So... Um... This was a book. And I read it. I'm kind of tempted to stop there, because this was just so damn weird, but I'm going to try to write someSo... Um... This was a book. And I read it. I'm kind of tempted to stop there, because this was just so damn weird, but I'm going to try to write something that will pass for a review. I won't bother to summarize the premise, because it's literally all there in the title and there's nothing unexpected about the plot. It reads basically like a standard Archie comic, except that there's suddenly and unexpectedly a Predator running around killing basically everyone in a surprisingly graphic and bloody way. The violence is all the more surprising because it is done in the Archie house style. If you ever wanted to see an Archie character that you find particularly annoying eviscerated, this is likely the book for you, because almost nobody makes it out of this book alive.
Here's the thing: I have precious little prior experience wit either Archie or Predator, so I don't really have a vested interest either way. I read this out of morbid fascination, and morbid fascination was exactly what I got out of it. I have it on good authority, from a friend who is a big Archie fan, that the characters basically act like they should be expected to, and that it really does read like a regular Archie book with a lot more entrails. Ok, so there's that.
I might have rated this a little lower, but it is a sort of B movie fun. And there's a truly unexpected twist as the end, and it's always nice when a book takes me by surprise in a good way. It's still weird, but it's enthusiastically so, and I kind of admire that. ...more
It's a bit more than just decent, but it doesn't quite live up to the very high standards set by Ellis and Wood when they had their turns with the chaIt's a bit more than just decent, but it doesn't quite live up to the very high standards set by Ellis and Wood when they had their turns with the character. Bunn keeps the character of Moon Knight close to what had been established in previous issues, so that much at least hasn't changed. This time around, we have a series of short stories that aren't really related, though the later issues all have a common theme: Khonshu is not Marc's friend, and is not to be trusted. It is a disquieting notion, that a god can be equally responsible for a hero and a villain, one that's underlined most effectively in the Bogeyman issue. That could be enough to sustain an entire collection, but there's just something missing here. Yes, there are some really good scenes, but there are also a few that are mediocre at best. Overall, it isn't a bad effort, and it was worth reading, but I wouldn't call it essential. If you only read the first two volumes of Moon Knight, that wouldn't be a terrible life choice....more
I've loved Injustice under Tom Taylor, so I was both excited to get approved for this new volume and a little app(Received from Netgalley for review.)
I've loved Injustice under Tom Taylor, so I was both excited to get approved for this new volume and a little apprehensive. How would Buccellatio do in his first few issues? These are pretty big shoes to fill, in my opinion. And, as it turned out, he did a pretty good job. He starts fairly strong, by resolving a plot thread that Taylor left dangling in a truly unexpected way. The middle does get a little bogged down, and slows the pace considerably, but he makes up for it with a strong ending. This whole year of Injustice has been very heavy on mysticism. I'm not sure if that's entirely out of the way now, but I think it will definitely be less in the foreground than it has been. Constantine was really the story of year three, and he exits the book at the end in a way that feels absolutely right for the character.
There are two bonus short stories at the end, set earlier in the series. One fleshes out Constantine's plan and explains where Dr. Occult has been. The other answers the question of what happened with the Teen Titans, who have been largely absent from the action to this point. It is nice to have the world fleshed out a bit more, and I wouldn't have wanted to read the Dr. Occult story any earlier than it was presented in this book. The Teen Titans one, though, is from the very beginning of the Injustice story, and I would have been much happier reading it or something like it sooner. It kind of feels like an afterthought tacked on at the end, even though it is a decent story.
I think Buccallatio could do a good job on this series, and I'm more than willing to give him a few more books to see what I think. Injustice is still one of my favorite ongoing titles in DC's roster....more
Two really good Astro City stories. The first explores the relationship between Quarrel and Crackerjack, two characters who have been floating aroundTwo really good Astro City stories. The first explores the relationship between Quarrel and Crackerjack, two characters who have been floating around Astro City for a long time. They're both "normal" heroes with no powers, and they're aging. The entire story revolves around how they age and how they deal with it. If all you know is being a hero, what do you do when you can't be a hero anymore? One of them deals with that knowledge significantly better than the other, and neither of them deal with normal human relationships very well.
The second story is about Sticks, a talking gorilla who really just wants to be a drummer. This is exactly the sort of story that made me fall in love with Astro City, the push and pull between a normal life and a life with superpowers. I love Sticks, and I love how the story was resolved. And, as always, uniformly good art throughout. ...more
This was actually a really pleasant surprise. I requested this book basically on a whim, because it was so differ(Received from Netgalley for review.)
