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RUviews: Sh*t You Should(n't) Be Reading

Written by GHERU on Monday, October 24 2011 and posted in Columns

Hello there Internet People, it's been a while but your good buddy, RU, is back to help you with your comics' decision-making process.

Hello there Internet People, it's been a while but your good buddy, RU, is back to help you with your comics' decision-making process.  I hope to be back on a regular basis, but because I've been gone so long I am making this a "Shit You Should / Shouldn't Be Reading" episode with the hopes that normal (semi)-weekly RUviews will resume soon.

(As Before, a text version of the RUviews is available below the video)

First for the crap:

Fear Itself – This is by far the worst Marvel event I can recall.  Yes, Secret Invasion lasted too long and besides Civil War and House of M its impossible to think of any real lasting effects any recent event has had on the Marvel Universe, but at least the worst of those kept me interested in what would, if anything, happen next.  With Fear Itself, I honestly forgot about the event until I got my DCBS email stating my books were shipped.  And, finally, didn't we all know what was going to happen from Marvel's press releases (or whatever they are called) even before this event started?  If you didn't read this pile of boredom, don't bother; you don't really need these 7 comics to understand any of the tie-ins.

iZombie – This book had so much potential from the writer, Chris Robinson, to the artists, Michael Allerd, but it really started to feel flat and repetitive.  After 15 issues, where I stopped, it never really felt as if any story was being told or any character development, which is a real shame, I had very high hopes for this book, especially after the first couple of issues.

X-Men – I survived all of Clermont's returns, Austin, Fraction, and even the middle half of the original X-Force run and until now I have never dropped an X book after I started it, but Victor Gischler is the worst comic book writer employed today.  The only reason I still have X-Men #6 is because I wanted to show the cover here so I can at least say I warned people.  Anyone who has ever watched this before knows I try and be fair, but X-Men #6 made me physically angry and, even if they give him another Deadpool book (G-d help me), I cannot imagine ever reading another Gischler comic.  I don't say this about many things, but if you liked this story, if you enjoy this writer, I really have no use for you as some one I will take comic book recommendations from.  Utter crap.

Now to the good:

Ultimate Fallout – Death of Spider-Man and Ultimate Fallout have my vote for story of the year.  Over the course of 20+ issues, this story line had me tearing up on multiple occasions, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.  Damn good story, damn fine death.

Detective Comics – If you didn't read the last eleven issues of Detective Comics you missed out on the best Detective run in a long time.  Scott Snyder, friend of the show, and Jock gave the long running book a great send off with a touching scene at the end of 881 between Dick and Gordon.  I know that a hardcover of all 11 issues is out soon and I am more than happy to double dip.

The Li'l Depressed Boy – This book is why I get Previews Magazine.  If I hadn't seen it listed there I don't know if I ever would have known it exists.  Do not let the title fool you, this is not an 'emo' book and can barely be called a 'hipster' book.  This is a about how many of us felt in our early to mid 20s (and even past that) when we know we should start acting like adults but still crave the innocence of youth.  DP's look (something like the Sock Boy from Little Big Planet) is never referenced in the comic itself and seems to be a representation of how he thinks he looks rather than how he actually does.  This is by far the best and most surprising #1 I have bought in a long time.  Find the trades, find the single issues, I don't care - if you are looking for a good non-super-hero, non-violent, PG book then Li'l Depressed Boy is what you are looking for.

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