My Comics Run at the End of July
My comic book buying is spotty and inconsistent at best. I cannot always go to Bankstons (the local comic book shop) or Hastings. Nor can I buy all the books I would like. So, I buy only those books I want to buy when I can buy them. Which makes for a very interesting run much of the time. So, how was my last run?
Pretty good, I must say. I finally picked up Dial H #3 and Wonder Woman #11. And I finally picked up my first Marvel comic in years with Captain Marvel #1.
As far as Dial H #3 is concerned, I want to do another joint review with Earth 2. So expect a quadruple review when I get Earth 2 #4 and Dial H #4 this Friday (I hope).
But, let’s take a look at Wonder Woman #11. I will admit that I haven’t been following Azzarello and Chiang’s run on the series. And seriously? I’m kicking myself for it.
Writing a good Wonder Woman series has been troublesome for years now. In the past decade, how many different takes on Wonder Woman have there been? Personally, Azzarello’s take on Wonder Woman is what I’ve been craving. I love it that Wonder Woman is firmly entrenched within her mythological context. I agree with Sara Lima of Comic Vine when she calls Wonder Woman the Greek mythological version of Fables.
This new take works far better than anything I’ve read in Wonder Woman from the past decade, at least.
Moving on to Captain Marvel #1, this book is freaking awesome. Kelly Sue Deconnick does an amazing job with this first issue. As someone who is unfamiliar with Ms. Marvel, I feel that I did not need to know all of her back story. The essentials are given in a way that seamlessly fits into the story. And the characterization, amazing.
Dexter Soy’s art work is amazing. I rather like the “painted” style of coloring that some Marvel series have been utilizing for a few years now. And the art work here is very good.
So, if you haven’t picked up Earth 2, Dial H, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel, why not? Don’t kick yourself later!
Looking forward, I am certain to continue collecting Earth 2 and Dial H. Other DC titles I’ll probably pick up first issues or random jumping on points. I would like to pick up Wonder Woman, Batman, and Justice League Dark, though.
As for drops? Well, I hate to do this, but I’m going to have to walk away from a few titles for now. Stormwatch during Milligan’s run has been very lackluster. So until the direction changes or a new team is placed on the book, I’m done with the title.
The same is true for Teen Titans. I haven’t really kept up with Titans, but what I’ve read and heard does not give me much hope. So, again, I’m done till a new creative team comes on board.
In a previous post, I mentioned that Marvel had nothing that interested me. Well, I was wrong. Captain Marvel looks to be a keeper. And I’m planning on checking out Gambit when it hits later this month.
Looking out to the future, I’m excited by Uncanny Avengers, All New X-Men, and whatever new Young Avengers/Kid Loki/ Teen Heroes book has been teased (as long as it isn’t written by Allan Heinberg).
I realize now that I’ve given Marvel a short shrift over the past few months. I’m positively kicking myself for not having gone after Remender’s Uncanny X-Force and especially Gillen’s Journey into Mystery. But, there are always the collected editions. . .
Anyway, that is it for this post. The months to come look to be very interesting in the world of comics.
Posted on July 31, 2012, in Books and tagged Brian Azzarello, Captain Marvel, China Mieville, Cliff Chiang, comic books, Comic Vine, DC, Dexter Soy, Dial H, Earth 2, James Robinson, Keiron Gillen, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Marvel, Rick Remender, Sara Lima, Wonder Woman. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.