Friday, January 23, 2009

This Week's Haul: Namor!

Hey everyone!

I got a whole lot of comics this week. Really, too many comics. But my computer is fixed and Photoshop is reinstalled, so I am able to share my thoughts with you once again. Here we go with a small selection of what I read this week.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #2

Namor fans rejoice!

I have been buying Uncanny X-Men every month for the better part of a year now. I have really enjoyed Matt Fraction's writing on the title, and have tried to overlook the artwork in the Greg Land issues.

This issue tells the sexy history between Emma Frost and Namor. And it's frigging beautiful! Both Daniel Acuna and Mitch Breitweiser provide stunning artwork, but you don't have to take my word for it!

Oh Namor. I missed you so.

Superman/Batman Annual #3

Blowing? Tandem? It must be Superman/Batman!

Len Wein steps in to write this year's S/B Annual (typically the only issue of S/B ever worth reading). It's a re-telling of the Composite Superman/Batman story and it is really entertaining. It kind of emphasizes my point that Superman/Batman should be a series of one-shots by a different creative team every month. Even if it was just re-telling of Silver Age stories, it would still be a much better comic than it is right now.

Getting back to this issue: great art, great banter, a couple of unfortunate and somewhat confusing colouring errors, but those are easy to overlook.

Especially when Superman is looking so cute leaning on a wall!


And Batman asks a tough question:

Um, that you mention it...

Dr Doom and the Masters of Evil #1

Hey! A new all-ages comic by Paul Tobin! Sign me up!

I love stories from the villains' point of view, especially funny ones where they are paling around. This book has plenty of that.

Mysterio asking to borrow a car so he can get his computer fixed really cracks me up.

This is going to be yet another really great Marvel all-ages title, as far as I can tell. But, like many all-ages books, it will mostly be enjoyed by aged comic nerds.

Ghost Rider #31

Yet another totally awesome issue of Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron. Much like Captain America, Daredevil, or Jonah Hex, it's so good every month that I really don't have anything interesting to say about it.

Except...HOT Ghost Rider on Ghost Rider Action!!!!

Green Lantern #37

The Red Lanterns have really been grossing me out, I'm not going to lie, so I wasn't too excited about this issue. But it was actually pretty awesome. For one thing, Ivan Reis really threw down some great art. And the Hal Jordan-Sinestro rivalry was entertaining as usual.

Mysterius: The Unfathomable #1

Jeff Parker has a new series! And it's for...Wildstorm?!

Well, I don't usually have much reason to buy Wildstorm comics, but this is a good one. A really good one, as far as I can tell.

A mystic and a plucky young journalist-turned-assistant. That's a solid combination. Parker is one of my favourite writers, so it wasn't a tough decision to pick this up. And the art, by Tom Fowler, is really beautiful.

New original series are exciting!


Zak said...

Yay, happy comic book reviews!

I always enjoy your reviews, because although you'll say it if you really have a problem with a book, you seem to read comic books because you like them!

rachelle said...

Haha thanks!

Such a unique concept, eh? Reading comics because I enjoy them! There are far too many masochist comic fans out there.

Calum Johnston said...

I really liked the Doom comic as well. It was funny, nicely drawn, didn't belittle any of the characters and had a full story and also makes me want to read the next one.

troyfreund said...

Yep, "Mysterius" was a good book indeed. I'm not familiar with the writer or the artist, but I sure enjoyed it. :)

SallyP said...

After the fat balding Namor that we were handed previously, it was indeed a pleasure to have back sexy sexy Namor.

I didn't pick up the Doctor Doom book, but it looks as though I should have.

And yes, the artwork in Green Lantern simply boggles the mind, it's so gorgeous. I can honestly say that that last page? I did NOT see that coming.

Marina said...

(may be considered)SPOILER!

Oh, Hal...That sort of thing keeps happening to him, doesn' it?
Not helping to dismiss the 'man-slut' rep, dude.
I was looking forward to know your thoughts about GL #37. You make the best reviews, Rachelle!

rachelle said...

I love how the Blue Lanterns keep following Hal around and are like "come on...join us!" and Hal is all like "No! Leave me alone, pussies!"

But yeah, I wasn't expecting that ending either. It's a great cliff-hanger!

Marina said...

Not to mention Hal can't step outside without being posessed by the living embodiement of something...

Next, the Zamarons will cut the middlewomen and offer him a ring too. Heaven knows he's got plenty of love to spread around.

Jayunderscorezero said...

I have to second Zak's sentiment. I'm in too much of the masochistic comic fan mentality right now, so it's nice to hear that people are having some more enjoyable experiences with their comic reading.

Anonymous said...

I like Batman saying "GEE!"


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