I really do love Hickman sometimes
As iffy as All New, Superior, and Defenders were, this was a great week. Cataclysm was a nice wrap up. I loved loved loved loved Coffin Hill. Umbral was solid if a little erratic with its pacing.
Thor God of Thunder and Batman are still the best comics being written. I guess that’s everything unless maybe….
Captain Marvel made me cry. When the little girl said her mom taught her the word ‘intrepid’ I fucking lost it. I don’t want to wait 4 months to have Captain and Ms.
I was not a fan of Ed McGuinness on Hulk. At all. In fact I think his work on Hulk was atrocious. I don’t care that he’s well respected it was garbage. That being said I loved his work in Amazing X-Men. He did a great job with Kurt teleporting everywhere and incorporating it into the fighting. He’s also really restrained when it comes to body proportions in this.
Mighty Avengers would be perfect if not for Greg Land. Greg Land is terrible.
East of West is great. I love the world Hickman’s building.
I think I need to drop Iron Man. I’ve been hanging on because Gillen but it’s really bad. I hated the adoption thing and this city of the future thing ignores so much of Fraction’s run. Also I think the art is bland. I’ve gotta ask if I can drop it even though I’ve already ordered it for December
Mara, Lazarus, and Witching Hour were all great. Mars to Stay was my favorite part of Witching Hour, although Legs by DeConnick and Doyle was solid too. Mara really handled the isolation and disdain for humanity well, although I wasn’t crazy about explorer part.
I want a book about the future world in All New X-Men. Seriously I need that. All New Special was okay. Loved Anka’s art, the story does nothing for me though.
Iron Man and Mighty both had real problems with pacing. They jump around a lot and it just makes it hard to dive in. Also Greg Land is terrible.
Fantomex Max was the atrocious. I’ve never read the Max line before. If you can’t tell a mature story without heads popping off you’re a shitty writer. No surprise the writing is shit. The art is really bad, from how they draw women to fingers looking more like tentacles. It’s just really bad. I’m glad I only ordered the first book and not the next two.
I haven’t put my comics away in a while. Like a month and a half while. Like I had 70 books to put away and I had to do it because the pile was so tall it kept falling over. I didn’t put my old Ms. Marvel away though. Not sure if I want to get #1 framed or not. I mean I want to but I need to order one and I’m lazy
Everything today was good for the most part. Still really liking Infinity. I need to talk about Uncanny X-Men though. This book is both amazing and terrible at the same time.
First let me say that the coloring in it is phenomenal. I’ve been reading books with Bachalo’s art in it since something like 1996, but this is the best coloring for his art I can remember. It’s a little more digital-y but it really works well with his pencils.
At the same time there are so many inconsistencies. And not like over the book but sometimes on the same page. There was a double page spread where Magneto’s helmet goes from on to off to back on to back off to back on. So either Magneto has developed an odd form of OCD or the art was rushed.
I both love and hate how Bendis writes Emma in this. I’m so glad Emma calls out Scott for wanting to help them because it’s Jean Grey, but holy shit the dialogue. I am sort of a Bendis fan but it’s just not the same character. It’s just not.
I’m a huge X-Men fan. Almost half of the books I buy are X-Men titles. But Bendis’ inability to alter his style in the least to suit the characters is just atrocious in these books.
So I’m really glad I’m only getting the Poison Ivy and Riddler issues of Forever Evil because it feels like they’re all really insubstantial stories with some retconned origins mixed in.
Infinity is really bleak and depressing but I do admire the way it establishes the mood. And more than any of the other apocalyptic Marvel events(Age of Ultron, AvX, Fear Itself), it really feels like this is a universe spanning event.
Battle of the Atom is solid. I’m really excited for the Jason Aaron and Brian Wood issues because I feel like they’ll do a better job with the dialogue than Bendis, but the first two are good.
Iron Man is a thing that’s happening.
Superior Spider-Man was very good and it feels like this series is back on track after the lull from issues 12-15. That being said the book had a very foreboding feel to it. And when you have stretch like that in a book about a villain impersonating a hero, it’s noticeable
Comics from today and then the two that didn’t come in 2 weeks ago.
There was a lot of great stuff this week. Captain Marvel was great and Brian Wood’s X-Men continues to blow my mind. FF is fucking amazing and adorable and I want to post things from it now but won’t spoil them.
But there is a message I’d like to share with all comic writers and really writers in general: The next time you want to make an Uncle Tom reference, don’t. Odds are you probably aren’t skilled enough to pull it off tastefully.
So I don’t remember if I posted this but Perez couldn’t finish Infinity Gauntlet so around issue 4 Rob Lim takes over. If I’m remembering right it’s issue 3 that ends with the top splash page and issue 4 starts out with the bottom one. Just a neat to compare them and how they choose to show the exact same scene