Monday, October 14, 2013

comics for the week of 10/09/11.

There's some things going on. Luckily, I have comics to distract me.

Infinity 4 - Global Terrigenesis?!? Mjolnir?!? Black Bolt versus Thanos fight?!? Like Dave Jordan said: THIS IS THE BOOK I WANTED TO READ THE WHOLE TIME! This is where Infinity finally got it right. The bit with Thanos' son is (amazingly) still the lamest part of the book (get it? His son, the healer, becomes unto death...yeah, yeah...) but the galaxy-wide battle, never a favorite aspect of anything for me, is picking up steam too. Not only did we get the knock-down drag-out that we wanted between Black Bolt and Thanos, but we get to see Thor (via a Cap-designed plan) knock the shit out of some Builders. Incredible. The entirety of the scenes with Thor are the best of the book. The closeup of Cap's eye, gleaming with confidence in the God of Thunder. His getting off the ship. His prayer to Odin. His tossing of the hammer. The way he takes the slap from the Builder. His destructive hole. His dialogue with Ronan. The call of Ronan to the other Accusers. The splash of all of them raising arms. God yes. This is where it's at.

The Private Eye 4 - The Paul Administration, eh? The TV program with Flash, eh? Chief, eh? But the best part comes near the end, when we meet CG and hear about library records and see the true way in which privacy affects literally everyone in this world. It's all about the little details with this book: here's a normal man, having dinner with his family and he needs to put his mask on before answering the door. And while he seems to be a genuinely good guy, with the wife and kids, and he puts up that front of the sacred duty of librarians and protecting the records, he caves pretty damn quickly when PI talks about getting him in touch with his ex. It's a wacky world we live in (and that they do) where people are so truly, terribly fickle. I think his moral high ground speech on the search history might be as close to a thesis statement as we've got from BKV so far on why this world is the way it is. When they finally get to the library, of course, it's amazing. Martin is killing it on the art, and I love the Huxley callbacks to pneumatic tubes. Lady Nunchuk makes her triumphant return to the series and she connects with Raveena so quickly that it'd downright cute. The ending, of course, is a killer, with the juxtaposition between the flight and the wreck and the first real glimpse we've seen of DeGuerre. Honestly, one the things that makes this book, though, is the amount of time they put into not only the product itself, but the Afterword, too. It feels like the old Bendis letter columns.

Rachel Rising 20 - Oh man. All right. This story, already pretty epic scale just jumped up a few notches. This is really, really great work from Terry Moore and I'm not shocked by it, but I am shocked by how forthright it is, as well as how dark it is. I always thought Moore was more of a comedian than a tragedian, but this one is really making it hard to truly shake out. Here, Bryn Mary reveals some of her real powers, her boyfriend has trouble adjusting to his new body and Earl just takes it all in stride. Also, the cover is truly disturbing and Zoe makes a power play. Manus is revealed and the grand plan starts to get a bit more grand.

Thor: God of Thunder 14 - The Dark Elves are taking refuge with the Dwarves, Malekith proves he fights dirty against Wormsong and Garney's art still doesn't bother me too much. All in all, another win for Jason Aaron and this amazing run on Thor. The fact that we see Malekith in such gory battle last issue and her we see Senator Volstagg with the line of the issue ("They did wither before the fury of my filibuster!") illustrates how lucky we are to have a book that's so good in such a diverse way. But insofar as the actual battle and substance of the issue, it was pretty standard fare. It's elevated by Aaron's mix of humor and politics, but it's nothing we haven't seen a hundred times before. Standard story, told by a superb storyteller is better than average.

The Walking Dead 115 - Welp. That wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. Sure, we've got the start and I know there's something to be said for a real intro when it comes to a 12-part story, but... There was nothing, really. Rick leaves Carl in charge of the homestead. Andrea doesn't go with. Rick's got a fucking army. They look tough, for sure. But the end? I don't know. Negan's got a hostage from the Hilltop? He switches the odds? Kind of? Jesus still is the guy and I'm not sure that some random schmuck is going to change things all that much. But I do know that next issue things are going to get crazy and I know that the symbolism and foreshadowing are still there: Rick should die. That would be the way to make this as crazy as it's been billed. My friends and I have talked about it and, yeah, if Carl dies, that'll be gnarly, taking it up a notch, but if Rick died, that would be the best. In fact, I think a new guy suggested a radical departure: Kill Rick, flash forward ten (maybe 15) years and have Carl be in charge of a whole new group of folks under different circumstances. What better way to end All Out War?

Book of the week goes to The Private Eye. Infinity was finally great, but The Private Eye always has been.

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