Saturday, August 25, 2012

Stack Rundown, 08/25/2012

Hey, have I mentioned how awesome I, Vampire is? "But I'm tired of vampires"no, no, shut the hell up, you don't know what you're talking about. You're wrong. Just admit it, it's okay. Let me school you in the ways of I, Vampire as well as everything else I've read in a week's time.

I, Vampire #12

So yeah! I, Vampire is pretty fucking awesome. This issue saw a few members of Stormwatch get involved in Andrew and company's battle against the zombie vampire vampire hunters. Cool and all, but what really made this issue hands down the best issue is the series, is the complete 180 Fialkov took it it. Literally, flipped it upside down. After Andrew uses his magic to try and purge all the vampires, it works a little too well, and all those around him infected turn back to human, while he remains a vampire, and goes full on evil. So now, going forward, Mary, the old antagonist, is now the protagonist, and Andrew the old protagonist, is the antagonist. Shit's crazy! When stuff like that happens in a book, you can't help but get hyped about it, as status quo changes are often teased and over hyped, but never amount to much... this, this changes everything, for real. Also, can't go with out mentioning Sorrentino's continued awesome artwork. He really seemed to have stepped up his game this month, with some particularly awesome complex panels, as well as some simple, yet striking panels as well.

Justice League Dark #12

If I was reading vertigo comics in the late 80's/early 90s, I'm sure I'd be shitting my pants after every page in this book. From everything I've read, since Jeff Lemire took over the title, it's been a love letter to Vertigo of years past. Being that I wasn't a comic reader at the time, some of the impact of these old magical characters my be lost on me, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm still enjoying the hell out of the title. I've found that it's hard for a book to really build up momentum, and deliver the reveal in a way that makes it pay off completely, but I've got a feeling, whoever is manipulating Faust and Doctor Mist will pay off, so hopefully we'll find out who that is soon. Also, Mikel Janin's art continues to be fantastic, his layouts are pretty awesome this issue, and remind me a lot of what Yanick Paquette is doing over in Swamp Thing. If he actually manages to draw all of issue #13 and the annual in October, then damn.

The Flash #12

Welcome back Francis Manapul! God damn, is his stuff fantastic. Lest we forget Brian Buccellato's awesome color work on the art as well. Those two just keep piling it on for Barry, now making it look like he killed a man. This issue also brought the Rogues back on to the scene as a team, and I'm really interested to find out what happened to them that made them "break up" and get real powers, as a normal meta or whatever you'd call it. I guess it will all come to a head in the Annual coming out next week, but, regardless, the fact remains that this book has been way better than I would have expected. I really enjoyed the series when Geoff Johns wrote it prior to Flashpoint, and was planning on just picking it up for art when it relaunched. To my surprise, and I think a lot of other people's as well, Buccellato and Manapul's story has been pretty awesome. Action packed, fast, and just straight up super hero fun. I'm looking forward to it continuing for the long haul.


Those god damn comixology sales destroy my wallet. A few nights ago when the sale started, I asked online if Invincible was worth picking up. I had always heard bits and pieces about how good it was supposed to be, but seeing has I hadn't really stretched out into Image territory in any meaningful way until this Summer, I hadn't read any of it. So, didn't get a bad response back, and ended up with the two digital omnibus titles, compiling #1-60. I'm not that far in, issue #9 I think? It's good fun so far, but I'm looking forward to when it sort of opens up so to speak.

Witchblade: Redemption

This could have been put on last week's post, but I wanted to wait until I was finished to put my thoughts down to the keyboard. So, I finished Ron Marz's run on the title, which ran from #80-150, and I've got to say, I'm so conflicted on the title now. Marz's run was awesome, and I loved all the supporting characters, but now it's as if it's all gone, and I don't know how to feel. This was subdued a bit at the mention of Gleason in the preview for next week's issue, so what I thought was flat out erased, wasn't. But anyways... I'm going to miss this version of Witchblade. What Marz did was really make you care about all the characters, and made them feel real. The word "redemption" in the title is a reference to Sara getting the full Witchblade back, after falling victim to the dark side of the half she had while Dani had the other. She was a little evil, and kind of a dick, but some of the fallout carried over from those issues. Since this is a comic book, it would have been all too easy for Marz to have Sara go "I'm good and all better, yay!" and move on. But when you see tension between Gleason and Sara due to some of the things she did and said while under the influence of the dark Witchblade, it really adds another layer to the characters. All that being said, I will say some of the stories that brought Marz's run to a close did seem a little more forgettable. I guess it's what happens when you have Artifacts happening at the same time, and that's the real story so to speak, but I couldn't help but feel a little let down by some of the stories featured in the last four trades, compared to what had come before. Oh well, was still a great read.

The Darkness: Accursed

So, having read Jackie Estacado in his multiple appearances within all things Ron Marz's Top Cow stuff, and reading the current run on the title, I figured why not pick up some of Hester's run, which I heard was pretty good... Well, I'm actually not feeling it all too much. There just seems to be a total disconnect between what Marz did, having the whole Top Cow universe really seem connected, and what Hester did, by focusing more on the crime end of it. I've been kind of disappointed that there has been pretty much only one mention of Sara or Hope so far, no angelus, no nothing. It just feels isolated to me. When I started the fourth book, and immediately saw a Swamp Thing looking monster, I kind of just decided to take a break. I'll try and come back to it, and see if it gets better... but I can't say I'm as deep into it as I was with Witchblade.

1 comment :

  1. I dropped Witchblade a few issues into the post Marz run. It was so good and I was hooked into his version and just didn't enjoy the new status quo and frankly the new writer is bland.