Original Sin #8

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Image, Characters, and Names are Copyright/Trademark Marvel, used under Fair Use

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.

Instead, I’m sitting here just going, “why?”

Trees #4

 

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Image, Characters, and Names are Copyright/Trademark their respective owners, used under Fair Use

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.

I love when Ellis is playing.

Supreme: Blue Rose #2

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Publisher: Image
Writer: Warren Ellis Art: Tula Lotay
Rating: 3.5/5

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.

The Goon: Occasion of Revenge #2

 

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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.

Who the Clix? – Angela

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 company hopping Angela!

Warning: As Angela is still new to the Marvel Universe, there will be some information here that is considered spoilers for the Original Sin sub-series. So if you intend to read the Tenth Realm story later, you probably shouldn’t read this.

Continue reading Who the Clix? – Angela

Greatest Thing I’ve See Today – Race/Off

So this actually aired last Tuesday, and I saw it then. But as The Daily Show has Labor Day off, they’re re-airing it. And it merits another go around.

Because I still have people I love and respect who are being fed bullshit and not understanding what actually happened in Ferguson. And I’m still trying to shake them to make them realize that all these “patriots” they trust, are exactly the ones that are really going to help get their rights taken away.