Pointless Nonsense

Posted in comics by Bill on May 1, 2012

Three new comics and one old, roughly from best to worst:

The Massive is some kind of environmental catastrophe comic by Brian Wood. They released an Earth Day digital preview thing for free, which didn’t give a tremendous idea of what the series was about, but it did show Kristian Donaldson’s artwork, which is excellent, and give the general idea that it has something to do with a group of environmentalists in a world more polluted than our own (I hope).
AvX: Versus is a miniseries that stretches out the fight scenes from Avengers vs. X-Men. This sounds like a terrible idea, but the first issue was actually entertaining as hell. It’s just jokes and fight scenes and nothing else. Which I’m ok with.
Secret Service is another new Mark Millar comic, this one drawn by Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame and co-plotted by Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn. The introductory sequence is absolutely great. Everything after that, the actual plot going forward, is pretty dull. The concept seems to be a chav punk joining the Secret Service (as in Her Majesty’s, not the guys that protect the President). I’m hoping it picks up.
The Incal is a French SciFi comic by Alejandro Jodorowsky and the recently deceased Moebius. Almost all the attention to Moebius’ death I saw was from Bleeding Cool, which has images removed from his RSS feed, and I never bothered to click through. So I mistakenly had the impression that the one Silver Surfer image from the Joe Satriani cover and this image were all I knew of his work. But it turns out it’s just the Silver Surfer image, the other one was another French guy named François Schuiten. Anyway, Moebius’ work is quite impressive. Lots of the city and spaceship designs were genuinely awe-inspiring. But I hated the comic. It was like David Lynch did an adaptation of Mickey Spillane doing an adaptation of The Fifth Element. Just a weird tone, no rhythm to the storytelling, and lots of general bizarreness. Maybe something was lost in translation, or maybe it’s just not for me.

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