Comics Reviews (July 13th, 2016)


From worst to best of what I bought, which actually includes things this week. And no, I'm not doing that KFC comic from DC. It's free, so I can't buy it, and you can't buy it for me, so pfft.

Stumptown #10

Phil's comic pet peeves, number 398 out of a series of fucking infinite length: when writers do near-wordless scripts and then give them to artists who aren't actually good enough to carry it off. This is a reasonably good story, and there's some smart, thoughtful writing with a real focus on letting the images tell the story. The probelm is as I said - Justin Greenwood's not a strong enough artist to convey the information needed clearly. Too often one is left looking at a page going "OK, what's happening here," and not in the sense of "what are the storytelling implications of this" but rather in the sense of "is that the same person from three pages ago" or "wait, where are these people?" Letting the pictures tell the story is great and a lovely comics writers trick that I get why everyone likes. But the fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of professional artists working in the industry today can't actually pull it off, and that writers would be better served not triyng to be so damn clever.

Wonder Woman #2

The start of Rucka's other Wonder Woman storyline, an origin retelling with Nicola Scott. Like any origin retelling it's overly well-trodden ground, and Rucka neither brings earth-shattering new ideas nor hyper-brilliant style to the task, but it's still got a bevy of nice, subtle touches that at least remind what Rucka's strengths on the character are. I remain inherently suspicious of Rebirth and of the first two issues here, but this is at least a perfectly competent and enjoyble comic, which has to be called a result in context.

New Avengers #13

The impending relaunch brings a sense of acceleration to the book, which is generally good for it. The resolution to the ongoing POD subplot is clever and moving, although I find myself rather sharply hoping the character was not then immediately killed. (I trust Ewing more than that, though.) The Songbird plot is good. The army of Dum Dum Duggans remains barmy and clever. And I'm excited to see the Maker finally make his move. All in all, successful rising action.

The Wicked + The Divine #21

Speaking of Rising Action, the penultimate installment of this arc, which fulfills the description "like Shakespeare but with lots more punching" even better than NextWave did. Gillen and McKelvie have maintained FULL TILT quite well with this arc, and the comparative lull of last month's installment seems considerably more artful given this jump to eleven. Excited to see how many people have their consciousnesses expanded in next month's conclusion. (There. I finally did a joke other than "mind-blowing.")

Next Week...

Lazarus #23

Hunt #1

Snotgirl #1

Darth Vader #23

Spider-Man #6

The Ultimates #9


Chicanery 4 years, 6 months ago

Are you not interested in Hellblazer Rebirth?

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Elizabeth Sandifer 4 years, 6 months ago

Should I be?

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Chicanery 4 years, 6 months ago

Depends on your feelings on Classic Hellblazer. I remember Oliver's previous stuff was good.

Moritat's art is always strong as well.

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Gamera 4 years, 6 months ago

Though not entirely wordless, what do you think of the SIngles Club last chapter?

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Elizabeth Sandifer 4 years, 6 months ago

That Jamie McKelvie is among the artists that can handle a script like that.

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Dominik Zine 4 years, 6 months ago

He is, one hundred percent.

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Dominik Zine 4 years, 6 months ago

POD is pretty much confirmed for Ewing's next title, U.S.Avengers, so she's thankfully fine.

Oh, and you forgot to add Nighthawk to your comics next week.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 4 years, 6 months ago

Indeed I did.

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Tim B. 4 years, 6 months ago

Figure this is an appropriate place, the latest books bundle from Humble Bundle is Grant Morrison's Grant Morrison's 18 Days. I picked up the illustrated script book a few years ago and #1 but it didn't grab me, but there's 13 comics for $1, with extra tiers of more comics for more money, and as with all Humble Bundle's stuff you can decide how much goes to charity.

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Phuzz 4 years, 6 months ago

I think someone mentioned it last month, but Archangel by William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith and Butch Guice, (, is probably up your street.
Second issue was out yesterday, and it's interesting, shame it looks like there's only going to be five issues, and I think a full length novel would work better.

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