Published on July 12th, 2012 | by Cosmic Comix and Toys7
Best Book Nominees for Wednesday, July 11
No real surprises this week. Every title on my list of nominees today (with the exception of one new #1 issue) I have nominated before. All good series. All worth reading. So we shall see how they compared not only against each other but against themselves, when applicable, this week.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE LORD OF NIGHTMARES #2 (OF 5) – Really good. Even for American Vampire. Loved how they wove the history of Dracula and the Carpathian vampires into the history of the Vassals of the Morningstar. Really liked the Russian angle. Really liked Mr. Generic White guy puking up a rat to feed Dracula! And the ending was great. A+!
AVX VS #4 (OF 6) – I will nominate all three AVX books this week. The Thor/Phoenix Emma fight in VS. was great. Easily one of the best matches yet. Showed how powerful Thor is. Showed how powerful Phoenix Emma is. Thor shattering Emma was great, but shattered Emma raining down on Thor was even better. What goes up must come down! Jason Aaron proved once again in WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #13 that he can tell a story about a character who we don’t really know (Warbird) and make it interesting and make us care about the character. Can’t wait for more Warbird! And it was all wrapped around the Phoenix Five kicking the crap out of Gladiator. Another good issue from a great series. NEW AVENGERS #28 gave us something totally different this month. Spider-Woman, Hawkeye and Luke Cage have been imprisoned on Utopia. They try to escape! It’s a twist ending so I won’t give it away here but I thought it was great.
BATMAN #11 – The epic finale of the Court of Owls. Not quite as good as issue #10, but did wrap up nicely. Did address the issue of whether or not Lincoln March is Bruce’s brother Thomas. I’m totally leaning towards not. But the jury is still out and you’ll have to read it and make your own determination. Did find it interesting that as Bruce and Thomas Talon are flying through the air, attached by bat-ropes, some distance apart, at high speed, next to an aircraft, they were still able to hear each other talking. Must be that Super-Bat hearing…
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11 – Once again not quite as good as issue #10. Still good. Cover was awesome. Too bad it didn’t appear anywhere in the issue. Really liked the beginning. Damian going after Jason Todd. Crowbar was a nice touch. Appreciated that Jason really wasn’t taking Damian’s “I’m the best Robin ever” attitude too seriously. He’s ten years old! Back half got a little wicky. Left me a little confused as to what Terminus is plotting. Bat Tattoos for everyone!?
BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #2 (OF 6) – Thought the first issue was probably better. Still good. Really started to get into a story and so I felt there was a lot of set up. But the set up was resolved by the end of the issue and the Minutemen’s adventure has begun. Silhouette is turning into an interesting character. And the Hangman looks to be the focal point.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #11 – Was way better than the past couple of issues. Finding out Buffy was a robot in issue #7 was fantastic but the aftermath petered out a bit. We start from scratch this issue. Guarded Part 1. Kennedy has incorporated the remaining slayers into a security/bodyguard firm. Which makes total sense as there is no more slaying to be had these days and a girl’s gotta eat. Buffy has to come to grips with the new world order and I like where the story is headed.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #14 – The best thing about this issue was that while this story arc, D-Man as Scourge and Henry Gyrich as the man behind the scenes, ended (and I totally enjoyed all four issues) the next story arc is just going to continue with threads that came out this story arc and I expect Cap to continue to be an excellent read. Hey. If you dropped Captain America on issue #4, 6 or 8, which I can totally understand (it wasn’t very good), try it again! Starting with issue #11. It’s been much, much better of late.
CHEW SECRET AGENT POYO #1 – Are you serious?! I started laughing on page one and didn’t stop for six pages! Wow. How much room do I have here to talk about Poyo? Not enough! It was awesome. From beginning to end.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #6 – Was utterly fantastic. Could have been the best issue so far. And I thought the last issue was incredible. The pace was fantastic. The violence was off the hook. The dialogue. The narration. Forget it says Conan on the cover! Read it!
PUNK ROCK JESUS #1 (OF 6) – The sole newcomer to the list today. Have seen a preview of it in all the Vertigo books for the last month. I don’t read previews. But I did look at it again after reading Punk Rock Jesus #1. With the exception of the artwork and it being in black and white I don’t think it gave a very good picture of what the book was really about. First of all it’s set in 2019. Second of all it’s about cloning. The Shroud of Turin is mentioned. And reality TV. And a very evil broadcast executive. And the IRA. And a very interesting head of security. There was so much more to the book other than the “birth of Jesus.” Very interested to see where it goes from here.
WALKING DEAD #100 – Well. We’ve been waiting. They’ve been hyping. Did it live up to the hype? Don’t really see how it could. You tell me. I did like it. A lot actually. Thought it was one of the better issues of Walking Dead. Something of importance did indeed happen. But to me it was just another issue of the Walking Dead. Which of course is always a good thing. And we might get a status quo change out of the issue although I’m not totally convinced of that yet. Comments on the issue? I was wrong. The bus was not the place to be. Nevan has a very foul mouth. And eeny, meeny, miny, mo, I did not want to turn that page! Oh. How I did not want to turn that page!
Best Book of the Week? With apologies to a very fine, fine group of nominees this week, y’all got your asses kicked! By CHEW SECRET AGENT POYO #1! That Rooster is incredible!!!