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AICN COMICS REVIEWS: Millar & Gibbons’ SECRET SERVICE! Luna Brothers’ WHISPERS! Mignola’s B.P.R.D.! AMERICAN VAMPIRE! & MORE!!!

Published at: April 11, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST by ambush bug

Issue #54 Release Date: 4/4/12 Vol.#10
Hey folks, Ambush Bug here. I’ll be descending upon Chicago’s C2E2 (The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo) this weekend providing coverage of the event, doing interviews with the greats of the industry, signing copies of my own book THE JUNGLE BOOK at the Zenescope booth on Saturday, and trying not to get arrested with fellow @$$holes Sleazy G, SJimbrowski, The Dean, and Henry Higgins is My Homeboy who will also be tooling around the con this weekend. If you want any of us to stop by your booth or talk with you for an interview, feel free to drop us a line. Find out a full schedule of the event and more about tickets for C2E2 here! Hope to see you there!

The Pull List
(Click title to go directly to the review)
Advance Review: THE SECRET SERVICE #1
RAMIEL: WRATH OF GOD #1
WHISPERS #2
EVERY WAKING MOMENT OGN
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #8
B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: THE PICKENS COUNTRY HORROR #1
RUNNERS: THE BIG SNOW JOB VOL.2
CHEAP SHOTS!


Advance Review: In stores today!

THE SECRET SERVICE #1

Writers: Mark Millar, Matthew Vaughn (co-plotter)Art: Dave Gibbons (art), Angus McKie (colors)
COLORIST: ANGUS MCKIEPublisher: Marvel Icon
Reviewer: Johnny Destructo

I hadn't the foggiest as to what this series was going to be about. All I had in the way of experience was the cover and my previous enjoyment of Millar's works. Whenever possible, I like to go into a new series with as little exposure as possible, for the same reason I try to avoid all the teasers and behind the scenes stuff for upcoming films. If I know everything ahead of time, I lose most of the experience of enjoying the ride.

However, even AFTER reading issue one of THE SECRET SERVICE, I wasn't entirely sure of where this series was going to go, so curiosity piqued, I headed to the nearest information superhighway to do some digging. This led me to make two discoveries:

A. The series is basically about how a wayward, arsed-up kid eventually turns into a James Bond-esque superspy.

B. I wish I hadn't made the first discovery.

It isn't that I don't like what the essence of the story is; it's just that I was really enjoying the mystery. I had a very satisfying initial read that left me with questions, and I missed that feeling after I did my research--much like trying to find the hidden Christmas presents, finding them, and then realizing that I'd ruined the surprise for myself. All of this is to say that I really dug this first issue, so much so that I wish I just enjoyed the ride like when I was a kid and had to read comic books WITHOUT the internet.

That isn't to say that I didn't have my doubts. In the first page, we are introduced to special guest star Mark Hamill. And not just a guy similarly named, but the actual actor, whom you probably know best from his stellar work in JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK as the astounding Cock-Blocker. He's done some other work here and there, but it was all pretty small potatoes when compared to JASBSB. I opened the issue and realized what was happening and thought "well, this isn't off to the best start." It seemed sort of lame at first, but by the time that scene was over, I was IN.

With the big entrance out of the way, we start to get into the meat of the story, and from here on in, it never once feels like a typical Mark Millar story. It feels...adult? I realize that may sound a touch insulting, but I've always enjoyed how Millar stories talk to the action movie lover in me--the kid who sometimes just loves things because they seem cool or fun or bad-ass. The kid who loves the original “Total Recall” and “The Matrix” (or...you know...superhero comics). Whereas a good portion of Millar's works are really great sugary snacks, this issue felt like a well-proportioned, filling meal.

And the art. Good god, the art. How is it possible that Dave Gibbons has gotten even BETTER than he was on WATCHMEN? Unbelievable, even moreso that it was done digitally.

Jack London is a respectable government agent who is constantly called upon to get his sister's troublesome kid Gary out of, well, trouble. The poor bastard is a wastrel, a nogoodnik, a ne'erdowell, and Jack has had about enough, and decides to call in a favor. There is a real world vibe to this that I haven't experienced in a Millar book that I can recall. Maybe that's what I meant earlier when I said it feels more adult. This series has more in common with LUTHER than MISFITS. (If you've never heard of LUTHER OR MISFITS, do yourself a favor and do some googling, and then watch both series. Amazing stuff.)

And even if you don't usually enjoy Millar's work, pick this up, you'll high-five yourself later.

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, drawing a weekly webcomic, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating for a living, and Booking his Face off over here. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo. His talkback name is PopTard_JD. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.


RAMIEL: WRATH OF GOD #1

Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Artists: Steve Gendron (pencils) & Peter Wonsowski (colors)
Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Reviewer: Professor Challenger


“Think Not That I Come To Bring Peace On Earth. I Come Not To Bring Peace, But A Sword...” -- Matthew 10:34

With that verse from The Gospel of Matthew, Javi Marxuach's new comic book, RAMIEL, begins: the story of an Archangel in Heaven who desires to walk with the mortals – to become flesh and blood.

Whatever you do, don't be thinking that this is some sappy little Bible tract. This comic is a wonderful surprise and tackles what could be a tricky topic with a respectful but original approach. One of the things that makes this comic stand out from the rest (and why you should pick it up yourself) is the look of it. The artwork is stylized with watercolors which gives it a texture quite different than the overly slick digital art that has become the norm. Artist Steve Gendron designs the Heavenly Host to look grounded in a mythical reality – appearing human and clothed with armor and wielding swords delivering graphic and bloody wounds. Gendron tells Marxuach's story quite dramatically with his pacing and panel work. Wonsowski's color work sets the emotional tones well.

The reason I focus on the visuals so strongly is that this is a story told mainly through the visuals. There is no narration at all and there are many pages without any dialogue. RAMIEL takes advantage of the graphic format of the comic book to tell its tale.

Where there is dialogue, it is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The Angels debating their roles as God's messengers and defenders. The curiosity and temptation of Ramiel's struggle to understand God's purpose in suffering and death. As an Angel, it is outside of his experience but yet, it haunts him.

Marxuach's mythology here builds on the usual Biblical interpretations of Angels to create a spiritual realm still bound by its own physics per God's design. The Angels here have a level of free will enough to believe that there may have actually been an uprising millennia before that split them and sent a portion of rebels into Hell where they plot, plan, and fight to take back Heaven. It was Lucifer who aspired through pride and hubris to usurp God's throne and led the rebellion. Ramiel is not rebelling because of selfishness or pride. He is driven by compassion, curiosity, and a sense of unfulfillment in his job. These are aspects of the human condition that all readers should be able to relate to.

