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Arriving 6/20/12

Looks like I’m skipping reviews from last week (it was my 45th birthday, I get one off, yes?), but there’s a big pile of new comics rushing down next week’s pike!

 

ADVENTURE TIME #5
ALABASTER WOLVES #3 (OF 5)
ASTONISHING X-MEN #51
AVENGERS ACADEMY #32 AVX
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #6 (OF 12) AVX
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #8 ENDS
BALTIMORE DR LESKOVARS REMEDY #1 (OF 2)
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #5
BATWOMAN #10
BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #1 (OF 6)
BIRDS OF PREY #10
BLUE BEETLE #10
BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #2 (OF 3)
CAPTAIN ATOM #10
CASANOVA AVARITIA #4 (OF 4)
CATWOMAN #10
CHEW #27 2ND HELPING ED
CROSSED BADLANDS #8
DAREDEVIL #14
DARK AVENGERS #176
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #13
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER MAN IN BLACK #1 (OF 5)
DARKNESS #104
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #10
DEJAH THORIS & WHITE APES OF MARS #3
DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD #4
ELEPHANTMEN #40
FABLES #118
GLORY #27
GODZILLA ONGOING #2
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #10
GRIM LEAPER #2 (OF 4)
HELLBLAZER #292
HIGHER EARTH #2
HULK #54
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #519
JIM BUTCHER DRESDEN FILES FOOL MOON #6 (RES)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #640
KUNG FU PANDA #6 (OF 6)
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #10
MARS ATTACKS #1
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES #3
MEMORIAL #6 (OF 6)
MERCILESS RISE OF MING #2
NANCY IN HELL ON EARTH #3 (OF 4)
NEW AVENGERS #27 AVX
NEW MUTANTS #44
NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #44
NIGHTWING #10
PLANET OF THE APES #15
PUNISHER #12
RAGEMOOR #4
REBEL BLOOD #4 (OF 4)
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #10
REED GUNTHER #10
RICHIE RICH #5
RICHIE RICH #6
ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #9
SAGA #4
SECRET AVENGERS #28 AVX
SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER #4
SHADOW #3
SIMPSONS COMICS #191
STAR WARS DARTH VADER GHOST PRISON #2 (OF 5)
STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI #5 FORCE STORM
SUPERGIRL #10
TMNT MICRO SERIES #5 SPLINTER
TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #2
UNCANNY X-MEN #14 AVX
UNWRITTEN #38
VENOM #19
WALKING DEAD #99
WINTER SOLDIER #7
WOLVERINE #308
WONDER WOMAN #10
X-FACTOR #238
YOUNG JUSTICE #17

Books / Mags / Stuff
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN MOVIE PRELUDE TP
ANGEL & FAITH TP VOL 01 LIVE THROUGH THIS
ART OF HOWARD CHAYKIN HC
BATMAN VS THE BLACK GLOVE DLX ED HC (RES)
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN OMNIBUS BY KIRBY HC
DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 03 NOON INFERNO GULCH
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS PREM HC
FIRST WAVE TP
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE TP VOL 01 WAR MONSTERS
G FAN #99
GANTZ TP VOL 23
GHOST IN SHELL STAND ALONE COMPLEX GN VOL 03
HELLBLAZER TP VOL 03 THE FEAR MACHINE NEW ED
INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON HC VOL 01
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 09 DEMON
JUNGLE GIRL OMNIBUS TP
LIBERTY MEADOWS SUNDAY COLL HC BOOK 01
LOS ANGELES INK STAINS TP VOL 01
MAD MAGAZINE #516
MARS ATTACKS CLASSICS TP VOL 01
MESKIN OUT OF THE SHADOWS TP
NEW YORK MON AMOUR HC
RED SONJA TP VOL 10 MACHINES OF EMPIRE
RIO HC
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES TP VOL 18
VIDEO WATCHDOG #168
WOLVERINE BACK IN JAPAN PREM HC

 

What looks good to YOU?

 

-B

19 Responses to “ Arriving 6/20/12 ”

  1. All the Marvel titles I currently get in a single week of glorious mediocrity! And it makes me realize that I should probably just drop all of them…

    Daredevil #14:
    The best of the bunch. I was about to drop this after the lackluster Omega Effect, and the fact that I prefer more fantastical subject matter anyway (make room for stuff like Prophet and X-O!!), but the cliffhanger at the end of the last one sucked me back in. You’ve got me for at least one more ish. Good job, Waid!

    Avenging Spider-Man #8:
    Oh man, it’s part of a crossover I haven’t read? Ugh… Can’t this fun little book exist in the edges of continuity somehow so it can be just fun Spider-Man stories without a lot of baggage? The way MTU used to be? No? …?

