Well, let's see, I like comics. I like drawing comics, I like reading comics. Why does my blog just have to be about my art? Let's throw some comic reviews in here.
I'm thinking of starting comic reviews on Thursdays, where I rate what I picked up/have been reading throughout the week and give a short blurb on what I thought about it. So, here goes:
My Pull List:
Batman, Inc. #3 - 4/5 - It took a little while to get back into the swing of things with the large gap between #2 and #3 so it just sort of started, but at least it was a new arc, so that helped. I've warmed up a little to Yanick Paquette, and maybe it's just Michael Lacombe's inks, but it still looks like he does best with cover work and his interiors get congested. I'm also not too fond of his Batman face, but hey, personal preference. I always enjoy when Batman goes on a detective route like he does in this issue and by the end I was pumped for #4. Overall, though, it wasn't too bad for the wait. Also, there's a Batwoman #1 preview which I absolutely can't wait to start the series...Whenever it decides to come out.
The Stuff of Legend - Volume II: The Jungle, Part 4 - 5/5 - The conclusion to The Jungle was great stuff. Got some backstory on Maxwell that shifted the whole story. It also helps that I'm a sucker for the whole presentation of the book and Charles Paul Wilson III's panel layouts and illustrations. Everything feels too nice. A teaser for Volume III: The Joker's Tale should be really intriguing. I picked up Volume I, Part 1 when it first came out and it really has been a worthwhile reading.
Venom #1 - 3/5 - It seemed pretty average to me and they seemed really dead-set on pounding the point home that it's a tense story because we keep giving him all these things he's dealing with. I really enjoy Tony Moore, always have, but I'm unsure about #2 at the moment. Maybe I'll look through it in the shop and decide then. I am a sucker for Jack O' Lantern headed people, though.
In Other News:
What I Did. - 4/5 - I think Jason is one of the best independant comic book creators I've read in a long time. He's able to do something for the medium that no other medium can emulate and I think that has a lot going for it. What I Did. contains three of his short stories: "Hey, Wait...", "Sshhhh!", and "The Iron Wagon." Hey, Wait... is the best of the three and was a great read. Sshhhh! was of the same calibur through parts one to three but started to fall flat and become confusing to me. The Iron Wagon was a decent story that just missed me due to Jason's artistic style. It works fine when dealing with a few characters but any more than that and it's hard to really tell who is who. Still, I'm glad it's in my collection and I can see myself rereading Hey, Wait... and the beginning of Sshhhh! repeatedly.
The Amazing Spider-Man #655 - 5/5 - A friend told me to pick this up and after a misunderstanding last week, I did this week. It was absolutely incredible. A++ Would read again and tell everyone else to read it. Marcos Martin was hitting and missing with me but it didn't take away from, perhaps, the best issue I've read all week. As someone who hasn't read a Spider-Man comic in awhile, I'm going to have to pick up #656 next week. I'm definitely recommending this to whomever is reading.
Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 1 - 1/5 - I had to read this for a Literary Studies class and was just not feeling it. I found none of the characters likable which made me put little stock in them. It also seemed to me that Terry Moore would write a few things that he needed to happen for the story instead of writing what would be a logical progression. I kept being assured it would get better but it just never did. I guess I can see why people would like it, it's just not for me. We read it to show a rarely seen view of women in comics but I would have much rather reread Promethea by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III or Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III instead. I think those do a better job at portraying women in comic books and are still interesting reads in their own right.
Pluto Volume 4 - 4/5 - I'm borrowing this series from a friend and, while it started off a little slow, it's really interesting me right now. If you're unfamiliar with Pluto created by Naoki Urasawa as a series, it's a reimagining of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy as a murder mystery. Volume 4 has lots of big developments and I can feel the tension slowly rising through the whole series. New characters to throw into the puzzle, and new events making the story really interesting. Expect to see Volume 5 read by next week.
And the winner of the week is:
The Amazing Spider-Man #655 by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin. This issue just blew me away. As I said above this was a surprise to my pull and a pleasant one at that. It brings up some interesting tropes in the comic industry and really makes you think about what happens in continuities. I absolutely loved it. I'd recommend grabbing it the next time you're in your local store if you can.
As for 10 Minute Drawings, I finally missed my first day on March 07 since January 15. I don't know what happened. Anyways, some themes that came about were:
"Public Domain Comic Characters"
and "Nick Fury-ize"
Wow! Big post today, big post tomorrow. I usually won't have so many comics read in the week, I just figured since I read so much I liked for the most part I'd start doing this. Might as well start with a BANG! then dwindle into nothing, I guess. The Ragged Rider's remaining pages are penciled and will be scanned tomorrow, so stay tuned.