Friday, January 04, 2013
Comic shop comics: January 2
This is the conclusion to The Coyote arc, and is packed with some pretty scary imagery by Chris Samnee depicted The Coyote and his animal-like jaws, and a rather messed-up Spot, whose coming and going through is own portals opened in himself and...GAH! A lot of nice drawings of cool shit in this issue, basically.
As or Mark Waid's story, it concludes the conflict, but leaves a lot unresolved, including what exactly the villain's deal is, what become of Spot and who was actually behind all of this, but then, it's left unresolved to be addressed later. There seem to be some pretty big events in Waid's ongoing portrayal of the Foggy/Matt relationship and Matt's way of deal with his mental problems as well. Nice, funny last-page teaser for next issue's team-up (or throw-down?) with (or against?) the new Spider-Man, who I'm going to just keep referring to as Doctor Spider-Man, because I like the sound of that better than Superior Spider-Man.
Everything I said about the previous chapter of "The Redeemer" remains true.
There's more of Kubert's story of Spit, the orphan on a whaling ship, a one-page gag strip and some more of Sam Glanzman's "U.S.S. Stevens" stories and some more of Brian Buniak's "Angel and The Ape."
I say that by way of observation rather than criticism. The exceptionally leisurely pace is one of the virtues of the series, in which Graham heavily concentrates on his world-building, which grows increasingly intricate and imaginative (and, as Sarah Horrocks noted in ComicsAlliance's Stephanie Brown Memorial Awards, puns-based).
That's pretty clever, making for a rather dramatic departure from the various "grown-up" versions of the Superman story, and giving Superman access to his Kryptonian mom in the present (his dad, Jor-El, is represented by his holographic self, programmed into the crystal computers of the Fortress of Solitude, as he has been throughout this series and Tiny Titans, as well as in various movies and comics stories over the years.
In this issue, the Superman Family meets what appears to be an insect associate of Brainiac's, fight some villains which I think are Balatazar-ized versions of New 52 characters from Superman (although I could be totally wrong about that; I haven't read New 52 Superman, and probably won't, as it looks singularly unappealing). And Brainiac's ship heads towards earth, as you can see in the above image.
Oh! And there's also a Kryptonian alphabet key, so, if one so desires, one could translate Kryptonian dialogue and/or write notes to one's friends in Kryptonian. That's pretty cool.