    Avengers vs X-Men #6:
    And the series that makes Secret Wars look like Watchmen continues… Why am I doing this to myself? This series gets stupider with each issue. And in so many ways…

    (1) I think the whole idea of the Phoenix Force is stupid (when I read Claremont’s X-Men I pretend that retcon never happened. Try it, it’s better that way.),

    (2) I have no emotional connection to these characters since they’re unrecognizable to me at this point, so nothing that happens has any weight (Namor’s an X-Man? The Thing’s an Avenger? You probably could pull these kinds of secondary characters from the context which gave them meaning and have it work, but it would take more writing talent than is on display),

    (3) JRJR’s art has been some of the worst of his career (that I’ve seen).

    But I bought the first few issues so I guess I’ll stick around and watch the train wreck…

    A question for the board, if anyone feels like answering… this is the first one of these Big Marvel Event things I’ve read since, well, Secret Wars I guess. (Unless WWH counts. Does WWH count? I enjoyed that well enough, and the art was a lot better. What happened to that guy?) So I haven’t read Civil War or anything which came after it. Question is: Where does AvX stand in that pack? Is it below avg, about the same, or (heaven forbid) better?

    Justice League #10:
    Oh, I guess not… it was supposed to come out, wasn’t it?

    And everyone else is getting Saga #4. I tried it but just couldn’t get into it. But pictures of robots with TVs for heads screwing are now seared into my brain…

    Wow, the weakest week of comics in a long while and it’s the all-Marvel week. Again, it tells me something… something not good for Marvel.

  2. Last Week – I told a friend that I thought Scott Snyder has a weakness in just retreading other writers works, without bringing much new to it, and then I sat down to read Batman #10 and Swamp Thing #10, to see he’d done that and then some. His Batman is so close to RIP it’s almost unbelievable, and Swamp Thing read like an Alan Moore cut-up.
    Slott kinda blew the ending to ‘Ends Of The Earth’ as well. Thankfully, The Massive #1 was good, real good.

    DAREDEVIL #14 – I used to like this title a lot. Then it went to shit. Hopefully this is it bouncing back from the nadir.

    DARK HORSE PRESENTS #13 – Do people care about Ghost? It’s all the solicits talks about, but certainly not what I’m checking this out for.

    GLORY #27 – I digs it, I does.

    RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #10 – Kenneth Rocafort is my weakness. I started reading comics in the 90’s, and his art is reminiscent of the image art of the day, but better – it hits my nostalgic sweet spot, without making me feel I’m wallowing in it.
    The news he will be off this book and moving to Superman made me very happy indeed.

    SAGA #4 – It’s awesome, and you know it is!

    SHADOW #3 – Ennis doing a better job on a licensed property than I think anyone thought he would.

    CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN OMNIBUS BY KIRBY HC – Maybe. Don’t get me wrong, I loves everything Kirby, but I’ll probably hold out for the softcover release.

    I actually think I got more titles in a 5th week month!

    @Chris Hero – I’m with you on JRJR. I thought I could enjoy Avengers Vs X-Men if only for his art, but #1 took me back to Igor Kordey rushing his way through entire issues of New X-Men in his lunch break.

  3. I find it strange that the Internet seems to have decided that Waid/Martin/Rivera/etc’s Daredevil went from brilliant to horrible based on one awkward crossover, when it actually traveled a shorter distance from really good to decent.

    While I plan to get that, Batwoman, Iron Man, Winter Soldier, The Shadow and Casanova for my professionally presented boy’s adventure comics, the real action in monthlies for me is in Roger Langridge’s Snarked, which somehow gets better and better with each issue. Just lovely comics, packed with witty doggerel and beautiful, graceful cartooning–like all of Roger’s other comics from Fred the Clown to The Muppet Show, only refined. His Wilberforce J. Walrus is one of the most well-realized characters in comics right now. Depsite being a stock type–a greedy, risk-averse fraud with a heart of gold–it’s executed so perfectly that he’s elevated above the cliche.

    But the *real* treat for me this week (leaving aside the new Kirby Omnibus, which has to wait until I’m done with the Demon collection I just got, and Mickey Mouse Vol. 3, which is on hold until I read Vol. 2) is the Mort Meskin anthology from Fantagraphics. I’ve been waiting for this thing forever. I’d love to see this do well enough that DC is inspired to collect Meskin’s Vigilante, though I imagine that’s a real long shot. It’s a shame to see great comics such as that, Mayer’s Scribbly or Toth’s short stories more or less held hostage by the big publishers who don’t consider some of their best assets as marketable enough to bother with.