I am a fan of Javi's work, but this is a bit more serious and thought-provoking than the more witty light-hearted work I'm used to. He has a great sense of flow to the writing and, like the best comic book writers, he knows when it is time to let the visuals tell the story alone and when it is time to combine them with words. Really good stuff.

What happens when an Angel is stripped of his divine nature and made mortal...but without a soul? This is what fascinates me most about this story – what happens next?

Prof. Challenger is Texas artist and writer, Keith Howell. You can read his stuff here and over at profchallenger.com. You can also get in on the ground floor of his new endeavor, "Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from Comic Books" here.


WHISPERS #2

Writer: Joshua Luna
Art: Joshua Luna
Publisher: Image Comics
Reviewer: The Writing Rambler


With issue #1 I gave WHISPERS a shot and I was very happy with what I discovered. This was a well written look into the mind of a man who is coping with new powers despite having a grocery list’s worth of his own issues. I’m happy to report that in WHISPERS #2 Joshua Luna further expands this story and creates tension and excitement for what the future holds for this series.

In this second issue we watch as Sam Webber further explores his new abilities and attempts to understand/explain what’s going on to himself and those closest to him. What’s great about this character’s journey so far is that the story never feels forced. Unlike many other comics (pretty much all of today’s superhero books) that often seem to race to get to the next splash page, WHISPERS excels in its attention to story detail. Joshua Luna has the fantastic ability to provide dialogue that makes the reader feel as though they are in the midst of a friend’s conversation. He makes you care about what’s happening to Sam and really feel like you’re going along for the ride on his newfound supernatural exploits. There’s some solid story building here, and without getting into spoiler territory we get a new confidant for Sam as well as a seriously creepy villain who I’m sure we’ll see more of in future installments. This is all highlighted by Luna’s beautiful artwork, which serves as a testament to just how talented this one half of the Luna brothers really is.

I can’t say enough good things about WHISPERS & I highly recommend people pick up the first 2 issues as not only is it one of Image’s best books but one the best books I’ve read today, period.

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EVERY WAKING MOMENT OGN

Writer: Jeff Dyer
Artist: Steve Ott
Publisher: Arcana Studios
Reviewer: MajinFu


Have you ever wished you could have more time to keep up with your busy schedule, or pondered how much more productive you would be if you didn’t have to sleep? What if I told you there was a pill that could remove the necessity for rest, giving you back that third of your life you would have spent unconscious to use however you like? That is the premise behind EVERY WAKING MOMENT, a new graphic novel from Arcana Comics that begs the question: what happens to our neglected dreams when we’re not asleep like we should be? For a story focused around snoozing, it’s a surprisingly enthralling read that weighs both sides of the debate with gusto.

The nature of sleep is something that writer Jeff Dyer obviously finds fascinating. The book is largely a debate on the necessity of sleep and whether mankind’s reliance on slumber is an impediment to the progress of our species, and ultimately an argument for the necessity of dreams in driving that progress. It is also a potent and involving thriller that touches on some controversial issues that are relevant in today’s fast-paced world.

The story revolves around a journalist and single mother named Emma Troy who scores an exclusive interview with entrepreneur and self-made billionaire Grant Auden, who has recently concocted a wonder pill that negates the need for sleep. The project responsible for the pill’s creation is called ARISE (Auden Resources In Sleep Elimination) and is dedicated to a future where every person on the planet spends the rest of their days entirely conscious, but before the pill can be sold around the world they need test subjects. Luckily the local league of superheroes volunteers to be guinea pigs for the new drug, which proves to have some unforeseen ramifications on various members of the team. Even as it makes them more efficient superheroes than ever before, you can’t help feeling something will eventually go wrong, resulting in an ominous tone that permeates throughout the book.

The super team that appears in the graphic novel winds up being a bit of a problematic element of the story. We learn just enough about the Idealists to make them somewhat intriguing, but not enough that they seem like fully-realized personas. In fact, most of them come across as thinly-veiled stereotypes of other costumed heroes. There’s the signature strong man with a specialty in punching things extra hard, the grizzled veteran vigilante with his exuberant young sidekick, and even the old dude that floats around in a chair spouting rhetoric (sound familiar?). All of these characters have distinct designs and there are some nice touches with the lettering to distinguish the voices, but many of the “Idealists” as they are known to the general public have little to no individual personalities to really set them apart, and we never get enough character development to make their position in the story all that interesting. Still, their later appearances in the book provide some especially creepy moments, and they offer a nice break from the rest of the book, which is fairly dialog-heavy.

Just after the first trial run is declared a success and plans are made to distribute Arise across the nation, a professor named Dr. Allyn Hexom shows up in Ms. Troy’s office, attempting to persuade her to see his side of the story; he claims that Grant’s new wonder pill is a danger to society and could bring about the downfall of all humanity. To say anything else would spoil the story, but suffice it to say it’s heavy, thought-provoking stuff. Like Auden Grant before him, Professor Hexom serves as a mouthpiece for Dyer to present both sides of the argument concerning the consequences of abandoning that essential resting time. Unlike the Idealists, Grant and Hexom feel more realized in their personas and they play off of the protagonist Emma fairly well. However, the tendency to use these characters as a means of lecturing the reader does slow the pacing of the plot, even when these scenes are some of the most interesting in the entire book. A focus on more realistic exchanges would have helped.

The art is not the strongest aspect of this book, but it gets the job done. Steve Ott’s work is serviceable to the story, especially in capturing the darker mood and lingering feeling of doom that pervades the book. His style is reminiscent of someone like Michael Avon Oeming but more amateur. Many faces and figures eerily resemble each other, but all the characters are still distinct thanks to some solid design work. Most of the backgrounds, if they appear at all, are fairly sparse, which helps the book flow nicely, but there is obviously a focus on the human figures over establishing any kind of realistic setting. The book just looks like it could have used more time in the art department in general, as a majority of these pages look like they were rushed out with any kind of quality control.

It may have sounded like I was disappointed by this book but I really enjoyed reading it. While the art appears rushed and at times looks downright amateur, I still found myself completely drawn into the tense story and always turning the page to see what would happen next. EVERY WAKING MOMENT is a graphic novel that builds to a crescendo similar to WATCHMEN, with a slow boil opening that only intensifies with each new chapter. While the overall quality and technical excellence of that text is only hinted at here, I was still enthralled by the argument of this book enough to read on to the very end. Those interested in the science of sleep would probably enjoy this book, and those looking for a superhero yarn with less focus on the heroics and more on the human drama may also want to check this out. It may not win an Eisner, but that’s totally fine. With a compelling premise, a unique story, and an especially strong sense of foreboding throughout, this just be worth checking out. Just don’t lose any sleep over it or it may come back to haunt you!

