Wednesday, August 31, 2011

$30 Pull List for 8/31/2011

Real light week for the pull list, and despite actively looking for something to spend my money on, even Tom, the proprietor of Texas Comic Shop had no recommendations other than perusing the back catalog.

Route Des Maison Rouges #5:Pick of the Week RDMR is like a Top 40 radio stations. It's nobody's favorite, but it's everybody's second favorite. It's not the best noir comic, that's Blue Estate. It's not the best cheese cake art comic, I have to say Zenescope does it better. It's not the best writing, right now that's IDW's GI Joe. But it does all of that really well and in a very entertaining fashion. This week, that's good enough to be the best. This issue sees the murder of the Dark Ladies Maison's Mistress solved and continues the conspiracy between the Mayor and his yet unseen master, the Governor. word of warning: If you get this, go back and grab the first 4 issues, or you will be lost, and the release schedule isn't exactly consistent, and you do have to deal with some translation artifacts. Despite that, it's worth it, so we have that going for us.

Spider Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1: This was an impulse pick up. Light week, Kung Fu, Immortal Weapons? I’m in like Flint. Strong opening for the limited series. Sets the scene, summarizes enough that you need know nothing else about Spider Island to read, and well written. The art work is stylized, but very good and keeps in-line with the previous Iron Fist/Immortal Weapons comics. It also has a Fat Cobra cameo, so we have that going for us.

Chopping Block:
Justice League #1: The flagship title of the re-launch. They cleared the schedule to give this the week alone. The showcase of DC’s Creative and Artistic talent. And it’s not good. An origin story that introduces us to 4 characters 5 years before today. Green Lantern is …well Green (I imagine that will be said a lot across the internet) and now way overpowered. Batman is Frank Miller’s All Star Batman and Robin’s Batman, not year 1’s Batman. Superman is no longer a dick, just a fratboy douchebag. Cyborg gets some more depth, so there’s that. The art is very well done, but you expect that from Jim Lee, and we get a guaranteed return of the 4th World, so we have that going for us. So, it at least buys itself a second issue.

Secret Avengers #16: Yeah, that bad it slips. I normally like Warren Ellis, I’m a big fan of Nextwave. This takes a turn for the Nextwave, but not in a good way. I’ve never been a fan of Jamie McKelvie’s art, and this does nothing the change that opinion. But the cover is great, so we have that going for us.

Total Price: $15.11

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