Sunday, October 18, 2015

Stack Rundown, 10/18/2015

Join me, as I find it increasingly hard to care about anything DC publishes outside of the books I cover for this site, Omega Men, Justice League and Midnighter! DC YOU, right guys?!

Justice League of America #4

I’m not going to lie, I’m teetering on the edge with this one. I’m somewhere between not caring anymore and being like “well, there’s something about it that keeps me reading.” It feels like a movie and we got an idea of what the bad part of Rao is this issue. What I’m finding bothersome is just the lack of getting the little details right. I know this book gives no fucks about continuity, but it is operating on base New 52 continuity, so could we at least get the name of Aquaman’s home right? Or use the same design for the fortress of solitude? There was also a scene where Batman is talking to Superman and Cyborg, gets attacked, but in the next panel the screen he’s on features him just sitting there talking like nothing happened, then the next time we cut back to him, he’s still getting attacked. Just came off as sloppy… Also, I guess this book is going to crossover with actual Justice League next year? Trying to figure out how this is going to go from “Who cares about continuity” to “Continuity!!!” Yeah, I don’t know about this one anymore… but I do know and I’m going to continue reading it? CONFLICTING FEELINGS!

Starfire #5

Okay, I think I’m out for good on this one. I just don’t really care at all and the book is just starting to get all over the place… Weird dude who cures cancer by taking the cancer in, Starfire sees this by touching him, alien bounty hunter looking for her, and she works at an Aquarium? Yeah, I don’t know. It’s just all over the place and I just can’t make myself care about any of it anymore. I’ll read the Grayson issue and then I’m out for good.

Uncanny Avengers #1

I’m skeptical of this book. If I learned anything from Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2, it is to be super suspect of follow up volumes of books created specifically for Rick Remender’s long spanning story. Uncanny X-Force and Avengers told one big story… that got super fucked over by Axis then a second volume of UA specifically created to go “fuck you” to Fox and retcon Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, but still! Those two books were fucking great. Then Uncanny X-Force Vol. 2 was hot garbage and now we’re here with UA Vol. 3 and it’s super different… THAT SAID. I do find Gerry Duggan’s work to be entertaining and he did work with Remender on some UA stuff before, so I’m a little more open minded. I guess we’re dealing with some Inhuman stuff which, I don’t really care about, but we’ll see… Deadpool is a fun addition, I liked the nods to the story Duggan did with Wade, Cap and Wolverine. I mean, I don’t know, it was a fun issue, I’ll stick around to see, but it’s definitely Uncanny Avengers in name only, and that’s a hangup I don’t know if I can get over.

Sex Criminals #13

This issue was worth it simply for that one page gag that was inspired by the Harvey Award nonsense surrounding the book (Won an award for best humor publication, but Zdarsky was the only one credited, he turned it down). Other than that, we meet a new character who is asexual and for some reason is super protective over the quiet or something? I don’t know, it was pretty much all focused on her, and just sort of educating readers on what asexuality is. Alright issue. Was one of those more “hey, this is a series book sometimes” ones. Kind of weird going from Sailor Jizz anime tentacle monster to this, but hey, whatever. Subvert expectations, right?

I Hate Fairyland #1

I like this book for the most basic reasons, it is crude and violent. I’ve got a soft spot for the kids swearing thing, I think it’s hilarious, but this book take it a step or two farther with this 30 something in 10 year old’s body who has been lost in Fairyland for 20 some odd years… So she’s swearing, killing anything who annoys her, eating mushroom people and getting high, all that sort of stuff. This book isn’t trying to be anything more than what it presents itself as and man is it fun. While other Image #1’s haven’t exactly grabbed me with the story their trying to tell, this one did so just with dumb humor and violence, and some times that just’s all I need.

The Wicked + The Divine #14

This was weird… the issue just did nothing for me. I didn’t react to it at all, I just sort of read it and went “huh,” then moved on. I’m not even sure what was really happening if anything at all. Okami girl and the one who just became a god argued about some shit and some privilege got checked (WEEOOOW WEEOOOW, sup brah?!) and then they stopped and that was it… yeah, kind of a weak issue for me.

Low #10

So here you are thinking you’ve got Rick Remender figured out, ready to kill a character off in the typical “I’ll sacrifice myself so everyone else can live on, thus redeeming my shitty life prior to this moment” cliche… Then you remember this is like the one Rick Remender book that features hope and optimism (kind of the point) and hooray, character saved! That said, I can’t remember the character’s name and we met him only like a couple issues ago… well, we at least got to know who he was, could have shown up earlier, I don’t remember, but the point IS… Remender didn’t kill a character, and that’s something new! Hah.

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