Monday, December 1, 2014

comics for the week of 11/26/14.

Happy late Thanksgiving to all.

Mind MGMT 26 - This was really strong, especially, as per the letter page notes, the growth of Meru. She's such a different character than we saw in the first issue. And although I'm still not exactly clear on what's going to go down with the Eraser, I like the idea of the hero taking the fight to the villain. We get to see some of the power of the umbrella as well as Lyme and Duncan's possible survival. Additionally, the front and back stories seemed particularly relevant. Solid.

New Avengers 26 - Not quite as good as the last issue, nor as good as I wanted it to be, but still epic on the scale of storytelling. This is just so much more than Hickman's ever done before, so I stand by my point about how hard it actually is to see the forest for the trees. It's too big. It's really hard to keep track of all the parts. And now we see Dr. Strange (as though we couldn't tell from the cover or from the Black Priests' talk of the Eye) and he's behaving in a pretty worrying way. But let's be frank: isn't this entire story about how all of them are? I mean, Thor picked up the faux-Mjolnir and became bad Thorr. So, Strange talking straight up about killing one or two groups (and ultimately both) isn't a shock. But it also isn't something that should be casual. The fallout from this storyline, whenever it ultimately ends, has to be huge.

Unwritten: Apocalypse 11 - That was exactly the end it had to have and it's the perfect place for it not to be the actual end. It couldn't have gone any other way for this issue and next issue is really where we get to see the revelation. (Yes, that pun was intended, and yes, I think too many people who read Unwritten don't get it, won't get it, and are dismissive toward the literature-based influences, despite their obviousness.) Here's the threads I see that we need to take care of: father's apology, the rabbit, Madame Rauch, the devil's real form, the end of the universe, the duplicate versions of Tom as well as the Count, and the loose cannon. I'm happy with everything that's happening here, and I can't wait to see how it's going to conclude.

Book of the week goes to Unwritten. This is the way to stick a landing. They're only got one more tough one to do, but it'll be the most important.

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