TEN GRAND #2
Story by: J. Michael Straczynski; Art By: Ben Templesmith
“ANGELS NEVER LIE”
FDA (Federal Demon Association) Advisory. Contents contain: one cult church where incantations are encoded into the playlist; one flesh-dwelling, food-obsessed demon; one seer capable of perceiving the spirit world but blinded to this one; one missing woman; one murder; one angel with an agenda of his own; and one rendezvous between supernatural investigator Joe Fitzgerald and the woman he loves, now deceased, in what may or may not be heaven. Warning: do not operate heavy equipment while reading.
All the basic building blocks are here for a solid supernatural thriller. I have faith the creative duo of Straczynski & Templesmith can pull off something special. So far, so good.
DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #8 (OF 8)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack; Artist: Klaus Janson; Finished Art: Bill Sienkiewcz
The stunning conclusion to Daredevil’s final story! The mystery of Daredevil’s final words are revealed – and Ben Urich’s life will never be the same! Some of the Man Without Fear’s greatest artists bring you the conclusion of his life story!
Some people like this series. Others, longtime Daredevil readers, do not like it at all. I put myself firmly in the camp of the former. The Bendis run on the Man Without Fear is probably my favourite. Too many “gritty,” “realistic” comics come off like a cliche. And we seem overrun at the moment by a overabundance of stories filled with worlds where superheros are new and regular people are suddenly thrust into that world. (There is a larger theme here to explore another day.)
But Bendis’s take on DD and the End of Days mini-series captures the essence of the character for me. I do see him as operating on the edge, fueled by a drive for justice so deep that he is a vigilante in the truest sense of the word.
And if you haven’t already, check out our #CoverVsCover poll – this week a holy trinity of Daredevil artists.
MISTER X EVICTION #2 (OF 3)
Writer, Penciller and Cover by Dean Motter; Inker and Colorist: Hamid Bahrami
Visionary artist and designer Dean Motter reintroduces his classic character! When Radiant City’s government falls to a coup, Mister X’s possession of secret city plans makes him and his friends a target of the city’s new masters!
Backup story featuring Rosetta Stone!
Written by: Jonathan Hickman; Art by: Mike Deodato; Cover by: Leinil Yu
• The High Evolutionary stakes his claim on the Children of the Sun.
• Hyperion learns the true cost of the decisions he’s made at the Origin Site in the Savage Land.
• The Return of techno-titan Terminus.
Part of the purpose of this blog is to highlight books I like, steer those who share my taste and sensibility in comics toward material they would enjoy. I don’t want to spend my time and waste your time dumping on books. But having enjoyed so much of Hickman’s body of work these past few years, I feel compelled to share my disappointment with his run on Avengers/New Avengers
I know a lot of people are loving this book. They don’t mind the slow burn to the big payoff (the upcoming “Infinity” story later this summer). But the previous issue basically had no plot and there was also no character development to help drive the story in the absence of, well, a story. I read a review on The Pure Mood (I think) that delved into how each Avengers character represented a different stage of human emotional development in issue #12, which I completely agree with. But none of that helped me enjoy the story any more. In fact, if that was the intended “big concept” Hickman was aiming to deliver then, while the book delivered on that intent, it was really thin.
I hope I’m wrong. I hope I’ve missed a big part of the story that, in a few issues time, I’m going to kick myself. And maybe that’s what Infinity is going to deliver. But I just think more than a year is a really long time to wait for this story that could have been told in half the number of issues.
So, why do I keep coming back? Starbrand and Nightmask. Omega Flight. High Evolutionary. Terminus. I mean, c’mon, Terminus!