Note: The author of EVERY WAKING MOMENT will be in Chicago this weekend for C2E2! Stop by to say hello and check out his new graphic novel, now on sale!


WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #8

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Chris Bachalo
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Reviewer: Optimous Douche


Before AVENGERS VS X-MEN starts its crossover asphyxiation of current storylines, I wanted to take one last ditch effort to get people into the best damn mutant book on the shelves − WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN.

Month after month, Aaron has delivered healthy, but always balanced, doses of heart, mayhem, danger and most importantly FUN to the mutant verse and for the first time in years broke us from the endless of cycle of chase prophecy, determine destiny, rinse…wash…repeat.

Yes, while Scott continue brood over lost Hope in Utopia, WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN takes an actual Brood, and other eclectic students including the next rendition of Apocalypse, on whirlwind adventures spanning from the farthest reaches of the galaxy and into the inner space of Kitty Pride’s blood stream…yes, and all in just seven issues.

Issue one had me worried about this title. Wolverine was a little too comical, the new Junior High Hellfire Club were a little too childish to be believable, and Bachalo’s art left me head scratching at times on what I was actually looking at.

Issues 2-8, though, have been stories in grand redemption. We’ve had a pregnant Kitty Pryde inseminated with nano-broods as opposed to the expected metallic zygote; the Omega-level Quentin Quire has been a complex antagonist tripping over his own arrogance each time he tries to undermine Wolverine’s authority; and this issue especially once again makes me fear the pubescent Hellfire club instead of laughing at the little kids clopping around the house trying to wear Mommy and Daddy’s shoes. Addition of special consultant Sabertooth helped a lot in the Hellfire Club redemption. Aaron also had the chutzpah to do the unthinkable in this issue: confine Wolverine to a chair with wheels that seems to be a rite of passage for X-Men headmasters--an homage that is simply brilliant in its design and execution.

When Cyclops and Wolverine split during "Schism", Cyke never stood a chance in winning the hearts and minds of mutant fans. Wolverine was taking us home aboard one of the noblest of chariots, to protect and train young mutant minds, while Scott decided to build a cataclysm squad that stands around posing until a suitable threat of epic disaster is deemed worthy of thwarting. Yes, it’s been this way for the X-Men since they set up shop on Utopia, but it was never so blatantly stated. When read in tandem, the dichotomy between the two titles is a perfect balance--the unmoving seesaw. When taken apart, though, WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN simply becomes the fat kid on the seesaw with everything in their favor.

It’s not all about the kids, though, or even Wolverine’s virtuous mandates. The maturation of Kitty as co-headmistress and Bobby Drake as CFO exhibits Marvel’s deep commitment to never being trapped in amber. It’s also great as a fan to see these two coming into their own after so many years being considered children. Hell, Aaron was even able to turn the lobotomizing of Angel in X-FORCE from a shit sandwich into spun gold by giving Warren a safe haven to be as naïve and bold as he pleases.

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B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: THE PICKENS COUNTRY HORROR #1

Writers: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Jason Latour, Dave Stewart (colors)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Reviewer: Henry Higgins is My Homeboy


To be honest? HELLBOY is one of my favourite series I rarely actually read. It’s one of the titles I always greatly enjoy reading (I maintain that HELLBOY: THE FURY was last years best mini), but it always finds itself falling through the cracks of my read list. And it makes no sense why it does that. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable universe, with stunning visuals and engrossing characters. The B.P.R.D. has continued on, and the latest entry in their “Hell On Earth” banner is a great example of why this universe is still going strong after so many years.

Writing: (4/5) This builds upon some of the past events from the B.P.R.D., while remaining completely accessible. There’s no real foreknowledge needed to come in, merely that “weird stuff is happening, people go to check it out”. To the credit of Mignola and Allie, they quickly and effortlessly make the story. It moves at a great clip, never getting lost or distracted. Not even the odd aside about vampire’s roles during the Boston Tea Party removes the urgency to the story. As the story jumps from plot point to new setting, it never seems to slow down at all.

By focusing on a pair of more grounded agents, the story gives what is in essence a particularly frightening mist a clear sense of threat. Vaughn and Peters are very quickly interesting and engaging, and the story never feels like it wastes time introducing and expanding on them. They grow naturally, and very quickly there’s a connection.

The vagueness of some of the elements can be distracting, and the speech from the vampire historian carries on a little too long, but it doesn’t detract from the issue too heavily.

Art: (4/5) HELLBOY titles have always had a certain majesty to the way they look, and Jason Latour and Dave Stewart continue that proud tradition. This issue looks fantastic. Each new scene actually feels like a new location, as opposed to simple room next to simple room. There’s a distinct world around them, which gives the story a very grounded feeling. This plays to the books strengths, and is consistently good.

Sometimes, it becomes utterly sublime--most notably when the children play with the frogs. It’s an incredibly calm scene, brilliantly coloured and wonderfully framed. Whenever a character finds themselves lost in the marshes listening to the croaks of the frogs, the art takes an incredible step up--which is all the more impressive, because the art most of the time is already quite good. The scenery is incredible, and looks as such throughout.

The issue only really falters when it calms everything down. Some of the faces lack definition or even features, and at other times they can appear lopsided or inconsistent. While it helps sell the atmosphere of the book, it can be distracting at times, and is the only thing that really removes one from the story.

Best Moment: The panel of Prussian Vampires slaughtering colonists.

Worst Moment: Some of the faces, though it does feel a little nit picky.

Overall: (4/5) A very entertaining comic, and easily one of the coolest looking ones in recent memory.


RUNNERS: THE BIG SNOW JOB VOL.2

Writer/Illustrator: Sean Wang
Publisher: runners.com
Reviewer: superhero


A long time ago (2007 to be precise) in a galaxy far, far away I discovered a fantastic little black and white graphic novel called RUNNERS. I gave it a really great review back then (which you can read by clicking here) and afterward I lost track of any follow up projects by the creator of the book, Sean Wang. Which is too bad because RUNNERS was one of the best indie books I’d ever read and it had a terrific amount of potential.

