THAT’S A SENTENCE I NEVER HEARD BEFORE
BULK EDITION! Since I’ve been in the throes of moving for the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to review any comics. NO MORE! Today, I review 3 weeks worth of comics! And since only one of those weeks had any substantial amount of purchases, it should look like a normal comic!
UNCANNY AVENGERS #5: Let’s start with the big controversy from the past 2 weeks: wherein Havok decides that the common adjective for his people is a slur and that the appropriate term for people born with genetic enhancements is “Alex.” As you can see from the cover above is Havok, a blonde haired, blue eyed human looking mutant advocating assimilation instead of pride in his separate identity. This bothered some folks, and when they took to Twitter about it, Remender told them they could “drown in hobo piss,” a measured, reasonable response that immediately quelled any reader dissatisfaction with his understanding of minority identity politics. A lot of smart people have written some very interesting, thoughtful things about it, and I’m not going to rehash any of it except to say that some of the issues expressed with Havok’s stance have actually been directly addressed in prior issues of the comic–even earlier in this issue, Scarlet Witch is pissed that Havok is the face of the mutant half of the team, and that he’s not fighting for them enough. I firmly believe that this is going to be an ongoing topic addressed in the comic from multiple viewpoints. I wouldn’t expect nuance, subtlety or sensitivity from the guy who wrote Bulletstorm except I’ve seen that from him before (from both Psylocke and especially Deadpool in Uncanny X-Force). I believe his apology is sincere, and I’m going to give him another shot to see if he is actually looking at issues like language and assimilation vs. inclusion.
ACTION COMICS #18: Nothing I can say would be put any better than Laura Sneddon at the Beat did. This ending took the series from “jumbled mindscrewy mess” to absolutely beautiful, and followed through on all the themes about Superman that Morrison’s been talking about since he first got his hands on the character in JLA. This was an excellent issue and an excellent series, and I’m sad to see it go.
SUPERGIRL #18: I am not sad to see it go. I’m sad that I won’t have Mahmud Asrar’s art in my life, but as I mentioned last week, that wasn’t really there anyway.
WONDER WOMAN #18: The designs for the gods, both Greek and New, continue to be excellent. This issue we get to see Demeter, and the themes in the design would be on the nose if drawn by someone with less skill. The writing, on the other hand, is weird. Diana seems to be a secondary character in her own book, with the focus on filling out the DCU’s Greek pantheon. Orion is written with more dimension than he has been in any other medium I’ve seen, but he winks at the audience enough to feel like a Mary Sue (or barry sue? I don’t know). I’m not really complaining, just a little puzzled. It’s still a well done comic, but it doesn’t strike me as a specifically Wonder Woman comic.
SAGA #11 : I’m running out of ways to tell people how incredibly awesome this comic is. This issue added “hysterical” to the superlatives I’ve been saying. Everyone should be buying this comic.
HYPERNATURALS #10: I’m looking forward to seeing how this wraps up, especially now after the addition of a third or fourth group to the conflict.
DIAL H #11: This starts out with the morning after freakout of a fat guy and an old woman who just had sex as two superheroes. This book is incredible, and I love the little tie in with…
FLASH #18: Where Barry loses his powers because the dial stole them. Takara’s a great fill in for the regular team, though I am also worried about the continuity porn that seems to be coming up here.
YOUNG AVENGERS #3: Kid Loki is the reason I started reading this comic, and this issue really lets him loose to be as amazing as he was in Journey Into Mystery (a highly recommended comic that I came to late and in trade). McKelvie, Norton & Wilson are tremendous on art and draw excellent action sequences.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #18: A satisfying, unspectacular close to the magic war arc. It didn’t feel very substantive, though.
X-MEN LEGACY #8: A date issue about a kid whose mutant power is that he gets credit for everything that happens near him. I really could not help but be reminded of Mike Allred’s Prez issues of Sandman by Tan Eng Huat’s art in this comic. And the relationship between Blindfold and Legion is turning fantastic. I love this comic probably too much.
FIVE WEAPONS #2: It started out as a cute all ages book, but this issue was a little too vague and too cute. Still enjoyable, but almost like it wasn’t trying as hard.
THUNDERBOLTS #7: I loved this issue even more because of Phil Noto’s spectacular art. Dillon was great, but Noto is much more dynamic.
ALL STAR WESTERN #18: The breakup scene at the end was the funniest thing I’ve read in weeks, and Moritat is still killing it.
EAST OF WEST #1: This is the new post-apocalyptic alternate history comic from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, and it’s a pretty great start. Three horsemen of the apocalypse are riding their metal horses around the future Confederacy and killing bars full of people and also presidents and thus, we have THE MOST METAL COMIC BOOK OF ALL TIME. Also, Nick Dragotta looks a LOT like a cyberpunk Sal Buscema in this issue, and that’s a very good thing.
BATMAN INC. #9: Stoked to see my “Robin, Inc.” prediction taking shape in the book, but the real story here is what a great job Chris Burnham did in making sure that me, Batman and Bat Cow all felt exactly the same about Damian’s fate.
THE MASSIVE #10: This issue felt a little bit like wheel spinning to me. Jordie Bellaire is one of the best colorists in comics right now, though.
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