It's getting to the holiday season, which I guess is kinda happy, but is also crazy stressful. I'm grateful for good comics that help me relax.
Avengers 23 - RONAN THE ACCUSER! That's about it. I'm losing faith in Lenil Francis Yu's art, which will sound shocking to casual observers, but I've never been a huge fan of his. Captain America gets the checkmark on racking up allies and Thanos gets some heroes in his face. Can't wait to read the conclusion to THIS story in a totally different book. Ugh.
Batwoman 25 - Holy crap. JH Williams didn't even get to finish his arc? This was probably already news, but I didn't get ahold of it in time. Instead, I waded through a Zero Year retcon where we get to see Maggie and Kate meeting ahead of time, Bruce being an idiot and a whole bunch of other stupid shit. Really bummed to see Batwoman pulled down into the dregs of the new normal in the New 52. This one was already off my list after this issue, but I should have read the news and realized I wouldn't enjoy this issue and cut it off before. As it stands, here's to hoping JH ends up doing some regular work again outside Sandman (already delayed) and that the character stays interesting to some people.
Daredevil 33 - More cute touches from Waid about how Matt Murdock is, in fact, a blind man. Plenty more monsters, which is always cool. The Darkhold, not so much. And guest artists? Definitely not. I like the different stuff that's going on here, but I don't like the fact that Waid's got Matt hedging so hard against any spiritual beliefs. The fact that Murdock is a Catholic has been a central part of his identity for a while now, so why dodge it? 2 more issues until a reboot...something huge is going to happen.
Fables 135 - Annnnd...another guest artist? Russ Braun just can't fill the shoes, I'm afraid to report. It's not that his art was terrible, it's just that Fables has been such a consistent force and this one is so off. The issue's content was great, though, with Rose building her side of the army, Snow White warning her kids away from the ex-beloved Auntie and the mysterious piece of Bigby Wolf being held by someone who's drinking a glass of wine! Yup. Good stuff here.
Rachel Rising 21 - That cooooooooooover. Zoe is so gangster, it's perfect that she was in a VW bus, Aunt Johnny's definitely going to make it back to life and the doctor is surprisingly stubborn when it comes to this stuff. The presence of dogs in this book is strange. It feels like it must be significant in some way, but I guess it probably won't be. I love the way this is developing and the fact that it's been such a slow burn with so many different angles to the focus. Great, great, great work from the master Terry Moore.
Young Avengers 12 - I'm not sure how anyone could be surprised by this ending, but that also doesn't mean it wasn't a solidly great issue. I'm kind of tinged on this book, though, as it's been announced that it's ending. Every issue is still good, but it makes me so sad that it'll be gone so soon. In the meantime, Noh-Varr still comes off like a lying, cheating asshole, which he is, all while Kate can't really figure that out; poor girl. Also, Miss America Chavez is the best new character in a long time, super intriguing and I hope that she doesn't go to waste after this series is done. Here we get to see Mother taking her turn invading the Earth and how the wool is still pulled over the eyes of all adults - including Cap. The kids are there to save the day, and they run a two-pronged attack, but, of course, Leah knows what's going on, and it turns out she's had a plan his whole time. Surprise surprise. It's beautiful and it's a great story and if you're not getting it, you're going to be shocked when you read it all in one trade and you'll wonder why you didn't get it while it was coming out.
Book of the week goes to Young Avengers. Love the fact that it got a chance and that McKelvie & Gillen are getting the chance to tell the story they wanted to.