Promising Young Contenders
- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #604 – I’m on the bubble here…I’ve still got a couple issues worth of interest in me, but unless something changes I’m putting this on hold until The Gauntlet starts.
- BLACKEST NIGHT BATMAN #2 (OF 3) – Oh, a bunch of family members come back from the dead. Imagine. I’ll give it the flip test and see, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by the first issue.
- CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 TP VOL 03 VAMPIRE STATE – I already picked up the single issues so I won’t get it again, but this arc was EXCELLENT. I didn’t know who most of the characters were, but the idea behind the story was so brilliant I didn’t care. It’s like the Vampire West Wing and Should Be Read.
- NOMAD GIRL WITHOUT A WORLD #1 (OF 4) – Here are words that have never and will almost certainly never be spoken again: Without Rob Liefeld’s involvement, I am not interested.
- STUFF OF LEGEND #1 (OF 2) – The FCBD book was really, really good stuff. I don’t know how I missed the first print, but I’ve been looking forward to this finally coming out.
- WEDNESDAY COMICS #10 – I haven’t been getting this, and won’t with only 3 issues left, but I’ll definitely get the inevitable collection.
Reviews from Last Week
- Batman – I remember that last week’s post said that Winick’s run was okay, if forgettable and…I was wrong. It’s awful and forgettable. It’s just basic, by-the-numbers comic bookery that makes Chuck Dixon look like M. Night Shyamalan*. There’s no mystery to his Shadowy Figure, especially since this person figured so prominently in his last run and has been forgotten ever since, and the rest of the story is just dull. Also, what’s the deal with Clayface these days? Last I heard, Matt Hagan was the only Clayface that looked like this, and he’s been dead for decades. Is this the Greatest Hits Clayface?
A message to comic book writers: if you don’t have a story to tell with the greatest fictional characters of all time you do everyone a disservice by hacking it out. Somebody else out there has a killer story to tell and placeholders don’t help anyone. I truly don’t believe that anyone sets out to do bad work, but I think everyone must know when they have a winner versus just having 22 pages for the next issue. (In the meantime, I just hacked out 179 words about a generic issue of Batman. I’m apparently turning into Chris Sims.)
- Strange Tales – It figures, as soon as I write something about the impossiblity of finding indie books, this beautiful piece of brilliance comes out. Sure, the price point is ALL wrong ($5?!?! Really, Marvel?) but this is the only place you’ll get to see James Kochalka do The Hulk or Michael Kupperman do Sub-Mariner. Perry Bible Fellowship’s short pieces were brilliant, also. It’s possible this is the only place we’ll ever see Peter Bagge’s “Incorrigible Hulk,” too, even though it’s been completed for years. For me, this isn’t the answer to discovering new indie books, but people like me WILL spend too much to see indie takes on Marvel mainstays, and hopefully more people will check out an indie book based on something they’ve seen here. Epic WIN here, Marvel, and I’m glad there’s 2 more issues to come.