Thursday, 22 November 2012
Comix Zone NOW!
Yes. I suck. I put a NOW! in the title. Even in context this is a stupid thing to do. Like, say, you're Marvel, right, and a year or so ago your biggest competitor relaunched all their comics with a brand new, sales-grabbing #1 issue and were completely successful in successfully rebranding and rekindling interest. What are you gonna do? Well, of course, you're going to have to do the same thing yourself, and launch a buncha #1s under a single banner. Fair enough. Sense is sense. But did you have to call it "NOW!"? All in caps and with an exclamation point? I wish them the best of success, hell, I've even contributed to it - I've picked up five #1s so far - but that NOW! is just goofy. Totally gooftastic. It's the character Goofy. A Goofy Movie, if you will.
I've gone off the track somewhere here.
Comics! That was it. This week's pick features four of those NOW! #1s, a pair of DC's Death In The Family entries for the ongoing Batman saga this month and the last issue of Amazing Spider-Man before the final three-issue story launches to culminate in December's #700 and the book relaunches as Superior Spider-Man next year. I've decided I'm annoyed that I've so blindly accepted the term 'jump' as it relates to blog structuring without so much of a hint of understanding its actual meaning, so I'm just going to say click the 'read more >>' button and soothe the savagery that burns forever within at the prospect of not completely understanding Internet etymology.
So what do I do here to fill space?
I have no earthly idea.
As for Death Of The Family, it's approaching 'wow' levels of awesomeness. This whole business of The Joker going about his business wearing his own face like a mask is so perfect it seems like it's been that way forever. It's properly frightening, and perhaps the most startling development of a icon in comics in years. In ever? Maybe. Batgirl #14 plays well with Barbara's recovery from being shot and paralysed by Joker way back in The Killing Joke, and with notions of victimization, fear and rage. It's a pretty badass issue, with a neat twist that ties back to last year's The Black Mirror, and it's hooked me for the duration of this story at least. Batgirl, meet Pull List. Where it's really at, though, is Batman. Batman #14 is a perfect comic. It offers perfect distillation of character and efficiency of art. The Court Of Owls, the story that spanned the first 11 issues of the relaunched series, struck me at the time as being an instant classic, and Death Of The Family is greater still and I can see it being a book I push on friends as an introduction to the medium. If this ever gets the animated treatment it'll be a great day for those that don't know what they're missing. The story proceeds in a way that gets under your skin. It's a pleasingly uncomfortable read and compelling enough to justify that, across the several Bat-family titles, it will be coming in weekly instalments all the way through to next year.
And so we get to the four debuts, tastes of what's to come and whether or not my ever-expanding weekly hauls are to get much more expensive.
In summary: Batman's going to be a classic, that Thor's sure to be a lot of fun and Fantastic Four's got enough sense of adventure and heart to keep me interested for a while yet. Partial success. Next week, another first (Captain America, my first issue ever in fact) and a few more of the regulars. S'long.
Posted by Magnum Valentino at 19:00