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Thursday, January 20, 2005
X-Men: Phoenix: Endsong #1: I always enjoy Greg Land's art, even if it is a little obviously photo-referenced at times, and his work is stunning in this book. The story by Greg Pak is at least not afraid to touch on Grant Morrison's run on the book, unlike all the other X-titles these days, but it does have the feel of editorial necessity to it, almost as if Marvel is trying to win back some of the readers that Morrison brought to the book. It's a good X-Men comic, but to call it that feels like I'm damning it with faint praise.
Concrete: The Human Dilemma #1: Apparently I managed to date Peter for six years without once discovering that he's a Concrete fan. You'd think it might have popped up in conversation at least once. Anyway, this was my first exposure to Concrete, and now I feel rather guilty for ignoring it for so long it's so good. It's charming and elegant, if a little preachy.
Wild Girl #3: The pace of the story picks up a bit, though by now even I'm starting to feel a little in the dark about what is actually meant to be happening, and what the role of the Dog Man is, other than to be menacing in a supernatural sort of way. The art by Shawn McManus is fantastic in any case.
The Question #3: I'm still really enjoying Rick Veitch's more metaphysical take on this character, and I think the solution the Metropolis' underworld has devised to do business without attracting Big Blue's attention, by doing business in the bathroom because he's too polite to look in there, is quite clever in a super-hero logic sort of way.
Deadshot #2: This is also turning into a "depraved" fun comic, to see the bad guys do the right thing the wrong way but for a good cause. It's an interesting twist on the ambiguity and morality of vigilantism, but it doesn't pretend to be anything other than an entertainment for folks with a dark sense of humor.
Sticky #1: There's no getting around the fact that this is a gay porn comic, so clearly it's not going to appeal to everyone. Story-wise, well, it's porn, so there is only the barest minimum of plot or story, and in this particular case there's no dialogue. But the art is definitely a cut-above what you expect from a porn comic, with expressive and attractive figures. The black-white-and-blue coloring gives the book a unique look that adds to it's over-all attractiveness. I'd heartily recommend this book to any fan of male figure work or erotic art.