Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Flop thoughts...

Wasteland #2 - As is typical w/ #2's, we learn a LOT more about this comic (and what it's going to be) in this issue. To be honest, i'm feeling more comfortable with it now than i was last issue, and can see myself getting well into Wasteland. B+.

As an added bonus i enjoyed the heck out of the 6 or 7 page preview for Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's "Damned" (new from Oni sometime soon). The main character, Eddie, seems solid in limited action; he's apparently a hardass who routinely avoids death through powers or luck (not sure which?) and has gotten himself into a bit of a bind over a "skirt". It's always about a damn woman... man broads are nothing but trouble! Anyways... Damned appears to be set in the 30's (think Al Capone gangsters w/ tommy guns and Humphrey Bogart) but w/ a twist: Demons. Wait, wha?? Wild i know... but somehow it seems like it will work. I'll def be picking this one up...

Rex Mundi #1 - I've been hearing about Rex Mundi for so long i couldn't help myself picking up the new Dark Horse #1 (plus i'm in the middle of Jenkins and Ramos' Revelations trade so i've got religious DaVinci Code-esque conspiracy stories on the brain). Interesting. Special thanks to Nelson and DH for including the "story so far" (detailing previous arcs and issues) and character bio's sections at the back. TBD.

Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2 - This annual is really (really) well put together IMO. Carey's Mole Man story actually added depth and interest to a character i've typically avoided like the plague (Dr. Molekevic), and does it with a great dose of toungue-in-cheek humor. For some reason Carey's telling of Molekevic's background reminds me of Eric Powell (and that's a good thing). Ok so Carey's writing came to play but that's not all this annual has going for it: Immonen's art is well... fantastic (sorry). After first being introduced to him on Nextwave, and now seeing him draw mainline characters here in the UFF annual, i'm starting to think of this guy as one of my favs. A+.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #32 - I jumped on to UFF about 6 mo's ago and have enjoyed the heck out of Millar and Land's (and whoever does the awesome inking/coloring) work. Pissed i was to learn that their run is over with this issue and Mike Carey and Pasqual Ferry are taking over w/ #33. Not to crap on either of these new dudes (esp since i enjoyed the heck out of Carey's work on the 2nd UFF annual and am unfamiliar w/ Ferry), it's just that i'm not that big a UFF fan to begin with and it was the writing and artwork that got me onto (and kept me with) this title in the first place... Not that i won't give the new guys a chance (i will now that i'm hooked)... just expressing disappointment i didn't get w/ UFF sooner. This arc does wrap nicely though... even if Doom sacrificing himself so he gets credit for saving the world (and Reed doesn't) is a little far fetched unless you exaggerate VanDamme's classic motivations a bit. B+.

Casanova #3 - Love this book even if it confuses the hell out of me at times. I'm def not one for "dumbing down" the scene transitions in comics but a small narration box w/ "timeline 909, 2 days ago" or something would be nice now and again... Sometimes it's hard to get your bearings when you turn the page on a scene (though adding the beard to one timeline's Cass and leaving the other whisker-less helped a TON)... though there's always the distinct possibility that i'm just an idiot. I think i've got it all straight but would anyone (ryan?) mind giving me a paragraph synopsis of what's been going down in Casanova so far so we can compare notes? B+.

PS - Instead of letters pages, Fraction has been writing free form letters to his readers (much like in the "other" $1.99 Fell) detailing how he gets the inspiration for his characters, settings, and plots, and letting us get to know him (on some level at least). Thoroughly enjoyable read after you've finished the actual comic, and hella good value-add IMO. If only more creators should did this.


20 August, 2006 14:47, Blogger zilla said...

for Casanova confusion... this helps (sort of)

21 August, 2006 10:26, Blogger Ryan X said...

I am actually picking up Casanova #2 and #3 today so I am of no help. Looks like you found some insider info anyway. Reading "Revelations"? I thought you read that as they came out. Just curious, not a bad story, but could have been better.

24 August, 2006 04:59, Blogger Christopher Green said...

I have a feeling the sales on UFF are going to tank next issue.

24 August, 2006 17:12, Blogger zilla said...

Ryan - Sorry for the late reply (been in training all week so kind of sans-laptop). I only read the first issue (or 2?) of Revelations when it flopped... at that time i figured it would read better as a collection and trade-waited. I'm with you, it was solid (i think this is by far the best work Ramos has ever done, and his work looks great in that colored pencil style), but could have been much better. They left it open-ended a bit - maybe we'll see a vol 2?


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I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

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