Saturday, September 14, 2013

Stack Rundown, 09/14/2013

To be honest, this is a pretty short post. Not a whole lot of books that I read this week, hell there wasn't a single Image issue on my pull this week, that and I just flat out don't have a lot to say about some of these. Next week seems to be getting back to normal though... and by normal, I mean 10+ books.

Justice League #23.2

I'll be completely honest, I don't really give a damn about Lobo, but I was going to read this issue way before any of the fanboy stank that plagued it happened. Why? Well, I like Ben Oliver's art a lot, so there's that, plus I'm betting, like James Tynion, it won't be long until Marguerite Bennett is writing at DC in a larger capacity, so after the Batman Annual, I wanted to get a better idea of her writing. You know what? I liked the issue. It was fun, straight forward, and had great art. Lobo had a grim sense of humor, was sort of a bastard, and was violent… from what I know of Lobo, that's pretty close to what he's been. He just has a different look, which Jeff Lemire described much more accurately as a sort of rockabilly look. I know Lobo turned into a parody character, but the era he was a parody of is over, time for something new.

Aquaman #23.1

I'll be honest, I thought this issue was pretty thin content wise. Not a whole lot happened and it could literally be summed up as "Black Manta has lost his purpose in life now that Aquaman is 'dead' so now he's probably going to try and kill those who took that from him." It starts with Waller trying to get him on the Suicide Squad again, Belle Reeve is broken into by the Crime Syndicate, then that meeting, then the moving of the moon screws up the tide and Manta's father's grave. I mean, the end result of this issue just didn't seem like it warranted a full twenty pages. It felt as if it should have been a back up or something.

Earth 2 #15.2

You want to talk about an issue that really went by in a flash? It's this one. I think it took me about five minutes to read, which is odd, considering that both Matt Kindt's other villains months books I've read have been on the more dense side of things. But you know what was similar to the Harley or Deadshot issues Kindt wrote? Holy crap it was grim. I remember at a recent panel in Boston, even Aaron Lopresti, the artist on the title, mentioned something about him not being all too comfortable with some of the stuff he was drawing. Suicide, murder, more suicide… jesus christ. I mean, Solomon Grundy ain't all that happy to begin with, but damn.

The Flash #23.2

This was one of the few issues of the month so far that didn't really do anything with the whole Forever Evil thing and just continue to the current story in the book, giving us the origin of Daniel West, aka the new Reverse Flash. Surprise! Bad childhood! I'm not saying I didn't like the issue because they went the bad childhood route, but for the love of god, I've seen a lot of villains lately with bad childhoods… this is partially because of Batman: The Dark Knight, but it's not as if that book started the trend. For once I'd just like to see a villain with a happy childhood. Can only take so many daddy issues in one universe.

Deadpool #16

Holy crap is this arc turning out well so far. As I mentioned with the previous issue, getting serious Deadpool isn't an unwelcome occurrence in my book, in fact you kind of need it every once and awhile or the constant… Deadpoolness stretches thin. Then the writers pull something that seemed insignificant from the 70s issue (Deadpool actually managing to convince someone to have sex with him) and make it a huge thing. Deadpool has a daughter! The page where he's tied up, defeated, depressed, and has cut any trace of wit or sarcasm from him, and speaks about his daughter, and how he knows Butler isn't lying to him? Holy fuck, that was the first time I've ever felt that much empathy towards Wade before. I was quite literally shocked. Man, this arc is great so far, can't wait for Wolverine and Cap to wake up next issue pissed.

Uncanny X-Force #11

This book… I don't know. I think it really needs a new, more defined direction. This story with the revenants that Bishop has been fighting from the future just seems so… shallow. This is the problem following a book with such purpose like Remender's run on the title, anything is probably going to feel like a step down, in a way. Before this book had quite literally apocalyptic consequences, now some mutants are fighting twisted versions of themselves… okay? Honestly, the best analogy I can make is that it feels like what I'd imagine someone taking over Batman Incorporated after Morrison would feel like. It's not that it's a bad or poorly written book per say, it's just that with the decreased scope of the title, it just doesn't feel like it has a raison d'ĂȘtre, there's nothing that really distinguishes it as something special amongst the X-Men books. All-New has the O5, Uncanny has the revolution deal, X-Men has an all female team, Cable and X-Force has a fantastic cast that bounce off each other, but this title… I just can't find anything that's really defining about it.

X-Men #5

Jean Grey… such a problem child, so manipulative. I still can't really get over the fact that Scott was her second choice for all this. "I don't want to be confined to the future, Hank likes me, let's do that! Oh no, Hank is bailing, well I guess I'll use Scott for my escape plan, he loves me, he'll be down." I'm not crazy here, right? That's totally fucked up! Regardless, this has been a fun story so far, I'm not sure how it's going to pan out past people chasing Scott and Jean, but it definitely seems like loyalties are going to be changed, and we start to see that happen with Rachel and Kitty, then you start looking at the December solicits for Marvel and see Kitty in Uncanny, X-23 in All New for whatever reason, and that pretty much just guarantees some cast shake ups coming soon. I'm going to guess that the O5 won't be going home? But I could honestly see things go either way. I don't know, I'm having fun, so we'll see what happens.

Red Sonja #3

I feel like I'm going to start every blurb about this series with how much more I'm enjoying it than Batgirl at the moment. This book is just that much better. I mean, I read a lot, anyone who reads this weekly post knows that, but Gail Simone has effortlessly gotten me to care about this character, who prior to this I essentially knew as "red hair, sword, and metal bikini lady,"  in three short issues, which can be a tough feat, as I'm invested in a shit ton of characters already. This issue we got Sonja's origin, or how she turned into a badass basically, and well… "badass" is pretty much all you can call a 12 year old who hunts down, and kills 20+ men in a very violent and bloody fashion. This book is just all around entertaining, and I'm glad I gave it a shot.


  1. Black Manta deciding to kill the Syndicate isn't really thin, and I thought the Reverse-Flash used the abusive daddy trope effectively by telling the story through Daniel's eyes, instead of doing it through third person.

    1. It's super thin and predictable, he just wants to kill who killed his first target, the end. And telling the story through Danny's eyes or not, a trope is a trope, and there have been countless villains with bad childhoods.

    2. But it wasn't just the bad childhood that made Daniel Reverse-Flash, it was his entire history with bad decisions

    3. and his idea of "fixing it" is going back to his bad childhood, and killing his dad before it all goes bad.

    4. Yes, that's where it all started but to say that he became the monster he is now because his dad was a drunk is unjustly reducing the issue.
      And the Crime Syndicate also indirectly dug up Black Manta's grave

    5. Yeah, and I'm telling you, I've read a billion other stories about a guy who had an abusive dad. It's nothing new.

      And yeah, I read the issue. Doesn't change anything. It was a paper thin plot that could be accomplished in half the pages.

    6. I'm not saying its fresh, I'm saying that abusive does not equal Reverse Flash.
      I felt Black Manta was a bit rush towards the end, actually. So it couldve used some extra pages

  2. You should read Ghosted. It's pretty good.

    So I've been wondering, has anyone on the Interwebs asked if Danny is supposed to be Wally's dad? Cuz this issue stated Danny is Iris's only sibling and she's older than him, making him no older than, like, 28. If Wally exists, he's not going to be any older than, like, 10. Maybe older I suppose, but not that much.

    1. The simple answer is that Wally doesn't exist, and if he is ever introduced, it will be under different circumstances

    2. And don't forget there is always time-travel and retcons.