Quick Hit reviews

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I’m going to limit myself to one paragraph for each of these:

Ex Machina #37

This book publishes so sporadically I completely forgot what was going on in it. That’s a shame, too, because it’s a damn fine read as an obsessed fan from the Mayor’s days as a superhero tries to ruin the Republican Convention using the city as her canvas. Usually I’ll find some part of a book like this tedious (be it the rote superheroics or the backroom political drama), but that’s never been the case here thanks to Brian K. Vaughn’s talent. Tony Harris’ art is just plain pretty. I love the book, but the schedule stops me from embracing it completely.

Angel: After the Fall #9

The art on this book just plain sucks. Usually I can look past that because I’m more of a story/dialogue guy and the art is just icing on the cake, but I just can’t overlook or forgive the eye-raping perpetrated here. I’m not going to waste my time looking up who drew this mess, but I can’t think of a single issue that’s had art that I would classify as passable (except for the John Byrne drawn short story a few issues ago). Aside from that, this series brings new definition to the term “uneven.” It started strong, but that past few story-driven issues (as opposed to the 3 issues devoted to catching up with characters not named Angel) have wasted the goodwill generated there. What could and should have been as good as Buffy Season 8 has turned into a jumbled, confusing, awkward mess.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2

This comic features a talking raccoon whose best friend is a miniature tree god. At one point said raccoon straps a fish bowl style space helmet on his head and uses large firearms to blow overgrown tapeworms to Kingdom Come. In space. Why do you hate fun, people not reading this comic? Why?

Justice League of America #22

Like everyone else, I had high hopes when Dwayne McDuffie took over this title. Like everyone else, I’ve been so let down by it that disappointed seems to weak a word. Most blame this on DC editorial so I will too, especially when we’re treated to glimpses of what could have been. Moments like Black Canary’s smackdown of Vixen and McDuffie’s use of inner monologues from different characters show us how good this could be if the big events written by others would just stay out of his way. Ed Benes is still trying to figure out how to draw a woman’s rear end in every panel, but he’s toned it down so that the focus is now on his relatively solid work and not his spine-wrenching anatomy.

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2 Responses to “Quick Hit reviews”

  1. draabe Says:

    A talking raccoon? No thanks! But Ex Machina might be worth a look for some.

  2. Pseudonym Says:

    Why do you hate fun? Seriously, I’m asking because it looks like you do.

    Ex Machina is fine and all, but even it doesn’t have epic space battles in which a character named Drax the Destroyer kills things with big knives and the team’s cosmic base is commanded by a talking dog who fancies itself a cosmonaut from the Cold War.

    But maybe talking animals aren’t your thing.

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