Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FIGcast - Episode 43 - "Mah Nà Mah Nà"

If you can't tell, we're a little excited about the new Muppet movie.

FIGcast - Episode 43 - "Mah Nà Mah Nà"

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Comic Mini-Reviews Week of November 23rd, 2011

All Star Western #3 – After a spectacular first issue and a solid second issue, All Star seems to have settled comfortably into the realm somewhere between good and great. Jonah Hex and Jeremiah Arkham continue to make for a fascinating odd couple. In issue one, Arkham's insight into Hex's mind was a perfect introduction to the character, unfortunately issues two and three gave way mostly to violence with little introspection. Still, All Star Western is one of the better books in the New 52. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray's historic Gotham city is a great playground for Hex, it will be interesting to see how long the pair keeps him there. Of course, Moritat's art continues to be the true star of the series. There is something about his that imbues All Star with a near perfect atmosphere. Moritat's Hex, of course, is ugly as sin on a Sunday while the barmaids of old Gotham are buxom and beautiful. The backup starring El Diablo is fine, but it is nowhere near the quality of the main story.

Aquaman #3 – If this series feels familiar—it should. Geoff Johns is employing many of the same strategies he used in his runs on books like Green Lantern and the Flash to expand the Aquaman mythos. Based on his previous works (and Aquaman so far), it is obvious that Johns likes to do use flashbacks quite a bit—specifically ones involving parents. Accordingly, in issue three, we get a health dose of Aquaman's relationship with his father. This was alluded to in issue one, but here we actually see it. Johns employs another of his favorite back-story expanding tricks with the introduction of a mysterious, and formerly unknown, character named Stephen Shin. A perfectly adequate issue with great art.

The Flash #3 – Speaking of art, The Flash is one of DC's best looking books. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato turn in a solid, well written, and well conceived script that is helped mightily by the duos own art. When it comes to DC's artist-written books, The Flash is second only to Batwoman in overall quality. As I have said before, I have no problem with artists branching out into writing gigs. In fact, it has brought the comic industry some great writers. Yet, DC's New 52 has had very mixed results with artists in the role of writers. The opening action set-piece is one of the most fun Flash moments I have read in a while. Every once in a while, a book will explore just how powerful the Flash's abilities make him—usually with fun results.

Green Lantern: The New Guardians #3 – There has been a bit of a revolving door at the various color-coded Corps over the last few years. There is just something about humans that they all seem to love. All four of the Earth Green Lanterns have wielded one of the different rings or been possessed by the major spirits behind their powers in the last few years. Now, in New Guardians issue three we see the ultimate culmination of the Rainbow Corps' hard-on for earthmen—Kyle Rayner wears all of the rings. That's right, he caught them all...pokemon. Thankfully, this excess of finger jewelry only lasts momentarily and we are treated to the first appearance of the Orange Lanterns in New Guardians. This series has been solid from the get-go, ranking somewhere near the bottom of the second tier of New 52 books, and this issue does little to improve or diminish that standing.

Justice League Dark #3 – Peter Milligan is doing a solid job balancing the cast of characters—giving them all a time to shine and contribute to the unraveling story. Even with three months to acclimate, it is still kind of strange seeing so many denizens of Vertigo back in the regular DCU, but so far it seems to be working. One of the biggest failings of team books is an inability to match the threat to the team, but Milligan's JLD has a threat that only characters like Zatanna, Constantine, and Deadman could hope to combat. Also, Justice League Dark makes for an interesting counter point to Justice League—both books have spent the first three issues building the teams rosters, but the former is much more successful than the latter. Perhaps it is because Milligan is juggling the entire team in every issue while Johns is slowly introducing a new character in each issue. For my money, JLD is a much better book.

