Pointless Nonsense

Posted in comics by Bill on June 20, 2013

Old and new comics, roughly best-to-worst:

Wild Blue Yonder was apparently a kickstarter, but I don’t remember hearing a thing about it. But it’s basically Tale Spin, but for adults and with regular people instead of talking animals. Air fortresses and jetpacks and stuff. There’s not much story at this point, they basically just gave us a POV character and introduced the good guys and the bad guys. But… air fortresses and jetpacks and stuff are really cool. wby
X-Men is a new series which features some of the women of the X-Men: Kitty Pryde, Storm, Psylocke, Rogue, Jubilee, and Rachel Grey. I’m still not particularly well versed in X-Men, but I do like most of these characters, and it’s written by Brian Wood and I tend to like his stuff. And I liked the first issue, even though it’s based around an X-Men villain I didn’t know (Sublime, a “sentient bacteria”). x-men1
The Wake appears to be about some sort of sea monster, but the first issue doesn’t reveal a lot. It mostly did character introductions, but the general vibe of spooky science fiction definitely intrigued me. That it’s being written by Scott Snyder (Batman) and Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus), both of whom I tend to like, only has me more interested. thewake
Hulk: Gray is part of a series of miniseries(Spider-Man: Blue, Daredevil: Yellow) by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale exploring the tragic pasts of various marvel characters (there’s one issue of Captain America: White that came out years ago, but no progress on the rest of it). It’s nothing special, story-wise, it just re-tells the Hulk’s origins and steals the traditional dynamic between Banner/Hulk and the Rosses, but Tim Sale is a great artist so it’s entirely readable. But Spider-Man: Blue and DD:Yellow were both better. hulkgray
Power Girl had a series a couple years ago, the first 12 issues of which were drawn by Amanda Conner. I’ve always really enjoyed her art but haven’t read much from her (The Pro is terrific, Two-Step, despite being written by Warren Ellis, was not my style). So I decided to check out this series, even though the T&A (with a very capital T) aspect of Power Girl has never interested me. And they do make plenty of references to the fact that she has a sizable rack, which is fairly tiresome, but overall it was a good read. Conner’s knack for facial expressions makes the non-superhero scenes at work or with friends much more entertaining than the writing otherwise would have made it. pg
Daredevil: Dark Nights is a second Daredevil series, which seems like a bad idea because not many characters can sustain two titles at once. But he is one of my favorites, and the first issue kicks off a nice enogh story, so I’ll be following it. dd-darknights
Six-Gun Gorilla I just read because of the title, cover, and Si Spurrier (of the excellent/messed up Crossed: Wish You Were Here webcomic) writing it. I assumed it would be ridiculous over-the-top action, because… Six-Gun Gorilla. But the first issue is actually more concerned with commentary on war and media and things. Which is not at all what I expected. But there is a gorilla with a six-gun. I dunno. I’m curious to see where it’s going. sixgungorilla

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  1. joseph jeong said, on June 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    In the Loeb & Sale partnership, it’s definitely Sale that’s carrying Loeb. I really enjoyed Spiderman: Blue, it had a lot more to do with the art than the writing. I assume you’ve read his Solo series.

    • Bill said, on June 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Solo was the anthology where a different artist did every issue, wasn’t it? Pretty sure I read the Tim Sale one, and I know I read the Darwyn Cooke issue, because that was a weird Slam Bradley thing.

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