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MASSIVE #25

Publisher: Dark Horse
Writer: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown
Rating – 3.1/5

Massive is coming to an end, it seems. And it seems about time. The Sahara arc was great, but overall it’s gone no where in particular. And part of that is that Wood tends to make his metaphors literal. As in, Massive is about what we as human beings are doing to our environment. And he explores that by literally having the environment turn on us. Which can still be good…but he fixates on that more than actually telling stories.

Bodies #1

Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Si Spencer Art: Dean Ormston/Phil Winslade/Meghan Hetrick/Tula Lotay.
Rating – 3.5/5

I loved the Vinyl Underground, so I figured I’d give this a shot. And having the same murder victim’s body exist across 4 moments in time is definitely interesting. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out. I have a feeling the future is going to be the most distracting.

FATALE #24

Publisher: Image
Writer: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips
Rating – 2.4/5

Honestly? I’m disappointed. It’s Ed’s story and he told it the way he wanted, bully for him. But it’s not what I wanted. I got a bit sick of him showing how everyone was in love with this woman, rather than…pretty much anything else in the world he made. I don’t need to see the Old Ones, necessarily, but it would have been nice to see more of their bishop at work. Other Josephines actually living their lives (and not just going through basically the same stuff the real Josephine did).

I’ve liked a lot of Brubaker’s stuff, so I don’t mean to dump on the man. But it just…meh.

NEW AVENGERS #21

Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jonathan Hickman Art: Valerio Schiti/Salvador Larroca/Frank Martin/Paul Mounts
Rating – 3.9/5

Fuck. Yes. The Illuminati get a slight redemption, as when the time comes to destroy another world none of them take it. Except, you know, for Namor. But that fits perfectly, especially with my favorite moment from before the fight with the Great Society. Namor throwing his trident and saying, “if I am to become this monster, let it be on my own terms.”

AVENGERS #33

Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Jonathan Hickman Art: Leinil Francis Yu/Gerry Alanguilan/Sunny Gho
Rating – 3.6/5

Captain America’s wild ride comes to an end. And while it seems, at first, to be Tony Stark saving him from falling through temporal space, I don’t think it is. I think it’s Iron Man 2020. What that means, we’ll have to see…

INVINCIBLE #113

Publisher: Image
Writer: Robert Kirkman Art: Ryan Ottley

Rating – 3.5/5

This is apocalyptic. But if Kirkman could just deliver this quality of comic each issue, with this much plot advancement, I would be happy forever. That he doesn’t is what makes me sad.

Still, at least he didn’t just let go of the whole rape issue. As I greatly feared he would (because of honest forgetfulness, not for any other reason).

Moon Knight #6

Writer: Warren Ellis Art: Declan Shalvey/Jordie Bellaire
Rating: 3.9/5

The final issue of Mr. Ellis’ run on Moon Knight is finally here. And it ties up some of what he was doing while also making a fine statement of the effect that a figure like Moon Knight can have on those around him. What I love about Ellis is his character work, and it certainly was felt with what is typically a hard character to get a grasp on (considering that his personality has shifted so many times through the years and, depending on the writer, he even has multiple personalities in his head). Still, Ellis managed to make him into a certified threat and not just a “poor man’s Batman.”

I’ll miss Ellis on the book (as I always do when he leaves any project). But here’s hoping Mr. Brian Wood can do something with it going forward.

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