Make ‘em say UNF!
That’s right, folks, it’s Thursday night (more or less) and that means that it’s time for another round of the Internet’s Most Punctual COmics Reviews! Although as you may be aware, the Memorial Day holiday caused comics to be shipped a day late this week–unless of course you live in the godless heathen lands of Canada–so in order to give me time to actually read the stuff I’m reviewing, I’m dragging the One-Sentence Reviews (or two, if you count the alt text) back out of retirement for a special engagement!
Here’s what I got this week…
…and here, in brief, is what I thought about ‘em!
Amazing Spider-Man #595: It might just be a reflection of my recent, unabashed enjoyment of I Kill Giants, but I found Joe Kelly’s return to Spider-Man to be far more enjoyable than his last work with the character, to which my reaction was, and I quote, “it got me to give Kelly another shot, but that’s not a mistake I plan on making again.”
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #5: I’ve mentioned the steady improvement of the Brave and the Bold tie-in before–and this issue continues that trend with a script from the always-enjoyable J. Torres that involves flying monkeys and a big red Captain Marvel Dragon–but the real story here is on the letters page, where a kid writes in requesting to see Batman team up with the Blackhawks, and thus proves that the current generation of comics-reading youngsters might just be all right.
Godland #28: Reviewing Godland is pretty much an exercise in futility, as it all boils down to how much you like Casey and Scioli’s faux-Kirby cosmic tripouts (in my case, quite a bit), but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that on a purely costume-related basis…
…this guy right here is the most awesome dude in the universe.
Incredible Hercules #129: Jack of Hearts completists–of which I know at least one–will want to take note, as the Cosmic Avenger and Part-Time Poet makes a cameo appearance in this, America’s Finest Source of Sound Effects Since 2008.
Spider-Man: The Short Halloween: Uh, hey, Marvel, look, this one’s perfectly enjoyable, and I don’t want to embarrass you guys or nothin’, but did you know you put out your Halloween-themed one-shot by two guys from SNL and the the great Kevin Maguire a full five months before Halloween?
Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5: Just when you thought my reasonably arbitrary ranking system couldn’t get any more farcical, I’m going to go ahead and throw the top honors this week to Thrizzle without even reading it, because…
a) Michael Kupperman is hands-down one of the funniest guys in comics,
b) It gives me a nice excuse to link to Adult Swim’s Snake ‘n’ Bacon, the show based on Kupperman’s comics that features Flight of the Conchords’ Kristen Schaal and NPR’s David Rakoff, and
c) The only reason I haven’t read it already is because it’s the one comic this week that I wanted to take some time to enjoy,
…and yes, that all still counts as one sentence and you can suck it.
Wolverine #72: As much as this comic represents a complete and utter clusterfuck–what with #73 shipping out of order for some ill-defined reason and the fact that “Old Man Logan” doesn’t even finish here, instead going on to a special in the vague, far-off future–I’ve got to admit that Mark Millar’s loud, predictable, amazingly stupid lift of all the Marvel dystopian futures just charms the hell out of me every time I read it.
Eternal Smile: Again, this is one that I haven’t had the time to read yet, but since it’s the latest book from Gene Yang, whose Eiser and Printz Award-Winning American Born Chinese was hands-down one of the best comics I’ve ever read, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s probably worth checking out.
And that’s the week! As always, if there’s anything you desperately want me to elaborate on, or if you just want to talk about how Kyle Baker’s Special Forces is the loudest, smartest, funniest, most horrifying, all-around best war comic in years (which I pretty much covered when the series was coming out anyway), feel free to leave a comment.
But try to keep it to one sentence, folks; we’re workin’ on a theme here.