Posted by: Brian Hibbs on August 3, 2011
Tags: Batman, Brian, Brian Michael Bendis, CrossGen, Flashpoint, Greg Rucka, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Mystic, Nick Spencer, Punisher, Rachel Rising, Rob Liefeld, Terry Moore, The Boys, The Infinite, Ultimate Fallout, Ultimate Spider-man
BOYS #57: I really have nothing to say about this issue (other than “I’ve become generally bored with this title, and the only thing that keeps me reading is Hughie and Annie’s relationship”), but how…. bizarrely ironic, maybe, that this cover came out the same week as ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4? Still, an EH comic.
FLASHPOINT #4: Again, not a ton to say — this is competently executed, but it really isn’t buttering my bread, if you know what I mean? — but on the meta-level, there’s something, again, ironic about the notion that the universe is about to have its reality rewritten by the only true Saint of the Silver Age, who effectively has a form of Alzheimers? Also? I found something kind of genuinely creepy about the editorial at the back of this week’s DC books explaining “why” people should buy DC comics in August. *shudder*. A perfectly OK single issue.
FLASHPOINT BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #3: This, on the other hand, was 32 flavors of fucked up and wrong, and darkity-dark-dark, and I kind of really really liked it. It’s funny, you could really say this is at least as dark and wrong as, say LEGION OF DOOM, but that nebulous ol’ “craft” makes a difference, doesn’t it? I thought this was VERY GOOD.
INFINITE #1: I think a story so dependent on Time Travel requires an artist of a certain subtlety to capture the difference between a “young version” and an “old version” of a character. Rob Liefeld is not that artist. Did I mention that HAWK & DOVE is the only one of the DC 52 that I have no series-based subs on, whatsoever? I thought the set-up of the comic is clever enough, and there’s a sold premise here, but for me, Liefeld’s art is a game-breaker. EH.
MYSTIC #1: I have no particular affection for or nostalgia about the CrossGen books, so I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this debut issue — the art suffers a bit from “everyone has an open mouth expression all the time”, maybe — but I thought the writing was crisp, and the premise somewhat interesting (though there’s something about the stratified society, and just how these girls are really able to know as much as they do, that didn’t add up to me), and I certainly would like to read more. Solidly GOOD.
PUNISHER #1: I don’t know. There are so many wonderful things being done on the “Max” side of Punisher, that a book starring the character square in the Marvel U needs something incredibly outstanding to interest me. I love Greg Rucka’s writing normally, and this seems like it might be more “p0lice procedural” than anything else, but after putting it down, I found that nothing stuck with me here at all. I’d rather have another issue of Jason Aaron’s run, I guess. EH.
RACHEL RISING #1: You got to admire Terry Moore for launching ANOTHER new series less than two months after his last one (ECHO) ended — not just that, but to be doing it in a completely different genre (Horror) this time through. Though, from the first page it looks like it is taking place in the SiP universe anyway. I thought this was a GOOD first issue, largely marred by the last page, where I kept thinking that two pages must have stuck together or something, because that last beat wasn’t a “come back for more next time!” one.
ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4: This has been such an uneven, purposeless series, with nothing in this issue having much of anything to do with the first three issues at all. The Spidey segment was fine, but nothing that would lead me back to the ongoing, in and of itself. My largest problem is that this spidey doesn’t seem sufficiently different (insecure, nervous wise-cracking) from Peter Parker, though let’s be fair, there’s not a ton one can do in 8 pages. Well, no, that’s a lie, there IS a ton you can do in 8 pages, but that’s not within Bendis’ skill set, that I can see. Oh, speaking of Bendis! Man, I get the shuddering creeps everytime I see that photo of him in the Architects double-spread — he looks like a drag queen whose wig has fallen off! Anyway, yeah, this reader will RAPIDLY need to see something that differentiates this Spidey from Peter Parker.
The Reed Richards story was somewhat amusing from the POV of having an anti-Future Foundation from the writer of FF, but it took me a few pages to realize that this was Reed, as he really looks very little like even Ultimate Reed.
I thought the last story was adequate, but I’m really starting to think that Nick Spencer might be completely over-rated. The art was nice, though.
Overall, an OK issue, I guess.
That’s my thoughts, what did YOU think?