆☆☆
  • Astounding Wolf-Man #8 – While I’m a big fan of Robert Kirkman’s work, the lateness of his books is starting to get irritating. I think this book was supposed to go monthly but I don’t see how that’s possible at all. The last issue had a great cliffhanger and this one builds up from that. It just took me about half the issue to remember what the hell happened. This is definitely not as strong as his other books and as a result, I’m going to cut this one out of the list now. I might look into it for the trades because the art and the story is rather interesting. It’s just not enough to grab me each month.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Boys #22 – Wrapping up this arc with some more back story and some more questions. I’m a little confused as to who the Legend’s other son was that Hughie killed. Was it that guy from Teenage Kix? As usual, we’re given some more peeks into the lives of the characters. Also as usual, the superheroes are a bunch of assholes. Not a bad issue, but not the best.
    Rating: ★★★½☆
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer #18 – As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t read Fray, so a bit of this story arc that might be super geeky cool is lost on me. Things progress and the super hero team up that started with fighting has gone into more fighting between Fray and Buffy. Only this time Fray has the upper hand with some help from Future Willow. Meanwhile, Present Willow gets it on with Kennedy in order to talk to creepy snake lady. Who knew that’s how magic communication worked? Oh, and there’s some werid wood nymphs or something outside the Slayer castle. They encounter Xander and Dawn and talk it out.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Criminal 2 #5 – Goddamn this book is good. This gritty film noir-esque story is amazing. So the cartoonist is your typical down on his luck, cop-avoiding, lonely man and after he gets suckered into helping an asshole and his girl in robbing a local mob boss, it looks like he’s going to get iced. Of course, it doesn’t go down like that because any plan is bound to fall in a crime book. I love everything about this book. The art, the story, the dialogue, the characters. Amazing. The fact that the cartoonist (who’s name escapes me) sees his own creation as a form of conscience is also a great idea. As a backup we’re treated to two brief essays. These have all been pretty good and a great way to find out about film noir movies and pulp novels that I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise. The first is about a film called One False Move while the second is about a pulp novelist that died under mysterious circumstances in Chicago. Needless to say all of the stuff mentioned has been added to my wishlist.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • Ex Machina #38 – The Evil Republican National Convention looms in New York City as Mayor Hundred is faced with decisions. I can’t help but think that this issue went through some last minute editing to be a bit more relevant to current events. That being said, the layers have continued and it looks like Kremlin’s plan might begin to unfold. I really dig this book and while it’s got the crazy powers every so often, I love how “real” it feels. In the end, it’s like a big “What If?” story about NYC. I don’t normally care all that much about politics and what not, but the decisions that are left up to Mayor Hundred are somehow insanely interesting. Can he justify speaking at the convention being an Independent and holding on to his views? Or will he deal with this psuedo-terrorist female leaping from buildings? Decisions!
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Invincible #52 – Wow. While I wasn’t as impressed by Astounding Wolf-Man, Invincible just continues to get better and better. When a spontaneous fight with the Mauler twins turns ugly, Kid Omni-Man (Mark’s half-brother) arrives on the scene and rips them to shreds in some pretty brutal fight scenes. Covered in blood, he argues with his brother when he’s reprimanded for killing. Why can’t he kill the bad guys? Is it just because he’s a good guy? What if their father was right? The shock of this child brutally killing these intelligent behemoths pales in comparison to Mark’s response. Holy shit. Where can this go? Has Invincible started down a road that he can’t turn back from?
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • Transformers All Hail Megatron #3 – OK. We get it. The Decepticons have invaded. Humans are being killed. It’s been 3 issues and we have no idea why or how. They just sort of showed up. Megatron hints at a betrayal that allowed him and his troops to do such a clean sweep. Is this a human or an Autobot betrayer? While the fights have been a little interesting and the response from the humans has been pretty cool, I’m still not really digging this book. I crave explanation. Plus, where does this fall in the Transformers mythos? Everyone seems to not know what the hell the Transformers are, so is this their first encounter with the Robots in Disguise? I have no idea, but damn, these covers are awesome, aren’t they?
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Walking Dead #52 – Speaking of Kirkman being awesome, Walking Dead gives us another chapter with just a few zombies and a whole lot of character driven story. Rick starts to accept that he might not make it much longer and as he’s teaching his son Carl (who’s like 10? 12 maybe?) to drive, he runs into Michonne. She uses her samurai sword fighting skills to dispatch a few zombies. In a last glimmer of hope, they all continue on in search of Hershel’s farm. When things look lost they run into Glenn and his wife (who I think is Hershel’s daughter?) on horseback. There’s hope again. Maybe Rick won’t lose his mind, but I won’t bet on it. Things have been pretty harsh for these guys recently so let’s hope things get at least a little better for them soon. I’ve said before that I’m actually a little afraid to read this book each month. Kirkman pulls no punches with these characters.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • War Heroes #2 – Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, there’s a penis in this issue. It’s there in two different angles for all to see. Was it necessary? I didn’t think so. Will I drop the book in disgust? No. I don’t really care. The book wasn’t about a penis. This issue felt like the planning part of a heist movie. The group has infiltrated the army training camp and they’re ready to get their super power pills. They go through extensive and painful training and just as they’re ready to be deployed, we’re let in on the next step of their plan. And holy crap, it’s a doozy. That last line is un-fucking-believable and I cannot wait for the next issue.
    Rating: ★★★★½

Comics Corner – Week of 7/23/08

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Small batch this week, but I read them and here’s what I think.