Wolverine and the X-men #2 – Issue two was not quite as fun as issue one, but the series still has quite a bit going for it. Between Jason Aaron's scripting and Chris Bachalo's pencils, Wolverine and the X-men has an energy unlike anything else I am currently reading. Based on my limited knowledge of X-men lore, it seems that this series is a great starting point for new readers, but also brings enough continuity to the table to make current readers happy. For me, the ending was of particular excitement because I recently read Grant Morrison's run on New X-men and one of his creations is situated to save the day.

Monday, November 28, 2011

DC ZOMBIE EAT MARVEL: Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 1

Join me, a lifelong DC Zombie, as I attempt to remedy my woefully limited exposure to the Marvel Universe. Be prepared for opinions forged in the depths of a mind that is completely dedicated to the DCU. I promise to be as objective and honest as I can be--even if that leads to contradictory opinions. Updates will be rare, considering I have limited money for buying new comics (and the fact that I would rather spend my limited funds on DC Comics).

Like everyone, I am not immune to the pull of comic book hype. Thanks to curiosity (and sales at various Local Comic Book Shops) I have picked up a several stories over the years based solely on word of mouth and reviews. This has lead to some great purchases like I Kill Giants and Y: The Last Man, but it has also lead to disappointments like Runaways Volume 1 and Identity Crisis. (I realize that my choices for disappointments are potentially controversial, but that is a topic for another time.) More recently, hype has lead me to the roller-coaster ride that is Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four and Matt Fraction's stellar Invincible Iron Man run. While I would like to write about those comics at some point in the future, today I want to explore a different, entirely hype-based comic book purchase— Thor: The Mighty Avenger Volume 1.

Strangely, I was not aware of Thor: The Mighty Avenger's existence until it was on the eve of cancellation. Perhaps this is not surprising considering how much time I spend in my Justice League-themed trolls' cave—but I digress. The word on the street was that Thor was exactly the kind of book that thinking, well-read comic book readers were always asking for—a smart, heartfelt take on the characters we love. The other word on the street was that no one was buying it. Oh, sure, people were buying it, but not know, the word people with the prefix “lots of” attached to the front and “money, money, money” in parenthesis behind it.

Of course, this leads to a terribly interesting topic with absolutely no discernible answers: What the hell do comic readers actually want anyways? Hell if I know. For every step forward a book like All Star Superman takes the genre, there is an All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder mouth-breathing behind it drinking Big Flats and making fart jokes. And these books get published because the Big Two know that they sell!  Look at DC's New 52: There are books that make me proud to be a comic nerd like Animal Man and Wonder Woman...and then there's Suicide Squad and Dark Knight. One of which took the only character to have successfully translated from the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series cartoon show and turn her into a depressing, hammer wielding, ultra-violent, scantly clad war crime. Sadly, none of this should come as a surprise. It's not exactly a revelation that the mainstream comic book audience is attracted to sex, violence, and then somewhere way down the list, story and, even further down, quality.

Which brings us to Thor: The Mighty Avenger, a book which has no sex, little in the way of visceral violence but TONS of story and quality. Set in it's own continuity, separated from the Secret Wars, Secret Dark Avengers Wars, and Double Secret Probation Wars of the regular MARVEL Universe, Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee's book drips with feeling. Somewhere between Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier and Grant Morrison's All Star SupermanThor: The Mighty Avenger takes place in a Universe where heroes act like heroes and good, of course, always wins. Perhaps it is telling that the first guest-stars to appear in Thor are very cheerful versions of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne—a couple that is, perhaps, most famous in the Bronze Age of Comics for having a married life filled with domestic violence. Yet, in Langridge's world, there is no hint of any marital strife. In fact, the couple seems idyllic—something that Thor and love interest Jane Foster might aspire to. It makes me think back to the brutal scene in The Ultimates where Pym and Van Dyne are revealed to be in an abusive relationship and wonder why anyone would even want to write that, much less read it. I am not outright condemning this kind of faux realism nor am I complaining about Millar, all I am saying is that the optimism of Thor: The Mighty Avenger is one of those rare remindersthat good, sophisticated, or mature does not have to be grim and gritty. In this age of comics so heavily influenced by Alan Moore and Frank Miller it is a uncommon treat to read such an unabashedly positive comic book.

