Hopefully better spoilered this time.Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle 3
(Grant Morrison/Freddie E. Williams II)
...Jesus freakin' CHRIST
!( Let's deconstruct the ending behind this cut tag, shall we? Let's shall... )Planetary 24: Guide/Systems
I'm glad that this title is back on track, now that it's trundling slowly through its final four (counting this one and the after-ending special issue that Ellis has talked about). I hope it can hold to a vaguely regular publication schedule, after this last somewhat long (admittedly not huge) gap between issues.
Strange thing about this issue: with the exception of the occasional question asked by a couple of characters, it's essentially a monologue. And an action-free
monologue, at that, until near the end. And yet, it manages to push us further along to the "Oh, THAT'S what's going on," point.
(Also, I love Cassaday's art in this. In almost anything, really -- although I have seen one or two occasional things where his startlingly realistic style doesn't entirely work, it's always been a perfect match for Planetary.)All-Star Superman
And yet another title in which, on the whole( Read more... )
The artwork actually seems to me a bit better this time. True, Lois' cheekbones seem to have gone walkabout, but on the other hand, Superman's face isn't as broad and squished as it was in the first issue. (He also seems to be cheekbone-free much of the time. I wonder what Quitely has against them?)The Maze Agency
2: A Beautiful Prime (Mike Barr/Ariel Padilla)
The idea being that the title contains "fair-play mysteries", that the reader should be able to solve them if they've been paying attention. Like the old Ellery Queen mysteries on television. In any event, the story moves along, and it was more interesting and entertaining than the last one. I could have done without( Major plot spoiler lurks behind the cut )
It's a weird title. On the one hand, IDW titles are expensive enough that this one is hard to justify as an issue purchase; it would in some ways make more sense to wait until a compilation was done.
On the other hand, it was a quick, fun read. Eh. YMMV; I think that this may be the last issue I buy. Unless I'm in the mood for light and fun the next time it comes out. We'll see.Testament
2 (Douglas Rushkoff/Liam Sharp)
Very ... intriguing. And further discussion will be held until the "Anyone for blasphemy?" entry, which will be coming soon.Girls
9 (Luna Brothers)
Not actually a very busy issue, but some interesting interaction between the characters. And, of course, as with the past few issues, the very last panel contains one of those, "Oh. Didn't see that one coming," moments. I wonder who done the deed....
...What? You expected more? Seriously, it's not a busy issue, but it is important to see how the characters see the relationships with each other.
(Heh. Not a spoiler in sight on that one, even.)BPRD: The Black Flame
6 of 6
...that was an ending? I mean, yes, OK, kind of, But not really quite understanding what happened, either. I think that'll take another read.Revelations
6 of 6 (Jenkins/Ramos)
And we come to the end. Very strongly written, very reasonable ending, makes perfectly good sense, and anyone paying enough attention probably saw it coming.
Hated hated hated HATED that ending. Understand: it's not a bad ending, technically speaking. I just ... HATED
it. I hated the ending so much that I started reading Warren Ellis Blackgas
-- a new horror title, for heaven's sake, and I hate
horror most of the time -- to get a bit of distance from it.
But still. HATED
And again, in-depth discussion deferred until "Anyone for blasphemy?"Blackgas
Picked this one up just for the hell of it; there's almost no chance at all that I'm going to stick with it. Not because of anything intrinsically wrong with it, just ... dude.( very brief spoiler for something that it turns out is not in the actual issue )
That said, I like the writing so far -- gentler than Ellis' usual style -- and I like Fiumara's art. (Most of the Avatar stuff I've seen is done by this person -- I don't remember the name right now -- who uses this unspeakably ornate black and white line art. Amazingly rich and detailed, but I really don't like it at all. It's hard to see anything in it. In any event, Fiumara's work is very clean and textured, and Andrew Dalhouse's colors are really lovely stuff. (Be warned that there are a couple pages of nekkidness inside. Plus, of course, the requisite icky stuff, with the blood and the guts and the gore and all that fun, because what would a horror title be without them?) And for all that I've already said that I know that I'm not sticking with it, I do wonder where on earth that last panel is headed. Nowhere good, I would assume.
In any event, I think from what Ellis has said on the Signal that this is a mini-series or a maxi-series (but not a full one), but I'm not sure how long.Fallen Angel
2 (Peter David/JK Woodward)
Peter David's said on his website that the series has already been picked up for a run longer than the initial three-issue arc planned, which makes me very very happy. We now know why he took the 20-year great leap forward (although there is a slight problem in that the characters don't look much older -- although, that
said, given who they are and what Bete Noire seems to be, there may be reasons for that as well), and a very interesting reason it is. Woodward's watercolors are seriously gorgeous; the series looks entirely different than it did under DC's guidance.
Interestingly, according to things I've seen on David's site and other bulletin boards, it seems that the original plan for Lee may
have been to have her be a less-powerful, for some reason, Linda Lee Danvers, which would explain why Fallen Angel started out as a DC title rather than as a Vertigo title, where it more properly belonged. That said, if that was the original plan, I can't imagine that DC would under any circumstances have allowed Peter David to buy the title and characters away.
And, yet again, any more in-depth discussion deferred until "Anyone for blasphemy?" (I'll get to it someday, I promise!)Super-Bad James Dynomite
(written by Kenan Ivory, Shawn and Marlon Wayons, Xavier Cook, Mitchell Marchand; art by Robert Reed and Darren Huang)
Um ... yeah.
It's like ... Ugly Son of Blaxploitation, really. Except that the artwork is really kind of stunning (if periodically gross). Seriously uninvolving, not particularly funny story, though. And, needless to say, for adults only. How adult do I mean?
Well. Take the very very first panel. (Please. Far Far away ... no, FARTHER away than that.) First, you notice the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Then you notice that she's ... grinning? Um ... OK. Then you notice that the Statue does not believe in shaving her armpits -- in fact, she's got what would appear to be 10-20 foot long braids sticking straight out of there. OK ... and then you notice that the Statue has shapely gams. I mean, who knew? And then you notice that the Statue ... does not shave or groom or otherwise tame things Down There, shall we say. In fact, you notice that the Statue actually has a "Down There". (The boat ride into the harbor for new immigrants, way back when, must have been a seriously startling experience.)
People, I did not need, in this lifetime, to think about the Coochie of Liberty. Not once. Not ever. Even less did I need to see
the Coochie of Liberty. And you know, once you have seen the Coochie of Liberty, you can never un-see it. It will be branded into your brain forever. FOREVER!
In any event, the issue ends on a cliffhanger, so I assume that it will continue, although I don't know how often this is planned to come out. And honestly, I'm not sure that I care.Small Gods
12 (Jason Rand/Juan E. Ferreyra, Kristen Simon)
And with this issue, the regular series of Small Gods ends. Dammit. Although there will allegedly be a full color two issue mini later in the year or early next year.
In any event, it's kind of
a good ending to the series. (I say "kind of" only because it's kind of sad for one of the characters, who doesn't get what she wants.) I hope that maybe they can keep doing little miniseries, since it's really very enjoyable.