Sorry I’ve been so absent from this thread. I had some real life stuff that was taking away my ability to post as much as I like. Anyways here’s what I’ve been reading these last couple weeks.
- Mister Miracle is a treat and issue 7 might be my favorite. Less obvious metaphor, more Scott and Barda life goings-on please.
- The new arc in New Super-Man and the Justice League of China is excellent! The origin of the Aquaman of North Korea provides a strange new wrinkle on a familiar concept. Kong Kenan continues to find new and interesting ways to be a knucklehead and I love him. This issue shows Gene Luen Yang upping his game and tackling subjects most other Big 2 writers wouldn’t dare touch.
- The Flash went from dull to cool to annoying in about 4 issues, so that sucks. Williamson is falling into the same trap the New 52 writers did by focusing so much on Speed Force Lore, which is almost always dull as dirt. He seemed most at home writing Wally West’s return to Central City in Flash Annual #1. That book was pure a joy to read, and the main book pales in comparison.
- Honestly I’ll gladly take Bendis after this atrocious Action Comics run from Dan Jurgens. It was Jurgens retreading his 90s work to a fault and writing the most boring Lois Lane I’ve read in a while.
- Don’t read Wonder Woman right now. It stinks! James Robinson is clearly more interested in Wonder Woman’s long-lost brother (yuck) and a boring New Gods plot (which has been spinning its wheels since Geoff Johns introduced it) than writing about Diana. Read Liam Sharp’s The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman instead. It does not stink! Wonder Woman and Batman dealing with Celtic mythology! Steve Trevor is best boy!
- I finally started catching up on East of West and I think I’m bought in now. It had kind of lost me by the end of the first volume, but the introduction of The Prince and Death’s quest are compelling enough reasons to stick with it.
- I read through Grant Morrison and Chris Weston’s The Filth recently and it’s probably my least favorite work of his. It felt like he was trying to flex his gross-out muscles like Garth Ennis or Mark Millar, but the whole thing just came off as edgy and crass for no good reason. It’s filled with the same kind of out-there psychedelia one can find in his more prominent works, but it’s only used to explain why someone is getting killed by a giant sperm. I understand the underlying themes of beating negativity and expanding your horizons, but I feel like those subjects were explored much more succinctly in Flex Mentallo and The Invisibles.
- Shade the Changing Girl/Woman is a great book and I am so glad it exists. It is pure, mad delight.
- I also read The Adventures of Captain America collection by Fabian Nicieza, Karl Kesel, Kevin Maguire, Kevin West, and Steve Carr. It collects a 90’s retelling of Cap’s origin story which was one of the inspirations for Captain America: The First Avenger. Kevin Maguire’s exquisite use of form, expression, and composition are on full display in this book. It’s only a buck right now on Comixology so I definitely recommend picking it up if you like classic two-fisted superhero shenanigans.
Next on my catch-up list is the new Doom Patrol and then Milk Wars once that’s collected.