Saturday, September 29, 2012

Stack Rundown, 09/29/2012

The last of the zero issues, and Grant Morrison writing a book about a small imaginary blue horse... alright.

Happy! #1

So, let's all address the flying blue horse in the room... Grant Morrison's first Image book is about a foul mouthed hit man teaming up with an imaginary blue horse... and it's pretty damn absurd, but not completely unexpected. When I finished reading this issue I thought "Yeah, an imaginary horse getting some random hit man to save it's creator on Christmas is pretty much what I expected." I mean, this is why I love Grant Morrison sometimes, it's just so weird, but this is the kind of shit you can only get in comics. What I also liked about this issue is how straight forward it is, it's not that over your head sort of Morrison writing you can get, which requires multiple readings to understand fully. That's perhaps due to the writing style. Some believe it to be a satirical take on the "Millar style" where it's just sex, violence, and the fucking word "fuck" on every fucking god damn fuckshitfuckfuck page... fuck! If true, that certainly has it's own connotations given those two's relationship, but I don't really care to get into that.

Aquaman #0

Aquaman is one of those characters who we've already gotten a lot of origin bits within the New 52, but here we fill out what happened immediately after his father's passing, and his finding of Atlantis, learning of his heritage, and specifically his brother. If Orm isn't the one working with Black Manta back in the present day arc, I'll be surprised, but... all signs seem to point at that. Anyways, another good issue from the Aquaman team, gonna miss Ivan Reis on this title, big time.

I, Vampire #0

What a surprise, this book is pretty good... still. The zero issue was a lot like Wonder Woman's, as in it was pretty much unlike any other zero issue, due to it's stylistic writing. Where Wonder Woman had a silver age feel to it, this issue had a very Shakespearean tone, given it's setting centuries ago. It further explained the connection between Andrew and Cain, the sire of all vampires, but didn't completely spoil everything. If there was one thing I was disappointed that we didn't get to see, it was Andrew turning Mary. Perhaps that's a story to be told in the next arc where Mary is human again, who knows. Before the issue came out, the series' artist Andrea Sorrentino told me he thought this issue's art was his best work so far, and he was pretty damn spot on. A lot of the issue is set in a deep woods rain storm, and each page just looks beautiful with Marcelo Maiolo's colors adding a whole lot of atmosphere. Another great issue of I, Vampire, that's for sure.

All-Star Western #0

So, this was pretty much just Jonah Hex's origin, which I have no issue with. Well told, well illustrated, what you'd come to expect from the title. I have a feeling I may drop the title though. I don't know, it seems to be growing away from the Gotham hook, which is fine, but that's pretty much where my interest came from. Part of it is the fact that it's a $3.99 book, and I don't really read the back ups, so I may just wait for the digital price drop a month later... or I might still keeping reading it, cus I just got a raise, I don't fucking know, I'll let you know in a month.

Justice League Dark #0

Zatanna has... or had a top hat, all is once again right in the world! At least for that page. Anyways, this issue basically gave us info on who the bad guy in Jeff Lemire's first arc really is, with out saying "this is the bad guy who you kind of sort of met last issue." That bad guy is a magician by the name of Nick Necro, who was once Zatanna's boyfriend, and trained both her and a young Constantine in the dark arts, years ago. But then he gets obsessed with the books of magic, Constantine and Zatanna fall for each other, Nick departs, tries to betray them, but ends up "dying." You know, standard bad guy "this is why I hold a grudge" stuff. It was a fun, more focused (given only three characters in it) issue, which provided lots of back story that I enjoyed. Lee Garbett filled in for Mikel Janin, who was working on the Annual, which I have no problem with. I liked Garbett's work on the last Batgirl title, it's just that some of the inkers that worked on the issue, really didn't do any favors to the art in certain panels.

The Flash #0

So, there's a new member of the West family, and DC really wants you to know about it. But is it Wally West? HAHAHA, NO! DC be trolling! Someone said that Wally's dad was named Rudolph Daniel West, so who the fuck knows, maybe this is a plot to get Wally in somehow? I don't know. I just think it's funny. Next thing you know, we'll get a Cassandra Brown at some point in a Batman book. Anyways, I quite enjoyed this issue. Of the minimal Flash stuff I've read, I've gotten a handful of stories about Barry and his mom, but can't remember one about his dad, who is convicted of murdering his wife, despite Barry not believing it. It's actually quite sad at points, with Barry's dad telling his son to give up and that he did it. Yep, depressing. Um... yep, that's it. My thought process sort of just stopped there... mmhmm

American Vampire #31

So, prior to reading the issue, artist Rafael Albuquerque retweeted something that pretty much spoiled the ending. So that sucked... but I would have figured it out, given about 6 or so pages left on the issue to go. Regardless, the big reveal is that the vampires who first attacked Pearl in the initial issues of the series, are not being lead by Hattie, Pearl's old friend who stabbed her in the back. This arc has really begun to go full circle, and it's at the point where you have a bad feeling that shit is going to go wrong eventually. To be honest, Pearl's husband is probably going to die, I mean that's the obvious thought. But who kills him? I'm going to guess Skinner... just because. Anyways, what really has got me interested, given this "shit is going to go wrong real soon" thought, is where the book goes from now. Should be very interesting to see if Snyder and Albuquerque take the book in a radical new direction in a few months.

Witchblade #160

I'm continuing to enjoy Tim Seeley's run on Witchblade. It's not exactly the Ron Marz run, which I loved, but it strikes me as similar in style to Hack/Slash in the fact that there's always seemingly villains being set up to come back, as well as little subplots woven through each issue that will later be expanded upon (there's one with some sort of mana dealer I should probably go back and read the supplemental material on, cus I've got no idea who he is). Everything in this issue is an important point, Alisa (the bad guy) cozying up to a powerful politician, Sarah being dubbed a terrorist (at least in her armored out Witchblade attire), the mana trader seeing all the magic commotion on the news, so on, and so on. If there's one thing I enjoy about this run, is the fact that there's a lot going on, but it doesn't get you lost in all of it at once, the book takes it's time, focusing on one plot while keeping the others simmering on the back burner.

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