Howdy, all. It’s time for another comic pre-commentary of my purchases for this week, courtesy of our friends at Krypton Comics. As always, they are ranked from least to best. Crazy-heavy week this round:
Hypernaturals #12: I want to love this series. Cool concept with a computer called the Quantinuum that runs humanity in the future. I love DnA’s run on Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy. The art just is not up to the task of conveying all the high concept ideas. I like the character Thinkwell a great deal. He writes inky equations that are basically like spells. I’m on the fence with this series overall. I might keep buying it, I might not.
Dark Tower: Gunslinger: Evil Ground #2: I understand this series is going to end. It’s probably time. They’ve pretty much mined all they can from King’s source material. Fun ride while it lasted though.
Thanos Rising #3: I’m so glad they put Thanos back as a supreme bad ass. Loved the Infinity Gauntlet as a teenager. This origin series is as twisted as you would expect for a villain of his magnitude. POP! POP! (Couldn’t resist for you Community fans out there).
Earth 2 #13: Same sentiment as last week’s annual. It’s the alternate-alternate DCU. Green Lantern (Alan Scott) is gay. Flash (Jay Garrick) is now a college kid after spending forever as grey-templed dude. Holds my interest.
Abe Sapien #3: Holy snikeyes I enjoy Abe Sapien. Always have in Hellboy and BPRD. Glad they brought him out of his coma. Hate that Fenix chick for shooting him, but she likely did it so he’d mutate and help save humanity from the crazy shiz-nit gong down. Yay for fish guys!
X-Factor #257: Jamie Madrox and company are very complex characters. Looks like PAD is wrapping it up. Sounds like it’s on his terms, so that’s cool. I’ve dug this book for years.
Archer and Armstrong #10: I like this iteration more than the original run from the 90’s. Aram is a greater boozer character, and Archer is a good straight man.
Daredevil: End of Days #8: The last issue of this alternate future title where DD gets killed and Ben Urlich has to find out what his last words, “Mapone” mean. Big noirish fun.
East of West #3: Hickman is setting up another epic story here. An alternate reality where the US fragmented into several nations after the Civil War, 3 of the 4 Horsemen come back as malicious kids, and Death is mad. I likey.
Astro City #1: Busiek describes his fun archetypal series as a chick flick with a big budget superhero movie happening in the back ground. I’ve loved each volume of this series. All manner of genre conventions are turned on their head, or looked at from other points of view. Great stuff.
Avengers #13: More epic-ness from Hickman. Looking forward to the journey on this big ass story.
All New X-Men #12: The idea of the past X-Men visiting the present continues to bear lush fruit. Love how awkward past Cyclops is with everyone hating him.
Age of Ultron #9: This series 2nd and 3rd acts have just been plain fun to read. Time gets bent up something fierce.
A dozen this week. A dozen that I’ll likely read some Sunday in a four hour binge with another 30. I love comics. Don’t want to write ’em, though. Though any who have read Repenter will see that I’m heavily influenced by them. Stay tuned for another entry soon with an interview from Kent Sievers. You will enjoy.