  • Ambush Bug Year None #1 – My only DC book this week! This was my second exposure to the character of Ambush Bug (the first being in 52 which I loved) and I have to say that I’m not impressed. I’m sure there are Ambush Bug fanboys out there that were so excited to hear about this book, but I just didn’t see the hype. The book tries to poke fun at DC and the events over the past few years, but it’s done in such an unfunny way that it just comes off as hokey and boring. I figured I’d give the book a chance, but I’m definitely not picking up the next issue.
    Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
  • Avengers The Initiative #15 – While I’ve loved this series so far, this issue felt a little lackluster. It focused on Crusader and the fact that he’s actually a Skrull. There was a nice recap from the origin that Robert Kirkman developed, but a bit more was added about his Skrull training. In typical war movie fashion, Crusader meets an old friend on the battle field. I’m more interested in the fate of 3-D Man who can now see Skrulls with his fancy shades. Bring him into the main book!
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Black Summer #7 – The finale of Warren Ellis’ tale of a group of super heroes taking the law (and government) into their own hands. I’ve loved this book from the start and I thought this conclusion was great and really fit the book well. Avatar’s been doing a great job with these issues (and the other Warren Ellis books they’ve been releasing lately). The art was a little off, but I feel like that’s been the case from the beginning with this series. It’s not horrible. It just feel a little sketchy. The story and the dialogue were top notch though.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Daredevil #109 – I’m not a huge fan of the huge 6 issue story arcs, so I’m glad that this one is only 4 issues. Ed Brubaker has been drafting this amazing story in Daredevil since he took over the book from Brian Michael Bendis. This arc has seen him collaborating with Greg Rucka again and it’s just been amazing. Each issue leaves me wanting more and more and this one is no different. I’m just continually shocked by how much seems to be packed into each issue and how quickly the characters seem to develop and grow. I want Matt Murdock to get better. I want him to be happy…but he’s such a miserable person and he makes for such good drama and noir-like stories that I almost don’t want him to find that happiness again. The art was also pretty good and just fitting for a Daredevil story.
    Rating: ★★★★½
  • Immortal Iron Fist #17 – I’m a little wary about this book now that Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker have left it. The previous issue was their last one and it left the book at such an interesting point that I was a little saddened that they didn’t continue where they left off. It’s been picked up by Dwayne Swierczynski (no idea how to even pronounce that) who is also writing Cable which I wasn’t too impressed by. While the story wasn’t too bad, I didn’t think it was too good either. Maybe I just had really high expectations after the great issues that have preceded it, but I just wasn’t impressed with this one. Throw in the pretty mediocre art and things aren’t looking good. I’ll stick around for one more issue, but Iron Fist is teetering on the edge now.
    Rating: ★★½☆☆
  • Invincible #51 – A great issue to follow the big 50th issue. Invincible is hands down one of my favorite books and I love the direction that it’s taken. Kirkman is fantastic at developing these multi-layered stories and peeling each piece off to give you this tale that’s just plain epic. This issue is just huge in some of the reveals with reappearances by some people we thought dead and gone. I’m definitely not spoiling anything here, but holy crap is this book good. This is my pick of the week.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • New Avengers #43 – Another look back at where these Skrulls are coming from, this time looking at the Captain America who popped out of the ship in the Savage Land. While readers know that it couldn’t possibly be the real deal, but it’s interesting to see how the characters react. They know that there’s a good chance that this is a Skrull, but there’s got to be a part of them that hopes that it really is Cap and he’s returned to set things straight. Things have gotten pretty crazy since the man died and there’s this feeling that if he was back, everything might go back to normal. Unfortunately that’s not the case.
    Rating: ★★★★☆
  • Thunderbolts #122 – The first issue of the regular series after Warren Ellis’ run. Those are some damn big and strange shoes to fill, but fortunately Christos Gage does an OK job. Norman Osborn is creepy, but not as creepy as he once was. The team is thrown head on into Secret Invasion with the appearance of the Skrull Captain Marvel ready to bust things up. The issue ends right when things start getting interesting though. I’m intrigued enough to keep reading. This won’t be dropped from my pull list just yet.
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
  • Uncanny X-Men #500 – A landmark issue showing the X-Men moving into their new digs in San Francisco. This issue definitely set up a lot of things to come for the mutants and I’m excited about it. This is another Brubaker / Fraction team-up book, so I know it’s in good hands. I really like the whole idea behind the story with the X-Men setting up a sort of mutant sanctuary for anyone to come and not be persecuted against. Sure it’s going to make San Fran a target by anti-mutant hate groups, but the X-Men are there to protect their own. If Cyclops saying “Hear me, my X-Men” didn’t get you, you probably shouldn’t be reading this book.
    Rating: ★★★★★
  • War Heroes #1 – Mark Millar creates another fantastic creator-owned series with this first issue. Super powered soldiers popping pills to fight terrorism. Sounds interesting and frightening at the same time. This issue basically gave us a look at the world that the story will be taking place in. The pieces are being moved in to place for the later issues. Tony Harris’ art is perfect for this tale as well.
    Rating: ★★★★½
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