Having said that, I believe (or, perhaps more accurately, hope) that Thor heralds a coming sea change in comic books. A movement has been building for a while in the works of writers like Morrison, Hickman and Mark Waid. The gray and violent works influenced by the late 1980s persist, but comic books starring optimistic heroes are returning. From Morrison's Flex Mentallo and All Star Superman to Thor: The Mighty Avenger and Waid's current Daredevil run, a brighter future seems to be forming for the comic book world. As I read Thor: The Mighty Avenger I find myself intentionally slowing down and extending the experience. I have already begun the second volume and the eighth and final issue looms large in the near future. There are very few books—from DC or MARVEL—that have had that kind of impact on me. Thor: The Mighty Avenger was one of the most refreshing reading experiences I have had in a long time. The writing is pitch-perfect, and, though I have barely touched on it, Chris Samnee's art is absolutely amazing. I love it when a comic book's hype is deserved.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Comic Mini-Reviews Week of November 16th, 2011

Batman #3 – Scott Snyder's Batman is a book without obvious flaws. Within the pages of the first three issues, he has presented the reader with a Batman story that is inlaid with his continued expansion of Gotham city's history. Greg Capullo's art is a fine, stylized companion. Yet, since issue one, the series has yet to really wow me. Issues two and three were perfectly solid issues that were well executed, but there is something about the evolving story that seems to be missing. Perhaps I am hindered by the fact that I have yet to read Snyder and Kyle Higgin's The Gates of Gotham mini-series, and am, therefore, left out in the cold story wise. While that might be the case, I tend to doubt it. Rarely has my enjoyment of a comic been hindered by missing knowledge of continuity. Having read Snyder's Detective Comics run starring Dick Grayson as Batman, I am sure I will be shown the error of my ways and regret ever considering that Batman is lacking. For now, I am left with the feeling that there is a hole in Snyder's Batman but I cannot seem to put my finger on it.

Birds of Prey #3 – I would argue that BoP is one of the surprises of the New 52. It is no where near the level of Wonder Woman, Animal Man or Swamp Thing nor is it even as solid as Batman and Robin, but Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz' book so far has been the kind of well-written, sharply-drawn B-level book that is necessary for survival of the DCnU. In fact, with the announcement that Batgirl will be joining the ranks of the Birds of Prey, I am forced to concede that it is tempting to drop the somewhat underwhelming Batgirl and just get my fill of Babs Gordon in BoP. I would be lying if I said that Saiz' art was not a huge influence on my opinion of the book's overall quality. I am a big fan of his clean lines and expressive character faces. Birds of Prey's story is nothing spectacular—just solid superheroics. Side-note: I actually really like Poison Ivy as a good guy so far. She was underutilized as a Bat-villian anyways. Plus, I bet she will return to that role so fast we'll all forget her heroic turn before you can say Batmite.

DCU Presents #3 – If I was trying to explain the Deadman storyline currently being featured in DCU Presents to a non-comic reader, I am sure that the word boring would feature prominently. It is hard to believe that a story about a ghostly acrobat that can inhabit other people's bodies could possible be boring. Yet, here we are. So far, DCU Presents has been overwritten and uninteresting. There is supposed to be some sort of mystery going on with Boston Brand's godly benefactor, but three issues in I am hardly compelled to turn the next page, much less buy the next issue. It is not as if there is a lack of interesting ideas, in issue two Deadman breaks into Wolfram and Hart...I mean, uhm...some sort of magical nightclub. In issue three he threatens an old lady with angel wings and meets Lucifer's younger brother, and it takes 20 or so pages to get there. At least the cover is pretty.

