The Reading Pile #14

This week, The Reading Pile wants to know WHAT COMICS DID YOU READ THIS WEEK? Because I want to know, I really do. Lets get with the getting on.

What If Flash Thompson Became Spider-Man?, Marvel Comics, 10/3/2018
Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Diego Olortegui

Have ALWAYS loved this series, let’s see if I like it still. Oooooohhhhh, I’m very sad Utah, The Watcher, isn’t setting these up (he’s dead, right?) instead it’s Nick Fury, The Unseen. This was actually pretty awesome and very reminiscent of the 1970s series. Poor Flash, he never gets much of a happy ending. 4/5


The Walking Dead 184, Image Comics, 10/3/2018
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard

About the B cover; these have been very “meh” lately. Looking like Photoshop manipulations as opposed to hand drawn art. This one isn’t bad, but it doesn’t seem particularly inspired either.

Anyways, everyone who speculates seems to hate this book now, but I still dig it. The original spirit is still intact for me. The story still moves forward. Eugene is dreaming of a functional railroad and The Princess is having sex, y’all! I’m looking forward to the series premiere, as I type this, and the 15th Anniversary issues this week. Guess I’m hopeless. 3.5/5


Justice League 9, DC Comics, 10/3/2018
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez

Snyder mixes pedestrian dialog with epic happenings in this issue; it is very skillfully done and it feels like a roller coaster, in a good way. Check this awesome page with Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter.
This space parasite looks a little too much like Venom, DC.
I really enjoyed this, but they lose a little for the Venom rip off. 3.5/5


The Immortal Hulk 6, Marvel Comics, 9/19/2018
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Lee Garbett

No, no, no, NO. This book is way off. From the John Romita Jr. looking sequential art, to the forgettable story, to the Captain Marvel (I hate her, she sucks) appearance at the end, this is NOT what I look for in a Hulk book. The series has been awesome, but they are going to lose me as a reader if this continues. Love the Alex Ross cover. 2.5/5


Suicide Squad 46, DC Comics, 9/13/2018
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Dan Abnett

Just noticed some damage to the bottom right hand corner of my copy of this book, but that isn’t going to deter me from reading it, no sir.

This is part 3 of the Sink Atlantis crossover, that was introduced last issue, I haven’t read part 2, which was in Aquaman 39, but whatever.

Before we get started, I will say let’s make Aquaman resemble Jason Momoa, in the comics, full on at this point. The classic Aquaman look is one that is frequently parodied and made fun of. Folks love Momoa, so do it. Do it now!

This issue has a very early 90s vibe in its look and delivery. Lots of great fighting panels/pages as the SS teams with Aquaman to try and neutralize ANOTHER team that the pesky Amanda Waller has put into place to destroy Atlantis. We close with a cliffhanger and an announcement that this story concludes in Aquaman 40. Fun read and a great B cover. 3.5/5


Dead Rabbit 1, Image Comics, 10/3/2018
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: John McCrea

Cover looks fun and a few pages in I get a crime/noir vibe reminiscent of Slots and Criminal. There is a wowza of a 4th page, something the like of which I’ve not yet seen in comics before that I have to include here, in an edited format.

Yeah, so this book is awesome and one of the best things I’ve read since the aforementioned Slots. The Dead Rabbit is a justice seeking type of vigilante with an ailing girlfriend/wife and to reveal anymore would be giving away too much. This is the type of book that makes discovering a new title really rewarding. Read this. 5/5


In closing, I want to pay respects to one Trey Kenyon who has left the Unpressable Defects podcast. Trey, with his higher pitched voice and fiery, oftentimes confrontational, demeanor brought something unique to the group. I applaud and appreciate the self awareness it takes to know when it’s time to leave the stage. Trey is revered in this column and I hold up a glass to him, salut.


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