Spoilers abound in this week's stack: Avengers, Morning Glories, Spaced, Who Is Jake Ellis?, Deadpool, and G.I. Joe: Real American Hero
Hello there Internet People, it's your good buddy, RU, sorry I missed last week, but for the life of me I can't remember any book I read last week, so lets just say it was a week of fail and be done with it.
(As usual, a text version of the RUviews is available below the video)
Two out of the three books this week I classify as "bad" aren't really all that horrible per-se, but rather they were either pretty sub par for that book or my fault for continuing to buy, read, and collect.
Avengers #19 – Last episode I commented on how I felt that Bendis was treading water with his recent issues of Moon Knight and Brilliant, this week Avengers maintained that status quo. The plot itself wasn't too bad, and I like the addition of Storm to the team, I enjoyed the modern media take on a new Avengers line-up, and I really like the relationship between Hawkeye and Spider-Woman. The problem with this book isn't the story, it's the, seemingly, lazy way it was told. Even with all the things I liked about the book it just felt as Bendis phoned it in. I don't doubt that trying to follow-up from Fear Itself is difficult, but I can usually count on Bendis to make something out of crap, but the last two issues of Avengers have been the exception to that rule. Stories that otherwise would have been interesting felt bland, and in regards to the return of Vision, hokey. On top of that, and I know that I am in the minority on this, Acuña's art does nothing for me, its more of a distraction then a complementation to the story.
Morning Glories #14 – This is more my fault than the book's. I can't be mad at the 14th issue of a book for having no plot progression when the previous 13 books have barely moved us past the first day of school. Seriously, can anyone tell what this book is about or anything that is going on? I'm all for a slow burning mystery, but after almost a year and a half there should be clues to help the reader solve the mystery. Instead I have 14 issues of a book whose story Bendis would have told in 7 issues...BENDIS, the guy who took six issues to kill Uncle Ben. Why am I still reading this book? I think its because I am waiting for something, anything, to happen. Crap.
Spaceman #1 – I know that I am late to the game on this one, and I wish I had never picked it up. I do like that Vertigo's #1s are only a dollar, but I think I was ripped off. Azzarello has written one good series and one good graphic novel, 100 Bullets and Joker – no, wait, I take that back, Cage was pretty bitchin' – and Spaced did nothing to improve that average. Unlike 100 Bullets, no part of the weird mystery the story implies was interesting enough for me to want to get issue #2 or even look for the first trade cheap on Amazon. Spaced was uninterestingly absurd and rather ugly. I loved Risso on 100 Bullets, but something was off with his art here and I have no idea what it was. Absolutely nothing about this comic was worth a dollar, avoid at all cost.
As for the highlights of my stack this week, we have a rare appearance of a trade in a non-trade special and two books that bring the fun back to the funny books (yes, I am mad at myself for that).
Who is Jake Ellis? vol. 1 – The best way I can describe this book is that it is a crime noir cross between the Bourne movies (I never read the books so I don't know about the accuracy of the adaptations) and Fight Club. The general plot is that a world renowned assassin, Jon Moore, has an imaginary friend that only he can see, Jake Ellis, who knows things that Moore could not know and who helps Moore keep one step ahead of the authorities and shadow organizations who are hunting him. The structure of the story is such that if I say anything else I may ruin the book for you, but I wills say this: The writer, Nathan Edmonson, does a fantastic job of ending this limited series in such a way that if this is it I am more that satisfied with the tale he told but there is also enough room for more stories to be told in this universe, and I would pre-order the 2nd trade as soon as the first issue is out. Seek this out, buy it, and read it.
Deadpool #46 – I know that a lot of people are down on Daniel Way and especially his Deadpool, and I say this as someone whose been a fan of Deadpool since the early days of X-Force, I really don't know why. Every writer who has tackled the character has put their own spin on Wade, including Kelly, Fabian, Simone, Terri, and now Way, but it only seems like Way gets grief for changing things up. All that's neither here nor there, for the last 46 issues Way has managed to make me laugh out loud at least once while telling a story that moves forward without relying on lame punch lines (see rant on Victor Gishler for my thoughts on this method). Wade's reaction to Evilpool (but together from all the pieces of himself that he's left all over the world) is classic, but what really made this book was the set up for issue #47: Captain America vs. Deadpool (again, if you've read Kelly's run) and I can't wait to see how Deadpool explains Evilpool to Captain America.
G.I. Joe: Real American Hero #172 – This book is too much awesomeness for its own good. Month after month, Larry Hama tells more of a story, with more character depth, and more plot lines than any super-hero book I can think of. Since IDW brought it back, this is a continuation of the 1980's series, with issue 156 G.I. Joe: RAM has quickly made its way to the top of my pull list. I've even gone back and started read all the Classic G.I. Joe trades IDW has put out (12 so far, with the 13th due in January) and I am shocked at how good that comic was. I'm glad I didn't read it in the 80s because I don't think I would have understood all the nuances of the comic. Basically, G.I. Joe, whether it is the classics in trade or new issues, is the shit and if I had only 5 books to get a month, this would be one of them. If you haven't read the new series yet pick it up and have some fun.
That's it for this week; I know that some people have asked me about the DC re-launch and why I haven't reviewed any of the new books yet. Next week I'll talk more about NuDC with this week's Batman, by friend of the show Scott Snyder, and the third issue of The Flash. For now I'll say that so far I have really liked the re-launch and my only real complaint would be that it's a soft re-launch, with Batman and Green Lantern's backstory staying mostly the same. I think it would have been better if the whole universe had restarted from scratch, like they did after CoIE, but started the stories 5 years in and filled in the new back stories over the first year or two. All that being said, I read Batman, Flash, and Justice League Dark monthly and I'm trade waiting All-Star Western and Demon Knights.
Also, I'd like to remind you about the upcoming Holiday and the Clone Saga Specials I should be filming soon. Till then, later peeps.
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