Green Lantern Corp #3 – After two solid opening issues, Green Lantern Corp takes a turn of the worse. Confronted with a seemingly endless enemy that is somehow immune to their power rings, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, and their cohorts seem done for. Except that Peter Tomasi introduces a brand new, never before seen Green Lantern with the convenient power of teleportation. With the somewhat on-the-nose name Porter, (What, were the names PlotDevice and Plothole already taken?) the cavalry is able to save most of their comrades. Anyways, to add insult to injury, Porter somehow overextends his power's reach on the return trip and dies tragically in Gardner's arms. Green Lantern Corp number three was a disappointingly, bland mess of nothingness that asked the reader to have an emotional reaction to its own tepid attempt to write itself out of a corner.

Justice League #3 – Despite the increasing number of characters and slightly more intricate plot pieces, Justice League continues to feel, at best, like a free comic that came with a Happy Meal or box of cereal. I realize that this is a carefully planned move on DC's part, but it is still hard to shake feelings of disappointment. Geoff Johns has, by no means, been a perfect comic writer, but the lens with which he sees the DC characters tends to clarify and strengthen their core attributes. That is why his work on Justice League was so highly anticipated. Over the last few years, the League had languished in a quagmire of uninteresting characters and substandard quality. The promise of a Johns Justice League was one of revitalization. Instead, after three issues, Justice League feels like the Mirror-Mirror version of the potential of the New 52. Instead of interesting new takes on the core characters of the League, we are treated to an achingly simple story filled with transparent characters. Like I said, I realize this is a carefully cultivated experiment on DC's part. Yet, since the New 52 endeavor is so keenly tied to retaining old readers and gaining new readers, it is unfortunate that the flagship book so utterly fails at the first objective.

My Greatest Adventure #2 – I'm still not even sure why I picked up issue 2 of this mess. I said on the podcast a while back that the only reason I bought the first issue was historical nostalgia for the original My Greatest Adventure—in which Doom Patrol first appeared—and My Greenest Adventure—the fictional book that Grant Morrison's Wally Sage dreamed up Flex Mentallo. This mini-series features a trio of baffling stories that seem both out of place and time. None of them are completely horrible, rather their mere existence is confusing. With the New 52 initiative attempting to present a new-reader-friendly-universe, why is DC muddying the waters with characters like Robotman, Garbage Man, and Tanga? To the average non-comic reader, Garbage Man might as well be Swamp Thing. Meanwhile, to the long time comic reader, a re-imagined Doom Patrol-less Robotman is just unfortunate. The thing My Greatest Adventure does have going for it is its art. Scott Kolins and Kevin Macquire are two of my favorites, and Aaron Lopresti is turning in some of his most polished work. But the caliber of artists on this book just leads to more questions. While I am not sure if Macguire would be willing to have drawn one of the DCnU, I am positive Kolins and Lopresti could be better utilized on one of the 52 ongoing books being published by DC. In the end, I am not sure pretty pages of panels are not enough for me to stick around for issue three.

Wonder Woman #3 – There is no doubt in my mind that, three issues in, Wonder Woman is one of the best books to come out of the New 52. This is neither unwelcome, nor is it a surprise. Wonder Woman, more than any other book, exemplifies the goals of the DCnU Initiative. The creative team is entirely A-list and the character was ripe for a certain measure of re-examination. In issue three, this comes to a head as Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang challenge long-held understandings of Diana Prince while still honoring the stories and mythos that came before. For years now, Wonder Woman's origins have revolved around her creation—a mother who longed for a child, made one out of clay. Issue three reveals that this story is just as fictional for Diana as it is for the readers. She has lived a lie, and is now faced with an entirely new reality. It is a change that may leave some long-time readers unhappy, but I am of the opinion that Wonder Woman is the most ripe of the Big Seven for change. Anything that clarifies or builds Diana up to a stronger hero and character is absolutely fine in my opinion. Perhaps one of the most appealing changes aspects of Wonder Woman is the way that the mythical gods behave. I love how the goddess Strife remains present on Themyscira as if she is savoring the unrest and unhappiness her presence has caused. After three months, Wonder Woman falls easily amongst projects like Swamp Thing, Animal Man, and Batwoman as one of my most recommended books of the New 52.

