Aaron Ginsburg, Brian Michael Bendis, Chip Zdarsky, Chris Samnee, Clayton Henry, Clone, Daredevil, Dark Horse, David Marquez, David Schulner, Ed Brubaker, Emma Rios, Harbinger, Howard Chaykin, Image, Jordie Bellaire, Joshua Dysart, Juan Ferreyra, Juan Jose Ryp, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kiss Me Satan, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Mark Waid, Matt Fraction, Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT, Pretty Deadly, Rat Queens, Satellite Sam, Sex Criminals, Steve Epting, Ultimate Spider-Man, Valiant, Velvet, Wade McIntyre
This is actually, kinda, sorta on time.
- Mind MGMT #16 (Matt Kindt is the Thomas Edison of comics: he’s invented yet another way to make this book the most involved read on the rack. As important as this story is to the world Kindt’s been building, it is a stand alone issue. Do yourself a favor and pick it up, even if you’re not looking to add another title to your monthly haul; it’s a stunning example of what the medium can do.)
- Velvet #1 (I like the bad-ass Miss Moneypenny angle from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. The other angles–all of them right–come together to take the shape of an exceptionally executed exposition.)
- Pretty Deadly #1 (Pretty underwhelming. Not entirely Kelly Sue DeConnick’s fault, really. Sure, I wasn’t particularly taken by the–perhaps purposely–juvenile poetry that frames the issue, and Emma Rios’s art was often tough to translate; but I think the main problem is with me–with my bag. Not only am I already invested in wonderfully wild westerns–including BOOM!’s Six-Gun Gorilla, Image’s East of West, and Oni’s The Sixth Gun–I’m seeing similarities, which steal a bit from the experience. Even if they’re complete coincidences, which I assume they are, they’re enough to affect my experience here. To be fair, I’m going to meet #2 at high noon on or around Wednesday 11/27. We’ll see who flinches first.)
- Satellite Sam #4 (Had to spend extra time with it to suss out some of the dialogue. Time well spent. Who knew I’d be more interested in the early days of TV than I am in the recent exploits of Captain America and Superman? It’s not what I came back to comics for, but it’s why I’ll be sticking around: an original voice affected effortlessly by Matt Fraction and ridiculously detailed black & white artwork from Howard Chaykin.)
- Harbinger #17 (Wouldn’t have been so terrible if it were terrible, but it wasn’t. Peter and friends live to see another What’s I&N Store post.)
- Kiss Me, Satan #2 (Other things me, too, Satan. And make it fast because, despite Juan Ferreya’s art, I’m not sticking around for #3.)
- Rat Queens #2 (The joke ran the risk of getting stale–like a chunk of cheese on a ill-placed trap–but then came the end. “[Fudge] buckets,” indeed. At its best, like during the final two-page sequence, Kurtis J. Wiebe’s world spins not unlike something you’d see in Saga. At its worst, it reads like Fraction’s cutting-room floor. Here’s hoping for more of the best.)
- Clone #11 (I wasn’t sure where we were headed after #10. Now I know–and I’m stoked! All the way around, a terrific issue. The twriters [that’s tri-writers, to reflect the combined efforts of David Schulner, Aaron Ginsburg, and Wade McIntyre–did I just coin that?] continue to celebrate the unique experience that is the comic book page turn in this fast-paced effort; and the art from Juan Jose Ryp, with colors from Andy Troy, is at its detailed best. Really, really good.)
- Sex Criminals #2 (Even filthier than the first, which makes sense since we get the guy’s side here. It goes without saying that I found it hard to relate to. I have a friend, though, who found it remarkably resonant–especially the bit about the–umm–treasure in the woods.)
- Daredevil #32 (Quite a ride. Went from hard to diJester to frighteningly flavorful in a single course! Who would’ve thunk it: Mark Waid twists the political slog from #31 into something fiendishly fun and then, just as quickly, into something D-D-deadly. Two fantastic splashes from Chris Samnee, the best being the ironic “They’re not monsters!” monsterpiece. Hard to believe we’re that much closer to the end of this glorious run.)
- Ultimate Spider-Man #28 (Sad to say, I’m happy that this one’s done.)
Missed a few–The Massive, Numbercruncher, and Death Sentence–for one reason or another; but I won’t be without them for very long.
What did you think of this bag’s worth?