Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Steamworks: Comic Roundup 07/24/2013

Hey Gang,

It's comic day again! For new visitors, I'll be rounding up comics I pull and talking a bit about things I liked, loved, hated, and didn't enjoy. Today on my list, we have: Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1, The Superior Spider-Man #14, Batman Superman #2, and Aquaman #22. For a list of all the comics, variants, and figures that came out today (July 24th, 2013), click on this link. Let's get started!

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1:

I was particularly excited for this comic because a) it was the first issue, which is always exciting, b) it's "Superior Spider-Month", and after reading Superior Carnage #1 I'm super pumped, and c) I really wanted to read something Spider-Man other than The Superior Spider-Man (Pretty much anyone other than Dan Slott can actually write Spider-Man well, and well I want that). Firstly, I really like the art in SSMTU. I don't really know what it is, but it's pleasing to the eye and gets enough detail in to make it look good but not overwhelming or like it's trying to be in your face. That said, the comic overall was slightly above the level of "meh" (most people use the word "okay" here). I really like that Chris Yost actually writes a bit of humor into Spider-Man (a basic component of writing a good SM book). The majority of the book focuses on Spider-Man's (more specifically Doc Oc's) probation that was placed by the Avengers a while ago (The Superior Spider-Man #7) that was never really addressed ever again by Slott (can you tell I'm bitter at Slott and his raping of the Spider-Man saga? Cause I am...). Another great feature of this book is just how the plot plays out; I love the whole layout where the reader is meant to think Doc Oc is starting to blow his cover as Spider-Man. I don't necessarily, however, believe Cap would dismiss any doubt of Spider-Man still needing probation like he does after this issue. As for a smaller point, I love hearing from the huge variety of Avengers this issue had to offer. We saw Cloak and Dagger, Sun Girl, Dare Devil, and even The Fantastic Four (Or isn't it something like 13 now? I don't keep tabs on them...). Overall, the book is okay. Maybe even good. It's a bit early in the game to say much, but I am excited to see more of where Yost will be taking this.

*Sidenote: The Superior Spider-Man #14 chronologically comes before this issue, just as an FYI.*

Rating: 7.0/10

The Superior Spider-Man #14:

We're going to get all of the Spider-Man out of the way right now. There are two positive things I have to say, the first being I really like the art in this comic. Humberto Ramos (Penciler), Victor Olazaba (Inker), and Edgar Delgado (Color Artist) all did a fantastic job with illustrating this issue. Secondly, I like where the story's going with both Hobgoblin and Green Goblin. Both Goblins are two of my favorite villains, and honestly I'm more than excited to see where Slott goes with this. However, everything else is just bad. I don't like the way King Pin is written (seems too passive in my humble opinion, like he's too willing to throw in the towel for the battle). I don't like Slott adding a Spidey-Army, or a Spidey-Tank, or Spidey-Arms (Okay, let's just think about this... many people know Spider-Man isn't acting like he usually does, and now he has FUCKING ARMS COMING OUT OF HIS BACK LIKE DOCTOR OCTOPUS. NO THIS CAN'T BE SUSPICIOUS AT ALL.) I really just need Peter Parker back. Just not Doc Oc. Gimme some humor, gimme some Peter, and gimme Peter's bitches back while you're at it too.

Rating: 5.0\10

Batman Superman #2:

As a disclaimer, I've not yet read the #1 for this line yet. With that said, it was kinda hard to get into the grove at first, but after a while, I got the lead that it took place in a universe or timeline where both Batman and Superman are fairly young and are just meeting each other. I can't really decide if I like the art or hate it, to be quite honest. I really like how Batman is drawn, frankly. He looks very mysterious and shadowy, which is how I imagine Batman to look. Meanwhile, I can't stand how Clark is drawn, and I know that for a fact. It also looks in some panels like the art is lazy, and sometimes there isn't much of an environment as there ought to be. Overall the story is very captivating and I have to admit I was very impressed. I'm now in full support of this comic.

Rating: 8.0/10

Aquaman #22:

Geoff Johns... I love you. With all my heart. I've really been excited to get my hands in this comic, but sadly, like The Walking Dead, it only comes out on a once-a-month basis. This has quenched my thirst for a kick-ass issue. Everything about this comic is so well done, from the pristine art, to the clever story-telling, to the touch of humor, and ending with the very suspenseful ending. I have to say, I really have loved the "Death of a King" story arc that's been going on since about February or so. The First King of Atlatnis is such an interesting character, and learning more about his past in this issue really opened up my eyes as to where he's been and he doesn't really seem like a villain anymore (granted, not a good guy, but not a villain by my standards). Personally, I think that's what's made Aquaman so interesting and captivating for the past ten or so issues; Aquaman doesn't really have any "villains". He encounters bad people who brew up some bad scenarios, and Aquaman has to deal with it. And then, sadly, his life is all messed up. I'm pumped to see what I'm sure will be a stunning conclusion to the arc. Keep writing, Mr. Johns!

Rating: 9.0/10

Well, that's all I have for you fine, handsome folks today. I hope you enjoyed my roundup of comics, and I hope you enjoy whatever comics you pulled this week. You're more than welcome to leave your opinions of comics covered in this article here or any comics this week in the comments section down below.

I'll see ya folks later!

Peter, The Steamworks

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