Friday, November 18, 2011

FIGcast - Episode 42 - "Grand Moff Puppeteer"

The title is actually Trey's Wu-Name.  Tripp is "Alarmingly-Named Wolfman" and Darren is "Illegitimate Muslim Fundamentalist."

FIGcast - Episode 42 - "Grand Moff Puppeteer"

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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Super-Family Celebrates Beat-up-Supergirl Month this February!

DC has released their official solicitations for February and there seems to be a theme developing.

I realize the new editorial policy on Supergirl has her re-imagined as an outsider but, geez, two covers in one month seems a little excessive. Apparently, in the New 52, the Super-men of the Super-house are prone to Super-outbursts.

Comic Mini-Reviews Week of November 9th, 2011

Batgirl #3 – I am not entirely sure what's wrong with this book. Issue two was almost completely took the series off the rails and, while issue three does its best to bring it back on track, I am not sure it was enough. There might just be too many competing pressures being applied to Gail Simone's Batgirl. The balance of the series so far has focused on Barbara Gordon reproving herself in the role of physical hero. At this point that major thrust's successes and failures are lost in a melange of overwriting and boring premise. Midway through issue 3, Batgirl gives up on finding the masked murderer she's been following to flirt with guest-star Nightwing. I love Babs and Dick's will-they-or-wont-they relationship as much as the next person, but it seemed like a tepid interlude in an already somewhat boring story. Perhaps this first arc of Batgirl will read better in a collected format—which, if that were the case, it would not be entirely Batgirl, Babs, or Simone's fault necessarily. (The sentiment that a overly decompressed story will somehow coalesce in a collection has become the new prayer of modern comic readers and is a topic for another time.) Ardian Syaf's art continues to be solid if not a bit underwhelming.

Batman and Robin #3 – This book continues to be one of the biggest surprises coming out of the New 52 initiative. As I said before, I knew that titles like Animal Man and Swamp Thing had the lineage and talent to portend success even to the most amateur of prognosticators, but I think few would have foreseen just how solid Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's run on Batman and Robin has been so far. Telling a heartfelt, engrossing, pitch-perfect story with amazing art, this book might be the best Batman book DC has to offer at the moment. (Scott Snyder's Batman #3 may have something to say about that next week, so keep in touch!) The father/son dynamic of Bruce and Damian Wayne seems so natural. (If you think about it, is pretty amazing considering one of the dresses like a bat and fights crime at night while the other was created in a one night mistake with the daughter of a super-villain and trained by the greatest group of assassins in the world. I'll let you figure out which one is which.) The villain is new and refreshing, not just another crazed straightjacket-case who will end up in Arkham at the end of the story.

Batwoman #3 – First of all, I am happy to see J. H. Williams writing Cameron Chase again. His Chase ongoing series was criminally underrated by many readers (including me at age 14) and canceled before its time. Williams and co-writer W. Haden Blackman are running Kate Kane through the ringer emotionally. She's already pushed her father away and now she pushes her cousin, Bette Kane the heroine Flamebird out of her life as well. Since issue one, the two have been training together and now that Bette is out on her own I cannot shake the sense of dread that something bad is going to happen to her. But see, that is just it! Williams' amazing art and composition lends itself so well to setting the stage and creating a mood for the backdrop of the ongoing story. When Kate breaks down in the middle of the issue you cannot help but empathize, which is an achievement in this medium. With its tendencies to focus on galactic dust-ups and strongman fist-fights, real emotion and character development is often pushed to the side. That has never been the case with Batwoman—from her days written by Rucka to this current series. She's a well conceived character and as real as a drawing on a page of a crime fighting vigilante can be.

