64. Comics Roundup

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64. Comics Roundup

Post  Patguy on Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:05 am

30 Days of Night—Beyond Barrow: Steve Niles and Bill Sienkiewicz
Angel—After the Fall vols. 3-4: Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch, Nick Runge, et al.
Animal Man issues 1-4: Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman and Dan Green
Annihilation Classic: Bill Mantlo, Mike Mignola, Roy Thomas, et al.
Annihilation vols. 1-3: Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, et al.
Annihilation—Conquest vols. 1-2: Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Christos Gage, et al.
Annihilators issues 1-4: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Tan Eng Huat and Timothy Green II
Annihilators—Earthfall issues 1-4: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Tan Eng Huat and Timothy Green II
The Ballad of Halo Jones: Alan Moore and Ian Gibson
Batman—The Long Halloween: Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
Batman—The Man Who Laughs: Ed Brubaker, Doug Mahnke, Patrick Zircher and Aaron Sowd
Batman and Robin vols. 1-2: Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, et al.
Blackest Night: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert and Joe Prado
B.P.R.D.—Being Human: Mike Mignola, et al.
B.P.R.D.—Hell on Earth vol. 1: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Guy Davis
Brightest Day Aftermath—The Search for Swamp Thing issues 1-3: Jonathan Vankin, Marco Castiello and Vincenzo Acunzo
Buffy the Vampire Slayer vol. 8: Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, et al.
Essential Captain America vol. 1: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Captain America—Road to Reborn: Ed Brubaker, et al.
Captain America—Reborn: Ed Brubaker, Bryan Hitch and Butch Guice
Captain America—Two Americas: Ed Brubaker, Luke Ross and Butch Guice
Captain America—No Escape: Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice and Mitch Breitweiser
Carl Barks’ Greatest DuckTales Stories vols. 1-2: Carl Barks
Chaos War: Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Khoi Pham
Daredevil vols. 8, 12: David Mack, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
Dark Entries: Ian Rankin
Demon Knights issues 1-4: Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert
Doctor Who—Agent Provocateur: Gary Russell, et al.
Doctor Who vol. 3: Tony Lee, Matthew Dow Smith, et al.
Elric—The Balance Lost issues 1-6: Chris Roberson and Francesco Biagini
Firestorm, the Nuclear Man: Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, George Perez, Klaud Janson, et al.
The Flash—Rebirth: Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver
Ghost Rider—Hell Bent & Heaven Bound: Jason Aaron, Tan Eng Huat, et al.
Ghost Rider—The Last Stand: Jason Aaron, Tan Eng Huat, et al.
Ghost Rider—Trials and Tribulations: Jason Aaron, et al.
Green Lantern—Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Geoff Johns, Ron Marz, et al.
Green Lantern—Blackest Night: Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
Guardians of the Galaxy vols. 1-3: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Paul Pelletier and Rick Magyar
Hack/Slash omnibuses 2-3: Tim Seeley, Emily Stone, et al.
Hark! A Vagrant: Kate Beaton
Hellblazer—City of Demons: Si Spencer and Sean Murphy
Hellblazer—Pandemonium: Jamie Delano and Jock
Hellblazer—Bloody Carnations: Peter Milligan, et al.
Hellboy vol. 11: Mike Mignola, et al.
House of Mystery vols. 5-6: Matthew Sturges, Luca Rossi, Jose Marzan, Jr., et al.
The Immortal Iron Fist vols. 4-5: Duane Swierczynski, et al.
Immortal Weapons: Jason Aaron, Duane Swierczynski, et al.
Incognito—Bad Influences: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Incorruptible vols. 3-5: Mark Waid and Marcio Takara
Incredible Hercules—The New Prince of Power: Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, et al.
The Infinity Gauntlet: Jim Starlin, George Perez and Ron Lim
The Invincible Iron Man vols. 4-7: Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca, et al.
Irredeemable vols. 5-7: Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Diego Barreto
Jonah Hex—Luck Runs Out: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Russ Heath and Jordi Bernet
Jonah Hex—Bullets Don’t Lie: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, et al.
Jonah Hex—Lead Poisoning: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jodi Bernet and David Michael Beck
Jonah Hex—The Six Gun War: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Cristiano Cusina
Jonah Hex—Counting Corpses: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, et al.
Jonah Hex—Tall Tales: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, et al.
Jonah Hex—No Way Back: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Tony DeZuniga
Jonah Hex—Bury Me in Hell: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, et al.
Justice League issues 1-2: Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Justice League Dark issues 1-4: Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin
Justice League—Generation Lost issues 18-24: Judd Winick, Aaron Lopresti, et al.
Knight and Squire: Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—Century vol. 2: Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
Legionnaires 3 issues 1-4: Keith Giffen, Mindy Newell, Ernie Colón, et al.
Locke and Key vol. 3: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Nemesis: Mark Millar and Steve McNiven
Neonomicon issues 3-4: Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows
Night Force (vol. 1) issues 1-14: Marv Wolfman and Gene Colon
Night Force (vol. 2) issues 1-12: Marv Wolfman, Brent Anderson, Eduardo Barreto, et al.
Nova vols. 1-3, 5: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, et al.
Richard Stark’s Parker vols. 1-2: Darwyn Cooke
Potter’s Field: Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta
The Question issues 1-6: Rick Veitch and Tomy Lee Edwards
The Question—Pipeline: Greg Rucka, Cully Hamner, et al.
Realm of Kings: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, et al.
Scalped vols. 7-8: Jason Aaron, R. M. Guera, Danijel Zezelj and Davide Furno
Secret Avengers vols. 1-2: Ed Brubaker, Mike Deodato Jr., et al.
Secret Seven issues 1-3: Peter Milligan, George Perez, et al.
Secret Six issues 29-36: Gail Simone and Marcos Marz
She-Hulk vols. 4-5: Dan Slott, et al.
Stormwatch issues 1-4: Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda
Strange Tales vols. 1-2: various writers and artists
Taskmaster—Unthinkable: Fred Van Lente and Jefte Palo
The Thanos Imperative: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker and Miguel Sepulveda
Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson vol. 3: Walt Simonson, et al.
Thunderbolts Classic vol. 1: Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, et al.
Ultimate Comics Avengers vols. 2-4: Mark Millar, Leinil Francis Yu, Steve Dillon, et al.
Ultimate Comics Captain America: Jason Aaron and Ron Garney
Ultimate Comics Doomsday: Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval
Ultimate Comics Iron Man—Armor Wars: Warren Ellis and Steve Kurth
Ultimate Comics New Ultimates vol. 1: Jeph Loeb and Frank Cho
Ultimate Comics Thor: Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco
Ultimate Fantastic Four vols. 1-6: Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Mike Carey, et al.
Ultimate Origins: Brian Michael Bendis and Butch Guice
Ultimate Power: Brian Michael Bendis, J. Michael Straczynski, Jeph Loeb, Greg Land, et al.
Ultimate War: Mark Millar and Chris Bachalo
Ultimatum: Jeph Loeb, David Finch, Joe Madureira and Christian Lichtner
Unknown Soldier vol. 3: Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli
The Unwritten vols. 3-4: Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly, Vince Locke and Al Davison
The Walking Dead vols. 14-15: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn
War of Kings—Road to War of Kings: Christopher Yost, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, et al.
War of Kings: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Paul Pelletier, et al.
Welcome to Tranquility vols. 1-2: Gail Simone and Neil Googe

