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comics read, 10/22/13 (and thereabouts)

First, the new(ish) comics:
Rocket Girl #1 – Montclare, Reeder
This Image comic was as adorable as could be. It begins in a future that is very near yet nonetheless has flying cars and teen rocket cops (and also teen police commissioners, which is somehow even better). Our hero DaYoung has traveled back to the 80s to correct time-manipulation crimes against humanity. And... that’s all we’ve got so far. The art is also cute, but not in a cutesy way.

So yes, I’m loving this and will definitely keep reading.

Afterlife with Archie #1 - Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, Francavilla
This is that Archie AU with the zombies. Francavilla does a great job with the art, lots of shadows and stark constrasts – he’s a perfect choice for this (which makes sense, since apparently it was his variant cover of an earlier Archie comic that inspired the series in the first place). And it’s legit horrifying! Gore and body horror! (And a typo! Which is the one thing out of the whole book that made me gasp out loud. Oh, well.)

Archie comics were not the first ones I read; first it was a Barbie comics series and then a bunch of stuff from the Harvey family of comics (Richie Rich, Tom and Jerry, etc), both in the early 90s. However, Archie was definitely my first comics love, and I’m tickled to see them now shaking things up and doing a lot of interesting things in the last few years, including this.

That said, I am not sure that this is a thing that I need to actively be reading, as opposed to a thing that I am tickled to know exists. The fact that Jughead gets zombied in the first issue, as indicated on the cover, also dims my enthusiasm somewhat. But I have the next couple of issues pre-ordered, so we will see.

Mighty Avengers #2 – Ewing, Land
Despite not being an Avengers fan in general nor a Land fan in particular, I seem to be really liking this series. I thought this issue was stronger than the first, with a strong but simple actiony plot related to the Infinity-event minion, and I cheered each time someone punched a bad guy, which is a good sign.

Also, we’re still assembling our team; the Blue Marvel is just joining us at the end of the issue, the White Tiger still needs to come back to us, and we’ve yet to see She-Hulk at all, although she’s supposed to be in this title, too.

It’s all good stuff. Despite my reservations in theory, in practice I’m liking this a lot. And of course a book with an emphasis on minority characters and (so far) a decent job of writing them is always going to get my “glad it exists” vote.

And now for the Marvel Unlimited reading...

Wolverine & the X-Men #27 - Aaron, Perez
Kids try to keep their heads above water in the Savage Lands with the dubious help of Dog Logan and his guns. Wolverine tries to get out of the snare Dog has him tied up in. The people brought in from other times as objects for the kids to shoot at object.

Man, I wish I liked this book more. I wish we could scuttle Quentin and Glob and several other of the secondary student characters and focus on Idie and Broo and Shark Girl and maybe Evan. It’s too large and unwieldy an ensemble to do anything with, and I don’t care for most of the plots.

Captain Marvel #6-8 - DeConnick, Rios, Soy
#6 finishes off the time travel arc. I have to say, I kinda don’t understand the plot of this arc. I think I would just like to give up on time travel arcs in comics forever. (Fat chance.) I liked Rios’ art better here than before; possibly I’m just getting used to it. I expect it will be a good fit with Pretty Deadly, which looks to be a very different sort of book.

#7-8 are a two-parter in which Carol and Monica Rambeau investigate a Bermuda triangle-like scenario. Dexter Soy is back, whom I quite like, I have decided. I know not everyone likes his digital painting style, but I do. I also enjoyed Monica Rambeau, who of course is in Mighty Avengers these days (although without her fab dreadlocks, woe).

Again I have to say that I think this is just not the book for me. The ‘banter’ feels forced, especially the parts where the heroes heckle the aliens/giant robots they’re beating up, and while I love how much emphasis it has on female friendships, so far those friendships don’t seem to go anywhere? Except for between Carol and Helen in the previous arc, but even that one got undercut by the time travel aspect, I felt. This arc was less about women overcoming odds and more about superheroes (who are women) beating up giant robots, which I think is more my speed in a comic, but even so. IDK.

This is not to say I’m not glad this comic exists; I am. I wish its continued success for all the people who seem to be enjoying the heck out of it. I just don’t think it’s going to ever be my book (not that that will stop me from reading on MU).

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Oct. 23rd, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Rocket Girl #1 was so cute, I love the art and how casually multicultural the future is. (And yes, the teenage police commissioner is great. :P )

Captain Marvel kind of lost me after the first volume. And yeah, the time travel plot didn't make sense to me either. I think it kind of was a set-up for The Enemy Within plotline? Or something?
Oct. 23rd, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
I am totally happy right now having DaYoung bopping around the 80s, but I'd also love to see us back in the future again eventually, because I just want to see how all this works. Including the bit with the teen police commissioner. As seen right now, it's all such a cheerfully optimistic view of things.

I just felt like I was missing key chunks of the time travel plot. Like oh, suddenly we're being jumped through time looking for pieces of a thing! And our plane is a time machine! Through means unexplained! But I frequently have this response to time travel plots in comics, which is unfortunate given how often they happen.
Oct. 23rd, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, it would be interesting to see how the future got to be how it is. I read somewhere that the writer/artist had explained the teen cops thing because it's easy for teenagers to compartmentalize people/situations into black-and-white good or bad. Or something? I couldn't find the actual interview that was being referenced by the review I read.

Yeah that was weird. But also yes, time travel often comes with some degree of inherent weirdness. :P
Oct. 23rd, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
I don't know that I even need to know how the future got that way. I just like that it is, and would like to explore that. It's not like you see a lot of that kind of childish optimism in comics, you know? It's refreshing.
Oct. 23rd, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
It is nice to read a comic that's trying to be fun for a change.
Oct. 23rd, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
Well, I mean, there's different kinds of fun. Obviously (?) FF and Hawkeye both fit that category, and IMO Young Avengers does, too. I have a feeling a lot of people who liked the first issue of Afterlife with Archie would say that that was a lot of fun, too, although obviously a different kind.

But yes, fun ftw! :D
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
No, you're right, there are definitely a lot of fun comics, and different kinds of fun comics, and those are all good examples. Perhaps I just have overexposed myself to Batman grimdark. :P
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
Ha ha, that seems from where I'm standing to be a very real hazard. Perhaps you need some Li'l Gotham to cheer you up. :D
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE LI'L GOTHAM! Are you reading it?
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
I've only read the first online issue, because people said I had to. And it was adorable! It's on my list of things to read, when I have some spare change. And the art is so amazing. /falls over
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
It's so adorable, it's like my favorite thing. And yes, the art is wonderful--Dustin Nguyen is one of my favorite comics artists.
Oct. 23rd, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
Archie AU with zombies? Oh, I have got to track that one down!
Oct. 23rd, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
YES. And the first issue was so popular they've ordered a second printing. Pretty nifty!
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