Saturday, July 6, 2013

Stack Rundown, 07/06/2013

After a week of endless books last week, there were considerably less this time around, and pretty much mostly DC books. If anything, it seems DC knows how to space out their books... good for them?

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

Outside of Batman Incorporated, this was probably the book from DC I was most interested in reading this week, and found it to be pretty good. Imagine if this title was around during Zero Month, and that's essentially what this issue was, an expanded origin of Pandora. We see that she opened the box, a whole bunch of years ago, released the seven deadly sins, and has continued to live with the consequences the rest of her life. The issue ends pretty much in the same place as that one Justice League backup with her and the Wizard ended, then we got Trinity War next week. The only problem I had with this was I came in expecting a whole bunch of DCU, New 52 creating, craziness, and I could have sworn they showed art of her watching all the characters (I'm actually looking at it right now) but the only greater DCU stuff was that she came across Vandal Savage in her past. I don't know, like I said, I thought it was pretty good, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. 

Action Comics #22

When Scott Lobdell was announced to be stepping in on Action Comics, I asked "why?" And to tell you the truth, this issue did nothing to convince me he needed another Superman solo. I originally just wasn't going to bother, but because I don't like looking at my comics and seeing missing issues, I decided to give this a shot, since I like Lobdell's Superman fine… wish I hadn't. This just felt like an uninteresting B plot, that was rather redundant, and really went all in on the stuff from Lobdell's Superman I don't like, such as extreme exposition in thought bubbles. Yeah, I'll pass on the next few issues… and looking at the future of where Lobdell's Superman is going, mixed with the fact that there's now Superman Unchained, Batman/Superman, and Pak/Kuder eventually coming to Action… I may just ignore Lobdell's take on the character all together… Now if only Kenneth Rocafort got to work with someone else.

Swamp Thing #22

Charles Soule has definitely become a favorite writer of mine out of friggen nowhere. With this book, he's just giving us short, fun stories, and bringing in characters from the greater DCU. What's not to like? I mean… Constantine being controlled by evil magic whiskey? Sure! Why not!? That's cool. I do also have to say that I really enjoy the touches Kano has brought to drawing Alec, as he'll often change the foliage on Alec's body depending on what environment he's in. For instance, in the first issue of this run, Alec is in the desert, and looks like a cactus, in this issue, his body is covered as if it was an evergreen tree. I'm not sure if that's been done before, but nevertheless, it's pretty cool.

The Movement #3

So, the first two issues of this book I thought were good… but for whatever reason, this time around I asked myself "do I really care?" then came to the conclusion that I'm not sure I do. Just reading through this issue, I realized that I just don't care about the characters, not that they're bad, I'm just not invested in them, or what the represent in this world. Then stuff like Rainmaker slipping Virtue her number, and given this is a Gail Simone written book, it's pretty easy to figure out what may go on there, but ultimately that is just predictable, which sort of just puts me off. Yeah, like I said… this just isn't for me.

Green Arrow #22

So, I made a wild prediction that somehow, Emiko was Oliver's daughter via Shado. How? I don't know, maybe he got real messed up on the island? Who knows. Well… I was close, turns out Shado had a thing with Oliver's dad, and Emiko is Oliver's little half-sister. See! I was close! Anyways, this issue also introduced the New 52 version of Count Vertigo, and had some fucking great art touches from Andrea Sorrentino. When Vertigo's powers start to take place, little squares and rectangles of the panel start to shift and change, while you see white space as if it was what was behind the panel. I want to see it's the art breaking the fourth wall, in a way, but I'm not sure if that's entirely correct. Regardless, it's really cool. 

Green Lantern #22

Robert Venditti and Billy Tan are off to a good start, but this book just feels like it's in an odd spot. For god knows how long, this book has always had something set up for it to tell stories off of, but now, we're back to square one. Everything has to be set up again, after nearly a decade of stories from Johns. I'm not criticizing what's being set up or anything, just pointing out how weird the current situation is for me, a long time reader. Not quite sure what's going on with this new evil Star Sapphire, and Relic is still getting set up in New Guardians, so… I don't know! It's fun, but I guess I'm just spoiled, having had nearly no down time in this title previously.