Well, it seems as if the RUNNERS saga has continued online and added color to its palette to boot! RUNNERS, for those not in the know, is an intergalactic adventure comic that deals with a rag-tag group of Han Solo-type smugglers as they traverse the spaceways. It’s a straightforward tale of classic space swashbuckling that’s rounded out with lovable and identifiable characters who just happen to be aliens. It is space opera comics the way you wish they were done all the time. RUNNERS is what I wish every issue of the LEGION OF SUPER HEROES was or every chapter of the Star Wars prequels had been like.

RUNNERS: THE BIG SNOW JOB finds the group without a Dhama, which in the RUNNERS ‘verse is the equivalent of having a big mob boss backing them and funding their operations. Without an official Dhama the RUNNERS find themselves having to scrounge around for whatever illicit smuggling jobs they can get. This obviously leaves them low on funds and desperate for any employment opportunities they can find. Enter a nefarious crime boss with a slightly innocuous, yet mysterious, job. Things go wrong, as they often do in stories like this, and the RUNNERS find themselves dueling with a group of drug runners on an arctic planet outgunned and with little hope of getting out of the predicament they’ve gotten themselves into.

Just as he did with RUNNERS: ODD JOBS, Sean Wang delivers an immensely entertaining space comic with RUNNERS: THE BIG SNOW JOB. Wang is a terrifically talented comic creator as he is not only able to write a great adventure tale but he is also able to illustrate and color it with a professionalism that even some of the big two’s creators can’t match. RUNNERS is a comic that stands head and shoulders above so many comics out there today because it is put together with such care that the talent behind it can’t be ignored. RUNNERS looks and reads like a mainstream comic, but it comes from a truly independent artist and that, as anyone who’s tried to create a comic on their own would know, is a more than impressive achievement. Sean Wang has wowed me again and if you give RUNNERS a chance I’m sure it will impress you too.

I know that sometime this year Wang is going to begin a Kickstarter campaign to drum up funds for a print version of this book. I hope he lets me know when this fundraising effort kicks off because I’ll be donating to his cause as soon as I get notice. I’ll be voting with my wallet and I can’t think of a higher recommendation coming from a cheapskate like me.

Discovered as a babe in an abandoned comic book storage box and bitten by a radioactive comic fan when he was a teenager, superhero is actually not-so mild mannered sometime designer & cartoonist, Kristian Horn of Los Angeles, California. Some of his work can be seen at www.kristianhorn.com and check out his blog at www.parttimefanboy.com. You can check also out his webcomics at www.babybadass.com and thediplomatics.com, which is currently in development.


SKULLKICKERS #13
Image Comics

When I sit down and think of why I really enjoy this book, I always nudge it toward the “guilty pleasure” category, which I feel really undersells it. It’s probably because I just assume I’m the demographic this book seems to speak to--one of the first generations to grow up on video games and some of the more irreverent cartoon humor. But that is totally selling this book short, as exemplified with this particular issue with a “simple” plot of showing its Dynamic Duo stowing away on a female pirate ship as it sets up this new arc. Of course there’s some pretty over-the-top, slapstick humor bits as always, complete with some fourth wall commentary. But there is also some nice little thread tightening as Zub and Company build up the character of Elvish Warrior Kusia, nudge forward Baldy’s newfound ability to “hear” animals, and present an opportunity to divulge the history of the big man’s mysterious golden gun. While the humorous bits might not have shone through like they always do this time around, the material this book is building shows it is just move than very pretty pictures and geek-slanted gags. But those pictures are pretty damn pretty and the gags themselves would be enough to make this book worth a buy each month; the rest is ale on the cake. - Humphrey Lee


AMERICAN VAMPIRE #25
DC Vertigo


I honestly never though one of my favorite new comic book characters would be a Greaser but here we are. The “final” showdown between Skinner Sweet and Travis comes to a head and looks to end in a typical fashion of villain has hero on the ropes but a clever, unforeseen trick later the hero is about to win the day. Which is exactly what happened, complete with a horrific, “memory lane” origin story that Travis regales Skinner (and the audience) with until the Vassals of the Morningstar show up and flip the script in a big way. This issue is a really nice capper to an arc that had been up to this point mostly an adrenaline rush. There’s still plenty of that to be had, of course, as Travis is a character that demands there always be action around him, but there are also plenty of overarching developments to pay the core of the book forward. It’s another sterling example of how well this book keeps itself character-centric while tending to its horror-meets-Americana landscape. - Humphrey Lee


FATALE #4
Image Comics


God, this feels like blasphemy for me to even be typing, but I’m honestly just not really feeling this newest Brubaker/Phillips joint right now. Horrible, right? I kind of want to slap myself, maybe even see a brain doctor, but there it is. Thing is, I just can’t quite place my finger on what is veering me this way. I’m guessing what it is is kind of a disconnect with the characters, in that I really have not grown an attachment to any of them like I do in a CRIMINAL arc. Like, for now, all I see Hank Raines, the reporter pulled into this macabre web by Josephine, the dame that seems to center this story, as is just that: the standard schlub who gets drawn in by a pretty face. Now, Walt Booker, a dirty cop also drawn into a big mess by the same pretty face, is showing a bit more than that to me between his fight with cancer, a wartime past, and how he always seems to stumble upon the horrific elements of this book, which are interesting. If anything, I guess this one is impatience on my part after years of being conditioned to stories confined to “simple” arcs by this creative tandem that get in and tell the story and more onto the next set of characters. The groundwork here is good, I think I just need more fleshing out, and not in the dismembering way this book has been doing pretty regularly thus far. Trust me, I’m more than hoping the problem is just with me and I’m more than ready to eat my doubtful words as this arc wraps and a new one kicks up. - Humphrey Lee


SWEET TOOTH #32
DC Vertigo


This issue had a lot of great material going for it. One was the main thrust of this issue and arc, and that’s Gus’ big “coming of age” moment as he removes himself from under Jepperd’s wing to confront Walter. It’s a big boost to a character that has been, basically, sniveling upon his and the book’s inception. What really rules about this issue, though? Jimmy “Fat Man” Jacobs and Jepperd, two men that seem destined to try and murder the hell out of each other, instead teaming up because they once actually beat the hell out of each other on the ice, playing hockey. They even don some skates to go to the rescue because, as Tommy says, “this is fucking awesome.” And it is, because hockey is fucking awesome and Jeff Lemire knows this. Also, there’s a pretty sad and heartfelt moment between Jepperd and Lucy in the wake of the Walter incident that, between these two plot arcs, really reminds us just how dangerous and shitty the world of SWEET TOOTH can be, as if we needed reminding. But, still, two hockey goons are now this book’s resident badasses, just in time for Stanley Cup playoffs, and that is the absolute shit right there. Go Pens! - Humphrey Lee



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  • April 11, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    BPRD, nice!