Demon Knights #3 – Like StormWatch last week, I can honestly say that Demon Knights is getting better. Written by Paul Cornell, both books were plagued in the beginning with taking on too much. They were tasked with the effort of introducing new characters and old characters with new takes while trying to tell a story and establish the basis for a team book. Now that the introductions and re-introductions are finished and the story itself can take the focus, the series is improving. Sadly, like StormWatch and Batgirl, there is a real possibility that the book will read best in a collection. The reality of the situation is that Cornell has crafted a medieval Seven Samurai-style story that might last longer than the original epic Kurosawa masterpiece. At the end of issue three, the assault that is bringing the Demon Knights (I still wish this book was called Shadowpact, so much!) together is still going on! It's not uninteresting, and there is much to praise but it just feels like everything is happening very slowly. Demon Knights is a solid book, and it is helped immensely by Diogenes Neves' art. However, if you have not already started buying it, wait for the first collected volume—it will read much more enjoyable that way.

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3 – Describing this book can be a pretty difficult task. The best word I can come up with is “romp.” It's a fun romp...yeah, that feels right. I cannot shake the feeling that Jeff Lemire is purposefully separating his two New 52 books in tone. It seems that, Animal Man is his serious book and Frankenstein is his fun book. That's not to say one is inherently better than the other. It is just that, for all of its development of father/daughter and superhero/family dynamics and the exploration of “The Red,” Animal Man feels more like a Vertigo title. Meanwhile, Frankenstein feels like...well, it feels like a book starring Frankenstein and a group of monster-themed Creature Commandos fighting other monsters. It's a lot of fun and the writing of the Commandos actually makes it one of DC's better team books at the moment (I'm looking at you, Brave and the Bo...I mean, Justice League.) Here's the deal though, the team needs to kill gigantic monster-titans in world that is growing closer to earth! If they fail, the government will nuke the place...with the Commandos still on it! How is that not a recipe for fun?!

Green Lantern #3 – Talk about decompressed storytelling. Three issues into the series and we finally get to the reason newly reinstated Green Lantern Sinestro tracked down newly discharged former Green Lantern Hal Jordan on earth. Apparently, he wants Hal to help him free his home-world from the Sinestro Corp that Sinestro himself created. (Look, I know that sentence sucks, but you try writing it without ending up with the word “Sinestro” repeated more than twice!) Hal agrees, mostly cause he's Hal Jordan and is addicted to doing crazy, stupid stuff. The biggest shocker for me was how kill-y Green Lantern is in this book. I know that it was a big deal back in The Sinestro Corp War that the Guardians allowed the use of deadly force, but Hal freaking bazookas a dudes head off in this issue. It's not a deal-breaker for me or anything, I guess I am just not used to seeing the DC characters kill so cavalierly. It's a solid issue in a series that has, so far, remained solid. Sadly, with the New 52 relaunch, I was hoping for something more than solid. Of course, Johns has a tendency to surprise me, so we'll see. One thing the series does have going for it is Doug Mahnke's art, which continues to be stellar.

Star Trek/Legion #2 – Look, I'm not going to say that this book is amazing. That's just not the kind of thing you expect from silly crossovers like this. No, ST/Legion is just fun. Chris Roberson makes the smart move of extricating both the Legion and the crew of the Enterprise from their bright clean futures and sticking them into a mirror universe where earth's militaristic tendencies lead humanity to be a race of space conquerors. Perhaps, the most fun element of the crossover is that the dialogue between the crew of the Enterprise is pitch-perfect. It is almost as if Roberson watched a ton of Star Trek: The Original Series and channeled it onto the page. Sadly, the Legion's history of multiple relaunches and reboots makes it difficult to pull off the same trick with characters like Lightning Lad and Brainiac 13. Regardless, ST/Legion is a fun read and the teaser image at the end of issue two hints at a glimpse into Khund/Klingon relations—which should be fun. The Moy Brother's art is perfect for the tenor of the book, with the Legionnaires looking crisp and the Star Trek characters immediately recognizable without being overly detailed.