Plus various other issues of Action Comics, DC Comics Presents, DC Retroactive 1990s—Justice League America, Gen 13, Hellblazer, Jimmy Olsen, Superman Adventures, Weird Western Tales.

Lest we forget, 2011 was also a year of comics!

The good:
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s intertwining space operas for Marvel (Annihilation, Nova, War of Kings, etc.) were some of my best discoveries, and really showed off what talented writers can do with a big open universe like Marvel’s. The Walking Dead is amazingly still fresh after all this time. B.P.R.D. and anything Mignola-related remain some of the best comics out there. And anything Ed Brubaker writes is worth a read, even if they start to feel a bit samey after a while. Secret Six ended its run, and will be greatly missed.

The bad:
I read very little that was bad, but much that was underwhelming (but see “The Ugly,” below). The new Elric series is not so much bad as it is lackluster. Moorcock could have written it in his sleep, and probably did, back in 1974. Paul Cornell’s Knight and Squire was diverting, but in the end I found it too twee and self-consciously cheeky. The end of Buffy Season Eight was forgettable, a real missed opportunity.

The ugly:
Alan Moore’s Neonomicon is, again, not bad per se (Alan Moore cannot write “bad”), but it is one of the most unpleasant things I’ve read in a lifetime of reading horror stories. Is it memorable? Oh yes. Did I wish I had never read it? Possibly. Does this intrigue you? Well, you’ve been warned.

Moving down the quality scale, the justly maligned Ultimatum is not only a terrible comic, but actually destroys much of what I liked about Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. And Ultimate Comics Doomsday, while tremendously better-written, finishes the job. Not to fall into hyperbole, but Jeph Loeb is the worst thing to happen to civilization ever.

Too soon to call:
DC’s “New 52” reboot may have been necessary from a creative point of view, but it strangely demoralized me, causing me to lose interest in most DC superhero stuff practically overnight. I’ve been halfheartedly picking up a few interesting-seeming series, but only a few of them (Demon Knights, Justice League Dark) are holding my interest. We’ll see how long even they last.

Is this the end of my three-plus-decade love affair with superheroes? Does it say something that the comics I enjoyed the most this year were Carl Barks’ Scrooge McDuck reprints from the 1950s? We’ll see in 2012, when I plan to dig further into some of the gold mine of recent comics reprints: Pogo, Mickey Mouse, Dick Tracy, etc. It might be that I’m not so much “putting away childish things” as picking up even earlier childish things.

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