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • April 11, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    You're Not Off on FATALE Humph

    by optimous_douche

    It's too much in too little time. Plus it's virtually impossible to tell who is who and why we should care. Good concept, sadly bad execution.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    There is never any love for Cyclops...

    by Greg Nielsen

    I'd still rather read about Celestials with Mr. Sinister's head instead of silly boys will be boys tales over in Wolverine and the Xmen. Seriously it's starting to get overrated. Also, Wolverine sucks. His powers suck. They had to change his power to never going to die because claws is just plain stupid and his hair is stupid too. But in Wolverine's defense Cyclop's ninja suit is pretty stupid too.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    The Boys 65

    by v1cious

    Probably the best read of last week in my opinion. Granted it's not a jumping on point, but neither is Sweet Tooth. I hope we get to see Travis again in American Vampire. He's probably the most badass character next to Skinner Sweet.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I like Cycke!

    by Righteous Brother

    I don't have much more to add to that.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Today, B.P.R.D. is my favourite franchise

    by CuervoJones

    Marvel? DC? Who are they?

  • April 11, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I like Cyke Too

    by optimous_douche

    I've been reading the bastard for thirty years. Still stand by my review though. The two titles complement one another better than any mutie titles in recent memory. For raw originality though, WOLVERINE and THE X-MEN is still my boy.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Both X-books are good...

    by Homer Sexual

    It's a pretty good time for the X-books right now. While I dropped the New Mutants due to a horrible revamp, I started buying the 2 new teams and X-Men Legacy, and have always bought X-Factor. So right now Im buying more X books than I have in over a decade. Honestly, none of them are all that, but they are all solid, entertaining reads. I like that each one has a distinct focus and flavor. It's not like the same book over and over. Do I like omega Iceman? Hell no. Cytorrak Colossus? Booo! Cyclops is an unlikable douche and I really can't buy into Wolverine as headmaster... But then there's Broo, and Frenzy, and Quire, and Pixie and Hope and all sorts of fun-ness. For 2012 fun, its WXM, for 2012 "we so serious" asskicking and BIG storylines, its Cyclops and crew. For "classic" stories with an updated 2012 feel, it's Legacy, and I enjoy all of them pretty much equally. On another note, my LCS was initiall out of stock on Mark Miller's Jungle Book but I FINALLY got to read it, and dang... it was awesome. So clever and fresh. Talk about an exciting update of an old classic. Really amazing!

  • April 11, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    @Optimous_Douche But comparing the two is even apples to apples...

    by Greg Nielsen

    Uncanny is a straight up superhero book and seems somewhere between Kirby level cosmic crazy and Arrested Development dialogue Wolverine and the Xmen is pretty much an all ages book with some weird moments thrown in on top of it. It still doesn't make any sense either as to why Wolverine after years and years and years of having Jubilee or Kitty Pryde tag along with him through tons of warzones that he would all of a sudden have a change of heart. Or why the hellfire club would be more interested in blowing up Wolverine's stupid school than I don't know wiping out that island like they tried the first time. I'm probably nitpicking. Also, I admit I like Cyke and think at this point that Wolverine is just totally lame. But still without Quentin Quire or Kid Gladiator you're down to a third rate Christian stereotype with Edie who is also just another underage girl for Wolverine to spend inappropriate amounts of time with

  • April 11, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Wolverine would be on to Catch a Predator...

    by Greg Nielsen

    They'd ask him to take a seat on the chair. Put his claws away. Read an internet conversation in word bubbles

  • April 11, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Also, for the record, I liked Edie in Generation Hope...

    by Greg Nielsen

    Was bummed when they took her out of it...it still just doesn't make any sense why they make half the weird decisions they make sometimes. Then again I liked Sync from Generation X and he had weird rainbow copycat powers... So, I might not be the best. I also like Maggot. He needs to come back. Oh and Unus the untouchable.

  • April 11, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    So, SECRET SERVICE

    by Mikey Wood

    is pretty much just a dumbed-down INVISIBLES is what you're saying. Kinda-sorta. Millar's work has never been SMART. Violent? Sure. Irreverent? Absolutely. Funny? Without a doubt. SMART? Not so much. I might look into it, though.

  • April 11, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    FATALE

    by MainMan2001

    I agree. It's weird because I really wanna like this book but it is very confusing and definitely hard to tell the characters a part. There are parts of the book that I love and the story is intriguing enough to make me continue to read it but damn nothing is really happening. It might be a better read in graphic novel form.

  • April 11, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Mark Millar

    by MainMan2001

    I'm gonna pick up his new book but mostly for Gibbon's art work and that pretty much goes for most of his work because he gets the best artist in the industry but I have to say that is work isn't really good at all. The first few issues of Kick-ass were amazing and I couldn't wait to read more until I actually read more and quickly stopped doing so because the novel idea wears off so quickly. Also, Super Crooks is pretty bad I must say. The art is great but damn is this story the same old same old. His best work is on Ultimate X-Men. I read all of the graphic novels in a matter of days. Love his take on the characters.

  • April 11, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Spider-MEN revealed

    by Poptard_JD

    Yup it's what we thought http://www.poptardsgo.com/?p=3340

  • April 11, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Douche and Humphrey and Fatale

    by Joenathan

    I'm with you. I just read #4 last night and I'm barely maintaining an interest. I like the bad cop and his special sight stuff, but half the time I can't tell who's who or remember what happened the issue before. I don't know. I'll give it an issue or two more, but it's really feeling like a misfire of a comic to me.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Two More Issues

    by optimous_douche

    And you'll have bought the whole freaking series ;-) That's more than testing the waters, that's Brubaker's kid to college.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Whoa! Whoa! Yorgo

    by Joenathan

    First off all, I like Cyclops too, we've talked about that. We're Cyclops fan-buddies, so beleive me when I say: Wolverine and the X-men is a great book. It's brand new, but harkens back to the old Xavier school days. It's great, but that's all right if it's not your thing. We can agree to disagree However... Maggot needs to come back? ...? ????? Your argument is invalid

  • April 11, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Spider-men

    by Joenathan

    That's fine. I'm glad it's just a basic toss-off Marvel vs. DC type of crossover, rather than bringing Ultimate Peter back. Although I was kind of hoping that some more spiders would bite more people and that resulted in more Spider-powered heros and villains running around.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by Joenathan

    I see the flaw in my plan, Douche. I should pay attention to shit like that. That changes things, maybe I won't buy the next issue at all.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    I feel like Brubaker is a bit like Millar...

