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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 :)

My eternal favourites

Posted in Comics, Fantasy with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by Cara Marie

So, I just found out that Tim Hunter had made an appearance in Jeff Lemire’s Justice League Dark. Not the same Tim Hunter I followed for some hundred issues as a teenager; still, Tim Hunter. And the following felt very him:

A young Tim Hunter narrates that he'd had enough of magic. 'So I performed my last and greatest spell,' he says. 'I culled every bit of magic I'd acquired, and I gave it a form, a shape. I made it tangible. And then I exorcised it from me.'

Justice League Dark, issue 12. Writing by Jeff Lemire, art by Mikal Janin.

 

By which I mean, really incredibly stupid. There’s no way it could ever turn out badly :D

I’d always intended to check out Justice League Dark once it came out in trade, but it looks like I might have to follow it more closely than that. It’s funny, because Tim was often the least interesting thing in The Books of Magic, but I really am very attached to him.

So that happened. AND THEN I decided I couldn’t wait  for my copy of Journey into Mystery to arrive this Wednesday and I’d have to read it online first. (It was a pragmatic decision. I might not be able to resist looking at spoilers another three days.)

LEAH. LOKI.

God, my heart. I am so overwhelmed right now.

Reading DC for a change

Posted in Comics, Fantasy, Horror, Superhero with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by Cara Marie

So, I have read some of the new DC 52. Mostly because this digital comic thing makes it so easy. (Whereas during the first month, only one title actually made it through till Saturday at the comic store and I am not actually interested in Batman and Robin so that did me no good.)

Animal Man 1

Written by Jeff Lemire, pencils by Travel Foreman, inks by Travel Foreman and Dan Green, colours by Lovern Kindzierski

I had heard really good things about this one, and reading it was a disappointment. The art was a turn off for me, with an amateurish feel to it. And it wasn’t till the end that I actually felt intrigued by the story. I might check it out in trade, but I don’t immediately feel it’s a character I want to spend time with, and there’s not enough attractive in it to sweep me up.

I feel a bit harsh, judging something on a single issue. But! Then I read:

Demon Knights 1–2

Written by Paul Cornell, pencils by Diogenes Neves, inks by Oclair Albert, colours by Marcelo Maiolo

And I was immediately keen on this one. The little we’ve seen of the characters, I want to know more about them – the situation is almost tangential to that enjoyment. (And it’s not that I like fantasy more than horror, because I read and love my fair share of horror.)

Plus, at the start of the second issue, there’s this panel:

'Excellent,' he says, 'I haven't eaten one of these in centuries!'

Yup, that’s a guy all excited at the prospect of eating dinosaur. It’s pretty much awesome.

Justice League Dark 1

Written by Peter Milligan, art by Mikel Janin, colours by Ulises Arreola

I’m not sold on this yet … there’s just so much packed into this issue, so many introductions, that it all seems to go by in a rush, with nothing to hold onto. But I think once we’re past the set-up, I could enjoy it. It’s not like I’m going to miss a chance to see Constantine and Zatanna together.

And I’m quite keen to read more with Madame Xanadu – I find her interesting as a character, but was a bit ambivalent about what I read of her series (ie, it doesn’t make me think ‘epic romance/rivalry’ to have the Phantom Stranger in each story, it makes me think, what, her story’s not worth telling without him? She’s lived this incredible life, but only telling the parts he’s in makes it seem small.)

Maybe that’s why I liked Demon Knights so quickly, and not Justice League Dark – we don’t see our team interact in JLD, just the forces pulling them together. Whereas in Demon Knights we get just enough interaction to think, yeah, I’m interested in reading about these people’s wacky adventures. As opposed to being interested in theory, which is why I bought JLD.

But I’m willing to give it a chance, as long as Milligan keeps away from the sadism that put me off Shade.

Wonder Woman 1–2

Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matthew Wilson

Because surely it makes me a bad feminist comics reader to have never read any Wonder Woman. The mythology did throw me a bit, because I’ve been reading The Incredible Hercules and the different interpretations get mixed up in my brain. But I quite like the art, and I’m intrigued by the set-up thus far.

Also, I like the conversation where Hermes asks Zola what Zeus came to her as.

'A truck driver,' Zola says. 'Or a pool hustler. He coulda been in a band … I hope he was that guy …' 'Apparently, Zeus didn't have to change his form too exotically to curry your favor,' Hermes says. And Zola looks at him and says, 'I like men, Hermes. And I'm not gonna apologize for that.'

And Hermes says, ‘As you shouldn’t. But on this island, you might want to keep the story to yourself.’ (They’re on the island of the Amazons.)

Which was a nice scene to read, after all the Starfire stuff.

Plus, you know, not a swan. Any human form Zeus seduces someone in is a step up from the other options.

I also really like Strife, just making things more difficult for Diana. So I’ll probably keep reading this, because I am a sucker for mythology in comics.

Supergirl 1–2

Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson, pencils and inks by Mahmud Asrar, inks by Dad Green, colours by Dave McCraig

I don’t have much to say about this – it’s paced quite differently from everything else, more like manga. Not much happens in a single issue, but it doesn’t happen slowly. I think it’s probably better suited to read in trade than as a serial.

I used to really love Supergirl the movie when I was little – because she had the same name as me! That’s pretty much all I remember.

I don’t really get a sense of what Kara is like from these two issues – other than very confused – nor of the direction it’s likely to go in. Fingers crossed for teenage hijinx.