Watching the River Flow for the 1/5 Comic Week
What's the matter with me,This is for all the various rambling comic thoughts that I have during the comic week about comics that I do not think deserve their own full entry to discuss. Enjoy!
I don't have much to say,
Daylight sneakin' through the window
And I'm still in this all-night cafe.
Walkin' to and fro beneath the moon
Out to where the trucks are rollin' slow,
To sit down on this bank of sand
And watch the river flow.
Aquaman #38 - Arcudi WOULD have to wait until he was basically off of the book before he wrote what I thought was perhaps the best issue of his run.
By the way, Vulko debuted in 1967. 1967-2006 - not a bad timespan for a minor supporting character, to be honest.
Day of Vengeance Special - Nothing cooler than Infinite Crisis #3.56. Oh, wait, a lot of things are cooler than that. My bad.
Detective Comics #815 - Shane McCarthy did a good job (probably the best that I have seen from him so far on the Bat-books, and I think his work has been good so far), but the real star of this issue was Cliff Chiang. Yowsa yowsa yowsa. Does anyone have him locked up to an exclusive yet? In fact, that made me laugh a bit. McCarthy did this really nice job, and yet he was so outshone by his art partner. That has to be a LITTLE annoying. "Yep, this is a neat little Batman story, with a nice twist on what happens when Mr. Zsasz marks himself prematurely - how does that affect him? Wait a sec...THIS is the art?!!? Holy crap! Who will remember my story now!??! The art will dazzle them too much!"
I actually presume Mr. McCarthy was quite pleased at Chiang's coolness, but I like my version better...hehe.
Gotham Central #39 - It is great to see how great this book can be when it just does issues like this - real, straightforward "Cops in Gotham" stuff. Very nicely done by Rucka.
Hard Time Season Two #2 - I like the sense of familiarity that Gerber and Skrenes are having with the story, in that they do not feel like they have to hold our hands with the plot. Appreciated. And, as usual, amazing Hurtt art. He is the ginchiest.
JSA #81 - I actually liked Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E., by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, so I have no problem with Geoff Johns devoting a full issue to spotlight Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. In fact, I enjoyed this issue of JSA.
So here's my gripe.
Reading the issue, what struck me was how, if this was NOT Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., that there was no way that S.T.R.I.P.E. makes it out of this comic alive. He just doesn't. And please note that I do not WANT S.T.R.I.P.E. dead. I think he's a cool character, but it just sorta irritated me when I think of the whole "you have to kill good characters sometimes" mentality that Johnuckanick avow often, and yet, when it is THEIR good character, the same rules do not seem to apply.
That irked me.
Justice League Unlimited #17 - Someone help me out here. Did the comic end with the Freedom Fighters asking to see the REAL general? If so, that's a pretty abrupt ending. I thought that my copy was, like, missing a page or something.
Superman #225 - Well, Mariah Benes has certainly inherited her brother's art abilities. Make of that what you will.
Iron Man #5 - Bob Layton is so right. There is no reason why the Iron Man armor should be getting BULKIER (and yes, it HAS been bulkier than this newest armor, but this new armor is still pretty bulky). In addition, total Ron Frenz Rule violation. No one but Granov is going to make this armor look how it is "meant" to be drawn.
Finally, let's give a shout-out to John Byrne, as Warren Ellis apparently could not improve upon Byrne's retcon of Iron Man's origin, so he just went with Byrne's. Good to see a writer not try to force a different one just for the sake of being different.
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #11 - Someone please explain this to me. As the book has basically escaped the realm of just rewriting old Lee/Ditko Spidey stories, why, then, is the book continuing with the Lee/Ditko continuity? What's the point? Why use Liz Allen when any kid picking this book up is gonna expect to see Mary Jane?
Just seems silly.
Marvel Team-Up #16 - This was a really fun comic.
Marvel Zombies #2 - This book is really well written, but I have no idea why the heck Marvel approved it.
Punisher #29 - I can never get enough scenes of women just getting the shit beaten out of them. It is truly a lost artform. Bravo! Bravo!
Sable & Fortune #1 - .....
Supreme Power: Nighthawk #5 - Here's an interesting question. Is Way TRYING to make the book SO over the top with the violence that it no longer has any effect whatsoever?
Is it, like, some sort of statement or something?
Or do you think he still thinks that the stuff is "shocking"?
That's all I can think of right now.