Monday, September 14, 2015

comics for the week of 09/09/15.

Things are slow with the mainstream universes. Marvel's Secret Wars is taking longer than expected and DC is miring in the slog. Good thing we've got the goodness found outside the Big Two. (And Spider-Man. Always Spider-Man.)

Bitch Planet 5 - Worth the wait. But now there'll be another wait, huh? With the end of volume one we see, and Kelly Sue directly tells us, that no one is safe. It's gonna be a hell of a ride, especially if these awesome ladies can't beat the guards. I know they were cheating, but you're shitting yourself if you think the pros won't do far, far worse. This is an amazing book for our time.

Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 5 - Well, fuck Quesada's variant covers and his self-indulgent delight in knowing how he's screwed over so many Spider-Man fans, but good on this story for making use of the "Renew Your Vows" title in a meaningful way so that it's not JUST a dig at the marriage and its fans. The story ends the only way it could, with a To Be Continued... which felt right. Of course, before then, the Parkers team up to beat Regent and we see the ordinary people of the world turn against him because he's threatening a little girl. That doesn't seem likely when they were all for him killing the superheroes, but nobody ever said superhero stories have the greatest logic. Hawkeye continues to get special treatment, as he should, but the true thread of this story was the family. It was nice to have in a Spider-Man story once again.

The Walking Dead 146 - So the cover turned out to be a lie (except for the fact that that scene actually happened) but the leaders aren't actually squabbling to that degree. But that's OK (and good, even!) because they're going to need to be on the same page if they're going to take on the Whisperers. And it certainly seems like they're going to. While Rick is trying to convey the scope of the threat he's seen, his people are furious. But they don't understand. And I don't think that Rick Grimes is going to back away from this fight. He's just trying to figure out the approach. I think Maggie will help, and I even think there'll be a role for Negan? Is that out of left field? I don't know. But the cover for next issue makes me think that things are going to get worse before they get better, because if anyone's known for stupid, childish overreactions, it's the kids. And off they go. I don't really think the last page of Eugene looking menacing will come to any meaningful fruition, but I do think that might be an option that gets them out and "running away" which might set the stage for frenzy?

Book of the week goes to Bitch Planet. Heart loves Spidey, but Kelly Sue is just doing a better book and that's a fact.

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