Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Comics for 7/2

Let's get right to it:

Punisher War Journal 21

Basic Plot: Catfight.

Yeah, pretty much that. Um, okay? I thought it was weird, and didn't really like it. Especially since I have not liked this arc in general, and think that Chaykin doesn't have good art. When I can't tell the difference between Punisher and the guy in a Punisher outfit (can't remember his name), I consider that bad. Sure, maybe he is supposed to look similar, but they really don't have the same face, at least they didn't in the issue of Punisher War Journal where Tony visits GW, Winter Soldier visits Frank and Jigsaw and Lady Jigsaw take in the kid and talk with him. Chaykin just makes everybody look similar, as you can't tell things in the art. Poses look awkward, and aside from that, it's scratchy and misshapen. Should I stop? Bottom line, unless they get a new artist and writer, I won't read after the arc is over. Man, I just keep quitting comics left and right, it seems.

Ultimate Origins 2

Don't know, didn't get it.

Squadron Supreme 2 #1

Basic Plot: Set 5 years after Supreme Power, stuff happens.

Um, really bizarre. Like, really bizarre. I don't really get it. I was hoping they would at least explain the Hyperion/Nighthawk/Blur v Redstone battle, All they say is in the beginning, with "Months after forming, the team fought a superhuman serial killer named Michael Redstone. The results of that battle are spoken in hushed whispers, if they are spoken at all..." Um, okay? This isn't the book I liked. This is different, and while not bad, not good. I think I know the problem, though. Howard Chaykin is the writer. I didn't know he wrote. The story is weird. All I can really say. I'll try and see where they take it, but without the main people, this isn't Squadron Supreme, it's just some weird story.

Blue Beetle 28

Basic Plot: A beast from Blue Beetle's past comes to El Paso.

Oh, and by Blue Beetle, I mean the original Blue Beetle. Not Ted, but Dan Garrett. The story is fun more than anything. It is a stand-alone, not meant to have much impact, I believe. He fights this giant dog-beast, who you can tell is just acting like a dog would. Chewed all the tires at a tire store, took and ate a lot of tripe, destroyed lots of flowers, etc. Kind of crazy. Anyway, a fun story, where nothing happens. I still enjoyed it, but it didn't really do anything. I guess, the best you can do is say that people punish themselves often a whole lot more than other people can.

Amazing Spider-Man 564

Basic Plot: Spidey goes after Overdrive, and it is told from three perspectives.

Um, Rashomon/Vantage Point in comic form? Kind of interesting, but all in all, I just want classic Spidey. If they are ruining Spidey's backstory and going back to a more classic feel, I want more classic villains. Not these weird new ones. It just gets on my nerves. The story is meh, with some humorous stuff by Slott in his part, where Overdrive tells his side, but all in all, meh.

Astonishing X-Men 25

Basic Plot: The X-Men set up shop in SF.

I like the San Francisco background. Having been raised in SF, I do enjoy it a lot, seeing it here. The story itself hasn't gone anywhere, and like FF with Millar, or some other stories, I really don't mind. It's taking its time and hopefully will do something good when it gets there. I do like Hisako, and she is done well here. I do miss Colossus and Kitty (though I understand why Kitty is gone), and think Storm is weird to be there. Not that I dislike Storm, but think it is weird that the Queen of Wakanda is spending her time running about with the X-Men like old times (even though, like Cyclops said, this isn't like old times (they go to the cops, who called them over, in civilian clothes, to make them more comfortable).

Avengers/Invaders 3

Secret Invasion: Front Line 1

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