Publisher: Marvel Writer: Nick Spencer Art: Steve Lieber/Rachelle Rosenberg Rating: 3.9/5
I’m going to miss this comic so hard when it’s gone. I love Shocker (I don’t know why, I blame the 90s Spider-Man cartoon). I love Tombstone (ditto). I love Silvermane (hmmm…noticing a theme). And Hammerhead rules. I love super-villains not always being cackling megalomaniacal geniuses that want to ruin the world, “because EVIL!” I like seeing some crooks as just poor shlubs that really can’t do any better.
But more importantly, I just realized Nick Spencer must have loved the 90s Spider-Man cartoon!
I’ve been enjoying the series from the start. And in this issue, Kieron gives the first substantial Allied victory, a reason why the Axis powers are doing so well as well as teases us with the Manhattan Projects.
And Uberverse Manhattan Projects is exactly what I’ve been waiting for!
Brian Wood’s first issue following Warren Ellis’ six issue stint. And it’s clearly that they are going to use Ellis as a launching pad. Much of the tone and characterization that Ellis introduced is continuing to be used. As well, Greg Smallwood is his own artist, but he is reminiscent enough of Shalvey that this feels like the same title.
And it’s a nice little issue of Moon Knight pursuing a soldier with some advanced hardware across New York. But that last page is where the book shifts. As it is made apparent these are not going to be done in ones anymore and we’re back to standard trade writing Marvel.
A bit more rough and tumble from Rocket, showing why he’s as dangerous as he is. And even though it seems to have taken 4 issues, it looks like Rocket is going to face his evil doppelganger finally. Still not sure if I’m on board for the long run, but I haven’t regretted these first few issues.
It’s coming down to the wire, friends. Whether there will be many more adventures of Cthulhu Holmes or whether he will just be another ancient one, forgotten on the ocean floor to his eternal slumber. And not that I’m going for the hard sell or anything, but I’m just going to leave a little quote here, followed a link to the FundAnything campaign.
“Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love to get stoned watching, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever.”
Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Today we look at the freedom fighter of the future (of 1973) Killraven!
Publisher: Marvel Writer: Jason Aaron Art: Mike Deodato/Frank Martin Rating: 2.3/5
The key to a good murder mystery is to have somewhere to go after the reveal of the killer. With the reveal is supposed to come the reveal of the motive and then, some form of resolution.
Jason Aaron tried to work this as a murder mystery. And a lot of the pieces were lined up. And then…he had no where to go after the reveal. Eight issues in, we find out who killed the Watcher. But not why.
We have two characters swapping roles with other characters. But not why.
And we still have Thor fighting his hammer on the moon. But. Not. Why.
It was all build up and no pay off. Treating this as an eight issue mini, this issue would have been a fantastic issue 5. Giving two more issues to explore the why and whereto, with one issue to clean up. With that slight shift, this issue and mini would have been easily ten times better.
Publisher: Image Writer: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard Rating: 3.6/5
Sweet slumbering Cthulhu but I do love how Ellis works characters. And that’s all this series has been so far. “Here’s this person, here’s their warts and crutches. Oh, and they have a redeeming quality or two.”
Character work with the slight background dressing of giant alien towers terraforming the earth (or something). The scientist in the artic that won’t cycle out because this work is important. The bumpkin that is at once in love with and terrified of the city wide artistic commune he has moved to.
Character work. And now, a very big bomb about to go off and change everything.
This is not a superhero comic. This is Ellis moving in one of his more experimental moods. The whole comics feels like some kind of strange living dream and I’m sure there’s subtext I’m missing or not fully picking up on.
But this is the kind of comics I do love, in small doses. I like experimental comics that still have a framework of plot and character work while still being experimental. We’ll see where this goes.
Publisher: Dark Horse Writer: Eric Powell Art: Eric Powell Rating: 4.0/5
This is, quite simply, Eric Powell at his best. This is Eric Powell at Chinatown levels. This is where I love what he does most. It is both funny and heart wrenching at the same time. Giving Goon something to live for, giving Goon something that can kill him, and showing how that all worked out for poor Daisy.
Issues like this are why I read The Goon.
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