The Reading Pile #30
Hey gang, been a minute, apologies. Let’s get right into it.
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Tradd Moore
Let’s start off with a book I absolutely loved. Some background: I am in the minority, but I don’t think Donny Cates is all that. He’s ok, I mostly like his stuff, just don’t think he’s AWESOME or anything. Well, God Country was awesome. His attitude gets on my nerves, sometimes, too. “Don’t criticize the artists they are friends of mine, wah, wah, wah,” whatever, Donny. Now let’s get to talking about the book.
First off, the art did NOT look like something I would like, but it’s wonderfully surreal in the “black” parts, but perhaps a little too silly/cartoony in the others. But regardless of whether you like the style of the art, you have to admit that artist, Tradd Moore, moves the story along wonderfully within the confines of the panels.
Issue was great: we get an intro; the surfer battling some heroes (mostly Beta Ray Bill); the Surfer transported and then battling some planet guarding sentries; and a big reveal at the end.
Have to admit I was skeptical as hell about this book, I only bought it to review. But I LOVED this, totally surprised me and I adore this hobby when that happens.
Verdict: so worth your time.
Writer: Scott Snyder
Let’s talk cover art, I bought the Frison cover B and I still think it’s awesome. But I go back and forth over which I think is better. Jock is so outstanding and his gritty art is so appropriate for Batman.
Have to admit, this issue was DAMN suspenseful; just oooozing with madness and tension. You’ve got Gordon and James Jr. in a tussle with the Grim Knight and Batman clinging to the last grasps of his sanity as he battles TBWL. Art is on point here as Jock gives us some of the scariest and distorted versions of TBWL in the character’s brief history.
I do wish Snyder would find some new avenues of Batman storytelling, other than madness, but this was good.
Verdict: I gots to say, I think it’s worth your time.
Writer: James Tinion IV
Artist: Javier Fernandez
This started out so good. Just has an old school feel as the JL battle future versions of themselves in the Sixth Dimension. Great art, fun fight scenes and Superman digs deep to find a way to win.
The 2nd half the book is a Year of the Villain companion. It was ok, but I liked the 1st half better. I’m just not feeling Year of the Villain, to be honest. Reminds me of Forever Evil, too.
Verdict: felt a little uneven to me.
Paper Girls 29 – Well, the series is winding down, series ends at issue 30, and I definitely enjoyed the book more before this last arc. Journey is better than the destination type of thing…I say that a lot. Is the ending being rushed? I dunno, but it just seems kind of blah. The cast of Paper Girls has always kind of run together and now that they are interacting with future versions of themselves it can be confusing. I did love this book before this final arc.
Criminal 4 – Still excellent, just starting to feel “samey” to me; guess I’m spoiled by Brubaker/Phillips awesomeness or something. Brubaker says he is starting one of what he thinks is one of the greatest Criminal arcs ever in issue 5. So there is that. Hope to review that next week, stay tuned.
DCeased 2 – Art is waaaaaay more consistent in this issue and the read is really fun. I expected zombie Batman to be a tougher kill. SPOILER! Killer Mattina cover. I know it’s not Bizzarro, but it certainly resembles him.
Old Man Dan
I think I have found my definitive old man look. I did have my beard trimmed down to mutton chops, a few weeks ago, and the awesome @t_la_ross put this photo up in one of the comic groups I frequent. Pretty funny.
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