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RUviews - Season 2 Episode 9

Written by GHERU on Monday, May 10 2010 and posted in Podcasts

With a short stack this week, RU adds two trades into the mix

Brightest Day #1, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1, Amazing Spider-Man #630, Astro City: The Dark Age, Book Four #4, I Zombie #1, Essential: The Man Called Nova, and The Losers Vol. 3: Trifecta

as usual, text RUViews are below

Brightest Day #1 – It was pointed out to me that I may have been a bit to harsh on Brightest Day #0 calling it, and I quote, the “continuation of DC's and Geoff Johns’ mutual masturbation of the Silver Age.” I stand by the fact that it seems that all DC wants to do right now is re-hash the silver age, but maybe #0 wasn’t as annoying as I made it out to be, but after reading #1 I have a feeling that this book is not for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of Deadman being alive, but the rest of the characters do nothing for me and I barely understand half of their back-stories. DC fans, I hope this book does well and tells you a good story, but I will not be reading it.

Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1 – Normally, Weapon X not withstanding, Jason Aaron on a Wolverine book is full of win, and this book is no exception.  Aaron’s writing is a brilliant combination of heart and wit, the dialogue between Pete and Logan is spot on as is the banter.  Add to that for the first time in a long time Adam Kubert’s art was perfect, for this story.  This book was a pleasant surprise that made me laugh out loud more than once.

Amazing Spider-Man #630 – the only thing I have to say about this issue is that Bachalo’s art continues to astound me.  10 years ago I hated what he was doing in Generation X, but since then either my tastes have changed and/or his style matured.

Astro City: The Dark Age, Book Four #4 – I am so glad this story is done.  The Dark Age started in 2005 and was only 16 comic books.  Not only did it take too long to finish, but also it felt that long.  This is the first Astro City story that I have ever disliked, but I disliked it to the point that if the upcoming Silver Agent 2 parter does not impress me, I may have to drop it all together.

I, Zombie #1 – Chris Roberson, the writer of the wonderful Cinderella mini, is quickly becoming a must read writer for me.  I, Zombie was exactly what I wanted it to be, a real world zombie, Ghost, Were-Dog, Monster Hunting book that feels light hearted and where the characters are likable.  The art is by Allred, so we know what to expect there, and his style works very well in this setting, even if the main character looks just like Deadgirl.  Go to your shop and pick this up, its only $1, what can you loose?

Essential: The Man Called Nova – Any one who has watched any of my trade specials knows that I love the Essentials.  25 comic book for ~$15, awesome.  Furthermore, The New Warriors was one of the first non-X books that I ever started collecting, so when I saw that this existed it was a no brainer for me.  Let me say this, Nova ran from 1976-1979 and the writing is from that era, meaning lots of exposition and repetition.  Even with that, this was an enjoyable read, and it made many points of Nova and the Sphinx’s past make more sense.  My only major complaint is that even though this collets all 25 issues of that comic book the collection ends with “To be Continued…” in the Fantastic Four, meaning that I still don’t know what happened at the end of Nova in the 70s until New Warriors #1.

The Losers Vol. 3: Trifecta – If you were like me and too wrapped up in other crap to give this book a shot when it was out you really need to pick up these trades.  Andy Diggle may not have been a good choice for the Thunderbolts, but hell if The Losers isn’t a testosterone ride of awesomeness.


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About the Author - GHERU

RU, or as he’s known in the writers’ room: the cute one, is relatively unappreciated in his time.  RU’s YouTube show, RUviews is watched by literally multiple people every month and his Outhouse articles have helped line many a bird cage.  Before you send RU a message, he knows that there are misspelled words in this article, and probably in this bio he was asked to write.  RU wants everyone to know that after 25+ years of collecting he still loves comic books and can’t believe how seriously fanboys take them.  RU lives in Akron Ohio (unfortunately) with WIFE, ‘lilRuRu, and the @DogGodThor.  You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, & even Google+ (if anyone still uses that).


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