Pointless Nonsense

Posted in comics by Bill on October 19, 2012

Some new-ish comics, roughly from best to worst:

Daredevil: End of Days has been talked about for years, billed as a Dark Knight Returns type story about the end of Daredevil’s superhero career, based on Bendis’ excellent run on Daredevil’s main title. For some reason, it took years and years to get this out, and it no longer really fits with what subsequent writers have done with Daredevil and with Kingpin, but other than that quibble, it’s off to a great start.
Ultimate Comics Iron Man is the latest attempt to take Iron Man, one of the standout characters of The Ultimates, and make him work on his own. So far, this one is without blue skinned baby Tony or crazy regeneration or a body full of brain tissue or any of the crazy stuff that has ruined the previous versions, and it’s just about a crazy smart rich guy with cool toys and the first issue is promising.
Uncanny Avengers looks to be the post-Avengers vs. X-Men main Marvel team book, and it gets a big boost from having John Cassaday (Planetary and Astonishing X-Men) drawing it. The opening story was kinda iffy, but it mostly just had to establish the new status quo, and the next few issues will determine whether it really works as a title. It doesn’t really matter for the book at all, there’s an interesting conspiracy theory that this whole thing is an attempt to put the X-Men and Avengers together in fans’ minds to pressure Fox into selling the X-Men movie rights back to Marvel.
Point of Impact is a crime/noir miniseries from Jay Faerber (Noble Causes) that has a really eye-catching cover. The issue itself was ok. Since it’s only four issues I’m sure to read it to completion.
Non-Human reminds me vaguely of Blade Runner, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, and Toy Story, which is a weird combination that could be brilliant. The basic idea is that there’s some kind of condition afflicting kids that causes their toys to come to life. They’re sentient so humans are forced to treat them as people with rights, but they’re viewed as second-class citizens. To stem the tide of new non-human life, they force kids to stay on imagination-limiting drugs. I’d really love to read this in the hands of a better artist, and maybe a writer with more interesting dialogue. But my first attempt at reading something drawn by Whilce Portacio, one of the least notable Image co-founders, is not going well. Everything looks 90s-ish, all the people look vaguely Asian, there are criss-crossy lines all over everything, but then they color over it digitally which is a decidedly non-90s practice, and the combination of the smooth colors and the jagged pencils looks kind of terrible.
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