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Thursday, December 29, 2005
Putting The Cart Before The Horse
Or, This Week, Dorian Reviews The Comics Without Actually Bothering To Read Them
Wizard #172: Not something I normally purchase, but there's something I've always wanted to do with an issue of Wizard, and now seems as good a time as any to go and do that.
Fallen Angel #1: I liked the first series okay, but at $3.99 a pop I find myself expecting a bit more out of it this time around.
Wonder Woman #224: I've enjoyed Rucka's take on the character. It's managed to be consistently surprising and engaging. And I'm still skeptical of any proposed new series, as all the proposed artists I've heard have more of a focus on T and A than on good story-telling.
Vigilante #4: Well, I'm enjoying it, anyway.
Superman/Batman #23: This used to be good, dumb fun. Now it's getting to be a chore to read.
Exiles #74: Pete's comic. I gave up on even glancing through it once it crossed over with that Age of Apocalypse nonsense.
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #664: I only pick up the square-bound Disney books now when they have Rosa or Barks material I don't already have in them. Though I still get the monthly Donald Duck comic because, well, it's Donald Duck. The most recent issue of DD had me cursing my temporary lack of image editing software, as the sequence in which Donald, driven mad by ghosts, goes after Huey, Dewey and Louie with an axe in an abandoned mountain-top motel was priceless.
Solo #8: I honestly think I bought this out of inertia, as Teddy Kristiansen isn't an artist I follow.
JLA Classified #15: Ellis' arc on this has been very, very good, but this is actually one of Pete's comics, as he's the strict Justice League completeist in the family.
Catwoman #50: Will Pfeiffer's run on this title has been a gas. Good, unapologetic, super-hero adventure the way I like it.
Batman #648: And I've enjoyed Winick's run on this book as well. He's managed to move Batman into more of a super-hero adventure comic than it's been in years.
X-Factor #2: As much as I enjoy Peter David's lighter take on super-heroes, my initial good-will for this book was severely deflated when Little Miss Deus Ex Machina joined the cast.
Ultimate Spider-Man #88: Pete's comic. Can't be bothered with it anymore.
ultimate Fantastic Four #26: I don't mind the heavy photo-referencing that much; at least the book looks pretty. Too bad it's written so poorly.
Official Handbook of Ultimate Marvel Universe: The Ultimates & X-Men 2005: Don't look at me like that. It's for Pete.
Young Avengers Special: The book really is surprisingly good. I don't know why there has to be a special, and why this material can't just appear in the regular comic. And I really, really don't like the tag-team approach to artists they took. The styles are too different, giving it a wildly inconsistent look.
All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #3: Oh man, I couldn't stop laughing at that panel. You know, the one everyone's going to make a big deal out of. The people who don't get the joke are missing out on funny, funny stuff.
A1 Bojeffries Terror Tome: I've got a fondness for inexpensive reprints of quality older material. Though, I must ask, exactly how late is this.
Blacksad: The Sketch Files: Speaking of late books. But it doesn't matter, because I can pore over Guarnido's artwork for hours.
And I looked at, but didn't purchase, the most recent issue of Spider-Man/Black Cat: Evil That Men Do, in which Kevin Smith made me groan twice. Once at Daredevil's "What am I, retarded?" line, and the Black Cat's revelation that she was raped. Because, somehow, I suspect that Smith is going to be given a pass on lame, "out of character" dialogue and the casual use of sexual violence against women. Which prompted a discussion between me and Mike on why, exactly, the bad writers are so often allowed to get away with terrible, terrible plots and dialogue.