Ramblings, great week of books, yadda yadda, excited, blah blah DC, review!
Death of Wolverine #1
This was an amazing first issue. Charles Soule is the perfect writer for this series. Hopefully when Wolverine is eventually resurrected Soule will get another crack at him. With this series being weekly, I hope the books are already complete. Steven McNiven (Civil War) was a smart choice, it would be a shame for the book to become imbalanced by the end. The only downside is the price. $4.99 for a bunch of ho-hum back-matter and a glossy cover doesn’t justify the price.
God Hates Astronauts #1
I was beyond thrilled to hear this was now a monthly series from Image. The trade paperback was amazing, and this first issue continues the laughs. I took my time reading this from cover to cover, savoring every bit. While you certainly should read the TPB, there’s a sort recap to help new readers. But honestly, this is nonsense of the highest order. Dig in and enjoy.
Original Sin #8
SPOILERS! Well that was terrible. I didn’t see, or understand the purpose of any of it. The ‘sins’ aspect was never touched on in the series, and the central murder mystery was a let down. At least this didn’t setup 14 new status quo changes. Why did Bucky take Fury’s job? When did that happen? Why couldn’t Thor pick up his hammer already? When was Cap supposed to confront the New Avengers about the mind wipe (I’m reading Captain America and New Avengers, hasn’t happened)? I needed to check the character guide to ensure that Dr. Midas wasn’t the Thing. None of the villains served any purpose. I did enjoy the last page. Seeing Fury chained, doomed to watch, was a poetic eternal hell. Still, this could have been 3 issues, not 8. Look for a Comic Book History post next week.
Swamp Thing Futures End #1
I completely skipped out on villain’s month last year but thought I’d give this a try. Soule is a better Swamp Thing writer than Snyder. There, I said it. This is an amazing stand alone tale that makes me lament his exclusive contract with Marvel. I would love an ongoing series of this, or even a prose novel, I don’t care. One thing Snyder and Lemire’s run excelled at was introducing the Green, the Red, and the Rot. Soule takes it a step further in this perfect stand-alone tale. I want more.
Every issue of this series gets better. Easily my book of the week. On the surface the entire concept seems kitschy, but in execution the story’s hypnotic, enticing further exploration. Mike Henderson’s art remains consistent from panel to panel, keeping every character recognizable and the action flowing all while retaining a haunting feeling, particularly thanks to the colors from Adam Guzowki. Read this!
What did you read this week? Comment below!