Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stack Rundown, 01/31/2015

Hey look at that, I have a bunch of comics to read again! It's been awhile since I had a lot to read, hell, I didn't read my last two issues of this week until a couple of minutes ago!

The Multiversity Guidebook #1

Alright, at this point, I’m not even going to pretend I have a good grasp on whatever the fuck is happening. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to rationalize this as if Grant Morrison actually gives a fuck about the current DCU and it’s continuity with Darkseid and all that, because if you really start trying to map it all out, I’m pretty sure that’s what causes 5th dimensional brain tumors. So some shit going down with the Multiverse, apparently there are multiple Big Bardas, but there’s only supposed to be one set of New Gods… Darkseid is being summoned by the Super Monitor… but Darkseid is already around… Stuff… HEY, it was cool we finally got an earth-by-earth detailed list of each universe… So there’s that… But yeah, I’m confused. BUT IT’S STILL GREAT, GODDAMNIT. 

Thor #4

My new job is to write Thor slashfic where Thor bangs Thor. I’ll have volumes upon volumes of nonsense based around the terrible cheap shot of a joke that is Thor banging Thor. You just watch! So, I mean… is there any doubt that Lady Thor is Roz now? I guess next issue will have Bro Thor sort of trying to figure it out, but I mean, come on… It just seems so obvious at this point. Kind of wish they weren’t so damn dead-set on dragging the whole thing out, especially if it just becomes obvious over time. Or if they don’t want any of the characters to know, just let the readers find out and have that dramatic irony going. I don’t know, whatever. I’m interested to see where this title continues to go now that the introductions and acceptance is over. There were some hints to a future story on the last page, but nothing that seemed all that immediate.

Deadpool #41

Weird issue. With the “end” of Deadpool looming, you’d figure they’d go for one of those “bigger” stories that usually comes from this series, but I didn’t get a whole lot of sense that the story that started in this issue with Deadpool getting hired as a Roxxon merc aimed at some pesky Middle Eastern citizens (in their works), only to turn and help the innocents he was supposed to kill, was anything more than that. I have a feeling the whole Deadpool dead is just going to be a giant bait and switch (SURPRISE!) and the book is just going to continue on as usual following the #250 issue… maybe it’ll get a relaunch. Time for a “All-New” prefix to be added.

Secret Avengers #12

I had to laugh a bit in this issue at the part where MODOK basically goes “I don’t know where the bad guy is and unless he does some cliched thing like gloat about it, I won’t be able to find… ::phone rings:: oh, well then.” but at the same time, this was totally one of those issues where it’s just “Exposition! Here was my evil plan, but it’s cool, cus I don’t want to do that now!” Layers! It was definitely an entertaining issue with your standard amount of humor and weirdness that’s expected out of the book. We’re in full on “close this sucker” out mode, so I expect nothing but conflict and weirdness in these next three issues.

Uncanny Avengers #1

Axis… It came and went, and like Original Sin, had a lasting effect on a very few number of books. Hell, I can’t really think of another book other than this one that Axis left a permanent mark on. Regardless, if you know me, you know I am a fan of Rick Remender’s work, so of course I’m on board with a new Uncanny Avengers book. That said, man was this a weird start. The new cast seems like it’s going to be fun, I’ll give the book that, but starting it off on an alternate Earth of sorts right off the bat just had me completely lost. I also found it weird that we’re finally at a point where things aren’t really being built off of Uncanny X-Force. Sure, you can connect the dots, but Uncanny Avengers had Red Skull tied in with the Apocalypse Twins who came all the way from X-Force, and Axis sort of closed the book on all that, so here we are with a weird fresh start of sorts. Given most everything is new, it’s really hard for me to grasp the scope and really make a judgment of opinion on it, but I’m definitely in for the long haul, so I’m sure I’ll get there.

