Pointless Nonsense

Posted in comics by Bill on November 1, 2011

Some new comics:

Spaceman is a new Vertigo comic from Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, who previously did 100 Bullets. While 100 Bullets had about 50 great issues and 50 increasingly complicated/boring issues, this one is already set to only go 9, which is probably a good idea. It’s not super clear, but it appears to be about a man who was basically grown in a lab to be capable of making the trip to Mars, but set well after his mission is over. He doesn’t fit in well and lives in what looks like a slum, and there’s something about a reality TV show. It’s partly hard to follow because Azzarello invents slang terms for people of the future to use (along the lines of one of my least favorite parts of The Dark Knight Returns, “Batman don’t shiv! Batman balls nasty”). That’s not exactly my favorite thing in the world, but I do like science fiction and the art is basically just like 100 Bullets, but that’s a good thing. I can’t imagine not finishing the 9 issues unless the slang becomes completely incomprehensible.
Near Death is a noir comic from (and this is a weird resume for a noir comic) the writer of Noble Causes (a superhero soap opera) and Dynamo 5 (a teen/young adult superhero team), who is also a staff writer for the CW’s Ringer. But I’ve always liked his writing (even if I don’t like the CW show), and it’s a nice concept: a killer for hire has a near death experience that causes him to re-evaluate his life. But not so much that he stops killing people or anything, because that would be boring.
Xenoholics centers around a support group for people who think they’ve been abducted by aliens. The weird directions the story goes in, the cartoonish art, and the sense of humor makes me think someone at Image is trying to duplicate the success of Chew, but that’s fine because Chew is awesome, and the first issue of Xenoholics is very entertaining.
Stitched is a new series from Garth Ennis, mostly known for shockingly violent/disturbing stuff (like Crossed and Preacher) and war comics. So Stitched just looks like a combination of the two. Some kind of zombie-like things encountered by soldiers in Afghanistan. Anyway, despite (or possibly because of) Ennis’ tendency to go back to the same topics over and over again, I really like his writing, and it’s pretty solid here.
Fear Itself: the Fearless looks like the bridge between the disappointing Fear Itself crossover and the next one (Point One is something, but I don’t know if that’s the next thing), in which Valkyrie tries to find all the hammers left over after (spoiler alert) the evil serpent whatever thing is defeated. They call it “Fear Itself: The Fearless” rather than something involving Valkyrie’s name because nobody gives a shit about Valkyrie, including me.
I read Vescell long enough ago and liked it so little that I’ve basically forgotten everything about it, except it felt like the poor man’s version of Surrogates, which wasn’t that great to begin with.

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