New Comic Day - 07/23/2008

No time for introductory text, Doctor Jones! Let's review some gad damn funny books!

Egg Fu is in this fucking book. Buy it. Buy it hard.

If you were to tell me yesterday that I would really enjoy read a copy of a series I've been considering dropping for the past five issues, I'd have been skeptical. If you told me that that issue was a Secret Invasion tie-in and that it had one of those god-awful "everyone has a skrull face" covers, I'd have laughed at you, and probably called you several funny, yet insulting, names (for example, Moron-Face). But, well, this issue was fucking good. Not only was it very actiony and good, but it offers a great backstory to a character I've never really cared about in the series. So, thanks for the tip, Moron-Face.

I've given this book some flak on having bad art in the past, but this issue (much like last week's) is a good change of pace from the dark and scratchy look of the first one. I've made it no secret in my weekly reviews that I'm a big fan of realism in my comic art. This book is definitely the opposite of that, but (for lack of a more descriptive word) it's very cute and fun. You'd think that wouldn't really work with the kind of story going on here, but it almost makes it even creepier.

And, once again, I find myself reviewing a Marvel Adventures book. This issue (obviously) marks the start of a new series under the banner. One which is quite possibly the best Adventures book out there. This issue stars Iron Man, Spider-Man, and The Hulk. Oh, and did I mention that the whole book is about them dog-sitting for Hercules? Oh, and did I mention that the dog in question is mother fucking Cerberus, the guardian of Hades? You might want to go ahead and pick your jaw up off of the floor, you're getting fanboy drool everywhere.

Dear Mister Bendis,

"I so badly want to go home" is the most unnatural-sounding dialog I have ever seen written for Spider-Man. Ever.

Hugs and Kisses,

As usual, Millar does a wonderful job of setting up the backstory for this series quickly, while somehow including enough information to where you almost feel like you've already read 3 issues of the series. And, other than a few little things here and there, I think Tony Harris does beautiful art, especially for a war book. All in all, it manages to be both a good war story and a good super-powers story all at the same time.

So, there you have it. A good week for comics, with several really awesome new series debuted. See you next time, Moron-Face!


Rich said...

I usually enjoy The Initiative, and liked this week's issue just fine. I do suspect the title will fold after Secret Invasion though, given how Skrull-Pym has been using it for bad, bad things.

That new Marvel Adventures book sounds fun. Did you get the MA: Hulk with all the mummies? I couldn't resist that cover.

Ryan said...

I'm sure I've got that one in my boxes somewhere. I'm a much bigger fan of the MA stories than anyone my age has a right to be