  4. Happy Birthday, Mr. Hibbs!

  5. So am I wrong or is Jim Lee now responsible for the first three late-shipping books of the New 52? Good to be the boss…

    CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN OMNIBUS BY KIRBY HC
    Sad thing is, I have the two volumes of the Archives with this stuff, plus the b&w Showcase with all of it (and beyond), but I’ll still probably buy this eventually. It’s a sickness. I actually surprised myself by not getting the softcover FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS volumes. Yet.

    RIO HC
    Doug Wildey! Unfinished and unpublished final story, plus freshly scanned versions of the published stuff (that Marvel graphic novel was especially poorly printed).

  6. Question is: Where does AvX stand in that pack? Is it below avg, about the same, or (heaven forbid) better?

    The plotting in AvX is worse than in any other Marvel event I’ve seen. The Avengers are idiots, the X-Men are religious cultists, and the Phoenix Force is manipulated as the writer pleases for the sake of the plot.

    In “Avengers Disassembled,” for example, the major problem was the continuity breakdown. Replace the Scarlet Witch and the Avengers with new characters–the story would have been better, even though the script, pacing, etc. were awful.

    SRS

  7. I think everyone’s being too harsh on AvX. From the very first announcements when it was first solicited, it was described as being “The Avengers fighting the X-Men, and the Phoenix coming back.” And that is literally all the series has been about. No subtext. No subplots. No pretenses.

    Anyone pretending this was ever supposed to be some kind of actual story needs to get their head checked.

  8. I dunno, Pete, I don’t think AvX can be excused so easily.

    Secret Wars had a similarly dumb premise (‘all the good guys fight all the bad guys – go!’). And yet the characters, though played broadly, made sense, the fights were more interesting, the plot had more interesting twists and turns (surprisingly enough) and, heck, the art was better. It’s just another example, to me, of how Marvel just isn’t as… competent… as it used to be.

    I can’t believe I’m using Secret Wars as a positive example of anything. These are truly The End Times.

  9. When I am not thinking about whether I am the TRIGGER! or THE BOMB!?!? I am thinking about buying these:

    ADVENTURE TIME #5
    (Still great.)
    CASANOVA AVARITIA #4
    (Nice art.)
    DAREDEVIL #14
    (I’m about six issues behind, I’ll let you know when I catch up.)
    DARK HORSE PRESENTS #13
    (And they are aren’t they? Presents. Presents from Dark Horse.)
    GLORY #27
    (I’m about four issues behind, but I’m sure it’s still just super!)
    HELLBLAZER #292
    (Bisley!)
    NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #44
    (I hope they all step out of a big shower to find it was all a dream! I am glad they have all stopped “dancing”. That was creepy.)
    RAGEMOOR #4
    (Lay the clammy paws of your attention upon the heaving bodice of this putridly pitch-perfect pastiche one last time!)
    ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #9
    (If you aren’t buying this why not take a second and read Cole Moore Odell’s fantastic bit above and maybe reconsider your decision in light of his fantastically pithy and true write-up?)
    SHADOW #3
    (Probably fronted by another fantastic Howard Victor Chaykin cover! Why, if only there were a dedicated art book…wait! What’s this in the next section…!?!)

    Books / Mags / Stuff
    ART OF HOWARD CHAYKIN HC
    (Because being Howard Victor Chaykin is, indeed, an Art.)
    CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN OMNIBUS BY KIRBY HC
    (I like that bit where the Challs need a rope and they find one just lying on the ground. Because that could happen! But only in Kirbyland! KOIBY!!! (and Dave Wood!(I think)))

    Omigosh! Kirby? Chaykin? Kirby? Chaykin? KirbyChaykinKirbyChaykin!?! Does not compute!BZZZZzzzzzzzz! Luckily, I can afford neither! HUZZAH! That Doug Wildey book looks sweet as well. Hey! I’ll not buy that either!

    When people no longer understand the concept of “Fair Use” there will still be COMICS!!!

  10. @ Cole – Maybe I was harsh in saying DD had turned to shit, but it has had a drop in quality, and it’s more than just the crossover issue – there was the art shuffle which kind of killed the flow, and just a general stagnation in the writing.
    It’s not turned into shit, but it’s not the shining light it was in it’s first seven or so issues.
    Also, both Martin and now Riveria have left the book.

    @ Pete – But dude, AVX isn’t fun, and those things should be fun.

