Sunday, March 30, 2008

This Week's Haul: BBQ at Blue Beetle's House!

Daredevil #106

In this issue Daredevil throws a party! And all of his friends are there and they all have a wonderful time! Daredevil laughs and loves and dances and decides everything is going to be ok from now on.

Oh, I'm kidding. In this issue Daredevil continues to march in the endless parade of shit that is his life.

I love this series. Really love it. But, damn, it has to lighten up a little. Comic books shouldn't make you wish they came with a suicide pill.

Blue Beetle #25

People sometimes ask me why I read comic books. This comic book right here is EXACTLY why I read comic books. What an awesome and fun issue of an awesome and fun series. It brings together the whole supporting cast in a way that makes you say "Hey, this comic has a really excellent supporting cast."

And, ladies and gentlemen, I give you your new desktop image:

Plus, I love any comic that ends in a super hero BBQ party:

All-Star Superman #10

I want to read this at least three more times because there is just too much awesome happening here to take in all in one sitting.

This issue was particularly heartwarming. And confusing. But when you read it really carefully it's staggeringly brilliant. Superman created our Earth! Insane!

And this page is amazing:

Wolverine First Class #1

This was great! It was more like Kitty Pryde First Class, which is ok with me. I can typically take or leave Wolverine, but team him up with a plucky young girl and you've got a recipe for adorable!

The art is excellent. The story is really fun, and, along with X-Men First Class, it doubles my cute X-men story intake!

X-Men First Class #10

A Cyclops-centric story, which is ok with me because I inexplicably really like Cyclops. He gets sent on a solo mission after the rest of the team all hilariously have a horrible bacterial stomach infection.

Green Lantern #29

Here's the thing: we've all read Hal Jordan's origin a thousand times. But does it ever really get tired? I really liked this issue a lot, and am looking forward to more of Geoff Johns' version of this tale. Especially since Ivan Reis is laying down some absolutely beautiful art to compliment it.

This is a pretty smart move by DC to re-tell the origin because of the sudden crazy interest in all things Green Lantern, thanks to the Sinestro Corps War. I like it when comic publishers do smart things.

Batman Confidential #15

I hope everyone has been reading this Bedard/Morales run on Batman Confidential. I understand if people have been missing it, due to the fact that BC has been a festering dung heap since it started. No more! Now it is one of the best Batman stories that I have read in a very long time. Do check it out. This issue was part 3 of 4.

Teen Titans #57

I am really close to dropping this, and it is 99% related to the art.

I just want to offer this bit of advice to current comic artists: belly shirts. No one wears them anymore, guys. You put a girl in a belly shirt and it looks like Melrose Place. Please take an hour or so a week to take note of current fashions. These are teenagers; they should look somewhat hip and "with it" (as the kids say).

Also...that is not how clothing fits. I know I shouldn't even open this can of worms because it's so enormous, but shirts don't perfectly encase breasts like that. There is stretching and hanging and extra material. This looks effing ridiculous.

Plus, she's a teenager, so...gross.


Kevin T. said...

The X-Men: First Class left me feeling, I dunno, kind of blase. I feel like Parker could've done more with Cyclops, instead of playing around with the cave-in and the Frederick.

The art wasn't as energetic as Roger Cruz, too, so I hope he's returning sometime.

On the other hand, that cover with Cyclops is really, really awesome.

Mr. Fob said...

I'll second your complaint about the art in Teen Titans, but as far as the story goes I enjoyed this issue more than I've enjoyed an issue of TT in quite a while, mostly because it made me like Rose. If McKeever can make me like Cassie again (she's been insufferable since SuperNoName died), I'll be willing to tolerate whatever crappy art they put in there. But I'd much rather they put in an artist who knows how to draw real people wearing real clothes.

Batmanisgrim said...

You know I didn't notice it before, but outside of Wendy, all the female characters are wearing belly shirts. Outside of that, I don't think the art is bad.The last page of Kid Devil looks great.
I hope people came back to Batman Confidential because that's how the series should always have been done.

swintronix said...

Rachelle, welcome back to your comics blog! A triumphant return to form. Looking forward to more!

SallyP said...

Man, I hear you on Daredevil. I know that it is supposed to be so good, but it just depresses me to no end. So give me Blue Beetle! It's Terrific! And Guy does manage to have absolutely the best entrance of anybody. And a happy ending, and nobody died (that I care about) so a winner all around!

All Star Superman is amazingly good, and I'm sad that it is drawing to an end, but I'm sure that it will go out with a bang.

The Wolverine First Class book was actually rather charming.

Green Lantern was lovely as usual. I do think that it is smart of DC to give the new readers that may have wandered that way after the Sinestro Corps War story a nice origin for Hal. And Geoff Johns has been hinting at this for quite some time now, so it's good to get it all together.

The only reason I picked up Teen Titans was because of Blue Beetle, and I still believe that he is the only sane one amongst them.

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I so "effing" agree with the clothing comments you made. Thanks for pointing it out.

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Johnathan said...

Okay, you were completely right about that Batman Confidential storyline. Good show! Classic Batmannishness.

Plus it made me realize that my friend was born on the day that Bruce Wayne's parents were shot. This year, at least.

Emily said...

Hi! I just found your blog after listening to the Dollar Bin Comic Book Couples thing from February - you all were so funny. Thanks for the fun commentary on all the couples. (Although I'm sad about the comments on Wolverine's unattractiveness...I know he's short and hairy, but I have a soft spot for him anyway. Heh.) I'll have to get that X-Men First Class with Kitty and Wolvie.

Glad I found your blog!

Max the Mad Cartoonist said...

I feel like nowadays, if I want good teenager-centric comics, I go for Blue Beetle over the Teen Titans. The Titans have been dropped from my list until I start hearing good things about them. (What happened to Cassie? She was such a fun character in Young Justice. Maybe the tight jeans are cutting off the blood flow to humor parts of her brain?)