Friday, June 28, 2013
Comic shop comics: June 12-26
—That was nice of Superior Spider-Man (that is, Doctor Octopus-in-Spider-Man's-body), to chip in and help Daredevil out like that.
—It's kinda weird that DD was able to call in so many Avengers to help protect his loved ones, but couldn't have, like, Iron Man and Thor show up to help him take down Ikari though, isn't it?
—Samnee knocked this one out of the park. I mean, he usually does, but he knocked it even further out of the park than usual. I loved the graceful, exacting illustration of the ninja fight scenes, like that panel where Ikari slips his foot behind DD's in order to knock his ass down? Brilliant stuff.
—Literally one hundred barrels containing the toxic ooze that transformed Matt Murdock into Daredevil (and a rat and four pet turtles into Splinter and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!) are in a building that collapses in this story. Imagine how many rats, pigeons, feral cats and cockroaches are gonna mutate now!
—I know Bullseye is supposed to be an evil son of a bitch and all, but man, I kinda feel for the guy at this point. He's essentially the guy from the Metallica "One" video, which used to scare the bejeezus out of me whenever I contemplated the fate of that poor devil SOS-ing "kill me" over and over again with his head on his pillow. Sheesh.
—This would actually be a good place for Waid to take his bow and leave the title. I'm glad he's not though.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the Allreds do the best Doom of anyone since Kirby himself...
There's a few panels where the teens talk to each other in texting abbreviations, which was so irritating I wanted to punch this comic book in its face, except it didn't have a face, because it was a comic book.
The sole redeeming quality was probably when Mo was showing Commodore his collection of superhero paraphernalia, and someone refers to it as "geek stuff," and, in the background, we see a case containing the costume of Brother Power The Geek (or maybe it actually is Brother Power the Geek, given that he's just a mannequin anyway...?). That was kinda funny (Holy shit, you guys! In the New 52, there's no Donna Troy and no Wally West and no Stephanie Brown and no Elongated Man, but there is a Brother Power The Geek!)
I really like the bodies of work produced by Art Baltazar and Franco and Ig Guara, and was planning on sticking this out until the eighth issue or so (when it will almost certainly be canceled), but man, I don't know if I can stick around even that long if the next issue's gonna be much like this one....
And, most importantly, it's told entirely from the perspective of the dog. And it's awesome.
Fraction and Aja use that old Gary Larson gag about what we say to dogs versus what they hear...
Much of the information is conveyed visually, and presented as spider-web like charts of associations the dog has for various characters and/or locations, with little pictograms representing smells and memories of the characters. He walks around, discovers a body, discovers a pizza in the garbage, has a few run-ins with some bad guys, gets in a brutal fight and ultimately endures a big, life-changing event, along with one of the Hawkeyes.
It's a really different, really fun book and, compared to what you usually find in books starring Hawkeye, actually sort of brilliant.
Writer Brian Wood is clearly telling the story more like a novel than a serially-published comic book, and that's a perfectly legitimate way to tell the story. I'll just read it in graphic novel some day, rather than in monthly, 22-page installments.
Well, in this issue regular writer Kieron Gillen and guest artist Kate Brown (who is a hell of an artist, and who I hope will be the guest artist any time regular artists Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton can't draw an issue, tells us what Speed has been up to. He's gotten a ten-minute-a-day job at some sort of super corporation of some kind, assembling super-widgets (a week's worth of work for people who don't move at super-speed. There he befriends former (?) mutant Prodigy, who does some sort of super-consulting customer service, with people calling a hotline and asking him how to defuse alien weapons or fight Elektra or whatever.
In other words, this is a sort of "Meanwhile..." issue in which we check in with a character, and meet another (or check in with two characters, if you already knew who Prodigy was; I did not), and see what a couple of young super-people do when they get jobs.
It's smart and witty, as most of the previous five issues were, and it's incredible well-drawn (with nice, animation cel-like coloring from either Brown herself or maybe the person credited with "production). The ending is kind of confusing, presumably on purpose though, as a mysterious assailant does something mysterious to one of our two protagonists.