    by Greg Nielsen

    In that he relies on a character's previous history for you to fill in the blanks of their motivations. You don't have that for new characters. Either way trade waiting Fatale just like I did Incognito. I've been burned too many times by him to pay 4 dollars for singles.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Maggot...

    by Joenathan

    He's the worst, Yorgo. The worst. He's the pure essense of bad 90s comics given form.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Maggot has talking giant maggots that live in his stomach...

    by Greg Nielsen

    That is just awesome on paper! He just needs better writers. Put him on Uncanny Xforce cause Rick Remender takes everything 90s and through force of will makes it immensely fun

  • April 11, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Incognito was way better than Fatale

    by Joenathan

    Tighter, more accesible. All around a better series. Fatale just seems like a bunch of lossely strung together like-topics.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Fatale seemed almost like it was gonna be like a less dirty Black Kiss...

    by Greg Nielsen

    Shame to hear it's nowhere close. Then again why is anyone letting Chaykin do a Black Kiss 2. I feel like I've already seen enough tranny gang rape.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    No one can make Maggot cool

    by Joenathan

    No one. He's awful. Whoever created him should be caned.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    The thought process leading into Maggot must've been amazing...

    by Greg Nielsen

    We need a new character! I got an idea What is it? Talking maggots that live in a guy's gut! It's gold send it to print!

  • April 11, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Maggot

    by optimous_douche

    Was great in Generation X. The problem was that he was a contrivance of a different Mutant world pre HOUSE OF M. With the exponential growth of mutants during that time period you needed characters like Maggot to show that being a mutant was not all about being one of "the beautiful people, the beautiful people." Beak is another that comes to mind. These cast offs were great story fodder for books like DISTRICT X, that took a grittier look at the mutant experience. No, maggot would not work today. With only 199 mutants left in the world they all have to be something special focused on grand story lines.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Maggot per se isnt an impossible concept

    by Homer Sexual

    I don't think it was the characters of that time period, but the X-Books were dreadful and I actually quit all of them during that time. Stacy X, Cecilia Reyes, Maggot... all characters created during that time, but the ongoing characters were just as awful back then. It was just a dark time for X-Men. JoeNathan's worst nightmare, a bunch of convoluted continuity, ENDLESS storylines that never, ever resolved in any sort of comprehensible manner. Eww. Also, Batwing... just read the new issue and it made me think of how important art can be. Because with the change of artist, Batwing has gone from awesome to decent. No offense to Nguyen's art, but the book no longer seems as special as before. Similar to Batwoman, but I think Batwoman has actually survived the change of artist better than Batwing.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I kinda like Stacy X...

    by Greg Nielsen

    I mean Joe Casey writing her was fine. Chuck Austen was the real issue there. I feel like since that was what the guys at work started me on when I got here I don't feel the same backlash towards that character.

  • April 11, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Also, as far as Xmen books go...I wish they would bring back NYX

    by Greg Nielsen

  • April 11, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    90's X-men

    by Joenathan

    I had every issue from Fall of the Mutants up to the first issue back after Age of Apocalypse (which briefly gave me hope of something new and good), and then I dropped it for all those horrible shitty reasons. God, Stacy X... I forgot about that shit. I mostly hate Maggot because he looks dumb. His stupid coat, the hair, the fingerless gloves, it's all dumb. I hate him, kind of like I hate characters if they wear a stupid cowboy hat like in Gungrave or have creepy Michael Boltan hair, like that kid on American Idol. You look stupid, so I hate you. But Stacy X...? She is what was wrong with comics in the 90s personified. Terrible. I do like the idea behind the weirdness. Beak was great. And the idea that being a mutant ACTUALLY sucks instead of turning out to be FUCKING AWESOME made sense. Before then, I never understood why Cyclops (a dude in sunglasses) was seen any differently than say... Giant man. Why was Giant man a celebrity hero and Cyclops a freak? It made nosense. It was always "Oh noes! My mutant power activated on my 13th birthday... Woe is me! Now I'm SUPER STRONG AND CAN FUCKING FLY!" So, I liked the freaks and weirdos of Grant Morrison's run. It worked. But MAggot? Maggot is just stupid. Poorly designed. Ugly. A non-character. He should be forgotten.

  • That series ended too soon

  • April 11, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I never liked the art on Incognito either

    by gooseud

    This may be heresy , but I never thought the art on Incognito was any better, I bought that book In spite of the art, nit because of it. It's a bad case of Adlard-itis: everyone looks the same.

  • April 11, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Batwing art

    by gooseud

    I'll be dropping that book now that the original artist is gone, he MADE that book, fantastic visuals

  • April 11, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Douche...Isn't Fatale a 12-issue series?

    by Shit_Skribbler

    I've loved all of the Criminal stories and Incognito was just a notch or two below, so I'm giving Brubaker the benefit of the doubt. But I'm definitely jonesing for new Criminal.

  • April 11, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    DC will be dropping BATWING too...

    by Prof

    ...so I guess you're in good company.

  • April 11, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    FATALE might be 12

    by optimous_douche

    So -- buy a quarter of the issues and then decide I guess. My Crapdar though has become pretty acute over the years only really faltering on the train wreck of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE. I thought issue 1 had a chance...I was wrong. Two or three issues in though, even if you like it, but can't tell what's going on yet...that says drop to me.

  • April 11, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Fatale

    by Joenathan

    The first issue is in it's 4th or 5th printing.

  • April 11, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Batwing is cancelled? How about VooDoo? (racial commentary ensues)

    by Homer Sexual

    REally? That's a bummer because even though it's dropped in quality, a cancellation decision would have been made due to poor sales even when the art was super outstanding. I ask about Voodoo because, well, I also love that book. Its always exciting and unpredictable. And I also ask because if Voodoo is also getting cancelled, then I don't think DC can sell a comic with a Black lead character, and that would be a shame... Of course, (I'm obviously white) I don't think anyone could ever write an African (american) lead as well as Priest did with Black Panther, and that book also got cancelled... This is more a reflection on us, the comic readership, than the publishers...

  • April 11, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    FATALE 5th Print - Based solely on Brubaker's name

    by optimous_douche

    And JUSTICE LEAGUE is like in its 10th printing. The Kardashians is one of the highest rated shows on television. The masses are sheep...

