Things you might know about me: I like comics. A lot.
Things you might not know about me: I write a monthly comic book review column over at Bookmunch where, instead of taking a look at collected editions of titles, I review single issues that came out that month, letting you know what’s worth taking a look at.
I thought I’d link to a few of them so you can catch up before the latest installment hits you next week.
Issue 7 (Featuring Starlight, Moon Knight, Wonder Woman and East of West).
I have a problem with Mark Millar. Never mind that he has written some good, if not great, comics like Ultimates, The Authority and that he is also commercially, incredibly successful. The man is a steam powered self promotion machine, with a determination to discuss comics and present them as a form which is merely a storyboard for a future movie. One of his current comics, Secret Service, even arrived with a movie deal already in place, before the damn comic had even come out.
Issue 9 (Featuring Justice League United, Southern Bastards and Avengers)
Justice League United #1, which was released this month is a poor comic. Granted, the low level of quality is not entirely down to Lemire, although he is one of the primary offenders, delivering a boring story, with boring characters who achieve and do more or less nothing over the course of the issue. Mike McKone is on hand to provide equally drab art, with generic character designs, and shoddy storytelling techniques. Several of the ‘big’ moments in the story (Adam Strange finally getting his costume is a particular oddity) are sequestered in tiny panels, reducing their importance and diminishing the emotional impact they should have. Even worse, despite the initial concept of the comic being the Justice League, but in Canada, there is more or less no evidence to tell us that’s where the events of the comic are taking place.
Issue 10 (Featuring Trees, The Wicked and The Divine, and Wraith)
Another new book launched itself this month, with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked and The Divine. This book istwatd so achingly cool that it already has a hashtag, though one suspects that would appeal to its cast of characters, teenagers embodied with the souls of gods, worshipped by legions of teen fans, only to die after a few years. It’s a neat premise, and the duo, who wrote the fantastic Phonogram, as well as the lesser Young Avengers, do a good job of setting up the story.
Check back with Bookmunch next week for my reviews of the newly relaunched Superman, and more!