Wednesday, November 30, 2011

comics for the week of 11/30/11.

The world of comics is shifting drastically, with the advent of digital publishing and the new 52 and the integration of Image as one of the Big Three and the emergence of viable options for printing short runs on books and still making money. And yet...Marvel and DC still seem to rule nearly everything. Is parity really achieved if nothing changes?

Angel and Faith 4 - The end of the first arc and it's a good one. Faith confronts Angel about his plan, but he dodges it in a way that makes Faith pull back on a bit of her criticism, which might have been his intent. The ex-Slayers still want to kill him, his ex-servants got what they wanted after all, and Angel just might be...well...becoming Giles. The last two pages were magnificent.

FF 12 - After the brilliance of Fantastic Four 600, I wasn't sure if I was going to jump back into bed with the Future Foundation, but I'm so glad I did. Despite some subpar art, I think the saga of Franklin Richards is really one that needs telling. If it requires Doom, his son, Nathaniel Richards and (maybe he's gone, but I doubt it) an alternate universe Reed to do so, let's get it on!

Fables 111 - I really don't know how to review this issue. The sad fate of Bufkin hangs over everything else that happened, but I'm not really convinced that it happened. Winter is the new King, as she's been fated to be, and Bufkin appears to have been killed. But are either of those things truly firmed up? I, for one, am not a believer. Not yet. Not totally. All that being said, the book continues to be one of the best on the market, numbing in its brilliance. This must be what it feels like to be Federer or Djokovich - so good, so often that it's just unfair to the rest of your competition and, when you're off, it feels like a much bigger deal than it really is.

The Ultimates 4 - This, though, is the book that I get most excited about, week in and week out. (A note here to say that, if Locke and Key came out on anything resembling a regular schedule, it would fill that spot. But it's not even close.) The revelation that took place in this issue is one that any comic fan worth their salt already knew was coming - it was so obvious! Yet, it's a sign of Hickman's superb writing that it still felt fresh and shocking when we actually got to see the Maker's face. Thor got his ass handed to him, Nick Fury's gonna have to compromise and Tony got put in check. Still no sign of Steve. I wonder if he's really out. And now, does this mean that the World (how funny that this term is being thrown around in two totally dissimilar books) will be here, with us, for the foreseeable future in the Ultimate Universe? Great potential there.

Book of the week is Fables. I've written it before, and I did above, but it's kind of awesome how consistent this book is. It kills so predictably month after month after month after month that it's easy to look at it and say, "Yeah, it was just great. Again." But we shouldn't overlook that.

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