Bitch Planet #2

Yeah, I think I’m out on this one. With the first issue, it was sort of hard not to see a bunch of people on twitter like “THIS IS THE GREATEST THING EVER!” and if you remember my thoughts on it, you’ll know I thought it was just alright. This issue, I read it and by the end I was just bored. I think the problem is that when I heard it was going to be a riff on campy exploitation films, I took “campy” and assumed it would be more over the top and crazy in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. I think in the end for me, I find that the book takes itself too seriously, and maybe that’s the point for DeConnick if she intends it to be more empowering than exploitative. I don’t know, just not for me in the end, no big deal.

Sex Criminals #10

It’s always good to have new Sex Criminals issues, but this particular issue was kind of a let down given that it was the closure to the second volume. It was just generally pretty anticlimactic… did the personal drama well, but it just sort of ends and now I’ve got to wait a couple more months for it to return. I mean… Jon, Suzie and Professor Former Pornstar enter The Quiet at the same time and the bad guys just going “We’re going to… DO SOMETHING.” Well, alright then… they’re the antagonists, so I’d certainly hope they’d do something, but I guess we’ll have to find out in April or something. I don’t know, just not a very strong issue for my taste.

Rasputin #4

This one just continues to be weird. It both has an overarching story… sorta, but at the same time, it doesn’t? If that makes any sense, I guess. Each issue is just an individual story, which I guess counts as a flashback, with the plot of Rasputin’s friends trying to kill him throughout each. It’s an interesting format, but I’ve got to wonder what it is building towards, if anything? I don’t really see how this book is sustainable in terms of long term plot if this is what the book is going to be like. I’m interested to see what format the story will take following say the first collected trade, but I’m also wondering if it’d be worth it at all? Regardless of my hesitation, art still looks fantastic.

Revival #27

Every now and then this book goes from progressing everything pretty gradually to “shit hits the fucking fan” and then some. This was a shit fan then some sort of issue with Em’s boyfriend being found/not dead, Dana getting captured, and Ibrahaim being abducted, or something along those lines. It’s hard to talk about this series so deep into the plot in a way that would make sense to anyone not reading the book, so… I’m just not gonna! Just know that there is a lot going on in this book at all times, and it’s usually pretty damn good, that said, this is one of those issues where all that stuff goes “AND NOW IT’S CRAZY!” and I appreciate crazy.

Effigy #1

Hey, did you know Vertigo had a new series from Tim Seeley out this week? I’m going to bet there’s a good chance you didn’t because DC’s promotion just sort of sucks. I tend to think that saving a meager wave of interviews for the day before isn’t the most well thought out media blitz, but whatever. It came out, it was good. Basic premise is you got a former child star who became irrelevant, released a sex tape to try and recreate her career, didn’t work out, moves back to her home town with her (fame obsessed) mother, becomes a cop, crimes involving her old show start happening. It’s an interesting premise and with sex, fame culture, murders and indian burial grounds, it has all the elements that could make up a good weird Tim Seeley written book, so I’m very much looking forward to where it goes. I will say that if there was one thing that I wasn’t huge on, the art was a bit underwhelming for my tastes. Just looked rather plain in some spots. I’m sure I’ll grow to appreciate it, but it just didn’t make the best first impression with me.


  1. The New Gods say that they have multiple "emanations" across the worlds, so one could describe it as the Earth-51 New Gods being like a pebble thrown into a pond, and all the iterations of the New Gods in other universes are products of the ripple from those pebbles. Darkseid in particular is apparently trying to act as a god by dint of his "shattered fragments", so I guess his crummy Geoff Johns-penned self is just one fragment/emanation of the one whose tomb is on Earth-51. It's much the same way Darkseid in the pre-Flashpoint universe was "the hole in things", trying to reincarnate as both Bruce and Dr. Hurt, Terrible Turpin, and Boss Dark Side at various times while also being killed by Orion at some vague future point which allowed him to fall backwards in time to become Boss Dark Side and enact his big Final Crisis/Return of Bruce Wayne plan in the first place. They're Sci Fi Gods, so they exist in a lot of different ways across the multiverse.