Sunday, December 2, 2012

COMICS READING FOR NOVEMBER: “Summer daze"

* NOW WITH STAR RATINGS (ala Wrestling Observer Newsletter PPV reports) *

HOW I RATE THE COMICS VIA THE ALAN MOORE SCALE
*****    Watchmen, Marvelman, V For Vendetta
****       From Hell, Supreme, Swamp Thing, Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?
***         League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the first two series), Axel Pressbutton, Tom Strong
**           Promethea
*              LoEG: Century: 1969
DUD  (or lower)     anything he’s written for Avatar or any of the non-comics drivel he shits out on a regular basis
 

1.-8. Black Summer (Avatar, 2008) ****¼
- originally published in Black Summer #0-7 (Avatar, 2007)
Writer: Warren Ellis/Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
I ENJOY most anything Ellis writes, but this bloody take on superhero responsibility and absolute power corrupting absolutely, was pretty damn good. Ellis posed the question: If you were practically a god and you found out the US President was breaking the law, what would you do? The answer was as violent as you'd expect from Ellis. Ryp's artwork was as detailed and gory as ever.

9.-27. The Pulse: Thin Air (Mqrvel, 2004) ***¾
- originally published in The Pulse #1-5 (Marvel, 2004)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis/Artists: Mark Bagley & Scott Hanna (interior); Mike Mayhew (covers)

The Pulse: Secret War (Mqrvel, 2005) ***¾
- originally published in The Pulse #6-9 (Marvel, 2004-05)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis/Artists: Brent Anderson & Michael Lark w/- Stefano Guadiano (interior); Mike Mayhew (covers)
The Pulse #10-14 (Marvel, 2005-06) ***¾  (except #10, *** and #14, ****)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis/Artists: Michael Lark w/- Stefano Guadiano (interior for #10), Michael Gaydos (interior for #11-14); Mike Mayhew (covers)
An underrated, cut-down-in-its-prime series, but that’s just because I loved the Jessica Jones/Luke Cage relationship so much – fuck you, Marvel, for splitting them up, by the way.

28. Giant-Size Sidekick #1 (from Comic Heroes #14, 2012) ***½
Writers/artists: various
I’ve got half the comics previewed in this issue, but it’s still a worthy anthology, inspiring readers to check out some non-Big Two titles.
29. Comic Heroes Presents: Judge Dredd (from Comic Heroes #14, 2012) ***½
Writer: John Wagner/ Artist: Kev Walker (Mutie Block)
Writer: Rob Williams/Artist: Dylan Teague (Meat)
30. Before Watchmen: Moloch #1 (DC, 2012) ***¼
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski/Artist: Eduardo Risso
31. Fashion Beast #3 (Avatar, 2012) ****
Writers: Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren and Antony Johnston/Artist: Facundo Percio
32. Hit-Girl #4 (Icon, 2012) ***¾
Writer: Mark Millar/Artist: John Romita Jr
33. Happy! #2 (Image, 2012) ***¾
Writer: Grant Morrison/Artist: Darick Robertson
34. Idolized #3 (Aspen, 2012) ***¾
Writer: David Schwartz/Artist: Pasquale Qualano 
35. Batman Inc. #5 (DC, 2012) ***½
Writer: Grant Morrison/Artist: Chris Burnham
I still have no idea what the fuck is going on, but I’m loving every minute of it.

36. The Creep #3 (Dark Horse, 2012) ***
Writer: John Arcudi/Artist: Jonathan Case
37. The Victories (Dark Horse, 2012) ***
Writer/artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Apparently, child abuse is the new black in comics.

38. Punk Rock Jesus #5 (Vertigo, 2012) ***¾
Writer/artist: Sean Murphy
39. Fatale #9 (Image, 2012) ***¾
Writer: Ed Brubaker/Artist: Sean Phillips
40. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm (Dark Horse, 2012) ***¾
Writer/artist: Richard Corben
41. Halloween ComicFest 2012: Johnny Boo & Harold in Tricky Treaters (Top Shelf, 2012) ***
Writer/artist: James Kochalka (Johnny Boo); Jess Smart Smiley (Harold)
42.-43. Mind MGMT #0, #6 (Dark Horse, 2012) ****
Writer/artist: Matt Kindt
44.-45. Extermination #5-6 (BOOM!, 2012) ***½
Writer: Simon Spurrier/Artist: V. Ken Marion
46. The Hypernaturals (BOOM!, 2012) ****
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning/Artists: Tom Derenick & Andres Guinaldo
47. Criminal Macabre: They Fight By Night (Dark Horse, 2012) ***¼
- originally published in Dark Horse Presents #10-13 (Dark Horse, 2012)
Writer: Steve Niles/Artists: Christopher Mitten (interior), Fiona Staples (cover)   
48.-49. Bedlam #1-2 (Image, 2012) ****
Writer: Nick Spencer/Artists: Riley Rossmo (interiors), Frazer Irving (covers)
Holy shit! This is one nasty series.
50. Buffy The Vampire Slayer season 9 #15 (Dark Horse, 2012) ***¼
Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg/Artists: Karl Moline & Ben Dewey, Andy Owens (interior), Phil Noto (cover)
51.-52. Spike: A Dark Place #3-4 (Dark Horse, 2012) ***¼
Writer: Victor Gischler/Artists: Paul Lee & Andy Owens (Interior), Jenny Frison (cover)
53. Angel & Faith #15 (Dark Horse, 2012) ***½
Writer: Christos Gage/Artists: Lee Garbett, Derek Fridolfs & David Lapham (interior), Steve Morris (cover)
54. Willow: Wonderland #1 (Dark Horse, 2012) ***¼
Writer: Jeff Parker/Artists: Brian Ching (interior), David Mack (cover)
55.-56. Revival #4-5 (Image, 2012) ****
Writer: Tim Seeley/Artist: Mike Norton (interior), Jenny Frison (cover)
57. Nowhere Men #1 (Image, 2012) ***½
Writer: Eric Stephenson/Artist: Nate Bellegarde
58. The Zaucer Of Zilk (IDW, 2012) ***¼
Writers: Brendan McCarthy & Al Ewing/Artist: Brendan McCarthy
59. It Girl! & The Atmoics #4 (Image, 2012) ***¼
Writer: Jamie S. Rich/Artists: Mike Norton (interior), Michael & Laura Allred (cover)