Friday, June 21, 2013

Resident Troll: Thoughts on Comics

Yup, it's back. Be happy. Be glad. Be sad. Cry. Don't cry. Do whatever you like, but also read this, because I took the time to write it. As we know, Gabby's time is very valuable.

(No it's not.)

Anyway, I picked up some comics on Wednesday, and I was pretty much super satisfied with what I grabbed. Today I'm going to talk about THE MOVEMENT #2, ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #24, and FABLES #130. I might actually start going with the guys to pick up comics, so I might actually have to assemble a pull list. Things that should be interesting.

Let's start with The Movement. Spoilers ahead.

THE MOVEMENT #2: I think this came out last week, but I'm going to talk about it this week anyway. It was okay. I love Gail Simone, but sometimes her work is hit or miss. That's pretty much how I feel about this title. I'm not one hundred percent sure what's going on, but I'm sure once the arc is wrapped up I'll get something. What is a little bothersome is that she talks about un-benching characters, but they're all rather minor and niche ones. That's fine of course--I like Tremor--but it's not quite as big of a deal as we'd all want it to be.

I have a love/hate relationship with the art in this book. It's not terrible, but it's trying to be way grittier than it is. I'm not a fan of all the extra lines that look like they're like there for the sake of dirt--it ends up appearing sloppy to me. I kind of want to see the characters out of costume as well, but that's a bit much to ask for the second issue, which I understand. One thing I do like about the art, though, is that there is no Greg Land syndrome. Each character has a distinctive style, and ethnicity--regardless of coloring--is apparent in the pencils. All in all it was a decent read--but I'm hoping it gets better. The characters obviously don't know what they're doing, but I hope the writer on the book knows what she's doing.

ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #24: There are two reasons I began reading Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man. I saw caps of Sara Pichelli's artwork on Tumblr, and I heard that Cloak and Dagger were going to be in the upcoming issues. Cloak and Dagger happen to be two of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe--mostly because of their dynamic. Sure, a lot of their stories are cliche and overdone, but they're just extremely interesting for me.

This issue, really, was their backstory in the Ultimate U. It flashed in and out from the past and the present, and the dynamic between Cloak and Dagger is still the same that I love. I actually wish that the story of these two happened to be the one in Earth-616, because it's definitely less melodramatic.

Miles still struggles with things as they are. He's at a restaurant with his father when it's attacked, and Gwen Stacy just happens to work there. She talks to Miles, tells him he should kick the whole Spidey gig back up, which he's given up ever since his mother pulled an Uncle Ben. He refuses to help, and Gwen yells at him, but it really does make sense for Miles to quit as Spidey. At the end of the issue, it does look like he's close to returning to being Spider-Man.

Ultimately, this issue doesn't progress the story much, but it was a great read for me. I feel like this title is Bendis at his best. If you don't like Cloak and Dagger, though, you're probably not going to be a fan.

FABLES #130: Let's take a moment to just admit that you'll be hard pressed when it comes to finding a comic that has better covers than Fables. They're consistently great, and one of my favorite parts is that the entire thing is a work of art--as opposed to other books that happen to be art, then the title of the book stamped on top of all of it.

I was originally upset that this was a one-shot as opposed to simply moving onto the next arc, but this issue more than made up for the wait. It was also needed--last issue had some rather heavy material, whereas this one is light and rather funny. I had so much fun reading this (really, ask Peter, because I annoyed him as I was reading it out loud). Junebug is such a great character, the best thing about child characters in books. Her parents are definitely on the slow side, but you can't really blame them because they used to be blocks of wood.

Junebug and her family move into the Fables castle and she decides to explore. She goes on a spree of annoyance, until she almost gets herself killed. That was probably my favorite part, where she's harassed by the rats--they talk like Gollum and it's great.

All in all, it's such a fun read. Honestly, I can't pick which issue was my favorite of the week--Ultimate Comics Spider-Man or Fables. Both were pretty much just what's great about comics.

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