66. Comics Roundup

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66. Comics Roundup

Post  Patguy on Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:29 pm

100 Bullets—Dirty (vol. 12): Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
100 Bullets—Wilt (vol. 13): Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
Abe Sapien vol. 1: Mike Mignola and Jason Shawn Alexander
The Adventures of Tintin vol.1 (Tintin in America, Cigars of the Pharaohs, The Blue Lotus): Herge
All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder vol. 1: Frank Miller and Jim Lee
American Flagg! Definitive Collection vols. 1-2: Howard Chaykin
Angel—After the Fall vols. 1-2: Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch and Franco Urru
Astro City—The Dark Age vol. 1: Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson, et al.
Batman—Arkham Asylum: Living Hell: Dan Slott, Ryan Sook, et al.
Batman—Batman and Son: Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert and Jesse Delperdang
Batman—The Black Glove: Grant Morrison, J. H. Williams III and Tony S. Daniel
Batman—The Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul: Grant Morrison, Paul Dini, Peter Milligan, Fabien Nicieza, Keith Champagne, et al.
Blue Devil issues 1-31 and annual 1: Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn, et al.
B.P.R.D. vols. 3-11: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis, et al.
The Brave and the Bold vol. 1: Mark Waid and George Perez
Buffy the Vampire Slayer—Season 8 vols. 4-5: Joss Whedon, Karl Moline and Jeph Loeb
Captain Britain and MI:13 issues 9-15 and annual 1: Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk
Checkmate vols. 1-3: Greg Rucka and Jesus Saiz
El Diablo: Brian Azzarello and Danijel Zezelj
Dr. Blink, Superhero Shrink vol. 1: John Kovalic, Christopher Jones and Melissa Kaercher
Doctor Who Classics vols. 2-4: Pat Mills, John Wagner, Steve Moore, Steve Parkhouse, Dave Gibbons, et al.
Doctor Who—The Forgotten: Tony Lee, Pia Guerra, et al.
Essential Fantastic Four vol. 3: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Final Crisis issues 6-7: Grant Morrison, J. G. Jones, Doug Mahnke, et al.
The Flash—Emergency Stop: Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Paul Ryan and John Nyberg
The Flash—The Human Race : Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Paul Ryan and Pop Mhan
Gen13 issues 1-25: Brandon Choi, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Lee, et al.
Glamourpuss issues 5-10: Dave Sim
Global Frequency vols. 1-2: Warren Ellis, et al.
Green Lantern—The Sinestro Corps War vols. 1-2: Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason and Ethan Van Sciver
Green Lantern—Wanted: Hal Jordan: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, et al.
The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword: George R.R. Martin, Ben Avery, Mike S. Miller, et al.
Hellblazer issues 102-128, 144-145, 229: Paul Jenkins, Sean Phillips, Warren Pleece, Darko Macan, Gary Erskine, Mike Carey, John Paul Leon, et al.
Hellblazer—The Family Man: Jamie Delano, et al.
Hellblazer—The Laughing Magician: Andy Diggle, Leonardo Manco and Danijel Zezelj
Hellblazer—The Roots of Coincidence: Andy Diggle, Leonardo Manco and Giuseppe Camuncoli
Hellblazer—Scab: Peter Milligan, et al.
Hellboy—Weird Tales vol. 1: Various writers and artists
House of Mystery vols. 1-2: Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham, Luca Rossi, et al.
Justice League of America issues 28-40 and 80-Page Giant: Duane McDuffie, Len Wein, James Robinson, et al.
Justice League—Cry for Justice issues 1-5: James Robinson and Mauro Cascioli
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—Century vol. 1: Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2: Jerry Siegel, Otto Binder, Edmund Hamilton, Jim Shooter, et al.
Light of Thy Countenance: Alan Moore, Felipe Massafera and Antony Johnston
Lobster Johnson vol. 1: Mike Mignola and Jason Armstrong
Locke and Key—Welcome to Lovecraft: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Loveless vols. 1-3: Brian Azzarello, Marcelo Frusin, Daniel Zezelj and Werther Dell'edera
The Miskatonic Project—Bride of Dagon: Mark Ellis, Roy Thomas, RJM Lofficier, Brian Michael Bendis, et al.
Monster vols. 11-18: Naoki Urasawa
New Teen Titans Archive vol. 4: Marv Wolfman and George Perez
Outsiders/Checkmate—Checkout: Greg Rucka, Judd Winick, Joe Bennett and Matthew Clark
Reign in Hell issues 7-8: Keith Giffen, Tom Derenick, Bill Sienkiewicz and Stephen Jorge Segovia
Rose: Jeff Smith and Charles Vess
Queen and Country Definitive Edition vol. 4: Greg Rucka, et al.
The Question—The Five Books of Blood: Greg Rucka, et al.
Sandman Mystery Theatre vol. 7: Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle and Guy Davis
Secret Six issues 5-16: Gail Simone, Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood
Shade, the Changing Man vol. 1: Peter Milligan, Chris Bachalo and Mark Pennington
Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil: Jeff Smith
Small Favors vol. 1: Colleen Coover
The Spirit vols. 1-2: Darwyn Cooke, J. Bone, Dave Stewart and Jeph Loeb, et al.
Star Trek—Countdown: Mike Johnson, Tim Jones and David Messina
The Strange Adventures of H. P. Lovecraft issues 1-4: Mac Carter, Tony Salmons and Adam Byrne
Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Jon Sibal
Supreme vols. 1-2: Alan Moore, Chris Sprouse, Rick Veitch, et al.
Trinity issues 31-52: Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, et al.
Ultimate Iron Man II: Orson Scott Card, Pasqual Ferry and Leonardo Manco
Ultimate Spider-Man vols. 8-10: Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, e al.
The Umbrella Academy vols. 1-2: Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
Unknown Soldier vol. 1: Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli

