Monday, December 3, 2012

comics for the week of 11/28/12.

I also read Uncanny Avengers and I suspect this is going to be an unpopular thing to hear but...Cassaday has really fallen off. I thought I'd be willing to give this a try for Remender's writing,'s bad. All New X-Men? The same. Very, very bad writing. Immonen's art is good, better than Cassaday, but it's just not enough. This is not a good time for Marvel.

Angel and Faith 16 - Whoah. Killer last page. Gotta be a misdirect, right? I mean...there's no way. But once again, the minor characters in the Buffyverse get it right. Angel and Faith (and even the lesser Slayers) feel so much more authentic than Buffy does in her own book. The letters all mentioned Spike, the previews are for Willow....why is Buffy the subpar star in her own world? I know there are people who have complained about this since the TV show, but I'm not one of them. It certainly feels true here, though. Regardless, another strong issue for the over-the-pond side of the crew. Faith and Angel certainly seem as though they're close to bringing Giles back, and the other Slayers have heard what they're up to. They come not for vengeance but to twist Angel's methods to their own desires. Also, we get to see some nice flashbacks of Faith. Good times all the way around.

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias 4 - Another masterpiece from Jae Lee. It would be amazing even if the story was shit, but this one's got it all. Adrian gets to meet JFK, sees the Comedian, continues to narrate his life story, and we get to see some of the political side of Veidt's life. Interesting to see how this one is fitting with the Comedian's book, but I dropped that one like a bad habit and I'm not sure there's any recommendation that could make me look at it again. Great to see the culmination of the JFK presidency presented from the side of the smartest man in the world, as well as the exact same scene we see in Silk Spectre's book with Ozymandias in charge this time. Comedian is still central, as he should be, with his paper up. It's funny to see the resolution, because I honestly figured that he was already planning his coup de grace. But if it turns into this meeting being his inciting event, I can see a few people not digging that. Oh well. Good stuff, no doubt.

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre 4 - So, the first one to end? I'm only reading a few of the BW books now, and I'm glad this one is over. It was nice to see this little distraction tale, and the art of Amanda Conner never hurts, but in the end, that's really all it felt like - a distraction. It doesn't have any of the gravitas of the other tales (Ozymandias and Minutemen, even Rorschach to a degree) that really make these series worth it. Not every book has to be that way, though, and the Silk Spectre was never the centerpiece of the Watchmen Universe anyway, so this was good for what it was. Be glad if you didn't buy it in singles and consider even skipping the trade, unless you love Conner's art.

Book of the week goes to Ozymandias. In a week of pretty lackluster competition, Jae Lee's art is more than enough to grab the lion's share.

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