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DC Previews Picks:  November 2013

DC Previews Picks: November 2013

August 17, 2013

I could talk about the latest PR landmine that went off in DC’s face over the past week with the allocation of the 3D covers for their “Villains Month” titles.  Except that Brian Hibbs has already done a far better evisceration of the company for their antics than I ever could over at his site.


Instead, I read last night that one of the titles I’ve really enjoyed over the years from Vertigo is falling prey to the omnipresent “relaunch with a new issue #1 gimmick.”  It was just announced today that “The Unwritten” will be relaunching with a new #1 in January which just seems... wrong to me.  Yes, they’ll probably be doing the same with “American Vampire” when it returns, but since the alternative was to see it spiral off into scheduling hell while Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque took on work from other superhero titles, a hiatus with relaunch is preferable.  With “The Unwritten,” it just feels like desperation.  The current crossover with “Fables” was ostensibly meant to provide a new influx of readers to offset its slowly declining single issue sales and the results were apparently not quite what they were expecting.


So it’s relaunch time at the end of that arc and I can only hope it works for them or else Mike Carey, Peter Gross and co. will have embarrassed themselves for nothing.  Marvel and DC have run this tactic into the ground over the past few years and the only time I can enjoy it is when it’s used as a joke, like in “Skullkickers.”


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Invincible vol. 18:  The Death of Everyone

Invincible vol. 18: The Death of Everyone

August 15, 2013

Robert Kirkman wasn’t kidding.  In issue #100 of the series (chapter four in this collection), everyone dies.  The two issues collected after that in this volume are nothing more than blank pages.  I can’t imagine how he’s been able to sell any issues of the series after this.  Are people just buying it on autopilot now?



Okay, that was terrible.  “The Death of Everyone” doesn’t live up to its title in that regard.  To be honest, those of you expecting a shocking death or dramatic change in the status quo with the anniversary issue may actually come away disappointed.  (It does have one of the all-time great editor’s notes, but I imagine that’ll be small comfort to some.)  That’s not to say that there’s still plenty to appreciate here.


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So I finally got around to seeing “The Wolverine” last weekend…

So I finally got around to seeing “The Wolverine” last weekend…

August 14, 2013

What took so long?  Stuff.  Also the fact that the previews had impressed upon me that the film’s plot would revolve around a bit of false tension that I found completely uninteresting.  Namely the fact that they gave off every indication that the main story would involve Wolverine giving up his healing factor to experience what it was like to be a normal human before killing a whole lot of people in order to get it back.  Basically the plot of “Superman II” only with more killing, and ninjas.  I wasn’t particularly looking forward to a story with such a foregone conclusion, but I went anyway because the reviews were a lot better than the first movie and I’ve seen all the “X-Men” movies so far.  Not the best reasons, but there you go.


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Single issues that are… worth buying?

Single issues that are… worth buying?

August 13, 2013

I went in to Comic-Con (yes, I’m still talking about it -- expect it to keep happening for quite some time) with an agenda for buying certain single issues.  These were the ones that either weren’t collected in the edition I bought the rest of their parent series in, or were going to be collected with stuff I had no interest in reading.  I didn’t get everything I wanted -- it looks like it’ll take some time on Amazon to get the issues of “Hellblazer” I’m missing -- but I got most of it and then some.  So how’d they turn out?


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A “Star Wars” Doubleheader From John Ostrander

A “Star Wars” Doubleheader From John Ostrander

August 12, 2013

I wouldn’t say that Ostrander was singlehandedly responsible for getting me to read “Star Wars” comics again, but the man has produced the best ones I’ve read in recent memory.  As all things must, his time with the franchise seems to be winding down with these two titles.  Though a third volume of “Dawn of the Jedi” is advertised at the end of vol. 2, I have yet to hear similar news for “Agent of the Empire.”  Though I enjoyed both volumes, the division of labor in writing them seems to imply that he’s best at these things when flying solo.


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The Incredible Hulk by Jason Aaron

The Incredible Hulk by Jason Aaron

August 10, 2013

I’ve generally enjoyed everything I’ve read from Aaron, and while “Scalped” is likely the title he will and should be remembered for, the man has also done an admirable job of steering Wolverine and his half of the X-Men over the past few years.  Yet I held off on checking out his run on the Hulk for a couple reasons.  One, the hardcover edition of the first volume was ridiculously overpriced at $35 for seven issues.  Two, I’d heard from friends that it was best described as “uneven.”  So I held off on picking it up until Comic-Con where... well, you can probably do the math at this point.  Long story short, I wound up liking that first volume enough to put it on my Amazon wishlist, and then a friend got it for me as a birthday present.  Based on my cost-per-page investment in these two volumes, I feel I got my money’s worth.  Can I imagine paying the $50 combined cover price for them?  No.  No I cannot.


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Comic Picks #139:  The Killer

Comic Picks #139: The Killer

August 8, 2013

It's a story about a hitman that defies convention in ways that make up for its excesses.

B.P.R.D.:  Hell on Earth vol. 5 — The Pickens County Horror and Others

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth vol. 5 — The Pickens County Horror and Others

August 7, 2013

Is this a good volume of “B.P.R.D.?”  Ask me again after a few more have materialized and I may have a solid answer for you.  As it is, this one feels like it was designed more to set up future stories than tell good ones right now.

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Hawkeye vol. 2:  Little Hits

Hawkeye vol. 2: Little Hits

August 5, 2013

After the first volume was pretty much as good as its hype, I was very much looking forward to getting the same enjoyment out of this one.  Unfortunately that didn’t quite happen here.  While “Hawkeye” remains a solid example of how good a title featuring a B-list hero as its lead has to be in order to survive in this market, its increased focus on the title character’s train wreck of a social life diminishes the overall fun of the experience.

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Prophet vol. 2:  Brothers

Prophet vol. 2: Brothers

August 3, 2013

Finding out whether or not this second volume of Brandon Graham’s re-imagining of the old Rob Liefeld character is for you is easy.  Did you enjoy the concentrated sci-fi weirdness of the first volume?  If you did, then pick this up right away because things only get stranger from here.  Now that Old Man Prophet is awake, he’s scouring the galaxy looking for his old comrades, putting the band (and in one case, one of its members) back together piece by piece.  His journey takes him across insects floating in space, through encounters with alien hosts manipulated by parasites, the clan-wars of lizard people, and through bazaars that contain beings with ominous messages for him.  We also see his crew in their quirky glory as one tries to rebuild his robot body and the human being that once lived inside it, and how one of them deals with the social faux-pas of leaving a certain kind of biological mass in a ship of an ally they’ve come to partner with.

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