Hey all. Here's where I finally get around to talking about last week's comics. Just in time for not getting this week's. It's going to be a bumpy summer. Last week's pulls were: ALL NEW X-MEN #26, AVENGERS #28, AVENGERS WORLD #5, SILVER SURFER, #2, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, SERENITY: LEAVES ON THE WIND #4, BLACK SCIENCE #3, and a bonus copy of the 2nd printing of SEX CRIMINALS #5. I can't help but buy every printing of that book. Have you seen those covers?
Anyway, some thoughts. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was good. Just about what I expected for the relaunch of the title. There's a lot packed in the issue and, as Kieron Gillen often does, Dan Slott has tossed several balls in the air. Catching all of them may be a challenge, but if he does we're looking at a fantastic book. I'm looking forward to reading more, especially the 1.X issues headed our way. I know many are skeptical about seeing a new take on the classic origin story, but I trust Slott to know what he's doing.
I found AVENGERS and AVENGERS WORLD to be a little lackluster this week. Hickman's writing has been hit or miss for me since he took over. Some of the stuff I've really enjoyed, but I feel as though everything since Infinity ended has been favoring cloak and dagger and obscurity over honest story telling. Both books this week seemed to skirt around really taking the stories anywhere. As AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS begin to close in on each other, I expect we'll see some big flashy things, and I hope that I'll finally be able to make some sense of what's going on.
Of all the books I read over this last weekend, ALL NEW X-MEN had the most modern superhero comic vibe to me. There wasn't a lot of action, but there was plenty of drama. The characters all felt very real and their reactions towards each other seemed genuine and personal. Furthermore, it left me on a cliff hanger, needing to know what happens next. If there's anything that represents comic form, it's that. My one criticism is the one I always have of Bendis's writing. The man abuses the two-page spread. Seriously, next time you pick up a Bendis book count how many two page spreads there are throughout. It's astonishing.
SILVER SURFER was an impulse buy. Or rather, the folks at Vault of Midnight convinced me that I really needed to grab it. I will say that I love the art. The Allreds really have it going on. It's a modern comic, to be certain, but there is a certain cartoon quality to it that gives it a distinct retro feel. It was a lot of fun to read. I don't know a lot about the Silver Surfer, so it's hard to judge how Dan Slott is treating the character with respect to his previous incarnations. So far though, he seems like a guy I'd be interested in following. The twist in the story in this issue definitely has drawn me in and I expect Silver Surfer will end up on my pull list before long.
I remain as excited as ever about SERENITY: LEAVES ON THE WIND. Like most Firefly fans, I felt slighted with just the one season and a movie. I was thrilled to find there were comics to continue building on Joss Whedon's universe. LEAVES ON THE WIND feels right at home with the other SERENITY series, and I'm especially glad to have some content following the events of the film. I will say, however, that this book is definitely a little inside. In my opinion, you have to have pretty good knowledge of both the series and the movie to really fully understand what's going on. I've watched the series several times and the movie is one of my favorites yet I still feel a little lost at times.
BLACK SCIENCE #3... I probably won't write much. I'm trying to get caught up on it one issue at a time, so a review now is a bit late. I will say, it's a fascinating concept and by #3 I'm starting to get a really good feeling of depth to at least the main character. Looking forward to reading more.
SEX CRIMINALS... If you're not reading Sex Criminals already, another review is not going to help you. Go read Sex Criminals. Do it right now.
E. Ross Ura is a writer, letterer, artist, composer, and blogger active in the Metro Detroit Area.