Posted by: Brian Hibbs on July 4, 2012
Tags: Adam Kubert, Alan Moore, Andy Lanning, Batman Incorporated, Before Watchmen, Brandon Graham, Chris Burnham, Dan Abnett, Fatima The Blood Spinners, Gilbert Hernandez, Grant Morrison, Hypernaturals, J. Michael Straczynski, Jimmy "JJ" Walker, Joe Kubert, Kevin O'Neill, League of Extra-Ordinary Gentlemen, Nite Owl, Prophet
As far as I am concerned, this isn’t “last week’s comics” until I open the front door of the store on Wednesday!
BATMAN INCORPORATED #2: This one is kind of a master class in communication using comics, as Morrison and Burnham basically tell you Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Talia Al’Ghul (But Forgot To Ask) in an incredibly economical, yet massively packed, 20 pages. Some pages have as many as five different scenes on the page! An absolutely EXCELLENT tour-de-force on this one.
FUCK ALAN MOORE BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL #1: Uh, wow. You know, I expected some of these would be bad, but I really never expected them to be almost a parody of the very idea of prequelling WATCHMEN.
This is just staggeringly bad: from the bizarre rapey childhood home, to the changing the original text (the worst sin of all in a project like this), to the scenes of Rorschach using-’hurm’-as-a-catchphrase (“DY-NO-MITE!“), to the cringeworthy “destiny of love” bullshit, I almost get the feeling that Staczynski thinks he is trying to make WATCHMEN “better”. This comic, sadly, just reeks of hubris and shame.
I’d hoped to at least appreciate the art, but I found Joe Kubert’s inks to be kind of overpowering on son Andy.
Either way, the writing just kills it here: this is everything you possibly feared a “Before WATCHMEN” comic might be. Full-on CRAP.
FATIMA THE BLOOD SPINNERS #1: Beto is just insanely prolific, isn’t he? Terrifically gory, this is a kind of perfect 70s-ish exploitation B-movie, but totally of the moment as well somehow. Gore! Horror! Large Breasts! I’m glad I live in a world where I’m going to sell more copies of this than of THOR and HULK combined, y’know? GOOD
HYPERNATURALS #1 : I think this is kind of a perfect comic for you if you have a sympathy for the basic concept of Legion of Super-Heroes (Future, many heroes from many worlds), but not necessarily liked any specific execution of that concept. Or if you like the Marvel Cosmic stuff that DnA did, it’s similar tonally. Extremely sturdy construction of ideas here, if not exactly brimming with truly compelling characters. I thought it was solidly GOOD.
LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009: It may be because I simply “got” more of the references and cameos, but this was vastly my favorite of the three parts of Century, and it brings everything together in a deeply satisfying way. I also find the idea of the universe being saved by **** ******* to also being oddly perfect and correct. Kevin O’Neill’s art, as always, veers between the grotesque and perfectly captured. I thought this issue was pretty damn EXCELLENT.
(You can also get v1 & v2 on the Digital Store, if you wanted)
PROPHET #26: With all of the people telling me they can’t buy this book in their LCS, I’m more and more convinced that Image erred in renumbering from the 90s series. Without a doubt, this is the best science-fiction series being published today. And a great series got better with Brandon Graham himself drawing this issue, and kicking the concept a door open further. I admire (and get frustrated, I admit) by how this book doesn’t try and spoon feed you its concepts. Really VERY GOOD stuff.
OK, that’s really all I have time for today, time to open to the teeming hordes (ha!)
I am, seriously, going to try to get to THIS week’s books before Friday and be “caught up” again. Wish me luck!
What did YOU think?