Marvel Point One – For the most part, Point One was filled with a forgettable stories. Sadly, the Ed Brubaker-written framing story that set up the six previews was more interesting than the most of the previews themselves. Chris Yost's Scarlet Spider is an overwritten festival of interior monologue. Jeph Loeb's Nova was completely forgettable. Fred Van Lente introduces yet another pair of heroes that are fire and ice themed. There were two other previews, I think. Honestly, I am bored even recapping them, so I am going to skip to the one interesting story from Point One. Matt Fraction and the Dodsons' prelude to The Defenders was an engrossing tale following Doctor Strange as he unravels the threads that indicate a new version of the team is needed. Of the previews its the only one I plan on picking up.

The Defenders Preview:                                        Everything Else in Point One:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FIGcast - Episode 41 - "See What You Did?"

You guessed it: Keith is back. :)

FIGcast - Episode 41 - "See What You Did?"

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Comic Reviews Week of November 2nd, 2011

Action Comics #3 - Still solid. As often is the case with Grant Morrison, Action Comics will probably read better in its full form.  Without a doubt the book's biggest flaw is its art. Rags Morales did not even do the full issue and his art looks terribly rushed. I think the book would benefit from a completely new artist, and would not be surprised if that happened in the near future.

Animal Man #3 - Jeff Lemire has a talent for creepy, and Travel Foreman can certainly deliver on the demented stuff in his scripts. This was a bit of a transition issue, it seems as if the proverbial poop is about to hit the fan.  Animal Man and Swamp Thing make me wonder how much Lemire and Scott Snyder are coordinating with one another.  I smell a crossover in the near future.

Stormwatch #3 - Cornell's books (Stormwatch and Demon Knights) continue to improve. The character introductions that made the first couple of issues feel frantic have finally given way to the storyline.  The mixture of old and new characters is finally coming together in a cohesive mixture.  Still has a few abrupt moments that mess with the narrative a bit but, overall, Stormwatch seems to have found its footing.

Swamp Thing #3 - This is my pick of the week.  Yanick Paquette's art is still gorgeous.  Snyder, like Lemire, has a knack for creepiness. This issue both reintroduces an old character and introduces a new character--both of whom are immensely interesting. Despite having read most of the Hellboy catalog, delved into Grant Morrison's crazier work, and read Batman books most of my life, Swamp Thing continues to deliver some of the most frighteningly creepy things I have ever seen in comic book form. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Uncanny X-men #1 - What's this!? A MARVEL book?! That's right, True Believers, Trey is branching out.  Though I did not write a review for it, Wolverine and the X-men was my favorite book last week.  Uncanny was solid, but not quite as good. The highlight might be Carlos Pachecos' art. He is easily one of the best visual storytellers in superhero comics. One of my favorite things about the book is it's setup. I really like the idea of a superhero team having a huge roster with multiple branches that each have their own unique purposes.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

FIGcast - Episode 40 - "Why You No Text Back?"

You'll have to listen to at least the first four segments to find out what that's all about...

FIGcast - Episode 40 - "Why You No Text Back?"

  • (01:00) Darren showed the fam around the Big Apple
  • (16:50) Trey read his many groomsman gifts, and caught up on a bit of television
  • (24:15) Tripp finished The Magician King, and watched Identity with some friends for Halloween
  • (34:20) He also felt the need to rant about his AT&T/iPhone drama
  • (53:50) Blu-Rays - (Cars 2; Scrooged)
  • (54:30) Coming Attractions - (Tower Heist; A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas)
  • (56:05) Box Office - (Puss In Boots wins)
  • (61:30) What Would Darren Read, now with special Marvel action!
  • (73:35) Trey's take on this week's new comics
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