Plus various others, including Amazing Spider-Man, Ambush Bug, The Authority, Batman, Batman/Doc Savage Special, Detective Comics, Doctor Who, A Dummy's Guide to Danger, Final Crisis: Secret Files, and Planetary.

More comics, good, bad and indifferent. A few older comics in there: Gen13, Supreme, American Flagg!, Blue Devil. Gen13 is pretty ridiculous, basically just an excuse for outrageous PG-13 cheesecake and dated mid-90s irony (there’s actually a superhero named “Grunge”!). I can’t decide whether I like it in a Maxim magazine sort of way, or hate it in a Maxim magazine sort of way. Blue Devil is great fun, Supreme is an underrated (and sadly unfinished) Alan Moore experiment, and American Flagg! is one of the best things Howard Chaykin ever did (although the cheesecake factor is pretty high in there too).

It’s a joy to reread the reprinted Doctor Who strips from Doctor Who Monthly again too, especially in these nice new professionally-colored, glossy paper editions. They’re a minor part of my childhood that I really enjoy revisiting. Shade, the Changing Man is quintessential early Vertigo: literary pretensions, shocking grotesquerie, and dubious artwork; I love it!

As for the Lovecraftiana, The Miskatonic Project and The Strange Adventures of H. P. Lovecraft are both halfway decent stories with pretty shitty art. Sadly, the recent explosion of interest in the Cthulhu Mythos has flooded the market with this sort of forgettable stuff.

100 Bullets has finally wrapped up, and that’s all fine, but the bloom came off it for me a while back, as the metaplot took more and more time away from the more interesting substories.

It’s still better than most of the crap DC has been putting out: Trinity, Cry for Justice, Reign in Hell, Frank Miller’s hilariously bad All Star Batman and Robin, Grant Morrison’s almost-indecipherable Final Crisis. Green Lantern has stayed strong, but Dwayne McDuffie was fired from Justice League, so that went all to hell. Checkmate and The Question are both unsurprising Greg Rucka scripts, which is to say, pretty good, but naggingly never as good as you think they should be. Secret Six is still cool, although Gail Simone might be pushing the “shocking violence” button just a little too often. The big surprise for me was the Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes storyline by Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns—one of the best Legion storylines I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot). I’d love to see Johns write for the Legion regularly, but I suppose that’s too much to ask, since he’s currently writing Green Lantern, The Flash, Blackest Night, Booster Gold and I don’t know what else.

Over at Marvel, Paul Cornell was writing a good series of Captain Britain, so naturally it was cancelled. Marvel continues to frustrate my attempts to find anything to like about them outside of Ultimate Spider-Man.

The Buffy stuff remains pretty good, although the “Angel Season Six” series is a little lackluster. Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy is surprisingly good, hovering just the right side of over-eccentric. My favorite comics this year might have been all of the B.P.R.D. and related material I caught up on—proof that Mike Mignola and company are still full of great ideas, and plausible evidence that even good corporate (i.e., DC and Marvel) stuff can’t compete creatively with good independent stuff. Small Favors is cute and cartoony lesbian porno, and I mean that literally. Thumbs up!

Alan Moore released another LoEG comic, this one nearly but not quite as self-indulgent as The Black Dossier. I like all this stuff, but it’s a little frustrating to see the best-ever comics writer wander further and further into such arcane material. Even an obsessive Moore fan like me finds it tiring to follow him down this obsessively referential path toward his Unified Fiction Theory, or whatever it is. I’m not asking for another Killing Joke, and I like Kurt Weill as much as the next guy, but come on: sixty-four pages of a lyrically-rewritten Threepenny Opera starring minor characters from minor turn-of-the-last-century novels? With mass slaughter and gang rape? Didn’t we get enough of that in the real twentieth century?

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