On this, the new comics day…the first one of August, I found myself with a lot of feelings and a few things that I wanted to say about last week’s comics. Rather than going through and writing individual thoughts, I am just gonna put them all here.
Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates #13 : I like what you are doing Sam Humphries. Some people have felt that this series has stalled and I feel quite the opposite. I think that all of the crazy stuff that has been occurring in the previous 12 issues has served a purpose to break EVERYTHING down and form a new landscape with a completely different status quo for the Ultimate Marvel Universe. Through the destruction of most everything, we are presented with a world that has weight to it. Stuff happens and it doesn’t disappear next issue with a cosmic cube or something. We are being presented with a new world with real consequences. Also, the art is wonderful and much better than I would expect from Billy Tan. This series is one to watch and I am surprised that all of this storyline excitement is being generated by a writer who got famous for writing about a society that embraces bestiality. Well done Sam Humphries!
Debris #1 : Maybe it’s just me, but for me, this was Planetoid with a female protagonist. I mean, there is the same plesiosaurus robot in this one too. Only difference is that Planetoid isn’t made by two famous creators, it is made by one Ken Garing. Advantage…Planetoid.
Venom #21 : Although I have really enjoyed this series, I feel like this one was a little boring. I am looking forward to issue 22 as that will be the face-off with Jack O’Lantern, who has become a favorite villain of mine throughout the series.
Manhattan Projects #5 : I just keep enjoying this series. This issue felt like it had less impact than the first four, but all in all, Jonathan Hickman is still putting out a comic that is better than 80% of the other comics on the stand. Even though this one seemed like a breather issue, I was still infatuated with Weird Oppenheimer. He continues to be a favorite character for me. I guess that if an issue with a mass genocide of an alien race feels like a lag in the pace of the series, then that must be one good series!
Prophet #27 : Oh Prophet… you so crazy! Even though I have no idea what is going on with you, I still read you religiously! I can’t wait for issue 28 even though I am sure that it will shed light on nothing. I’m addicted to you and your LONG form storytelling.
Xtreme X-Men #1 : The Big Bang Theory is a nerd-culture comedy show that everyone loves fervently. I can not stand it because the laugh track in the background is so terribly awkward. I can’t handle it after 5 minutes. Oh my…If you were to pitch me an alternate universe hopping team of X-men, I would typically jump at it. That kind of stuff is my bread and butter! I was raised as a comic book fan on Exiles and Mutant X and Age Of Apocalypse. I was so immersed in alternate universes that I had to work to find out what real continuity was! The fact that this book was so boring and pointless is a shameful mark against Marvel for putting it out, but there is a greater sin here. Drawing teeth is a hard thing to do. I don’t dispute that fact. For some reason, I notice comic book teeth more often than the average bear. The teeth in this book are absolutely and unequivocally unacceptable. Much like the laugh track on Big Bang theory, I could not get past them. The fact that this made it past editing is embarrassing to Marvel. Unless the main characters are Dr. Seuss Whos or Beavers, then Marvel should be ashamed of itself.
Thanks for reading and if you have any thoughts about the above mentioned comics, please feel free to share them in the comment section. Be looking forward to more great posts from Comical Musings the rest of this month. We will have a great amount of input from Romeo Sid Vicious this week. Check us out next week as we put Gambit On Trial.
~ Scott Deaux ~