Worst to best, everything good enough to buy. Second Thursday post coming later in the day, btw – had hoped to have it ready by the usual 5am EST, but ended up having a more eventful Wednesday than I’d budgeted for.
Other than the kind of nasty transphobic streak, this is a marvelous issue. Pity about the kind of nasty transphobic streak, then. It’s thoroughly sickening, and serves as an unpleasant reminder that underneath the hood, this is still a New 52-era DC comic, with all the thudding “comics for boys” that this implies. Strictly on storytelling, this would be higher on the list, but I just can’t.
Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1
Had this come out before Original Sin, it would have been a perfectly nice, fun, lightweight story, albeit one that in no way needed thirty-three pages to tell. (Frank Cho’s a fine and dynamic artist, but the book is saturated with big panels to the point where they stop having any impact.) Unfortunately, it came out after Original Sin, and so is instead a painfully predictable lightweight story that in no way needed thirty-three pages to tell.
Uncanny X-Men Annual #1
Part one of a two-part story filling in an old mystery of how Eva Bell, a character I only vaguely have a handle on who is, aged several years in a time travel accident. Some predictable beats, though the “seven years later” jump is clever. But one does rather suspect, if only because it’s how Bendis tends to work, that the second half of this is going to be the issue that carries the weight.
A fine comic, although there’s something very strange about Reed Richards giving advice on “making plans and the proper execution thereof” to someone who is currently being fostered by Doctor Doom.
I feel like Aaron’s Thor run suffers occasionally from being unable or unwilling to quite make up its mind whether it wants to be epic or a bit wryly funny and personal. At its best, it’s… wryly funny and personal, and the thought bubbles approach to the new Thor is marvelous – I absolutely adore her character. Still, I want answers and flesh, not mystery. Still, glad we’re doing the inevitable Thor vs Thor next issue, if only so we can move on to the less inevitable stuff.
The Amazing Spider-Man #11
After a rough second installment, Spider-Verse gets back on track here. The relationship to the spin-offs is still a bit rough – I don’t think I’ve ever read a crossover that feels quite this insistent on spending time selling me the auxiliary books. But there are moments of real charm and wit here, and three issues in the mythos of the crossover is starting to actually stick for me.
Supreme Blue Rose #5
I remain happy to be along for the ride on this deliciously strange bit of Warren Ellis comic. I’d wonder if it’s any good, but it seems beside the point. It’s unabashedly a particular aesthetic take on some stock ideas from both superhero comics and Warren Ellis – a comic that’s content to be interesting. It is, and I love it.
Sex Criminals #9
Massively strong issue on its own merits, plus it has an absolutely beautifully gratuitous Wicked and the Divine porn parody in it. Amaterassu. Dear god. Seriously, though, yet another stunning issue here, with some great character work. This book’s mixture of humor and honest looks at fucking and fucking up is truly wonderful.
Bitch Planet #1
It’s going to be described as Orange is the New Black in space, and fine. That’s a good hook. This is a better book – an unabashedly feminist, progressive comic that emphatically picks at scabs and starts fights. There’s a lovely twist here, and some great tone-setting, and a book that’s going to be worth watching. Get in on the ground floor. If nothing else, it’s called Bitch Planet, and that’s justification enough for buying it.