Thursday, March 21, 2013

Resident Troll: Thoughts on Comics

Oh hey it's baaaack. Sorry folks, I had to go on a bit of a hiatus because of moving/lack of internet etc. etc. Hopefully we won't have to do that again. Today we're going to be talking about SAGA #11, CONSTANTINE #1, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2 and WONDER WOMAN #18. I'm done with making these spoiler free, so unfortunately SPOILERS AHEAD.

SAGA #11: GUISE. LYING CAT ISN'T DEAD. LIKE, FUCK YEAH. I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT ANYONE ELSE ON THAT BLOODY SHIP EXCEPT FOR HER. Except not really. I do quite like The Will and his little slave girl. Gwendolyn is give or take. But yeah, man, Lying Cat is aliiiiive. The issue actually starts with a sex scene, and Alana freaks out afterwards because, as it turns out, when you're a fugitive you don't really have time for protection. Marko gets all ~if yer preggers, diz be a sign 2 end da warz~ and her response is LOGIC. It's not very effective. Honestly, I have my moments where I dislike both parts of the leading couple, and I wasn't liking Marko very much at this moment. At the end, when Marko's father dies, I was a little sad. Not as sad as I was at the idea of dead!Lying Cat, but it still wasn't a fun moment.

What I like about Saga is that it can actually surprise me, though, which isn't very easy to do. As usual, the art was very good. my only dislike was one panel depicting the ship in space--it looked rushed, but I've definitely seen worse.

CONSTANTINE #1: First impression: ew, the cover. And the font for the titles is awful too. The interiors, however, are rather good. What I really, really love, although, is the coloring.  The majority of the comic has this bluish tint, and it emphasizes the entire supernatural element of Constantine. It certainly improved the book a bit.

All in all? Underwhelming. It's not bad, but I'm not going to be first in line for number two. I attempted to read Justice League Dark a few months ago, but couldn't get past the first issue because it was rather dull. Constantine's character is interesting, though, and that's not just my love of the supernatural poking in. He seems reasonable, a cynic because of all the shit that he sees. While that's certainly not refreshing in the DCU, there is something to be admired about how matter-of-fact he is about it. He's not lying to himself like others, and there's a bit of odd charm that's missing from other heroes.

It's okay, basically. I'd say pick it up if you like spirits and ghosts. If you hate them? Then don't waste your time.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2: The first issue was meh, not gonna lie. However, knowing that issue two actually brought in all of the characters, I charged forward. In this issue, we actually get to meet the characters and have some of them interact. Vibe is starstruck. Stargirl is gracious. The Green Lantern is missing. Hawkman and Katana are terse. Catwoman is... Catwoman. Honestly, I don't know what Martian Manhunter was doing this issue, which isn't good at all. He was quite forgettable this time around. I'm not very interested with what's going on with Green Arrow, and his bit of delusion/brokenness. I like Ollie as a character, but at this moment I just don't care about him. Hopefully, that'll change. Things I would also change:
- Catwoman's attire. Or rather, HOW HER ZIPPER IS DOWN TO HER NAVAL. One cannot fight crime with it that down low without causing a nip slip. It just doesn't work that way.
- Amanda Waller needs to be nice to Steve because he's presh and hurt and just want to do good.
- Actually, everyone needs to be nice to Steve because really, everyone's being a bitch to him.

Things I would not change:
- Hawkman and Vibe's interaction. I can already tell it's going to be great. "Are you okay?" "Why?" "You're covered in blood." "It's not my blood." And then Vibe slowly edges away. Fantastic.
- Vibe in general because he's presh.

All in all, I'm looking forward to the next issue. Except JFC, that attempt at a cliffhanger at the end was awful. Can we keep the actual Justice League (robots or not) out of JLA?

WONDER WOMAN #18: The majority of the time Wonder Woman is meh at best, and I find that mostly due to the fact that the entire storyline feels so drawn out. Still, hers was the first trade I bought, so I have a kind of emotional attachment to the story.

Also, Cliff Chiang is one of my favorite artists. The unfortunate thing, however, is that he doesn't seem to draw much of Wonder Woman. His fill in artists make you realize how freaking good his art is, and how theirs doesn't really compare. It's jarring and annoying and I really wish it was possible to have him on all the time. Regardless, such is not the way of life.

Issue #18 was decent enough. Nothing bad, nothing great. Orion is being kind of sleazy with Diana and I want that to stop, or at least her to make him stop. It's nice that Azzarello is making Wonder Woman his own, but he needs to stop adding characters and concentrate on the ones he's already brought in.

And that's it for this week! Next week we've got Batman Incorperated #9 (which I'm sure I'm going to be so not sad about), Morning Glories #25 (which I'm ridiculously excited about) and more~. Until then, DFTBA and whatnot.

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