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Welcome to an “It’s Been A Slow Week” edition of Graham’s Grumbles! Comic books, people. Unlike American politics, it just can’t be scandal after scandal all the time. So, this week I’m going to focus in on some recent purchases. The last couple of weeks have seen a lot of stores do March Break sales in honor of kids running wild with their parent’s money for a few days. Here are some of the books I snagged on the cheaps.
Alias Vol. 1
This series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos and lasted 28 issues. This trade paperback in particular collects the first 28 issues. It’s been a long time since I read any of it, but it introduced Jessica Jones to the Marvel universe. She’s a private detective with a bit of a mysterious past. She’s friends with Ant-Man and Luke Cage, and makes use of her connections to solve mysteries in the Marvel U. Another thing that sets it apart is that it was one of the first Marvel Max books, meaning it could play around with some “R” rated material. Like sex. ENJOY!
Gotham Central Vol. 1
A lot of the stuff I end up buying in collected editions are DC titles. I’m invested enough in Marvel that I get most of the major storylines in single issue format. DC, though, I feel like I can wait on. This is a series I’ve been meaning to get for awhile. I’ve read some of the issues years ago, but never got around to getting it. It was co-written by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker who are now two of the biggest names in comics. Rucka is also the writer of an excellent series of novels about bodyguard Atticus Kodiak which I highly recommend. Anyhoo, the nitty gritty of it is about police officers trying to fight crime in Gotham City. Obviously this is not the easiest task when common criminals are Joker and Mr. Freeze and you’re constantly being upstaged by a certain super rich vigilante.
Another one of those DC storylines that I was willing to wait for a trade paperback collection before buying. This series has the same principle creative team as the very cool Green Lantern Rebirth – Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver. Both series revolve around the reincarnation of a beloved silver-age superhero. In this case, it’s the second Flash, Barry Allen. I don’t know too much about it, but Johns is a serviceable writer and Van Sciver is an AMAZING artist. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done. It’s a date!
Unwritten vols. 4 and 5
This is a series I’ve been reading since the summer in trade format. It’s really good and I can’t wait to see where it goes. The creators are Mike Carey and Peter Gross with fantastic covers by Yuko Shimizu. I’m not really sure how to describe it without spoiling things. Suffice it to say, it’s about the life that fictional characters can take on outside of their creators. It’s about when fiction and reality collide. And it’s kind of about Harry Potter. I’m totally blown away by it, and this is from a guy who’s never really liked much of Mike Carey’s work before this. I never really got into his X-Men stuff, and despite loving Sandman I couldn’t really get into his Lucifer series. Every trade so far has had some sort of cool twist, and it never goes where you think it will. Highly, highly recommend it, and can’t wait to see where it goes.
So, there are just a few of the comics I got during the holy days of March Break. What else do you think I should get?
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I’m back! After a week in the sun, sand and booze I’m ready to start the New Year. And what better way to do that than with an obligatory best of the previous year post!? Except, I don’t read nearly enough to make a truly representative best of the year, so it’s just going to be a my thoughts on the previous year.
First and foremost, I have to talk about Unwritten. I think it started in 2010, but I started reading it in trades this year and it is fantastic. Great writing and art, it’s an addictive read that is packed with literary references. Anyone who likes Harry Potter and YA literature in general should check this out post haste. And, if all that doesn’t convince you, THIS will: there’s a choose your own adventure issue.
Next, how can I talk about this year without mentioning the DC New 52. Great from a sales perspective, but, at least in my opinion, not so great with the actual execution. Admitedly, I haven’t read all that many of them so far. But, what I have has left me a little cold. In fact, of the ones that I’ve read I found the Internet enraging Catwoman the most intriguing. Wonder Woman was also quite good, and I’m looking forward to reading more of it. Superman by George Perez was completely awful, and Hawkman was just dull. But, I will gladly try anything else that anyone would like to recommend. I’d love to try collecting something in the New 52 on a monthly basis, but I just haven’t found anything that’s worth it yet.
As usual, Jonathan Hickman’s genius confuses and amazes me. I’ve read every issue of SHIELD and they’re all very interesting, but I have no idea what’s going on. Nikolai Tesla’s son is caught in a war between Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci. Michaelangelo is involved, and so are Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic’s fathers. There’s time travel, fighting robots in ancient Greece, and Galileo repelling Galactus. I feel like I should go to the library and do serious research after every issue. Either that, or yell at Hickman for making me feel like I’m a recent lobotomy patient.
My last two are comics that I’m depressingly late to the party on. Firstly, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. By which I mean the 2009 relaunch, and not the relaunch from this year. Bendis and David Lafuente really gave the character a cool fresh start and introduced some fantastic twists. Like, the Human Torch and Iceman moving in with Peter Parker, Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. The superhero stuff is great, but the teen angsty drama was a ton of fun. And don’t take this as a slight on the current Miles Morales Ultimate Spidey, I just haven’t gotten that far yet.
And, lastly – Clan Destine. This is a series that Alan Davis created, wrote and drew for Marvel in the mid 90s. It tried to introduce a new family of super powered characters to the Marvel Universe, but ultimately wasn’t successful (as evidenced by the fact that you’ve never heard of them.) Davis is an amazing artist and a decent writer, and puts both his talents to use creating an interesting drama. It’s simple and sweet, and has a way of drawing you in. All of the characters are interesting and unique, and clash against each other in a really familial way. They fight, but they also all clearly care about each other. They aren’t really superheroes either, just a bunch of people who are trying to get by. Good stuff.
All right, that’s all for now. If you’ve got any recommendations, please feel free to send ‘em my way in the comments.
Graham Becksted is back in the country, and has the barest hint of a tan. He is the author of Graham’s Grumbles the second blog by that name that is listed in Google results when you search for Graham’s Grumbles. If you would like to be his 50th follower, he can be followed on Twitter @GrahamBecksted.