Pointless Nonsense

Posted in comics by Bill on September 30, 2013

New-ish comics, roughly best to worst:

Sex Criminals (linked preview might be NSFW, I’m writing this at work so I didn’t even let it load) is the obviously not-for-kids comic from Hawkeye writer Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky, which tells the story of a girl who discovers that she gets special powers after having an orgasm. And then, I think, tries to use those powers to rob a bank to save a library. The first issue is quite funny and the story is promising. sexcriminals
Rat Queens is a fantasy/comedy/something, about a group of women in a LotR/D&D type world who adventure together. It’s pretty similar to the series Skullkickers, which I also like a lot. But it’s a lot more R-rated with the language. And there are other adventuring groups that kind of remind me of The Warriors since they are sort of themed. It’s a fun first issue, looking forward to more. ratqueens
March is an autobiographical comic by Rep. John Lewis, civil rights activist/congressman from Atlanta/frequent Colbert guest. Pretty interesting read. Also reminds me that I still haven’t finished my uncle’s book on the Freedom Riders. march
God Is Dead is Jonathan Hickman’s provocatively titled new series for Avatar, the people who mostly publish porn and gore. I had really high hopes for this, even though, as usual for creators I really like, I went in with no idea what it was about. Turns out it’s about gods of polytheistic religions (Greek, Norse, Aztec, etc) coming back to earth and being pissed that they aren’t being worshiped like they used to be. It’s fine, and there are some interesting ideas in there so I’ll keep reading, but for some reason I was expecting more. godisdead
Mighty Avengers is basically a team of black heroes. Luke Cage and Monica Rambeau are the main draws. There’s also a super secret member who hasn’t been revealed yet. And OckSpidey (Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man’s body, because comics) seems to be around though I don’t know if he’s a permanent fixture. I was worried about this because the artist is notoriously terrible (and the art is very bad) and it’s easy to screw up a team of black heroes. But the writing was pretty solid. Enough to overcome Greg Land’s porn-tracing same-facing ways and make it a pretty solid first issue. mightyavengers
Trial of the Punisher is a new Punisher series (or I assume it’s a miniseries but I don’t really know) where Frank Castle is actually put on trial for his crimes. While he’s done a lot of prison time, I think this is the first time a Punisher comic has actually shown him in court (as a defendant, anyway, I feel like he might have already busted into a court and shot a corrupt judge or DA). It’s off to an ok start, and I’m glad there’s a Punisher series of some sort going again. trialofthepunisher

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