Alberto Alburquerque, All-New X-Men, Bedlam, Brian K. Vaughan, Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Wood, Charles Soule, Dark Horse, David Aja, Emma Rios, Fiona Staples, Garry Brown, Hawkeye, IDW, Image, J. Michael Straczynski, Joe's Comics, Jordie Bellaire, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kevin Eastman, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Letter 44, Marvel, Mateus Santolouco, Matt Fraction, Matt Hollingsworth, Matt Kindt, Mind MGMT, Nick Spencer, Oni Press, Pretty Deadly, Rat Queens, Roc Upchurch, Ryan Browne, Saga, Sidekick, Stuart Immonen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Massive, Tom Mandrake
The calm before the store…
- The Massive #17 (Dark Horse): Continues to be one of my favorites. In #11, Callum Israel, the unyielding–and anachronistic–idealist, stares down an agent of the new reality: whaler, Bors Borgsen. “Tomorrow [they] do go to war,” and I can’t wait.
- Mind MGMT #17 (Dark Horse): How much did I love #16? Let me count the ways: it was our #3 book of October.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #28 (IDW): “City Fall” comes to an end–and so too, sadly, does Mateus Santolouco’s run as the artist. Admission: I’ve enjoyed the arc a lot, more so than I expected to. Not much of a Turtles fan, I jumped on board because of Santolouco’s art; thing is, I just may stick around even after this one. Never would’ve guessed that in a million years.
- Bedlam #10 (Image): I’ve gone a long while with this one without feeling a connection to a single character. I should just drop the damn thing and be done with it once and for all. (Instead, I kinda feel like I’m the one being dropped–not unlike the fella falling to the pavement on the cover of #9.) Big words from someone who’s not standing in a comic shop filled with shiny new books–books that seem to know that I have the constitution of an secondhand accordion.
- Black Science #1 (Image): I’m not too sure if I’m going to bother with this. I know, I know: it’s an Image #1, and that usually means it’s gonna end up in my bag. But I’m carrying a pretty significant grudge: I’m not going to mince words: I hate what Rick Remender did with Captain America in the NOW! I couldn’t read past #3. I came back, mind you, once Remender pulled Cap out of Dimension Z. Still, everything was wrong–so terribly wrong. Traitorously wrong. The only reason I might even try this one is because sometimes writers I haven’t liked very much on established characters shine while developing their own. Yeah, that’s my science.
- Pretty Deadly #2 (Image): Expectations are pretty darned low after a muddled and all-too-familiar first issue. I’m going to be fair, though, and give it a flip through. Sometimes a series needs that second or third issue to take off and find its own space. I usually extend that courtesy to creators I like or characters I like; that’s not the case here, however. Maybe it’s because I’ve developed a weak spot for westerns of late. We’ll see.
- Rat Queens #3 (Image): The book’s got a bit of a Saga vibe, doesn’t it? Didn’t notice it so much in #1; but in #2, it’s pretty obvious–especially in the strong final note. “Buckets” of fun! I mean, it’s not nearly as refined, as deliberate; it’s exuberant prose, where Saga‘s poetry. Here we go: it’s as if Wiebe’s throwing all at the wall and is keeping everything that sticks and–aw, why the hell not?–everything that doesn’t. Despite its checkered execution, there’s plenty to like. Queen me!
- Saga #16 (Image): “Perfect, gumdrop.” And that’s all ye need to know.
- Sidekick #4 (Image): All that work–and for what? Talk about the St. Louis blues! Flyboy’s gotta be sidekicking himself! Heh. Mostly a solid issue. Certainly worth another shot.
- All-New X-Men #19 (Marvel): #18 was better than I expected it to be. Could do without the new unis, though. Brought me back–appropriately, I suspect–to my initial reaction to the awful uniforms donned by the very same bunch upon their “dramatic return” in X-Factor #1 (1986).
- Hawkeye #14 (Marvel): I loved #13. In fact, it was this close to making our Top 5 for October. It’s Matt Fraction at his heroic best. Doesn’t hurt that he’s got David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth affirming it all with their artistic version of the truth. Fraction may be hitting the haystack with Sex Criminals; here, however, he’s center bull.
- Letter 44 #2 (Oni Press): I said my peace–fighting words for some–about #1 over on our Top 5 for October. Thing is, it wasn’t a part of the Top 5–it was our Biggest Dis. Despite the dis–a pretty friendly one, if I’m being honest–I’m hoping that something significant happens here. If Soule drags out the reveal of the aliens, I’m off–unless President Blades shines again. Then I may stick around for another. Accordion, indeed.
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?