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This week in comics /27 Oct

Posted in Comics, Fantasy, Superhero with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by Cara Marie

So I am not going to talk about Journey into Mystery in this post. Because it really deserves its own. But, in other comics I am following:

Batwoman #13, JH Williams III + W Haden Blackman

If I didn’t have this on standing order in print, I wouldn’t be making the effort to read it anymore, and I’m thinking I should just drop it altogether. Issue #12 was a mess; this is a bit better, because at least I know Wonder Woman’s meant to be there … but I am struggling to care about any of it. Even JH Williams’ art seems less wonderous than it usually does.

Justice League Dark #13, Jeff Lemire + Mikel Janin, Vic Drujiniu, Ulises Arreola

Okay, maybe reading this on account of Tim Hunter was not such a good idea.

The things that make me sad about Justice League Dark:

  • not actually using Tim Hunter
  • undermining Zatanna – in this issue, she gets kidnapped voluntarily sacrifices herself by going off with an old ex enemy who John Contantine stole her from … look, it really just seems like this turn of events is more about John than it is about Zatanna! And I’m as fond of John as anyone, but please, not at her expense.

The Flash #13, Francis Manapul +  Brian Buccellato

Panel where the Flash has used his super-speed to tie up a bunch of gorillas. Glider is skating in the air and says, 'Well done, Red. If you ever wanna take off your goody two-shows, we could use a guy like you.' Flash says, 'You wish.'

Luckily The Flash is here to keep me cheerful. There are gorillas in Central City! Flash’s enemies are forced into teaming up with him! It’s all very exciting, and the art is charming as always. I think the lesson is that I should only read DC comics if they’re child-friendly.

Captain Marvel #5, Kelly Sue DeConnick + Emma Rios, Jordie Bellaire

I really really want to love this comic but sadly I do not. It’s not that there’s anything in it that bugs me, or that it’s not written decently. It’s just that it’s not to my tastes. On the other hand, the preview is pretty interesting, so hopefully it will pick up. Maybe it’s just my innate loathing of time travel pulling things down.

Or it may just be that DeConnick is interested in different aspects of Carol than I am – always a risk with a new writer.

Or it could just be that the first arc in a new series is always the least interesting one. (That’s what I thought about Brian Reed’s Ms Marvel, at least.)

Anyway. Maybe next month I will love you, Captain Marvel.

Gambit #4, James Asmus + Leonard Kirk, Clay Mann, Seth Mann

This issue went by very fast. It’s pretty much the boss battle for the plot arc we’ve been following so far – so it’s not especially satisfying in itself, but it will work just fine once I reread the series. Plus, lookatthesedragons!

Full-page panel featuring some really stunning Eastern-type dragons.

Also, there is a lot of gratuitous shirtlessness.

A series of panels where Gambit has had his shirt torn to shreds. He uses what's left on the shirt to make himself a face-mask so he can go through some weird portal. What actually happens isn't really relevant, it's just the shirtlessness we're interested in.

Gambit is just a really fun series. It has gorgeous art and slinky, morally dubious attractive people. I have no idea what’s going to happen next and I really don’t care. In the good way :)