Tuesday, June 12, 2012

comics for the week of 06/06/12.

I'm writing this set terribly late, so it's really hard for me to honestly remember everything about the books. Honesty. Ugh.

Animal Man 10 - Buddy's still trapped in the Red and he's hunting down the totems with the help of the Shepherd, who, by the way, is totally hilarious. Maxine, however, exerts a lot of control over the Red, even though she's not there, and her wily ways kind of get in the middle of Buddy and his search. This is one of the best books in the DCnU, without a doubt.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen 1 - I'm not sure what anyone could have against this book, as it's actually presented. Against the concept? Sure, I can roll with that, although I'm not totally on your side. But the book itself? Well, I'm not the world's biggest Darwyn Cooke fan, but he does a great job here of presenting an homage to Watchmen, without slipping into parody or mind-numbing tribute. It's a good book, a strong opening. We'll see what I have to say about the rest of them, but for now, it's good enough.

Swamp Thing 10 - This book, on the other hand, sticks out in the memory. It's far surpassed Animal Man, which isn't a bad thing, as it gives us a clear pecking order. The art, by Francesco Francavilla, is one of the driving forces here, but let's be clear: Scott Snyder is at the top of his game in this book. While Batman has slipped a little bit during the Court of Owls run, Swamp Thing has been gaining speed. The return of Anton Arcane lends a lot of tension to his narration, but the order in which it unfolds is a little bit confusing: is he talking to Swampy the whole time? If so, what does that mean when he says his daughter is here? Hasn't she been there the whole time? If not, who is he talking to? Next issue, regardless, is going to be great.

Ultimate Spider-Man 11 - Miles Morales makes some big mistakes. He's going to pay for them later. But for now, he's teaming up with Uncle Aaron, taking down the Scorpion, and things seem to be going well enough. Ganke is still a great addition to this book, he plays a solid role, even if he's only present for a couple pages. The biggest thing, though, is that Miles is showing potential in both ways: he can be pulled in the negative direction by his uncle fairly easily, but he's also come a long way insofar as using his powers, since the first couple issues. The coolest part of this issue, though, was seeing Aunt May return. I hope that this is just a temporary thing, that it's a great sub plot and then melts away again, so as to allow Miles to truly take up the mantle.

Book of the week goes to Ultimate Spider-Man for the pure potential.

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