Posted by: Brian Hibbs on August 6, 2004
Look, Jeff has changed the template! What a mensch!
And yes, go read his Fanboy Rampage, as linked below, GO NOW NOW NOW!
(Huh, we need to add those links on the side… and I need a lot more “away from here” links too… give us a few more days folks!)
Ben’s asleep (for the mo’), and I dinged 28 in City of Heroes, and I have 30 minutes before I have to get to work, so let’s see what else I’ve managed to read, shall we?
MAJESTIC #1: Wow, fuck yah. I expected nothing from this (not of the previous iterations were all that hot), but I thought this was wicked funny and well characterized all the way through. Silver-age Superman level powers can be FUN, sometimes. Excellent, and barring some big surprise later in the pile, I’m willing to call this one The Pick Of The Week.
UNCANNY X-MEN #447: Damn Alan Davis can draw. Daddy likee. The story was a bit meh — we’ve seen this one before from Claremont, more or less. I seem to recall essentially the same conflict circa the 200′s — that Sentinel from the future? Wossname? Nimrod, I think? (heh) But, this looks fab, so let’s go with a real strong OK.
MILKMAN MURDERS #2: Despite how shocking this book is looking to be, I like that the first 3 pages were so understated and elegent in what they presented. I liked this quite a bit — might be the strongest narrative I’ve seen from Casey, and Parkhouse art is always a joy to look at. Very Good.
HARD TIME #7: “Meanwhile, back at the ensemble…” Now that the Focus “line” has been winnowed down to 2, it’s time for a little of that comics Activism for this and Kinetic. Both are very strong books focusing more on human reaction than the garish zow of super-books. Both books have found their rhythm and both should be selling at least twice as well as they do. While I’m not giving this PotW, I really do urge you to pick up a copy the next time you’re in the LCS, and give it a chance. Very Good.
MONOLITH #7: It’s always smart to try and guest-star Batman to goose your numbers, but, folks, the bottom third of a cover is THE SINGLE WORST part of your cover to put any sales information. MOST stores overlap covers, and that’s “dead” sales space. Seriously. (Wake up, there in DC — Vertigo, especially, has been putting out a lot of covers lately with “misplaced” logos). Very nice art from Tom Coker, a good solid story from Palmiotti and Gray, and now that the story has started moving at a slightly brisker place, you should give this one a gander on the racks. Good.
SOF’ BOY #3: Great cartooning from Archer Prewitt. While I’ve been a bit turned off by the sadism this has sometimes shown towards it’s indefatigable, invulnerable lead, this I thought was wonderful and sweet and joyous. And god-damn nicely drawn. $4.95 is kinda a lot to swallow, but dem’s the economics of doing askew work like this. This was a terrific issue: Very Good.
And so endeth this session of the Savage Critic. Wow I kinda liked everything is this part of the pile! More later…..