Hi, my name is Reggie and I read a bunch of comics that came out yesterday. Here’s what I think of ‘em:
All-Star Western #24
Written by Palmiotti & Gray
Drawn by Moritat
Until DC’s new 52, I never gave a damn for the Western genre. Movies, books, comics, just never cottoned to it. I began reading All-Star Western when the first trade collection came out, and I was immediately hooked. This is less a story of the Old West–particularly now that the main hero, Jonah Hex, has traveled through time to the present day–and more a commentary on current events and social mores. In this book alone, Hex goes from a court case in Gotham City where he’s defended by Bruce Wayne’s lawyers, to a bar in Phoenix, Arizona, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to retrieve six figures worth of raw gold, to the Burning Man festival held in the Arizona desert (though the book calls it a “weirdo sex party,” I assume to avoid weirdo sex lawsuits.) This book is a lot of fun and you’ll likely chuckle a few times at Jonah Hex’s dialogue and displacement. Can’t recommend this book enough, you should be reading it.
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Chris Samnee
Daredevil is far and away my favorite comic book currently, and this issue did not disappoint. This issue begins with Matt Murdock on the offensive against the cabal of goofball assassins known as Sons of the Serpent. After questioning some members of the group and getting some technical assistance from the mysterious Dr. Strange, Matt heads West to Blue Hills, Kentucky in search of a secret tome known as “Darkhold.” Instead, he finds a lynch mob chasing…Universal Studios monsters? Not exactly, but there’s a mummy, a couple of Frankenstein’s monsters, and what looks to be a female vampire. I won’t spoil the ending, but I did spoil the reveal of these creatures. They’re featured on the front cover, though, and if you came and checked out this review before reading the comic, or if the comic isn’t already on your regular list, then you’re probably stupid and this spoiler review is the least of the hurdles life will present going forward.
Written by Matt Fraction and Lee Allred
Drawn by Mike Allread
This is the second issue since Lee Allred has taken over writing duties from Matt Fraction (though he is using Fraction’s notes), and it’s still as enjoyable and weird as ever. The basic story is that Ant-Man rescues everyone from danger by shrinking them down and hiding them among the fibers of Impossible Man’s shorts, then brings everyone to Uath the Watcher’s house where he pretend-bullies Uath into letting the gang stay. Of course, about a zillion things happen in between and during all of this, and if I had to lodge a complaint about the book, it’s that FF is often too dense with…stuff. Still, it’s a laugh-a-minute and Mike Allred’s art is awesome! For that reason alone, you should be reading this, but fair warning: best read with a healthy understanding of the Marvel Universe and general continuity.
Justice League #24
Written by Geoff Johns
Drawn by Ivan Reis
More from the Forever Evil event coursing through much of the DC Universe. Here, we learn Ultraman’s origin which is darkly funny. This helps us understand why he chooses to fly to the Daily Planet building in Metropolis and be a huge dick to everyone. He beats the crap out of Jimmy Olsen and slaps Lois Lane around a little, then Black Adam shows up to fight Ultraman. This was a solid issue, but of course if you’re not interested in Forever Evil, this won’t change your mind or make a whole lot of sense to you.
Justice League Dark #24
Written by J. M. Matteis
Drawn by Mikel Janin
I’m going to miss Jeff Lemire on this book, I think he really saved this title and [i]Green Arrow[/i] from mediocrity. Matteis does a good job settling into the role here, though, despite an overabundance of words. This title centers mainly on John Constantine, who finds himself saved by the House of Mystery following the events of [i]Trinity War.[/i] He learns about the true nature of evil, which isn’t exactly profound but is interesting in that it refutes the continuity-held belief that all evil initially issued from Pandora’s Box. Constantine has a lot of trippy guilt dreams, only to find he was tied up by Night Nurse while he was out. Justice League Dark has been one of my favorite comics since Lemire took over, and based on this I see no reason to stop the music now.
Written by Keith Giffen
Drawn by Tyler Kirkham
Sigh. Keith Giffen’s Ambush Bug was one of my most favorite titles as a kid, and I liked Justice League International a lot. I want to like Larfleeze more than I actually do. It’s just not that funny. It tries to be funny, and maybe that’s the problem. A variety of things happen in this issue, but if you haven’t been reading it to this point, I don’t see why you’d bother now. I think it ends with issue #6 anyway.
Marvel Now What? #1
Written and Drawn by Various
This is hysterical. I love that Marvel can poke fun at themselves and their…extra-Avengers tendencies. This will only be funny or relevant to those familiar with Marvel comics continuity and current story practices, but is worth checking out just for to see Captain America get catfished.
Superior Spider-Man Team Up #5
Written by Christopher Yost
Drawn by Marco Checchetto
You probably don’t know this yet, but I love Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man. This title ties into that one, and provides a nice little fix in between double-shipped issues. Here we see why Spider-Ock has been collecting members of the Sinister Six: so he can mind control them and turn them into the crime-fighting Superior Six! It doesn’t go well, and they get their asses handed to them by the Wrecking Crew, of all crews, but Spider-Ock does foil their plans to steal…some piece of machinery from Alchemax. This series is very good, and if you’re not philosophically against Superior Spider-Man you should check it out. If you love Superior Spider-Man like I do, then you’re already checking it out!
Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #4
Written by Peter Hogan
Drawn by Chris Sprouse
I was a real big fan of America’s Best Comics’ [i]Tom Strong[/i] series and its spin-offs as written by Alan Moore. I wouldn’t expect this to be as good…and it isn’t. Nothing really bad to say about the comic, it’s just sort of dull, which is quite a feat when you’ve got all manner of unique and bizarre heroes flitting about. On paper, a story about genetic mutants and space aliens saving a trucker’s caravan from unruly bikers should be amazing. But actually drawn and printed on paper, it turns out to be rather boring. This series goes on for six issues, but I probably won’t bother with the last two. It’s a fun comic, in that there aren’t several scenes of child murder and rape throughout, but it’s not a fun comic in the sense of actually enjoying a comic on its own merits.