Dr. Vaughanlove- or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BKV
There are certain sacred cows in the world of comic fandom. And if you tread on these sacred cows you can expect some shit to be flung your way. If you don’t believe me just try saying We3 isn’t the best comic book ever published. But wear something that covers your entire body and is easy to clean.
One of the current sacred cows is Y The Last Man. Every person who read Y The Last Man loves it. Loves it. Not likes it. LOVES it. I have been told countless times that I need to be reading Y as it is the BEST COMIC OUT THERE, MAN!
So I went to my local library (which also happens to be my place of employment) and I put holds on the first three trades.
And I really, really, really disliked them. Didn’t like the set-up, didn’t like the characters, didn’t like the way the story was shaping up. Didn’t like the art.
I’ll wait while you all collect your jaws and try and regain your composure.
Okay, so my bad Y experience kinda turned me off Brian K. Vaughan. I mean, everyone in the world was telling me that Y is his best work and that he’s one of the best out there and I should be reading him. But I really didn’t like Y. Ergo, I do not like
I was ordered- not asked, but ORDERED- to read Ex Machina. And I really didn’t have any strong desire, but I was pretty burnt out on what I was reading and the trade collecting the first arc had just come out…..so…..I gave it a try.
I don’t know what the difference is, but Ex Machina has an oomph for me that Y lacks completely. In one trade I fell in love with the story. I’m hooked and in it for the long haul.
And then the same person who ORDERED me to read Ex Machina ordered me to read Runaways. So I bought the first trade and gave it a try. And I liked it. I wasn’t crazy about it, but I liked it a lot.
Then I bought the second and third trades. And the first three issues of the second series. And man, it hooked me. The first trade was good, the other two were excellent. Damn, I was so glad I could read it all in one sitting. All I could think after finishing it was “Man, why isn’t “New X-Men: Academy X” this cool? Why aren’t those kids as interesting and fun as these kids?”
And then, on a lark, I picked up
Damn. It’s some good stuff.
It turns out I really dig Brian K. Vaughan’s writing. Except when he’s writing Y the Last Man. Go figure.
The point of this post is threefold.
1) Y The Last Man sucks.
2) Runaways, Ex Machina and Vaughan’s Ultimate X-men are great!
Okay, you can go back to your lives now……