Posted by: Brian Hibbs on August 9, 2004
Just a few things to go, then I’ll do the books post…
LOVE AND ROCKETS v2 #11: Like I said, I don’t “get” L&R, but are Jaime and Gilbert just excellent cartoonists? There are panels throughout each story that I like to just stare at. I especially liked bits from “Life Through Whispers”. I just don’t get the stories at all. Still, aesthetically, hard to say less than Good.
GUARDIANS #2: This is probably moving a lot slower than it should (page 2 and the plot is just starting?) but the art is nice and the characterizations are strong. I don’t really care what happens, really (especially for $3 a throw), so let’s call it OK.
WOLVERINE / PUNISHER #5: Hard to imagine a more phoned-in script, but, Christ, it’s Wolverine & Punisher, I suppose I shouldn’t expect Dostoevsky. Still, the story doesn’ t end as much as stop, and practically promises a sequel. Big waste of my 5 minutes reading time. Crap.
X-MEN UNLIMITED: The juggernaut story was cute I guess (Except, um, what’s up with the hearts in the last panel? Scott and Juggy have made a love connection? Ew!), but the Emma/Logan story didn’t hang together than well. Overall, call it Eh.
ENGINE HEAD #4: I tried to read this twice, and I’m still not sure I understood what is going on. I usually like McKeever’s art, but it seems unfocused here. Sorry: Awful.
BATMAN / CATWOMAN: TRAIL OF THE GUN: Generally, I have to say, if you gave me a choice, I’d ask to read stories, not one-sided screeds. I favor gun control, and could barely stagger through the polemics of this. Those 5 pages of super-extreme violence upfront were nasty, rather than affecting. Plus, let’s be serious, the central idea of the story is inane — a gun that “never misses”? What, it’s telepathic? That sequence where they guy fires a burst IN THE AIR and the bullets circle around to hit 3 different people? Even with comic book physics that’s preposterous. Why wouldn’t the bullets circle around and hit the firer? Why wouldn’t they all go after one target? Sheesh. Plus the whole concept that trying to find the prototype would mean anything? Hello, if such a thing exists, they have the plans to make more. Sheesh. The only saving grace here is Ethan Van Scriver’s art, which in a few places is a breathtaking joy to behold. The horror in Selina’s posture in what I’ll call the mascara pages is really powerful. Too bad, it was in service to such a shitty shitty polemic. Crap.
There you go. Give me an hour or so to come back and do the books….