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Sunday, June 27, 2004
Last Weeks Comics
Losers #13 by Andy Diggle, Jock and Nick Dragotta, from DC/Vertigo:
Currently, this is probably my favorite Vertigo title. Funny, politically hip, subversive, loads o' action. A great "comic-book" read which doesn't rely on grown men in tights hitting each other to be entertaining. And unlike most other titles, Diggle is able to write a first issue of a storyline that serves as prologue, as well as moving the meta-plot forward and put enough action and plot in the story for it to be entertaining on it's own.
The Witching #1 Jonathan Vankin and Leigh Gallager, from DC/Vertigo:
I'm under standing orders to buy anything featuring magic-based characters for Pete. I actually ended up liking this. It looks like it could be a somewhat naughty, less than reverent take on the magical corners of the DCU.
Conan #5 by Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord, from Dark Horse:
Sorry, to much of a geek to offer much criticism of this title.
Wanted #4 by Mark Millar and JG Jones, from Image/Top Cow:
It took four issues, but as I suspected the story is moving a bit beyond "nasty people doing bad things just for the sake of it." Personally I find that basing almost all the characters on old DC villains is kind of distracting. The only reason I can think of for it is that Millar had a proposal in at DC that got turned down, so he just shopped it to Image instead after changing the names. Either that or it's some sort of twisted in-joke meant to make the reader feel special for "getting it." Anyway, it bores me in what is otherwise a fairly good book.
303 Preview by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows, from Avatar:
Just enough material to whet my appetite, which is as it should be. I really shouldn't buy these sorts of things, but hey, it gives me some pretty Jacen Burrows art to look at until the actual series starts coming out.
Kinetic #4 by Kelley Puckett and Warren Pleece, from DC/Focus:
Glaciars melt faster than this story is progressing, so why do I still like it? The characters aren't particularly likeable for that matter either.
Authority: More Kev #2 by Garth Ennis and Glenn Fabry, from DC/Wildstorm:
It's wrong, and it's evil and it's also hilarious.
Astonishing X-Men #2 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, from Marvel:
Well, at least it looks pretty. More offensively ham-fisted metaphors on the gay=mutant angle, a complete misunderstanding of Kitty Pryde's personality, and in fact just about everyone seems somewhat out of character. About the only good point here beside the art is the return of Lockheed, which of course is handled in a slap-dash, deus-ex-machina fashion.
Excalibur #2 by Chris Claremont and Aaron Lopresti, from Marvel:
They're fucking kidding, right? A Magneto "imposter"? Who escaped detection from four telepaths and Logan's senses? And just happened to look exactly like him and have the same powers? Fuck, I expected them to crap all over Morrison's run as soon as possible, but not quite this soon...they could have at least given us a year before springing the "Magneto is back from the dead" card on us again.
Dorothy #1 by Mark Masterson and Greg Mannino, starring Catie Fisher:
This is a great, intelligent, original updating of the Wizard of Oz story told with a mix of CGI and photography. It's clever, funny, and gorgeous to look at. Here Dorothy is a precocious goth/punk girl running away from her dull dirt-farming Aunt and Uncle in a lterally gray Kansas. Oz, from the brief glimpse we see, has clearly seen better days but still manages to retain some of it's alien mystique that made Baum's books so appealing. Previews and copies avaiable from the web-site, and I'd suggest you grab it.