Earth 2 #14

So begins what will end up as James Robinson's final arc on the series, a war between Earth 2's Wonders and Steppenwolf's forces. I kind of found it weird how Flash, Green Lantern and Dr. Fate got involved. From what I understand, Alan suggests the three of them provide some unsolicited help to the World Army, then he'll use his news corporation to spin the shit out of the story, so the public likes them. That seems kind of scummy! But it's smart at the same time? That's big media for you. We also see Red Arrow introduced this issue, which, I don't know what to think, because I don't know if James Robinson is actually going to tell us who Red Arrow is, just how he won't be the one telling us who Earth 2 Batman is. So that's a bummer! Even with all the drama behind the scenes (sort of) this was still a pretty damn good issue. Hopefully that continues when Tom Taylor takes over.

The Phantom Stranger #10

Another solid, dense, but not overwhelming issue of this title from DeMatteis, which seemed to put to bed most concepts that were put in place before he took on the title. The storyline that had the Stranger searching for his abducted family closes out with them resting in heaven, and the Stranger once again alone. I'm pretty happy that this plot like was put the bed, because it allows DeMatteis to really carve out his own path going forward. The only thing that bugged me about the ending of this issue is how hardly any book that ties into Trinity War ends in a way where it'd transition smoothly into the event.

Invincible Universe #4

Best Tiger is a badass, and what better way to demonstrate that than having him kill all his teammates? Granted, it was a fake out, but still… sort of fun issue to illustrated how much of a calculated killing machine the guy is. This issue brought up two questions for me though. First, will we ever get a bigger story from this title other than these character focused mini stories? Second… why the hell is Bulletproof still in Mark's clothes and going by the name Invincible? He's referred to as such in this issue and all I could think is "No… you're not Invincible. You are Bulletproof." It's just one of those things I never quite got in the first place... and with Mark back, you'd think the weirdness of the situation would at least be addressed.

Satellite Sam #1

I wasn't necessarily planning on picking up this issue, as from what I had read prior, nothing really grabbed me, and to tell you the truth, I'm looking forward to Sex Criminals a lot more. Nevertheless, with Image's DRM free digital comics move, I decided to see what that was all about and try it out… Well, it's straight up just a .cbr file of the issue, only I paid $0.51 more than I would have on comixology… don't know what I was expecting. But anyways! I actually was surprised how much appreciation I had for this book. I've had experience in studio tv situations via school or work, so I found myself sort of at home with the lingo, and at least a bit knowledgeable with the history it discussed. Definitely got a sort of Aaron Sorkin, Mad Men, with a Fraction twist vibe to everything, which I guess that's what they were going for, so mission accomplished on that end. The only thing that really got in the way of my enjoyment was trying to distinguish all the characters. Everyone has short hair and is in a suit, then the fact that it's black and white really doesn't help distinguish anyone. Oh well. I don't know if I'll continue with the book, despite everything I just said. Might give it an issue or two to let that weird sex plot grow, then reevaluate. 


  1. I thought Pandora set up Trinity War, which is where I think well be getting into her creating New 52, perfectly. And Phantom Stranger was revealed not to be a tie-in to Trinity War, which I thought was a good choice because it would've taken away from the ending's emotional impact.

    1. Pandora ended no differently than the back-up of Justice League #0, and Phantom Stranger, like most series that will tie in, ended in a way where the next issue will be an abrupt jump cut into the event. That's what I was saying.

    2. Oh okay, but I expected that with Pandora, maybe they should've just waited and open the book in the beginning of Trinity War

  2. The Swamp Thing ... thing has been done before, kind of. I've been reading Alan Moore's run lately and there's an arc near the end where he goes planet-hopping and makes a body out of alien plants of different shapes and colour. Not exactly the same thing, I know, but seeing the art lately has reminded me of that. I'm not saying that's the only time artists have done it but it's the only time I've really noticed.

    That era is also where he learned to travel all over the planet and make a new body like he's been doing lately!