Monday, April 16, 2012

comics for the week of 04/11/12.

A big haul; at 8 comics this week it might be my biggest in a while.

Batwoman 8 - There's no doubt that I have been disappointed in Amy Reeder's art, especially in comparison to J. H. Williams, but the story is still plugging away in the Williams-esque manner. While the constant bouncing bothers a lot of people, I think it's clear that there's a grand narrative that's being unfolded. All that being said, I'm not sure that this title needed the DCnU. (This is a long-standing beef and bias, I acknowledge that point.) This go-round, we get to see some of the new toys that Batwoman got from the DEO and the way they're affecting her fighting technique. Also, there's some backstory business with Sune, who seems to be related (in some way) to the semi-Big Bad of this arc. There's larger business afoot, as I've already noted, though, and I'm ready for that story to be told, as opposed to this (kind of) filler arc with Reeder in charge of the art. I know that Williams is not going tobe able to handle a monthly book on a regular basis, but...it's almost enough for me to wish for it just to be a series of minis.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 9 - While I'm happy to see that the robot issue is being resolved immediately (stupid Andrew) this was by far my least favorite issue of Buffy Season 9. I don't like this bait-and-switch and I don't like the fact that I still have no idea where this story is going, especially since it feels like the last few issues were wasted effort on my part. Wasted time and emotion is not something I expect from the Buffy series. I'm unhappy with this book at this point.

Fantastic Four 605 - Still happy I didn't ditch this book already. Hickman tells another tale here worth reading: Ben Grimm is a survivor! Through no effort on his own part, the lovable Thing gets to see almost 4000 years of progress here on Earth. It feels completely believable and Reed learns a valuable lesson. I hope that this is affirmed as continuity in the near future and that the writers-to-come on this title utilize this amazing turn of events.

Green Lantern 8 - This was the best issue of the run so far. Abin Sur is a bad, bad man, and it's going to be revealed next issue. However, given the fact that last issue's cover promised the "Secret of the Indigo Tribe!" and we still don't have it this issue, I'm a bit disappointed. Sinestro comes across as a badass at first and ultimately as a punk as the Indigo Tribe gets him, too. This story is what Green Lantern should be at this point, telling the stories of the other Lanterns slowly but surely.

Resurrection Man 8 - I'm not super psyched on this issue of the book, but it still feels like a fun blast from the past. Here we get two different types of detectives hunting down Mitch Shelley and both being outwitted by him, after a fashion. We get some more clues as to Mitch's origin (in the DCnU, and it's been retconned, of course, stupid reboot) and we have an unnecessary crossover with the Suicide Squad. I'm not even going to bother reading that issue, because I bet I can hazard a guess as to what happens: they fight, he dies, he comes back, he beats them, they realize they were on the same side all along. Resurrection Man, by definition, should be a self-contained story. Still a blast, but this was the weakest thus far.

Saga 2 - Brian K Vaughn is back in a major way! This issue was even better than the first, because now we're getting a serious sense of long-term story. The relationship between Alana and Marko feels real already, and Hazel continues to develop as a reliable narrator, despite her being only a couple days (weeks?) old at this point. The Prince has something truly odd happening with his TV screen face and the Stalk is scary as hell. The Horrors, on the other hand, aren't scary, especially to our vaunted heroes. I can see why bad guys would be frightened, but it's clear they're going to be some helpers for our protagonists. Great work all the way around.

Ultimate X-Men 10 - The art by Paco Medina is the best thing about this issue, but I'm still upset that we had this two-issue flashback when there's a huge storyline happening in the rest of the Ultimate Universe. While the art is the highlight, there's some pretty serious issues with Storm's appearance in the book: she varies from beautiful to tank-like chunky. (Not that there's a problem with that, as if it's anti-beautiful, but the change is the issue.) The ending, though, is reassuring in its promise to take us back to present day.

Unwritten 36 - A perfect epilogue to the War of the Words. We meet back up with Milton Walzer, the Tinker, and Pauly Bruckner in the most unlikely of team-ups. We get to see Pauly's kids, all grown up, a ton of references from stories as diverse as the Wizard of Oz to the Dark Tower, and we see The Wave. The sackful of goods the Tinker carries with him produces an unimaginable number of swords and the pre-Wave even turns Pauly back into a human. This book is getting disgustingly great and it's getting ridiculous to have to say the same thing about this book month after month, but it's always true: The Unwritten is (obviously) one of the best comic books on the market right now.

Book of the week goes to the Unwritten. There's no need for more effusive praise when I've already talked about how good it is. If you're not reading it, you're a fool.

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