Monday, July 28, 2014

comics for the week of 07/23/14.

There are no sports. Life.

Buffy 5 - Continues the great story of how Buffy got her family back. This seems to be the overarching motif of Season 10 and I'm great with that. The Dracula/Maloker (sp?) issue was taken care of with much more ease than I thought it would be, but that didn't feel like a bad thing. I was more relieved that we didn't stretch story unnecessarily, especially since we have so much more good story left. First up, the Dawn and Xander plot. Secondly, the Xander and Anya plot. Man. He's got some stuff going on. Then, of course, we've got Buffy and the cops, young Giles, Willow recognizing her place and Spike still kind of struggling to fit in. Lots of good seeds planted in this issue, I'm sure they'll be followed up on and I'm sure it'll be cool.

Daredevil 6 - Huh. Well, this one was a miss for me. I'm not sure whether part of this story was planned aside from the Original Sin tie-in, but I'm going to go ahead and blame the event for the lackluster quality of a book that's normally stellar. The art wasn't up to par, the story was shoehorned in, despite all the attempts to fit it into continuity, and the fact that it's not just a single-issue arc is more than disappointing. I'm kind of glad that we're demystifying Matt's dad's character a bit, but this seems like an odd way to do it. Just have the Original Sin plot go through and take it up there, unless the Wakanda thing is going to have larger ramifications. If it's not, this is a waste of time and effort.

Saga 21 - Wow. I don't know if it was, but this felt like an extra-sized issue. And every single page was good. From the drugs that Alana is beginning to the lack of romance in her sex with her husband to the casual touch of the other woman, it was all good. Plus, we get Robot IV learning he has a son, grandmother paying her respects to Oswald and the quippy line from the indentured servant. This is just chock full of goodness and it's so beautiful and so well told. Also, Robot's kid is on a voyage, and Hazel's narration continues to be spot on. Plus, she's becoming an older person, so the chances of staying undercover and becoming much smaller. I love this book so much.

Trees 3 - This series is weird and this issue was the weirdest. It wasn't remotely bad, but I'm not sure of anything at this point. Could be, if I continue with this book, it'll turn out to be one of the most important parts of the series. Could be this is the issue that makes me say it's not worth it. It was pretty and intriguing, though. I like the girl, I like the professor and I'm interested in the kid artist. That's about it for this one.

The Unwritten: Apocalypse 7 - The glitches serve their point and Pullman scores a (temporary victory) at the end. But this clearly isn't going to fly. Even if it doesn't revert back to the epic romance tale, Tom's pants aren't even down! Logic will shine its light through, even if it's clouded through the story lens. The back and forth nature of this issue really worked well, until the end, where it was clear that things were elevating to another level. Just look at the narration. There's no way this is actually the narrative. The rabbit's having second thoughts, the king vampire was dismissed so easily when we thought he'd be yet another true challenge, we haven't even got to the side effects of Tom bringing back the childrens' father - remember they were previously orphans! This is winding down in a hell of a way and while the last few pages were a bad note, they weren't (at least, I don't think, at this point) a missed on. We're going to see some serious pulling together of the strings here - it's no coincidence that Rauch is remembering back to the one dangling thread we've got, the scene that was never explained. Also, hilarious that her kids are already dreaming up theology and picking sides. The new world is coming, and there's always a place for the stories of good guys in the sky.

Book of the week goes to Saga. It's an honor that'll continue more than a few more times while this brilliance is happening, but I'm just as happy with the title today as I was for issue one. What a unique thing.

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