Damian Son of Batman #2, Kick-Ass 3 #5, Pretty Deadly #2 + Sandman Overture Special Edition #1
If you read IMJ’s Comic Book Reviews column, you know how much Nick Furi disliked the first issue of Damian Son of Batman… Which is really sad when you think about it, given how Andy Kubert has penciled some damn fine-looking comics over the years. Seriously, it’s always a shame when an artist decides he/she is a writer too– then can’t deliver the goods. In any case, I will share Nick’s fury over this absolute POS this week.
Kick-Ass 3 #5. Hmmm, is there anything I can add to the mountain of criticism writer Mark Millar has received over the years for his many other works? Yes, there is. I can’t stand Millar– or his “writing”. I think he’s all flash and bang– just like his comics. In fact, I’d donate good money to a charity (of Millar’s choice) if he would have the phrase “Flash + Bang” permanently tattooed across his forehead. And artist John Romita Jr? Sorry, I’ve lost all respect for the guy professionally. I appreciate creators attempting to spread their wings as much as anyone– but if JRjr wanted to ply his talent outside the usual superhero claptrap he normally draws, this book was NEVER the right vehicle. Yet, I’ll be reading this shit this week. <sigh>
I’ve been raising alarms about writer Kelly Sue DeConnick’s obvious lack of talent ever since she started scripting for Marvel. And to be clear– I could care less that she’s a woman or married to successful Marvel creator Matt Fraction. (I don’t critique people’s work based on their gender or industry connections.) IMO, she just sucks as a writer. Felt that way about her first comic and haven’t seen her get any better. So when Pretty Deadly #1 came out, I was intrigued to see if getting away from Marvel’s corporate editorial mandates would free her talent– and finally show me why publishers were hiring her in the first place. As Locusmortis recounted in his review of Issue #1— no such luck. Still, I’m only human and I do like train wrecks. Therefore, I’ll be reading Pretty Deadly #2 this Wednesday.
Finally, I bring you Sandman Overture Special Edition #1. If you’ve been following IMJ for a while, then you know neither Jose nor I think Sandman– as written by creator Neil Gaiman— is all that good. I certainly don’t think it’s the seminal work on which all great contemporary comics are based– no matter how many times I see it written on the internet. Nope, I’m not a Gaiman fan at all. Sure, I’ve found a few of his works mildly entertaining– but I don’t worship at the man’s feet in awe of his never to be eclipsed talent.
Here’s why this comic deserves a spot on my acerbic list this week: After touting this series for months, DC/Vertigo/Gaiman suddenly announce Issue #2 won’t see the light of day until sometime in February 2014. So does this stop the publisher from releasing this overpriced reprint featuring “rare artwork” and (gasp!) an exclusive interview with the creative team? Hell no! But I’m buying it– if only because I want to join in the sweet torture of waiting another 2 to 3 months to see if the second issue ever sees the light of day. (By the way, fans will be treated to one of these naked cash grabs every time a new issue comes out.)
Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Ian, isn’t this column supposed to be about picking comics you and Jose want to buy this week… Not the bad books?” And you would be right. But Thursday is Thanksgiving in the US… A day when Americans are supposed to be thankful for all the good in their lives. To prepare, I thought I’d overdose on some of the most hyped bad comic books the industry has to offer this week– so I can wake up Thursday morning and be thankful for all the great comics and creators we do have.
B.P.R.D. Vampire TP, Infinity #6, The Massive #17 + Saga #16
I’m pretty sure I’ve never read an entire issue of B.P.R.D. Kinda terrible, right? But the reason I want to pick up the B.P.R.D. Vampire trade is quite simple. It collects the mini-series written and drawn by brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. Everything I have ever read by the duo has been beyond excellent– so I’m hoping this trade will be no exception.
As for Infinity #6, I believe it’s worth checking out ONLY for the Jim Cheung art. But be warned– it seems like he will not be drawing the whole issue, since the preview I saw lists Dustin Weaver on “Pencils” as well. My question: When will Cheung go the indie route and do a series of his own? God knows I don’t want to pay Marvel for the privilege of seeing his art on the printed page.
I’m mentioning The Massive #17 in this post– not because I am picking it up– but because I’m dropping it from my Pull List with this issue. After reading various accounts of creator Brian Wood’s past behavior for the last week or two (if you haven’t heard about the controversy, just “Google” it), I’ve decided I can’t support any of his work for the time being. I’m sure I can find something else to spend that money on.
Then there’s Saga #16. It’s written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples. Why wouldn’t I buy it?