Wednesday Checkup – 05/15/2013

I’m currently traveling for work, which means I’m writing on from Denver International Airport right now. This has also left me unable to read anything from my physical pull file today. So please check back tomorrow for some quick thoughts on Fables #129, Morning Glories #26, and Wonder Woman #20. Everything else from this week is ready for consumption though!

UPDATE Back from Colorado with updates to the books I could not read yesterday. Enjoy!

Age of Ultron #8
Age of Ultron 8

Recommendation: I found this entire issue to be problematic at best. All I want to say now (since I plan on writing a much larger piece on the completed series) is that if you expect people to care about something, you should give them a reason first.

Dream Merchant #1
Dream Merchant

Recommendation: Even if you think this isn’t your cup of tea, it may be worth checking out. Edmondson has written a lot of very strong (and odd) books at Image and this appears to keep pace. It’s also the size of two comics (50+ pages) without any increase in price. If the rest of the series is as fun to read as this first issue, that’s more than a bargain, it’s a steal.

Fables #129
Fables 129

Recommendation: I can’t help but feel that there’s been some loss of narrative propulsion. The events of this issue are big, but didn’t feel big. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the read, but it was missing something.

Fatale #14

Recommendation: The last of the one-shot stories ties back into the very beginning of the series, creating a nice sense of closure (however, temporary) before Brubaker plunges into the next arc. On top of all that, Nazi monsters! How can you go wrong with Ed Brubaker and Nazi monsters? (Spoiler: You can’t.)

FF #7

Recommendation: Fraction and Allred have managed to capture so many of the themes that made the original Lee and Kirby run of “Fantastic Four” so important. It’s heartfelt, innovative and all sorts of fun. This may be my favorite Marvel series right now (besides Hawkguy, of course).

Morning Glories #26
Morning Glories 26

Recommendation: Apparently this was left out of my pull file, meaning I have an excuse to visit my local comic book store again tomorrow!

Wonder Woman #20
Wonder Woman 20

Recommendation: In order to understand how much I like this book, you have to understand that I loooooved “100 Bullets”. Wonder Woman is very similar in style and pacing. Huge cast of characters, each with their own motives, and most importantly doomed plans. The last few panels of this issue filled me with a triumphant roar and a terrible sense of dread. If Azzarello’s run lasts 100 issues, it may still end too soon.


About chasemagnett

Chase is a mild-mannered finance guy by day and a raving comics fan by night. He has been reading comics for more than half of his life (all 23 years of it). After graduating from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with degrees in Economics and English, he has continued to research comics while writing articles and reviews online. His favorite superhero is Superman and he'll accept no other answers. Don't ask about his favorite comic unless you're ready to spend a day discussing dozens of different titles.
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