This was actually a really pleasant surprise. I requested this book basically on a whim, because it was so different from the majority of DC's offerings, and because I was curious to see what Russell would do with a mostly forgotten character. I can't say that I had any expectations, but if I had, this book would have easily surpassed them.
I'm not familiar with the original version of Prez, only with the one that guested in an issue of Sandman, so I don't really have a basis of comparison. That's ok, because this Prez absolutely stands on its own merits. The premise: in a day-after-tomorrow future America, teenagers can become president and anyone can vote on social media. This doesn't directly lead to viral video "star" Beth Ross getting elected, but it certainly helps. Rank corruption is what actually hands her the win, and it's incredibly satisfying to watch play out. This is bitter, often biting political satire, and it will definitely strike a chord with a lot of readers.
But political satire on its own isn't enough to make a full story. What really pushed this one over the top for me was the character of Beth herself. She's instantly, incredibly likable. It's heartening to watch her tackle the job of president, and it's satisfying that she doesn't win on every front all the time. There's also a host of minor characters on the outskirts of the story who have interesting lives of their own. I really, really hope that there's more issues coming, because I feel like there's so much more that could be done with this book, and I feel like Russell has plenty of ideas left.
And I have to say how much I love Caldwell's art. It suits the book, and there's a lot of life and variety in his characters. Sure, I've seen better, but somehow this art is just right for this book, and isn't that what really matters?
After a long series of disappointments from DC, it was so, so nice to finally get a really good book from them. This is something that they should be proud of, and I hope they are. No, it isn't a modern masterpiece, but it's a damn good book that's entirely unlike the vast majority of what they're offering. Well done....more
After reading both volumes of Grayson, I'd venture to say that the one problem with this book is, in actual point(Received from Netgalley for review)
After reading both volumes of Grayson, I'd venture to say that the one problem with this book is, in actual point of fact, the title character. Because if you can ignore that this is meant to be Dick Grayson, formerly Robin and Nightwing, and treat him as an entirely new character, then this is a decent spy book. Making the main character Dick just brings in a whole host of issues, including that Dick just isn't suited to be an undercover spy who will be expected to kill for long periods of time. And this is evidently meant to be an open ended investigation. It's an incredible stretch for me to believe that he'd be able to evade suspicion for even a few weeks, much less for as long as he has.
That's not to say that, once stripped of the paper thin Batman tie in, it's a great book. Midnighter just keeps showing up, which I was not thrilled with. Nothing against the character in general, but is pitting him as Grayson's antagonist really what DC wants to do with this character? Because there's very little done to develop him, so there's nothing to really distinguish him from Random Smartass #3. I guess this was being used as the launching point for his own book, but it doesn't help this one.
Now, the first issue in here, the desert story, is actually really good. It's easily the best thing in the book. Unfortunately, the momentum kind of peters out from there. Again, not bad, just ok. Honestly, it feels like the whole series is just treading water, because this has finite written all over it and there obviously has to be some kind of end in mind. But this just felt like stretching out the series to stretch it out, not that there was something actively being worked towards. I don't know, maybe it's just going over my head, but I don't feel like we're going anywhere. ...more
So much fun. I love Squirrel Girl, simply because she's never meant to be taken seriously and is still so endearingly earnest anyways. It's wonderfullSo much fun. I love Squirrel Girl, simply because she's never meant to be taken seriously and is still so endearingly earnest anyways. It's wonderfully silly, even while the events in the book are being taken seriously by the characters in the book. This is a book that I think my niece would really get a kick out of, and I can enjoy it, too, so win-win. Actually, I think that this would probably be a favorite comic of the Lumberjanes cast, which is a really wonderful thing. Squirrel Girl isn't quite like any other book that I can think of that's currently being published by the Big Two, and that's a wonderful thing, too....more
Three short stories, each starring one of the new Big Three, showing some of their lives before the movie. Yes, it's a YA take, but I'm so deeply in lThree short stories, each starring one of the new Big Three, showing some of their lives before the movie. Yes, it's a YA take, but I'm so deeply in love with all three of these characters that I was just happy to see more of them. As far as the quality of the actual stories themselves go, they're all fairly good. I think Poe's was probably the more interesting me, because I love X-Wing pilots so, so much, and because it does shed a bit more light on the relationship between the First Order, the Republic, and the Resistance prior to the movie. I did also like seeing Finn as a stormtrooper, and seeing that he actually was born with a conscience, and Rey's story ended up being more emotionally draining than I had expected it to be. Other, more critical readers will probably find many more faults than I did, but I'm probably not capable of being too critical when it comes to my new cherished characters. I mean, Rey, Finn, and Poe are all three in my top ten favorite characters of all time list. Just give me more, keep it in character, and I'll be satisfied....more