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comics read 08/18/13

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #2 - Spencer, Lieber
A book about five would-be supervillains, who I, with no prior knowledge, assume to be about as formidable and notorious a bunch as the current FF team. I would say they're actually less competent, though.

I picked this up because I'd seen people recommend it for people who like Hawkeye. That's a really unfortunate comparison, I think, because Hawkeye is a better book in so many ways. The tone here is a little similar to Fraction's Clint, a sort of bumbling self-deprecation, but the difference is that we like Clint, and there's nothing to like about the small-time crooks who lie to each other and steal whatever they can get their hands on. Incompetence alone is not sufficient charm in a villain. This book also doesn't have David Aja, so the art is passable but nothing special, and it doesn't have Kate Bishop or even the 1/1 m/f parity of Hawkeye - we've got four male crooks to one female.

I don't need to read any more issues of this one.


World's Finest #15 - Levits, Rocha
I've been avoiding the DCU on the logic that one huge 60-year comics continuity is enough to tackle at a time, but I'd heard good things about some past run of Power Girl, and I was curious, so I picked up a current issue with her on the cover. (Can you tell I got to visit an actual physical bookstore yesterday? Yes.)

On the plus side, Power Girl's hair cut is adorable, and I quite appreciate Huntress's ability to break and pick her way out of quite durable shackles. I also really like the absolute loyalty these two woman for one another. On the minus side, the ratio here of action to... anything else is way too high for my taste, I don't appreciate the villain getting so much time to be gross and menacing at the super-powered heroines, and Power Girl's boob window is really, really distracting, as is Huntress's butt in her spandex.

I definitely won't rule out further Power Girl investigations, and I could see a lot possibilities at the edge of this issue (including the cliffhanger it ends on), but the actual plot as executed here was not relevant to my interests.


The Order #1-2 - Fraction, Kitson
Another one on recommendation. *waves to [personal profile] likeadeuce. So far I am enjoying this a fair bit. It took me a bit to figure out what all was going on, since the Civil War isn't a part of Marvel history I've paid any attention to, and it helped a whole lot when we finally explained that we are giving apparent 'superpowers' to ordinary people; I couldn't figure out why we'd recruited a random TV actor, otherwise.

Again, we have a rat-tag team not obviously suited for their superhero tasks, and I expect there will be mistakes and humor and lots of group bonding and stuff. There's lots of character stuff, which I like, and I can tell I'll get into the story more once I'm familiar with everyone. These first few issues are set up to highlight one character per issue, which aside from being a nice introduction also pleases my love of visible structure. (The ongoing serial format makes me twitchy sometimes.)

And I have three more issues to go in this volume, w00t.

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Aug. 19th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
I've read a couple random issues of Worlds' Finest. I like Helena, but I kind of have trouble connecting with Karen. I did like the issues I read, but not enough to try to catch up on it.
Aug. 19th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
Honestly, there wasn't enough character stuff here for me to connect or fail to connect with anyone. :\ I'm hoping a friend will pop in and tell me which run of Power Girl is supposed to be the good one.
Aug. 19th, 2013 06:02 am (UTC)
Wish I could help! I haven't read any. :/
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