This Week’s Comics

There’s a fair amount to discuss this week.  Not all of it good…

BATMAN #698 – Dear DC, PLEASE make this book interesting!  The revelation of the Black Mask was a  failure on two fronts: 1) I didn’t CARE who Black Mask was under there, and 2) I didn’t care once it was
revealed.  In fact, I thought that the mask was sealed onto his face…What’s up with that?
BRIGHTEST DAY #0 – I hope there’s some extra content to justify the extra $1, because I’d really like to know what the game plan is for the DCU now.  Also: Aquaman!
FLASH #1 – Ditto for this $4 book.  Although with Johns taking the lead I can only imagine it’ll be boring.  Maybe I’ll pass anyway.
IMAGE FIRSTS AGE OF BRONZE #1 – Great call by Image for this $1 book. It’s on the older side of the Image spectrum but I’ve heard great things about it, so I’ll absolutely check this one out.
LOSERS #1 – And DC is on the $1 book kick too, now.  Losers is an incredible action/adventure/espionage book and everyone should check out the good version before the awful-looking movie comes out.
WEEKLY WORLD NEWS #4 – And the noble experiment comes to a close. Like I said when the last issue came out, I wish this arc had only been 3 issues, but I enjoyed the concept and would love to see more of these in the future.

Matt inspired me to pick up S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 last week, and even though I didn’t understand the whole thing, I liked it quite a bit.  The idea of a collection of the world’s smartest men protecting the Earth throughout history is a strong one, and ties in well to the Coalition of Reed Richardses.  Deadpool Corps #1 left me cold, though.  The Rob’s art was relatively strong, but Deadpool In Space doesn’t do much for me, and the 15-some-odd Deadpools just stretch a thin gag even more.

So that’s it for me.  What are YOU getting?

This Week’s Comics

It looks like Diamond may have moved their list of new releases.  Either way, it’s out.  Here’s what I’m looking at.

AVENGERS VS ATLAS #2 (OF 4) – How many different ways can I say that Jeff Parker’s Agents of Atlas books are the best comics on the stands? Apparently only one.
BATMAN #696 – Whatever.  Why can’t DC keep this book interesting???
GREEN LANTERN #51 – Having just read issue #50, for once I feel like I’m up to speed for a new issue!
STARMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 04 – I feel like Starman would have benefitted from Absolute Editions rather than just thick hardcovers (especially for $50!), but these are pretty nice.  Plus, it’ll let you get all caught up for Matt’s Annotations.
WEEKLY WORLD NEWS #2 – I really enjoyed the first issue, so I’ll be picking this up.  Ed Anger, Bat Boy, PhD Ape, and the cloud that looks like Satan.  How can you go wrong?

So that’s it for me.  What are YOU getting?

Random Reviews — Finally, I have things to compliment!

Finally!  A chance to spread the good word on some good comics rather than complaining that X-Babies exists!

Avengers vs Atlas #1 – If Matt and Hannah Montana have taught me anything, it’s that there are only 7 plots in literature,* so I wasn’t terribly concerned when I read his review of this book before I got a chance to read the book itself. I wouldn’t even say that this book fits the category of “teams meet, fight, realize they’re on the same side, then team up” unless you count earlier issues of the AoA ongoing and X-Men vs Atlas (which is fair because if you read comics then you should have been reading already). Recycled plots or no, it’s the way Parker puts them together than makes AoA so special. The humor, banter, and situations always feel fresh and novel, as if it’s the first time we’re seeing a Human Robot interact with a Gorilla Man. I don’t have much to say about this book that Matt didn’t say first, but I definitely second how great this was. The Namora backup was a weak story we’ve seen dozens of times before, but there’s still a lot of bang in here for your 4 bucks.

The Muppet Show #1 – This book? Well, if our frequent shilling for Roger Langridge and BOOM!’s Muppet Show books haven’t sold you yet it won’t now, but this continues to be the funniest comic on the stands. Langridge really gets a) comedy, and b) Muppets, and doing both is apparently harder to do than you’d think. After the damage done to the theater in “The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson”, the Muppets take their show on the road to any gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse that will have them. Fozzie, meanwhile, has temporarily gone his own way to rediscover standup (the alphabet at the end of the book was brilliant!). It’s a spectacular read, as always. The next issue should have the Muppets rolling into Little Statwald, which I can only hope is a town full of Stadlers and Waldorfs.

Thunderbolts #140 – This is more like what I was expecting from Jeff Parker’s Thunderbolts run. The Agents of Atlas/Thunderbolts battle is resolved and Jimmy Woo proves he’s willing to do anything to take down Norman Osborne, with unexpected results. Hopefully it doesn’t make me a bad person that the horror and shock of what happened was matched by thinking it was pretty funny (and a relatively ingenious twist). The dichotomy between the lighter Atlas team and the darker T-Bolts is certainly fascinating, though I’m afraid Parker may have made the Agents too powerful. We’re starting to see a lot of psych-outs by Marvel Boy and characters who are unaffected by Venus’ song. Still, we’ve had 3 AoA books this month, which is proof that Marvel either recognizes quality, is still working their “throw it on the wall and see if it sticks” publishing philosophy, or is just willing to print anything Jeff Parker wants to write.

Weekly World News #1 – I was amazed by how much I like this comic! The first story arc, “The Irredemption of Ed Anger” follows the regular WWN columnist (who tends to get “madder than a <NOUN> in a <RELATED NOUN>) and television pundit as he rails against the freaks and illegal (space) aliens that the WWN specializes in. Of course, this puts Bat Boy at the center of his rage. Chris Ryall puts together a very funny story here, and weaves in more disparate WWN regulars than you would think possible (and thankfully annotates them in the back).  Alan  Robinson’s art was quite good, as well: consistent, well laid out, and with only one facial expression for Bat Boy (as it should be). Ryall’s text piece in the back relates a history with Weekly World News that Matt and I can definitely relate to. I’m looking forward to more issues, especially after the last-page reveal. Anyone with a fondness for the WWN should be pleased by the comic, and I’m curious to see how far they can take it.

*Hannah Montana is “Man vs. Self”.

This Week’s Comics — Or Lack Thereof

Another truly awful New Comic Book Day.  Between Matt potentially losing his LCS and me not getting new books anymore, I hope we have the mojo to keep skipping along.  Still, here’s what I’m looking at for this week.

  • BATMAN #695 – Grant Morrison, please come back! This book is boring!!!
  • MUPPET SHOW #1 – I’m seriously looking forward to this new road trip story arc.  Thank goodness for new Muppet Show comics!
  • WEEKLY WORLD NEWS #1 – This may be a must-get.  WWN was a staple in Matt and my dorm room in college.  It was pretty disappointing to see it go under.

I suppose that’s all on my list.  I’ve been getting a ton of back issues recently, so hopefully I’ll have some new reviews of old books soon.  What are YOU getting?