  11. The only thing AvX should do is make money. What you take away from it is your own business.

  12. @Ben–losing Rivera and especially Martin was definitely a hit to the book, which started really strong out of the gate…although Samnee is a strong replacement, and I can’t wait to see Allred’s issue. The only story that hasn’t worked that well for me was the Mole Man arc. It’s a great idea for a Daredevil villain, and I’m sure there’s a great story to be told with those two, but Waid didn’t quite tell it. I’m a sucker for stories with double-reverse con games against multiple adversaries, so the Omega Drive story worked for me.

  13. Oh Pete, Pete, Pete…

    If I were an employee or shareholder of Marvel, I’d agree with you (although I’d be a bit worried about the long-term, or even medium-term, prospects of such narrow-minded myopia).

    But we’re all consumers here, speaking as consumers. So, yes, it should be fun. To us that’s all that matters (in the near-term).

  14. LAST WEEK!

    BATMAN #10 – I can’t remember where but online a while back (maybe Mindless Ones?) I went on some huge inspired run about how the Black Glove was going to be none other than Thomas Wayne JR because as Morrison had written JLA Earth 2 we knew he was out there…somewhere…but then circumstantial evidence and universe re-bootery got in the way. I dunno, I kinda like it but it just adds another person to the pile who know THE SECRET!

    CONAN THE BARBARIAN #5 JAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARRENJAMESHARREN! That’s what you save a page turn full splash for, man! DAMN!

    INVINCIBLE #92 Kind of a breath catcher issue as we head off for 100. With Mark’s future in doubt Kirkman spends quality time fleshing out the replacement Invincible with a patented awkward dinner scene. Also, we get the super reveal as to what happened between Robot and Monster Girl while they were away from the team. In all these weekly threads this is the book I seem to be alone on. Why? Anyone care to chime in?

    MASSIVE #1 – Liked it alright. Felt like the eco-warrior who can kill with a speedboat was pushing the bounds QUITE a bit.

    MIND THE GAP #2 – Did not buy

    SAUCER COUNTRY #4 – Still in the read pile

    SHADE #9 (OF 12) – Casual nudity between villainous types – especially when it is paired with casual atrocious violence is an effective place setter. Also, nice cliffhanger. Also FRAZER IRVING CAN DRAW THE HELL OUT OF A SHADE COMIC BOOK.

    SUPERBOY #10 Fiumura was a revelation for me. I loved, loved, loved how some of his framing panels used a closeup for dialogue and showed background action. A really nice face man. Softer line, more emotional range. Liked it.

    THIS WEEK!

    BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #2 (OF 3) – Will go on the read pile until three comes out to be read in a “oner” (patent pending Graeme McMillan).

    GLORY #27 – Still digging this alright. The art kinda comes and goes for me. I want better and different depictions of women in comics but I don’t know if having legs wildly out of scale with hands is what I’m looking for either.

    MERCILESS RISE OF MING #2 – Seems like this came out forever ago and while my hopes for Ming’s rise to power have been muted I’ll still get it.

    RAGEMOOR #4 – Get your stinking paws off me!>!?

    SAGA #4 – Nothing to say but, yes! Go! More!

    SHADOW #3 – “AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaaaaa!” Yup.

    WONDER WOMAN #10 – Hoping they wrap this arc up here. As cool as it is seeing a guy with a candle for a head I want to get back to the premise I was promised. WW as Monster Hunter.

    ART OF HOWARD CHAYKIN HC – We’ll give it the flip test is they stock it. I like some Chaykin and I’m guessing it’s not gonna be a bunch of dudes in profile.

  15. The only thing AvX should do is make money.

    As far as the writing is concerned, AvX is like a car chase movie in which the main attraction is a dozen or so police cars flipping end over end, or a slasher movie in which six or so starlets take off their tops before being cut to pieces.

    There are people who’ll rent those movies, but they’re not very bright, and they don’t have much money. If a higher-class audience is targeted, sales over the long term will be higher and sales of associated products might increase.

    The Friday the 13th movies made money and even have a fan base:

    Although the films were not popular with critics, Friday the 13th is considered one of the most successful media franchises in America—not only for the success of the films, but also because of the extensive merchandising and repeated references to the series in popular culture.[4] The franchise′s popularity has generated a fanbase who have created their own Friday the 13th films, fashioned replica Jason Voorhees costumes, and tattooed their bodies with Friday the 13th artwork.

    I wouldn’t want to be known as a “Friday the 13th” fan.

    SRS

  16. “I wouldn’t want to be known as a “Friday the 13th” fan.”

    Then you are an elitist snob. And you probably shouldn’t be reading comic books, because you are going to defend your choices amongst the other elitist snobs for the rest of your life. No entertainment is worth self-loathing.

