Pointless Nonsense

Posted in comics by Bill on December 1, 2012

A lot of new-ish comics (because I haven’t done this in a while), roughly from best to worst:

Great Pacific is a series whose concept is not totally clear from the first issue, but it involves a young billionaire who wants to change the world and the giant clump of plastic debris floating in the Pacific. I’m not sure this will be great, but it kinda clicked with me both as a hippie environmentalist and someone who’s always puzzled by rich people who just spend all their time trying to get richer instead of doing cool stuff with their wealth.
The Indestructible Hulk is my first real attempt to read a Hulk comic, which is weird since Jason Aaron, one of my favorite writers, did the last Hulk relaunch of sorts, and it didn’t get me interested enough to bother. But Mark Waid is another very good writer, and with all the Marvel Now relaunch stuff, some of the books I’ve been reading for a while are gone (Bendis’ Avengers stuff, Brubaker’s Cap, etc), which makes it a good time to try new things. And this is a really good first issue, with a solid hook that seems (to a novice Hulk reader) to be a unique approach to the character.
47 Ronin is an adaptation of the very old Japanese story that I really only know from when the bad guy from Moonraker told the story to Robert De Niro in Ronin. It’s a pretty good read so far, largely on the strength of Stan Sakai’s artwork.
Nowhere Men is about a group of scientists who form a company in the ’60s to change the world, and then it flash forwards to today when they appear to be about to do it, but some of them think they shouldn’t. The art, especially the parts in the 60s, is very good. Cool cover, too. nowheremen
Iron Man is one I’m torn on. On the one hand, Kieron Gillen seems to be telling an entertaining and exciting story. On the other hand, notable pornography tracer Greg Land makes this very hard to read. His google image search magic is seriously lacking, because he fails to find facial expressions to match the emotions of the characters. People have giant goofy smiles when they’re trying to act sly, or someone who should be slightly frustrated has a face of blind rage. Plus all the women look alike, every redhead seems to be Pepper Potts, except some of them aren’t. It’s confusing and stupid. With a better artist, this might be one of my favorite books of the whole Marvel Now deal.
Clone is one of those “guy is a clone but doesn’t believe it” things, which sounds kinda boring, but the dialogue is pretty entertaining in spots, which is enough to keep me reading to see where things are going. clone
Captain America is relaunched for like the 8th time, this time by Rick Remender following Ed Brubaker’s long and successful run. A lot of people love Remender, but I haven’t read anything by him that’s clicked with me just yet, including this. It looks to be a crazy sci-fi take on Cap, which I could see being entertaining, but aside from one little bit of dialogue, nothing in the issue seemed particularly good to me at all. cap-1
Freelancers is a book featuring two ass-kicking women in kind of an action movie universe (freelancers, in the comic, are an entire profession of badasses who get hired by the ultra rich to do stuff that requires their particular set of skills). And while I like the basic idea (who doesn’t like a story about ladies kicking ass?), the story kinda fell flat. There was a backup that showed their origin in a kung fu orphanage that was a thousand times better than the main story, but I don’t think that’s going to be a regular feature, so I can’t see myself reading any further. freelancers
Comeback has a relatively novel idea for a story with time travel, which you’d think would instantly make it one of my favorites, but I didn’t enjoy it at all. It concerns a group that, for a very large fee, can go back in time as much as a few months, and save someone from dying. But it looks like to prevent a paradox, they have to preserve the circumstances and make it appear like the person still died. Which is an interesting premise to me, the actual telling of it though, I found dull. comeback
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