  • April 11, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Comic Racism

    by optimous_douche

    It's based on numbers, plain and simple. Look at the last US census, there are simply still more whitey's out there. Readers want to identify with a character. It would be nice to say we could all hold hands, sing our kumba-ya-yas and never recognize when someone is a different color or gender. It's unrealistic. Now, adults can make some of these connections but... When you are selling to kids or young adults. They absolutely make value judgments and imprint on characters they know they could one day be EXACTLY like. Sadly, this includes color. I look at Luke Cage. Great Character...Great Role-Model. The problem, he's a black dude from the inner city. Who would identify best with him. Some kid struggling in the inner city obviously. Can that kid afford $4.00 for a comic? Let's cut the PC bullshit and be hoenst here - no, most can't. So there you go...a bunch of white heroes from heroic or less than troubled backgrounds. Why? because that's who is buying comic books.

  • In Winter Soldier. Hot damn. It's like Alex Raymond and Jim Steranko became the same artist. Just FYI

  • April 11, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    ate"???? "ART

    by Laserhead

    Goddamnit.

  • They now can gloss over the weird tranny rape and the stripping and the cold blooded murdering that made the book interesting. Oh and they are no longer in dives or strip clubs or general urban wasteland. They are in spaceships and underground bases with lasers. Stuff people can wrap their brains around that at this point are kinda boring... OH! AND CLONES!

  • April 11, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    However, I am still buying Voodoo. Sam Basri is really good

    by Greg Nielsen

  • April 11, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Fatale's turned into a semi-ongoing

    by Laserhead

    Brubaker said it was intended to be 8, then 12, then he was on 15, and now it's just going--

  • April 11, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Douche

    by Joenathan

    I'm not saying printing runs prove quality, but it's surprising how much it's sold and I haven't read many reviews of it, except us just now going: "Hmmm... I don't think I like this book..." Funny. I wonder if the Bru shield is holding people back from commenting or if it's really working for everybody else.

  • April 11, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Comic book racism

    by Joenathan

    That's definitely a part of it--see the Miles Morales debacle--but I also think, to be fair, that quality plays a big part in it too. I read Priest's Panther religiously, but after the first big story wrapped, there was a drop in quality, so I moved on. And I don't read Voodoo, not because she's black, but because I think the character is dumb. And if Bendis goes on to write a Luke Cage book, I will read the fuck out of that (unless it turns out like Moon Knight, because then I will drop it). So yeah, I think the internet has proven beyond a doubt that we are most definitely NOT a post-racial, post-gender, post-religion, post-sexual preference society AT ALL. But never forget quality in the equation. Batwing? Awesome art, but it was written by Judd Winnick, man. Judd Winnick. Do you think I'm going to buy that shit? Fuck no!

  • April 11, 2012, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Winnick's Justice League Generation Lost was such a fluke...

    by Greg Nielsen

    It got me to go back and look at his other stuff. I bought stuff off Amazon and have been mad with myself ever since. Seriously...his comic books are just about AIDs and anyone right wing sucking. I came here mostly for giant robots...not preach-a-fying

  • April 11, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    The Bru shield

    by gooseud

    Yeah Im starting to wonder if I overrated Bru. Dont get me wrong, that was the best 30 issue Cap run ever, in my opinion, but.......Incognito, for example. The art blows. We have no idea what anyone can actually DO in the series (I dont need a person by person powers breakdown, but it would be nice to have SOME idea what Zack Overkill can actually do). Its gotten a little muddy about whats actually going on in that book. I dunno, do I THINK I like that book more then I actually do?

  • ...and based on the bottom 12 sellers, BATWING and VOODOO are going to be in that bunch. Gotta give DC credit for being brutal in enforcing the new low-seller gets cancelled policy. Even Didio's own book got killed in the first round.

  • April 11, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Try Winnick's EXILES

    by optimous_douche

    Good mutie alternate reality fun there.

  • April 11, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Comic book racism

    by gooseud

    Ive been commenting about this on here for months. The fact is, no female-driven or minority-driven book has ever really been a hit, not in the past 15-20 years or so. Luke Cage is really only in the forefront because Bendis has a Luke Cage fetish. The moral is, white guys wanna read about white guys. Is that racism? I dunno.........maybe? It certainly doesnt strike me as malicious, but who know, I dont have any answers on this.

  • April 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    However, I do hear Batwing...

    by Prof

    ...is joining one of the team books. So, they want to keep the character viable and out there. If we're all realistic and honest, not every viable character can support an ongoing monthly. But it doesn't mean the character is bad. Sometimes, the character just functions better as a part of a team or a part of the larger continuity universe who can be brought in to stories when and where appropriate.

  • April 11, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Maxi-series

    by Joenathan

    That's the key, man. Show up, tell your story, wrap it up, get out. Think about the aforementioned Priest's Black Panther. One awesome major arc and then...? Think about Bru and Fractions run on Iron Fist. Great stuff. Then they handed the book off... Sucked. Does anyone think Wonder Woman is going to be good once Azzarello leaves? What about Wolverine and the X-men without Aaron? Was Astonishing X-men any good without Whedon? Could anyone have compared to Morrison on All-star Superman? One good story. A beginning, a middle, and an end. Then move on. 6 issues. 12 issues. 24 issues. You don't need more than that generally. Sure, there are some exceptions, but most books? Do a story arc or two, then give the character a break until another you have another complete good story. The worst part of every title is either the one issue that immediately follows the wrap-up of a major story OR the one or two issues that bridge creative teams. Maxi-series would do away with that shit.

  • ...the bean-counters back at corporate care only about them as properties and potential licensees. If, however, they would approach them as characters first and properties second, then we might get a more reasoned approach. And, in the long run, a healthier industry. But nobody's asking me. :)

  • April 11, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Plus, that's unreasonable

    by Joenathan

    A corporation is always going to look at the bottom line, especially with multi-million dollar properties. Expecting some other attitude to suddenly take hold is akin to a child threatening to hold their breath until they get their way. It's not going to happen. The only way to be successful to work within that. Maxi-series would encourage more readers to jump onto books and allow for experiments with lesser known characters at the same time.

  • April 11, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    @joenathan The Maxi-Series idea is cool. Just the problem is...

    by Greg Nielsen

    Whether you wipe the slate clean after a writer is done. I mean you're still where we are at now. Just with more number 1s. I mean I wouldn't mind as I only have about 3 years of comic reading under my belt. It doesn't affect my supposed childhood. Then again I think I was the mythical new reader they were looking for. I like Frank Cho. Get more Frank Cho!

  • April 11, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I like Cyke!

    by Greg Nielsen

  • April 11, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Again, I give props to DC...

    by Prof

    ...for sticking to their guns on the sales thing but also for attempting to put out "showcase" type anthology titles to test the waters for audience interest in second and third tier characters. Again, I think it is smarter to pad out the "52" titles with books like that and then spin off into individual titles those that generate the buzz and sales to justify it.