    There is a reason that F13 is the media sensation, and one of the other, many slasher franchises. And it has something to do with that nebulous concept of “fun” we are all looking for. They are not simply going through the motions (well, not until the remake) like so many one-off movies. Nor are they taking themselves too seriously. (“Halloween”, I am looking at you.) They are doing what they want to do and they are respecting the work, and I think that ressonates with fans.

    AvX is a money ploy by the Publishers, and just a check for the Writers, and the Fans see that, too. I am not sure that anyone involved really wants to be here, they are just here because they’re here. (Like the remake…)

  17. Then you are an elitist snob.

    Asking that a story be about something isn’t elitist. None of the writers and editors involved, from Fraction up to Brevoort, I’m sure, could tell you what AvX is about except fighting between the Avengers and the mutants, and each fan hoping that his favorite hero wins. Intellectually, that’s on a level with a six-year-old wondering if He-Man could beat the Hulk.

    Stories aimed at adults should have more to them than that.

    SRS

  18. “Asking that a story be about something isn’t elitist.”
    No it isn’t. Characterizing all the people who like a book or movie that you don’t as “not very bright, and they don’t have much money”, is. Using “don’t have much money” as an insult, is. Saying popular entertainment should be targeted to a higher-class audience, is.
    Oh well, here’s some funny books I hope to buy with my not much money:

    DAREDEVIL #14 – Internet be damned, I still like it just fine.

    FABLES #118 – The bloom’s a little off the rose here however, but after 117 issues, is that a surprise? Maybe I should trade wait or read ’em in a “oner” (all due respect to JSmitty, tm and c Graeme McMillan)

    HELLBLAZER #292 – Biz is back?! Cool

    RAGEMOOR #4 – That old Strnad/Corben magic! Can’t believe it’s already over

    SAGA #4 – Four issues in and I think this is now my favorite book

    WALKING DEAD #99 – This is close, however

  19. Well, better late than Justice League I always say. Here are what I did buy, with some random thoughts:

    BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #1 – not yet read, but seriously, the people that this cover attracts to buy it, are probably not the people we want as comics fans.

    DAREDEVIL #14 – Ben might have been a little harsh. This book was magic, and then it went to pretty good. That is still way above the rest of marvel’s fare, as this thread has pretty solidly proven.

    GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN TREASURY ED: yeah, I am such a total suck for treasury format, as one of the first comics I remember owning (still have it too!) was the 1975 Marvel Treasury #1 Spider Man. Totally blew my mind.

    GLORY #27 – speaking of blown minds, this has been a book, hasn’t it. A different podcast has pointed out how viscerally diffferent Glory would be absent Ross Campbell’s art, and I cannot help but agree. It is such an integral part of the whole experience. Any other artists and this would just be “a book,” and I probably would not be reading it.

    GREEN LANTERN CORPS #10 – these past few issues have been great, straight up GL tales, while keeping that creepy “next Corps” B-plot moving along. Totally discards the ponderousness of the main GL book. Don’t know why I’m surprised, as this was true back pre-52 in the Sinestro Corps War era too. Nok.

    GRIM LEAPER #2 – liked the first, and think this might be a neat little mini-series. Image: you have my attention.

    HELLBLAZER #292 – Biz is the shiz.

    LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #10 – not sure why this is on the pull list, as I haven’t bought an issue of Legion yet….probably because I have great sentimental connections to “Superboy and the Legion’ #243 from waaaay back in 1978 and the very first Dominion War, also written by Mr. Paul Levitz.

    MARS ATTACKS #1 – have flipped thorugh and this looks to be a hoot!

    SAGA #4 – this makes all my other comics feel “the shame.” So, so very good.

    SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER #4 – It’s not like anything else.

    SHADOW #3 – this has been great. Not sure about a shoot-out on a Pan Am Clipper, but it has been smart pulp at its best. Keep it up, Mr Ennis.

    SUPERGIRL #10 – Did get around to reading this. It totally had one of those “world of krypton” vibes to it from the early 80s Superman or Superman Family Dollar Comics. That worked for me (although I can TOTALLY see how others would just toss this aside), and the art is gorgeous, so it gets a solid GOOD.

    WALKING DEAD #99 – golly mister was THIS great.

    WINTER SOLDIER #7 – not yet read, but hope the shift in artists doesn’t actually derail the FUN this book has been. The Strum and Drang of Winter Soldier and Tasha and zomg they’re with the SOVIETS interests me about zero. So far, Brubaker has steered far, far away from those shoals. Steady as she goes, sir.

    YOUNG JUSTICE #17 – to read with Daughter #1, but (like Brave and the Bold of blessed memory) shows how comics used to be…plot, action, character, resolution.

    COMICS! They should unite us, not divide us!

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