Thursday, April 7, 2011

Old and New Comics Today

So I looked at my pull list the other day to figure out what I needed to pick up. Nothing. Nada. But it is me to make a trip to the comic shop anyways. It's a nice break in the middle of my school week and a time for me to settle and read some comics. Since I wasn't planning on picking anything up I figured if something caught my eye, now was the time to do it. I also found some things I meant to pick up before that I had just forgot about. Next thing I know I'm walking out of the store with five comics. No idea how that happened.

My Pull List:

Nonplayer #1 - 3/5 - I really love Nate Simpson's artwork in here. I ran across a journal entry on Ryan Ottley's deviantART awhile back and was just drawn to these lavish landscapes and clean lines and colors. The downside is I think it looks much better on screen than in the book. Now, that's not to say the art in the book is bad, far from it, just when I opened it up I noticed what printing does to something on the screen. Nate Simpson, in print or on screen, is still one of my favorite new artists, regardless. As for the story, it didn't hit me how I wanted it to. I'll pick up Nonplayer #2 but if it doesn't do anything for me I won't consider #3. There's a .Hack vibe with a MMORPG world blending into the real one and I found myself wanting to focus on the imaginary. But maybe it'll surprise me later on. The story couldn't hold itself with the art, though. I found myself staring at panels for moments before realizing there was a story going on.

Green Wake #1 - 2/5 - Stumbled across this from the cover, flipped it open, and I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite comics, Fell by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith. Upon reading it, it still reminded me of Fell, just stumbled over the narrative. It was hard to really tell what was going on and what anyone's place was. I don't mind a murder mystery being ambiguous and mysterious but it has to at least let me follow on my own and Green Wake doesn't allow me to do that. Even with all the exposition the issue gives, I'm still trying to make heads or tails of the happenings. As a five issue mini-series I'm afraid this just isn't going to utilize the short time frame well. I'll probably decide to pick up #2 on whim, I just can't make up my mind about it now. On one hand I'm hoping things start to unravel in #2, on the other, if it doesn't I don't want to have to pick it up since it's short and to see what in the world it was building to.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #38
- 4/5 - With my recent attempt to get into Amazing Spider-Man I found this pretty fun. Will I pick up Deadpool's annual to continue the story? Probably. Will I pick up Hulk's annual to finish the story? I don't know, we'll see. I thought the few moments Deadpool had were humorous and made me chuckle and the Spider-Man side was back and forth. On one hand it was fun to read the story. Sitting down with a Spider-Man comic hit me right and I'm glad to have decided to jump into the series. On the other, it's riddled with alternate reality clich├ęs and predictable "twists." In the epilogue, there's a lot of exposition that gives a few teases at what to expect. I hope they turn out to be as fun as they seem.

In Other News:
Xombi #1 - 4/5 - Picked it up for some Frazer Irving, stayed for a really enjoyable read. I saw a teaser for this awhile back in some series, noticed Irving's art, and after seeing it a few more times decided to give it a shot. Could be fun. Forgot about it until yesterday and it was fun. So far all of the characters have been interesting and present a power that is spun to make it seem like a new read. There's some fun writing in here as well with some witty lines here and there to just an interesting conclusion to the issue. It starts off a little exposition heavy but once the story starts rolling it sets up what could be a great series. Definitely pulling this for awhile now.

Elephantmen: Man and Elephantman #1 - 3/5 - I really do enjoy Elephantmen. I've got all three trades as well as War Toys Volume 1 and I'm interested in War Toys Volume 2 and the fourth trade of the main series. That being said, I really only pick up one-shots like this and being in a mood to read some new Elephantmen I picked this one up. I don't know what to say about it, honestly. I look up and see a "3/5" and wonder if I should bump it up to a four, and then I think back and say "Nah. Well..." I really can't make up my mind. It was fine, but I'm not sure I would enjoy an arc based off it. With Hip turning human it provides this story flowing to far into an uncanny valley of why I like Elephantmen, and at the same time creates some really uncomfortable scenes between characters. It seems like they're pitching it as a jump-on issue as well which is tricky since it explains a lot of recurring characters but shows Hip in an entirely different light. It definitely picked up at the end when things started going back to normal, but as an issue it made me want to read the fourth trade paperback more than the issue itself.

And The Winner:

Xombi #1 by John Rozum and Frazer Irving. This is a refreshing look at some old characters I'm unfamiliar with and powers utilized in a new light. While the exposition gets a little heavy at the start, the story and interactions made it all worthwhile. I'm hoping tens of issues down the line I'm still seeing as interesting characters as I am now utilizing powers the way the current ones do. And with Xombi's nanomachines' abilities it'll be fun to see how stories play out. Really glad I decided to give this one a go.

Now, I know I keep saying this but Ragged Rider is coming. It is literally my weekend. As soon as I publish this I'm going into my Photoshop window and going to town. I'm waking up early and staying up late. It's coming.

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