Ales Kot, All-New Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Astro City, BOOM!, Brent Eric Anderson, Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Wood, Chris Burnham, Convergence, Coppperhead, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Descender, Dustin Nguyen, Evil Empire, Fiona Staples, Grant Morrison, IDW, Image, Jay Faerber, Jeff Lemire, Kurt Busiek, Marvel, Matt Fraction, Max Bemis, My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic, Nameless, Nick Spencer, ODY-C, Ramon Perez, Rebels, Saga, Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Scott Lobdell, The Surface, Vertigo, Victor Santos, zero
Here’s What’s I&N Store: The Spring Break Edition. It’s a lot like the MTV Spring Break shows of the late-’80s, just without the alcohol and the butt floss.
OK, so it’s nothing like the MTV Spring Break shows of the ’80s.
- Rebels #1 (Dark Horse): Just I&N and I&N Demand I’m grabbing this one and I’m grabbing it fast! How fast? Howard Fast–that how fast. Man. That’s pretty damn fast. It’s not as fast as I’d like, though. See: my guy doesn’t open until Noon. So, instead of picking up my book on a fine April morning, I’ll be picking it up in the afternoon. Hey: either way, it works for me. I’m just excited to get something original from Brian Wood, one of our favorite writers. In fact, his recently completed Dark Horse series earned the #5 spot in our Top Ten of 2014. But this–this–may be an even more massive undertaking. There’s a Revolution calling–and I’m picking up. Fast.
- Astro City #22 (DC/Vertigo): You know, it’s funny: I didn’t care for the Quarrel arc at all until, wouldn’t you know, “The End of the Trail.” #21 hit some decent notes, including the all-in, action-packed opening and the honesty that fueled the resolution. But as someone who has been critical of the arc, I found the final page the most honest bit of writing that Busiek has done outside of The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw lo these last several months. I know, I know: I’m hearing what I want to hear; but, come on, it’s pretty remarkable that Samaritan says, “There’s got to be a better way than this. We’re losing people we shouldn’t lose.” Um, yeah! Hello! “Good hearts, good minds.” My heart! My mind! “There’s got to be a fix”–yes, indeed! “We can’t leave it like this…” Mr. Busiek, I suspect you won’t. That’s why I’m willing to stick around. Good talk, by the way.
- Convergence #1 (DC): Ouch. Dan Jurgen’s super-redundant #0 left me feeling super-loopy; it left me feeling like I want to be left out of the latest reboot loop. Are we kicking things off in the Bizarro world or something? Because I can’t imagine that Scott Lobdell’s name is much of a selling point nowadays. I guess if your plan is to destroy the Universe as we know it…
- Copperhead #6 (Image): Copperhead started off really, really well. Then it became, well, pretty run-of-the-mill. Hey, I get it: it’s tough to keep the magic going. Correspondingly, it gets tougher to keep the money flowing.
- Descender #2 (Image): Look: #1 was OK. It was familiar and cheesy and did what it needed to do for a first issue. But it wasn’t the big book that many of the review sites built it up to be. Gotta give my man Derek props for his prediction, which may or may not play out: he expects Descender to play out a lot like Sweet Tooth, which I haven’t read. I do know, however, that Lemire’s not afraid to lean on stuff he’s already written. I’m willing to go at least two deep to see if he’s got something new–at least in my sphere–something that’ll hit me like Essex County or Trillium.
- Nameless #3 (Image): I&N Demand Let’s be honest with each other: #1 wasn’t all that good. (Granted, it was a #1–even more, it was a Morrison #1.) #2, however, asserted very adamantly, “We’re all good,” what with that terrific twist and all. So, yeah, I’m glad I didn’t cross this one off of my list. It may claim to be Nameless, but it’s kinda Namemore, isn’t it? I mean, Morrison and Burnham are names that sell, names that deliver. Scott Lobdell, however…
- ODY-C #4 (Image): There’s something messy about it, but I’m still digging it.
- Saga #27 (Image): Saga always leaves me foaming at the mouth.
- The Surface #2 (Image): I don’t know: I didn’t like #1 very much. Might be because I’m stupid. Might also be because Ales Kot–who’s killing it on Zero, our #7 book of 2014–can be pretty incomprehensible at times. No, really: I skimmed through it. I never skim through a comic. I skimmed through this one, though, because I couldn’t connect to it. Odd, right? Especially considering the clever social commentary about being hyper-connected…
- All-New Hawkeye #2 (Marvel): Fraction’s baby should’ve been put to sleep for good. But it wasn’t. Instead, Lemire’s in charge; and, as usual, he’s reaching into his quiver of tricks–this time back-waaaaaaay back–to Trillium. That’s right: the last page, if anything, was a flipping warning. Yeah, I’m leaning toward passing.
- Ant-Man #4 (Marvel) I&N Demand Ant-Man is a big book–a huge book! We loved #2 enough to name it one of our Top 5 Books of February. #3 was pretty awesome, too. I mean, c’mon: the Taskmaster? And how about the line of the year so far: “Pick a theme!” Yeah, I laughed out loud. Thank you, Mr. Spencer! Something tells me that we’ll be celebrating your book again! Yeah, it’s more than just a little vice at this point, ain’t it?
- Evil Empire #12 (BOOM!): Suddenly, I’m not so excited about Evil Empire. Doesn’t feel as tight. And, if I’m being honest, Victor Santos’s art hasn’t lived up to the standard set by those who have come before him. I’m pretty invested at this point, so I can’t imagine jumping off.
Avery’s Pick of the Week
- Scooby Doo Where Are You? #56 (DC): Of all of the comics I’ve bought for Avery, the ones I reread the most are Scooby Doo books. She loves the big reveals!
- My Little Pony: Fiendship Is Magic #2 (IDW): That’s right: my baby girl loves her some evil ponies.
What are you looking forward to this week?