  • April 11, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Clean slate/no clean slate

    by Joenathan

    You don't have to wipe the slate clean each time, just include a recap page. And I think establishing a company/character bible could help smooth out most major character conflicts, BUT by wiping the slate clean, you could free up new creative teams from decades on unimportant crap. And there'd be nothing wrong with linking series of maxi-series into one big story either. And all the new number ones? More money. That makes the bean-counters happy and if you make the bean-counters happy, you get to do more of what you want to do. Catering to whiny fanboys whose erroneous claim to ownership is that they've been around for awhile is why the industry is in the state it is.

  • Barnes and Noble is a good first step but they need to be with the rest of the cashier rags staring kids in the face at grocery stores. No mom can resist their babies whining long enough to not buy it.

  • April 11, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    definitely didn't mean to imply racism, just racial issues.

    by Homer Sexual

    As a middle class white guy, I am in the minority because I just get bored reading about middle class white guys. Its like, I do not relate to Peter Parker. I think it's probably cuz Im homo so I relate to "otherness" but I find it disappointing that everyone wants to read about people so similar to ourselves. Batwing in a group? THAT is a terrible idea. He'd be better off dead. And that's from a fan of the book. I work with all "lower socioeconomic status" teens of color. When I take boxes of comics I don't feel the need to stash in my longboxes. even they go for the "big" books. they like the "events" such as Secret Invasion, etc. They like the Bat-books. They like (shockingly) Superman. They like X-23 (at least one girl book appealed to them) and the other X books. They DONT like Power Man and Iron Fist. They don't like Batwing. Bummer. They'd probably go for Miles Morales though, but I don't buy it so I can't gauge their reaction.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    yorgo

    by KCViking

    While I agree that comics should be made more accessible to younger/would be readers,I'm pretty sure that $4.00 a pop for a comic is going to make mom or dad resist the whining a lot longer. I would like to see the publishers start pushing their product to libraries...my local library actually buys from the lcs I shop.I've been able to read many books I may have missed/overlooked.I see quite a few kids reading from the spinner racks every weekend.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Supercrooks

    by Joenathan

    Somebody up there said they didn't think it was very good and I disagree. For a first issue, it was all right. I really enjoyed the book. It definitely wasn't bad and it's not fair to say "seen it before" off one issue. Try it out. It was good.

  • April 11, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    GREAT Pull List! Seriously...

    by Jaka

    ...maybe the best selection of books you guys have ever reviewed in one week. From my point of view, anyway. Really good stuff. Thanks!

  • April 11, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Wolverine vs. Uncanny

    by godofatheists

    While I will agree on a purely superficial level that Wolverine's Schism stance is more relatable than Cyclops' rather militant path, from a purely comic book perspective, I prefer Uncanny to Wolverine. The supporting cast is more interesting, but more importantly the writing is more nuanced and well-paced. I'll give Wolverine and the X-Men some credit - the tone is certainly different from what we're used to. But I'm not convinced that's a good thing. Most of the issues feel like Fantastic Four with ADHD. Jason Aaron needs to let the characters breathe a bit.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Batwing was actually really good, despite you not liking Judd Winnick

    by Poptard_JD

  • April 12, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    LIES!

    by Joenathan

    Either way, I vote with my wallet and my vote on Judd Winnick is: No thank you, sir! NO THANK YOU!

  • April 12, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Hey, you guys saw the Avenger movie premiere, right?

    by Joenathan

    They are very positive.

  • April 12, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Oops, I forgot a few words there...

    by Joenathan

    Have you seen the TWEETS about the Avengers movie premiere? They're very positive.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    @kcviking The library idea is really good...

    by Greg Nielsen

    I have one nearby my apartment but their selection is mostly stuff like watchmen and Maus. Not really kid stuff or even really teenager stuff just cause a lot of stuff would fly over their heads or worse turn them into a bunch of lame Nietzche is my god types. You're right they should get it into libraries too. Also, I greatly question if the price really needs to be 4 dollars or if it has more to do with just the fact their numbers are dwindling and they have no other way to deal with it other than jack the price up and kill their numbers more. Right now I only buy two 4 dollar books and that's all star western and artifacts I might go in for Rachel Rising though.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I´m not a sexy millionare

    by CuervoJones

    But i dig Batman and Ironman.

  • I don't get Scarlet Johanson. She looks like that totally lame angry girl in every class that has a couple of nerds who like her that she hates. The part was originally meant for Emily Blunt who is awesome.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I'm not a Korean Artist...

    by Greg Nielsen

    But I did Frank Cho

  • April 12, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Avengers Movie

    by Homer Sexual

    I want to like it but the clips look so stiff... I just can't get into it. But who cares, it's gonna take in a bazillion and will be better than Transformers, etc..l.

  • April 12, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Your personal (and somewhat revealing) issues with Scarlet aside...

    by Joenathan

    The tweets are coming from people who would shit on it if they felt it deserved it, so that gives me a bit of hope

  • April 12, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    RAMIEL

    by aetc

    Really refreshing from everything on the comic stands right now, and awesome seeing it reviewed here. A lot of comments here about race in comics; another reason to check out Ramiel You can see a preview here: http://ape-entertainment.com/2011/07/javier-grillo-marxuach-to-premiere-ramiel-at-comic-con/

  • if only cause she refuses to even try to act anymore. I'm leaving out the undeserved sense of self worth and entitlement. Oh and her horrid taste in roles. Seriously, couldn't they have replaced her with like if not a better actress (not hard) at least a hotter one (not hard)

  • April 12, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Black Widow

    by Majin Fu

    Scarlet was a perplexing choice. For my money, I'd like to see how well Christina Hendricks could fill the super spy's leather getup (I imagine quite nicely) but Emily Blunt isn't a bad choice either.

  • April 12, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Scarlet

    by Joenathan

    I don't think it's perplexing, it's what Hollywood does. "We need a red head who is also famous... hmmmm... who could it be?" That's how they always cast things.Anyway, I think she did alright in Iron Man 2, as far as fighting is concerned. As for Christina Hendricks, watch Firefly. You'll see her do some fight scenes. They aren't that great.

  • April 17, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Why no review for Garth Ennis' The Boys?

    by GimpInMyPants

    Only 5 more issues left of that amazing series. The last issue (#65) was incredible. It all led to this! C'mon, @$$holes, The Boys is one of the best on-going series right now.